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New builds, no outages and a few brokenhearted fanboys. It's the week at Microsoft.
While plucky little America celebrated its liberation from the might of the British Empire, Microsoft was busy devising ways of liberating budget-conscious Surface fans from their cash as new hardware was sighted at the FCC.
Hope - Future - Dreams - Microsoft - Watchers
Unfortunately, fanboys holding out hope for a foldable future had their dreams dashed as multiple Microsoft watchers lined up to pour scorn on last week's "leaked" email. Redmond, however, will be more than pleased with the column inches spanked on the mythical device.
Insiders were given a double treat last week to make up for the loss of application-grouping functionality in Windows 10 as build 17711 arrived to give Windows Insiders who live life on the bleeding edge, also known as "Fast Ring", a look at the latest cut of the OS while the more cautious crowd on the Slow Ring received build 17692.
New - Toys - Brave - Tweaks - Owners
New toys for the brave included tweaks for the lucky owners of HDR displays, more signs of the ever-creeping influence of Microsoft's Fluent design ethos and accessibility improvements for Edge. Redmond will be hoping that its continual polishing of the thing will encourage users to do something with it other than simply downloading a competing browser.
A lack of whizzbang new features is further evidence that the team at Microsoft is taking the time to work on quality prior to release later this year. However, users will be pleased to note that the Registry Editor has also seen some improvements to make finding entries easier. Handy, when one has to deal with unpicking settings broken by an unexpected update.
Outlook - Windows - Mixed - Reality
Outlook goes dark and Windows Mixed Reality goes... bigger?
A posting on Microsoft's UserVoice confirmed that Redmond had been working on the feature following an admittedly shonky teaser last Halloween and reckoned the soothing colour...
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