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Windows Central 29 June, 2021 - 10:18am 19 views

Can I get Windows 11?

Windows 11 will be free to upgrade on a Windows 10 PC or laptop. This means that you need to have a genuine Windows 10 copy on your machine to be able to download Windows 11 for free. The Windows 11 preview build that is now available is also free to download. India TodayWindows 11 now available: Will your PC support it, how to download and install it, and other questions answered

When will Windows 11 roll out?

Windows 11 is due out later in 2021 and will be delivered over several months. The rollout of the upgrade to Windows 10 devices already in use today will begin in 2022 through the first half of that year. CRNMicrosoft: Windows 10 Update To Windows 11 Not Until Next Year

Is Windows 11 available now?

Microsoft today released the first preview build of Windows 11 to those in the Dev Channel of the company's Windows Insider program. TechCrunchThe first preview of Windows 11 is now available

Does Windows 11 require TPM?

Microsoft has updated the webpage for Windows 11 requirements, saying that PCs will be required to have a TPM 2.0 chip to install the new operating system. www.computing.co.ukMicrosoft says TPM 2.0 is mandatory for installing Windows 11

That left a lot of devices out—not least the rather expensive Microsoft Surface Studio 2—so Microsoft now says it’ll also test 7th-gen Intel and AMD Zen 1 chips during the preview stage to see how well they hold up. In fact, it’s now putting off any detailed recommendations in terms of processors for the time being. What’s more, the Insider Preview Builds don’t need to meet any CPU requirements, at least not yet.

Microsoft’s argument is that for Windows 11 to be as reliable, secure, and compatible as it needs to be, certain older hardware technologies need to be left behind—it’s not necessarily a pure performance issue, but it’s more to do with enabling features such as Windows Hello for logging into your PC with biometric authentication.

That’s only true for the Home edition.

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Windows 11 Will Feature Dynamic Refresh Rate on the Desktop

Tom's Hardware 29 June, 2021 - 11:08am

This type of refresh rate manipulation is a bit different from the current variable refresh rate we have today in Windows 10. With dynamic refresh rate, the goal is to improve power consumption when using 2D applications on the desktop, like emails, web browsers, and word processors.

Let's say you're typing an email to somebody. The screen doesn't need to be refreshing at its maximum of 120Hz to keep up, as an example. When Windows 11 sees you aren't doing anything that requires a higher refresh rate, it will cut your monitor's refresh rate down to 60Hz automatically to save power. If you have an android smartphone with variable refresh rate, it's the same idea.

But the instant you start scrolling down a webpage or moving a window around, Windows will automatically boost the refresh rate back to 120Hz (or whatever your display supports), giving you a very fluid desktop experience.

To support the new dynamic refresh rate feature, you will need an adaptive refresh rate monitor, whether that be FreeSync or G-Sync of any kind, and it needs to support at least 120Hz or greater. (We're not sure why 100Hz or 75Hz panels won't work at this time.)

Plus, your graphics card will need to support the new WDDM 3.0 standard. This is a new update exclusive to Windows 11 that adds a few features like better graphical support for Linux apps and the ability to assign different apps to different GPUs simultaneously. Right now, it's not clear which GPUs are getting WDDM 3.0 support.

Microsoft has also noted that Dynamic refresh rate will need to be an app-supported feature to work. So if you fire up an app that doesn't support the feature, dynamic refresh rate will disable itself. For now, the only app that supports DRR is Microsoft Office.

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No Win32 Updates in Windows 11's Microsoft Store - gHacks Tech News

Ghacks Technology News 29 June, 2021 - 11:01am

Not everything is bad when it comes to the Microsoft Store. Apps that get installed may be updated automatically, just like apps on Android or iOS devices do. The relaxing of Store submission guidelines, the acceptance of Win32 applications, was seen by many as a way to revive the store.

Not all users would use the Store, even if Win32 applications were offered in the Store, but the ability to download virus-tested programs such as Firefox or Adobe Photoshop directly from the Store certainly appeals to some users.

The latest update to the App Developer Agreement puts a damper on the support of Win32 applications in Microsoft's Windows 11 Store.

Special requirements for Win32 applications are listed on page 32 of the agreement under EXHIBIT E: TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR WIN32 APP PACKAGES. Microsoft describes the following requirements when it comes to updates for Win32 applications:

Updates to Apps. Section 3(b) of the Agreement is amended and restated to read as follows: Updates to Apps are not required to be submitted through the Store. End users will not be able to receive updates from the Store. Apps can be updated directly by You via your App that is installed on a Windows Device after download from the Store.

This means, that Win32 applications won't be updated through Microsoft's Store. Developers may publish new versions, but updates won't happen through the Store. Microsoft notes that applications can be updated through in-app updates. Not all Win32 applications support in-application updates.

The only benefit of downloading a Win32 application from Microsoft's Store is that the executable files have been tested for viruses.

Does it mean that some Win32 applications, those without internal update functionality, will become out of date and in the event of security updates, insecure? Has Microsoft a plan to address this? What happens if a developer publishes an update of a win32 application to the Store? Will users be informed about these updates and get options to install the new copy of the application to replace the old? Or do they have to do this manually for each installed application? Lots of questions and no answers at this point.

Updates were one of the key reasons for installing Store versions of Win32 applications. With that gone, there is barely anything left that can be seen as an advantage over downloading programs from developer websites or even third-party download sites.

Now You: What do you think is Microsoft's reasoning for blocking Win32 program updates through the Microsoft Store? (via Dr. Windows)

A friend asked me to work on some code for him, something .NET related though UWP related. It was an absolute NIGHTMARE! Literally something you could do in 100 characters or less in HTML and CSS would require 10,000 characters or more. Absolute garbage and only Microsoft was push something so wretched.

That’s why their store is virtually dead. No developers want to bother with it, mostly because there is no market for their efforts. It’s only Microsoft pushing it with Xbox Pass and when they made games like AoE1:DE and AoE2:DE be initially MS Store-exclusive until they released them on Steam a while later.

It will be interesting with Windows 11 and the Android apps, maybe that will make it more alive. I heard that side-loading .APK files will be possible, which could also mean that people may be able to install Google Play. If there is support for playing games like emulators do – with WASD and other support, it might really take off, if they provide better performance than any of the emulators out there.

> Does it mean that some Win32 applications, those without internal update functionality, will become out of date and in the event of security updates, insecure?

If the app does not have any mechanism to update itself, this is probably going to happen anyway, as I doubt users are going to periodically check the app’s website to see if any updates are available.

why would you want the store to update your win32 stuff? you have zero control over it, can’t make it stop updating certain apps, etc… and that’s just the uwp crap..

It’s called, ease of use and convenience. Imagine, updating all your stuff from one place only. That would be a great choice for users to have.

It would be a choice. If all you use are store apps and are happy with windows’ update behavior. Those who have spent time with the OS would be naive to allow this. None of my 32 bit apps are in the store and I can pretty much guarantee never will be.

“What do you think is Microsoft’s reasoning for blocking Win32 program updates through the Microsoft Store?”

They are inept thugs. They only know how to exploit their monopoly, they have never understood how to sell something people actually want.

Because W32 is old technology and does not have the grunt to push the sloppily-programmed resource-heavy rubbish second-rate (cheap to hire) programmers are forced to churn out too quickly?

“sloppily-programmed resource-heavy rubbish” is basically all Electron apps.

Win32 is basically 99.9999% of all the useful programs on Windows. UWP is DOA just like the Store. They’ve had years to build momentum and it just didn’t happen. It’ll die like the Zune, only the Zune was actually a decent product. They couldn’t even get Skype to work even though all they had to do was not shoot themselves in the foot. Today, it’s not Skype everywhere, it’s Zoom. Even Microsoft has forsaken it and is now pushing Teams.

A company that can’t even get an incumbent program to remain dominant wants to push an entire platform that no one wants? Yeah fat chance. Some things can’t be solved by throwing more money at it. Microsoft lost a billion dollars on Zune and billions more on Skype and it appears they still haven’t quite gotten their heads out of their asses.

> Microsoft lost a billion dollars on Zune and billions more on Skype…

> Perhaps the Zune and Skype were acquired because they were a hindrance to Microsoft.

Losing billions when you play with market caps of a trillion is almost meaningless. Cost of doing business. Sad, really.

Me buying a usb drive and breaking it off because I wasn’t paying attention and bumped into it. Except I’d probably be more disappointed and more careful next time.

> Losing billions when you play with market caps of a trillion is almost meaningless. Cost of doing business. Sad, really.

Such measures have been common since the beginning of time and are a basic military strategy. In society, it is an everyday occurrence, not only in industry, but also in commerce, entertainment (professional sports, such as the New York Yankees and Real Madrid, professional cycling, and automobile racing, etc., etc.).

Society should not tolerate “Monopolistic market presence”, and users should distance themselves from monopolistic companies as much as possible.

Microsoft’s top priority is the stock market, the source of its “capital strength”, and appealing to capitalists to raise capital, is important. Capitalists are investing for “high returns” and “assured profits”. The key to this is the primary balance and the future (Will the company be a winner, will its market develop, or will it be more advantageous than other investments?) of the market.

There is a “complete divergence” between what end users expect (product perfection and user experience) from Microsoft, and what Microsoft focuses on (It’s all about financing: Primary balance is top priority).

What do you think is Microsoft’s reasoning for blocking Win32 program updates through the Microsoft Store?

I don’t know. I never used any such store and never will.

The main appeal of using the Microsoft Store would be having single-click installs and having apps all updating with a unified updating mechanism – instead of a bunch of apps all needing their own updater running in the background.

Win32 installers and updaters are a pretty crappy experience for average users who are used to mobile app stores where it’s just a single click and forget about it. Surely it would benefit developers as well to off-load their bandwidth to Microsoft and have their apps auto-updating through the Store. I don’t get this move.

MS is wandering with Windows, Win 11 is beyond pointless.

For 2 years or so, Intel and Nvidia graphics GUI’s had to come from the store, realize it or not. Or no update or an update with no GUI (so useful.) No longer. Maybe I’ll block the store. I’m sure there’s some good stuff in there, for those who like flat square stuff.

When I had to go there, I was in and out as fast as possible, afraid my computer would be turned into an X Box or something. Really? Sad there’s so little trust for so called “Tech.” They earned every bit of it.

None of my win 32 stuff is in there. Yeah, it’s easy to disable, enable, block and unblock most anything, uninstalling is a “better know what you’re doing or you get an OS reinstall” thing.

There are many users who mod Windows into something really fast with most all extraneous stuff disabled except the core processes. My kids, for two. Gaming on OOB Windows is torture.

Whats the point getting it from MS store now? I rather get the program off developer site then.

Again? Not the first time. Won’t be the last, I’d bet.

The article is sucked out of thin air. You misunderstand this point: the change merely means that the developer MAY (can) now update the app not only through the Store, but also independently (e.g. by the app’s built-in auto-update). Using the update mechanism via the Store (as it was before) is not forbidden by this clause.

Recall that earlier it was a requirement in Agreement that updates MUST come through the Store. Updating via third-party methods was actually prohibited. Now it is allowed to update and not through the store. That is the whole point of Agreement changes.

P.S. I don’t think this will help to revive this half-dead store, but this level of article is not worthy of Ghacks. This level of article is a level for glossy magazines. Shame.

Updates for what? For about two years, graphics drivers’ GUI’s had to come from the store regardless of where the updates originated. Nvidia, Intel…

Prohibited means something if it’s enforced. In the case I mentioned, MS got in bed with those two companies to hobble the update by stripping out their GUI’s, that’s all. You could get the driver update anywhere. I guess they enforced part of the agreement, the part when missing, most annoying to their pesky customers.

The Store has been a confusing mess since forever. Agree it’s likely beyond repair.

> Now You: What do you think is Microsoft’s reasoning for blocking Win32 program updates through the Microsoft Store?

They should just dump the stupid failure of a store and stop trying to be Apple.

Looks like Ms Store will still be as pointless as it is in W10.

Most disappointing, considering I had been hoping that the command-line Windows Package Manager in Windows 10 was a test for supporting win32 installs and updates through the new version of the store, and I’ve been pretty happy with Windows Package Manager. Shucks.

The rule of thumb among users of MS Windows going back to XP to now is:

Just use Windows, and avoid anything else by them.

This rule has served me and other users very well.

I know this probably isn’t the point, but why not post what you want on both the store and in a way that’s accessible via the new winget package manager utility, and then set up the app to utilize winget -h to update if MS is going to be a pain with the store (for example, creating a timed task at installation)? That way even if the store goes away, there’s still an install/update/uninstall option available. It may not be the most elegant solution, but it is, at least in my humble mind, a solution. Work with what you have.

All of the tech giants would love to turn all computers into dumb terminals with zero user control.

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