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  1. We are at the close of yet another week and it's time again to recap everything important that happened in the Microsoft-verse in the past few days. This was a pretty busy week with a number of Windows builds and issues cropping up. With the end of the month, we also got some statistics regarding market share, along with an interesting "Windows 12" concept. Without further ado, let's dive in to our weekly digest for November 26 - December 2! Windows 11 on the rise Statcounter revealed that Windows 11 now controls 16.12% of the market share as Windows 10 dipped below 70% for the first time. This is an increase of 0.67 percentage points compared to last month which is not a massive jump, but it does indicate that adoption of Microsoft's latest OS is steadily climbing upwards and nipping away at Windows 10's market share. Windows 8.1, 8, 7, and XP still capture 2.54%, 0.79%, 10.24%, and 0.4% of the market currently. On the gaming front, Valve's Steam Hardware survey results peg Windows 11 at 27.98%, which is a significant increase of 4.61 percentage points compared to the previous month. Windows 10 is shown struggling here too as it fell to 65.60%, a notable decline of 3.31 percentage points. Coming over to the web browsers market, Microsoft Edge now has a share of 11.17%. This is an increase 0.31 percentage points compared to the previous month and 1.65 percentage points improvement year-over-year. Of course, Google Chrome is still king at 66.13%, despite a slight decline of 0.36 percentage points. With the end of the month, Microsoft also shared a bunch of updates it introduced to some of its pieces of software. These include a hefty number of improvements in Teams, modest updates to Excel, and November enhancements for Power BI Desktop. Windows builds and issues Earlier in the week, Windows 11 Insiders received Dev Channel build 25252. It introduced a new VPN status icon in the system tray, more Taskbar search styles, a bunch of bug fixes, and a truckload worth of known issues. This release was followed closely by Beta build 22623.1020 (KB5020035) bringing OneDrive storage alerts, fixes for high CPU usage, and more. Later, we were treated to a servicing pipeline release too. There were some whispers from the Windows "Moment" updates camp as well. Test IDs for purported "Moment 3" and "Moment 4" update have been discovered in the latest Beta build. Microsoft has also made some "Moment 2" capabilities available to Windows 11 version 22H2 users on the stable channel via the latest build 22621.900 (KB5020044). These include Energy Recommendations, an improved Task Manager, and a slightly enhanced settings page for managing the touch keyboard. Unfortunately, this new build has also introduced an issue in Task Managerwhere certain UI elements may not render properly if you are using a custom colour mode. The mitigation for now is to switch to Light or Dark mode as Microsoft works on a fix. In related news, Input Method Editor (IME) problems can be fixed by installing the latest KB5020044 update and a performance fix for copying large file remotely is also being tested in the recent Dev Channel release. "Windows 12"... and other stuff An interesting concept for "Windows 12" surfaced very recently and was covered in detail by us. Created by an enthusiast, the design focuses a lot on making Widgets more useful while making nifty improvements to other UI elements. Another capability it emphasizes is the splitting of two apps within one window and grouping files in collections inside File Explorer (similar to Collections in Microsoft Edge). Of course, our readers are divided on the aesthetics and utility of this design but do head here to voice your opinion. In other news, Microsoft has officially ended support for the original Surface Hub 55 and Surface Hub 84. Running Windows 10 Team on a fourth-gen Intel Core i5/i7 processor, this device enjoyed a life of seven years, initially being sold at up to $20,000. Although the original Surface Hub is dead in terms of updates, another tricky product, the Surface Duo, might get a dedicated Insider Program soon. Finally, in some smaller updates on the software side, PowerToys is getting a Windows 11 Quick Settings-like launcher to let you launch your favorite utilities with a couple of clicks in the notification area. Meanwhile, Microsoft Forms has introduced the useful capability of being able to add images as possible answers to multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Git gud Coming to the ongoing problem of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard being probed by regulators, there have been rumors this week that the Redmond tech giant may offer concessions to the EU and that a deal has already been struck between Microsoft and Sony regarding the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation. Of course, nothing has been officially confirmed yet. What Microsoft has confirmed is that those with gaming issues won't be offered the Windows 11 2022 Update yet. This safeguard hold will probably be removed around mid-December. But talking about games themselves, a bunch of high-profile titles have hit or are hitting Xbox Game Pass this month. Notable additions include Battlefield 2042, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, High On Life, and Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, among others. Meanwhile, the Games with Gold offerings are Colt Canyon and Bladed Fury. On the sales and promotions side, there is a massive Xbox Black Friday Sale going on. And the Free Play Days event has Battlefield 2042, Batora: Lost Haven, and Rainbow Six Siege on offer this weekend. But if none of this console gaming stuff tickles your fancy, check out News Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe's personally curated list of hot PC game deals this weekend. Dev Channel Skype 8.90 is now out Microsoft and PMI have announced new certifications for low-code learning Rufus 3.21 with improved Windows local account support, NTFS, and exFAT, is now available for all Under the spotlight News Reporter Taras Buria compiled a list of the top 5 flags that Microsoft Edge users should consider enabling in order to make the most of their browsing experience. Note that capabilities logged behind a flag are experimental in nature so do expect bugs. Taras also penned a couple more guides following the release of Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25252. The first details the process to enable the new Taskbar search box while the other describes how to disable the Windows 10-like Search Highlights. The final guide from Taras this week was about there being a hidden camera privacy indicator in Windows 11 and the process to enable it. On the other hand, forum member Adam Bottjen detailed the steps to launching pinned apps using just your keyboard in his latest edition of Tech Tip Tuesday. Last but not least, we had our Reviewer Robbie Khan criticizing the pitiful state of the much-hyped horror game The Callisto Protocol, in terms of PC performance. You can dive into the dedicated piece here where Robbie takes you with him on his journey to being super-excited about the title to refunding it after less than two hours of playtime on Steam. Logging off Our most interesting news item of the week relates to the imminent death of the free edition of the popular Macrium Reflect. The Windows backup software will not receive any new features but security updates will be provided up until January 1, 2024. Of course, you can continue to use the tool beyond that date but you won't be eligible for any support if some issue does pop up. The premium version of Macrium Reflect remains unaffected by this discontinuation. Microsoft Weekly: Windows 11 on the rise, new builds, and Windows 12
  2. Welcome back to another edition of Microsoft Weekly where we recap everything important that happened in the world of Microsoft in the past few days. Although this week was relatively quieter due to the Thanksgiving break, we still have some Windows 11 upgrade news, Windows 10-related items, and some Slack competition to talk about. Without further ado, let's dive into our weekly digest for November 19 - November 25! Windows 11 upgrades As has been the case for the past few weeks, this section is mostly about new Windows 11 bugs and fixes for some existing ones. For starters, Microsoft has finally removed a compatibility safeguard on select devices trying to upgrade to Windows 11 version 22H2. It was initially put in place due to printer bugs where the settings would get stuck on the default and it became a hassle to add more printers. In a similar vein, an upgrade block was also removed from some PCs experiencing deterioration in gaming performance. That said, the bug hasn't been fully resolved yet. We also learned that the Remote Desktop app could stop responding on Windows 11 version 22H2. For now, the Redmond tech giant has recommended terminating the process using Task Manager when this happens and has also suggested disabling UDP (with some caveats). A more permanent fix is in the works. Meanwhile, AMD has released a new chipset driver to fix Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) problems affecting Windows 11 version 22H2 as well as older versions of Windows. Microsoft is also working on making Windows 11 more secure. The OS now supports multi-key total memory encryption on Intel's 3rd Gen Xeon scalable Ice Lake CPUs, and Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake processors on the client side. The company is seemingly also working on a dedicated VPN indicator in the notifications area of Windows 11 version 22H2 and you can force-enable it by following the instructions detailed here. Finally, if you prefer the aesthetics of Windows 11 but not the OS itself, you may want to consider giving the Orange Pi (Droid) OS a spin - at your own risk. It's an Android 12-based operating system that has the look and feel of Windows 11, but the response to its aesthetics has been somewhat polarizing so far. Windows 10 goodness Microsoft announced this week that Windows 10 version 22H2 (also knows as Windows 10 2022 Update) is now ready for broad deployment. For those unaware, broad deployment is the final rollout phase in the lifecycle of a Windows release. It means more users with compatible computers receive offers to update, not only seekers who press the "Check for updates" button. For reference, Windows 11 2022 Update (also 22H2) is currently available to all who check for updates manually. Microsoft has been very mysterious about what's new in the update, just saying that it's available with a "limited set of productivity features". However, we did some sleuthing and did manage to find out possible information about what is new. Some other good news is that the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) app has hit general availability in the Microsoft Store and is now also available on Windows 10, in addition to Windows 11. Microsoft is making it the default experience on both OSes, touting faster updates, better error printing, WSLg and WSL bundled in a single package, and the ability to opt-in for systemd support, among many other things. Slack contest A couple of days ago, a report popped up claiming that the European Commission (EC) is gearing up to investigate Microsoft over some antitrust complaints made about Teams by competitor Slack. The complaint in question was filed back in 2020 when Slack alleged that bundling Teams with the Microsoft 365 suite of products forces it to be installed on many machines while "hiding the true cost to enterprise customers". It urged the regulator to force Microsoft to remove Teams from its Microsoft 365 suite and offer it separately at "fair" commercial prices. Now, it looks like the EC is ready to take action as a new batch of questionnaires has recently been sent out, with sources familiar with the matter claiming that an official investigation may be kicked off soon. While we are in the Microsoft 365 space, it's also worth noting that Microsoft has delayed the deprecation of the Outlook REST API indefinitely following customer feedback. The deprecation will happen next year instead of this month. Moreover, Microsoft is seemingly focused on mobile-first content creation now, at least when it comes to PowerPoint. The Redmond tech firm is introducing the ability to create slides in Portrait mode in PowerPoint for iPhone and iPad devices on the Office Insider channel. iOS users will now be able to switch in and out of Portrait mode when creating and editing slides. There is no word yet on Android support or general availability timeframes. Git gud As the battle between Microsoft and Sony rages on with regards to the UK CMA investigating the former's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, more details are becoming public. There are some pretty interesting tidbits of information with the submitted documents. Perhaps the most interesting is that Microsoft has told the UK regulator that its exclusives are lower quality as compared to PlayStation. It pointed to Metacritic scores as the basis for this argument and also noted that they don't sell that well on the Xbox either. Meanwhile, word from the Sony camp is that the company might launch its next PlayStation console around 2026, which is still quite a ways to go. On the actual games front, Sea of Thieves Season 8 now live with on-demand PVP, new locations, and more. And if you're on the lookout for getting some PC games on the cheap in this Black Friday weekend, don't miss out on this Weekend's PC Game Deals, curated by our News Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe. Dev Channel Surface Laptop Studio has a new firmware update to improve SSD stability Microsoft has ended support for Surface Go with LTE Visual Studio 2022 17.4 has a ton of performance improvements Under the spotlight This week, we published a few guides. The first comes from News Reporter Rahul Naskar who detailed a handy way to get a detailed battery report in Windows 10 and Windows 11 along with the things you need to focus on while parsing it. Meanwhile, News Reporter Taras Buria published the steps to disable the recommended websites section in the Start menu if it really bothers you in Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25247. On the other hand, forum member Adam Bottjen authored a detailed guide explaining how to enable and leverage Live Captions in Windows 11 version 22H2. Meanwhile, News Editor Paul Hill went hands-on with Olauncher, arguing that it's the best possible Android launcher today. You can read his thoughts here. Finally, do remember to recheck Neowin co-founder Steven Parker's first impressions of the GEEKOM IT11 MiniPC. You can grab it for just $599 instead of $769 if you act fast and purchase it during this Black Friday week. Logging off Our most interesting news item of the week is about Mercedes-Benz introducing a yearly $1200 subscription... to make some of its cars go faster. You read that right. By purchasing the Acceleration Increase subscription for $1200/year, your Mercedes-EQ 350 SUV will hit 60mph in 5.2 seconds instead of 6.2 seconds. This is being done by electronically boosting the motor's output and the torque but it raises some concerns because it implies that the car already has the necessary capability built-in to achieve this performance and the sole reason to lock it behind a paywall is to make customers pay more. At the very least, it's a worrisome precedent for what's to come. Microsoft Weekly: Windows 11 upgrades, Windows 10 goodness, and Slack complaints
  3. Any federal action could easily push deal past crucial July 2023 deadline. Just a few of the Activision franchises that will become Microsoft properties if and when the acquisition is finalized. Microsoft / Activision The Federal Trade Commission will "likely" move to file an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard to block the companies' planned $69 billion merger deal. That's according to a new Politico report citing "three [unnamed] people with knowledge of the matter." While Politico writes that a lawsuit is still "not guaranteed," it adds that FTC staffers "are skeptical of the companies' arguments" that the deal will not be anticompetitive. The sources also confirmed that "much of the heavy lifting is complete" in the commission's investigation, and that a suit could be filed as early as next month. Sony, the main opponent of Microsoft's proposed purchase, has argued publicly that an existing contractual three-year guarantee to keep Activision's best-selling Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation is "inadequate on many levels." In response, Microsoft Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has publicly promised to continue shipping Call of Duty games on PlayStation "as long as there's a PlayStation out there to ship to." It's not clear if the companies have memorialized that offer as a legal agreement, though; The New York Times reported this week that Microsoft had offered a "10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation." Numerous statements from Microsoft executives, including Spencer, have suggested the company is less interested in bolstering its position in the "console wars" and more interested in boosting its mobile, cloud gaming, and Game Pass subscription offerings. Beyond Call of Duty, Politico reports that the FTC is concerned over how Microsoft "could leverage future, unannounced titles to boost its gaming business." Microsoft "is prepared to address the concerns of regulators, including the FTC, and Sony to ensure the deal closes with confidence," spokesperson David Cuddy told Politico. "We'll still trail Sony and Tencent in the market after the deal closes, and together Activision and Xbox will benefit gamers and developers and make the industry more competitive." Plenty of speed bumps remain The reports of a potential FTC lawsuit add to a growing list of troubling signals about the proposed purchase from various international governments. Earlier this month, the European Commission said it was moving on to an "in-depth investigation" of the deal. In the UK, a similar "Phase 2" investigation by the country's Competition and Markets Authority has scheduled hearing for next month. Those international investigations are expected to wrap up in March, ensuring the proposed deal won't close before then and giving the FTC some time before it would have to file suit. Any such lawsuit would need to be approved by a majority of the four current FTC commissioners and would likely start in the FTC's administrative court. And whatever the outcome, legal maneuvering in the case could easily delay the planned merger past a July 2023 contractual deadline, at which point both companies would have to renegotiate or abandon the deal. An FTC lawsuit in this matter would also be a the strongest sign yet of a robust antitrust enforcement regime under FTC chair Lina Kahn, a big tech skeptic who was named to the post in June. Back in July, Kahn announced an antitrust lawsuit against Meta (formerly Facebook) and its proposed $400 million purchase of Within, makers of VR fitness app Supernatural. Three months after Microsoft's proposed purchase was announced in January, a group of four US Senators wrote an open letter strongly urging the FTC to take a close look at the deal. Last month, merger news site Dealreporter said FTC staff had expressed "significant concerns" about the deal. And this week, the New York Times cited "two people" in reporting that the FTC had reached out to other companies for sworn statements laying out their concerns about the deal, a possible sign of lawsuit preparations. Report: FTC “likely” to file suit to block Microsoft/Activision merger
  4. Visual Studio 2022 17.4 began rolling out a couple of weeks ago. It is a significant release because it packs .NET 7 and natively supports not only Windows x64 and Mac architectures, but also Arm64. It features numerous other features such as rollback and multi-repository integration too. Now, Microsoft has detailed all the main performance improvements in the latest version of its popular integrated development environment (IDE). For starters, Find and Replace in Files is now a whopping 3-4 times faster compared to version 17.3. Microsoft says that it has accomplished this through incremental improvements such as Async save and maximization of caching and indexing. The 95th percentile of Microsoft's test data has replace operations pegged at 25 seconds on Visual Studio 2022 17.3 compared to 8 seconds in version 17.4. Moreover, indexing is now faster for C++ projects too. You will notice a 25-30% performance gain when populating the source code index in large C++ projects. Similarly, the need for solution reloads on branch switching has been reduced by 80%. And compared to Visual Studio 2019 which took 16 seconds for branch switching on the 95th percentile, Visual Studio 2022 17.4 takes around 10 seconds. Meanwhile, the performance gains for .NET configuration switch responsiveness are tabulated below: Improvements 17.3 (seconds) 17.4 (seconds) Gain Inheritance Margin 51.1 26.6 47.90% Errors 60.3 27.8 53.90% CodeLens 128.3 38.2 70.20% Background tasks 219.2 89.9 58.90% Coming over to unit tests, Test Explorer should surface tests across projects much faster. In Microsoft's testing, performance was double compared to the previous release when testing on a solution with 150 projects and 300,000 tests. Similarly, test assemblies ran three times faster and test runner process connections were established faster too. Finally, most Save operations have been moved to a background thread so that the IDE stays responsive and is not impacted by the saving process. Microsoft says that this improvement will be most noticeable on slow hard drives, large projects, and network shares. If you have any feedback for Microsoft, you can let the company know via a survey or through this portal. These are all the performance improvements in Visual Studio 2022 17.4
  5. We are at the end of the week again and it is time once more to recap everything important that happened in the Microsoft-verse in the past few days. This time around, we have items related to Windows bugs (again), some nifty improvements to Windows 11 - including the Taskbar -, and games in Microsoft Teams (!), among other things. Without further ado, let's dive into our weekly digest for November 12 - November 18. Windows bugs As has been the running theme for the past few weeks, several bugs in Windows were discovered once again, but many were fixed too. We'll start with an issue related to Kerberos authentication failures for Windows Server instances with the Domain Controller (DC) role. This was introduced due to this month's Patch Tuesday and led to various error messages when signing in, printing, and connecting using Remote Desktop. However, the good news is that Microsoft has already resolved the issue via out-of-band (OOB) updates that need to be manually downloaded and installed via the Update Catalog. The company has also advised customers to revert any other changes they may have made to work around the problem. Next up, we also learned of a Direct Access bug affecting Windows 10, 11, Server 2019, and Server 2022. Direct Access is a feature that allows Windows users to access corporate networks without traditional VPN connections, providing a constant connection to organizations whenever there is working internet. However, you may experience problems using Direct Access if you temporarily lose internet connection. For now, Microsoft has applied a Known Issue Rollback (KIR) patch. Another problem patched this week was related to Nvidia GPU usage readings being extremely off on Windows 11 version 22H2. Several users had reported GPU usage readings of around 100% even though the hardware was completely idle. The culprit was a bug in the Desktop Window Manager (DWM), which has been patched in the GeForce 526.98 driver update. Finally, there was also a bug in Windows 10 that caused the Taskbar to suddenly disappear with the system becoming unresponsive. However, there is some good news here too as Microsoft has rolled back the problematic code modifications through KIR. Taskbar refinements and other Windows goodness After a relatively long wait, the Dev Channel received a new release in the form of build 25247 this week. This is a significant update that restores seconds-level precision to the clock in the Taskbar system tray, as previously rumored. There are tons of other changes too, including the ability to access Windows Studio Effects from Quick Settings, Energy Recommendations in Settings, better theming and process filtering in Task Manager, and lots more. The Start menu in this build will also recommend websites to you, but you can bet that this "feature" will be very controversial. Perhaps something that will be more palatable to Insiders will be a minor design revamp for certain sections of the Settings menu, along with more details for Win32 apps. Some of our readers are already complaining about the rumored return of the "never combine" Taskbar capability and dark mode switching via Action Center not making the cut in this build. There were a few other builds released in the past few days too. Build 25246 was rolled out to the Windows Server 2022 Insider Preview. As usual, there is no dedicated changelog but there is one known issue. Microsoft detailed all the changes present in the latest Windows Holographic release, namely version 22H2, too. Meanwhile, the Windows 11 Release Preview netted build 22621.898 (KB5020044). Although it has a pretty lengthy changelog, a notable item is a warning in the Settings app when you are running out of OneDrive storage, along with recommendations to purchase more of it. Windows 10 nabbed KB5020030 with builds 19042.2311, 19043.2311, 19044.2311, and 19045.2311 as well. It fixes several annoying bugs which include issues related to Microsoft Store update failures, printers, and DST, and also makes some changes to the Taskbar. Other relatively smaller updates include jump lists for the Microsoft Store and a Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) November update with improvements to camera, Chromium 106, and support for MPEG2 decoding. And as it does from time to time, Microsoft has once again reminded customers that with Windows 8.1 support ending in a couple of months, now is the right time to upgrade to Windows 11. Games in Microsoft Teams Microsoft turned quite a few heads a couple of days ago by revealing that games are coming to its Teams software. Naturally, these are casual games like Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Wordament, not AAA titles. These games are being made available through the Games for Work app and Microsoft hopes that they can be used as a means to break the ice between hybrid and online teams, and also increase bonding within a team. While we are on the topic of Teams, it is perhaps also worth highlighting that Microsoft has announced a lower-cost Teams Shared Device license for enterprise customers who don't want all the functionalities or premium price tag associated with the Teams Rooms license. Microsoft 365 customer utilizing the Office mobile app heavily will also want to know that Microsoft is killing off two functionalities, namely "Transfer Files" and "Share Nearby" during its revamp of the app. Both the capabilities will find themselves on the chopping block on December 31, 2022 but the Redmond tech giant has emphasized that there are already better workarounds so there is no cause for concern. In the same vein, Microsoft has also announced that following the deprecation of Basic Auth in Exchange Online, the next legacy feature it is killing off is the ability to authenticate over the Autodiscover protocol for Exchange Online. The staggered process for disabling it has already kicked off. On the flip side, a software returning from the dead is SwiftKey for iOS. The app was scheduled for removal from the App Store on October 5 for undisclosed reasons but it seems like Microsoft has now changed its mind again with the company saying that it is "investing heavily in the keyboard". It's a bit weird, to say the least, considering both announcements have been accompanied by very little explanations. Git gud On the gaming front, we mostly have news about deals and promotions due to Black Friday being around the corner. Microsoft has a new Xbox Series S - Gilded Hunter Bundle and several other Xbox items discounted via the Unwrap Thrills sale. And if you decide that now is the right time to get an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you'll also get a three-month free trial for Apple TV+ and Apple Music. Speaking of Xbox Game Pass, several new titles have hit the service, including Pentiment, Dune: Spice Wars, Somerville, Darktide, and more have hit Xbox Game Pass. Meanwhile, Games with Gold subscribers can grab Dead End Job for free. On the other hand, the Xbox Free Play Days promotion has NBA 2K23, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, and Deep Rock Galactic available at massive discounts. The Xbox November update is live too. It's a pretty significant update with enhanced Discord voice capabilities, sale notifications, upgrades to cloud gaming, and much more. Meanwhile, you can also expect an invite to Xbox' Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead ring in the coming days - if you fall in Microsoft's good graces, that is. On an ending note, Minecraft has received the Soccer Celebration DLC while Rare is overhauling Sea of Thieves' PVP encounters with on-demand action. And if you're a PC purist, you might want to check out this Weekend's PC Game Deals curated personally by our News Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe. Dev Channel Visual Studio 2022 now has multi-repository support Microsoft is strengthening its anti-harrassment workplace policies The Surface app has been updated Microsoft and Lockheed Martin are collaborating on innovation in AI, 5G and more Windows App SDK 1.2 is now live Rufus 3.21 Beta is out with improved Windows support Microsoft has updated Surface Duo and Duo 2 with new firmware with the AT&T version getting Android 12L Under the spotlight A few days ago, I penned an editorial debating the merits and drawbacks of Microsoft implementing ads/recommendations/tips in Windows 11. If this topic sounds interesting to you, give it a read here. Meanwhile, News Reporter Taras Buria authored a guide on the process for enabling Suggested Actions with Chrome in Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25247. And as usual, forum member Adam Bottjen wrote a Tech Tip Tuesday guide in which he explained how you can make the mouse cursor on your Windows PC bigger and easier to find, which is a nifty tip to know if the default appearance of the cursor bothers you. Finally, Neowin co-founder Steven Parker published his first impressions of the GEEKOM IT11 MiniPC ahead of his full review. It's a pretty interesting machine with a Black Friday discount and if you have any questions in your mind about the hardware and its performance, be sure to ask Steven in the comments section so he can answer them in his full review in the next few days. Logging off Our most interesting news item in the past week has quite a startling revelation too. According to a recent study, around 50% of macOS malware comes from a single app. The app in question is MacKeeper, which ironically advertises itself as a way to "keep your Mac clean and safe with zero effort". However, as researchers have discovered, this also makes it a great attack vector for malicious actors due to the extensive permissions it has over the system on which it is installed. As always, this is also a reminder to download content only from trusted and verified sources, and to keep your machine up to date so it is more secure against security threats. Microsoft Weekly: Windows bugs, Taskbar improvements, and games in Teams
  6. AI supercomputer will use "tens of thousands" of Nvidia A100 and H100 GPUs. On Wednesday, Nvidia announced a collaboration with Microsoft to build a "massive" cloud computer focused on AI. It will reportedly use tens of thousands of high-end Nvidia GPUs for applications like deep learning and large language models. The companies aim to make it one of the most powerful AI supercomputers in the world. In turn, the new supercomputer will feature thousands of units of what is arguably the most powerful GPU in the world, the Hopper H100, which Nvidia launched in October. Nvidia will also provide its second most powerful GPU, the A100, and utilize its Quantum-2 InfiniBand networking platform, which can transfer data at 400 gigabits per second between servers, linking them together into a powerful cluster. Meanwhile, Microsoft will contribute its Azure cloud infrastructure and ND- and NC-series virtual machines. Nvidia's AI Enterprise platform will tie the whole thing together. The companies will also collaborate on DeepSpeed, Microsoft's deep learning optimization software. In a statement, Nvidia mentioned the applications the joint supercomputer might serve: "As part of the collaboration, Nvidia will utilize Azure’s scalable virtual machine instances to research and further accelerate advances in generative AI, a rapidly emerging area of AI in which foundational models like Megatron Turing NLG 530B are the basis for unsupervised, self-learning algorithms to create new text, code, digital images, video or audio." This past year has seen a rapid rise in generative AI models such as Stable Diffusion and DALL-E that can synthesize novel images on demand. Similar models have appeared that can create video, synthesize voices, and perform transcription, among other uses. As computational demand increases for generative AI, Nvidia and Microsoft intend to be there to meet it. A press photo of the Nvidia H100 Tensor Core GPU. Nvidia Once Nvidia and Microsoft's cloud computer comes online, customers can deploy thousands of GPUs in a single cluster to "train even the most massive large language models, build the most complex recommender systems at scale, and enable generative AI at scale," according to Nvidia. The companies did not provide details on when the new supercomputer will be ready but mentioned that the announcement marks the beginning of a "multi-year collaboration." It's likely the cloud computer will scale up in capacity over time. Nvidia and Microsoft team up to build massive AI cloud computer
  7. Past years' sweater themes have included Minesweeper and Windows XP. Microsoft's newest ugly sweater is Clippy- and Office-themed. Microsoft I'm not always a fan of corporate whimsy—like when brands' Twitter accounts have "attitude" or when companies put together cringe-worthy April Fools' Day pranks—but I do enjoy Microsoft's now-yearly tradition of releasing ugly sweaters with retro Windows patterns printed on them. Two years ago, the patterns were MS Paint- and Windows logo-themed. Last year's pattern paid homage to Windows 3.1-era Minesweeper. And this year's brings back an old frenemy: Clippy. Though his days as a ubiquitous Microsoft Office mascot ended when Office 2007 was released, Clippy has found a second life as Windows 11's version of the paperclip emoji. Clippy was not, unfortunately, open-sourced along with the rest of Microsoft's emoji designs over the summer, owing to his status as a copyrighted character. Clippy is the hero of the new sweaters, but there are other little Office- and Windows-themed touches, too—an old-school Windows logo on the back, the Office ruler on the top, some formatting buttons on the sleeves, and falling stacks of paper throughout. Unlike lots of early sweaters, Microsoft's is actually a knit sweater and not a sweatshirt with a pattern printed on it. On the back, you can see more of the Office ruler plus stacks of paper. The Clippy sweater is available in sizes small through 3XL and costs $75 no matter what size you get. That's a bit on the pricey side, but unlike a lot of ugly sweaters, the Clippy one does appear to be an actual knit sweater and not a sweatshirt with a pattern printed on it. As part of its promotional efforts around the sweater, Microsoft also says it will donate $100,000 to the College Success Foundation. There's no word on whether we can expect sweaters honoring the many other Microsoft Office Assistant designs, like the red dot or the Einstein-looking guy or the little robot. Rover, the yellow dog from Microsoft Bob and the Windows XP search dialog, is also MIA. Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs. This year’s ugly Microsoft sweater has a suggestion for you: It’s Clippy
  8. We are at the end of yet another week as time keeps on flying by, racing towards the end of the calendar year. As we do each week, it is time to recap everything important that happened in the Microsoft-verse in the past few days. This time around, we have items related to some Windows 11 updates, enhancements for developers and power users, and a sprinkle of Microsoft 365 news for good measure. Find out more in the latest digest covering November 5 - November 11! Ads in Windows 11 and other updates It appears that Microsoft has started testing ads (or tips, depending upon how you view them) in Windows 11 once again. Some users have spotted ads being pushed in the Start menu in order to upsell Microsoft services such as OneDrive and signing up for a Microsoft account. The silver lining here is that this is only present in Dev builds for now, so Microsoft may not decide to roll it out publicly. However, if it's annoying you, even on a Dev build, follow the guide mentioned at the end of this piece to disable these ads. Elsewhere, we received a couple of Beta builds for Windows 11 too. Build 22623.885 brought an expanded view for Widgets and Energy Recommendations while build 22623.891 introduced search capabilities and better theme support in Task Manager, among many other things. Meanwhile, Windows 10 22H2 Insiders netted Release Preview build 19045.2301 (KB5020030) with changes to Taskbar search and lots of other bug fixes. Unfortunately, a Dev Channel build was not flighted this week, but we can expect one in the next few days. This week also hosted the second Tuesday of the month, which meant that it was time for Patch Tuesday. You can view our dedicated coverage below to find out what's new for each supported operating system: Windows 7 (KB5020000) and Windows 8.1 (KB5020023) Windows 10 (KB5019959) Windows 11 21H2 (KB5019961) and Windows 11 22H2 (KB5019980) The latest Patch Tuesday update also resolved a Spectre V2 vulnerability affecting AMD Ryzen PCs, so if you have an AMD system, you might want to install the updates as soon as possible. As Microsoft seemingly starts to work on the "Moment 3" update for Windows 11, you should also know that if you're holding out on Windows 10 version 21H2 for whatever reason, that specific OS is running out of support in a month, so you should probably consider upgrading too. Visual Studio goodness... and more Developers and Windows power users received a bunch of good news this week. For starters, Visual Studio 2022 17.4 is now generally available. It is supported on 64-bit Windows PCs and Macs, and is also the first release to natively support Arm64. This should bring better performance on that architecture. The latest release of Visual Studio also coincides with the rollout of .NET 7 which features better performance, enhancements to .NET MAUI, built-in container support for the .NET SDK, Microsoft Orleans 7.0, and observability integrations, along with updates to C# 11 and F# 7 to make them more developer-friendly. The Visual Studio update also contains a very nifty capability to roll back to a previous version of the IDE if you're encountering any issues during development. In the same vein, the .NET 7-powered PowerShell 7.3 is now available too. It packs improved error handling, session and remoting improvements, tab completion improvements, and updated cmdlets. And if you're a regular consumer who likes to get a bit more out of their Windows installation in terms of productivity, be sure to grab the latest version of PowerToys for some bug fixes. Finally, for individuals and organizations investing time, effort, and money in Microsoft Azure, the company has released two next-gen VMs leveraging AMD's latest 4th gen EPYC processors, along with stretched clusters for Azure VMware Solution. Microsoft 365 updates There are quite a few updates on the Microsoft 365 side of the fence, too. Perhaps, the highlight of this section is that Microsoft 365 is getting some significant limitations soon. After February 2, 2023, Outlook attachments will count towards your OneDrive storage - but Microsoft will give you 50GB of free storage for a year to get accustomed to the change - and from November 30, 2023, it will not be possible to associate new personalized email addresses to your Outlook account. The Microsoft 365 Current Channel netted build 15726.20202 with tons of fixes a few days ago too, while the Office app for iPhone received an update with a "modern look", which basically improves performance through redesigned context menus and ribbons based on Fluent Design principles. There are a few updates for Microsoft Edge too. Microsoft has started testing a new touch mode for its browser in the Canary channel. It increases the size of some UI elements so that they are easier to interact with using a finger. Meanwhile, Edge also has a new Dev build in the form of version 109. It brings a new toggle for Internet Explorer mode, the option to open Sidebar games in a new tab, and several improvements for WebView2. On the Teams side of things, the PWA version of the app is now officially supported on Linux. And if you can't spot the Teams meeting option in the Outlook desktop app, fret not because it's a known issue and Microsoft has published a workaround for those affected. Finally, Microsoft has also launched an early preview of the Microsoft Create website. The Redmond tech giant touts it as the "ultimate creator launchpad" for making creative videos, graphic design documents, presentations, and more. There's no word yet on when the service will graduate from its preview stage. Git gud On the gaming front, a new survey from Microsoft indicates that the company is exploring options for users to lower graphical output in order to save energy during gaming sessions on the Xbox and Windows PC. The company hasn't officially confirmed that it is investigating this domain, so it's possible that this initiative doesn't see the light of day. In a similar vein, Microsoft has rolled out DirectStorage 1.1 that further optimizes loads through GPU decompression. Nvidia has also released version 526.86 of its driver to offer improved support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. On the other hand, Forza Horizon 5 now supports DLSS, FSR 2.2, and enhanced raytracing on PC. Meanwhile, the European Commission (EC) seems to be on the warpath against Microsoft too, claiming that the Activision acquisition could harm competition in gaming. An in-depth investigation into the business deal is currently underway. Speaking of competition, Sony is seemingly readying a slimmer version of the PlayStation 5 to not only improve the current design, but also put up another SKU against the latest Xbox hardware. In a bit of important news, Microsoft has finally acknowledged gaming performance issues with Windows 11 version 22H2 (also known as the Windows 11 2022 Update) on Nvidia GPUs. A compatibility hold has been applied in order to block the update on affected systems as the company works on a fix. On the gaming deals side of things, you might be interested to know that Samsung is bundling three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and an Xbox Controller with select TVs. And if you'd like to grab some Xbox games on a discounted price, take a gander at the latest Xbox Free Play Days promotion with Overcooked! All You Can Eat, Just Die Already, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 on offer. Finally, if you're a PC gamer, don't miss out on this Weekend's PC Game Deals curated personally by our News Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe either. Dev Channel Surface Duo 2 has received a new set of unofficial drivers with improved Windows 11 support iCloud Photos integration with the Photos app in Windows 11 is now rolling out Under the spotlight Recently, our News Reporter Taras Buria penned an editorial saying that even though he loves the concept of virtual desktops as a way to enhance productivity, he thinks their implementation in Windows 11 is pretty awful. You can view his thoughts and reasoning for this stance here. Meanwhile, forum member Adam Bottjen published a guide explaining what to do if Windows randomly decides to become buggy and stop you from dragging and dropping apps on the Taskbar. Next, we have two guides from News Reporter Hemant Saxena. The first is about how you can restrict Windows from automatically updating offline maps, read it here. Meanwhile, the other guide details the process to set up FaceID lock for the Notes app on your iPhone if you're particularly conscious about security and privacy. Finally, Neowin co-founder Steven Parker published a very handy guide explaining how you can change the size of closed captions on your smart TV if you think that they're too big or too small for comfortable viewing. Logging off Our most interesting news of the week relates to crypto exchange FTX filing for bankruptcy due to liquidity issues and mishandling of customer funds. Sam Bankman-Fried has stepped down as CEO, with John J. Ray III taking over his role. In terms of next steps, FTX Group's assets will be reviewed and monetized to benefit global stakeholders, which means that those with frozen assets could get some of their funds back. "Many" employees will retain their role during this transition period, but it's clear that this is a sinking ship and most will likely be looking for opportunities elsewhere. Microsoft Weekly: Ads in the Windows 11 Start menu, Visual Studio, and Microsoft 365
  9. At its annual Ignite event this year, Microsoft announced a bunch of new tools aimed at creators, one of the most exciting ones being a website, Microsoft Create. And after less than a month since its announcement, Microsoft has officially launched an early preview of the website, giving users access to creative apps and services that are available as part of its Microsoft 365 subscription. Microsoft describes Create as "the ultimate creator launchpad" for making creative videos, graphic design documents, presentations, and so much more. Microsoft believes that its professionally designed templates and content creation apps will help everyone create something "inspiring," and for that, no experience in design is required. To get started, you can now visit the Microsoft Create website and show your creativity by making presentations, social video posts, printed birthday cards, and more. All templates are fully customizable and are organized by social media platform (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and more) and by topic (birthday, budgets, or flyers, for example). Since the website is in early preview, do not expect it to be perfect. As noted by Microsoft, there are currently some limitations: the website is available only in English, and to customize some templates, you will need to sign up for early access to Microsoft Designer. Microsoft has provided no information on when the Microsoft Create website will come out of preview. Source: Microsoft Microsoft launches early preview of Create website
  10. We are at the end of yet another week and it feels like time is just flying by. With the end of the week comes a new edition of Microsoft Weekly in which we recap everything important that happened in the world of Microsoft in the past few days. This edition covers a lot of news related to Windows 11, including its growth, performance, and a range of new features. Find out more in our Microsoft Weekly edition for October 29 - November 4! Windows 11 performance... and some other issues We will start Microsoft Weekly with news related to Windows 11's performance and some more issues that have cropped up. It turns out that Microsoft's recent tip for disabling certain security features in Windows 11 in order to boost gaming performance is benefiting a lot of Intel systems with some users reporting manifold improvements in benchmarks. In somewhat related news, the same cannot be said about AMD Ryzen 7000 customers who have been complaining about performance drops with Windows 11 version 22H2. For its part, AMD has denied all such reports and said that results across both Windows 10 and Windows 11 are roughly the same and within the margins of error, in terms of differences. Despite this denial, reports keep cropping up showing evidence of noticeable performance deterioration after updating to Windows 11 version 22H2. Since we are talking about issues, it's also apt to mention that Microsoft has put an upgrade block in place for the Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2) due to some audio sync issues. If you previously used the capture feature in Xbox Game Bar, the feature update will not be available until Microsoft provides a permanent fix. That said, a patch is expected soon. Image credits: Kevin Ku (Pexels) In the same vein, Firefox 106.0.3 is now out with some fixes for crashes and hangs on Windows 11 version 22H2. And OBS now supports Nvidia hardware fully for AV1, with a fix for a Windows 11 capture issue now rolled out too. Finally, Microsoft is facing a class-action lawsuit for its AI-powered GitHub Copilot pair-programming utility. The lawsuit alleges that Microsoft has violated GitHub's own policies, as well as attribution and other copyright laws by training the software on the billions of lines of code written by millions of programmers without their consent, and then making a profit off of it. Windows 11 growth The latest data from StatCounter indicates that Windows 11 is being used by 15.44% of users globally. While this may sound low at first, it kind of does make sense considering the OS' strict hardware requirements, controversial feature changes, and frequent bugs. This is also supported by the fact that roughly 71% of people are still on Windows 10, according to data from the same firm. Valve's data also shows Windows 11's adoption slowing down a bit with the OS' share dropping from 25% in September to 23.37% in October. That said, it is important to understand that Valve's figures are based on its user surveys, which are random and optional, so they might not paint the actual picture. However, Windows 10 has the lion's share of 69% in this report as well. Another entity that seemingly can't let go of older operating systems is Mozilla, which has said that it is considering extending support for Firefox on Windows 7 and 8.1 past Microsoft's own support deadlines, bonkers. That said, Microsoft may be looking to remedy some of these problems, in a bit of a controversial fashion. A recent job listing indicates that the company is working on a model that will allow the construction of low-cost Windows 11 PCs through which the firm will upsell its services via ads and subscription plans. It's unclear if these plans will ever materialize but if they do, they are bound to rub many people the wrong way. New features Windows 11 customers discovered quite a few hidden features in Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25231 this week. It appears that there is a whole Energy Recommendations hidden in the Settings app. It is a page where Windows 11 shows how to lower your carbon footprint and make a PC more energy efficient by letting it turn off the screen and go to sleep faster, setting the power mode for best efficiency, disabling a screen saver, and turning on dark mode. There is also a sort of green score that increases as you go through the "checklist." You can find out how to enable it here. There is also a hidden Task Manager search functionality currently in development. You can enable it via a third-party tool (at your own risk) and it should make searching for specific processes considerably easier. We did get a new Dev Channel build this week too, though. Build 25236 - also available for Windows Server VNext - brings a tooltip for Task Manager and a slight revamp for the Microsoft Store UX, among lots of other fixes. There was a servicing update rolled out for this build recently too. In some more exciting news, Google's solution to play Google Play Android games directly on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC is now available in more countries, including the U.S. This implementation is completely different from Microsoft's Windows 11-exclusive Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA). For our more tech-savvy audiences, you'll be happy to know that PowerToys 0.64.0 is now out with two new utilities: File Locksmith and Hosts File Editor, along with settings backup functionality. And if that doesn't interest you, perhaps this will catch your eye: You may soon be able to run multiple nested Windows inside Linux. Lastly, it's worth highlighting some Microsoft 365 improvements too. Microsoft has detailed all the new features it added to Teams in October 2022 and you should also keep an eye out for an upcoming capability in Outlook that will allow you to work without interruptions. Git gud On the gaming front, Microsoft's Phil Spencer hinted that if the acquisition of Activision Blizzard is completed, Microsoft would support Call of Duty on PlayStation forever. It's unclear if this statement is enough to allay the fears of both Sony and the UK CMA, but this was a big talking point when both entities argued why the deal should not go through. Meanwhile, Sea of Thieves' Return of the Damned Adventure kicked off too. It has pirates choosing to ally with the forces of Pendragon or Captain Flameheart, with the two groups clashing over Sea Forts. The event concludes on November 17, and Rare is planning to host a special livestream soon after to let players know which side took the win, and also reveal what will be the consequences of their actions. Coming over to subscriptions side of things, Praetorians - HD Remaster is now free via Xbox Games with Gold. And Xbox Game Pass is getting some The Walking Dead games, Pentiment, Return to Monkey Island, Football Manager 2023, and more in this month. Microsoft is also running another Xbox Free Play Days promotion offering Control, Serial Cleaner, and NHRA Championship Drag Racing: Speed for All at up to 90% off. But if that doesn't tickle your fancy, take a gander at this Weekend's PC Game Deals, curated by Neowin's News Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe. Dev Channel Microsoft has released a fix for Adobe Fresco compatibility issues on Surface Book 3 Microsoft will provide free tech support for Ukraine throughout 2023 Auto Dark Mode has received new features and reliability improvements in latest update Microsoft has released free Windows 11 version 22H2 virtual machines Under the spotlight We published a few guides this week. The first one is from News Reporter Hemant Saxena who had a very handy write-up on how you can disable Microsoft Teams from launching at startup. If this is something that bothers you, do give the guide a read. Hemant also wrote another guide providing instructions on how you can remove the downloads menu from Microsoft Edge if you don't find it particularly useful. Meanwhile, forum member Adam Bottjen penned his latest Tech Tip Tuesday column, explaining how you can toggle dark mode across Windows, Android, and iOS. Check it out here. Logging off Our most intriguing news stream this week relates to all the chaos happening at Twitter, with Elon Musk officially taking over just a few days ago and immediately firing the company's CEO, CFO, and head of legal policy. This was followed by reports that the social media platform would soon charge $20/month for Twitter Blue, with the verification badge being locked behind this subscription too. However, this was talked down to $8/month after intense negotiations with novelist Stephen King. In line with initial reporting, Musk began to lay off half of Twitter's workforce to reduce costs but was soon sued for not giving employees enough notice under federal law, along with facing criticism from political leaders. The "Chief Twit" then complained on Twitter about how revenues on the platform has massively dropped due to advertisers pulling out. Yeah, it's been a crazy week, and I haven't even talked about the abandonment of the Chirp developer conference, former CEO's Jack Dorsey's new relationship with Twitter, Vine possibly returning to life, and editable tweets potentially being available to everyone, free of cost. Phew! Microsoft Weekly: Windows 11 performance, adoption, and new features
  11. Microsoft has announced the launch of "Project Volterra" or Windows Dev Kit 2023—the first mini PC from Microsoft powered by an ARM processor. The device aims at Windows developers to help them bring their apps to ARM devices and help populate the category among consumers. The Windows Dev Kit 2023 (announced earlier this year at the Build 2022 conference) is based upon the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Compute Platform paired with 32GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. Ports include three USB-A, two USB-C, and a Mini DisplayPort, allowing users to connect up to three monitors, including two at 4K 60Hz. The computer also features a neural processing unit (NPU) to let developers bring AI-based experiences to their apps and projects. Microsoft says that the NPU in the Windows Dev Kit 2023 is about 90 times faster than traditional processors or 20 times faster than GPUs when using specific AI models. The Windows Dev Kit 2023 is another sign of Microsoft taking Windows on ARM more seriously. Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 9 lineup consisting of Intel and ARM-based variants with optional 5G connectivity. The Windows Dev Kit 2023, or "Project Volterra," will allow developers to bring better experiences to those opting for Windows devices based on ARM processors. It should help break the "no apps - no users - no apps" vicious cycle and make Windows on ARM a more attractive choice. The Windows Dev Kit 2023 costs $599, and you can order one here. It is now available in eight countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Here are the detailed specs: Windows Dev Kit 2023 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Compute Platform with dedicated NPU RAM 32GB LPDDR4X Storage 512GB SSD Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 Ports 2x USB-C, 3x USB-A, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet Size and weight 196 x 152 x 27.6 mm, 960g Price $599 Would you consider buying a $599 mini PC running Windows 11 and an ARM processor? Share your thoughts in the comments. Microsoft launches 'Project Volterra'—its first ARM-powered mini PC for Windows Developers
  12. We are at the end of yet another week, which was quieter than the last one due to the lack of any Ignite or Surface events. That said, a lot of stuff did take place in the past few days including the rollout of the Windows 10 2022 Update, a few conflicts related to Microsoft, and some news related to app updates. Find out more in our weekly digest for October 15 - October 21! Windows 10 2022 Update Microsoft finally started rolling out the Windows 10 2022 Update (version 22H2) this week. Although it's supposed to be a feature update, we basically know nothing about any new consumer-facing features. Microsoft says that there is a "limited scope of new features and functionality delivered via a familiar, fast and reliable update experience", but doesn't really go into any details. While it's not surprising that there are no notable features in this update considering that development focus has shifted to Windows 11, it's unclear why Microsoft is being so mysterious about it. Prior to releasing version 22H2 for Windows 10, Microsoft also released an out-of-band (OOB) update for the OS. KB5020435 fixes an issue that was causing handshake failures for some types of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections. That said, the update brings with its own set of known issues too. Switching gears to Windows 11, the OS received an OOB update to fix the same SSL/TLS problem too. It's important to understand that this network issue was introduced to both Windows 10 and Windows 11 with October's Patch Tuesday. We also learned that Windows 11 version 22H2 isn't playing too nicely with both AMD and Nvidia hardware. Several users are reporting reduced performance on the former's systems with Ryzen 7000 CPUs while others are complaining about the same on Nvidia GPUs. Furthermore, Microsoft quietly announced that with the latest version of Windows Terminal and the Windows 11 2022 Update, the default command line tool for Windows has been changed from Windows Console Host (conhost.exe) to Windows Terminal. New features in tow are multiple profiles, tabs and panes, command palette, customization, and more. There were a few Insider builds for Windows 11 too. Build 25227 in the Dev Channel introduced Group Policy changes for update management and a couple of interesting experiments related to the Widgets and the Start menu. This was followed up by a servicing pipeline release in the form of build 25227.1010. Meanwhile, the Release Preview Channel netted build 22621.754 (KB5018496), which brings several functionalities including right-click on Taskbar to launch Task Manager, Search on Taskbar, and updates to the Microsoft Account enrollment within Windows, among other things. The Beta Channel received builds 22621.870 and 22623.870 (KB5018499) with enhancements to Narrator, System Tray, tablet-optimized Taskbar, and more. Finally, Windows Server vNext bagged ISOs for build 25227 too, but as usual, there is no changelog. There is one known issue though, so do check out our dedicated coverage here. Microsoft conflicts Sordum, a company behind the development of several Windows utilities announced this week that it's killing off its Defender Control software due to conflicts with Windows Defender. For those unaware, Sordum's tool allows people to force-disable Windows Defender, claiming that it frees up resources for other use-cases. However, people have recently been reporting errors with trying to turn Windows Defender back on after disabling it using Defender Control. Sordum has blamed Microsoft for the fiasco but has shut down its tool too. On the flip side, Microsoft has blamed a security firm called SOCRadar for mishandling the disclosure of a "BlueBleed" misconfiguration and exaggerating its impact. SOCRadar claimed that an Azure Blob Storage bucket had been available for public access and that the endpoint exposed the data for 65,000 entities spread across 111 countries. While Microsoft acknowledged the issue and quickly patched it, it called out SOCRadar for inaccurate figures about the scope of BlueBleed and also for marketing its security tool in the process, which the Redmond tech firm says is "not in the best interest of ensuring customer privacy or security and potentially exposing them to unnecessary risk". Finally, Microsoft laid off around 1,000 employees across various departments including Xbox, Azure, and more. Although this round of layoffs impacts less than 1% of its global workforce, it is still an unfortunate situation for those affected, which includes industry veterans like KC Lemson and Greg Chapman. Microsoft has stated that the reason for these layoffs is the re-evaluation of its business priorities and the restructuring of the organization. Microsoft 365 and other app updates Although Microsoft had already announced that it's working on a new Microsoft 365 app, it finally gave us a first look at it in a short promotional video on YouTube. We can see the new icon (the icon in the center of the graphic above), all Microsoft and partner apps and services centralized in a single location, personalized recommendations through Microsoft Graph, pre-designed templates, and more. There's no concrete release date for the new app, but it should be arriving within the next few weeks. After a long wait and a few delays, Dark Mode for Word for the web finally went live. Although it does what it says on the tin, Microsoft is working on improving it even further so that Word remembers your theme preferences across platforms. Similarly, Outlook on the web will soon be able to proofread your emails in up to three selected languages. Meanwhile, Teams is getting accessibility features to assist people with hearing loss. Functionalities in tow include Sign Language View and always-on captions in Teams meetings. And Microsoft Edge is getting some advanced toggles for Find on Page including: Include related matches - the browser will highlight words and phrases that might be related or similar to your request. Match case - enables case-sensitive search, for example, finding a specific upper-cased word. Match whole word - this option finds only words and omits parts of words that match your search request. Match diacritics - lets you find only accented characters. This option will pair nicely with the new Quick Accent tool in PowerToys. Moreover, the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) has received an update in the Windows 11 Insider Preview bringing improvements to security and camera, as well as general reliability and performance enhancements. It seems like Microsoft is also working on a "PC Manager" app, which sounds like a competitor to CCleaner. Its responsibilities such as cleaning temporary files, monitoring resource usage, managing startup apps, and... recommending people to switch to Microsoft Edge. The app is unlikely to appeal to tech-savvy consumers, since it's basically just a bunch of shortcuts to existing functionalities in the OS. Finally, we'd also like to bring your attention to a third-party utility called Fluent Flyouts. The software is aimed at Windows 11 users who want to restore Windows 10 flyouts for battery and separate volume indicators. If that is something that interests you, check it out here. Git gud There was not a lot of news on the Microsoft gaming front in the past few days. However, those looking to get their hands on shiny new Xbox hardware may want to check out the Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller, now available through Xbox Design Lab so you can customize it to your heart's content. The accessory starts at $149.99. Coming over to actual games, F1 22, Rogue Lords, and Journey to the Savage Planet headline this weekend's Xbox Free Play Days promotion. Meanwhile, Persona 5 Royal, Amnesia, SOMA, and more have joined Xbox Game Pass. And as usual, for all you PC purists out there, don't forget to check out the latest edition of Weekend PC Game Deals, curated by our resident News Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe. Dev Channel Here is how to install Windows on your Surface Duo 2 (at your own risk!) Clear Linux can give you a minor improvement on Linux when compared to Windows 11 version 22H2 on AMD hardware in benchmarks Windows 11 2022 Update allows you to create quick notes by clicking button on Surface Pen Check out these unreleased stock Windows 11 wallpapers here and here Surface Pro 7 has received fixes for Wi-Fi issues and broken network toggles Under the spotlight This week, forum member Adam Bottjen wrote a very useful guide explaining how you can utilize a laptop with a broken screen instead of repairing it or simply throwing it away. Meanwhile, I penned an editorial on how a really minor and seemingly simple change could really make the Windows update experience a lot better and useful rather than just idling at your laptop waiting for an update to install. We published a lot of Windows-specific guides in the past few days too. News Reporter Taras Buria explained how you can enable the operating system to provide you the option to open the Task Manager after right-clicking the Taskbar in the latest Windows 11 update. Taras also talked through the procedure to enable Start menu badges in the latest Windows 11 Dev Channel release, build 25227. Similarly, News Reporter Hemant Saxena authored two other Windows 11 guides. The first one walks you through the process to toggle Core Isolation Memory Integrity, you can read it here. The final guide is a very handy walkthrough detailing how you can add and customize borders for your Snipping Tool captures, which is a very nifty feature if you use the software regularly. Logging off Our most interesting news item of this week is that a community-powered version of Windows 95 running on the Electron framework now supports the latest version of Chromium, some Windows 11 dark mode features, and more. If you're not aware of the project but would like to play around with "Windows 95" on your current hardware, check out the project on GitHub here. Microsoft Weekly: Windows 10 2022 Update, conflicts, and Microsoft 365
  13. It appears that Microsoft is working on a new app that tries to mimic features found in CCleaner and other "PC optimizer." Several screenshots posted on Twitter reveal details about Microsoft's "PC Manager" and its features, such as cleaning temporary files, monitoring resource usage, managing startup apps, and, of course, more desperate attempts to convert users to Edge. Microsoft PC Manager will allow users to perform basic computer maintenance and speed up their devices with a single click. The app can run disk cleanup, show how startup apps affect performance, scan for viruses with Microsoft Defender, check for Windows Updates, see running processes, and manage storage. Tech-proficient users are unlikely to consider using this app since it is just a shortcut to existing features. Microsoft PC Manager might be handy for those with less experience with Windows and its maintenance. It does not provide access to all possible tools to keep your Windows PC snappy, but it is still a good place to start. Sadly, Microsoft would not be Microsoft without trying to turn a helpful app into nagging adware. While there is nothing wrong with recommending users try Microsoft Edge, judging from the screenshots, Microsoft PC Manager claims that using a third-party browser is a "potential issue." It is nothing but a dirty trick that attempts to exploit inexperienced users to gain more audience for Microsoft's browser. You can download Microsoft PC Manager from the official website (Chinese). Would you consider using Microsoft's "PC Manager," or do you prefer performing Windows maintenance manually? Share your thoughts in the comments. Source: @ALumia_Italia Microsoft's upcoming 'PC Manager' will try to 'boost performance' and switch you to Edge
  14. Data includes signed contracts and projects related to critical infrastructure. Microsoft is facing criticism for the way it disclosed a recent security lapse that exposed what a security company said was 2.4 terabytes of data that included signed invoices and contracts, contact information, and emails of 65,000 current or prospective customers spanning five years. The data, according to a disclosure published Wednesday by security firm SOCRadar, spanned the years 2017 to August 2022. The trove included proof-of-execution and statement of work documents, user information, product orders/offers, project details, personally identifiable information, and documents that may reveal intellectual property. SOCRadar said it found the information in a single data bucket that was the result of a misconfigured Azure Blob Storage. Microsoft can’t, or Microsoft won’t? Microsoft posted its own disclosure on Wednesday that said the security company “greatly exaggerated the scope of this issue” because some of the exposed data included “duplicate information, with multiple references to the same emails, projects, and users.” Further using the word “issue” as a euphemism for “leak,” Microsoft also said: “The issue was caused by an unintentional misconfiguration on an endpoint that is not in use across the Microsoft ecosystem and was not the result of a security vulnerability.” Absent from the bare-bones, 440-word post were crucial details, such as a more detailed description of the data that was leaked or how many current or prospective customers Microsoft really believes were affected. Instead, the post chided SOCRadar for using numbers Microsoft disagreed with and for including a search engine people could use to determine if their data was in the exposed bucket. (The security company has since restricted access to the page.) When one affected customer contacted Microsoft to ask what specific data belonging to their organization was exposed, the reply was: “We are unable to provide the specific affected data from this issue.” When the affected customer protested, the Microsoft support engineer once again declined. Critics also faulted Microsoft for the way it went about directly notifying those who were affected. The company contacted affected entities through Message Center, an internal messaging system that Microsoft uses to communicate with administrators. Not all administrators have the ability to access this tool, making it likely that some notifications have gone unseen. Direct messages displayed on Twitter also showed Microsoft saying that the company wasn’t required by law to disclose the lapse to authorities. “MS being unable (read: refusing) to tell customers what data was taken and apparently not notifying regulators—a legal requirement—has the hallmarks of a major botched response,” Kevin Beaumont, an independent researcher, wrote on Twitter. “I hope it isn’t.” He went on to post screenshots documenting that the exposed data has been publicly available for months on Grayhat Warfare, a database that sweeps up and stores data exposed in public buckets. As the Grayhat Warfare images Beaumont posted indicate, the cached data included digitally signed contracts and purchase orders. He said that other exposed data includes “emails from US .gov, talking about O365 projects, money etc.” It also included information pertaining to CNI, short for critical national infrastructure. Besides criticism of the way Microsoft has gone about disclosing the leak, the incident also raises questions about Microsoft’s data retention policies. Often, years-old data is of more benefit to potential criminals than it is to the company holding it. In cases like these, the best course is often to periodically destroy the data. Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment for this story. Prospective or actual Microsoft enterprise customers over the past five years should review both blog posts linked above and also check Message Center for any exposure notifications. In the event an organization is affected, personnel should be on the lookout for scams, phishing emails, or other attempts to exploit the exposed information. Microsoft leaked 2.4TB of data belonging to sensitive customer. Critics are furious
  15. This was one heck of a busy week due to not one, but two Microsoft events on the same day. Top that up with Patch Tuesday as well and that means that we have lots of stuff to go through in this week's edition of Microsoft Weekly. Find out more in our latest digest covering October 8 - October 14! Ignite extravaganza One of Microsoft's duo of events this week was the developer-focused Ignite 2022 conference. Microsoft had multiple announcements to make here, including the fact that its Edge browser is finally getting Workspaces (again!), which should especially benefit teams collaborating on shared content in a workplace. Other features in tow include some security and accessibility enhancements. We learned that Microsoft is working on a new "Office" app but it will be called "Microsoft 365" instead because it will centralize the access for all apps on the service in a single location. It also revealed a range of new features coming to Outlook, Microsoft Editor, Microsoft Project, Viva, and Loop, along with a new service called Syntex. The company showcased some new tools in the form of Designer, Bing Image Creator, and its new Create website too. There were a few interesting announcements in the Teams space as well, including Mesh avatars, a Teams Premium SKU, enhancements to Cameo, the Channels experience, and a whole lot more. Additionally, we found out that Windows 365 has found another home in the form of the Microsoft Store and that it has a new SKU for U.S. federal employees and contractors as well. On the developer and enterprise side, Microsoft detailed improvements to the Azure cloud, Power Automate, Power BI, Dynamics 365, and cloud-powered security. Surface unwrapped The other big event this week was Microsoft's annual Surface hardware event. While the next iteration to the Surface Duo series was a no-show - although it could be getting a very interesting Android 12L update soon -, the Surface Pro 9 finally became official, complete with Intel and ARM processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. That said, it does come in two distinct SKUs starting at $999 and $1,299 respectively so if you're interested in the product, do check out all the details here. Microsoft also showed its highly expensive Surface Studio 2+. Microsoft did not go for the Surface Studio 3 branding, seemingly because the updates are only in terms of the internals. The hardware comes in only one configuration with the Intel Core i7-11370H processor, the Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. Other improvements include Wi-Fi 6 support (no Wi-Fi 6E), Bluetooth 5.1, three Thunderbolt 4 ports, and redesigned out-of-box accessories. It is priced at $4,499. Finally, the third piece of hardware Microsoft displayed was the Surface Laptop 5. It's a pretty standard laptop that comes in both 13.5" and 15" configurations but it's interesting to see that it does not utilize Microsoft's own Pluton security processors. The 13.5" variant starts at $999 while the 15" option starts at $1,299. Of course, all of this information can be very overwhelming if you're an existing Surface customer and are unsure about whether the latest stuff is worth upgrading to. The good news is that we have you covered with our dedicated Specs Appeals articles that compare the latest additions to the Surface family to their predecessors, check them out below: Specs Appeal: Here is how Surface Pro 9 compares to Pro 8 and Pro 7 Specs Appeal: Here is how Surface Studio 2+ compares to Studio 2 and original Studio Specs Appeal: Here is how Surface Laptop 5 compares to Laptop 4 and Laptop 3 Microsoft had other relatively smaller hardware to introduce at the same event too. Basically, it revealed its latest lineup of Adaptive Accessories, along with the Presenter+ and the Audio Dock for meetings. Patch Tuesday... and more Earlier this week, we witnessed the second Tuesday of the month too, which meant that it was time for the monthly Patch Tuesday. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 netted KB5018454 and KB5018474, respectively. These updates resolved issues with UDP packets being dropped from Linux virtual machines, along with some changes to Daylight Savings Time (DST). That said, there are two known issues in this release for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8.1 so do have a look at them before pulling the trigger on the update. And if you're on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you might be interesting in knowing that both these operating systems are getting two more years of "unofficial" support. Meanwhile, Windows 10 bagged KB5018410. Although there are no specific enhancements detailed in the changelog, Microsoft says that it has boosted the security of the OS. However, there are a couple of known issues along with their respective mitigations in this release too. Finally, Windows 11 version 21H2 received KB5018418 and version 22H2 was treated to KB5018427. The changelog for these builds is very lengthy and details improvements to security, Microsoft Store, Widgets, file handling, and more. Shifting gears to the Insider Program, we did not receive a "real" Dev Channel build (we did see a servicing build) this week due to a blocking bug. However, we did get our hands on two Beta builds in the week. Build 22623.741 fixed some issues with Taskbar and explorer.exe and build 22623.746 introduced some new features to the System Tray. Meanwhile, all people on build 22621.675 in the Release Preview Channel can now leverage tabbed File Explorer, among other things. Microsoft detailed other enhancements that have recently been added to Windows 11 too. One of those is protection against brute force attacks through a policy configuration after installing this month's Patch Tuesday update. The other is OS-powered Auto Color Management (ACM) on select SDR displays after the installing the Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2). In rather interesting news, Microsoft accidentally leaked what appears to be a prototype of the next-gen version of Windows too. Although many thought that a screenshot of a PC with a floating Taskbar and a notifications area at top shown during Ignite was just a mockup, we later found out that the company has inadvertently leaked "Next Valley", its upcoming major update to Windows. But in terms of confirmed improvements coming to Windows 11, we have a screen recorder, iCloud Photos integration, and Apple TV and Music apps. And if you don't like Windows 11 in its current state, you can always take a look at Stardock's Start11 customization software - version 1.3 is out now -, which offers some new and old functionalities which Microsoft is delaying in adding to the OS. Git gud The headlining item in this week's gaming section is that Xbox chief Phil Spencer seemingly teased what appeared to be Microsoft's upcoming dedicated streaming box, the "Xbox Keystone". The hardware is supposed to power the Xbox Cloud Gaming experience for those who exclusively want to play games via cloud streaming. However, there are indications from Microsoft itself that the device in the photo is an old prototype, which means that it may not end up looking like the same thing at all when it eventually releases. While we are on the topic of cloud gaming, it's also worth highlighting that Google has announced new Chromebooks geared towards the technology. Although its own Stadia initiative is now dead, Google has partnered with various firms to support gaming platforms like Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) and Nvidia GeForce Now on its hardware. Meanwhile, another partnership with Meta is bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Meta Quest Store, offering the gaming service to the Quest line of headsets. The experience will be equivalent to playing games on a projected 2D screen, but in VR with an Xbox controller. Speaking of controllers, Microsoft has announced the Lunar Shift Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller, it costs $69.99. Additionally, the Redmond tech giant has released a new build for Xbox Insiders on the Alpha Skip-Ahead channel. The key improvement in this release is a 30% bitrate boost to Game DVR when recording at 720p and 1080p. The company also announced version 1.1 of the DirectStorage API, showcasing 3x faster loads with new GPU decompression techniques. However, the API is not currently being used by any game publicly. Finally, talking about actual games, Sea of Thieves has another Adventure dubbed "The Herald of the Flame" ready for players. Meanwhile, Call of Duty and Forza Horizon are the headliners of this week's Deals with Gold and Bomber Crew is now free via Games with Gold too, but if you're a PC purist, check out this Weekend's PC Game Deals - curated by our News Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe - instead. Dev Channel Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 version 22H2 breaks Windows Hello VirtualBox 7 is now available with SecureBoot and TPM 2.0 for better Windows 11 support Microsoft Edge is getting a resizeable Sidebar Meta has joined forces with Microsoft and Accenture to bring workspaces to the "metaverse" In benchmarks that mean very little in real life, Windows 11 version 22H2 isn't the front runner against Ubuntu 22.10 on Ryzen hardware Microsoft Defender has once against shown mixed results in the latest AV-Comparatives assessment Outlook on Android and iOS is getting delayed deliveries soon Skype on Android and iOS has an interesting new preview update Under the spotlight This week, News Reporter Taras Buria wrote an editorial detailing the top five user interface and experience elements he wants Microsoft to address in Windows 11. It's a balanced piece in which he explains that he likes Windows 11's aesthetics but feels that there's room for improvement. Taras also penned a brief guide explaining how you can force-enable Widget settings in Windows 11 build 25211 or later through a third-party utility. If you're an avid user of Windows 11 Widgets, you might want to check out the guide here. Meanwhile, for all you secretive people out there, forum member Adam Bottjen has penned a guide detailing the process to securely hide your web browsing activities - which is, of course, research - from others. Finally, Neowin co-founder Steven Parker has explained how you can get the Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2) on your supported PC right now if you can't wait for the staggered rollout to reach you. Logging off As we close of this edition of Microsoft Weekly, I want to highlight our most interesting news item of the week. It's about a person getting the classic Doom to run on... Notepad. Well, it's not exactly Notepad executing or processing code for the game, it's a program using Notepad as a front end by sending it a stream of ASCII characters to quickly render and remove, giving the illusion of the game being run in the text editor. Regardless of whether it has any utility or not, it's certainly a neat experiment and the person behind the project plans to release the source code publicly at some point in the future. Microsoft Weekly: Ignite extravaganza, Surface unwrapped, and Patch Tuesday
  16. Microsoft has now made it possible to receive notifications about new security updates through a new RSS feed for the Security Update Guide. When Microsoft fixes a security vulnerability in one of its products, they disclose details in the Security Update Guide (SUG). Typically, Microsoft discloses new vulnerabilities twice a month, the bulk being the monthly Patch Tuesday and when Microsoft fixes vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge. However, if a new vulnerability is publicly disclosed before Microsoft can fix it and Microsoft believes it is important for customers to be aware, they will add new entries to SUG when releasing out-of-band advisories. For example, last month, Microsoft added two new Microsoft Exchange zero-day vulnerabilities tracked as CVE-2022-41040 and CVE-2022-41082 to the SUG. While these bugs have not received any security updates yet, Microsoft did release mitigations that can help protect Internet-exposed servers, illustrating the need to stay aware of new security issues. While email notifications for additions to the Security Update Guide, they require a user to create a Microsoft account to receive them and are not sent immediately. Due to this, many customers have requested Microsoft add an RSS feed to the Security Update Guide so they can get immediate notifications when a new CVE is added. "With regards to the RSS feed, we have received feedback from some of our customers that an RSS feed on the Security Update Guide (SUG) would be greatly appreciated," Microsoft said in today's announcement. "A few customers have even asked for it to be the default form of communication. We heard your feedback, and you can now obtain SUG updates by pasting the URL of the RSS feed in any RSS reader." The URL for the new RSS feed is now live at https://api.msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/rss and is also shared in the SUG using an RSS icon, as shown below. New RSS icon in the Security Update Guide To use the new RSS feed feature, you need to install an RSS Feed reader, whether a desktop application, mobile app, or browser extension. Once you subscribe to the feed, you will automatically receive notifications when Microsoft adds a new CVE to the Security Update Guide, helping keep you aware of the latest security risks. Once you subscribe to the feed, you will begin to receive notifications when Microsoft adds a new CVE to the Security Update Guide, helping keep you aware of the latest security risks. Microsoft adds new RSS feed for security update notifications
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  18. At its Ignite 2022 event today, Microsoft has unveiled a bunch of tools for creators. The biggest announcement is its new Designer app. While we already had a pretty good idea of what the new app was about from previous leaks which included several different images, the official announcement confirms some of those expectations and rumors. Designer is a graphic design app in Microsoft 365 that will help users create social media posts, invitations, digital postcards in a fly as it will powered by OpenAI's DALL.E 2, among others. Basically the company says Designer is PowerPoint on steroids where the AI does most of the heavy lifting. With its help, users can expect over eight billion AI-generated slide designs. Microsoft has confirmed that Designer integration is coming to Edge as well. The free web preview is available at this link starting today. Since it is driven by AI, the app is expected to get better over time. Designer web preview While we are on the topic of AI-generated images, Microsoft is also bringing a new "Image Creator from Microsoft Bing" feature that is similar to Designer, except his will be in Bing and help create completely new images. It will be a gradual rollout and once available, users can access the feature via the Images tab in Bing (https://www.bing.com/create) or via the Image Creator icon on the sidebar in Edge. Up next, we have an announcement related to Clipchamp, Microsoft's inbox video editor. The tool is now a part of the Microsoft 365 family of apps and will help complement Designer when video editing tasks are involved. As a reminder, premium Clipchamp features are now available to Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers and Clipchamp Essentials subscribers. Microsoft has also launched a new "Microsoft Create" website. The Redmond company describes it as the "ultimate creator launchpad" for creating videos, graphic designs, documents, presentations, and more. Essentially, the Create website will provide a curated list of various articles, videos, templates and more, from similar creators that will help guide new users. Microsoft unveils new Designer, Microsoft Create, Bing Image Creator, and Clipchamp
  19. Despite being the most expensive, the largest, and arguably the most exciting computer Microsoft sells, the Surface Studio received the fewest upgrades over six years. The Surface Studio 2+ is only the third version of the computer that even Microsoft refuses to call "Studio 3" due to a small number of changes. Besides having a last-gen Intel processor, the Surface Studio 2+ features some notable downgrades compared to its predecessors, making the upgrade even more head-scratching. In this Specs Appeal article, we compare the Surface Studio 2+ to the outgoing model and its original version introduced in late 2016. Of course, it is disappointing to see Microsoft opting for the 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11370H instead of a 12th Gen processor with brand-new architecture. Such a decision is especially bewildering considering the fact that the Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Pro 9 come with 12th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Still, the Intel Core i7-11370H is a significant performance jump compared to the processors found in the original and second-gen Surface Studio. A better GPU is another reason some Surface Studio owners will consider upgrading to the Surface Studio 2+. Microsoft has swapped the old Nvidia GTX 1060 and 1070 in favor of a more modern and significantly more powerful RTX 3060 with 6GB of memory. The original Surface Studio Unfortunately, the Surface Studio 2+ has nothing more to offer besides a new CPU+GPU combo, as all the other aspects of the computer remain unchanged. Moreover, you need to accept a few notable downgrades, such as only one SKU with no customization, no SD card slot (why, Microsoft), and no Xbox Wireless built-in. All this makes Surface Studio 2+ look like a placeholder device to fill the gap while Microsoft prepares a more significant upgrade. Here are key changes summed up in a list: Dolby Vision support and auto color management 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB graphics card No 16GB RAM option, only 32GB No 2TB SSD option, only 1TB Improved security with Windows 11 Secured-core PC Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 ports No more built-in Xbox Wireless standard No more full-sized SD card slot Surface Studio 2+ Surface Studio 2 Surface Studio 1 Display 28-inch 3:2 PixelSense 4500 x 3000 (192 ppi), 60Hz 10-point multi-touch 1 billion colors Auto Color Management sRGB and Vivid profile DCI-P3 Dolby Vision Gorilla Glass 3 28-inch 3:2 PixelSense 4500 x 3000 (192 ppi), 60Hz 10-point multi-touch sRGB and Vivid profile DCI-P3 OS Windows 11 Windows 10 Windows 11 Windows 10 Colors Platinum Processor Intel Core i7-11370H Intel Core i7-7820HQ Intel Core i5-6440HQ Intel Core i7-6820HQ GPU Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB Nvidia GTX 965M 2GB Nvidia GTX 980M 4GB Memory 32GB DDR4 16GB, 32GB DDR4 8GB, 16GB, 32GB DDR4 Storage 1TB SSD 1TB, 2TB SSD 64GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 128GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD + 2TB HDD Security TPM 2.0 Chip Windows Hello face sign-in Windows 11 Secured-core PC TPM 2.0 Chip Windows Hello face sign-in TPM Chip Windows Hello face sign-in Network Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.1 Xbox Wireless Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.0 Xbox Wireless Gigabit Ethernet Camera Front-facing camera with 1080p video and Windows Hello Ports 3x Thunderbolt 4/USB-C 4.0 2x USB-A 3.1 1x 3.5mm headphone jack 1x Gigabit Ethernet 4x USB-A 3.0 1x Full-size SDXC 1x USB-C 1x 3.5mm headphone jack 1x Gigabit Ethernet 4x USB-A 3.0 1x Full-size SDXC 1x Mini DisplayPort 1x 3.5mm headphone jack 1x Gigabit Ethernet In the box Surface Pen Surface Keyboard Surface Mouse Price $4,499 $3,000 True, the Surface Studio 2+ is much more capable than its predecessor, and wanting a more powerful CPU or graphics card is a solid reason to buy the new model. But does a soon-two-generation-old processor and a mid-range graphics card provide enough incentive to buy such an expensive computer with so few changes? It is a question we have a hard time answering. Specs Appeal: Here is how Surface Studio 2+ compares to Studio 2 and original Studio
  20. The Surface Laptop 5, Microsoft's latest and greatest laptop in the traditional form factor, features fewer changes compared to its predecessors than the Surface Pro 9. This Specs Appeal article will help owners of the previous-gen Surface Laptops decide whether the new Surface Laptop 5 is worth upgrading, and those planning to buy a Surface Laptop can determine if they should opt for the older models to save some money. "A slightly better device" is how you can describe the Surface Laptop 5. The computer has newer processors, better memory, Bluetooth 5.1, Thunderbolt 4, and a new color variant. Unlike the preceding generations, the Surface Laptop 5 no longer offers AMD processors. If you want a modern Windows 11 laptop with fresh AMD silicon, you better watch elsewhere or consider grabbing the Surface Laptop 4 with a discount. Surface Laptop 4 (and the Surface Laptop 3) Here are key changes summed up in a list: New color variant: green (Sage) Dolby Vision IQ support 12th Gen Intel processors with the new architecture consisting of efficiency and performance cores Newer LPDDR5X memory Improved security with Windows 11 Secure-core PC standard Bluetooth 5.1 Improved battery life Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4 support Surface Laptop 5 Surface Laptop 4 Surface Laptop 3 Chassis 13.5-inch: 12.1" x 8.8" x 0.57", 2.86 lbs 308 x 223 x 14.5 mm, 1.27 kg 15-inch: 13.4" x 9.6" x 0.58", 3.44 lbs 340 x 244 x 14.7 mm, 1.56 kg Colors Platinum, Sage, Matte Black, Sandstone Platinum, Ice Blue, Matte Black, Sandstone Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Matte Black, Sandstone Display 13.5-inch: 2256 x 1504 (201 ppi) Dolby Vision IQ 10-point multi-touch 15-inch: 2496 x 1664 (201 ppi) Dolby Vision IQ 10-point multi-touch 13.5-inch: 2256 x 1504 (201 ppi) 10-point multi-touch 15-inch: 2496 x 1664 (201 ppi) 10-point multi-touch Processor Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i7-1255U Intel Core i5-1135G7 Intel Core i7-1185G7 AMD Ryzen 5 4680U AMD Ryzen 7 4980U Intel Core i5-1035G7 Intel Core i7-1065G7 AMD Ryzen 5 3580U AMD Ryzen 7 3780U Memory 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5x 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR4x 8GB, 16GB, 32GB DDR4 Storage User-replaceable SSD 256GB, 512GB, 1 TB Non-user-replaceable SSD 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB Security TPM 2.0 Chip Windows Hello face sign-in Windows 11 Secured-core PC TPM 2.0 Windows Hello face sign-in Firmware TPM Windows Hello face sign-in Network Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax Bluetooth 5.0 Battery 13.5-inch: Up to 18 hours of typical use 15-inch: Up to 17 hours of typical use 47.4 Wh nominal capacity Up to 11.5 hours of typical use Camera 720p HD front-facing camera with Windows Hello face sign-in Ports 1x Thunderbolt 4/USB-C 4.0 1x USB-A 3.1 3.5 mm headphone jack 1x Surface Connect 1x USB-C 1x USB-A 3.5 mm headphone jack 1x Surface Connect Price TBA TBA $1,000 $1,300 $1,000 $1,200 It appears that the only reason to pick the Surface Laptop 5 over its predecessors is better battery life (which is still something reviews have to prove) and newer processors. But it is hard to tell if those upgrades justify the price difference. You can buy the Surface Laptop 4 with significant discounts, and renewed Surface Laptop 3 configurations are available for as little as $500. It is probably safe to say that if your Surface Laptop provides sufficient battery life and enough horsepower, skip the Surface Laptop 5 and wait for more meaningful upgrades next year. Specs Appeal: Here is how Surface Laptop 5 compares to Laptop 4 and Laptop 3
  21. In this Specs Appeal article, we dive deep into all the differences between the new Surface Pro 9 and its two preceding generations. If you are considering buying the Surface Pro 9, this article will help you see how the tablet compares to the Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Pro 7, which you can still buy with significant discounts. We did not include the Surface Pro 7+ since Microsoft aims this device squarely at commercial customers. The Surface Pro 9 focuses on improving the redesigned model that Microsoft introduced last year, so there are no major or ground-breaking visual changes this year. The only design change you can spot on the surface is two new vivid color variants. Besides the same chassis, the Surface Pro 9 features the same 120Hz display (now with dynamic refresh rate support out of the box). Surface Pro 8 A significant difference between the Surface Pro 9 and 8 is the optional variant with an ARM processor, which was previously available in the separate Surface Pro X lineup. Microsoft is now confident in its custom ARM processors (made in partnership with Qualcomm) enough to include them in the Surface Pro lineup. Besides offering a notably better battery life, the Surface Pro 9 with the Microsoft SQ 3 processor is your choice if you want a Surface with 5G. Intel-based variants are Wi-Fi-only. Speaking of less exciting changes, Microsoft this year, for some reason, decided to ditch the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Also, despite having a user-upgradeable SSD, the Surface Pro 9 does not allow you to expand its storage with microSD cards since Microsoft removed that slot in the Surface Pro 8. Surface Pro 7 Here are the key changes summed up in a list: New color variants: blue (Sapphire) and green (Forest) 12th Gen Intel processors and the third-gen Microsoft SQ by Qualcomm Newer LPDDR5 memory Improved security with TPM 2.0 chip and Windows 11 Secure-core PC standard Wi-Fi 6E support and optional 5G Better battery life (only in the Microsoft SQ 3-based variants) No 3.5 mm headphone jack Surface Pro 9 Surface Pro 8 Surface Pro 7 Chassis 11.3" x 8.2" x 0.37", 1.94 lbs 287 x 108.28 x 9.3 mm, 879.9 g 11.3" x 8.2" x 0.37", 1.96 lbs 287 x 108.28 x 9.3 mm, 889 g 11.5" x 7.9" x 0.33", 1.7 lb 292 x 201 x 8.5 mm, 790 g Colors Platinum, Graphite, Sapphire, Forest Platinum, Graphite Platinum, Matte Black Display 13-inch 3:2 PixelSense with narrow bezels 2880x1920 (267 ppi) Dynamic refresh rate up to 120Hz 13-inch 3:2 PixelSense with narrow bezels 2880x1920 (267 ppi) Up to 120Hz refresh rate 12.3-inch 3:2 PixelSense 2736x1284 (267 ppi) 60Hz Processor Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i7-1255U Microsoft SQ 3 Intel Core i5-1135G7 Intel Core i7-1185G7 Intel Core i3-1005G1 Intel Core i5-1035G4 Intel Core i7-1065G7 Memory 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR4x 4GB, 8GB, 16GB LPDDR4x Storage User-removable SSD 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB Non-user-removable SSD 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB Security TPM 2.0 Chip Windows Hello face sign-in Windows 11 Secured-core PC Firmware TPM Windows Hello face sign-in Network Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 Optional 5G Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 Battery Up to 15.5 hours of typical use (Intel) Up to 19 hours of typical use (ARM) Up to 16 hours of typical use Up to 10.5 hours of typical use Cameras Front-facing camera with 1080p video and Windows Hello 10MP rear-facing camera with 4K video support 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p video and Windows Hello 8.0MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus and 1080p video Ports Intel: 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4/USB 4.0 (Intel) 1x Surface Connect 1x Surface Keyboard Port ARM: 2x USB-C 3.2 1x Surface Connect 1x Surface Keyboard Port 1x nanoSIM 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4/USB 4.0 3.5mm headphone jack 1x Surface Connect 1x Surface Keyboard Port 1x USB-C 1x USB-A 3.5mm headphone jack 1x Surface Connect 1x Surface Type Cover 1x microSDXC Accessories Surface Slim Pen 2 Surface Signature Keyboard Surface Pen Surface Slim Pen 2 Surface Type Cover Price TBA $1,099 $750 The Surface Pro 9 looks like a great upgrade option for owners of the Surface Pro 7 or older models. You will get a significantly upgraded display, much more horsepower courtesy of Intel's 12th Gen processors, better battery life, and an overall more modern-looking device. If you own the Surface Pro 8, upgrading to the Surface Pro 9 does not feel like a reasonable decision unless you want 5G. Also, users who can accept using a device with an older processor could just buy the Surface Pro 8 for notably less money. Do you think the Surface Pro 9 offers enough changes to justify upgrades from the previous two generations? Share your thoughts in the comments. Specs Appeal: Here is how Surface Pro 9 compares to Pro 8 and Pro 7
  22. Microsoft has announced that its Adaptive Accessories will be available to buy starting from October 25. The company said that the line-up, which is designed primarily for disabled users, will be available to purchase in select markets, but didn’t say which ones exactly. The Adaptive Accessories range includes the Microsoft Adaptive Mouse which can be customized to your needs and the Microsoft Adaptive Hub which lets you connect things like a d-pad, joystick, or dual button. In addition to the selection above, Microsoft has also said business and education customers will be able to 3D print adaptive grips from Shapeways for the Microsoft Business Pen and Microsoft Classroom Pen 2. These grips come in a few different shapes, so you can find one best suited for you until you find one you like. According to Microsoft, the Adaptive Accessories require Windows 10 or Windows 11 to operate but that they can be made to work with companion devices running macOS, iOS, ChromeOS, or Android through the Microsoft Accessibility Center. If you’re looking to buy any of these items, Microsoft says that the Microsoft Adaptive Mouse Tail and Thumb Support add-ons will need to be purchased separately. If you’re planning to buy any Adaptive Buttons, these will be sold separately too and will require the Microsoft Adaptive Hub. The firm has not yet shared pricing details or which countries they’re available in, so check your local Microsoft website to see if they are available where you live. Gallery: Microsoft Adaptive Accessories Microsoft's Adaptive Accessories will be available in select markets from October 25
  23. At its Surface event today, Microsoft has announced its new Surface Laptop 5 whose specifications had leaked a few days ago. Microsoft is indeed not offering any AMD Ryzen option this time, at least not yet, invalidating earlier rumors that had suggested the idea. What you instead get are Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake U series processors. The company claims its new Laptop 5 has over 50% the horsepower compared to the last gen model. Describing its the new product, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer Panos Panay said: From the effortless opening and fast log-in with Windows Hello, to the touchscreen, precision touchpad, and perfect typing experience, Surface Laptop 5 offers the craftsmanship, comfort, and capabilities to jump in and produce your best work. Surface Laptop 5 is sleek and elegant, providing all-day battery life1 as our customers have come to appreciate and expect. It now offers Thunderbolt 4, and with the latest Intel Evo platform, Surface Laptop 5 is over 50% more powerful than its predecessor. What this does mean, however, is that Microsoft's Surface Laptop 5 is not implementing its very own Pluton security processor as it's currently only inside the Ryzen 6000 "Rembrandt" CPUs. There maybe multiple reasons for Microsoft to skip an AMD Ryzen 6000-based Surface such as poor feedback from last time or simply low supplies for AMD 6000 chips. The new Surface Laptop 5 will come in both Windows 11 and Windows 10 flavors in case of the business models. This could be because plenty of businesses are still reluctant to move over to Windows 11 according to the latest survey data. Here are the full specification details of the new 13.5" and 15" Surface Laptop 5 SKUs, including warranty information: Operating system: Surface Laptop 5: Windows 11 Home Surface Laptop 5 for Business: Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro Exterior Exterior: Surface Laptop 5 13.5”: 12.1 inch (308 mm) X 8.8 inch (223 mm) X .57 inch (14.5 mm) Weight: Fabric 2.80 lbs (1,272 g) or Metal 2.86 lbs (1,297 g) Surface Laptop 5 15”: 13.4 inch (340 mm) X 9.6 inch (244 mm) X .58 inch (14.7 mm) Weight: 3.44 lbs (1,560 g) Colors: Surface Laptop 5 13.5” colors: Platinum with Alcantara , Sage, Matte Black, and Sandstone Surface Laptop 5 15” colors: Platinum and Matte Black Display: Surface Laptop 5 13.5”: Screen: 13.5” PixelSense™ Display Resolution: 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) Dolby Vision IQ™2 support Touch: 10-point multi-touch Surface Laptop 5 15”: Screen: 15” PixelSense™ Display Resolution: 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI) Dolby Vision IQ ™2 support Touch: 10-point multi-touch CPU: Consumer: Surface Laptop 5 13.5”: 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U processor 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1255U processor (All SKUs are built on the Intel® Evo™ platform) Surface Laptop 5 15”: 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1255U processor (All SKUs are built on the Intel® Evo™ platform) Commercial: Surface Laptop 5 13.5” 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1245U processor 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1265U processor (All SKUs are built on the Intel® Evo™ platform) Surface Laptop 5 15” 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1265U processor (All SKUs are built on the Intel® Evo™ platform) Graphics: Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics Memory: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB LPDDR5x RAM Storage: Removable solid-state drive (SSD) options: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB Security: Commercial TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise-grade security and BitLocker support Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in Windows 11 Secured-core PC Consumer Firmware TPM 2.0 is a security processor that is designed to give you peace of mind. Windows Hello face sign-in Windows 11 Secured-core PC Network and connectivity Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible Bluetooth® Wireless 5.1 technology Battery Life: Surface Laptop 5 13.5” Up to 18 hours of typical device usage Surface Laptop 5 15” Up to 17 hours of typical device usage Cameras: Windows Hello Face Authentication camera 720p HD front facing camera Audio: Dual far-field Studio Mics Omnisonic® Speakers with Dolby Atmos Ports: 1 x USB-C with USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 1 x USB-A 3.1 3.5 mm headphone jack 1 x Surface Connect port Sensors: Ambient light sensor Software: Consumer Windows 11 Home Preloaded Microsoft 365 Apps Microsoft 365 Family 30-day trial Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 30-day trial (Not available in China) Commercial Windows 11 Pro or Windows 10 Pro Preloaded Microsoft 365 Apps Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium, or Microsoft 365 Apps 30-day trial Power Supply: 60W power supply with additional 5W USB A charging Port In the Box: Surface Laptop 5 13.5” and 15”: Power Supply Quick Start Guide Safety and warranty documents Pen & accessories compatibility Designed for Surface Pen Supports Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) Serviceability (commercial only) Replaceable components include: SSD Display and Display Enclosure (AB Cover module) Palm Rest and Keyboard Cover Battery with Bottom Enclosure Motherboard Charging Port (Surface Connector) Thermal Module Thermal pad and Desense tape Feet Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty You can check if the device is available at your regional Microsoft outlet here.. New Surface Laptop 5 won't be using Microsoft's very own Pluton security processor
  24. Surface fans waiting for a refreshed Surface Studio can finally rejoice. Microsoft has announced the Surface Studio 2+—a refreshed version of the Surface Studio 2 with more powerful hardware and various minor changes. The Surface Studio 2+ continues the formula Microsoft introduced in late 2016. It is a 28-inch all-in-one with the "Zero Gravity" hinge that lets you effortlessly transform the computer into a massive drawing tablet. The Surface Studio 2+ is visually identical to its predecessor (hence the name), and all the new features lurk inside the base. Unlike the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 with their numerous variants, the Surface Studio 2+ is available only in one configuration with the Intel Core i7-11370H processor, the Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. Other improvements include Wi-Fi 6 support (no Wi-Fi 6E), Bluetooth 5.1, three Thunderbolt 4 ports, and redesigned out-of-box accessories. The computer is also compatible with the original Surface Dial and its on-display mode that Microsoft ditched in recent Surface Pro tablets. That also means the Surface Studio 2+ does not support the Surface Slip Pen 2 and has no high refresh rate like the Surface Pro 9 or the Surface Laptop Studio. Surface Studio 2 full specifications: Surface Studio 2+ Operating System Windows 11 Pro Display 28" PixelSense Display, 4500 x 3000 (192 PPI) Auto Color Management, sRGB and Vivid, DCI-P3 Individual Color Calibration Dolby Vision Gorilla Glass 3 Processor 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11370H Graphics Nvidia RTX 3060 with 6GB of VRAM Memory 32GB DDR4 Storage 1TB SSD Security TPM 2.0, Windows Hello face sign-in Network Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Camera 1080p FullHD camera with Windows Hello Support Audio Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Atmos Dual far-field Studio microphones Ports 3x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 2x USB-A 3.1 3.5 mm audio jack Gigabit Ethernet Port In the box Surface Studio 2+ Surface Pen Surface Keyboard Surface Mouse Price $4,499 Microsoft announces Surface Studio 2+ with 11th gen Intel CPU and RTX 3060
  25. Microsoft announced the next generation of its Surface Pro tablet during the October event. The latest model features several key changes, such as optional 5G connectivity and ARM processors, new vibrant colors, and updated accessories. The Surface Pro 9 is the first Microsoft tablet to feature both Intel and ARM processors within the same lineup. Users can pick a variant with Intel's 12th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 models or opt for the one with the Microsoft SQ 3 processors powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon. Microsoft says the neural processing unit in the latter enables high-speed 5G connectivity (first time in any Surface), better battery life, and improved video calls with automatic framing, eye contact, voice focus, and background blur. Intel-based variants are available with 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM. If you want the Surface Pro 9 with 5G and the Microsoft SQ 3 processor, you can choose between 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4X RAM. Storage options include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The latter is only available on the Surface Pro 9 models with Intel processors. It is also worth noting that all Surface Pro 9 variants come with user-replaceable solid-state drives. The Surface Pro 9 is Microsoft's first tablet in the Pro lineup to feature vibrant, colorful chassis. In addition to now-classic Platinum and Graphite, users can get the computer in new Sapphire and Forest variants. Buyers can also customize their Surface Pro 9 with the new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard made with partially biobased Alcantara with at least 12% renewable content derived from sugarcane waste. Although the Surface Pro 9 looks very similar to its predecessor and features the same anodized aluminum body, the tablet no longer offers a headphone jack. Microsoft has ditched a 3.5 mm audio port, leaving only one Surface Connect and two Thunderbolt/USB-C 4.0 (only on Intel) ports. The ARM-based Surface Pro 9 has two USB-C 3.2 ports. Microsoft's new flagship tablets will be available for regular customers and commercial clients. The commercial version features Intel's vPro processors and the option to ship the device with Windows 10 Pro instead of Windows 11 Pro. Regular consumers will get their Surface Pro 9 with Windows 11 Home preinstalled. Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Specifications: Surface Pro 9 Surface Pro 9 with 5G Operating System Windows 11 Home Windows 10 Pro and Windows 11 Pro (commercial SKU) Dimensions 11.3" x 8.2" x 0.37", 1.94 lbs 287 x 208.28 x 9.3 mm, 879.9 grams Display 13-inch PixelSense 2880x1920 (267 ppi) 120Hz dynamic refresh rate Adaptive Color and Auto Color Management Dolby Vision IQ Gorilla Glass 5 13-inch PixelSense 2880x1920 (267 ppi) 120Hz dynamic refresh rate Adaptive Color Gorilla Glass 5 Processor Consumer: Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i7-1235U Commercial: Intel Core i5-1245U Intel Core i7-1265U Microsoft SQ 3 Neural Processing Unit Memory 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5 8GB, 16GB LPDDR4X Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD 128GB, 256GB, 512GB Security TPM 2.0 Chip Windows Hello face sign-in Microsoft Pluton Windows Hello face sign-in Network Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 GPS, Glonass, Galileo, and Beidou NanoSIM and eSIM support mmWave and sub-6 5G support Gigabit LTE-A support Battery Up to 15.5 hours of typical use 60W power supply with extra USB-A port Up to 19 hours of typical use 60W power supply with extra USB-A port Cameras Front-facing camera with 1080p video and Windows Hello support. 10MP rear-facing camera with 4K video support Front-facing camera with 1080p video, Windows Hello support, and Windows Studio Effects. 10MP rear-facing camera with 4K video support Ports 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4.0 1x Surface Connect 1x Surface Keyboard Port 1x nano SIM 2x USB-C 3.2 1x Surface Connect 1x Surface Keyboard Price $999 $1,299 Surface Pro 9 is official with Intel and ARM processors, optional 5G, and new colors
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