Windows 10 news recap: Debut of Project Spartan, build 10051 leaked, and more

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Windows 10 news recap: Debut of Project Spartan, build 10051 leaked, and more

Another exciting week of Microsoft news has come and gone. Chances are you likely missed an important story on Windows 10. Let’s take a moment to rewind and see what took place this past week in a feature we like to call “Windows 10 news recap.”

At the beginning of the week, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 would get SSA, ASS, and SRT subtitle format support, in addition to MKV and HEVC support. Unlike Windows 8.1, Windows 10 will come with out-of-the-box support for additional new media formats.

Microsoft also released build 10049 to Windows Insiders. This build included the debut of Project Spartan. Microsoft hopes Spartan will be an amazing browser. According to Microsoft, Spartan was necessary as it has been designed for the modern web, taking advantage of what the web has to offer in this day and age. Microsoft wants Spartan to be an amazing browser — be fast, more secure, reliable, power efficient in the ways that you expect it. Secondly, Spartan needs to be bold and forward-looking with compatibility and interoperability. Finally, Spartan will be regularly updated.

You can watch our hands-on video of Windows 10 build 10049 below.

Windows 10 build 10049 features a Bio Enrollment app, which has to do with Windows Hello and it will likely work at a later date once Windows Hello is fully implemented. Build 10049 also has a Hyper-V bug and you can check out a solution here.

Microsoft also rolled out a new Music and Video preview apps this week, dropping the Xbox branding. The new apps are very simple at this point and are available for download and testing.

Windows 10 build 10051 leaked onto the internet at the start of the weekend, offering users a glimpse at a new Mail and Calendar app. You can check out our hands-on video of the build below.

Microsoft also revealed this week the status of Internet Explorer in Windows 10. According to Microsoft, Internet Explorer 11 will by default be unpinned from the taskbar and Start Menu, and will be buried under the Windows Accessories folder. It will not be turned off or disabled, meaning if the user wishes, they’ll be able to launch Internet Explorer pretty easily. Internet Explorer will be taking somewhat of a backseat in Windows 10, remaining simply for legacy reasons.

Stay tuned for yet another exiting week of Windows 10 news!