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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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Windows PrintNightmare bug 3 appears: Here’s a temporary fix

Windows PrintNightmare bug 3 appears: Here’s a temporary fix

This week Microsoft disclosed a new PrintNightmare bug, just the latest of a string of said bugs in the year 2021. Very similar to the others that appeared earlier this year, this is a Print Spooler service bug, and Microsoft suggests that admins go ahead and disable said Print Spooler until a fix can be sent out. ANd yes, Microsoft did JUST release an August 10, 2021 patch that attempted to adjust the Print Spooler service to avoid something like this.

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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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Windows 365 goes live: Cloud PC pricing and specs

Windows 365 goes live: Cloud PC pricing and specs

Windows 365, the cloud-based PC experience, was launched a couple of weeks ago with all of the details you'd expect...except the plan and pricing details. Microsoft is back with an update about that today, revealing how much it'll cost for a user to access Windows 365, as well as the various options available.

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Microsoft’s latest warning for email users: Crafty phishing

Microsoft’s latest warning for email users: Crafty phishing

A new phishing campaign was identified this week by the folks at Microsoft Security Intelligence. They've identified this campaign as widespread enough that they took action in warning the public on multiple fronts, including through the official Microsoft Security Intelligence social media account (Twitter and etc.) There they've made the process of avoiding the new threat seem relatively simple - assuming the target knows to watch for said emails.

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Windows Your Phone Apps feature could be expanding to more phones

Windows Your Phone Apps feature could be expanding to more phones

After giving up on its own attempts at creating its own mobile platform, Microsoft switched to integrating Windows better with Android and iOS. Not all phones or mobile platforms are created equal, of course, and Microsoft has struck a sweet deal with Samsung for even deeper integration that's exclusive to a select number of Galaxy phones. One of those features includes the ability to run an Android app from the phone in its own window, a feature that might soon be expanding to other phones or at least other Samsung phones.

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Cyberpunk game Stray trailer: Watch five minutes of cat gameplay

Cyberpunk game Stray trailer: Watch five minutes of cat gameplay

During an event last summer, Sony introduced Stray, a new game that will arrive on the PS4 and PS5 consoles in 2022. The game's main character is a stray cat, which players take control of to navigate through a futuristic cyberpunk city while injured. Fast-forward to this week and we've gotten our first long look at the game via a gameplay trailer.

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