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Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Today Microsoft announced the release date for Office 2021, the company's consumer perpetual offering for the service. At the same time, Microsoft revealed the release of the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for both Windows and Mac for government and business licensing to general availability. If you're looking for the next one-time-purchase Office build for your own home computer, look to October!

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New Windows 11 release date features surpassed with latest build

New Windows 11 release date features surpassed with latest build

The latest build for Windows 11 was released this week with features that'll likely appear AFTER the first public version of Windows 11. This version of the operating system can be found in the Windows Insider Program's Dev channel. Microsoft made clear with this release that we're now at the point at which they're sending developers versions of Windows 11 with builds different from those of the Windows 11 experience that'll be released to the public on October 5, 2021.

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Xbox cloud streaming and remote play are now available on Windows PCs

Xbox cloud streaming and remote play are now available on Windows PCs

Game streaming news has seemingly taken a backseat in the past few months, especially as new consoles and gaming devices popped up to cater to on-device gameplay. But while the likes of Google Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce NOW seem to have settled down to a regular cadence of announcing new games added to their libraries, Xbox continues to actually expand its technology and its reach. The latest big announcement is actually one that you would have expected to be there early on, as Xbox's streaming functionality finally supports Microsoft's own Windows platform.

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Firefox works around cumbersome Windows 11 default browser prompts

Firefox works around cumbersome Windows 11 default browser prompts

Microsoft is making security an indispensable pillar and marketing point for Windows 11 to the point that all eligible PCs are required to have TPM 2.0 present and enabled. Given Windows' image and recent security incidents in the past few years, that move isn't exactly surprising. Microsoft, however, might be taking things too far when it revamped Windows 11's system for setting default applications. Mozilla has apparently had enough and has implemented a one-click way to set Firefox as the default web browser on Windows 11 against Microsoft's envisioned policy.

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Windows Subsystem for Android performance benchmarks look promising

Windows Subsystem for Android performance benchmarks look promising

One of Windows 11's biggest highlights won't be available when the newest version of Windows launches next month. While end users will probably have to wait until next year to see Android apps running on Windows in action, Insiders might be getting a preview earlier than expected. It seems that Microsoft is preparing what it calls the Windows Subsystem for Android, and a batch of benchmarks paints a promising but potentially confusing picture of what performance to expect when the feature does finally roll out to the public.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro ready to hit Windows 11 upgrade for business

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro ready to hit Windows 11 upgrade for business

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Samsung Galaxy Book will be released as the company's big return to the PC market for businesses. These laptops are the latest in Samsung's "Galaxy mobile computing device" collection made for mobility and flexibility for "today's rapidly changing work environments." Both devices are made to support Windows 10 Pro and will be compatible with Windows 11 Pro when the time comes to upgrade.

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Windows 11 TPM 2.0 could affect other software as well

Windows 11 TPM 2.0 could affect other software as well

Microsoft didn't really do a good job of communicating the minimum system requirements it set for Windows 11. It has botched that job so bad that it even had to pull out its own utility for checking a PC's eligibility. Some requirements, however, are already set in stone, like the TPM 2.0 security technology that's already present on many computers in the past five years. This Windows 11 system requirement, however, might soon become a standard among third-party software that will rely on the crytoprocessor for added security and anti-cheating measures.

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Windows 11 Android app support could also come to Xbox

Windows 11 Android app support could also come to Xbox

One of Windows 11's highlights is its support for running Android apps without emulation or a "remote desktop" connection. That feature, however, won't be coming until next year, at least not in the form that Microsoft wants end users to experience it. That's not to say that it isn't actively working on preparing the feature, which would require the same subsystem that Windows 10 got for running Linux. Curiously, it seems that Microsoft may have bigger plans for it than it let on and might even make it available for its Xbox consoles in the future.

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Microsoft announces Windows 11 event with Surface for September

Microsoft announces Windows 11 event with Surface for September

It's been a busy week for Microsoft so far. First, the company revealed the release date for Windows 11, saying that the new operating system would launch on October 5th for new devices before rolling out to existing devices over the course of several months. Now, Microsoft has announced a new event for later this month, and as you'd expect, Windows 11 will be a big topic of conversation.

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Windows 11 Android apps support is coming much later

Windows 11 Android apps support is coming much later

The launch date of Windows' next big version has already been announced. While it's not as big an upgrade as Windows 10, Microsoft's Surface changes (pun intended) are enough to pique people's curiosities. Of course, there are underlying changes as well, but at least one major advertised feature of Windows 11 won't be available at launch time. Microsoft is pushing back the ability to run Android apps directly on Windows 11 PCs, with the final feature release slate probably sometime in mid-2022.

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Windows 11 release date confirmed: What you need to know

Windows 11 release date confirmed: What you need to know

Microsoft kicked off the final day in August with a bang, this morning announcing the release date for Windows 11. While we knew Windows 11 was coming at some point later this year, Microsoft hadn't shared a specific release date up to this point. Now, we know not only when Windows 11 will launch, but we also know how it will roll out to existing Windows 10 machines.

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Windows update let users know if their PC supports Windows 11

Windows update let users know if their PC supports Windows 11

Traditionally, most computer users aren't fast at upgrading from one version of Windows to another. While most PC users just want a machine that works and gets security updates, others want to get the latest version of Windows soon as it's available. Anyone looking forward to Windows 11 when it launches later this year will want to know if their computer supports the new operating system.

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