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Windows optional updates put on hold but only starting May

Windows optional updates put on hold but only starting May

It isn't just events and conferences that are being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even software developers have started announcing a slight pause in their release cycles, both due to the decrease in human resources but also to ensure that users will be able to keep a proven stable version of the program. That is certainly true for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers but now even Windows 10 is following suit. The only catch is that it won't happen until May.

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Project xCloud Windows 10 game streaming might be close to public beta

Project xCloud Windows 10 game streaming might be close to public beta

Microsoft initially distanced its own Project xCloud game streaming service from Google Stadia by focusing initially on one device class only. Specifically, the current iteration allowed players to stream Xbox One games from Microsoft's cloud to their smartphones. That distinction, however, won't last for long and Microsoft is apparently already running a few internal tests of Project xCloud streaming to the Xbox's closest cousin: Windows 10 PCs.

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New Windows 10 design teased in 1 billion milestone video

New Windows 10 design teased in 1 billion milestone video

Windows 10 is the most dynamic version of Windows yet. Not only does it get rolling updates in between bi-annual major feature updates, Microsoft has also changed its appearance, albeit in small bits and pieces only. Windows 10, however, is due for a major visual overhaul, along with some behavior changes. Microsoft has been teasing bits and pieces of that future but Panos Panay has just given the public its biggest peek yet.

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Windows 10 version 1709 End of Service extended to October

Windows 10 version 1709 End of Service extended to October

COVID-19 measures, many of which have involved voluntary or imposed quarantines, have made software become even more critical to people's lives. Ensuring that they have access to stable and secure versions of most used programs, like web browsers or, more importantly, operating systems is even more crucial during this period, To take a load off people's already stressed minds, Microsoft is holding off from putting version 1709 of Windows 10 to pasture until near the end of 2020.

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Windows 10 is now on 1 billion devices that could break after any update

Windows 10 is now on 1 billion devices that could break after any update

Microsoft is proudly announcing that Windows 10 has reached a historical milestone. The latest version of its operating system is now on more than one billion devices all over the world. Although not completely unexpected, it's admittedly an impressive statistic. And when you consider how Windows 10 continues to be one of Microsoft's most troubled releases in its history, it may even seem like a miracle it reached this point.

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AMD Ryzen 9 4000H and 4000HS APU units hit the top end of laptop power

AMD Ryzen 9 4000H and 4000HS APU units hit the top end of laptop power

The newest AMD Ryzen 9 4000 mobile series chips were revealed today with the power and features to take on Intel's latest Core i9 laptop collection. Two new laptop-aimed CPU units were revealed this morning by AMD, one the Ryzen 9 4900H, the other the Ryzen 9 4900HS. Both are based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture, and are scheduled to be appearing in notebook computers in the next few weeks.

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Windows 10 KB4535996 update fixes Search bug, adds some more

Windows 10 KB4535996 update fixes Search bug, adds some more

Given that there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of computers running Windows, you'd think that Microsoft would exercise extreme caution when rolling out updates. Given how it has landed with egg on its face so many times already, you'd presume it has already learned its lesson hard. That doesn't seem to be the case, however, if the latest update it released barely two weeks ago is any indicator as it brings the now "normal" story of fixing one or two bugs while introducing a handful of new ones as well.

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Windows 10 Live Tiles are here to stay for now

Windows 10 Live Tiles are here to stay for now

Whatever changes Microsoft may have for the future of the venerable Windows Start Menu, it might not be as drastic as some expect or even hope. On the one hand, that's a good thing since it will still be a mostly familiar experience. On the other hand, it may also mean that Microsoft isn't yet ready to throw out something that may already be generally if not completely disliked and abandoned, like the interactive icons, a.k.a. Live Tiles. Even if Microsoft itself is likely to de-emphasize its use.

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Windows 10 Start Menu to ditch Live Tiles, look more like Windows 10X

Windows 10 Start Menu to ditch Live Tiles, look more like Windows 10X

When Microsoft launched Windows 8, desktop users were taken aback by the strange new Start Screen (it wasn't even just a menu back then). Not only were their programs presented in a grid with large colored boxes, some of those boxes would regularly flip to show some information gathered from the app or from an online source. These Live Tiles may have been a hit on the Windows Phone but they have been maligned ever since they appeared on the desktop. Microsoft may finally be dropping those tiles but the replacement might not please Windows desktop users either.

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Surface Duo phone “peek” feature leaked, prodding all other foldables

Surface Duo phone “peek” feature leaked, prodding all other foldables

If there were a way to make Microsoft's efforts with software for the Surface Duo work on a device like the LG V60 ThinQ, it'd be great. The latest leak of the Microsoft Surface Duo shows a device that's on the cutting edge of feature functionality. It'll be like a book, opening with a pair of displays that run software that'll function sort of like a tablet, sort of like a phone, sort of like a laptop - but it's not out yet. This device is leaking with a steady drip, drip, drip.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

5G is big in mobile but that's not the only place it'll be in, naturally. Desktop and laptop computers are also fair game but only if they have the hardware to slurp from that high-speed network. Most will use external peripherals but Qualcomm is, of course, pushing a new breed of Always On, Always Connected PCs that this year will gain the ability to tap into 5G networks. And to reassure future buyers that they will be getting their money's worth, the chipmaker is listing which network operators will be supporting Snapdragon-powered 5G PCs when they launch this year.

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GPD Win Max is a curious cross between mini laptop and handheld console

GPD Win Max is a curious cross between mini laptop and handheld console

Despite the recorded downward slope in PC sales, the PC market has been quite an exciting one in terms of new technologies and form factors. It isn't just about foldables or dual screen computers either, as a couple of Chinese manufacturers have created and cornered a new market for smaller form computers. Somewhat ironically or perhaps inevitably, these mini laptops are becoming larger and larger and the upcoming GPD Win Max could be the logical and a bit comical next stage in that evolution.

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