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Yesterday, Microsoft made Windows 11 available to the Release Preview Channel, which means that the company is confident enough to ship this build (or slightly newer builds) to the public. We don’t know at this time if Windows 11 Build 22000.194 will be what ships on October 5th, but it’s close enough. For those that want to join in on the fun before October 5th, here’s a quick guide to get you up and running with Windows 11 as soon as possible. First of all, here are the minimum specifications that Microsoft requires for Windows 11: Processor: 8th generation Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 2000 (and newer) processor RAM: 4GB Storage: 64GB System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable... Read more...
Microsoft is moving along quickly with the launch of Windows 11. The company already indicated that its next consumer operating system would ship on October 5th, and now the company has taken the latest step to ensure that the launch goes off without a hitch. Windows 11 build 22000.194 was first delivered to Windows Insiders in the beta channel last week. According to Microsoft, this same build is now optionally available to Windows Insiders with eligible PCs in the Release Preview Channel. These previous few beta channel builds have primarily been focused on crushing any lingering bugs, and no new features have been added. It is highly plausible that this could be the build that ships on October... Read more...
During our latest 2.5 Geeks stream, we feature a quick breakdown analysis of Microsoft's newest Surface products, including the Surface Pro 8 2-in-1 convertible, Surface Duo 2 foldable Android device, the Surface Laptop Studio and more. Are they all that and a bag of DRAM? Do they check the right feature boxes? Let's discuss… Show Notes: 04:52 - Microsoft Surface Product Recap 05:26 - Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Discussion 13:05 - What The Heck Is the Surface Pro 7+? 13:36 - The All-New Surface Laptop Studio 20:33 - Are The 120Hz Displays Just A Gimmick? 23:55 - The Surface Duo 2 Foldable Android Device 33:29 - Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Quick-Take 35:33 - Updated Surface Pro X Wi-Fi Only Model... Read more...
We’ve previously heard rumors of a Surface Laptop Studio, and Microsoft made it official today with the reveal of its swanky new laptop. The Surface Laptop Studio serves as the successor to the Surface Book 3 and was billed as “the most powerful Surface we’ve ever built” and is the “culmination of years of Surface innovation.” When the Surface Laptop Studio first took the stage, it looked like a traditional clamshell notebook. However, like the original Surface Studio debut from many moons ago, further examination of the Surface Laptop Studio revealed that the display could pull forward and lay nearly flat against the keyboard. The display measures 14.4 inches... Read more...
Microsoft this morning announced the Surface Pro 8, which leaked over the weekend. As we learned from the previous leak, the Surface Pro 8 has received a significant redesign with slimmer bezels for the larger 13-inch display (compared to 12.3 inches). Speaking of the display, Microsoft cranked up the maximum refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz. Windows 11 will ensure that the display runs at 60Hz by default but can crank to 120Hz when needed (i.e., for fast-paced action on-screen, for touch, or when using the stylus) via Dynamic Refresh Rate. The new 2-in-1 convertible uses Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake processors (providing up to 16 hours of battery life) and can be configured with up... Read more...
Microsoft can't seem to release a new version of Windows without causing controversy. Windows 8.x was panned for its graphical redesign, while Windows 10 was blasted for Microsoft's constant nagging to "encourage" users to upgrade. With Windows 11, the company has taken flak for its hardware requirements, including the need for TPM 2.0 and Ryzen 2000/8th generation Core processors and newer. Microsoft recently indicated that it would allow customers with unsupported hardware to perform a clean install of Windows 11 but that they could be prevented from accessing Windows Update (and general security updates). Those restrictions are likely enough to scare most people away from taking the risk.... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Windows 10 on Arm front for a while now. We haven’t seen many (if any devices) launch this year, and even Microsoft’s last Surface Pro X refresh was mild (to put it lightly) with a slightly enhanced SQ2 SoC. However, that could change tomorrow at Microsoft’s Fall Surface event. We’ve already heard rumblings about the debut of the Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Duo 2, but signs are now pointing to an upgrade for the Surface Pro X. According to WindowsLatest, the next-generation Surface Pro X just received its Energy Star certification. The device carries the model number 2010, which was also found on a device that recently cleared... Read more...
Shortly after Microsoft announced Windows 11 earlier this Summer, it made its PC Health Check available to let Windows 10 users know if their device met the minimum requirements to upgrade. However, the app did more to frustrate users with its unclear error messages and lack of explanation for why systems were labeled as incompatible with Windows 11. "Based on the feedback so far, we acknowledge that it was not fully prepared to share the level of detail or accuracy you expected from us on why a Windows 10 PC doesn't meet upgrade requirements," wrote Microsoft in June. It then removed the app as it integrated tweaks to make it more user-friendly. The PC Health Check app is now back, and anyone... Read more...
Windows 11 officially launches on October 5th, which means that a slew of PC OEMs will announce refreshed devices using the operating system over the next few weeks. Hewlett-Packard is getting the ball rolling early with the announcement of two new devices aimed at mobile professionals. The first is the Spectre x360 2-in-1, which features up to a 16-inch 4K+ (3840x2400) OLED touch display. For those keeping scores, the Spectre x360 previously topped out at 15 inches. Given that this announcement is happening before the launch of Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake processors, the Spectre x360 is powered by the 11th generation Tiger Lake H35 family (up to a Core i7-11390H), features up to... Read more...
It’s no secret that Microsoft is on the verge of releasing its second-generation Surface Duo 2 flagship Android smartphone. Images of the device leaked back in late July, and benchmarks showed up online shortly after. We’ve now learned that the device has passed through the halls of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which revealed some key details surrounding its specifications. The Surface Duo 2 received its stamp of approval on September 17th ahead of Microsoft’s September 22nd Surface event. The FCC’s documentation confirms that the Surface Duo 2 features 5G connectivity, likely provided by the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. Also along for the ride... Read more...
Microsoft is scheduled to hold its annual Surface hardware event on September 22nd, and multiple products are expected to debut at that time. One of the headliners will undoubtedly be the Surface Pro 8, which received an early reveal today courtesy of @Shadow_Leak via Twitter. According to the tweet, the Surface Pro 8 will use Intel's current 11th generation Tiger Lake-based processors rather than the incoming 12th generation Alder Lake family. That is to be expected considering that Intel won't officially announce its full Alder Lake processor lineup until late October. Also on deck is an all-new 13-inch display that doubles the refresh rate to 120Hz. This would put the Surface Pro 8 on even... Read more...
The astutely named PrintNightmare family of issues affecting many Windows devices is not going away for Microsoft, it seems. Though there have been numerous patches and updates, not all have been fixes for the print spooler issues. This is the case once more following this month’s Patch Tuesday update, which has been confirmed to break network printing in some cases. As of late, Microsoft is reporting that “After installing KB5005033 or a later update, certain printers in some environments using Point and Print might receive a prompt saying, ‘Do you trust this printer?’” When this happens, administrator credentials are required to install the printer every time... Read more...
Seagate is rumored to be readying a smaller 512GB Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X|S, so owners of Microsoft's latest-generation game consoles can give themselves more wiggle room at a lower price than the current 1TB option. And like the 1TB model, this would give gamers the full speed capabilities of the Xbox Series X|S and its Velocity Architecture. As it stands, the Xbox Series X offers up around 802GB of usable storage from its internal NVMe solid state drive (the rest is reserved for the operating system and various system files). On the Xbox Series S, the amount of usable storage is around 364GB. Some of the bigger games (Call of Duty, anyone?) can quickly chew into the available... Read more...
Tired of juggling and trying to remember multiple passwords for different sites and services? Microsoft feels your pain, and more than that, it believes the time has come to leave traditional password input in the past. This is something Microsoft has talked at length about numerous times before, and putting action to words, it announced today that "anyone with a consumer Microsoft account can go completely passwordless!" No, Microsoft is not leaving users exposed to hackers and online miscreants by leaving accounts wide open. Instead, it is nudging account holders to what it says are "more secure and convenient authentication methods," which include Windows Hello, using the Microsoft Authenticator... Read more...
Heads up, Microsoft has issued a patch for what security researchers had dubbed a "highly sophisticated" zero-day vulnerability in Windows that hackers could use to target Office 365 and Office 2019 users. It is available as a standalone release, and also as part of this month's cumulative Patch Tuesday update, which rolled out to PCs yesterday. Tracked as CVE-2021-40444, the zero-day flaw is described as a Microsoft MSHTML remote code execution vulnerability. Prior to releasing the patch, Microsoft said it was aware of targeted attacks against potential victims, by way of specially crafted Microsoft Office documents. "An attacker could craft a malicious ActiveX control to be used by a Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft will unleash Windows 11 for the public on October 5th. But users should be aware that the company has made some annoying changes to the default browser behavior compared to Windows 10. As we reported last month, changing your default browser from Microsoft Edge to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is more cumbersome, requiring you to delve into Settings and change individual file type associations for your browser. At the time, Mozilla SVP Selena Decklemann warned that Microsoft's behavior towards third-party browsers had become untenable. "We have been increasingly worried about the trend on Windows. Since Windows 10, users have had to take additional and unnecessary steps to set and... Read more...
The official launch of Windows 11 is on the horizon, but people have seemingly been installing it in droves even though it's not fully released. However, one catch in installing the newest operating system from Microsoft is that you need an internet connection, but do you really? It appears that a new bypass has been found that circumvents that need, so you can now install Windows 11 offline by following these relatively easy steps below. Back in June, when Windows 11 was leaked online, users found that the “next generation of windows” required an internet connection to grab a Microsoft ID. To avoid this, some quick-thinking users found a workaround by pressing “Alt+F4”... Read more...
There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system, which will officially debut on October 5th. And as you might imagine, Microsoft is hard at work squashing bugs, making sure that performance is up to par, and that compatibility with existing hardware is as high as possible. With this in mind, Microsoft released two new Windows 11 Insider Preview builds this week to testers. The Dev Channel has jumped to Build 22454 for those that want to be on the bleeding edge of Windows 11 development. If you want a more stable testing experience, Build 22000.184 now resides in the Beta Channel. Microsoft says that it has fixed two outstanding issues with Windows 11 Build... Read more...
Microsoft is testing firmware updates for a few of its Xbox controllers, to facilitate better cross-device connectivity and reduce latency. If you are a member of the Xbox Insider program, you can access the firmware right now. Otherwise, it probably will not be all that long before Microsoft makes the new firmware available on a larger scale. The firmware updates apply to all Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth support, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, and Xbox Adaptive controllers. For those of you who own the latest generation Xbox controller for the Xbox Series X/S, you already have the upgraded features that are enabled by the new firmware releases. Microsoft's updated firmware... Read more...
In less than a month, Microsoft will release Windows 11 to the public, its first major new operating system to the Windows ecosystem in over half a decade. Microsoft chose to go this route rather than continue to update Windows 10 with new features and capabilities on a bi-annual basis, even though at one point, it was pitched as being the last major version of Windows. Should you upgrade to Windows 11? Microsoft obviously hopes you will, and is touting the performance advantages that will come with making the migration. One thing we've already previewed with Windows 11 is how it is better equipped to handle hybrid architectures, like Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs. We tested this using a laptop... Read more...
Security researchers say they discovered and reported to Microsoft a "highly sophisticated" zero-day attack vector in Windows that targets Office 365 and Office 2019 users. In some cases, simply opening an infected document would be enough to compromise a PC. Furthermore, there does not yet exist a patch, though one is on the way. In a Twitter post, cybersecurity outfit EXPMON said it notified Microsoft of the flaw over on Sunday and has been "working tirelessly over the holiday weekend to protect users." EXPMON also said it was able to reproduce the attack method on a typical user environment. Microsoft released a security bulletin (CVD-2021-40444) saying it is investigation the situation, and... Read more...
Sorry folks, but your Xbox Series S is obsolete! I'm kidding (put the pitchforks and tomatoes down), but what might not be a joke is that a refreshed model could already be in the works. That shouldn't stop you from buying one if you are in the market for an Xbox Series S, though, because it is said the refreshed model with slightly higher end hardware wouldn't debut for another year. Microsoft has not actually announced any console refreshes, so information in that regard comes from Leak Valley and the Rumor Highway. It is certainly plausible, though, and I'd say even likely, considering that console refreshes are now a normal part of the lifecycle. We saw it with the Xbox One X/S and the PlayStation... Read more...
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