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Does Windows 11 require TPM?

TPM 2.0 was only released in 2019, suggesting that PCs made prior to that year may be incompatible with Windows 11. In an email to CRN on Friday, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that “TPM 2.0 is a minimum requirement; Windows 11 will not install without it.” CRNMicrosoft Now Says Windows 11 TPM Requirement Is For Version 2.0 CRN 2 hrs ago

When does Windows 11 roll out?

Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update. microsoft.comUpgrade to the New Windows 11 OS

What are the features of Windows 11?

Windows 11 focuses on a new user interface, a new Windows Store, and improvements to performance. The OS now features an overhauled design language, something consumers wanting from the next generation of Windows. These include a new centre-aligned Taskbar and Start button. The Indian ExpressWindows 11 update: Check out system requirements for installation, new features, and more

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Microsoft's Android App Plan For Windows 11 Is Doomed

PCMag 01 July, 2021 - 01:37pm

The Amazon Appstore is a sad dollar-store of forlorn Android apps.

In a perplexing swerve, the new Windows 11 is going to run Android apps out of the box, integrating Amazon's Android app store into Microsoft's onboard app store. I have been running Windows since 1998 and running Android since the T-Mobile G1, and this seems like a half-fast plan doomed to fail.

There are reasons to run Android apps on Windows. Specifically, some popular Android messaging and social-media apps (such as TikTok) don't have native Windows versions. It may smooth your work- or life-flow to be able to interact with all of these apps using a physical keyboard and a single device.

But Microsoft can't get around Google's absolute, crushing dominance of the Android app world in the US. Although Android is an "open" platform (unlike iOS), nearly every Android phone outside China comes preloaded with Google Play. That makes Google's app store the default and often the only choice for most Android app developers.

I saw this when reviewing Amazon's most recent line of Fire tablets. The Fire HD 10 productivity bundle got absolutely slated as app after app wasn't available on the Amazon Appstore—Signal, Slack, Rome2Rio, Booking.com, Google Sheets, what have you. Those specific apps aren't a big deal on Windows, which has its own apps or terrific browser-based versions of those services. But when something awesome comes to Android, it often doesn't come to the Amazon Appstore. At all.

The best possible outcome of this is that the huge new audience of potential Windows users will revitalize the Amazon Appstore and lead app developers to put their products in there. That is a thing that could happen, sure. I wouldn't put money on that bet. Look at Microsoft itself for why: The official Windows app store has always had the entirety of the Windows 10 install-base to serve, and it isn't great.

Other non-Google Play Android app stores exist. In the US, they're the shady back-alleys of the Android world. Fdroid is all open-source software. APKMirror and similar sites basically rip app packages out of Google Play and repost them, often without permission. Because they're largely gray-market marketplaces, they lack checks for malware and fraud.

There are currently two major ways to run Android apps on a Windows PC. The Your Phone app, used with a Samsung Galaxy phone, lets you remote-control your phone's apps from your PC. You aren't really running the apps on your PC, but you can use them as if they were PC apps. That way, you can 'run' any app from the Google Play store. Until your phone isn't close to the PC, at least.

The second main way is with an Android emulator called Bluestacks. Bluestacks boots Android in a virtual machine on your Windows system and lets you drop in app files. Naturally, it largely relies on the Google Play store for the app files.

All of this happens in the context of the spectacular, ongoing litigation between Apple and Epic Games around Apple's app store being the only way to get apps on an iPhone.

Apple has been pushing the narrative that if people are allowed to download apps or subscribe to services by other means, its platform would become a sink of horrifying malware—you know, like Android is. Except that the Google Play Store isn't a sink of malware. Neither is the Amazon Appstore.

Rather, what would probably happen if sideloading was enabled is that a few big-time apps with their own brands, such as Epic Games and Netflix, would be able to stop paying Apple's 30% tax on purchases and subscriptions, the vast majority of smaller developers would stay in Apple's store, and no real competitor would develop in the US because of the power of defaults. No one really likes installing multiple app stores.

Apple doesn't want to admit this because it means its app-store argument is truly about revenue and not safety. However, the experience of the Amazon Appstore on Android shows it to be true. The power of defaults, and the weakness of Amazon's position in Android apps, make Microsoft's Windows 11 Android app plan into a curiosity rather than a major selling point.

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Windows 11: All the Major New Features!

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Windows 11 will be free to download. Here's how to make the update (if your device is compatible)

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Windows 11 is on the way, and if you're already a Windows 10 user, it will be free to upgrade to Microsoft's newly redesigned operating system, the company said in a blog post after its virtual event on Thursday. (Find everything you need to know about Windows 11 here.) So long as your PC meets the minimum requirements, you'll be able to update to Windows 11 the same way you usually update Windows 10 -- once it starts rolling out during the 2021 holiday season and into 2022 (we don't have an exact date yet). 

To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app. (Here's a set of full instructions for how to use the PC Health Check app and what information it will tell you.) And if you buy a new PC between now and the general release, that computer will also be eligible for the free upgrade. 

If you haven't updated to Windows 10 yet, don't worry -- there's a trick for downloading Windows 10 free that still works. Now would be a good time to make the switch to prepare your machine for the Windows 11 upgrade.

Read more: Android apps coming to Windows 11: Everything we know right now

Once Windows 11 becomes available, you'll download it the same way you would with any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and click Check for Updates. If available, you'll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install

If you want to test out Windows 11 ahead of time, an early beta version will be available next week for those in the Windows Insider Program, and a public beta will be released in July. However, we only recommend installing a beta if you have a second tester device -- not on your main device, as there are likely to be bugs. 

Windows 11 features a streamlined new design, with pastel-like colors, rounded corners, a new startup sound and overall a more Mac-like look. The Windows Start menu has moved from the bottom left of the screen to the middle, with app icons arranged in the center next to it. You'll also find lots of new desktop tools, like widgets that can give you at-a-glance information, and easier virtual desktop creation. And Android apps will be integrated into Windows and installable from the Microsoft Store. (Check out all of the best Windows 11 features and how to use them.) 

The update marks the first major change to Microsoft's operating system since Windows 10 launched back in 2015. Rumors about a major Windows redesign have been circulating for the past year. At the Microsoft Build developers conference on May 25, CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft was planning "one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade," confirming that a major change was on the horizon for the 1.3 billion users of the OS in 2021. And in mid-June, Microsoft quietly announced that it would end support for Windows 10 in 2025 as leaked images of Windows 11 spread.

For more, check out everything we wanted to see in Windows 11 but didn't, and all of the big differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11

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Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Windows 11 shouldn’t be Microsoft’s last OS release

TrustedReviews 01 July, 2021 - 01:37pm

Reports suggest Microsoft changed its mind following the events of the global pandemic, as it needed to react to new user behaviour and needs. Incoming dual-screen devices, such as the Surface Neo, have also prompted Microsoft to launch a new OS that supports such form factors.

But will there ever be a Windows 12? Microsoft may well stick to its guns and say that Windows 11 was only released because of unforeseen special circumstances, but I believe that move would be a mistake. The Windows 11 reveal showed that there’s a lot of benefit in releasing new iterations of operating systems rather than relying on incremental updates. 

Don’t get me wrong, I can absolutely see the appeal of sticking to one operating system and continuously updating it with minor upgrades, especially as you don’t need to worry about your system lacking support. But looking at Windows 10 now, I think this experiment has failed. 

I personally think Windows 10 has stagnated in the 5-year period it’s been available. It’s packed full of features that can rival macOS, but it also suffers a myriad of performance issues. Apps often crash, there are frequent slowdowns and the likes of the Microsoft Store have failed to remain competitive with rival services, with huge app omissions such as Disney Plus.

The Windows 10 design is also starting to look bland. Maybe it’s simply the case that I’ve become so accustomed to Windows 10 that I’m craving something new, but I’m very excited to see the aesthetic alterations once Windows 11 becomes available.

Windows 11 will also be 64-bit only. This unfortunately means less devices will support the new OS, but it also ensures Microsoft can start looking forward more than backwards for future innovations.

The main appeal of Windows 11 in my eyes, however, is that it’s been designed for a modern audience in 2021. Things have changed a lot since 2015. We now use far more cloud-based apps, we’re starting to see dual-screen form factors and Arm-based laptops are becoming more and more common. Windows 11 has been built with all of these factors in mind; the same can’t be said for for Windows 10.

And with Microsoft promising that users of ‘eligible Windows 10 PCs’ will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free, I don’t really see a downside of launching a new OS every 5-10 years or so. 

One consistent argument I’ve seen against the need for Windows 12 is that Microsoft is running out of ways to improve upon its operating system and will be unable to offer enough improvements to justify an entirely new iteration. I think that’s extremely short sighted. I’m sure we wouldn’t have envisioned that Windows would need to accommodate dual-screen devices back in 2015, yet look where we are now. 

I’m confident that by 2030, Microsoft will need to launch Windows 12 in order to better support emerging technology. It’s anyone’s guess what that could be, but the impact of the likes of AR glasses (check out Apple Glass), VR headsets and cloud platforms should not be underestimated and could change the way we interact with computers. Maybe such improvements could be handled by intermittent software patches, but as seen with the need for Windows 11, that’s not always possible. 

And let’s be honest, it’s pretty exciting to have an entirely new Windows OS rather than just another minor software update. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so psyched to be a Windows user, which is a little sad considering I see Apple fans get excited by new macOS features every year. 

I’m sure Windows 11 will be the go-to Microsoft OS for another six years at the absolute minimum, but I still believe Windows 12 is inevitable – and that’s a good thing. 

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Windows 11's Android app support is not as disappointing as you might think

BetaNews 01 July, 2021 - 01:37pm

Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11, the dust has settled, and the excitement has died down a little. Now it's time to look at what we know is going to be included in the latest version of the operating system, rather than guessing and speculating as we have had to do up to now. And when we do this, there various reasons to be disappointed.

We always knew -- or at least suspected -- that Windows 11 was not going to be a major change from Windows 10. It has already been dismissed by some as being little more than a theme pack or service pack, but there are new features. One of the things that generated quite some interest is support for Android apps, but hearts then sank after learning that rather than Google Play, apps will need to come from the Amazon app store. But there is some great news...

The problem is many of Windows 11's new features are simply not a great as they have been made out to be, or fail to go as far as people had been hoping. Android apps from Amazon Store is clearly nowhere near as appealing as Android apps from Google Play, but that's what Microsoft is offering.

At least that's what Microsoft has made a big deal about offering.

Just as is the case on Android phones, there is great interest in the ability to sideload Android apps in Windows 11. Will this be possible? Yes, is the word from Microsoft developer Miguel de Icaza on Twitter:

This is great news for anyone concerned about being limited by what's available from Amazon. It seems that so long as you can grab an APK from somewhere, it will run in Windows 11. But is this a good as it sounds?

BlueStacks is a company that has been making it possible to run Android app on Windows and macOS for a number of years, and it has voiced a concern that is echoed by others: "just because these apps are able to run on Windows 11 doesn’t mean they're usable".

The company goes further, comparing the situation to another cross-platform scenario:

We've seen many developers disable their games after the initial launch of iOS apps on Mac. It's likely devs will do the same with the Windows 11 announcement.

BlueStacks founder and CEO Rosen Sharma adds:

Microsoft is only at the beginning of its journey. Having done this for a decade, there are several fundamental problems you have to solve. From enabling support for machines that don't support touch to optimizing apps to run on machines of all drivers, graphic cards, and regions worldwide --companies need to build technology that supports developers and makes apps accessible to all.

The truth of the matter is that we will simply have to wait and see. While we can expect preview builds of Windows 11 in the fairly near future, it remains to be seen how long we have to wait to get access to Android apps.

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This Week in Gaming: Cyberpunk 2077, Windows 11, and the Abandoned conspiracy theory

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The week after E3 is usually a fairly quiet one in the world of gaming, and we’re all collectively holding our breath until the late summer shows — in this case EA Play and the rumored State of Play event. That said, there were a few notable stories this week.

Several months after it was removed from the PlayStation Store for being so buggy and almost unplayable, Cyberpunk 2077 has been restored. It’s now available to purchase for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users. However, there is a catch. Sony warns that the game is still not going to be optimal on the base PS4, and that only players with PS4 Pros or PS5s should play it.

In other Cyberpunk 2077 news, Microsoft has revealed that next month is the last possible date on which it will refund those who bought the game is July 6. Microsoft didn’t remove the game from its store following its troubled launch, but it did publicly offer refunds to anyone who bought the game and regretted it. Now that’s ending, so it looks like Cyberpunk 2077, in whatever form it’s in, is here to stay.

Microsoft revealed Windows 11 this week, and it has a myriad of new features. The company promises the new OS will be excellent for gamers and showed off one of the biggest new features it’ll have: Automatic high dynamic range for all games built on DirectX 11 or higher that don’t already have it. Essentially, games will look prettier on Windows 11 PCs, without the player or the game’s developers having to do any work to make it so. According to Microsoft, over 1000 games will support auto-HDR.

The Windows 11 presentation also carved out time to show off how Xbox Game Pass will be thoroughly integrated into the new paradigm, which Microsoft has tested with the new Xbox app on Windows 10. Microsoft also recently announced it’s updating its data centers with Xbox Series X hardware, which more or less means that games played via Xbox Cloud Gaming will look and play better. The Windows 11 Xbox app will also support xCloud gaming.

Chalk up another great acquisition by Microsoft. Kim Swift, the woman behind Portal and Left 4 Dead, is going to be helping Microsoft develop games specifically for the cloud. In case you don’t know who Kim Swift is, she’s the one who produced a portal-based student game called “Narbacular Drop” that eventually caught the interest of Gabe Newell and Valve. She went on to lead the team that created Portal and worked on several other Valve projects. Her most recent project, however, was with Google. She was part of Stadia’s internal development studio and was overseeing their games in development. Stadia shut down that project in February.

Games built for cloud, at least according to what Google has promised, are the future of gaming because the games are not bound to the hardware of a single PC or console, but can instead harness the vast power of the cloud for bigger worlds, better graphics, etc. Xbox Game Studios head Peter Wyse told Polygon that cloud-native games are next for Xbox: “We don’t know exactly what that looks like today, or what that even plays like… Kim is going to build a team focused on new experiences in the cloud, something that’s going to support our mission of bringing our Xbox games to connect 3 billion gamers to play our games.”

There’s an interesting trend in the world of gaming to attribute many things to being secretly the work of Hideo Kojima. Specifically, many who want to see Kojima make the Silent Hills game that was promised in his iconic P.T. game demo are quick to attach meaning to so-called clues that hint he’s doing just that. In this case, the studio that’s at the center of this is Blue Box Studios, which is making a horror game called Abandoned.

The studio has sworn up and down multiple times that it is not a smokescreen for a Silent Hill project, and director Hasan Kahraman even put up a video promising that he’s not secretly Hideo Kojima and he’s not working on Silent Hill, but the conspiracy just keeps growing. I almost feel sorry for Blue Box, as this whole thing all-but-ensures that Abandoned is not going to live up to the new Silent Hill game those who partake of this theory have built up in their heads.

What are your thoughts on the highlights of this week in the world of gaming? Let us know in the comments below!

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Microsoft adds Android to take on Apple

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (pictured) appeared to take a potshot at Apple by pledging to create a more open apps platform, as the company unveiled its latest Windows 11 operating system which will include access to Android services.

In a virtual event, Microsoft said Android apps will run natively on Windows 11 and will be downloadable from Amazon’s App Store, included in a new Windows Store embedded into the OS.

Microsoft added it partnered with Intel to use its Intel Bridge Technology to run Android apps on its devices, as the company attempts to compete with Apple, which is working on running iOS apps on macOS.

Apple, in particular, has faced criticism over how developers can make money through its app stores, as the company takes a 30 per cent cut on all follow-on sales such as subscriptions or in-game purchases.

It has since cut this to 15 per cent for smaller developers with annual revenues below $1 billion.

Developers have also taken issue with the fact Apple restricts them from providing links to other apps.

Microsoft itself was a victim of this, after Apple restricted it from operating an app which gave people access to play XBox cloud-based games on iOS.

Nadella stated Microsoft was working to create a “platform for platform creators”, and Windows had always stood “for sovereignty for creators and agency for consumers”.

“Today the world needs a more open platform, one that allows apps to become platforms in their own right,” he added.

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Windows users protest inability to move Windows 11 taskbar, begs Microsoft to reconsider - MSPoweruser

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When you upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, some users may find some long-standing Windows features no longer supported.

One of those is the ability to dock your taskbar not just to the bottom, but also top or side of your screen.

Microsoft has confirmed this feature is being deprecated, saying:

For most users this will not be an issue, but for some users who have become accustomed over years to have Windows their way the coming change have been quite worrying.

On Reddit user TPGJosh is asking Microsoft to reconsider, saying:

I’m staying far away. Switch to Linux when mine stops working and get a gaming laptop for essential windows games and programs.

Do any of our readers feel so passionately about the issue? Let us know in the comments below and see what else Microsoft is removing here.

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