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10 New Windows 10 Virtual Labs Published to Try, KNFB Reader for Windows 10

Microsoft just published 10 new Windows 10 virtual labs for hands-on experience with Windows as a service, Windows security technologies, and new deployment before a full-scale rollout.

Those who are new, “Virtual labs let you try out Windows 10 setup, deployment, and management scenarios using a cloud-based private virtual machine environment.”

Each lab features a series of instructions, and access to one or more virtual machines, with no additional software or setup required—enabling you to jump right in and get started with common tasks and customizations.

“These labs have been specifically addresses top deployment blockers and how-to training on new Windows 10 features, such as Credential Guard,” writes the team.

Here are the links to these new virtual labs:

Windows 10 deployment labs

Windows 10 security labs

Windows 10 Virtual Labs

Microsoft also released today a new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 15043 to the Slow ring.

Among new features, you’ll see e-Books in the Windows Store, that can be read through the Microsoft Edge, and you can even have the browser read them to you.

Other new features such as a new Share icon, and more colorful emojis in Edge are available as well.

An expanded and refreshed Microsoft Accessibility website debuted Wednesday, along with the availability of KNFB Reader for Windows 10.

The refreshed Microsoft Accessibility website now features updated product accessibility information and resources about assistive technology providers, public policy and accessibility standards conformance information, writes Jenny Lay-Flurrie.

You can visit the site HERE.

Microsoft Accessibility website

KNFB Reader for Windows 10 “allows people who are blind and others with print disabilities to access the content of printed documents simply by photographing the document,” Lay-Flurrie says. “KNFB Reader then converts the image to text that can be read aloud in synthesized speech or output to a connected refreshable Braille display using a compatible screen reader.”

The technology incorporates KNFB Reader’s signature audio and vibration guidance to help the user align the camera and take the perfect image of a document so that processing is fast and accurate.

It’s also the perfect desktop PC or laptop application for recognizing image-based PDF files.

For more on KNFB Reader for Windows 10, visit the knfbreader.com, or search for the app in the Microsoft Store available at the introductory limited time price of $19.99.

The next generation of delivery technologies called “Unified Update Platform” (UUP) available to Insiders Preview builds as a reduction in download size of build updates on PCs.

Microsoft notes, Windows Insiders PCs build already getting differential download packages for a while now, sonn UUP will make a way in retail release as well.

With UUP, Insiders already taking benefits of decrease download size by approximately 35% when going from one major update of Windows to another. Retail users however, “since will be getting it first time with Creators Update, therefore, will only see the benefit when they go from the Creators Update to the next feature update of Windows,” wrties the team.

Further, the team explains that differential download packages will benefit most to retial users, when comparing with Insiders—given the frequency of Insider flights, “Insider build update diffs are considerably smaller (<1GB),” the team said.

Graph: Showing benefits of differential packages of UUP bits
Graph: Showing benefits of differential packages of UUP bits
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