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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.
Microsoft is now pushing out its first Windows 11 Preview Build, and with it the company is admitting fault with its "PC Health Check" app and addressing users' concerns with it.
In a new post on its official blog, Microsoft explains: "The intention of today's post is to acknowledge and clarify the confusion caused by our PC Health Check tool, share more details as to why we updated the system requirements for Windows 11 and set the path for how we will learn and adjust".
The post continues: "PC Health Check app was intended to help people check if their current Windows 10 PC could upgrade to Windows 11. Based on the feedback so far, we acknowledge that it was not fully prepared to share the level of detail or accuracy you expected from us on why a Windows 10 PC doesn't meet upgrade requirements".
Microsoft has followed through with its promises of releasing the first Windows 11 Preview Build for its Insiders on the Dev Channel.
Windows 11 Build 22000.51 is available and while this is the very latest version of Microsoft's operating system, it won't pack all of the new features and functions that Windows 11 will have when it releases officially later this year. But, there are still some great things to play around with inside of Windows 11 Build 22000.51 now that it's out.
Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc of the Windows development team wrote explains: "As we finalize the product over the coming months, we will work with you to validate the experience. You will get to try many, but not all, of the new features we showed last week in this early preview".
It looks like PC gamers are in for a treat with Windows 11, with Microsoft aiming for its latest operating system to be the "the best Windows ever for gaming".
During the Windows 11 reveal, Xbox corporate vice president for game creator experience and ecosystem, Sarah Bond, said that Windows 11 is "the best Windows ever for gaming". Microsoft is building the Xbox Game Pass "right into Windows 11" which is going to be a huge contributor to Windows 11 and its "best Windows ever for gaming" marketing.
Xbox Games Pass being built directly into Windows 10 doesn't just give you everything on Xbox ala carte, but rather it will let gamers "play the highest-fidelity fames on all PCs". If you sign up for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, then you'll get access to cloud streaming.
Microsoft is still months away from the official release of Windows 11, but between now and then we can expect a flurry of betas to hit Windows Insiders -- giving us a nice hype ramp over the coming months to the full release of Windows 11.
Windows 11 beta builds will begin going out to Windows Insiders starting June 28, 2021 -- just days from now. The early build of Windows 11 going out to Windows Insiders isn't the full Windows 11 though, as it'll be missing features -- which features we don't know just yet -- and not providing the full Windows 11 experience.
You can join the Windows Insider program, if you've got Windows 10 installed -- and if you've got the right hardware. You can sign up to the Windows Insider program on the official website, or if you type "Windows Insider" into the Search bar on Windows 10 you can do it all from there.