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In less than three weeks, on October 5, 2021, Microsoft is launching its next generation of Windows, but that is not the only product the Software giant is about to ship. Alongside Windows 11, Microsoft will launch Office 2021 - the next perpetual version of the Office apps that does not require a Microsoft 365 subscription.
Microsoft today released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.194 to the Beta Channel and commercial PCs in the Release Preview Channel. It includes the following apps with an updated design: Snipping Tool, Calculator, and Clock with Focus Sessions.
Alongside build 22458 in the Dev channel, Microsoft released a new version of the Tips app. The update brings redesigned UI and more than a hundred tips and tricks to help you get acquainted with the latest operating system from Microsoft. After updating the app, you will find different categories with a brief explanation of each tip and an animation to show it in action.
The latest Windows 11 preview build from the Dev channel does not bring many exciting features. In fact, the only visible change (the "Sign-in Options" button in the power menu) is confusingly available in previous builds. What is more important is the fact that build 22458 flags your Windows 11 installation as incompatible if your computer or a virtual machine has no TPM 2.0 according to Windows 11 hardware requirements.
Today, Microsoft finally released a major update for its Edge browser on iOS. After prolonged testing, version 93.961.47 is rolling to all Edge Stable users on iPhone and iPad.
Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 11, build 22458, to Windows Insider participants on the Dev Channel. Microsoft is currently releasing builds from the active development branch (RS_PRERELEASE) to the Dev channel. It means they no longer belong to the version of Windows 11, which will be released on October 5th.
Microsoft has been pushing password-less experiences since 2015 when the company introduced Windows 10. The company offers Windows Hello as a better, more secure way to sign in into Windows, apps, and accounts. Also, Microsoft continuously tries to encourage users to opt for its Authenticator app for improved security. The main pitch is that regular passwords are insecure in the modern world and too easy to crack using various techniques. Also, many people tend to use a single password for many accounts, which further increases the risks of identity theft and data loss. Microsoft Authenticator and Windows Hello are safer, more reliable, and plain less annoying.
In 2007, Microsoft introduced Silverlight - a framework for developing rich web applications, similar to how Adobe Flash operates. Apart from offering Silverlight for media streaming services (Netflix used Silverlight before ditching it in favor of HTML5 in 2013), Microsoft used it as one of the development platforms for now-deceased Windows Phone. Just like the latter bit the dust in 2015, Microsoft is now ending support for Silverlight. The company announced its plans to pull the plug on Silverlight on October 12, 2021.
Vivaldi Technologies released another major update for its browser. Version 4.2 improves built-in private translator and QR-codes generator.
As you may already know, one of new features in Windows 11 and the appropriate Server product is SMB compression. It allows an administrator, user, or application to request compression of files as they transfer over the network.