Rest of the Day: Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming August 2
Have you ever clicked “Submit” before you finished writing your message? Microsoft apparently did so today when it accidentally announced a release date for the upcoming Windows 10 “Anniversary” update – unless they change their minds.
- In today’s title-only blog post, Microsoft announced that the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available on August 2. They have since deleted the post. Was the announcement inaccurate, or did they just intend to announce the date later (presumably with an accompanying blog post)? Time will tell. But if you’re looking forward to updates, you can already try out many of the new features with Windows Insider. [Microsoft via The Next Web ]
- Microsoft also tweaked the aggressive Windows 10 update request that caused widespread displeasure with its confusing message that caused some users to unwittingly install the update. The new prompt makes it easier to refuse to update, and closing the window will prevent it from installing in the background. I think you should still upgrade, but hey, you do it . [The Verge]
- Amazon Echo has a recently revamped “app store” that makes it easy to add features to your device. Skills are now grouped into different categories, which you can view on a connected phone or tablet as if you were browsing an app store. And now you can add skills just by talking to Alexa if you know what to say (eg, “turn on NBC News”). [TechCrunch]
- Car sharing service Zipcar is experimenting with pay per mile. Currently being tested in Chicago, customers can rent a Honda Fit for $ 4.50 an hour + $ 0.50 a mile on weekdays. It’s cheaper than their traditional purely time-based prices (around $ 10 an hour). [The Verge]