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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 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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SteelSeries app exploit needs physical access, doesn’t need a device (Update)

SteelSeries app exploit needs physical access, doesn’t need a device (Update)

It seems that the rather simplistic Razer zero-day vulnerability has opened a can of worms that may force accessory makers to rethink and reprogram their accompanying software. As one security researcher predicted, the vulnerability can be found in other peripherals that also install their own helper apps, including those from popular brand SteelSeries. While the same physical access to the Windows computer is still required, SteelSeries' vulnerability is potentially worse since it doesn't even require a SteelSeries device to trigger it.

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Chrome Tab Groups “Save Group” added in testing

Chrome Tab Groups “Save Group” added in testing

Users of Chrome that regularly open multiple windows at once, rejoice! The latest version of Chrome shows a new Save Group toggle when creating a group of tabs. This should allow the user to keep track of the multiple tabs they need open at once, even after Chrome is closed down for the day. That's assuming you or I ever close Chrome and/or shut one's computer off entirely which... is the healthy thing to do.

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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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iCloud Passwords Windows app is finally here

iCloud Passwords Windows app is finally here

For the longest time, Apple snubbed rival platforms and locked its users into its own walled gardens. Times have changed, however, and Apple was left with no choice but to support its customers that are sometimes forced to use Windows or Android devices every day. It has been slowly expanding the availability of its exclusive apps and features, and the latest to arrive is a more stable and more reliable version of iCloud Passwords that finally lets Mac and iOS users manage their keychains even on Windows.

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