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Windows 10 Build 9926 - Preview + DL links
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Published: January 24, 2015
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So MS just released another build for us to try :D

It doesn't have everything they showed in the tech demo, but it does have quite a lot of new features.

Been playing with it since yesterday and as far as design goes, I'm impressed. Just like in the older build, the startmenu isn't fullscreen (although you can maximize it), the installation was quick. I see a lot of new graphics elements on the desktop - namely the Cortana Window. I think it's a great idea to chat with Cortana, rather than using voice. It's a little bit like Siri but doesn't have as many features yet. It's going to be awesome once they expand it to more applications and add Cleverbot-esque AI to it.

Another really cool addition is the Notification Center, perhaps not as nice looking as in my UI concept, but very handy. It has similar toggles that you can find on Android, Windows Phone and iOS.
Windows 9 Concept BETA2 by fediaFedia

I liked the Xbox Music app, but I'd prefer something where I don't need to sign in with my Live ID...

A few annoying things: No Spartan browser and everything felt a little sluggish and buggy at times. For instance, you cant resize most of the modern app windows beyond a certain point, and the startmenu has a lot of empty space if you unpin the apps. There are also a lot of functionality issues I've heard.

Overall, I think we're going in the right direction. I'm very excited to see what Windows 10 will be like as a final product :)
Certainly an improvement over 9841
Windows 10 Technical Preview - Build 9841 by fediaFedia

If you're using Windows 10 TP, you can update to this build from the windows update.
For all others:

Download Windows 10 build 9926: x86 | x64

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charliehd4's avatar
This windows doesn't have transparent taskbar?
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Xyrus-02Professional Digital Artist
I totally want to have it but I'm not really pleased about the clunky, greyscale UI yet. I'm well aware that it will be better in the final release but I kind of want it to be like in your concept mockups and I know I won't get it :D
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CirnoTheFrosty's avatar
I tried this in Virtualbox and for whatever reason the guest additions would not work, making performance in the VM complete shit. I guess I wont be messing with this too much until its final release...
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yorgashHobbyist Interface Designer
Not too bad, certainly an improvement. 

The thing about signing in with your Live ID really is the worst part as of yet.

Oh and right, after looking at your Windows 9 concept of course it feels lacking :D
Darka22's avatar
Damn, that black nav bar is fugly as hell. Metro UI is ugly, seriously, it looks lazy and made in paint =/ I hope themes can fix that.
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link6155Hobbyist Interface Designer
I like it. One thing though, could I even say this is Metro anymore? Windows 10 UX uses thin lines across various elements unlike Windows 8 and previous Metro UI takes.

I think Windows 10 is going in the right direction and I'm also excited that it's going to be a free upgrade.
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Rock0Hobbyist Interface Designer
Liking it so far, but I don't like the window caption buttons. Too spaced out, and too big. Should only be like that in tablet mode.
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henrydnsProfessional Digital Artist
dammmnnn everything is fine unless open folder icon, glyphs icon in settings menu is awesome tho
dAKirby309's avatar
dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
I really hope they redesign the folder icons again. I do not like the new design. :(
IzzuThug's avatar
They remind me of the numix icons. They're still better than old ones in my opinion.
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
I do like the idea of the style a bit more, but the coloring/design is meh to me. They are certainly modern... but I mean, I feel Microsoft could do so much better.
2Pinka's avatar
very bad folders ffuuuuu bad. i'm hope to redesign. you good man i love you
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TheNeonPolygonStudent General Artist
Nice to see the icons finally getting updated ^__^
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MaskedJudasHobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, I prefered the startmenu of older builds, it's kind of confusing now. Also, the tiles look unrefined compared to the ones in Windows 8, but it's still in development so. But the build is quite nice, I use it myself and it works smoothly.
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Rock0Hobbyist Interface Designer
Me too. Was awesome the way they had it. But I see why they did the whole XAML thing - let's see how it goes.
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MaskedJudasHobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, you can reactivate the old startmenu (and the Win 8.1 Startscreen) by some registry addition :P just go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and add the DWORD EnableXamlStartMenu with Value 0, restart and voila it should be back :P works fine here :D
Rock0's avatar
Rock0Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah, I did see that. Thanks :)
GateFan's avatar
It looks like they rebuilt the Start Menu in these builds using the same API as Modern apps. Looks like a lot of previous features were temporarily removed because of that.
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MaskedJudasHobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope they bring it back, because pinning documents was quite handy, also I don't like this new settings app - glad that Control Panel is still there, even when it's hidden :P
IzzuThug's avatar
Did they reduce the shadows behind windows or is that just how inactive windows have always looked?
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Rock0Hobbyist Interface Designer
Looks like the shadow size has indeed decreased. I liked it when it was big. Really separated the windows nicely.
IzzuThug's avatar
Aw man that sucks, I too liked it when they had bigger shadows. Some custom visual styles should be able to fix that though. However, I was looking forward to hopefully being able to live with the default theme this time around.
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Rock0Hobbyist Interface Designer
Indeed, as they are in win8. As it is, I use the win10 theme for my win8.1 laptop.
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