Winaero Tweaker is a free app for all versions of Windows that lets you adjust (i.e. tweak) hidden secret settings that Microsoft does not let you adjust from the user interface. In addition, it allows you to add extra value to existing Windows apps and tools with advanced context menus, options, and handy commands.
It is a powerful system utility that supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11 and includes hundreds of settings. It also includes many options that were earlier available exclusively in my standalone applications.
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Besides Winaero Tweaker, there are a number of other useful freeware tools created by Winaero. Check them out here: Winaero apps.
Microsoft is about to improve Edge with a better PDF viewer. This time it will be based on Adobe Acrobat. It will make the browser more compatible with PDF as well as improve its security and performance.
Microsoft has announced a new version of the Bing search engine that comes bundled with the latest version of the ChatGPT chatbot from OpenAI. As you could expect, Microsoft Edge will also have AI-powered features via tighter integration with Bing.
Insiders who run Windows 11 in the Dev channel started to receive a newer Paint app. While it doesn't bring with it any drastic UI change, there is an updated properties dialog. It better fits the appearance of the OS and doesn't look aged.
Microsoft has announced a special press event to be held at the company's headquarters in Redmond. The event will be in-person, at starts February 7, at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 21:00 UTC+3. It is assumed that they will talk about the rumored ChatGPT integration into Bing and its broader partnership with OpenAI, although there is no official confirmation yet.
According to Cloudflare Radar, Firefox's share rose to 5.9%, showing an increase of 0.1% in the last 7 days and 0.11% in a month. The share of Chrome is 30.3%, Chrome Mobile - 26.7%, Mobile Safari - 11.1%, Chrome Mobile Webview - 6.1%, Edge - 4.7%, Facebook - 3.4%, Safari - 3.4%. These values are much different from Statcounter, which currently shows Firefox's share is declining to 3%.
The latest Insider Preview releases of Edge sport a new feature called "Discover". It appears are a new button next to the menu button with a glowing star. Clicking it displays a huge pane with some content you would find interesting to learn, of course in opinion of the browser.
Starting in Windows 11 version 22H2, the RTF Document has disappeared from the New menu in File Explorer. If you frequently create Rich Text documents, the missing item can be an inconvenience. Luckily, you can easily restore it.
Some screenshots of Microsoft Bing integrated with ChatGPT found their path to the Internet. A user reportedly managed to get access to the preliminary version of the search service for some brief moment of time before it was shut off.
Despite Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are no longer supported by Microsoft, here's an updated version of my classic app, Start Screen Color Tuner 1.1. The release doesn't app anything new besides a bug fix. A user reported that the app fails to detect Windows 8.1 to him. I checked out the source code and found out that the manifest file is not part of the project. So I re-added it and recompiled the app.
Microsoft has released new preview builds of Windows 11, version 22H2, to Insiders in the Beta channel. They come with KB5023008; Build 22623.1250 includes new features, while Build 22621.1250 has new features disabled by default.