Qualcomm has an exclusive agreement with Microsoft for Windows on ARM

XDA reports that Qualcomm has an exclusive agreement with Microsoft for Windows on ARM, made several years ago. Due to that agreement, all devices running this version of the popular OS are only based on Snapdragon chips. One more interesting thing is the agreement is expiring very soon.

November Firmware Update for Xbox Series X, S and Xbox One

Microsoft has announced the November November firmware update for Xbox consoles, available for both the Xbox Series X and S and the entire Xbox One family. It includes new color filters, improved audio output, reduced input lag and Bluetooth Low Energy support for older controllers.

November 2021 firmware update is available for Surface Duo 2

Earlier this month, Microsoft released November 2021 firmware update for the first-gen Surface Duo. As with many previous updates, this month's release contained nothing but general Android security patches without device-specific improvements or bug fixes. Now the same update is available for the second-gen Surface Duo, released in September 2021. And "the same" means literally the same—only Android security updates.

Microsoft stopped supporting several Surface computers released from 2015 to 2017

All new Surface computers get four years of active support. During those four years, Microsoft releases new drivers and firmware updates with various improvements, fixes, and security patches. This month, Microsoft stopped supporting a bunch of Surface computers released from 2015 to 2017. Some of those Surface computers ended their lifecycles with more than six years of support.

Surface Duo and AMD-based Laptop 4 received November firmware updates

The November 2021 update roundup for Surface devices continues with the original Surface Duo and AMD-based Surface Laptop joining the party. Here is what is new in the November 2021 update for the first-gen dual-screen smartphone from Microsoft and the fourth-gen Surface Laptop with AMD CPUs.

Intel removed DX12 support from fourth-gen CPUs to fix a security issue

In a somewhat radical move, Intel decided to purge the DirectX 12 support from old Haswell-based processors. Beginning with the driver, integrated graphics in fourth-gen Intel CPUs no longer work with the latest graphics APIs from Microsoft. The chipmaker says they had to remove the DirectX 12 support to fix a security issue.