Ex-Microsoft developer says Windows 11's Start Menu performance is 'comically bad'

Kosta Andreadis | Software & Apps | Apr 12, 2024 1:34 AM CDT

An ex-Windows developer has taken to social media to call out what they perceive as "comically bad" performance for the Start Menu in Windows 11. With an accompanying video that you can watch below, Andy Young showcases a laggy and unresponsive Windows 11 Start Menu running on his Intel Core i9-powered rig with 128GB of RAM.

Ex-Microsoft developer says Windows 11's Start Menu performance is 'comically bad'

Of course, this is anecdotal, and based on the nearly infinite hardware configurations that make up the modern Windows PC, there are bound to be issues. "I love Windows," Andy Young adds. "I helped build parts of it. I want it to be as good as it once was. If data suggests the software you build frustrates a significant percentage of users, it means there's work left to be done."

That last big issue is the amount of negative feedback, opinions, and criticism about Windows 11. Of course, in 2024, negativity is amplified online. After posting his critique on the Windows 11 Start Menu, Any Young notes that his posts received over 3 million impressions, an increase of 2,576%.

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Opera GX's official Cyberpunk 2077 mod makes it feel like you're browsing the web in Night City

Kosta Andreadis | Software & Apps | Apr 12, 2024 1:04 AM CDT

Modding and customizing software used to be a big thing a couple of decades ago, from Winamp skins that would transform the only music player you needed for a PC to Nintendo-themed Windows XP skins for GameCube games like Super Mario Sunshine and Metroid Prime. Customization still exists, from wallpapers to different colored themes, but this new Cyberpunk 2077 browser mod for Opera GX reminds us of the good old days.

Opera GX's official Cyberpunk 2077 mod makes it feel like you're browsing the web in Night City

Opera GX, designed for gamers, delivers a custom internet experience to its users. It allows users to change backgrounds and sound effects while offering CPU, RAM, and Network limiters to reduce browsers' resource-hungry nature. Thus, users can game and browse with minimal impact on performance.

The Cyberpunk 2077 mod for Opera GX is impressive. It features a live wallpaper (V in Night City alongside his Quadra Turbo-R V-Tech car) that dynamically changes and animates based on the time of day. The color, neon glow, and glare effects are all customizable, and the theme can also sync with RGB lighting from ASUS, Razer, Corsair, Logitech, and more.

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US government blames Microsoft for hackers stealing federal email accounts

Jak Connor | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Apr 12, 2024 12:38 AM CDT

Microsoft announced early last month that on January 12, 2024, it detected a security breach in its corporate email systems, which was traced back to the notorious hacking group Midnight Blizzard.

US government blames Microsoft for hackers stealing federal email accounts

The hacking group is known to be a Russia government-backed group that also goes by the name Nobelium, and the attack on Microsoft servers resulted in the group gaining access to federal government emails. Now, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the cybersecurity arm of the US government, has confirmed via a statement published on Thursday that federal government emails were stolen "through a successful compromise of Microsoft corporate email accounts."

"Midnight Blizzard's successful compromise of Microsoft corporate email accounts and the exfiltration of correspondence between agencies and Microsoft presents a grave and unacceptable risk to agencies," said CISA

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Todd Howard throws a wet blanket on Elder Scrolls TV show, but there's still hope

Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Apr 12, 2024 12:17 AM CDT

The new Fallout TV show streaming on Amazon Prime Video is getting very positive praise, leading fans of the Bethesda asking where an Elder Scrolls adaptation is, and if one is currently being made.

Todd Howard throws a wet blanket on Elder Scrolls TV show, but there's still hope

Todd Howard, the director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios, and mastermind behind both franchises, appeared on the red carpet and spoke to IGN about a possible Elder Scrolls TV show, which was first mentioned three years ago by Hollywood insider Daniel Ritchman who said Netflix were potentially working on such a show. Howard responded to the question by throwing a wet blanket on any hopes of a secret Elder Scrolls TV show being developed, "there's nothing in the works".

However, there is still hope for one. The Bethesda director, who is also an executive producer on the Fallout TV show, said he never thought a Fallout TV show was going to work until presented with the right idea and person behind the camera. In the instance of the Fallout TV show this person was Christopher Nolan's brother, Jonathan Nolan, the creator of Westworld, Person of Interest, and a writer on Interstellar, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight.

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Microsoft kills support for most popular operating system, users now get full-screen ads

Jak Connor | Software & Apps | Apr 12, 2024 12:01 AM CDT

In February, Microsoft announced its killing support for Windows 10, its most popular operating system, and users of that OS are now receiving full-screen advertisements informing them to upgrade to Windows 11.

Microsoft kills support for most popular operating system, users now get full-screen ads

Microsoft announced its ending support for Windows 10 on October 14, 2025, and users of the operating system are now recommended to start the migration process over to the company's latest version of Windows, Windows 11. Notably, as of early December, Windows 10 held a massive 71.64% market share, which hasn't changed from figures in September 2023 and September 2022. However, as of February 2024, the market share for Windows 10 dropped to 67% compared to Windows 11 at 26%.

In an effort to make the transition more known to users, Microsoft has decided to start displaying full-screen advertisements to Windows 10 users, with one user taking to Reddit to share the above image that details the company's decision to end support for the popular operating system on October 14, 2025. Furthermore, the advertisement doesn't appear to have a "never remind me again" option, only "remind me later," meaning users will likely get the full-screen ad randomly in the future.

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GTA+ price increased by 33%, was $5.99 now $7.99 per month

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 11, 2024 10:36 PM CDT

First game prices jumped to $70, now game subscriptions are next in line for a price hike.

GTA+ price increased by 33%, was $5.99 now $7.99 per month

The games industry is currently going through a universal cost adjustment, and like any publicly-traded companies, video games firms are passing those higher prices down to consumers. Years after the Gen9 console generation introduced the new $70 MSRP for software, we're now seeing game subscriptions hiking up monthly price tags as the services mature (and as the companies aim for more profit).

Over the last few years, we've seen both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass increase in price across most subscription plans (except for the PC Game Pass tier). Ubisoft splintered its subscription, and Electronic Arts just raised prices of its EA Play Pro sub to a similar monthly price point. All of these services are nose-to-nose with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which offers access to hundreds of games for $16.99 a month.

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Apple to allow retro game emulators on iOS

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 11, 2024 6:06 PM CDT

Apple makes a pre-emptive change in its App Store policies in an effort to head off negative effects from the European Union's new Digital Markets Act (DMA) legislation.

Apple to allow retro game emulators on iOS

The EU's new DMA is changing the face of the digital world as we know it. European lawmakers have used the new act to crack open Apple's ill-favored App Store policies and force some pretty big changes. The biggest shake-up is that Apple must now allow app developers to sell their apps and content on independent third-party stores on iOS, a move that allows developers to circumvent Apple's 30% commission fee.

As part of Apple's DMA-sparked changes, retro game emulators will now be unbanned on the App Store and users are free to download and use them.

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Microsoft is 'full speed ahead' on next-gen Xbox console

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 11, 2024 5:10 PM CDT

Microsoft is 'full speed ahead' on its next-gen Xbox hardware, which is said to be the most technologically-advanced console ever made.

Microsoft is 'full speed ahead' on next-gen Xbox console

Microsoft has officially made some big decisions around the next Xbox console. FTC vs MSFT court leaks from 2023 showed that Microsoft was thinking about using ARM CPUs and potentially hybrid compute solutions (side note: new Windows Surface tablets are using ARM).

There's also mention of the new Gen10 Xbox potentially having an NPU, or a Neural Processing Unit, which is a dedicated chip used expressly for AI. The idea is that the NPU could handle specific AI-oriented tasks and free up the CPU and GPU for more important tasks like rendering and processing assets.

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Good news: Microsoft will continue focusing on the most important thing for Xbox consoles

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 11, 2024 4:37 PM CDT

Microsoft isn't giving up on consoles any time soon.

Good news: Microsoft will continue focusing on the most important thing for Xbox consoles

Xbox's new president Sarah Bond has set up a new team to oversee what is arguably the most important thing for Xbox consoles: Backwards compatibility. The news comes by way of Windows Central's Jez Corden, who was told that the new division would focus on software compatibility between console generations.

The idea is to continue to carry forward the Xbox legacy across multiple hardware generations, where the software can be re-sold/re-packaged to consumers as standalone game sales or within subscriptions. Microsoft's commitment in this space has led to 4 generations of Xbox games being playable on the Series X/S generation, and Gen10 Xboxes could bump that up to that 5 generations of support. Also, let's not forget Microsoft wants to create a Universal Store that sells games and content across all consumer endpoints, including everything from mobile phones to PCs and consoles.

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New Destiny 3 rumor: No classes, new full game, in development since Witch Queen

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 11, 2024 4:02 PM CDT

New reports may give clues on what's next for Destiny.

New Destiny 3 rumor: No classes, new full game, in development since Witch Queen

It sounds like a numbered Destiny sequel may be back on the table. New reports say that Bungie was (or may currently be) working on Destiny 3, which was being crafted under the codename Payback. The info comes by way of a mysterious Redditor whose prophetic words proved to be eerily accurate--they predicted Destiny 2's Prism subclass feature a month before it was revealed.

With this proven win under their belt, everyone is now taking the user seriously and looking into what else is being said about Destiny. According to the source of the leaks, Destiny 3 would essentially remove all barriers to character classes. Abilities and powers would no longer be exclusively available to certain classes--at least that's how it was described.

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