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Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

With the announcement of Windows 11, some people might presume that Microsoft will be focusing its efforts on Windows' next big installment, and they'd be right and wrong at the same time. Microsoft still has a commitment to service Windows 10 users, and not just with its usual security patches and bug fixes. In fact, the company just announced the existence of a Windows 10 21H2 feature update coming later this year. Don't expect big changes, though, as it will only have a scoped set of features delivered using "servicing technology."

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Clippy Emoji confirmed for Windows as v14.0 list solidifies for September

Clippy Emoji confirmed for Windows as v14.0 list solidifies for September

The next wave of Emoji will launch at the turn of the month - but not before Microsoft releases Clippy. The classic living paperclip character has officially made its way to the next upgrade in Emoji in Windows products, courtesy of a Twitter dare. After suggesting that they'd make Clippy into an Emoji if a Tweet reached a certain number of likes - that happened several times over, so here comes Clippy - with a few other changes to Emoji in tow.

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Microsoft’s Clippy is about to make a big comeback, but not in the way you think

Microsoft’s Clippy is about to make a big comeback, but not in the way you think

Those who were Microsoft Office users back in the late 90s or early aughts undoubtedly remember Clippy, the paperclip office assistant who offered tips and tricks for Office that most found annoying rather than helpful. Even though Clippy hasn't been used in any Office apps for many years at this point, the irritating little office assistant still has quite the reputation. It seems that Clippy is about to make a grand comeback too, though you don't have to worry about it greeting you every time you open a new document.

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Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Microsoft has launched Windows 365 today, putting Windows 10 and - eventually - Windows 11 into the cloud. The natural next step after remotely-hosted applications, this new "Cloud PC" category, Microsoft claims, will become instrumental in hybrid workplaces, as businesses try to grapple with employees working remotely and the practical and security challenges that brings.

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Xbox Family Settings app can now manage kids’ spending

Xbox Family Settings app can now manage kids’ spending

Gaming consoles like the Xbox are often considered to be a solitary machine for a solitary gamer, but that hasn't been the case for the past years. Consoles have even become a means by which families spend time together at home or for kids to develop skills often associated with safe gaming. The latter is an important consideration for parents who want to give their kids access to consoles and the games available for them. The Xbox Family Settings app tries to make that task less of a chore, and its newest features promise to save parents money or prevent them from accidentally losing some.

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Bethesda PS5 exclusive Ghostwire: Tokyo hit with delay

Bethesda PS5 exclusive Ghostwire: Tokyo hit with delay

If you've been looking forward to Tango Gameworks' upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo, then we've got some sour news for you: Tango and Bethesda have decided to delay the game. Previously slated to release sometime in fall 2021, we learned today that Ghostwire: Tokyo will now miss that original release date by several months, as the game has been pushed back to early 2022.

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Minecraft Dungeons Echoing Void DLC revealed alongside Ultimate Edition

Minecraft Dungeons Echoing Void DLC revealed alongside Ultimate Edition

It's a big day for Minecraft Dungeons fans because not only have Microsoft and Mojang confirmed details of the next DLC pack en route to the game, but they've also announced a free content update for everyone. In addition, Mojang today announced Minecraft Dungeons: Ultimate Edition, which - you guessed it - comes with the base game all of the DLC released to date.

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xScreen Xbox Series S screen add-on makes the case for portability

xScreen Xbox Series S screen add-on makes the case for portability

An accessory called xScreen was revealed this week by a 3rd-party creator aiming to turn the Xbox Series X into a portable gaming machine. The device is effectively a plug-in, flip-up display for the console, adding a new sort of way to play to the Microsoft-made video game console. After just a short period listed on Kickstarter, the campaign for this piece of hardware reached its initial goal several times over.

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Windows PrintNightmare bug fix still has some problems

Windows PrintNightmare bug fix still has some problems

It's not uncommon for software to have some bugs, even ones that go undiscovered for years. There are bugs, however, that are so severe that developers and companies scramble to plug up holes as fast as they can. That is the nightmare situation that Microsoft and Windows users have suddenly found themselves living with this aptly named PrintNightmare bug. Microsoft quickly pushed out a patch to address the issue, but the nightmare doesn't seem to be over just yet.

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Microsoft: Install the PrintNightmare fix right now – then check this PC setting

Microsoft: Install the PrintNightmare fix right now – then check this PC setting

Microsoft is warning Windows users to update their systems as soon as possible, taking the unusual step of releasing PrintNightmare security patches for even out-of-support versions of the OS. The potential hack, described as "critical" by Microsoft, is already believed to have been actively exploited in the wild.

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Clippy returns with new Microsoft Teams backgrounds

Clippy returns with new Microsoft Teams backgrounds

This week Microsoft released Microsoft Teams backgrounds, including but not limited to "retro" concepts involving Clippy. There's a wide variety of options available with the Microsoft Teams Backgrounds collection, both branded and unbranded. They've got FOX shows, FOX Sports, NBC shows, NBC Sports, Xbox, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Pride, "Holiday background", and now Nostalgia.

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Among Us physical game editions release dates tragically late for gifts

Among Us physical game editions release dates tragically late for gifts

If you know someone who loves Among Us and you're looking FAR in advance for the perfect holiday gift this year, InnerSloth has your back. They've created several versions of the game Among Us with discs and physical boxes and everything that'll make the entire situation a much more physically gift-friendly experience. The products are called "Among Us - Ejected Edition", "Among Us - Imposter Edition", and "Among Us - Crewmate Edition."

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