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Windows Feature Experience Pack could start a new release strategy

Windows Feature Experience Pack could start a new release strategy

It feels like a distant memory but there was a time when Windows updates were delivered via the rare Service Packs. Since then, Microsoft has adopted a slogan of "Windows as a Service", referring to a faster pace of rolling out security patches and bug fixes as needed. Windows features themselves, however, still wait for the company's bi-annual releases, which have already been criticized for their lack of quality and testing. Microsoft has been testing new strategies and cycles to address that, and this new Windows Feature Experience Pack could herald some big changes in Windows releases.

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This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

If you're like me, you have more than a couple old phones in a drawer that you just can't throw away. If you're like me, you tend to forget that those devices are packed with files that could be valuable to you if only they were organized and made available to you here today. If you're looking for something constructive to do this upcoming holiday, consider this: Bust out the USB cords and go digital treasure hunting.

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Microsoft Project Latte rumored to bring Android apps to Windows

Microsoft Project Latte rumored to bring Android apps to Windows

Like it or not, Microsoft Windows still has the majority of the computing market but not having all of that market probably still worries Redmond. Winning over Mac users is probably a lost cause but users of other platforms are fair game. Microsoft has already started wooing Linux users, especially developers, and soon it might give Android users even fewer reasons to pick up their phones if this rumored Project Latte ever finishes brewing.

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Apple M1 Mac running Windows 10 ARM is embarrassing for Surface Pro X

Apple M1 Mac running Windows 10 ARM is embarrassing for Surface Pro X

It seems that Apple's M1 Silicon isn't yet done amazing people, even those from outside of Apple's circles. The processor's benchmarks have already been covered to death but nothing is probably more impressive than the M1's performance outside of the common and officially supported use cases. Running Windows games via CrossOver, for example, is already quite a feat but running Windows itself on top of macOS Big Sur, just like what one developer accomplished, is even more dumbfounding. Especially when it clocks better than Windows 10 ARM's "reference" Microsoft device.

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Windows 10 might install and run Android apps directly next year

Windows 10 might install and run Android apps directly next year

Once upon a time, Windows was the operating system that ran the world, with Mac OS a distant second and Linux holding an invisible world of networks and servers. Today, however, not only have Linux and macOS risen up the ranks, there is also Android, iOS, iPadOS, and even Chrome OS to contend with. Rather than completely conceding defeat, Microsoft is instead embracing some of these rival platforms, with rumors of a deeper integration with Android that would let its mobile apps run directly on Windows 10 by 2021 at the earliest.

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Epic Games free game expires today – Elite Dangerous

Epic Games free game expires today – Elite Dangerous

Right this minute the folks at Epic Games are effectively giving a game away for free, but it won't be free for long. The game is called Elite Dangerous, it's an online game, it's highly populated, and it's free. Normally the game would cost you a few bucks, but the Epic Games Store wants you to download and keep their store on your computer, so they're doing a sort of loss-leader situation with the game Elite Dangerous to get you in the mix.

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Intel NUC M15 laptop kits revealed – small and powerful

Intel NUC M15 laptop kits revealed – small and powerful

This week Intel revealed the Intel NUC M15 Laptop Kit, a system formerly code-named Bishop County. This kit includes an 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processor as well as Intel Iris Xe graphics. It's made to exceed "the stringent requirements of the new Intel Evo platform brand," and makes a good case for the excellence of the mobile, portable, powerful laptop of the near future.

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xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

It's almost ironic that Microsoft's own game streaming platform, previously known as Project xCloud, still doesn't support its own Windows operating system. At the same time, it probably makes sense because if it can run well enough on a phone, it will probably run just as well on a more powerful computer. The time for Windows 10 support for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's streaming feature might be nigh and, when it does, it might even support the small number of ARM-based Windows 10 PCs from day one.

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Windows 10 Your Phone can run multiple apps from select Samsung phones

Windows 10 Your Phone can run multiple apps from select Samsung phones

Microsoft itself doesn't have its own smartphone platform or even its own Android phone outside of the Surface Duo. It has, instead, created ties with Samsung that pretty much treated the latter's high-end flagships almost like its own. This preferential treatment can be clearly seen in the Your Phone app, which continues to gain notable features exclusive only to a few Samsung Galaxy devices. Its latest trick is to pretty much run as many Android apps you want on your Windows 10 desktop.

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Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows has changed considerably over the years and every Windows 10 major release takes it further away from the Windows that some have grown to love or love to hate. One thing that has so far withstood the test of time, other than the arcane Windows Registry, is the Windows Control Panel. Here one could find almost any and all things related to your computer's settings but Microsoft is now taking bigger steps to retire the powerful tool for its prettier but less flexible Windows 10 Settings app.

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In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

Signs point to a major refresh of the Windows 10 user interface for the masses in the second half of the year 2021. This UI refresh was reported today to roll with a codename "Sun Valley." In the mix is a set of changes that could very well change the way you use your Windows machine in a top-level sort of way. These changes are said to aim at "reinvigorating" and modernizing the Windows desktop experience.

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Windows 10 update kills off Adobe Flash Player – kind of

Windows 10 update kills off Adobe Flash Player – kind of

There's a Windows 10 update coming down the pipeline today that's interesting for a couple of reasons. The first is that the update is completely optional, and the second is that the update attempts to kill off Adobe Flash but doesn't really go far enough. In fact, there's a good chance that you'll still have Adobe Flash installed on your machine even after applying the update.

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