A new unofficial build of Windows 10 was leaked on the web earlier today. The release, bearing build 10036, is sans Spartan, one of the most anticipated features of the future Windows.
The last build for Windows 10 was nearly two months ago (official build 9926).
Not present in earlier builds, the transparent Start menu now makes an appearance. The Wi-Fi selection window now works. A new recycle bin ion also makes an appearance in this build. There’s an updated Task View, System Tray and more.
Check out some of the snapshots, courtesy of Neowin.net.
Microsoft announced an Insider program last September where you can download a copy iof Windows 10 Technical Preview for evaluation. The program was created to deliver regular updates throughout the Windows 10 development cycle. It’s anticipated that with Windows Insiders, this will make Windows 10 the largest-ever open collaborative development Microsoft has ever shipped.
You can install the build as an upgrade to your Windows 8.1 installation (although I’d recommend against that), or download the ISO file so you can install it on a virtual machine or spare PC/notebook. You can visit Microsoft’s preview site if you’re interested to test Windows 10 out.
Windows 10 is probably the biggest Windows release since Windows 8 and will be a unified Windows for desktop, tablets, mobile, XBox and the Internet of Things. Windows 10 has also seen the release of two new devices in the growing Microsoft portfolio — Microsoft Surface Hub and Microsoft HoloLens.
Aside from a refined UI and overall improvements over Windows 8.1, Windows 10 will the the debut of several key things.
Cortana, the much loved personal digital assistant on Windows Phone, will head to the PC and tablet. Cortana can be triggered via talking or typing and she’ll be there to make sure you get things done, or find the information you’re looking for.
Windows 10 will feature Project Spartan, the next generation browser (goodbye, IE) built into the Windows experience.
Whether you’re on your phone, tablet or PC, Office universal apps for Windows 10 will make sure you have a consistent user experience.
Universal applications like Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging, Mail & Calendar will look and feel the same from app to app, and device to device.
For the first time ever, Xbox Live and the new Xbox App will be available on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.
The official release of Windows 10 isn’t quite here yet, but the Insider program will let you dabble into the new Windows now. Install at your own risk though. Good luck!