Windows 11

This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar

This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar

Microsoft today shipped out Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100, and most of the changes and improvements it's packing seem to be centered around the taskbar. While there are a couple of changes to other aspects of Windows, the taskbar is where most of the attention is, whether we're talking improvements to the notification center or the system tray. Just as well, this new Preview Build is shipping out a boatload of fixes.

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New Windows 10, Windows 11 and Linux flaws could let hackers access all your data

New Windows 10, Windows 11 and Linux flaws could let hackers access all your data

Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, along with Linux users, face two huge security vulnerabilities it's been revealed, which could allow hackers to get their hands on sensitive PC data. The newly-identified local privilege escalation vulnerabilities could allow bad actors to take advantage of a simple loophole in the OS to effectively climb through levels of much more important data.

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Windows 11 release date effectively leaked by Intel

Windows 11 release date effectively leaked by Intel

This week the folks at Intel effectively leaked the release date for Windows 11. In support documentation for a variety of Intel processor hardware, Intel suggests that Microsoft Windows 11 (64-bit) will appear in an October 2021 update. This information may have been a placeholder for dates that've changed since this document was released, as it also points to a build date for driver 30.0.100.9684 back on July 9, 2021.

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Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Microsoft has launched Windows 365 today, putting Windows 10 and - eventually - Windows 11 into the cloud. The natural next step after remotely-hosted applications, this new "Cloud PC" category, Microsoft claims, will become instrumental in hybrid workplaces, as businesses try to grapple with employees working remotely and the practical and security challenges that brings.

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Copy and Paste “Pickling” upgrade could move beyond text and basic images

Copy and Paste “Pickling” upgrade could move beyond text and basic images

Microsoft and Google are working together to bring new power to one of the most classic acts of computing in web browsing. Chrome and Edge-based web apps currently allow copy and paste action with images and text - but what about the rest? An update coming to the fold soon rolls with Pickle Clipboard APIs, making more formats compatible with copy and paste with "pickling."

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Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Changing the Windows Start Menu has always proven to be a controversial move, and no version has ever been universally accepted by users. From Windows XP dual-pane layout to Windows 8's tablet-like Start Screen to Windows 10's amalgamation of designs, users have always been split on whether the new Start Menu is better or worse than before. It seems that Windows 11 won't be different, and, unfortunately, Microsoft has apparently removed the workaround that brings back the old Windows 10 style Start Menu for those who dislike the newest style.

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Windows 11 on OnePlus 6T runs Crysis, Hitman 4

Windows 11 on OnePlus 6T runs Crysis, Hitman 4

If the original Doom is often used as a litmus test for computing devices, both seriously and jokingly, Crysis is sometimes used to test the graphics capabilities of a computer or GPU. There might be other more graphics-intensive games these days, but the tradition has remained the same throughout the years. Now Crysis is again being used for something almost so unlikely you wouldn't expect it to work, yet some did just make Crysis run on a OnePlus 6T running Windows 11.

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Windows 11 will get a new color for the dreaded BSOD

Windows 11 will get a new color for the dreaded BSOD

Over the years, there've been many iterations of the Windows operating system. One of the worst errors that Windows users could see on their computers was the so-called Blue Screen of Death or BSOD. The screen got its name from the blue background color and, in recent iterations, had a frowning face warning users that the computer ran into a problem and had to restart.

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Windows 11 Home requires a Microsoft account during setup

Windows 11 Home requires a Microsoft account during setup

Windows 11 doesn't seem to have many heavy changes in the architecture under the hood, and many see it more as Windows 10.5. Microsoft, however, is making a few changes to the operating system's requirements that would make Windows 11 incompatible with PCs that run Windows 10 perfectly well. It isn't just hardware requirements that could be a breaking change for new Windows 11 systems, though. Even the way you create a new computer's first user has an essential new requirement, at least for Windows 10 Home.

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Windows 11 on Macs with Parallels complicates the requirements story

Windows 11 on Macs with Parallels complicates the requirements story

Windows 11's minimum system requirements have become sort of a mess to the point that Microsoft pulled out its tool for checking PC compatibility. For now, Microsoft seems to be bullish on the TPM 2.0 as a requirement to keep Windows 11 users secure and safe. That said, it does seem that the company is willing to bend the rules to accommodate other markets such as China and Russia. A promise just made by Parallels to eventually bring Windows 11 to Macs could once again raise the question of how essential that TPM security requirement is anyway.

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Windows 11 running on Android phones shouldn’t get your hopes up

Windows 11 running on Android phones shouldn’t get your hopes up

Microsoft has long exited the smartphone rat race and, save for the lone Surface Duo, it is letting others make the phones that it then integrates with its Windows platform. That hasn't stopped others from trying to make Microsoft's old promises come true, even without Microsoft (or potentially against Microsoft's policies). With the announcement of Windows 11 and its native support for ARM64, it's no surprise that some enterprising developers are taking the OS to places and devices Microsoft would never approve of.

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Windows 11 on ARM runs well on Lumia 950 XL and RPi 4

Windows 11 on ARM runs well on Lumia 950 XL and RPi 4

The next big leap for Windows 11 is already starting on the wrong foot, and it hasn't even launched yet. Microsoft's inconsistent and unclear requirements have left people scratching their heads. The final word on existing PCs with Intel and AMD processors is still up in the air at this point, but the story for ARM-based devices is so much simpler. It seems that only Qualcomm Snapdragon chips are officially supported, but that hasn't stopped some developers from making Windows 11 run on other ARM devices, including an old Lumia 950 XL.

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