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Is Windows 11 released?

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. That being said, new devices running Windows 11 are still expected to release this year. Moneycontrol.comWindows 11 RTM release date: Intel's support document may have leaked it

Windows 11 release date may have been leaked — Here's when it could launch

Laptop Mag 22 July, 2021 - 08:00am

Did Intel just leak Windows 11's release date?

Microsoft stated that Windows 11 will debut this fall, but the Redmond-based tech giant hasn't yet unveiled its actual release date. However, a new Intel document hints that the Windows 11 release date could be in October (via Windows Latest).

Microsoft's official stance on the release date of Windows 11 is holiday 2021, but a new document hints that the next-generation operating system could hit the market before Halloween.

In Intel's release notes for DCH GPU driver 30.0.100.9684, the chipmaker references Windows 11 alongside the following phrase: "October 2021 Update (21H2)," which substantiates rumors that Windows 11 could officially launch three months.

Of course, this could just be an arbitrary date chosen for the Windows 11 campaign, but there's a chance that it's pointing to a late October release date for the next-generation OS. It's also worth noting that this date may be when Microsoft will begin shipping new laptops and PCs with Windows 11.

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.June 25, 2021

According to a late June tweet from Microsoft, the Redmond-based tech giant will begin rolling out the Windows 11 upgrade for Windows 10 users sometime during the first half of 2022.

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Windows 11 Insider preview adds Microsoft Teams chat feature

TechRepublic 22 July, 2021 - 08:00am

Microsoft has delivered another feature promised for Windows 11, namely chatting via its Teams app. The latest build for the Windows 11 Insider preview reveals a Taskbar icon through which you can use Microsoft Teams to chat with other people. But the selling point here is that the person on the other end doesn't need Teams to chat with you. When texting a non-Teams user, your chat will run through SMS.

The integration with Teams marks a transition for Microsoft. In the past, the company touted Skype as its go-to app for chatting and VoIP calling. But as Zoom and other virtual meeting apps have taken the spotlight in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the shift to remote working, Microsoft has been touting Teams not just for business users but increasingly for home users.

For this initial version, the Teams chat feature supports only text chatting with individuals and groups. Audio and video calling, meetings, screen sharing and other capabilities will roll out over the coming weeks, Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the new Teams chat.

You can flavor your texts with special formatting, emoji, animated GIFs and file attachments. But since SMS is limited, the other person will need the Teams app to view the formatting, GIFs and attachments. If the chat is run through SMS, the person on the other end will receive a link to download the Teams app. Teams is freely available for Windows, macOS, iOS/iPadOS, Android, Linux and the web.

To set up the Teams feature, make sure you're running the Insider preview for Windows 11 and that you've opted for the Dev channel to get the latest updates. Then go to Settings and Windows Update. Allow the latest build to install and reboot. After signing back in, you should see a new icon on the Taskbar that says Chat when you hover over it. Click that icon and you're prompted to download Teams. Click the Set up button.

At the next window, click Get started. Choose the Microsoft account you wish to use with Teams and enter your password. A Teams window pops up for you to confirm your name and opt to sync your Skype and Outlook contacts to find people you know on Teams. Click the Let's go button.

The Teams app opens where you can invite people, start a chat, start a group, begin a meeting, check your activity and view your calendar.

The next time you want to chat with someone, just click the Teams Taskbar icon or press Win+C and choose Chat. You can now chat with one or more people by entering their name, email address or phone number.

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Microsoft Edge quietly appears on the Windows 11 Microsoft Store

OnMSFT.com 22 July, 2021 - 08:00am

It’s not immediately clear why the web browser has a separate publisher, but we tried downloading the app from the Windows 11 Store and it works as expected. This is the real Win32 app, which means that the installation experience is identical to the one you get from the .exe file you can download from the web, with a pop-up window detailing the installation progress in addition to the Microsoft Store.

Yes, it's happening. You'll be able to download Microsoft Edge from the Microsoft Store (fun fact: the publisher is called "Microsoft Corporation II") pic.twitter.com/owrjJqlzcX

— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) July 20, 2021

When Microsoft officially announced Windows 11 last month, the company said that its new Microsoft Store would soon be welcoming "leading first and third-party apps” including Microsoft Teams and Visual Studio. The software giant didn’t mention Edge at the time, but Edge extensions are also coming to the Windows 11 Microsoft Store in addition to the existing Edge add-ons website.

Microsoft backtracks on Windows 11 DirectStorage PC exclusivity - PC - News - HEXUS.net

HEXUS 22 July, 2021 - 08:00am

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Last month HEXUS reported on Microsoft's statement that DirectStorage "will only be available with Windows 11". However, things aren't so simple, or so bad for Windows 10 users, as a recent Microsoft blog post announcing the availability of the DirectStorage Developer Preview, clearly states that "games built against the (new) DirectStorage SDK will be compatible with Windows 10, version 1909 and up".

For a brief refresher, DirectStorage is an API designed to speed up game loading times from super-fast modern storage devices like NVMe SSDs. It first surfaced as part of the Xbox Series X/S Velocity Architecture and is claimed to aid the construction of "new immersive gaming experiences with vastly reduced load times". With the arrival of the first DirectStorage Developer Preview, we thankfully get a clearer look at the technology for Windows users.

In the new dev blog post, DirectStorage features are summed up in three bullet points:

It is further explained that "because Windows 11 was built with DirectStorage in mind, games running on Windows 11 benefit further from new storage stack optimizations". In other words, games built against the DirectStorage SDK will work on both Windows 10 and 11, but the latter will benefit from storage stack optimizations. Developers don't have to do any conditional jiggery-pokery, once DirectStorage is implemented its benefits will be "automatically applied and scaled appropriately for gamers".

Windows 11 and a modern fast storage device were not the only originally stated requirements to enjoy the benefits of DirectStorage. Systems must also include a DirectX 12 Ultimate supporting GPU, like an AMD Radeon RX 6000 series, or Nvidia GeForce RTX20 or RTX30 series GPU.

Last but not least, users of older, slower storage tech on their Windows machines are assured that "DirectStorage enabled games will still run as well as they always have," on that hardware.

Windows Insiders are already playing with early releases of Windows 11, but DirectStorage isn't yet available in these easy to obtain test releases.

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Upgrading to Windows 11 should probably come with a warning

Daily Express 22 July, 2021 - 08:00am

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Windows 11 will bring a number of drastic changes to your PC, including an almost unrecognisable new Start Menu, interactive widgets, and the ability to install and run Android apps alongside traditional Windows software. There's plenty to like about this blockbuster upgrade, which will launch this year.

The revelation came in a newly-updated FAQ. In it, Microsoft revealed that "after you have installed the Windows 11 upgrade there is a 10 day period where you can move back to Windows 10 while keeping files and data that you brought along with you. After the 10 days, you will need to back up your data and do a 'clean install' to move back to Windows 10."

For comparison, Microsoft offered a 30-day grace period when upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Users could revert to the previous operating system while keeping their files and apps intact.

If you decide that Windows 11 is not for you and want to return to your previous operating system after the 10-day window, you'll need to wipe the drive completely. It will be possible to return your files to their place, but you'll need to make sure you have a back up to hand. And you'll need to go through the faff of performing a clean install.

Clearly, that's a lot more of a headache than simply clicking a button and reverting back to your trusty old desktop.

If you're not entirely convinced by Windows 11, you'll need to decide pretty sharpish. There's still a few months to go before Windows 11 will launch to users worldwide, fingers crossed, in that time, Microsoft will revert to its previous 30-day grace period.

Windows 10 Insiders snag some Insider preview builds

Windows Central 21 July, 2021 - 07:30am

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Microsoft rolled out a couple of Insider preview builds to Insiders that are still on Windows 10. The new builds are for Insiders who were moved to the Release Preview Channel from the Beta Channel because their PCs don't meet the Windows 11 minimum requirements.

If you're running Windows 10 version 21H2 (Build 19044.1147) and are in the Release Preview Channel, you'll receive Windows 10, version 21H2 Build 19044.1149 (KB5004296). It includes the improvements in Build 19044.1147 and the following change:

We added a new policy that creates generic strings and removes branding-specific terms, such as "Windows" or "PC", for IoT Enterprise editions. For example, we changed "computer" to "device". Instead of "Getting Windows ready," we changed that to "Getting things ready" and so on. These generic strings are displayed on a user's screen when an update is in progress.

Release Preview Insiders who are on Windows 10 21H1 will receive 21H1 Build 19043.1149 (KB5004296). The update includes all of the changes in Build 19043.1147 as well as the following:

We added a new policy that creates generic strings and removes branding-specific terms, such as "Windows" or "PC", for IoT Enterprise editions. For example, we changed "computer" to "device". Instead of "Getting Windows ready," we changed that to "Getting things ready" and so on. These generic strings are displayed on a user's screen when an update is in progress.

While you'll receive different builds depending on if you're on Windows 10 version 21H2 or 21H1, the changelog is identical.

If you're looking for more exciting preview builds of Windows, make sure to check out the latest Windows 11 Insider preview build.

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