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Windows 10 Build 10240 now available to testers

By Bryan Chan & Ng Chong Seng - on 16 Jul 2015, 12:00pm

Windows 10 Build 10240 now available to testers

Microsoft has resumed seeding Windows 10 builds to Insiders. This time, it’s Build 10240, and it’s available to Insiders on both the Fast and Slow rings.

As expected, this build is once again about fixing bugs and polishing the UI. But Microsoft did say that the new Edge browser is even better in this build, and is beating Chrome and Safari on their own JavaScript benchmarks.

As we mentioned before, Build 10240 is widely regarded as the ‘RTM’ build. And the hints (e.g., the new license terms, the removal of the build number and evaluation wording on the desktop) are there. However, with Microsoft now treating Windows as a service, it may not sign it off like previous OS releases. Instead, this may very well be the production/release-quality build, and come July 29, the final public release would be a combination of this build and a slew of updates that Microsoft would be doing between now and then.

And judging from what Microsoft’s Gabe Aul is saying, we think our assumption isn’t far off:

Besides builds, over the next 2 weeks you’ll also see some Windows Updates and app updates in the Store, so make sure to keep checking for updates daily to make sure you’re running the latest and greatest code.

Regarding Office universal apps

In addition, Microsoft has revealed that it’d be removing the ‘Preview’ tag in the app names for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint universal apps for Windows 10. The word ‘Mobile’ would instead be added to their names to differentiate them from the desktop version of Office that’s due later in fall.

Also, in about a week’s time, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to use these apps to edit on Windows 10 PCs and larger tablets. For 10.1-inch and below devices, viewing and most editing will remain free for non-commercial use. The confusing part about the name change is that these Office ‘mobile’ apps are for PCs and tablets; the versions on phones are simply called Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It's like solving one confusion to create another. So phones aren’t mobile? Got it.

Source: Microsoft.