Windows 10 Technical Preview: Update 2 (Build 9879)

I spent most of last week dealing with a jam packed week of conferences that I’ve been trying to attend both physically across the street from my office (Internet Summit 2014) and online (Visual Studio Connect()), and keeping tabs on the Rosetta mission putting the Philae lander on a comet. On top of all that, I found my laptop applied the next in a series of updates for the Windows 10 “fast” update train.

I’m a week late to the party in getting out the news of what has changed in the latest update, but it took some time to collect myself after all the excitement, and clean the grey matter off of fellow attendees at the conference.

The build number moves us forward from 9860 to 9879 and it appears that Microsoft has truly been taking notice of the user feedback they have been receiving. For those of you not using the Windows 10 Tehcnical Preview just yet, you can submit your own gripes about Windows on their UserVoice site.

Over the weekend, I’ve found that…

  • Users can now hide the Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar through toggling the options on the bar’s context menu.
  • Users can also pin items to the Home area of the File Explorer.
  • The windows Metro application settings menu in the top left of the window has changed from three dots to the “hamburger” looking button.
  • Notification center moved further to the right in the system tray, but doesn’t seem to look or operate any different than before.
  • There are some subtle window animation improvements.
  • Unless I’ve been blind or entirely missed in a previous build, you can now set and change monitor resolutions through the PC settings application instead of only through the Control Panel.w10u2-resolutions
  • And now you can also rename the machine and join it to a domain or “organization’s cloud” through the PC settings application as well instead of only through the Computer Properties pane.w10u2-pcinformation

From what I’ve read, there is also the highly anticipated trackpad gesture support that MacBook users have been used to for years. I personally didn’t run across this since I keep my trackpad disabled in favor of that little red dot in the middle on the Lenovo keyboard.

While the answer of whether or not the Windows 10 update will be available for consumers, or what pricing model should be expected, Microsoft did apparently say that all Windows Phone 8 devices can be upgraded to Windows 10 according to the below tweet I can across last week.

Given that Microsoft has been trying like mad to expand the Windows Phone platform, I would expect that the upgrade will be free like every other phone update provided to consumers today so long as their device is capable. At least if Microsoft is serious. Dumber things have happened in Redmond.