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Amazon Prime Video Windows app lets you download videos with a catch

Amazon Prime Video Windows app lets you download videos with a catch

Microsoft has long been trying to populate its app store, pushing every development framework, from UPWs to PWAs, to entice developers to jump in. There have been, however, some movement going in the opposite direction, with developers and brands exiting the Microsoft Store instead. That store just got one big addition to its list of apps but while the Amazon Prime Video app does offer some convenience, it curiously comes with an undisclosed limitation as well.

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Windows 10 Preview 20161 shows new Start Menu design, Alt+Tab behavior

Windows 10 Preview 20161 shows new Start Menu design, Alt+Tab behavior

There has been some speculation, even worries, about how the Windows 10 Start Menu would be changing but Microsoft is now calming those fears by confirming that nothing much is changing. At least nothing yet as far as big sweeping design and behavioral changes are concerned. The latest preview build for Insiders shows off a slightly refreshed Start Menu but it's the new multi-tasking behavior that may have some users a tad annoyed instead.

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Apple chip in Mac transition kit makes the Surface Pro X look bad

Apple chip in Mac transition kit makes the Surface Pro X look bad

Apple's decision to ditch Intel in the long run for its own ARM-based silicon was naturally received with mixed reactions and opinions. While the benefits on power efficiency are almost unquestioned, there have naturally been concerns over performance, especially when trying to support Mac software not yet built for the new chips. There will naturally be a need for some sort of CPU emulation, a piece of software formally known as Rosetta. Emulation incurs some performance penalty but if "accidental" benchmarks are any indication, Mac users might have very little to worry about.

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Windows Update deferrals removed to “prevent confusion” for IT Pros

Windows Update deferrals removed to “prevent confusion” for IT Pros

Per Microsoft, deferrals will be removed from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting with the update to Windows 10, version 2004. This update was made by Microsoft in light of changes made to update installation policies for Windows 10, as they began to only target devices running a "feature update version that is nearing end of service." They really, really want these devices updated as soon as possible.

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Snapdragon 8cx Plus could give Windows 10 on ARM a slight boost

Snapdragon 8cx Plus could give Windows 10 on ARM a slight boost

Apple, as always, made headlines this week with its confirmation that it is indeed moving towards its own ARM-based processors. Of course, it isn't the first major operating system vendor to make such a move, though its one-way journey is more permanent than Microsoft's foray into ARM-based devices. The latter hasn't exactly been a roaring success for a variety of reasons but Qualcomm may soon be giving Microsoft one less reason to blame it on processor performance.

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Fake the Windows 10 Start Menu update until Microsoft makes it

Fake the Windows 10 Start Menu update until Microsoft makes it

There's a new Windows 10 Start Menu in the mix, and it's appeared first courtesy of a strange source. The folks at Microsoft 365 showed off a new look for Windows 10 in the form of a Theme for Pride month. But this is no simple Theme, this is a slight revamping of the bones of the system, from backgrounds to supposed rounded corners.

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Windows 10 Start Menu upgrade might not be so radical after all

Windows 10 Start Menu upgrade might not be so radical after all

You only use it for a few seconds to search for or launch a program but it has become one of the most controversial parts of Windows in the last decade. Ever since Microsoft drastically changed it with Windows 8, the Windows Start Menu has become the subject of much design debates and changes over the years. It may be due a refresh in the next major Windows 10 release but if this latest teaser is any indicator, the next Start Menu will just get an aesthetic upgrade, at least for now.

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Windows 10 update can chop RAM hog Chrome

Windows 10 update can chop RAM hog Chrome

The latest Windows 10 update appears to roll with a feature that allows the user to cut the amount of RAM used by the Google Chrome web browser. Window 10 May 2020 Update, also known as update 20H1, cuts RAM use for Win32 apps aplenty. If you're the sort of person that uses Microsoft's own Edge web browser, you might already be taking advantage of the feature called SegmentHeap - memory usage cuts for the win!

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Windows 10 20H2 release will be a small update like 19H2

Windows 10 20H2 release will be a small update like 19H2

It seems that Microsoft will be adopting a "tick-tock" release cycle when it comes to major Windows 10 updates. Although two don't exactly make a pattern yet, it could very well be the start of one. Considering how Microsoft has taken a lot of flak for botching its Windows releases, it definitely needs some time out every year to make sure PCs around the world don't break for yet another six or so months. At least that seems to be the implied goal with the limited scope of the next major Windows 10 version that's coming in the second half of the year.

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Windows 10 June 2020 breaks printing even to PDFs

Windows 10 June 2020 breaks printing even to PDFs

The big May 2020 update for Windows 10 seemed to be relatively uneventful, aside from a few issues Microsoft was at least upfront about. Lo and behold a month later, a cumulative update undoes that almost spotless record. Microsoft's support forums are now filled with complaints from users suddenly unable to print on any brand of printer. Curiously enough, it even affects printers that are "printing" a document into a PDF file.

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Windows 10 update adds passwordless option for device login

Windows 10 update adds passwordless option for device login

With the latest update to Windows 10, Microsoft's added an option for Windows 10 devices working with Windows Hello. With this update, users can enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts via Settings. This update also adds Windows Hello as a Fast Identity Online 2 (FIDO2) authenticator for "all major browsers" including Chrome and Firefox. This and other features are enabled with Windows 10 version 2004, AKA Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

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Windows 10 2004 update today: These key features added

Windows 10 2004 update today: These key features added

Today the folks at Microsoft responsible for updating Windows released Windows 10 version 2004, also known as Windows 10 May 2020 Update. This update should be downloaded immediately if you do not already have your computer set to download Windows updates immediately. This version of Windows 10 has a wide variety of bug fixes and performance upgrades, including all those fixes included in the previous cumulative updates to Windows 10, version 1909.

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