Windows 10 news recap: Microsoft Planner to get a UWP app, Microsoft to drop internal “Redstone” name for future Windows 10 updates, and more

Jack Wilkinson

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Welcome back to our Windows 10 news recap, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Microsoft Planner is getting Guest Access support, UWP app also in the works

Microsoft’s visual teamwork planning tool, Microsoft Planner, is to receive its own UWP app for Windows 10 in the future, according to Planner’s UserVoice. This news comes after the fact that iOS and Android already have an app for Planner.

Microsoft will reportedly stop using “Redstone” internal codename for future Windows 10 updates

It is reported that, from 2019, Microsoft is planning to simplify its internal codenames for major Windows 10 updates, dropping the “Redstone” name that we’ve come to expect for every major update to the operating system.

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Windows Org’s Terry Myerson shuffled out at Microsoft in shakeup

In the latest company-wide reshuffle by CEO Satya Nadella, Terry Myerson is stepping down from heading up Microsoft’s Windows & Devices Group, leaving 21 years of being at Microsoft behind him.

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An exiting Terry Myerson reveals interesting Windows usage stats

Following the announcement of Terry Myerson’s exit from the company, Myerson has revealed some interesting usage statistics from Windows, particularly the Windows Insider Program, on LinkedIn:

One of my favorite things about leading Windows has been the Windows fans. Through good times and bad, I’ve loved your feedback. I’ve loved your passion for our work. I’ve loved your applause when we’ve done great work and I’ve loved the push to do better. One of my deeply held lessons from my Exchange days was the importance of that feedback loop with customers and fans, and that’s why we created the Windows Insider Program so we could build Windows 10 led by your feedback. Now with 15 million members, you continue to make our product and our team better each and every day. Thank you.

Today, we are now approaching 700 million active Windows 10 users, commercial usage is growing 84% year over year, Xbox One is running a Windows 10 core, Surface is leading PC innovation, HoloLens is bringing breakthroughs to computer vision, our universal Microsoft store enables Xbox GamePass, Azure reserved instances, and Office distribution and the OEM ecosystem is revitalized with profitable growth. Last year, we finished the year with over $8B in operating income from our segment.

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Windows 10 news!