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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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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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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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Chromebooks are getting monthly Chrome OS updates to keep users safe

Chromebooks are getting monthly Chrome OS updates to keep users safe

Gone are the days when people had to wait for ages to get updates for their phones and computers. Even Microsoft has switched to a more regular and shorter pace of two feature updates a year with lots of rolling updates in between. Software updates for certain apps are even more frequent, especially web browsers that need to keep up with the equally fast development of exploits and malware. That is why Google has shifted Chrome's release cycle to a four-week cadence and it is adopting the same pace for Chrome OS later this year.

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Windows 11 is the next big OS – What you should know

Windows 11 is the next big OS – What you should know

If you are from the camp who thinks Windows 10's next version is long due, there is an exciting development in the Microsoft quarters. The Silicon Valley giant is working on the next major update after Windows 10 which debuted way back in 2015.

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Windows 11 teaser is an 11-minute slo-fi remix of startup sounds

Windows 11 teaser is an 11-minute slo-fi remix of startup sounds

Microsoft already confirmed that there will be no Windows 10X this year or in the near future, even for single-screen devices that we call laptops and desktops, adding to the disappointment of those still waiting for the company to make good on its dual-screen promises. The Windows 10 21H1 release was also a pretty minor one designed more like a service update with bug fixes and little new features. Microsoft knows it can't keep a low profile for too long, especially these days, so it seems to be turning the marketing up to 11 for Windows 11.

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macOS Monterey on Intel Macs won’t be able to use some features

macOS Monterey on Intel Macs won’t be able to use some features

Although Apple would love to only sell Macs with its own chips, it hasn't completely dropped the ball on its Intel-based hardware, at least not immediately. That inevitable future will eventually come but most probably presumed it would be a slow journey. It is both surprising and unsurprising at the same time that Apple is getting the ball rolling as early as macOS Monterey later this year. It turns out that some of the release's big features will only be available to M1 Macs after all.

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Microsoft Windows event promises “biggest update” in years

Microsoft Windows event promises “biggest update” in years

Microsoft will host an event on June 24, 2021 with a promise to show "what's next for Windows." It's likely more than one head of Microsoft will appear at the event to present new features and potentially new devices with Windows. This will likely include product head Panos Panay and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as well as others.

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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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