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Windows 10X may be dead as Microsoft falters on Chrome OS rival

Windows 10X may be dead as Microsoft falters on Chrome OS rival

Windows 10X has been official for about a year and half now, but those who were looking forward to the more lightweight version of Windows 10 - meant to go toe-to-toe with Chrome OS - might want to temper their expectations a bit. A new report today is claiming that Windows 10X won't be arriving in 2021 and may not be arriving in the future at all. While that is obviously disappointing news for anyone who was looking forward to Windows 10X, there might be a silver lining to this announcement at the end of it all.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview adds Eco mode to throttle processes

Windows 10 Insider Preview adds Eco mode to throttle processes

Operating systems, including Linux, usually have a handful of processes or programs running in the background even when you don't even have a single window visible. Managing these processes is an advanced activity that only seasoned computer users are familiar with but there will always come a time when people, especially those on Windows, will need to take a peek at those. That's what Windows 10's Task Manager is for and it's getting some powerful features in a future Windows release.

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Windows can now run Linux GUI apps directly in WSL2 Preview

Windows can now run Linux GUI apps directly in WSL2 Preview

A few decades ago, the powers that be at Microsoft characterized Linux and open source in general as a cancer. Today, the company has pretty much embraced and even extended them, acquiring GitHub and allowing Linux to run almost natively inside Windows. The latter, officially named Windows Subsystem for Linux, is perhaps one of the best and most perplexing embodiments of its newfound love for Linux. It has now taken one step further by upgrading WSL2 to allow running graphical Linux apps, no third-party workarounds needed.

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Chrome OS 90 brings a diagnostics app and document scanning

Chrome OS 90 brings a diagnostics app and document scanning

Perhaps more than PCs and Macs, Chromebooks have always had the image of being all about productivity. Perhaps it's the lack of games and other entertainment apps that brought about that image, though that is starting to change with game streaming and maybe even Steam. That said, there are still a lot of things that can be improved to make Chromebooks even better productivity machines and the latest Chrome OS 90 update puts those tools under your fingertips.

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Microsoft Cloud PC launch could just be months away

Microsoft Cloud PC launch could just be months away

The idea of being able to use your computer may appeal to some, especially those who don't like being tethered to their desks or even homes for long periods of time. So far, however, the solution that the computing industry has come up with revolves around portable computers, be it laptops, tablets, or even smartphones. Some more advanced users, especially those that simply need access to a command line interface, can make do with simple remote access. Microsoft, however, might bring a fuller Windows experience with a Cloud PC service that is launching very soon.

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Windows 10 Timeline will be losing one of its biggest features

Windows 10 Timeline will be losing one of its biggest features

Microsoft's faster iterations for Windows 10 development have allowed it to experiment with new and sometimes exciting features sooner than it would have been able to in the pre-Windows 10 era. For better or worse, however, that also means it is able to change those features faster, which sometimes means actually removing them. That is what seems to be happening with one of Windows 10 most unique features as Timeline gets stripped of what actually makes it more than just a fancy task switcher.

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Windows 10 on M1 Macs can run at native speeds with Parallels Desktop

Windows 10 on M1 Macs can run at native speeds with Parallels Desktop

The power of the Apple M1 processor has been demonstrated time and again by using the M1 Macs for cases Apple never intended, not to mention would allow. That includes running resource and graphics-intensive gaming emulators or other operating systems on top of the Arm-based macOS. Perhaps the most glowing example, and most damning for Microsoft, was running Windows 10 ARM on an Apple M1 Mac, something that can now be done officially with the latest release of Parallels Desktop.

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Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS started out pretty much as a glorified Chrome web browser turned operating system but it has shed that identity a long time ago. It has almost become the one OS that runs them all, supporting Android and Linux apps and, indirectly, Windows as well. One thing that hasn't changed is that Chrome comes built into Chrome OS and is its default browser. That might soon be changing and Chrome OS will soon use LaCros as its default browser which is really just a different version of the Chrome browser anyway.

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Windows 10X delayed but still won’t have win32 support

Windows 10X delayed but still won’t have win32 support

Microsoft is gearing up for the first major Windows 10 update this year but it's not exactly the biggest Windows release expected this year. That said, it almost seems like Microsoft has suddenly gone silent about its new Windows 10X operating system. that's still coming, according to sources, but its launch is being pushed back to the second half of the year. That, however, won't mean that Microsoft will be adding new features on what may already be a disappointing watered-down version of its original vision for it.

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Android 12 DP 1.1 released today with battery fix, issue cleanup

Android 12 DP 1.1 released today with battery fix, issue cleanup

A new release of Android 12 in a Developer Preview version 1.1 was delivered today, March 3, 2021. This release was given build number SPP1.210122.022, complete with emulator support including x86 (64-bit), and ARM (v8-A) just like its predecessor. This release includes a March 2021 security patch and Google Play services 21.02.14.

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Android 12 new Color Space system could be an IT nightmare

Android 12 new Color Space system could be an IT nightmare

There's a bit of a clue about the future in the latest build of Android. Prepared for what would appear to be Android 12 is a system similar to that of the Google Pixel "Space" color theme system. The color would be selected from a Google-delivered pre-set of colors or otherwise eye-dropper selected from any source the user wished. If clues are indicative of what's truly headed for Android 12, Google is about to make a mistake.

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Apple M1 Macs can now run Ubuntu Linux thanks to Corellium

Apple M1 Macs can now run Ubuntu Linux thanks to Corellium

The sheer impressive power of the Apple Silicon M1 processor has made developers, hackers, and tinkerers daydream about possible use cases beyond what Apple intended or would even allow. Some have already gotten Windows to run on it, in a virtualized environment fashion, of course. Now a few security researchers have also figured out how to run Linux directly on the hardware, albeit with a few catches that could still make it not that useful for a daily driver for Linux users.

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