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Windows 11 leaks don’t point to a significant upgrade (Opinion)

Windows 11 leaks don’t point to a significant upgrade (Opinion)

Microsoft has an event scheduled next week to reveal what CEO Satya Nadella has painted as one of the biggest Windows updates of the past decade. Of course, it might just be Microsoft's top honcho hyping up what is now believed to be called Windows 11 but it has definitely gotten people talking. A leaked build of this Windows 11 upgrade just leaked this week to give a partial preview of what's to come. If that represents what Microsoft has to offer, however, Windows 11 might end up being more of a dud and yet another anecdote to the platform being chained forever to its past.

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Xbox Game Pass is losing these big console and PC games next month

Xbox Game Pass is losing these big console and PC games next month

Xbox Game Pass has a lot of games worth playing on it, but today we're learning that some of them will soon be disappearing from the service. Microsoft has listed the games that will be leaving the service on July 1st, and there are some big titles on the list. The good news is that we're learning of these departures with a couple of weeks of lead time, so if you're in the middle of any of them, you still have some time to finish them up.

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Xbox Design Lab returns with Xbox Series X|S controllers, new customization options

Xbox Design Lab returns with Xbox Series X|S controllers, new customization options

Today is a pretty big day for Xbox Design Lab. The website, which allows customers to design and buy custom Xbox controllers, is coming back online after going dark around 9 months ago. It's making a pretty big comeback, too, as it now offers the redesigned Xbox Wireless Controller that launched alongside Xbox Series X|S along with several new customization options.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update V overhauls the Nordics today

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update V overhauls the Nordics today

Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting another major World Update today, and this time, the Nordic countries are the area of focus. World Update V: Nordics is going live today, improving the flying experience in five different countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Like the other World Updates that came before this one, Asobo Studio has made significant improvements to those five countries, giving players more sights to see and landscapes to fly over.

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Microsoft Teams gets new video features, Fluid docs & digital downtime

Microsoft Teams gets new video features, Fluid docs & digital downtime

Windows 11 may not be quite ready for primetime, but Microsoft isn't letting that stop it from launching its latest features for the hybrid workplace, including updates to Teams and new Fluid support across more apps. For meetings mixing together in-person and remote participants - which look likely to persist well beyond 2021 - Microsoft has new video calling features in Teams to give everyone an equal spotlight.

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Windows 11 SE might be another attempt at a locked-down OS

Windows 11 SE might be another attempt at a locked-down OS

Time and again, Microsoft has attempted to replicate on Windows the systems that are implemented on other platforms, particularly mobile devices. That primarily involves imposing restrictions not just on what users can do on Windows but also what they're able to install. That restricted version of Windows has gone by many names, from Windows RT to Windows 10 in S Mode. A new Windows 11 SE might be Microsoft's next stab at the idea, and it might actually be even more restrictive than previous iterations.

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Xbox now supports speech-to-text and text-to-speech accessibility features

Xbox now supports speech-to-text and text-to-speech accessibility features

Gaming is and should be for everyone, but games and gaming platforms weren't always designed with everyone, and we mean everyone, in mind. Developers and console makers have fortunately been making strides in the accessibility department, and some have hailed Microsoft's Xbox as leading the pack, especially with its unique Xbox Adaptive Controller. For June, Xbox is once again diving into opening the platform to all types of gamers, allowing them to chat the way they can or even want to.

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Windows 11 might let you get your Windows 10 Start Menu back

Windows 11 might let you get your Windows 10 Start Menu back

The Internet is buzzing with opinions and discoveries on the alleged leaked Windows 11 build and what features the next Windows release will bring or miss. Unsurprisingly, much of the focus has been on Windows 11's version of the Start Menu and Taskbar. Equally unsurprising is how some are already raising their voices against the changes. They may not be fans of the Windows 10 Start Menu in the first place, but they might not have much choice but to revert to it, which Windows 11 will apparently allow them to do with a bit of tinkering.

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Windows 11 might be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1

Windows 11 might be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1

With just a week before its official announcement, leaks and questions about Microsoft's next operating system version have started flooding the Internet. In fact, a leaked Windows 11 build has already revealed what has changed and, perhaps more importantly, what has remained the same. Some users and customers will probably wonder if they will be able to upgrade to the shiny new Windows without paying a dime. It turns out that they might be able to do exactly that, provided they're not using Windows 8.

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Windows 11 leaks with a huge UI shakeup

Windows 11 leaks with a huge UI shakeup

Microsoft is set to reveal what's next for Windows later this month, but it seems that leakers have beat the company to the punch. Windows 11 has leaked online, giving us a look at several big UI changes Microsoft plans to implement with this new operating system. There's a lot to take in, so if you're the type who likes to be surprised by these reveals, then you should probably turn back now.

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Bethesda’s Starfield takes shape and Star Wars fans should pay attention

Bethesda’s Starfield takes shape and Star Wars fans should pay attention

Following years of build-up and mere acknowledgment, yesterday we finally saw the first media associated with Bethesda's upcoming game Starfield. While we only got to glimpse a teaser trailer for the game, it did tell us when Starfield will release. Now, in a new interview, Bethesda is shedding a little more light on what Starfield will be when it arrives next year.

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Halo Infinite gives us a longer look at multiplayer

Halo Infinite gives us a longer look at multiplayer

Those of us who were hoping to see more from Halo Infinite during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase yesterday weren't disappointed, as Microsoft showed off multiplayer gameplay footage for the first time. It looks like the multiplayer reveals aren't over yet, as today, Microsoft and 343 Industries published a longer multiplayer overview for Halo Infinite. If yesterday's reveal left you ready for more multiplayer details, then this is where you'll find them.

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