New Windows 10 PC test build adds media casting support

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft offers amnesty of sorts to pirates of older Windows software.

Perhaps the biggest addition in Build 10576, which follows Build 10565, is media casting in the Microsoft Edge browser — Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Cast extension for Chrome.Microsoft said Thursday that it will run an “experiment” to offer a path for those users who have either pirated or purchased an unlicensed copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to download a licensed copy from Microsoft itself, or to use a code from a third-party reseller.

Soon Microsoft will mark Windows 10 as an “optional update” in Windows Update on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and early next year Microsoft will go further and designate Windows 10 as a “recommended update” in Windows Update. “Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device,” Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, wrote in a blog post today. “Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. And of course, if you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.” This change — which can result in automatic downloads — should help Microsoft boost Windows 10 adoption above the “more than 110 million devices” level it is at now and get it closer to the company’s goal of 1 billion devices. Microsoft has previously made PCs automatically download Windows 10 in order to speed up installation — although you can prevent that from happening.

And earlier this month, Microsoft came out and said it was a “mistake” to have the checkbox for an “optional” update checked by default; the company said it would remove Windows 10 from Windows Update for those who had not made a reservation for a copy of the new operating system, which Microsoft released in late July. It’s unclear how much software in the world is pirated—the Business Software Alliance claimed that in 2010 four out of ten software programs installed around the world were illegally copied—but Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 has surely cut into that.

Myerson said that one unexpected aspect of the Windows 10 upgrade process was discovering how many pirates were upgrading to Windows 10—and then turning around and purchasing a valid license from Microsoft. Cast your music from Pandora: Login to Pandora in Microsoft Edge to get to your music and click on the “…” menu and the top left, and select “Cast media to device” and select the Miracast or DLNA device you want to cast to.

Microsoft relied upon the tried-and-true tactic of trying to scare users straight—which, to be fair, isn’t necessarily wrong. “The best Windows is genuine Windows,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Non-genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft, not properly licensed, nor supported by Microsoft or our trusted partners. Other updates include performance improvements for nested virtualization in Hyper-V Containers, improved memory usage for the Xbox app in certain scenarios, and the temporary removal of the VP9 video codec. Windows users, some before the software’s release, navigated to a Microsoft website or saw a notification pop up on their desktop prompting them to “reserve” an upgrade. Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more »

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