Windows 10 news recap: Holograms app, Windows Defender Hub, Build 14971 and more

Dennis Bednarz

Windows 10

Welcome to the first Windows 10 recap at OnMSFT. We are continuing the trend of our weekly “Windows 10 news recap” series where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Universal File Explorer can now be opened, Hologram app shows up

The File Explorer has been rumoured to get a UWP update for quite some time, with numerous leaks surfacing. Now, it’s finally possible to open it up by following a simple trick that we discovered.

Thanks to the same trick, we discovered a “Holograms” app hidden in the latest Insider builds, and we were able to launch it too. This could be a part of the Windows 10 Holographic and the Windows 10 Desktop unification we heard about at the Windows 10 Event in New York.

Windows Defender Hub shows up in the Store, can be installed on Mobile and PC

The Windows Defender is rumoured to get a UWP version soon and meanwhile that is under development, Microsoft might have released a “placeholder” for it in the form of a “Get Office” app where you can see some info and tips about online security.

The app can be downloaded on both PC’s and, ironically, on phones thanks to a small bug in the Windows Store. The Hub is even less functional on a phone but it is still a pretty cool thing to have.

Windows Insider Build 14971 has been released for Fast Ring Insiders

The new update includes a couple of refinements for Edge, Paint 3D pre-Installed and a lot more. The Update was unfortunately only released for PC’s making the mobile users wait for bugfixes and new Creators Update features.

This update included a lot of small and minor changes in order to improve the attention to detail in Microsoft’s Operating system. Things like PowerShell integration and an EPUB reader is not something most users will notice, but those who do will be very happy it’s there.

According to Microsoft, Edge is less battery hungry than Google Chrome and safer than Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft has been struggling to gain some market share in the glorious browser master race. The pop-ups that have been showing up in Windows 10 have now started to advertise Microsoft Edge when you use other browsers.

The pop-ups can be easily closed and they don’t show up that often. The issue here is: Are Microsoft’s claims true? They could be, judging by some tests that can be found on the internet, but they could as well be false.

This is it for the news this week, but we will have more so make sure to check back here in seven days.