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  1. Windows Holographic version 21H1 rolls out with a bunch of new features Microsoft today announced the availability of the next major version of Windows Holographic for HoloLens 2 devices. Version 21H1 is beginning to roll out with a bunch of new features. Interestingly, while 21H1 for desktop is going to be just an enablement package that will light up minor new features for the OS, the version seems to be a major one, bringing features such as the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, Settings app improvements, a revamped Power menu, and much more. First up i
  2. Microsoft Solitaire is celebrating 31 years this month on Windows 10, iOS, and Android The classic Microsoft Solitaire video game is celebrating its 31st anniversary this month across all its modern iterations on Windows 10, the web, iOS, and Android. As part of the celebration, players are able to earn double XP every day this month, unlock a new celebratory theme (which is now available), and participate in a number of in-game events. The week of May 16th through 22nd has been designated as a special “Anniversary Week” and something special ap
  3. Microsoft Weekly: Edge Beta for Linux, a new Segoe font, and games galore A number of things happened in the last seven days, including the arrival of Edge Beta on Linux, the unveiling of a new Segoe font variant, and even a refresh of the Azure logo. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of May 2 - 8. Edge Beta for Linux We should begin with a little info regarding Edge, as not much has happened with the browser this week. For starters, build 92.0.878.0 made its way to the Dev
  4. New firmware updates are available for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Laptop 1, 2, and 4 Microsoft is rolling out a slew of firmware updates for its Surface devices, including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Laptop 4. The first and second generations of the Surface Laptop are also getting updated, with each getting a single update. Starting with the Surface Pro 4, the April 2021 firmware updates bring security and stability improvements and address the "Asset tag versioning issue" with the device. You can check out the full list of changes below: Surface UEFI -
  5. Microsoft adds FPS Boost to 74 more games on Xbox Series X / S More Xbox games get automatic frame rate boosts Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is enabling its Xbox FPS Boost mode on 74 more games today, bringing the total up to 97 games. Titles getting an FPS Boost include Assassin’s Creed Unity, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Wasteland 3, and Far Cry 5 all moving to 60fps. You can find the full list at Microsoft’s site. The FPS Boost feature for Xbox Series X and Series S consoles is designed to make existing games run bet
  6. Microsoft Weekly: More money for PC game devs, an update fix, and a very strong quarter The last seven days saw the arrival of a rather impressive Q3 FY21 earnings report, the implementation of a bigger cut for PC game devs, and even a fix for the update that caused all sorts of gaming performance issues. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of April 25 – May 1. More money for PC game devs We should open with what is perhaps the bigger news of the week – at least in terms of gaming -, name
  7. Microsoft releases the first Edge 92 build for the Dev channel Hot on the heels of releasing Edge 91 to the Beta channel, Microsoft has released the first Edge 92 build to Dev channel users - which comes later in the week than it usually does. The version number has been bumped up to 92.0.873.1. Considering that this is the first version 92 build, there isn’t much in the way of features. However, there are a bunch of bug fixes and general improvements. The two features listed in today’s release relate to new management policies from Chromium. Howev
  8. Microsoft is now a Visionary Sponsor of the Python Software Foundation Microsoft has been a sponsor of the Python Software Foundation since 2006. Today, Microsoft announced that it is increasing its contributions to the PSF even further as a Visionary Sponsor. As part of the $150K financial sponsorship of the PSF, Microsoft will be focusing its funds to the Packaging Working Group to help with development costs for further improvements to PyPI and the packaging ecosystem. “The rapid rise of Python over the past 5 years is well documented and impressive. Python’s r
  9. Microsoft Finds 'BadAlloc' Flaws Affecting Wide-Range of IoT and OT Devices Microsoft researchers on Thursday disclosed two dozen vulnerabilities affecting a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) and Operational Technology (OT) devices used in industrial, medical, and enterprise networks that could be abused by adversaries to execute arbitrary code and even cause critical systems to crash. "These remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities cover more than 25 CVEs and potentially affect a wide range of domains, from consumer and medical IoT to Industrial IoT, Oper
  10. Microsoft releases Edge Dev channel for Android with new features After Canary, the Dev version of Microsoft Edge for Android is now available on the Google Play Store for download. Edge Dev version is on 91 while Canary on 92, and Edge stable, and beta far behind and running on version 46. Microsoft is working to make Edge desktop and mobile versions in-line. The company recently announced Edge will use a common code base for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android, and iOS platforms. That’s turning into reality now. When comes to Android, dated Edge c
  11. PowerToys 0.37 out with a bunch of improvements, no Video Conference Mute tool yet Microsoft today released a new version of the PowerToys suite of tools, bumping the version number to 0.37. The team says that the focus of this version was to further ready the Video Conference Mute tool for a stable release, which is currently being tested in the experimental releases. Additionally, the update also focuses on removing the legacy settings app and moving the Keyboard Manager into an independent process, along with the usual crop of bug fixes and impr
  12. Microsoft fixes "annoying" multi-monitor window rearrangement issue in Dev channel builds Windows users that use multiple monitors or a secondary monitor for their laptops might have experienced an issue with the arrangement of apps when resuming a system from sleep. The windows on a second monitor either collapse to the main display or are automatically moved from where they were last left, making it a time-consuming affair to rearrange every time you return the PC from sleep. Now, a fix is on the way for this issue as Microsoft has acknowledged t
  13. Shockingly, the Surface Laptop 4 bests Apple's MacBook Air in Microsoft's latest ad Microsoft pits the Surface Laptop 4 against the MacBook Air in its latest ad. What you need to know Microsoft just released a new ad for the Surface Laptop 4. The ad calls out the MacBook Air for not having a touchscreen. It also highlights the Surface Laptop 4 having a USB-C port and a USB-A port. Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is the latest member of the Surface family. It has plenty of options when it com
  14. Microsoft Weekly: Actual F2P multiplayer, update trouble, and performance on Edge Among the things that happened this week, there was the arrival of Linux GUI app support in WSL, a performance mode in Edge, and even the dropping of the Gold barrier of entry for free-to-play multiplayer games on Xbox. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of April 18 - 24. Actual F2P multiplayer While it’s true that some other interesting news surfaced this week, perhaps one of the most noteworthy tidbits co
  15. Met Office and Microsoft to build weather-forecasting supercomputer System will be among top 25 supercomputers in world and twice as powerful as any other in Britain e technology will be able to produce more detailed models, which it is hoped will help the UK better prepare for extreme weather events. Photograph: Cameron Smith/Getty Images The Met Office and Microsoft are to build a world-leading supercomputer capable of providing more accurate warnings of severe weather as part of a multimillion-pound agreement. It was expected to be the mo
  16. Xbox Live Gold drops the pay wall for 50 free-to-play games Fortnite runs on AWS Image Credit: Amazon/Epic Games Microsoft is removing the Xbox Live Gold gate for free-to-play games today. For years, the company required an active membership to Gold to play games like Apex Legends and Fortnite. This was different from both Nintendo and Sony, which enabled online access for free games on Switch and PlayStation. Now, Xbox has parity in this regard. This move enables consumers to play up to 50 free-to-play
  17. Microsoft's Visual Studio 2022 is moving to 64-bit Microsoft is readying a first public preview of Visual Studio 2022 for this summer. Microsoft is readying a first public preview of its next version of Visual Studio, called Visual Studio 2022, for "this summer." And the coming release, as had been rumored, will be going 64-bit. Microsoft officials outlined some of the coming features and release plans for Visual Studio 2022 on April 19 via a blog post. They noted that this summer's public preview will include only some of the capabilities of the coming release, with othe
  18. Microsoft’s ‘Netflix-for-gaming’ service launches on iPhone and PC this week KEY POINTS Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service, previously known as xCloud, will begin rolling out in beta to iPhones, iPads and PCs this week. The service will be invite-only to start, Microsoft said in a blog post on Monday. Xbox Cloud Gaming is sort of like Netflix for games, letting you stream games to your device instead of using a video game console. A customer plays on an Xbox xCloud device at the
  19. Microsoft Weekly: New Surface devices, April Patch Tuesday, and game updates In the last seven days, Microsoft unveiled its latest Surface Laptop (and a number of other peripherals), acquired Nuance Communications for a cool $19.7 billion, and even pushed out a number of updates for Windows and first-party games. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of April 11 - 17. New Surface devices After a number of leaks, and even a teaser video from Microsoft itself, the fourth iteration of the Surf
  20. PowerToys pre-release version 0.36 out with a video conference mute tool Microsoft has released an experimental version of PowerToys that comes with support for the video conference mute tool. Microsoft notes that this is the first release with the webcam driver actually being a DirectShow filter which "solves a multitude of quirks". The video conference mute tool first debuted with the version 0.22 update but was subsequently removed as the firm needed to do some additional work. In case you don't remember, the video conference mute tool gave user
  21. Microsoft releases Windows Terminal 1.7.1033.0 with Settings UI updates, more Microsoft today announced the release of Windows Terminal 1.7. Windows Terminal 1.7 will come with several new improvements including Settings UI updates, profile fragments and more. This release brings all of the preview changes in Windows Terminal 1.7 to the stable channel. Notable changes include: Terminal now has a UI that you can use to edit your settings! If you prefer JSON, do not fear! You can, of course, still get at that JSON file you
  22. This week's Edge Dev build brings the Password Monitor to everyone Microsoft has released its weekly build of the Edge browsers for users running the Dev channel version of the browser. This update brings the browser version to 91.0.852.0, and it includes a handful of significant additions this time around. The new features include the completed rollout of the Password Monitor feature, which should now be available to everyone in the Dev channel. The Rebates feature for shopping online has also completed its rollout and is now enabled by default. H
  23. Microsoft Weekly: Paint in the Microsoft Store, Age of Empires IV, and Surface updates A number of Surface firmware updates, an overdue appearance of Paint in the Microsoft Store, and a celebration of the venerable RTS series that is Age of Empires were all in the news this week. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of April 4 - 10. Paint in the Microsoft Store We’ll start with some Windows 10 and Paint news, as the Redmond giant has released yet another Insider build to testers.
  24. Microsoft Edge Dev build 91.0.845.2 is out with minor improvements Just like clockwork, Microsoft released a new Edge Dev build today, bringing the build number to 91.0.845.2. Unsurprisingly, there's nothing particularly wild that's new. In fact, all of the features seem pretty minor. For example, you can now select and delete multiple passwords at the same time in the password manager, and there's a new message that says that Vertical Tabs can't be collapsed when there are IE Mode tabs open. Here's the full list: Added the ability
  25. SQL Server Big Data Clusters CU10 brings important new capabilities With the release of SQL Server 2019, Microsoft brought Big Data Clusters (BDC) for customers as a way to utilize both structured and unstructured data. Running exclusively on Linux containers that are hosted on Kubernetes, these clusters can be deployed both on-premise and on the cloud. Last year, the tech giant released the cumulative update 5 (CU5) for SQL Server 2019, focusing on expanding capabilities offered through BDC. Today, Microsoft has unveiled the SQL Server Big Data Clusters CU
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