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Windows 10 Start Menu to ditch Live Tiles, look more like Windows 10X

Windows 10 Start Menu to ditch Live Tiles, look more like Windows 10X

When Microsoft launched Windows 8, desktop users were taken aback by the strange new Start Screen (it wasn't even just a menu back then). Not only were their programs presented in a grid with large colored boxes, some of those boxes would regularly flip to show some information gathered from the app or from an online source. These Live Tiles may have been a hit on the Windows Phone but they have been maligned ever since they appeared on the desktop. Microsoft may finally be dropping those tiles but the replacement might not please Windows desktop users either.

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Surface Duo phone “peek” feature leaked, prodding all other foldables

Surface Duo phone “peek” feature leaked, prodding all other foldables

If there were a way to make Microsoft's efforts with software for the Surface Duo work on a device like the LG V60 ThinQ, it'd be great. The latest leak of the Microsoft Surface Duo shows a device that's on the cutting edge of feature functionality. It'll be like a book, opening with a pair of displays that run software that'll function sort of like a tablet, sort of like a phone, sort of like a laptop - but it's not out yet. This device is leaking with a steady drip, drip, drip.

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Android 11 Developer Preview just released: It’s 1 louder

Android 11 Developer Preview just released: It’s 1 louder

Today Android 11 was released in a Developer Preview for the masses. This new version of the Android operating system from Google includes significant changes in APIs for 5G, media, biometrics, sharing, and more. Devices that'll be able to access Android 11 Developer Preview include Google Pixel 4 / 4XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, Pixel 3 / 3 XL, and Pixel 2 / 2 XL. To install a Developer Preview to your device, you'll need to wipe all data on your device.

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Samsung Android 10 update shocks Galaxy Note 9 users in USA

Samsung Android 10 update shocks Galaxy Note 9 users in USA

Today we're taking a peek at the latest update from Samsung on the Android 10 front - appearing here for the Galaxy Note 9 at long last. This isn't the first time we've seen this software on this hardware in a more general sense - it's been here for a Euro version or two - but here in the USA, it's relatively new. In its final, ready to roll, release form anyway.

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Windows 7 official ends this week: what you need to do

Windows 7 official ends this week: what you need to do

Nothing lasts forever, whether good or bad. By Tuesday, one of Microsoft's less controversial Windows releases will finally be put to rest, for better or worse. Windows 7 support for everyone who didn't buy an extended support package (only available to enterprise customers) will officially end on Tuesday, January 14. And, of course, that means that anyone who wants to continue getting important security fixes and remain on the Windows platform will have to move to Windows 10 sooner rather than later.

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Windows 10 20H2 could be another minor, cleanup release

Windows 10 20H2 could be another minor, cleanup release

Windows 10 19H2, a.k.a. version 1909 a.k.a. the November 2019 update, was a small yet significant one. It was, for the first time since Windows 10 launched in 2015, an update dedicated solely to bug fixing and polish. It wasn't without its own set of showstopping bugs but, admittedly, nothing as nefarious as with other releases. It seems that the strategy has gotten positive feedback, enough for Microsoft to reportedly do the same this year with what will be the Windows 10 20H2 release.

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Facebook OS’ scariest aspect is that it could succeed

Facebook OS’ scariest aspect is that it could succeed

News of Facebook working to create its own operating system has probably raised a lot of eyebrows and ruffled many feathers. The social giant made no secret that its goal is to be independent of Google and its ecosystem, particularly Android. At a time when Huawei is trying and struggling to do the same due to political circumstances, there will definitely be doubts about whether Facebook can pull it off. It definitely can and that's the most frightening part about it.

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Chrome OS 79 brings lock screen media controls, unified app manager

Chrome OS 79 brings lock screen media controls, unified app manager

Google is trying to make Chrome OS many things to all kinds of people which practically means embracing all sorts of use cases and workflows. It has long frown up from being a glorified web browser to a platform that can be used for getting work done as well as entertainment. That, unfortunately, also means that Chrome has gathered quite a list of features, not to mention apps, that may make the experience a bit more cluttered and inconvenient, something that Chrome OS 79 is now addressing in its stable release.

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Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

If you thought Microsoft was done with its infuriating and embarrassing nagging reminders about upgrading to Windows 10, you probably don't know Microsoft too well. It received no small amount of criticism over its aggressive campaign to get Windows 8 and 8.1 users to move to the next version that resulted in popups appearing at the most inopportune moment. History will be repeating itself mid-January when Microsoft does the same for Windows 7 users, this time with more urgency and more audacity in its strategy.

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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Since Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft has adopted a release schedule that saw two major Windows updates per year along with rolling fixes and patches as they come. That proved to be rather problematic in terms of software quality and Microsoft stepped on the breaks just a bit to deliver more fixes and fewer features in this year's second and last Windows 10 release. That update has started to roll out to users and, given Microsoft's past history, it might also be a good time to backup your PC and make sure drivers are updated first.

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Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

This year's second and final major Windows 10 update may be about polish and fixes but it seems that Microsoft is gathering quite a number of exciting new features to dump on users next year. As always, Windows Insiders are users' first line of defense against potential file-eating or showstopping bugs. For their troubles, they also get first dibs on new features that have yet to be enjoyed by the rest of us, like the return of PowerToys' a Bluetooth-less Your Phone screen function, and expressive Japanese emoticons (kaomojis).

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Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

A few weeks ago, Microsoft revealed a number of innovative Surface products, from its easier to repair Surface Laptop 3 to the ARM-powered Surface X to, of course, its pair of dual-screen devices. The form factor of the Surface Neo naturally required a different form of Windows. That was called Windows 10X and it was believed to be exclusive to an upcoming breed of such dual-screen devices. It turns out, however, that Windows 10X might be coming to traditional "clamshell" laptops, too, which might not actually sit well with some Windows users.

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