Skip ahead to next Windows 10 release no longer possible

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Last week I announced that “Skip ahead to the next Windows release” came available for Windows Insiders at the Windows Insider Program. Well that’s no longer possible.

At the time they already announced that this option would be available for only for the time being and would be closed down after enough participants decided to join in.

One of the reasons is that they still need enough Windows Insiders to participate in the stabilizing process for Redstone 3 aka the Fall Creators Update that we can expect somewhere in September this year and most likely will be versioned as 1709.

So there you have it:

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If you are not in already, nothing is lost … you’ll be just helping to stabilize the Fall Creators Update and when this is released the program will be opened up again for all Windows Insiders to join in the new Redstone 4 development cycle.

Be aware though that, especially in the first builds, it can be a buggy experience. First builds tend to be somewhat unstable.

If that is not your thing, it is advised that you stay on the Fall Creators Update for a while longer and maybe join in at a later time. Chances are better receiving a more stable build getting closer to the next release that, if the cadence continues to go on like this, might be here around 1803 (March 2018). But this is just guessing by looking at the stars Winking smile.

Skip ahead to the next Windows release

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It was announced a couple of days ago at the Feedback Hub, but it wasn’t really all that visible. Windows Insiders are now moving into Redstone 4, the successor of the Fall Creators Update.

We are close to getting Redstone 3 aka Fall Creators Update of Windows 10 so this flight (the stream of updates released to Windows Insiders like myself) is currently stabilizing.

If you go to the Settings in Windows 10 you see under Update & Security on the Windows Insider Program tab a new option under What kind of content would you like to receive:

“Skip ahead to the next Windows release”

And the comment that goes with it: “Skip stabilizing our upcoming release and move straight on to our next Windows release”.

There is no option to skip between Slow, Fast or other level:

“Only one level is available for your selected branch”

Switching these options will immediately give you:

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If you see 16251.0 you are still on release Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) but if you are getting 16251.1000 you are on the next path, Redstone 4 … Let’s move on!

SDN Cast 53 – ARM, CShell, WWDC and news week 23

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Developments are going fast, according to the rumors from the market that is. There already was the pre-recorded video at Build 2017 about Windows on ARM, this weeks announcement by Qualcomm on full Windows 10 PCs running on its Snapdragon 835 ARM processor with built-in LTE for “Always Connected” devices (https://www.qualcomm.com/news/onq/2017/05/31/windows-10-running-snapdragon-835-mobile-pc-platform-unveiled-computex).

Intel quickly followed with a statement suggesting that certain 3rd parties might have been using their patents without their consent.

At the same time videos appeared online showing the new Windows interface called CShell. CShell has options to scale the user interface depending on the device the applications are running on. A smaller device will adapt to a mobile like interface where on full scale systems all details will emerge. All devices will get their most optimized view.

Overall it seems that a new Windows mobile devices is rising but not with Windows Mobile but with the full version of Windows that will also be running on full PC ARM devices as mentioned above. Devices have been announced, in the official prerecorded video by Microsoft and also in other videos to be arriving Q4 this year already! In other words, ready for Holiday Season 2017…

Besides speculating on this, we also discussed the news items presented at the Apple Developer Conference WWDC 2017. We are talking about the new devices, upgrades to the iMac Pro, HomePod, AIKit APIs and more. So our Dutch speaking viewers get updated in about an hour on the latest news and event updates.

If you are in the neighborhood also don’t forget that our next SDN Event is close. At June 23rd we will have our second SDN Event this year with, as always, a great set of sessions and speakers. A slightly changed program this time, we will start with a generic keynote by Richard Campbell. After that the regular sessions start.

You Dutchies can register at our SDN site:
https://www.sdn.nl/EVENTS/23-juni-2017

Where can you find our 53rd episode of our Dutch SDN Cast?

https://youtu.be/97VVbIKgwx0

Did you subscribe our Dutch SDN Cast channel already?

Subscribe your YouTube channel if you don’t want to miss a single broadcast. Usually we will broadcast on Thursday evenings at 8 PM but there can be a change of plans where we need to move to another time or day. So to be sure Subscribe to our channel on YouTube or go to http://www.sdncast.nl to see when the next episode is due.

Other news:

Announcing Availability of SharePoint Framework Extensions Developer Preview
https://dev.office.com/blogs/announcing-availability-of-sharepoint-framework-extensions-developer-preview

Open Sourcing the Microsoft Graph Explorer
https://dev.office.com/blogs/open-sourcing-the-microsoft-graph-explorer

Performance Improvements in .NET Core
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2017/06/07/performance-improvements-in-net-core/

Android Developer Preview 3
https://developer.android.com/preview/release-notes.html

Android O APIs are final, get your apps ready!
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/06/android-o-apis-are-final-get-your-apps.html

CShell
First Look at CShell on a Windows phone (Exclusive)

Intel seemingly hints of potential patent infringement around x86 emulation on ARM
http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-seemingly-hints-of-potential-patent-infringement-around-x86-emulation-on-arm/

Important information on the closing of Docs.com
https://support.office.com/en-US/article/Belangrijke-informatie-over-einde-van-service-voor-Docs-com-3b0d4877-1643-457c-9756-8caf28b94da4
https://docs.com

Events

This week’s events

WWDC 2017 – June 5-9, 2017 – San José
https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=02152017a

DevSum 17 – June 8-9, 2017 – Stockholm
http://www.devsum.se/

Next Week events

Goto Amsterdam – June 12-15
https://gotoams.nl/2017

Microsoft Data Insights Summit – June 12-13, 2017 – Seattle
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/datainsightssummit

NDC Oslo – June 12-16, 2017 – Oslo
http://ndcoslo.com

E3 – June 13-15, 2017 – Los Angeles Convention Center
https://www.e3expo.com/show-info/2895/about-e3/

Global Devops Bootcamp June 17
http://globaldevopsbootcamp.com

Upcoming events

Office365 Engage – June 19-22 – Haarlem
https://office365engage.com/

Google Cloud Next – June 21 – Kromhouthal – Amsterdam
https://cloudplatformonline.com/Next-Amsterdam-2017.html

SDN Event 2 – Zeist – June 23, 2017
www.sdn.nl

Inspire July 9-13 – Washington D.C.
https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/inspire/

Ignite 2017 – September 25-29 – Orlando
https://ignite.microsoft.com

SDN Event 3 – Zeist, NL – October 6, 2017
www.sdn.nl

TechDays – October 12-13, 2017 RAI Amsterdam
http://www.techdays.nl/

As usual we are always looking for presenters for our own events and Meetup’s so if you want to share something about hot technologies or just about something you implemented at work or in an App that could be interesting to our audience let us know so we can schedule you for one or our next SDN events or Dutch .NET Group Meetups.

This off course also goes for if you want to write a great article for us to publish in our SDN Magazines or at our SDN Website. The downside of publishing a magazine article is that there can be some time between writing the article and publishing the magazine. So, if it is time critical sometimes the best option is to publish it on the www.sdn.nl website to get more speedy attention to the article.

As you see, options enough to address your audience with top notch information. You can even, if you like, be our guest in our SDN Cast shows to discuss the projects you are working on or other topics you master. We will instruct you how to connect with us and what it is you need to join the show.

Hopefully we will see you at our weekly web cast, for the schedule go to www.sdncast.nl for next week’s announcement to find out the day and time of our next broadcast or go to www.sdncast.nl/youtube to watch old episodes and videos that we recorded at our events. Don’t forget to subscribe our YouTube channel www.sdncast.nl/subscribe or go directly to YouTube not to miss any of our shows!

Back to Blogs … Installing Live Writer 2012

I lost my blogging tools in the process of testing Windows 10 and or reinstalling machines. I now finally came to install Live Writer back on my machine.

I am working on getting my way around Office365 Development. It appears that developing using VBA and VSTO Add-ins is soooo year 2000, time to move forward Winking smile.

Well, the real story is that in my day job I’m still on VSTO but it probably doesn’t come as a surprise if I say that Microsoft already spent at least four years (plus) by now on creating a new Add-in platform that is ready to target X-Platform (Windows, IOS, Android) development.

They still have a long way to go, many items within the current (COM) object model still needs to be addressed, but as time is moving forward the Office Development Team is making great progress in adding new features every day hopefully in the end getting in par with the VSTO capabilities. And let’s be real, the Office365 scope of today is so much bigger than the scope of the ‘old’ Office.

Anyway, I got rebooted, and if you can read this I was able to get Live Writer 2012 installed and to be ready for future posts.

Oh, and this is how I installed Live Writer – in case you want to join me and start your own blog:

[Thanks to Stefan to help out here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_stranger/archive/2015/07/24/installing-windows-live-writer-on-windows-10.aspx]

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