Author Archives: Taras Buria

About Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

Mica Blur Effect In Microsoft Word On Windows 11

Microsoft Word has got the Mica blur effect on Windows 11

Earlier this week, Microsoft started rolling out redesigned Office apps in the stable channel, offering users a much-improved Windows 11-like UI. The company announced a fresh coat of paint for the Office apps alongside the Windows 11 reveal, and both are now publicly available. Still, one part of the promised Office redesign is missing in the stable channel: the Mica effect. Microsoft is currently testing the new "material" in the Office Insiders program. Continue reading

Edge for Linux has an exclusive hidden easter egg in the Surf game

You can play the Tux character exclusively on Linux when in the Surf Game of Edge browser.

Despite sharing a common rendering engine with Google Chrome, Microsoft had to cut off and replace many of Google's technologies and software pieces when developing a Chromium-based Edge. One of the things Microsoft ditched in Edge Chromium is a built-in Dino game you can play when the Internet is down (or using the chrome://dino URL). Instead of a somewhat primitive monochrome game in Chrome, Edge offers a much more engaging Surf game, a throwback to the classic Windows SkiFree game. Continue reading

How to Change How Long Notifications Stay Open in Windows 11

Here is how to change how long notifications stay on the screen in Windows 11. Windows 11 keeps notifications on your display for 5 seconds by default. After that, the operating system moves notifications to the notification center, unless it is an important notification that requires action, such as an update prompt, alarm, or reminder.

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Edge for Android is getting additional security prompts for autofill

Desktop versions of Microsoft Edge can make your personal data safer by requiring additional authentication before auto-filling passwords, payment methods, and other info. This feature arrived in Edge earlier this year, and the browser allows enabling or disabling it. The same capability is now coming soon to Edge on Android. Continue reading

Chrome may soon apply Windows Accent color to its UI elements

Google Chrome is not the most customization-friendly browser (we are looking at you, Vivaldi), but it offers a fair share of options to make the browsing experience a little more personal. You can apply various themes and switch between dark and light modes. It appears that in future updates, Chrome will offer its users more personalization options. Continue reading

Microsoft launched a virtual museum to commemorate 20 years of Xbox

In 2021, Microsoft celebrates two decades of Xbox—one of the most iconic products from the software giant. To commemorate such a milestone, Microsoft launched a virtual museum of Xbox history. It allows everyone to learn the story of Xbox and dig deeper into four generations of Microsoft consoles, plus visit a separate section dedicated to Halo. The museum is available inside a 3D space you can access and walk through using any modern browser. Continue reading

Edge Surf game gets limited-time skiing theme

Microsoft Edge Chromium has a hidden built-in game called Surf, where you can kill some time when the Internet is down. The company announced the game alongside the new logo for Edge back in early 2020. Now, on the eve of the 2021 holiday season, developers introduced a reskinned version of Edge Surf. Users can now swap a surfing board for a set of skis and hit the slopes in an attempt to set the highest score. Continue reading

Super-Duper Secure Mode is now available in Edge Stable

After a couple of months of extensive testing and numerous improvements, Microsoft finally released Super-Duper Secure Mode (SDSM) for all users in the Stable channel. The feature arrived without much fanfare in the latest version of Microsoft Edge, which, by the time of writing, is 96.0.1054.29. To check your Microsoft Edge version, go to edge://settings/help. Continue reading