Microsoft made the latest Technical Preview release available to the public on Friday evening. Note that this is the edition for PCs/laptops/hybrid devices, and not the phone/small tablet build which will be coming in February.
A blog post by Microsoft goes into more details on this preview release. Highlights include:
- Updated start menu
- Cortana (US and English only – aka The Curse of Zune)
- Continuum adaptive UI for different form factors
- New Settings app
- New experience for connecting to audio/video streaming devices, e.g. Miracast
- New Photos and Maps apps
- Windows Store beta
- Xbox app
There are issues with Build 9926:
- A boot selection menu always appears
- Xbox Live games that require sign-in won’t start
- Battery icon always shows on the lock screen, even on non-battery devices
- Remote desktop is a bit rough
- Connected Standby enabled machines will have shorter battery life
- Cortana reminders cannot be edited
- The Music app will close if minimized within first 16 seconds of launch
- Sometimes the start menu will fail to launch
Remember that this is a PREVIEW release and not the finished product. Microsoft reminds you that:
- Remember, trying out an early build like this can be risky. That’s why we recommend that you don’t install the preview on your primary home or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything.
- After you install Windows 10 Technical Preview, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.
There is also an ISO that you can download (the Windows 10 preview product key is also on this page).
If you’re limited in hardware and are scared about wiping your existing production install, then you can still try out Windows 10 by installing it in a VHD file via Native VHD.
And for those of you folks who want to deploy using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, here’s a post on Deploying Windows 10 Build 9926 using MDT 2013 Lite Touch.
And no, there is no new release of Windows Server yet. No; I do not have any further information that I can share.