Microsoft last week released the January update for the Technical Preview of its Windows 10 OS which can now be downloaded from downloaded from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-download with an ISO file download option.
The new build comes with many new features, the most notable being Cortana (Microsoft’s personal assistant, kind of like Apple’s Siri) and the new Xbox app. The Xbox app doesn’t yet support streaming games from an Xbox One to a PC but allows you view friends’ activities, post to timeline, and view game DVR videos. Microsoft’s personal assistant is currently available in US English only and it can sync to Windows’ Phones.
Continuum is a new feature which allows you switch between your tablet and PC mode with one click. For the Surface Pro 3, the switch is automatically employed when you attach or remove its keyboard. Other things such as the Project Spartan browser and the new touch-optimized Office suite are not available in this new build of the Technical Preview. They will be released in the some months’ time through the Microsoft Insider program.
The Charms bar has been replaced by the new Action Center, and it houses notifications, quick action keys, and settings. The People, Outlook, Photos, and Maps apps have all been updated and a new “smart snap” mode has been put in which shows you a list of running applications when you snap another app, assuming that you will want to snap an additional one after that.