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Did you know you can now run Android apps on Windows 11? Well, if you didn't know -- now you do -- and if you did, do you know what hardware you need to run Android apps on Windows 11? It's not much.
Microsoft recommends that you have an Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPU -- or if you're a laptop user, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c or above. There's also a requirement for an SSD, and 8GB of RAM -- although 16GB of RAM is recommended -- and would make your system much smoother overall, let alone run Android apps in Windows 11 smoother.
You'll need to install the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store, onto Windows 11 before you can run Google's mobile operating system -- Android -- and its apps. What a mess... using Amazon through Microsoft to access a Google product, to run on a Microsoft operating system. Okie dokie.
It seems that most people aren't upgrading to Microsoft's latest version of its operating system, with less than 1% of PC users upgrading to Windows 11.
This is according to Lansweeper, an IT asset management firm, which says only 0.21% of PC users are running Windows 11. This is flying in the face of Microsoft offering Windows 11 as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users and comes days after Microsoft CEO Nadella Satya off-loaded over half of his Microsoft stock.
Lansweeper investigated data from over 10 million Windows devices in both businesses, and home users, finding that Windows 11 is the 5th most popular OS overall. Hell, there are more people using both Windows 8 (ugh) and Windows XP than there are people running Windows 11. There's 3.62% of people running Windows XP, and 0.95% running Windows 8.
Windows 11 is now officially here and right after Microsoft's new operating system launched, an update was pushed out that reduced AMD Ryzen CPU gaming performance by up to 15% on some systems.
Microsoft is working on a fix for the Windows 11 update, that will boost performance back up on AMD Ryzen processors. The company notes there's an issue with high L3 cache latency, which reduces gaming performance by up to 15% depending on the AMD Ryzen CPU being used.
In some testing, the folks at TechPowerUp found that the L3 cache latency that normally is at 10ns is at a much higher 31.9ns in the new Windows 11 update on the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor. Before the update, the latency was at 17ns... quite the increase.
Steve Jobs first approached Dell back when he founded NeXT back in 1985, where he wanted Dell to partner with his new company and run the NeXT operating system on Dell PCs.
At the time, the former Apple CEO said that the NeXT operating system was superior to Windows, but Dell founder and current CEO Michael Dell said he told Jobs at the time that it just wasn't going to happen because there was no software for it and "zero customer interest".
Dell talked about Jobs in his new book "Play Nice But Win" where Dell talks about how as a teenager, he was in love with the Apple II. He talks about meeting Jobs and how he asked Dell to license the Mac operating system and use it on Intel-based Dell PCs. In the end, Dell and Apple became competitors and both have enjoyed meteoric rises over the last couple of decades since Jobs asked Dell to put Mac OS on Dell systems powered with Intel processors.
The very latest Windows Insider build for Windows 11 is here,r with built 22454 now available through updates, downloads, and ISO files if you want to fresh install Windows 11 onto your machine.
The new Windows 11 build 22454 IFOs are available for those in the Windows Insider program, and are signed up to the Dev Channel. Microsoft has a new OOBE (out of box experience) that the company details is "designed to build excitement for Windows 11 right from the moment you first turn on a new Windows 11 PC for the very first time".
If you want to know more about the Windows Insider Program, there's some info on that below -- while you'll need to download the Windows 11 ISO files here. The ISO file is a 4.5GB download.
Windows 11 will have a myriad of improvements under the OS hood to make your PC faster than ever before, with new UI and system-wide animations that will make your OS smoother, faster, and more responsive.
Not only that, but inside of Windows 11 are optimizations that will improve memory usage, CPU usage, and more. In a new video, vice president of Enterprise Management of Microsoft -- Steve Dispensa -- explains that Windows 11 has an average of 32% on memory usage, and 37% on CPU usage.
Microsoft put considerable effort into Windows 11 and its hibernation and wake-up times, with an Intel 8th Gen Core CPU and up as well as near-instantaneous wake-up time. This will bring Microsoft to the same level as ARM-based always-on devices from the likes of Qualcomm with its Snapdragon-powered Windows devices.
Microsoft has revealed its official release date for Windows 11, with the next-gen version of Windows being unleashed on October 5, 2021.
This means that new PCs and laptops with Windows 11 pre-installed will go on sale on October 5, while free upgrades to Windows 11 from Windows 10 will begin. If you're impatient, all you'll have to do on your PC is going to Settings > Windows Update > Check For Updates.
Microsoft expects all eligible devices to be offered their free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022, and you'll be notified of this when your time has come. As I said above, if you're impatient you can check manually whenever you want.
Microsoft has quite the operating system on its hands with Windows 11, which isn't even in finished form yet -- but the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build has just been updated.
The new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.120 is here, and it has a bucket load of changes, fixes, improvements, and more. There is the introduction of the new Family widget for MSA accounts, in all Windows languages and regions -- it lets you keep an eye on all of the recent activity of people inside of your Microsoft family group.
Smaller tweaks include adjustments on how the close button looks in the Taskbar preview windows, or when changing backgrounds for Desktops -- if you've got Settings open, using Choose Background via Task View will now force Settings to move to whichever Desktop you're actually working on. Nice little touches here and there.
Microsoft has accused an Israeli group of hackers of creating and selling tools that can hack into Microsoft Windows.
According to Microsoft and technology human rights group Citizen Lab, the hacking group named Candiru has created software that is able to hack into Microsoft Windows to exploit it. Citizen Lab's security researchers showed how the tool has spread around the globe and how it was used to "target various civil society organizations, including a Saudi dissident group and a left-leaning Indonesian news outlet", per Reuters.
Microsoft has already fixed the flaws that Candiru was exploiting. However, Microsoft didn't give Candiru the credit of naming the group directly. Instead, Microsoft said it was an "Israel-based private sector offensive actor" that has been codenamed Sourgum. Microsoft wrote in a blog post, "Sourgum generally sells cyberweapons that enable its customers, often government agencies around the world, to hack into their targets' computers, phones, network infrastructure, and internet-connected devices."
Microsoft has come out of the gates hot by urging all Windows users to update their operating systems "immediately".
The grave warning from Microsoft has come after a serious security flaw was identified in Windows. The flaw is known as PrintNightmare targets the Windows Print Spooler service, and researchers from the cyber-security company named Sangfor published a how-to guide for hackers to exploit it. Microsoft has said that hackers that exploit this flaw in Windows may be able to install programs on the PC, view/delete the PC's data, and even create new user accounts.
To fix this security flaw, Microsoft has asked all Windows users to perform an update immediately. If you are a Windows 7 user, and you thought this security flaw was just for Windows 10 users - you thought wrong. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 and has yet still issued an update patching this security flaw. The fact that Microsoft has rolled out an update for an operating system that they officially aren't supporting anymore really highlights the severity of the PrintNightmare security flaw.