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Windows 11 update adds a much-wanted feature and fixes a nasty glitch with Chrome videos

Darren Allan | May 30, 2024 12:29 PM CDT

As the month of May draws to a close, Windows 11 has just got its latest preview update, and this optional effort might be picked up by more users than normal, seeing as it brings in a couple of keenly awaited pieces of work.

Windows 11 update adds a much-wanted feature and fixes a nasty glitch with Chrome videos

Patch KB5037853, for Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 23H2, introduces a bunch of features and fixes, but something that a lot of folks have been waiting for is drag and drop functionality in the File Explorer address bar.

This means you can now drag a file out of a folder, and into another folder on the address bar at the top of the window (where the file path is displayed). It's a convenient shortcut for moving files sometimes, and one that Windows 11 users missed, or at least some certainly did. So, it's good to see this basic piece of functionality now present in File Explorer.

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Microsoft confirms the Windows 11 features that are getting axed in the 24H2 update

Darren Allan | May 29, 2024 2:01 PM CDT

Windows 11 is continually evolving, and that doesn't just mean adding new features (AI, more AI, and, oh yes, yet more AI) but also taking some away.

Microsoft confirms the Windows 11 features that are getting axed in the 24H2 update

With every major release, certain features get the chop, and with the 24H2 update now in the final stretch of testing, Sweclokers (via PC Gamer) picked up on what's been ditched in the preview build which is the release candidate for this upgrade.

In the 24H2 update, we are waving goodbye to WordPad, and as you may recall, that was previously announced - as were all these revelations (this is just final confirmation that they're being removed from Windows 11, essentially).

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Windows 10 wallpaper and the astonishing truth behind the iconic image

Jak Connor | May 29, 2024 10:50 AM CDT

Windows 10 is easily Microsoft's most-popular operating system, accounting for more than 70% of all Windows users, but what are the chances that all of those millions of Windows 10 users know the truth about the classic default background for the operating system. I would guess, very little of them do.

Windows 10 wallpaper and the astonishing truth behind the iconic image

The release of Windows 10 came at a time when users were making their way through the trainwreck that was Windows 8, which even pushed many users back to Windows 7 - a renowned operating system. Windows 10 was a breathe of fresh air when it released and that is part of the reason why its still Microsoft's most-popular operating system.

All of these Windows 10 systems had at one stage or another, the classic Windows 10 default background wallpaper that many - and I would guess more than 90% - thought was a simple computer generated image. However, that isn't the case. The Windows 10 default wallpaper is actually a real photograph and the process to capture it was quite lengthy. First the team behind the image arranged a laser projector behind a large Windows 10 logo. The lasers were fired through the windows while volumetric smoke was released.

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Windows 10 users, prepare for more nagging: Microsoft ramps up drive to upgrade to Windows 11

Darren Allan | May 28, 2024 2:10 PM CDT

If you're fed up with Microsoft trying to persuade you to upgrade from Windows 10 to its newest operating system, well, we've got some bad news - it seems more nagging is underway.

Windows 10 users, prepare for more nagging: Microsoft ramps up drive to upgrade to Windows 11

In fact, this appears to be a fresh drive to try to stoke Windows 11 adoption, which as you may have noticed is flagging of late (and it was never going all that well at any point, certainly not compared to how Windows 10 took off back in the day).

It includes something that just popped up on our Windows 10 PC, namely a 'campaign' icon that appeared on our taskbar, invoking a full-screen message (see above) telling us our PC isn't eligible for a Windows 11 upgrade. (Because we haven't sorted the TPM out - not wanting to upgrade this device yet, anyway).

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Uh-oh, after 30 years the original instant messaging service ICQ is shutting down

Kosta Andreadis | May 27, 2024 9:32 PM CDT

If you've been using a PC and going online since the days of dial-up modems and first-gen broadband, then you'll probably remember ICQ - one of the very first instant messaging apps for Windows. If that's the case, you'd probably be surprised to learn that ICQ is still around, though not for long.

Uh-oh, after 30 years the original instant messaging service ICQ is shutting down

The app's official site has a simple message: "ICQ will stop working from June 26." This is a big "Uh-Oh" to those still using the service; one of the reasons ICQ became so memorable was its "Uh-Oh" sound that played whenever you received a message. If you're still on the platform, the site suggests migrating to VK messaging apps and services - the Russian media company that acquired ICQ from AOL back in 2010.

Fun fact: AOL, or America Online, acquired ICQ in 1998 for a cool $400 million, which shows how prevalent the app was during the early days of the Internet. Although it's time is finally coming to an end, ICQ has managed to outlast its rivals like MSN Messenger or Yahoo Messenger.

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Microsoft's PC optimization tool might be a default app on your Windows 11 PC before too long

Darren Allan | May 24, 2024 2:02 PM CDT

Windows 11 looks like it may have a new default app in the future, or at least there are early signs in testing that this is the case - with a notable caveat.

Microsoft's PC optimization tool might be a default app on your Windows 11 PC before too long

The app in question is PC Manager, and it's an optimization app along the lines of CCleaner, but as it's Microsoft's own take on the idea, there are some dubious additions here. Most notably suggested fixes like a 'repair' for your PC that involves making Bing the default search in Edge.

We shouldn't get carried away, though, as for now, PC Manager is only being turned into a default app in Windows 11 in China (and that's just in testing, with the current incarnation of the Windows 11 24H2 update for that matter).

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The Mac's terrible System Settings app is getting an overhaul in macOS, report claims

Oliver Haslam | May 23, 2024 2:45 PM CDT

If Apple sticks to the tried and tested plans of recent years we can expect it to release a slew of new software updates this fall, one of which will surely be the macOS 15 software for the Mac computers. Apple is set to preview the changes at WWDC on June 10, but we might not have to wait that long to get a feel for what's in store.

The Mac's terrible System Settings app is getting an overhaul in macOS, report claims

According to a new report by AppleInsider, Apple is planning a number of changes for the big release including one that will be welcome news to many. The System Settings app has been lambasted by many since it replaced the familiar System Preferences, and now the report says that Apple intends to make some changes this year.

One of the changes coming to System Settings is the removal of the Apple ID section with a new Apple Account section taking its place. There are also going to be changes throughout the System Settings app to accommodate new Apple Account settings and features, we're told, with new animations or redesigned interface elements arriving. AppleInsider also believes that the Apple Account rebrand will see the arrival of a new feature called Printable Account Recovery Summary, or PARS. It's not yet clear what that feature will be but it's likely designed to give users easier access to important account information.

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Windows 11 24H2 is in final testing - and it unshackles Copilot, turning the AI into a full app

Darren Allan | May 23, 2024 11:48 AM CDT

Windows 11 24H2 is entering the final phase of testing ahead of its likely fall release later this year, and Microsoft has made a big move with Copilot.

Windows 11 24H2 is in final testing - and it unshackles Copilot, turning the AI into a full app

In preview build 26100, which is now in the Release Preview channel (the last stage before general availability), Copilot has been transformed into a fully standalone app.

That means the AI assistant is no longer confined to a panel at the right side of the desktop, but it's now in its own window which can be moved around the desktop and resized, just like any other app.

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Late review: Windows XP runs just fine on an Intel 486 PC from 1989 (when it really shouldn't)

Darren Allan | May 22, 2024 12:10 PM CDT

Ever wanted to run Windows XP on old hardware? Well, you might have done a couple of decades ago, when Windows XP was released - but probably not now, right?

Late review: Windows XP runs just fine on an Intel 486 PC from 1989 (when it really shouldn't)

Despite the apparently futility of the exercise, a challenge is a challenge, and getting Windows XP working on an Intel 486 processor from 1989 is certainly that - and it was one undertaken by a modder from Germany.

That modder is Dietmar on the MSFN forums, as Techspot noticed, and they successfully patched Windows XP to work on the 486 chip running at 90MHz (yes, the heady heights of clock frequencies back in the day).

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Google fires shots directly at Microsoft over its recent security failings

Jak Connor | May 21, 2024 4:25 AM CDT

Google has released a new white paper that outlines everything that is "wrong" with Microsoft security, particularly highlighting its recent failings.

Google fires shots directly at Microsoft over its recent security failings

The new white paper is titled "A more secure alternative," and Google explains across 14 pages all of the problems with Microsoft's approach to security while also recommending better alternatives, Gmail and Google Drive. The paper is mostly based on the recent discoveries by the US government's Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), which stated last month that Microsoft's approach to the June 2023 attack on its Exchange Online service was lackluster.

The CSRB reprimanded Microsoft for its lack of knowledge on when attackers were able to infiltrate its Exchange Online service that resulted in the hackers being able to sift through email inboxes. Additionally, the CSRB criticized the Windows owner for having a seven-year-old security key still be valid, which was used by the hackers to gain access to the Exchange email service.

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