Kunal-Chowdhury.com - Microsoft Technology Blog for developers and consumers: April 2017

Windows 10 Redstone 3 build 16184 released for PCs in fast ring

Microsoft has announced a new insider preview build 16184 for PCs in the fast ring Windows Insiders. It contains a couple of new features, which people are waiting for a long time. Apart from the new features, a set of improvements and fixes are also available in this build.

 

Check out this post to know what's new in this build, what has been changed and fixed. Don't forget to read the known issues before downloading it.



Windows 10 Creators Update bumped to build 15063.250 (KB4016240)

Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10 Cumulative Update (KB4016240) for the devices running Windows 10 Creators Update. If you are running version 1703, check for updates. If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes will get downloaded.

 

This is a non-security update and includes quality improvements and no new features are being introduced. Checkout to know the improvements and fixes part of this update.


Windows 10 Redstone 3 to be released in September 2017

Microsoft officially announced that, the next major feature update (code named: 'Redstone 3') will be targeted for release in the month of September 2017. They have also announced that the company will release two major feature upgrades of Windows 10 every year.

 

To know more about the release plan of the next major feature upgrades of Windows 10, continue reading the post.


How to automatically free up space in Windows 10 Creators Update?

Windows 10 Creators Update can allow you to configure the system to automatically free up space by getting rid of files that you don't need. These are the files that resides in the temporary folder and in your recycle bin.

 

In this blog post, we are going to see how to configure your system to automatically free up those files. Continue reading more to learn it.


How to hide Windows 10 Settings pages with Creators Update?

Corporates some time needs to disable/hide few settings pages to block the users from changing the system settings. Windows 10 Creators Update provides the system admins to show/hide specific settings pages by tuning them in the Windows Group Policy Settings.

 

In this post, we will learn how to control the visibility of the pages. Before proceeding, make sure that you are an admin user.


List of Windows 10 Mobile devices, that will get Creators Update

Along with the announcement of 'Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16176', Microsoft officially announced that only a set of few Windows 10 Mobile devices will get the Creators Update and future insiders build.

 

If you are already in latest insider preview build on old devices, you won't get the feature update but will receive cumulative updates.



How to configure the Windows 10 'Night Light' settings?

The light we generally see is a combination of different colors and among which the blue light has the maximum energy that can put more strain to eyes while working on a computer for long during the night. With the 'Windows 10 Creators Update', you can now control it.

 

In this blog post, we are going to see how we can configure it to lower the emission of blue light and ask Windows to show warmer colors to make it easier to sleep at night.


First build of Windows 10 Redstone 3 (build 16170) released for PC

Windows Insiders in the fast ring on PC gets their first Windows 10 Preview build 16170 from the Redstone 3 branch. Dona Sarkar, in her blog post, announced the availability of build 16170 for the Windows Insiders.

 

Though there are no new major changes in this build, but has some one core related changes and refactoring done for restructuring for the next branch work.


Microsoft opened the store for apps targeting Creators Update

Microsoft opened up the door of Windows Store for the developers who are willing to target their UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps for Windows 10 Creators Update. They have now officially released the RTM version of the SDK Tools.

 

In order to use the latest UWP APIs of the SDK, you must upgrade your system to Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) and use Visual Studio 2017 (version 15.1).


Here's how to read emails from Outlook using C#

You would like to build an application/addin that reads outlook mail and notify the user or would like to do some other operations based on your business need. For this, you will need to use the Microsoft Outlook APIs.

 

Today we are going to see, how this can be done using the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.dll to read the email from Outlook context and extract the data.


COM Exception from HRESULT: 0x80080005

While working with Microsoft Office Interoperability, you may face the following exception that states: "COMException (0x80080005): Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID failed due to the following error: 80080005".

 

This issue happens when Outlook is already running and you are trying to access it's mailbox from Visual Studio environment. Let's discuss more about the issue.


 
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