New Windows 10 Dev Channel test build tweaks Start Menu, notifications, taskbar layout

Credit: Microsoft On July 1, Microsoft made available to testers in the Dev Channel (formerly known as Fast Ring) a new test build of Windows 10. That test build, No. 20161, includes a number of notable features, plus a lot of fixes and updates. Microsoft is adding what it calls…

Microsoft OneDrive updates include 100GB file size boost, dark mode, new admin controls

Microsoft has on Wednesday announced a slew of updates to OneDrive, including dark mode, an increase in file upload limit, and a bunch of new business and consumer features. In a blog post penned by Microsoft 365 GM Seth Patton, the new OneDrive features across Microsoft 365 have been touted…

Apple Silicon may have killed the PC as we know it

Apple has demonstrated the chip powering the iPad Pro is up to the job of powering the Mac and that a two-year-old A12X processor can run x86_64 code in emulation faster than Microsoft’s Surface Pro X can run an Arm version natively. And not by a little bit either. The…

Windows 10 2004’s new feature: First Nvidia, now AMD supports GPU scheduling

AMD has released a beta driver to support the Windows 10 May 2020 Update’s new feature, hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling. The new Windows 10 2004 feature reduces latency caused by buffering between the CPU and GPU. AMD this week added support for GPU scheduling in its Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition…

Is Microsoft done copying Apple?

I’ve been watching tech companies for well over a decade, and one thing that’s hard to overlook is how as soon as one company finds a green patch on the prairie, the others all try to horn in. Almost all companies do it, but the dynamic between Microsoft and Apple…

Programming language Python: Microsoft’s VS Code gets Pylance to ‘supercharge’ coding

Microsoft has released a new language server for Python called Pylance, which uses the Language Server Protocol to communicate with Microsoft’s popular open-source, cross-platform code editor, Visual Studio Code (VS Code). Pylance, now available as an extension on the Visual Studio Marketplace, delivers a “drastic improvement for the Python experience…

Google’s Android answer to Apple AirDrop: Nearby Share beta aims for easy file sharing

Google has released a beta of its long-awaited Android answer to Apple’s AirDrop for sending and sharing files wirelessly between devices. At the moment, the Android service dubbed Nearby Share, is in a limited trial for users who opt in to the Play Services beta. Apple’s AirDrop allows users to…

Microsoft removes the Windows 10 2004 block on Surface devices

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is releasing the block it placed on some Surface devices to prevent them from updating to the Windows 10 2004/May 20202 update The block prevented users of certain Microsoft-made Surface models, including Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, from manually downloading and installing Microsoft’s latest Windows…

Unscheduled fixes for critical Windows flaws delivered through rare channel

EnlargeMicrosoft Microsoft has published unscheduled fixes for two critical vulnerabilities that make it possible for attackers to execute malicious code on computers running any version of Windows 10. Unlike the vast majority of Windows patches, the ones released on Tuesday were delivered through the Microsoft Store. The normal channel for…

Microsoft to start rolling out automatically its new Edge browser to some education and business users

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is set to expand the rollout of its new Chromium-based Edge browser using Windows Update. After kicking off its Windows Update rollout of the new Edge for certain Windows 10 users earlier this month, Microsoft will start rolling out the new Edge browser to some education and…