Microsoft overhauls Cortana and security protection in new upgrade

Lynne Hanson
March 2, 2017

With the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15046, Microsoft is publicly bringing its Win32 app blocking feature to the forefront.

The new Settings App found in the Creators Update implements this restriction through one of the three options that filter app installation permission according to the point of origin.

The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update is feature-locked and will be rolled out to the public in April.

This does seem like a sort of compromise between still supporting what Microsoft dubs as "legacy" win32 software while also preserving the security of a Windows 10 Cloud system.

Microsoft continues to bolster Windows 10's media-playing credentials with the news that it will be including the ability to play 360-degree videos through the Movies & TV app when the Creators Update launches later this year. This opens a schedule screen that you may use to pick a day and time for the installation of the update.

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In recognition of this frustration, Microsoft is promising to do better with the Creators Update.

Win32, also known as the Windows API, is the core technology that used to power the entire app ecosystem in older Windows versions, up until Windows 10, when Microsoft introduced its replacement, the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). "Active Hours", or the time window during which Windows 10 will install updates, is also being expanded.

In addition to making privacy settings more clear, Microsoft is giving users more control over how and when updates are applied, including the Creators update. This piece of good news might actually mean more to Microsoft than would-be users. Or else users can also tune PC to notify you when you try to install apps that aren't from the Store.

It stuck around as the focus shifted from touch to using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 with a mouse and keyboard.

This blog post today highlights just a part of our journey to listen intently to your feedback and provide on-going improvement to the Windows experience.

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