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05/01/2016
Microsoft's 2015
January 21st

#Microsoft held its big #Windows10 event unveiling many features, that it will work on PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, IoT devices and the #Xbox One, plus the all-important fact that for the first year it would be a free update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.

The company showed off the new #Continuum features, improved design of the OS and how Cortana would be integrated into the OS. There was also information about the new Universal Windows Platform with demos of the new Xbox, Photos, People, Project Spartan and Office apps. The company announced that a Windows 10 Technical Preview would be released to Windows Insiders over the coming week.

Microsoft then went on to announce new hardware at the event including the #SurfaceHub and #HoloLens.

January 22nd

We asked Gabe Aul when the Windows 10 Technical Preview would be released.

January 23rd

Microsoft surprised many by releasing the Windows 10 Technical Preview only 2 days after announcing it.

January 28th

The #OneDrive team announced a number of new features for the service, bringing some of the new features found in the recently announced Photos app. These included auto-generated or user-created albums and automatic tagging of photos.

February 2nd

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will work on the Raspberry PI 2 and it would be free.

February 12th

Microsoft buys N-Trig, the company behind the Surface Pens.

March 2nd

At #MWC Microsoft announced two new Lumias, the #Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. These were to be the last Windows Phones from the company.

March 3rd

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

March 13th

Microsoft announced that Cortana would be coming to iOS and Android.

March 17th

At WinHEC Microsoft announced more information about Windows 10, reaffirming that the OS would debut in summer 2015, that there would be a Windows 10 ROM for Android devices and that it had entered into a number of partnerships with companies around the world to create new apps.

March 18th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10041 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

March 25th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

March 31st

Microsoft announced the Surface 3, a smaller, cheaper and low-powered version of the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10049 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

April 20th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

April 23rd

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10061 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

April 29th

At its annual #Build conference Microsoft made a number of announcements including a new Visual Studio Code app that can run on Windows, Mac and Linux, that Android and iOS apps will be able to run on Windows 10 using a new “software bridge” and HoloLens was demoed with some new experiences.

There was also more information about Windows 10 with a demo of the Continuum feature on phones, the announcement of an imminent new build and that Project Spartan would be called Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10074 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

April 30th

Microsoft released how-old.net that attempted to detect the age of a person in a picture using the company’s machine learning tech.

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

May 1st

Microsoft acquired N-trig, the maker of the technology in the Surface Pen.

May 14th

Microsoft released Hyperlapse app for Windows and Android.

May 20th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10122 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

May 21st

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

May 26th

Microsoft officially announced #Cortana for iOS and Android.

May 29th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10130 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

June 2nd

Microsoft acquired 6Wunderkinder, the company that made the popular Wunderlist app.

June 10th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

June 11th

Microsoft announced that the Xbox One games will be coming to the Oculus Rift along with the news that all Rift headsets will ship with an Xbox controller in early 2016.

June 15th

At #E3 Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will offer backwards compatibility for many Xbox 360 games. The company also announced the Xbox One Elite Controller designed for serious gamers with swappable sticks and paddles. Finally, the New Xbox One Experience was shown off for the first time showing the Windows 10 powered dashboard and promising that Cortana would be coming to the console too.

June 20th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

June 29th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10158 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

June 30th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10159 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

July 1st

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

July 2nd

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10162 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

July 3rd

We gave Gabe Aul a break.

July 4th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

July 6th

Microsoft announced #Groove, the new brand for Xbox Music.

July 9th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10166 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

July 10th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

July 15th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10240 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring. This was the build that became the first official version of Windows 10.

July 21st

Microsoft announced that Surface VP, Panos Panay, would add the Lumia division to his hardware portfolio.

July 29th

Windows 10 launched.

July 30th

Microsoft announced that 14 million people are using Windows 10 just 24 hours after it launched.

July 31st

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

August 18th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10525 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring, the first post launch build.

August 19th

We asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

August 24th

Microsoft released Cortana for Android Beta.

August 26th

Microsoft announced that 75 million devices were running Windows 10.

August 27th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10532 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

Later that day we asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

September 8th

Microsoft announced partnerships with Dell and HP to sell more Surface devices direct to enterprises.

September 9th

Microsoft was on stage at Apple’s major annual keynote to talk about Office on the iPad Pro.

September 16th

Microsoft released Windows RT Update 3 bringing a simple, Windows 10-like Start Menu to the OS.

September 18th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10547 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

Later that day we asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

September 22nd

Microsoft released Office 2016 for Windows.

October 1st

Microsoft added real-time translation to Skype for Windows.

October 6th

At Microsoft’s hardware event the company announced the Surface Pro 4 and Band 2, both incremental updates to their processors. 3 new Lumia devices, the 550, 950 and 950 XL, with the latter two being the new flagship devices for Microsoft’s mobile efforts. The company also showed off the HoloLens again and announced Dev Kits will be available in 2016.

But, the real surprise and announcement was the Surface Book. A laptop device with a detachable screen.

Additionally, the company announced that 110 million devices were running Windows 10.

October 12th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10565 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

Within hours we asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

October 26th

Microsoft opened the first flagship Microsoft Store on 5th Avenue, New York City.

October 27th

Microsoft released the Xbox One Elite Controller.

October 29th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10576 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

Minutes later we asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

November 3rd

Microsoft announced a number of changes to OneDrive storage removing the unlimited option and significantly reducing the amount of free storage.

November 5th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10586 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring, this was the November Update build.

Seconds later we asked Gabe Aul when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

November 12th

Microsoft released the Windows 10 powered New Xbox One Experience. Along with the update 104 Xbox 360 games could be played on the Xbox One.

Microsoft also released the first major update to all Windows 10 users, dubbed the November Update bringing a number of small improvement and new features.

November 27th

Microsoft released Cortana for iOS Beta.

December 9th

Microsoft released Cortana for iOS and Android.

December 10th

Microsoft released an update for the Microsoft Band 2 bringing music controls and inactivity reminders to the device.

December 16th

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 11082 to the Windows Insiders Fast Ring, this was the first build of the Redstone branch instead of the Threshold branch.

In the festive spirit we gave Gabe Aul a few minutes before we asked when the next Windows 10 build would be released.

December 17th

Microsoft released 16 more Xbox 360 games to run on the Xbox One.

2015 really was an excellent year for Microsoft and I see 2016 continuing that trend with HoloLens, the next 2 major releases of Windows 10, Surface Hub, Xbox One updates and maybe a Surface Phone too. We’ll also see how Microsoft is able, or not, to bring more app developers to Windows 10 and whether it’s phone strategy pays off.

Finally, there is only one question that remains; Gabe Aul, when will the next Windows 10 build be released?

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