From the trenches with Windows 10 build 10041: What you really need to know


From the trenches with Windows 10 build 10041: What you really need to know
The Web is awash with screenshots, speculation, and debates concerning the new Windows 10 build released yesterday: build 10041. Here’s my school-of-hard-knocks take on what you can do, and what you should expect.

If you’re running build 9926 and you don’t see build 10041 listed in updates (Start, Settings, Update recovery, Check for updates), you aren’t in the Fast ring. Using an admin account, click or tap Advanced options and change the Choose how preview builds are installed box to Fast. (If you don’t see the Choose how preview builds are installed box, you aren’t running with an admin account.) Go back and Check for updates. Build 10041 will be there. It’s quite fresh, compiled on March 15.

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First look: Office for Windows 10 is as good as the iPad version


First look: Office for Windows 10 is as good as the iPad version
If you’ve never used Office for iPad or Office for Android and you have a touch-capable Windows PC, the new Office for Windows 10 is like a breath of fresh air.

If you’ve used Office for iPad or Android, the new version for Windows 10 will feel like an old friend: It’s fast and logically arranged — and it never, ever messes up your documents.

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Nearly all the features of the premium Office for iPad version
No, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows 10 don’t have all the features of Office 2013, much less of the forthcoming Office 2016 for traditional Windows PCs. But the pared-down feature list hits all the high points and includes many features that may surprise you. Like Office for iPad, the new Universal-style apps in Office for Windows 10 support the lion’s share of features that most people use every day, including tracked changes in Word, most functions in Excel, and many transitions in PowerPoint.

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