Windows 11

Windows 11 new system requirements has a loophole for unsupported PCs

Windows 11 new system requirements has a loophole for unsupported PCs

Despite the somewhat controversial UI changes, interest in Windows 11 has mostly been positive. Unfortunately, Microsoft botched that early on with its rather confusing set of minimum system requirements as well as an equally confusing PC Health Check app. Since then, the company has been working to clarify the baseline for PCs that are eligible for a Windows 11 update. It is now more or less setting its foot down on computers with older processors, but a "loophole" will give ineligible users a chance to run Windows 11 at their own risk.

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Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

The latest version of PC Health Check changes the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. For some users, this will be good news. Microsoft expanded the number of processors that they've tested and confirmed will fit the basic requirements of an approved Windows 11 device. Technically you'll be able to install Windows 11 on an older device, but Microsoft isn't going to be there to fix what doesn't work if said device doesn't meet Microsoft's basic requirements.

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Windows 11 in React offers an appetizer on your web browser

Windows 11 in React offers an appetizer on your web browser

Web browsers are have gotten so powerful today that you can even run some operating systems in it, at least the older and lighter ones. Web technologies have also enabled emulators for games and other platforms and all sorts of technological experiments you probably wouldn't have imagined possible before. The latest insanity is actually running what looks like an instance of Windows 11 in a web browser, though it's really more like an interactive tour than an actual test drive of Microsoft's next operating system.

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Windows 11 Clock app with new Focus Sessions rolls out to Insiders

Windows 11 Clock app with new Focus Sessions rolls out to Insiders

Microsoft has been slowly teasing the built-in apps that will be coming with Windows 11, but most of those have been criticized for having only aesthetic changes. Microsoft Paint is one of the few that actually got more than just rounded corners or support for dark themes, but even that didn't satisfy Windows users or fans of the venerable painting program. Windows 11's Clock app, however, stands out from the crowd because of one new feature that apparently deserved its very own blog post.

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Windows 11 Microsoft Paint app gets a long-overdue redesign

Windows 11 Microsoft Paint app gets a long-overdue redesign

Microsoft Paint is perhaps one of the most iconic first-party apps on Windows. Sometimes derided for its basic feature set, some people have impressed netizens by creating works of art using only those very same basic tools. The app has also been criticized for having remained unchanged over the years since Windows 8 launched in 2012. With Windows 11, however, the venerable yet ridiculed Paint is getting a visual refresh as well as some features that may make it more formidable as a basic creative tool that's available to all without having to install an additional app.

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First Windows 11 apps include a new Sniping tool, new visual styles

First Windows 11 apps include a new Sniping tool, new visual styles

Windows 11 won't just bring a revamped user experience across the board. It will also see new first-party apps that are being updated to address whatever flaws their predecessors might have. Microsoft's Panos Panay has been teasing some of these freshly updated apps in the past few days, but now the company is ready to roll some of them to Windows Insiders to test their quality and new features before the initial stable release later this year.

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Start11 restores old Windows Start menu

Start11 restores old Windows Start menu

There's an app out in beta now that allows the user to restore an older-style Start menu to Windows. This app is called Start11, and it's just the newest in a line of similar apps that've been working for Windows users for the past several generations of the operating system. With Start11, the creators at Stardock change the newest iteration of the Start menu in Windows 11 into something simpler.

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Parallels Desktop 17 gives M1 Macs a virtual edge for Windows 11

Parallels Desktop 17 gives M1 Macs a virtual edge for Windows 11

Parallels has released its latest Desktop 17 for Mac, bringing Windows 11 optimization for Apple Silicon and paving the way for macOS Monterey's full release later in the year. The software makes it easy to run Windows 10 and 11 in a macOS window, but also supports a macOS Monterey virtual machine running an M1-powered Macs.

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Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac is ready for Windows 11 and gaming

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac is ready for Windows 11 and gaming

The launch of the Apple M1 Macs and the announcement of Windows 11 took a subset of Mac users for quite a ride. These are the users that, for one reason or another, need access to Windows applications or the full Windows operating system itself. There have been some concerns about whether the M1 Mac experience would allow for the same workflow, but Parallels has been quick to dispel those uncertainties. With Apple M1 support in its bag, it's ready to face the future with Parallels Desktop 17, optimized not just for macOS Monterey but also for Windows 11.

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Steam Deck Windows 11 update possible, SteamOS should hold tight

Steam Deck Windows 11 update possible, SteamOS should hold tight

Valve revealed the Steam Deck a play-anything portable console with AMD hardware inside. Steam Deck comes with SteamOS 3.0, made specifically to run software available with any given user's Steam account, but the console CAN run Windows 10. Given the imminent release of Microsoft's next-generation Windows 11 operating system, it seems only natural to wonder whether this Steam Deck machine could make the leap.

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Windows 11 Focus Sessions integrates Spotify for productivity

Windows 11 Focus Sessions integrates Spotify for productivity

Windows 11 is so far turning out to be a very mixed bag of features, big and small alike. While its underlying core seems to remain close to Windows 10, Microsoft has been adding new visuals and UI features to make the release a bit more worthwhile. Not all of these features will appeal to all users, of course, and some like this Spotify-fueled Focus Sessions are geared more towards the productivity fans in the crowd.

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Windows 365 trials have closed – and that’s great news for Microsoft

Windows 365 trials have closed – and that’s great news for Microsoft

Microsoft has halted Windows 365 trials, only days after the cloud PC service opened up, though it's arguably for the best of reasons. The new platform - which effectively hosts a remote Windows PC in the cloud, and offers access to it through the browser on other devices - has seen a surge in interest, Microsoft claims.

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