Windows 10 news recap: New insiders, old leaks, and size definitely matters

Zac Bowden

Windows 10

It’s Sunday! It’s Super Bowl day! And it’s also the Windows 10 weekly recap day! This week was somewhat packed with Windows 10 news, so let’s dive straight in. First up, Microsoft confirmed this week that *new* devices with a screen smaller than 8 inches will not have a desktop. Existing 7 inch devices will retain said feature, however new devices will be left without.

Up next, Microsoft announced that over 2.5 million Windows Insiders are now present within the program, which is an astonishing amount of people interested in pre-release software. This is good news however, as it means Microsoft is conducting feedback from even more Insiders than ever before, making Windows 10 that much more awesome.

Furthermore, it appears a number of older Windows 10 builds leaked this week, thanks to a bug within the Windows Update server which allows the public to download a select set of ESDs. The builds ranged from 9925 all the way down to 9900, so those Beta Collectors out there are in for a bit of an awesome treat.

Microsoft also announced that the upcoming Spartan browser wouldn’t be available on Windows 7, as the company is focusing all its efforts on the launch of Windows 10. Hopefully this will convince more Windows 7 users to finally upgrade to Windows 10, as Windows 7 is now over 5 years old.

On the Windows Phone side of things, the Phone Insider app got updated, renaming it Windows Insider and allowing normal Microsoft accounts to login. Is this a sign that the Windows Insider Preview for Windows Phone is coming soon? One can only hope.

And finally, it was announced this week that Enterprise users would not get Windows 10 for free. Sad times, however Enterprises can upgrade via their Software Assurance, which is good.

So there you have it, another week of Windows 10 news. What was your favorite story? Let us know in the comments below!