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Microsoft accidentally sent an untested Windows build to Insider



Microsoft accidentally sent an untested build of Windows to all insiders on all rings. The build includes a reduced start menu without live tiles and a new GIF search tool. Insiders should consider stopping updates for the time being.

When Microsoft ships for Windows Insider tests, the build is typically subjected to a series of tests. Even for the most up-to-date ring builds, internal tests are typically run for at least five to seven days before Microsoft releases them to users.

Today, however, Microsoft has inadvertently released build 1

8947 for all insiders, regardless of whether they're on release preview, fast or slow ringing. This is problematic because Microsoft apparently compiled 18947 yesterday, which means that it has not received many or no tests at all. While initial reports indicated that this was only for 32-bit users, some users on Twitter saw this on 64-bit computers as well.

When you install the build, you will find a shockingly different launch menu – as shown by Twitter user NTAuthority – with all the live tiles removed and a Ninja Cat button. The emoji picker also has a new GIF search feature.

Windows Insider versions typically include a watermark detailing the build. The screenshot of NTAuthority shows that this is a build for Xbox and not for Windows PCs. This could explain the drastic change of the startup menu (which Xbox does not have).

Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider Program, says the company is addressing the problem . The update will not appear on any of our insider computers. However, if you are an insider, you can take precaution to temporarily stop the upgrade. Go to Settings -> Updates and click on "Stop updates for 7 days". [The Verge]

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It seems that no one can bypass customs. Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collin left this shining planet and traveled to the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin even became the first two humans to enter our lunar companion.

On their return home, the world would call them heroes and honor them with parades. But not before they went through customs, it seems. One of the last stops they made in public was the secular process that we all fear when traveling abroad declared their cargo: moon rocks and dust. It is an amusing detail of a historic journey, and the customs signed by the astronauts give us another piece of history to see. [Space.com]


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