Windows 11 Build 23545 (Dev) disables the annoying search pop-up

Along with Canary, there is also an update in the Dev channel today. It now hosts Windows 11 Build 23545, which disables the controversial auto-open search pane on taskbar hover feature. However, it may now directly open Bing for you!  It also allows setting a friendly name for your device when its particiaptes in nearby sharing.

Emergency Chrome update fixes critical WebP vulnerability

Slightly over 24 hours ago, Google rolled out an update for Chrome, specifically addressing the critical vulnerability CVE-2023-4863 in the WebP image format. This vulnerability had been reported by experts from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. The update applies to both the stable and extended branches, with versions 116.0.5845.187 available for Mac and Linux, and 116.0.5845.187/.188 for Windows. Notably, cybercriminals have already exploited this vulnerability.

Windows 11 Build 22631.2338 (Beta) adds Focus widget, renames Chat app

Microsoft yesterday released Windows 11 Build 22631.2338 in Beta. It comes as the KB5030305 patch, and includes a new Focus widget. With this release, the taskbar Chat button has got a new name and now says Microsoft Teams - Free. There are also several improvements and fixes.

September 2023 Cumulative Updates for Windows 11 and 10

Patch Tuesday's updates are now available for both Windows 11 and Windows 10. These patches aren't aimed to bring with them drastic changes to the OS and its features. But still you will notice some new behavior. For example, Windows 22H2 will now automatically open the search pane when you hover over the taskbar.

Microsoft has ended support for the first-generation Surface Duo

Microsoft has officially ended support for the first-generation Surface Duo foldable smartphone, marking the conclusion of updates and security patches for the device. During its three-year lifespan, the Surface Duo received just two major operating system updates, which is notably fewer than what most flagship Android smartphones typically receive.

Skype Insider now allows rewriting your messages with AI as you type

Microsoft has released a major Skype update in app's Insider version. It comes with tight integration with Bing AI that will allow you to rewrite your messages with a selected style and tone. Skype will do it on-the-fly by showing a suggestion overlay. With it, you can express your mind more fluently.

Microsoft to stop distributing printer drivers on Windows Update

In the near future, Microsoft will stop distributing third-party printer drivers through Windows Update. This decision was made due to the introduction of native support for Mopria compatible printer drivers in Windows 10 21H2, which can be used with any USB or Ethernet connected printers. The Microsoft IPP Class Driver offers basic printing functionality without requiring additional software installation.

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