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Sea of Thieves celebrates third anniversary

In March 2018, Sea of Thieves made its maiden voyage on Xbox One and Windows 10. Since then, 20 million pirates have charted their own tales of high seas adventure. To thank everyone for their support, Rare has a chest full of goodies and bonuses that includes the Prosperous Captain’s Sails, the Sea of Thieves…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21337

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21337 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. What’s new in Build 21337 Reorder and customize your Virtual Desktops We’ve heard your feedback asking for more control over Virtual Desktops. Starting with Build 21337, we are bringing the ability to reorder and…
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Announcing Windows Community Toolkit v7.0

After many months of invigorating the Windows Community Toolkit with a multitude of improvements and features; we are happy to announce version 7.0 is available today! Made possible again with the support and contributions of our developer community.🎉  If you are new to the Toolkit, the Windows Community Toolkit is a collection of helpers, extensions, and custom controls. It simplifies and demonstrates common developer tasks for building UWP…
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Releasing Windows 10 Build 19043.899 (21H1) to Beta Channel

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 21H1 Build 19043.899 (KB5000842) to the Beta Channel for those Insiders who are on 21H1 (Click here for the 21H1 announcement). This update includes the following improvements: We fixed an issue with zoom that occurs when using Microsoft Edge IE Mode on devices that use multiple high-DPI monitors. We…
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Password pointers for stronger security

We all know the feeling of password fatigue. Like when you go to make an online bill payment and can’t remember which combination of your childhood pets, random letters and special characters you chose. This fatigue can lead to some bad decisions. The more passwords you have to remember, the more likely you are to…
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Serving our customers more effectively with new release cycles for Microsoft Edge

Innovation has been part of Microsoft Edge since day one, whether you’re seamlessly accessing corporate apps online for work or saving money shopping with built-in coupons. As contributors to the Chromium project, we look forward to the new 4-week major release cycle cadence that Google announced, to help deliver that innovation to our customers even…
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Got Xbox Game Pass? Start playing 20 Bethesda games from world’s most iconic franchises

Earlier this week, Microsoft officially welcomed ZeniMax Media and Bethesda to the Xbox family. What does that mean to you as a gamer? For starters, it means an awesome slate of great games has arrived on Xbox Game Pass for you to discover and play with your friends. Today, 20 of Bethesda’s most iconic and…
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Build Cross-Platform applications with WinUI and Uno Platform

 is a free and open-source platform aiming to take WinUI applications built with C# and XAML everywhere.   If you are not familiar with WinUI, it is the native UX platform for building Windows applications – you can learn more about it on the WinUI website. With Uno Platform you can bring your WinUI applications everywhere that WinUI does not natively run – Web/WebAssembly, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. Uno Platform is Open Source (Apache 2.0) and available on GitHub.  This tutorial will walk through both your Visual…
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Build Cross-Platform apps with WinUI and Uno Platform

 is a free and open-source platform aiming to take WinUI apps built with C# and XAML everywhere.   If you are not familiar with WinUI, it is the native UX platform for building modern apps for Windows 10 – you can learn more about it on the WinUI website. With Uno Platform you can bring your WinUI apps everywhere that WinUI does not natively run– Web/WebAssembly,…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21332

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21332 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. What’s new in Build 21332 An update on the roll out of news and interests Over the last two months, we’ve been trying out several variations of the news and interests experience on the…
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Minecraft x UNIQLO Skins Vol. 2 now available

The new Minecraft x Uniqlo Collaboration will start rolling out on March 15 (March 12 in China). To celebrate the new collection, the Minecraft team is releasing Minecraft x UNIQLO Skins Vol. 2. Wear your favorite Uniqlo x Minecraft apparel as you mine, craft, explore or virtually hang out with friends. There are 15 skins in the…
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Releasing Windows 10 Build 19043.867 (21H1) to Beta Channel

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 21H1 Build 19043.867 (KB5000802) the Beta Channel for those Insiders who are on 21H1 (Click here for the 21H1 announcement) This security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include: We fixed an elevation of privilege security vulnerability documented in CVE-2021-1640 related to print jobs submitted to “FILE:” ports. After…
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You can now buy Forza Horizon 4 for Steam

Forza Horizon 4 is available now for Steam starting at $59.99. With cross-play, Steam players join millions of monthly Forza Horizon 4 players driving across Britain on Windows 10 PCs, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. There are three ways to customize your Horizon Festival experience and car…
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Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support ends today

Our new modern browser, Microsoft Edge, debuted over a year ago and today can be found on hundreds of millions of devices. Last August, we announced that Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support would end on March 9, 2021 as part of this transition to the new Microsoft Edge. Today, Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application…
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Lenovo’s New Realities project showcases women empowering their communities through technology

Each of the women featured in the New Realities films received Windows 10 Lenovo devices specifically to support their mission, such as the enterprise-grade ThinkPad X1 Yoga laptop for coding, or the Yoga C940 for music. “I am learning Python with the help of this system – and I am enjoying learning,” says Doddalingappanavar, referring…
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Microsoft Edge 89: Delivering improved browser performance to get the job done

Note: We’re in the process of deploying features mentioned in this post, starting with Stable 89, so it might be a little while before you see them in your channel and build. Nowadays, it’s not unusual to do almost everything online. Whether we’re connecting on video calls, doing a school project, or learning how to…
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Amp up your performance with Startup boost and find information blazingly fast with Microsoft Edge and Bing

I’m excited that you’re here to learn about what we’ve been doing to further improve Microsoft Edge and Bing! In my last post we announced our new sleeping tabs feature and I’m happy to share initial findings from our latest Beta build that a sleeping tab increases battery life by using 26% less CPU on…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21327

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21327 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. What’s new in Build 21327 News and interests has an updated look! Thanks for your ongoing feedback about news and interests on the Windows taskbar! Today, we’re excited to start rolling out a new…
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Max Brooks talks about ‘The Mountain,’ the sequel to his first Minecraft book

In Max Brooks’ first Minecraft book, “The Island,” readers follow the inner thoughts of Guy, a man who wakes up and finds himself having to survive in a weird world of blocks. Now, in the sequel, “The Mountain,” Guy strikes out across the sea to see what else the world holds, and he lands on…
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Gears 5 Operation 6 now available

In Operation 6, the latest update to Gears 5, you’ll meet new characters, such as Colonel Victor Hoffman, and find a new map of a pre-Locust-war district. You’ll also see a new Horde event to kick it off: Escape from Kadar. Find out more at Gears 5. This post was written by Athima Chansanchai, Writer…
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Pivoting to the future with Microsoft Edge

In what feels like an era ago, work was tethered to the office. Fast forward to today—consider work officially untethered. In this once-in-a-lifetime sea change, IT leaders like yourself have the opportunity to rethink your environments, from what security should look like now, down to what new apps your users need. Take one of the…
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Download Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10 to automate tasks and processes at no additional cost

On Tuesday at Microsoft Ignite, the company announced that Power Automate Desktop is now available at no additional cost, allowing Windows 10 users to harness the power of low-code robotic process automation (RPA). The technology is available as a download and will be included in Windows Insider Preview builds in the coming weeks. This user-friendly, low-code application empowers coders and non-coders alike to optimize personal and professional workflows by automating repetitive and time-consuming manual tasks in Windows 10. Since RPA in Power Automate was…
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A guide to Windows & Devices at Microsoft Ignite 2021

Windows is the heartbeat of modern work: consistent, reliable, familiar, intuitive – quietly supporting the apps and experiences in Microsoft 365 that empower people to do more, achieve more. Enabling IT to manage and secure devices regardless of how, when and how frequently they connect. We believe that the work of the future will be…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21322

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21322 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Other updates for Insiders Upvote on similar feedback in Feedback Hub Based on feedback, the Feedback Hub Team has made a change so that Insiders can now both upvote and add similar feedback for…
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Flames of the Nether downloadable content and free update for Minecraft Dungeons now available

The latest Minecraft Dungeons DLC, Flames of the Nether, is now available alongside a substantial free update, on Windows PC or Xbox One. Over at Minecraft.net, you can find out more, including resources that may help before you jump into the game. This post was written by Athima Chansanchai, Writer and was first posted to…
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World Update 3: United Kingdom and Ireland now available for free to all Microsoft Flight Simulator users

Last week the Microsoft Flight Simulator team released World Update 3, giving “simmers” a dazzling flight experience throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. “Take flight into a region rich with tradition, culture and heritage — not to mention a fair share of myth and legend,” writes Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann in a…
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Releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3030.0 to the Beta Channel

Hello Windows Insiders, Today, we are releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3030.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. UPDATE: This update is available for ALL Insiders in the Beta Channel on both 20H2 and 21H1. This update is only available to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel who are still on 20H2 (Build 19042.662…
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Six time-saving tips for using the DevTools Console

Microsoft Edge DevTools engineer Patrick Brosset recently collected some of the web development community’s favorite tips for getting the most out of one of the most popular features of browser DevTools: the humble Console. We’ve collected a few highlights from Patrick’s blog post, as well as a few tips of our own, that can help…
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What to know before you accept that cookie

The “accept cookies” pop-up is a familiar sight as we browse the internet. How do you know which are safe? And are they even necessary? The Windows Resource Center has broken cookies down into their main ingredients so you can make the best call. A new blog posts summarizes why cookies can be a good…
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Updated Lenovo ThinkPad Windows 10 laptops deliver enhanced connectivity and collaboration

Lenovo’s latest additions to its ThinkPad portfolio include a completely redesigned X13 and X13 Yoga with 16:10 aspect ratio displays and updated T and L series. The company also introduced a new premium display and refreshed ThinkPad mobile workstations with flexible processor options, discrete graphics and improved displays. You can tailor the new ThinkPad laptops…
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Minecraft’s Good Trouble aims to help build a better world

Minecraft: Education Edition‘s Lessons in Good Trouble includes many famous activists throughout history and the world – such as Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst – and learning zones that take learners of any age to many places, including Selma, Alabama, India, Pakistan, the U.K. and South Africa. The latest two…
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Making Service Workers easier to debug for Progressive Web Applications and more

With Service Workers, you are in control of telling the browser what to load from the internet and what to get from the local device. Adding service workers to your app allows you to add offline support without breaking the site for legacy browsers – following the principle of “Progressive Enhancement” that makes up the…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21318

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21318 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This build will also be offered to ARM64 devices. What’s new in Build 21318 Paste as plain text in clipboard history Simply open clipboard history (WIN + V) and click the … button next…
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Releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.844 (20H2) to Beta and Release Preview Channels

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.844 (KB4601382) to the Beta and Release Preview Channels for those Insiders who are on 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update). For Insiders in the Beta Channel only who are interested in moving up to 21H1, see this blog post. This update includes the following improvements: We…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19043.844 (21H1)

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are announcing Windows 10 version 21H1 as the next feature update for Windows 10. As part of today’s announcement, we’re also releasing 21H1 Build 19043.844 (KB4601382) to the Beta Channel. We are releasing this build to the Beta Channel via our “seeker” experience in Windows Update. This means Insiders in the Beta…
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Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1

Today, we are introducing the next feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1. As people continue to rely on Windows more than ever to work, learn and have fun, we understand the importance of providing the best possible update experience to help people and organizations stay protected and productive. It is a responsibility we do…
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Forza Street: Find out about the latest Showdown and what’s coming next

Forza Street players who want to know about the latest Showdown and what’s coming next can turn to the Forza Developer Blog to find out about the introduction of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R. The blog also teases a bit about the next Showdown, which will have an ‘80s theme. The Forza team has also…
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Introducing adaptive notification requests in Microsoft Edge

Users tell us that they find notification requests bothersome and distracting – except when they don’t. We want sites to engage with users without annoying them, but we also don’t want our users to miss reminders that may be important for them.  With new changes that we’re rolling out, we are hoping to solve both…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21313

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21313 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This build is being offered to ALL Insiders in the Dev Channel. All Insiders in the Dev Channel will now receive the same build going forward. NOTE: Build 21313 will not be offered to…
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Ring in the Lunar New Year with Minecraft for Windows 10

This week marks the beginning of Lunar New Year, celebrated around the world by more than 2 billion people, who this year will ring in the Year of the Ox. The last time the Ox made an appearance was in 2009 – the year of the very first version of Minecraft. Get festive with free…
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C#/WinRT Authoring Preview and Updates

The C#/WinRT team is excited to announce our latest release, which includes a preview of C#/WinRT authoring with the latest C#/WinRT NuGet package, as well as updates to the .NET 5.0 SDK with the .NET February update. Since our last blog post on C#/WinRT v1.0, we have some new features to show off! The latest C#/WinRT NuGet package, which is version 1.1.2-prerelease.210208.6, includes a preview of C#/WinRT authoring. This allows component authors to create and package their own C#…
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Releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.804 (20H2) to Beta and Release Preview Channels

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.804 (KB4601319) to anyone running the Windows 10 October 2020 Update. This includes Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels who are on 20H2. This security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include: We fixed a possible elevation of privilege vulnerability in the win32k component.…
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Minecraft Dungeons reaches 10 million players

The Minecraft Dungeons community has crossed a major milestone: reaching 10 million players across all supported platforms, since its launch in May. To celebrate reaching this monumental point, players will see a new cape and a pet. Find out more at Minecraft.net. This post was written by Athima Chansanchai, Writer and was first posted to…
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A Forza first: Franchise is headed to Steam

For the first time, the Forza franchise is headed to Steam, on March 9, with the award-winning Forza Horizon 4. Put the game on your Steam wishlist and you’ll be notified when the game is available to buy. Steam players will soon join millions of monthly Forza Horizon 4 players as they race across historic…
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New State of Decay T-shirt supports NAACP for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Undead Labs has commissioned Black artist Ty Ferrell to create a limited edition T-shirt, which is available from the official Xbox Gear shop. In-game, a free cosmetic version of the T-shirt, will be available to State of Decay 2 players. “At Undead Labs, we make games about surviving together.…
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Flames of the Nether DLC and free update coming to Minecraft Dungeons

If you play Minecraft Dungeons, Feb. 24 is a day you’re going to look forward to, as it’s when you can embark on six new missions thanks to the Flames of the Nether downloadable content. Players can collect new artifacts, weapons and gear. There’s also a free update releasing that day that includes a major…
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Xbox Ambassadors reinforce inclusion and positive gaming as they build community

Paul Martin, Dhayana Sena, Marissa Urban and Eden Hamblin are four of more than 325,000 Xbox Ambassadors around the world. The program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, began as a way for Xbox gamers to help other gamers through troubleshooting, technical support and helping them reach new levels in a title. From there,…
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What you need to know about kiosk mode when support for Microsoft Edge Legacy ends

For many of our customers, kiosk mode in Microsoft Edge Legacy acts as a key touchpoint for both their frontline workers and their own customers. Whether it’s associates helping customers on a retail floor or employees accessing critical tools and apps, kiosk mode has provided a customizable, locked-down experience to help them get essential jobs done.…
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Simplify and secure your life with Microsoft’s autofill solution for passwords

At Microsoft, we are committed to building products that add to your peace of mind by letting you securely access what you care about, wherever you are. Millions trust us daily to access documents, mails, chats and so much more both on phones and PCs. An area where customers reported they still experience hassles is…
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Releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.789 (20H2) to Beta and Release Preview Channels

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.789 (KB4598291) to the Beta and Release Preview Channels for those Insiders who are on 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update). This update includes all the fixes in 20H2 Build 19042.782 plus the following additional fixes: We fixed an issue with Microsoft Exchange accounts and some Surface…
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Bring Your AI to Any GPU with DirectML

In every one of the billion Windows 10 devices worldwide, there is a GPU for accelerating your AI tasks. From photo editing applications enabling new user experiences through AI to tools that help you train machine learning models for your applications with little effort, DirectML accelerates these experiences by leveraging the computing power of any…
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Bring Your AI to Any GPU with DirectML

In every one of the billion Windows 10 devices worldwide, there is a GPU for accelerating your AI tasks. From photo editing applications enabling new user experiences through AI to tools that help you train machine learning models for your applications with little effort, DirectML accelerates these experiences by leveraging the computing power of any…
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Latest Sea of Thieves content update, Season One, now available for Windows 10 and Xbox players

Sea of Thieves enters a new era with the arrival of Seasons, its latest content update. New Voyages, Events, rewards and ways to play are all packed into Season One, available as a free download for all players on Windows 10 PC, Steam, with Xbox Game Pass and across Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21301

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21301 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This build is being offered to ALL Insiders in the Dev Channel. All Insiders in the Dev Channel will now receive the same build going forward. What’s new in Build 21301 Improving the touch…
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Lords of the West expansion now available for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

The Lords of the West downloadable content is available now on PC for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, which you can get through the Microsoft Store and Steam. It includes two new civilizations – Burgundian and Sicilian – in three new fully-voiced campaigns and 16 new achievements. Xbox Game Pass members can use their member discount…
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Releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.2020.0 to the Beta Channel

Hello Windows Insiders, Today, we are releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.2020.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. This update includes the following improvements: We are improving the reliability of screen snipping experience, especially with apps that access the clipboard often. Additionally, we are removing the capability to copy and paste a screen snip…
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Supporting Open Web Docs to deliver web developer documentation

Today, we’re happy to share our support for Open Web Docs, a new collective launching today which is dedicated to sustainably supporting high-quality, browser-agnostic, community-driven web developer documentation. Open Web Docs employs full-time writing staff to support the development and maintenance of web developer documentation, independent of any one vendor or organization. This announcement builds…
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Releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.782 (20H2) to Beta and Release Preview Channels

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.782 (KB4598291) to the Beta and Release Preview Channels for those Insiders who are on 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update). This update includes the following fixes and improvements: We updated the default values for the following Internet Explorer registry keys: svcKBFWLink = “ ” (empty string)…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21296

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21296 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This build is being offered to ALL Insiders in the Dev Channel. All Insiders in the Dev Channel will now receive the same build going forward. Changes and Improvements We’re starting to roll out…
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Making Win32 APIs More Accessible to More Languages

Introduction Win32 APIs provide powerful functionality that let you get the most out of Windows in your applications. While these APIs are readily accessible to C and C++ developers, other languages like C# and Rust require wrappers or bindings in order to access these APIs. In C#, this is commonly known as platform invoking or…
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This year, let’s resolve to make the most of our time online and better protect ourselves from online threats

While the holiday season has come and gone, the new year brings a renewed opportunity for reflection, goal-setting and personal growth. The start of the new year makes me appreciate our team’s progress and I’ve got to tell you, there’s a lot of great stuff coming in 2021! This month marks the one-year birthday of…
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Microsoft Edge 88 Privacy and Security Updates

We can hardly believe it’s been about one year since we launched the new Microsoft Edge – and what a year it’s been! It’s safe to say that a lot has changed since our launch in January 2020, but one thing that remains constant is our commitment to our users. We’re all more dependent on…
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Protected: Making Win32 APIs More Accessible to More Languages

Introduction Win32 APIs provide powerful functionality that let you get the most out of Windows in your applications. While these APIs are readily accessible to C and C++ developers, other languages like C# and Rust require wrappers or bindings in order to access these APIs. In C#, this is commonly known as platform invoking or…
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Announcing Windows Admin Center Preview 2012

Author’s note: I am publishing this blog post on behalf of the Windows Admin Center Team.  Happy New Year from the Windows Admin Center Team! We’re excited to bring you the first look at our newest features as we start fresh in the new year. Thanks for your continued interest and support. In this release,…
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CES 2021: Microsoft’s partners announce new PC gaming hardware and software

At this year’s first-ever, all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft’s device partners announced innovative new Windows hardware and software for all kinds of gamers. They also embraced graphics cards that fully support DirectX 12 Ultimate in their flagship gaming PCs. Xbox Wire’s Will Tuttle calls DirectX 12 Ultimate “the latest gold standard for gaming graphics…
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New Windows devices at CES elevate modern work and gaming, showcase tech for good

Coming off a year that brought everyone’s priorities into focus, the all-digital CES 2021 was a powerful reflection of the importance of devices in peoples’ daily lives. The digital conference gathered global brands online to share ideas and introduce products that will define the future of the tech industry. This week, we’ve seen innovative PCs,…
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CES 2021: Latest lineup from ASUS includes ROG Flow X13 and ZenBook Pro Duo with ScreenPad Plus

At CES 2021, ASUS announced its latest lineup of laptops, displays and entertainment solutions at its “Be Ahead” virtual launch event. Among the Windows 10 devices unveiled: The ROG Flow X13, the first 2-in-1 convertible ROG gaming laptop, and the ROG XG Mobile, an ultraportable external GPU that augments the Flow X13’s gaming performance and connectivity. The Flow X13 arrives in an ultraslim 13-inch body with up to an 8-core AMD…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21292

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21292 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This build is being offered to ALL Insiders in the Dev Channel. All Insiders in the Dev Channel will now receive the same build going forward. What’s new in Build 21292 Improvements to news…
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How to investigate Microsoft Edge’s memory usage on Windows

Performance is essential to your success, which makes it core to ours. To help ensure the browser doesn’t slow you down, we always keep performance in mind as we continue to improve Microsoft Edge. However, for the times that your browser isn’t running as expected, we want to help you understand how Microsoft Edge is…
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NVIDIA debuts GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops

As part of their special event this week, NVIDIA introduced its GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops, built with the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, the second generation of RTX, which fully supports DirectX 12 Ultimate. This includes new Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores and streaming multiprocessors to give gamers and creators the most realistic ray-traced graphics, AI-accelerated…
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Releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.746 (20H2) to Beta and Release Preview Channels

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.746 (KB4598242) to the Beta and Release Preview Channels for those Insiders who are on 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update). This security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include: We fixed a security vulnerability issue with HTTPS-based intranet servers. After installing this update, HTTPS-based intranet servers…
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CES 2021: Acer refreshes gaming notebooks, introduces new monitors

At CES 2021, Acer announced updates to several Windows 10 gaming notebooks in its portfolio, including the Predator Triton 300 SE, Predator Helios 300 and Nitro 5. The company also introduced three new high refresh rate gaming monitors. The Predator Triton 300 SE and Nitro 5 notebooks have been updated to include the latest 11th…
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CES 2021: Dell reimagines work and gaming with new PCs and monitors

At CES 2021, Dell showed off new and refreshed Windows 10 PCs and monitors to help you work smarter. They do so by being more intelligent, secure and sustainable – whether you’re back at the office (or never left), home or in a hybrid environment. Among the products are 5G powered PCs and Microsoft Teams…
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CES 2021: More than 150 consumer and commercial systems will include AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors

At CES 2021, AMD announced its full portfolio of Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors, which deliver the “Zen 3” core architecture to gamers and creators, with consumer laptops available from major PC manufacturers expected to launch throughout the year. The company also announced the AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 Series Mobile Processors for commercial laptops, with…
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CES 2021: Lenovo’s lineup includes IdeaPad 5G, Yoga AIO 7, Legion 7 and thinnest ThinkPad ever

At CES 2021, Lenovo introduced an array of powerful Windows 10 devices for families, professionals and gamers that include Windows Hello, 5G, bigger screens and blue light reduction to reduce eye strain as more and more people spend time in video conferences. With so many families working and learning from home, sharing Wi-Fi, it’s more…
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Before – Microsoft at CES 2021

Welcome to CES 2021 Nicole Dezen, VP, Device Partner Sales, presents a sneak peek at the innovations Microsoft and its partners will unveil during the all-virtual CES 2021. Come back to this page for more coverage as announcements roll in during the event.     Dell and Intel: The renaissance of the PC continues at…
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CES 2021: 11th Gen Intel vPro business platform debuts

At CES 2021, Intel introduced the 11th Gen Intel vPro platform, a business platform delivering high performance and comprehensive hardware-based security. This platform aims to deliver a better experience for anyone working anywhere. Intel found that productivity was 23% faster when using Office 365 [1] and 52% faster productivity during a conference, compared to a…
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CES 2021: HP aims to appeal to consumers and remote workers with wide range of devices

COVID-19 has changed the way people live and work this past year, so much so that HP research has shown people in the U.S., U.K. and Japan using their personal PCs an additional seven hours a week. Photography, writing stories/articles and live streaming emerged as the top three activities. HP has unveiled a lineup of…
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Introducing Surface Pro 7+ for Business: Purpose-built to empower people, teams and classrooms in the new digital age

When we first introduced Surface Pro, we wanted to challenge the concept that people should not have to choose between the portability and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a traditional laptop. In the last seven years, Surface Pro has become known for its versatility, power and performance, brilliant touch screen,…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286

Run commands on start up in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) We have added an option that allows you to run any specified Linux command on startup of a WSL distribution. You can accomplish this by editing the /etc/wsl.conf file in your distribution and adding an option titled “command” under a section titled “boot”.…
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Bring in the new year with Bloom, the latest free map in the Minecraft Marketplace

Dig through the soil, discover new mysterious plants and take naps in the woods with the latest Bedrock map, Bloom, now available for free in the Minecraft Marketplace as part of Minecraft’s continuing Community Celebration. “Bloom is a world full of flowers and plants that you have complete control of. We were really inspired by the existing…
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Minecraft Community Celebration continues with free Terra Swoop Force DLC

Got some downtime on your hands during the holidays? If you’re a young map maker in search of new challenges in Minecraft, check out the continuation of the Community Celebration with this new downloadable content: Terra Swoop Force, which you’ll find for free in Minecraft Marketplace. In this DLC, you’re flying to the center of…
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Minecraft Marketplace New Year’s sale is on

For two weeks, until Jan. 4, you can find major discounts on creator content at the Minecraft Marketplace, including 28 doorbusters at 75% off (two per day) and up to 100 regular sale items at 33% off. Find out more at Minecraft.net. This post was written by Athima Chansanchai, Writer and was first posted to…
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New free Farm Life content now available for Minecraft for Windows 10 Starter Collection

If you’ve got the Minecraft for Windows 10 Starter Collection and want to get some virtual dirt under your very real fingernails, check out the new free content waiting for you from the Pixel Heads team. Farm Life, this week’s Bedrock Community Celebration gift, is now available in the Minecraft Marketplace. Head over to Minecraft.net…
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Start the new year with 3 ways to better organize your life

Want to find out how much more time you’d have for the things you want to do if you were more organized? A good way to find out is with three tech tips from the Windows team. For instance if you’re a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you can use Money in Excel to track your spending.…
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Play video games with family to develop team skills and create new memories

It’s that time of year when 4 p.m. starts to feel like midnight. The days of being able to go outside and exercise or play are waning as it gets colder, wetter and darker. But families looking for ways to find some relief indoors can turn to video games as a way to take a…
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‘Xbox: Beyond Generations’ shows how playing video games together builds new family connections

Loneliness among the older generation is a growing problem world-wide. Gaming in virtual worlds can provide a vital connection between older and younger family members. “Xbox: Beyond Generations” aims to bridge that generational divide in families. The initiative launches with a short documentary film, which follows the story of a family on their journey towards re-connecting with each other via gaming. Howard and his…
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Participate in the Developer Economics Survey

The /Data Developer Economics Q1 2021 Survey is now open! Every year more than 30,000 developers around the world participate in this survey. Take the survey now to share your experience as a developer and your perspective on the future of the software industry. Want more information? Read our answers to the questions below! Is this survey for me?…
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Get Gears 5: Hivebusters with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Gears 5 PC gaming fans, you can now enjoy the Hivebusters DLC, available through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This DLC focuses on the origin of Scorpio Squad, who were first introduced in Gears 5’s Escape mode and whose story was expanded in the Hivebusters comic book series. This ragtag group of soldiers has been recruited for…
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The year ahead for Surface Duo

Microsoft’s mission to help every person and organization on the planet achieve more has never been more relevant as people search for new ways to be productive from anywhere. To this end, the Surface team has worked tirelessly to build a diverse set of devices to suit a variety of tasks and workstyles. Just this…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20279

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20279 (FE_RELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This build is largely the same as Build 20277, but we wanted to test our ability to quickly follow-up a flight with another flight. Windows Insiders who updated to Build 21277 (RS_PRERELEASE) last week…
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LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ shoot for a new generation of students

There are few slam dunks in life, but it seems like a good bet when you pair a global icon like LeBron James with a campaign to inspire more interest in computer science. Video games are enormously popular all over the world, as is basketball. While it may take a lot to become a star…
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Among Us coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC

Among us, one of the biggest gaming hits of 2020 with more than half a billion players, is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC. In this online, multiplayer game, you and your friends attempt to prepare a spaceship for departure. Work together and complete your tasks quickly – but beware of impostors aboard. Find…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21277

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21277 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. As mentioned here, we are giving Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel the option to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch. These builds will be offered as an optional update through the “seeker” experience…
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20277

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20277 (FE_RELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Starting today, we are giving Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel the option to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch. These builds will be offered as an optional update through the “seeker” experience in…
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Introducing x64 emulation in preview for Windows 10 on ARM PCs to the Windows Insider Program

Today, we’re releasing the first preview of x64 emulation for ARM64 devices to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel starting with the Build 21277. It can be installed on Windows 10 on ARM PCs by following the instructions as explained in this blog post. When we first launched Windows 10 on ARM in late 2017,…
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Lenovo expands ThinkSmart solutions with new accessories, updated management software and more

With people continuing to work from home and in hybrid working environments, Lenovo has expanded its solutions portfolio with the addition of new accessories, updated management software and a platform-agnostic compute device with Intel Unite. The ThinkSmart Cam and ThinkSmart Bar are the company’s first branded accessories optimized for ThinkSmart solutions – but they can be used with most meeting…
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Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge: Delivering better browser performance

Note: We’re in the process of deploying this feature starting with today’s release of Beta 88, so it might be a little while before you see it in your channel and build. New to sleeping tabs? Read more in our previous blog post. The Microsoft Edge team is on a mission to create a browser…
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Latest Sea of Thieves update now available: Festival of Giving

The latest Sea of Thieves monthly update, Festival of Giving, is now available and free for all players with Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass and across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass and Steam. Pirates can rake in riches and a range of prizes through a line-up of time-limited Events. In the 12…
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Climb Howling Peaks with free Minecraft Dungeons downloadable content

With the release of the free Howling Peaks downloadable content, those who play Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition can now climb a mountain – without ever having to leave their couch or desk. Also available now: a free game update and new Season Pass. Head over to Minecraft.net to get all the details. This post was…
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