Over the weekend, a Creators Update tool of the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) build of the Windows 10 15063 was released over the internet. The tool was soom available from the Windows official website as well.
A new edition of the Windows 10 Update Assistant, followed by Microsoft enabling the download of the ISOs from its servers of the ‘RTM’ build of upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update build 15063 version 1703.
Though, Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced the roll out of the Creators Update, and is expected to begin rollout on April 11.
Microsoft has also released the first preview of version 1704 for Xbox Insiders, which is also part of the build 15063 series.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Windows and Devices Group Yusuf Mehdi, in a post on LinkedIn today revealed just how much the Windows Insider community has grown since its launch in 2014: “We count over 10M Windows Insiders today, many of them fans, who test and use the latest build of Windows 10 on a daily basis,” writes Mehdi.
“Their feedback comes fast and furious, they have a relentless bar of what they expect, but it so inspires our team and drives our very focus on a daily basis.”
The Windows Insider Program was originally intended to give early access to Windows 10 preview builds to just 250,000 users, but a week before official announcement of the program, it amended to include everyone who wanted to join.
In August 2015, Microsoft revealed that the Windows Insider Program had grown to more than six million people. Then, 24 days later, in early September, it said that that number had increased to over seven million.
The following two variants are available today to download:
Windows10_InsiderPreview_Client_x64_en-us_15063.iso (64-bit PC) — download
In other news, select Microsoft Stores have begun rolling out four new virtual reality (VR) game demos on Oculus Rift powered by Windows 10, making it easy for customers to experience immersive VR gaming and natural motion control with Oculus Touch.
Customers can try out “Rock Band VR,” “Fruit Ninja VR,” “Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal” and “Robo Recall.”
“Whether you’re rocking out onstage or mowing down waves of rogue robots, experience how powerful and interactive hands-on virtual reality can be,” writes Elana Pidgeon. “Microsoft Store is the destination to try these experiences before you buy, empowering you to find the game and hardware that’s right for you.”
You can visit a local Microsoft Store today to get in on the new VR. All games require an Oculus Rift headset, compatible PC and Oculus Touch controllers.
Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant is now available on Android lock screen for users in the U.S. and U.K, allowing them set reminders and get information with the smart digital assistant without having to unlock their device.
It’s also now easier to view and edit lists, schedules and calendars at a glance on the Cortana home on Android.
Today, both the Android and iOS apps also extends the functionality of Cortana on Windows 10:
- Reminders that Travel with You: Cortana has your back, seamlessly keeping track of the things you need to remember across all the platforms you use her. Set a reminder on your PC and get it on your mobile phone.
- Never Miss a Phone Call: In a meeting and can’t answer your phone? With the Cortana app, get a missed call alert on your Windows 10 PC and let Cortana send a text back letting them know you’ll call them later – all without leaving your PC.
- Optimized for Mobile: Designed specifically for your mobile life with quick action buttons and voice to get what you need quickly, a streamlined design and widgets for Android and iOS.
Microsoft Store Services SDK launched today with support for interstitial banner ads. “Interstitial banner ads have been one of the top Windows Dev Center feature requests since we introduced support for interstitial video ads,” said a program manager.
For those unaware, Interstitial banner ads “are a popular way of monetizing apps and games because they offer much higher eCPMs than standard banner ads.” Advertisers can earn up to 8-10 times more than standard banner ads, for following reasons:
- Full user attention: The full screen ads grab the full attention of users.
- Larger surface area: The increased real estate provides advertisers with more options to show content that attracts potential customers.
- User engagement: Interstitial ads require user action to move away from the ad and hence the user engagement is always high.