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2021-09-20 00:26    2021-09-20 07:33

Windows news recap: Xbox app gains Cloud Gaming and Remote Play from console, Windows 11 on ARM M1 M

Welcome back to our Windows news recap, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Windows 10 Xbox app now supports Cloud Gaming and Remote Play from your console ... Read more

Microsoft news recap: Office 2021 launches early October, passwords optional for personal MSA accoun

Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read! Office 2021 will be released on October 5, LTSC version is available today Office ... Read more

Alleged Surface Pro 8 leak reveals updated design with 120Hz screen and Thunderbolt ports

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 8 may have leaked ahead of the company’s Surface event this week on September 22. Earlier today, the Twitter account @Shadow_Leak (via The Verge) published a picture of a marketing image in Chinese showing what could ... Read more

OnPodcast Episode 50: Microsoft Accounts go Passwordless, Firefox & Windows 11, Office 2021

Greetings OnPodcast viewers and listeners. Welcome back to another episode. We hit the big five-o this week and are at episode 50. This week's show again covers all the latest Microsoft news. We looked at Microsoft Accounts going passwordless, some ... Read more

Microsoft Teams public preview now lets users reply to specific chat messages

Back in June, Microsoft unveiled some important updates coming to Teams, including the ability to reply to specific chat messages. Today, the company has announced that the quoted reply feature is now available in public preview on the Microsoft Teams ... Read more

Vote in our OnPodcast poll! Our next episode is about passwordless Microsoft Accounts & more

Hey, everyone! OnPodcast is going to hit the big 50th episode mark this weekend, and we want you to be a part of it! This week we'll be talking about passwordless Microsoft Accounts, Firefox on Windows 11, and Office 2021. ... Read more

PowerToys lands in the Windows 11 Microsoft Store

Microsoft is bringing its PowerToys suite of tools to the Microsoft Store for Windows 11. The PowerToys app was spotted on the Microsoft Store by XDA Developers earlier today, and this should make it a bit more convenient for power ... Read more

500GB Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S consoles may be coming in November

Seagate is reportedly getting ready to release a cheaper 500GB storage expansion card for Xbox Series X|S consoles to complement the 1TB model currently priced at $220. The French blog XboxSquad (via Video Games Chronicle) shared a screenshot of an ... Read more

Surface Duo gets September 2021 update with security improvements

Microsoft has released a new firmware update for its Surface Duo dual-screen smartphone. This release doesn’t come with any new features or improvements, and it only brings the September 2021 Android security patch. The latest update began rolling out yesterday ... Read more

Rocksmith+ video game delayed until sometime in 2022

It’s turning out to be a bit of a week for video game delay announcements. Following the recent confirmation of Battlefield 2042’s delay, Ubisoft has now announced that they’ll be delaying Rocksmith+ as well. While Battlefield 2042 was delayed due ... Read more

Hunt, Judgment, and Blood Bowl 2 video games are free to play on Xbox consoles this weekend

Xbox console owners with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription have three full games to play for free from now until the end of the weekend on Sunday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Those with a console from either ... Read more

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22000.194 and app updates for Beta Channel Insiders

Microsoft has released today the Windows 11 build 22000.194 for Insiders in the Beta channel, which brings additional bug fixes ahead of the public rollout of Windows 11 on October 5. Starting today, the company is also rolling out updates ... Read more

Office 2021 will be released on October 5, LTSC version is available today

Microsoft has announced today the release of Office LTSC 2021, the new perpetual version of Office for commercial and government customers. Office 2021, the new consumer perpetual version of Office will also launch next month on October 5, which is ... Read more

OneDrive can now be installed as a PWA

Microsoft’s OneDrive web app can now be installed as a Progressive Web App (PWA) with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and other web browsers. Installing the web version of OneDrive as a PWA lets users open the service in its own ... Read more

Halo: MCC to get "smaller" updates following Halo Infinite's release

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is set to receive its next free update later this fall, with the upcoming eighth season bringing new mythic armors and skins to unlock, Custom Game Browser improvements, and more. The game’s season 8 will ... Read more

Microsoft highlights repairability of Surface devices, now sells more common parts to enterprise use

Of the problems with Surface devices has always been the low repairability score. iFixit famously called the original Surface Laptop a "glued together monstrosity," but in the years since then, Microsoft has made it easier to replace common parts like ... Read more

Microsoft releases new Xbox 20th Anniversary and Xbox Sphere clothing lines

Microsoft’s official online Xbox Gear Shop has just launched two new lines of merchandise inspired by the company’s Xbox consoles and video game franchises. The first line is called the Xbox 20th Anniversary Collection and includes a black hoodie and ... Read more

Battlefield 2042 video game launch delayed due to the pandemic

The upcoming Battlefield 2042 video game has had its launch delayed until November 19th this year. The latest entry in the long-running Battlefield franchise was officially revealed back in June and was originally set for release on October 22nd. The ... Read more

Big Microsoft Journal update brings tons of new tools and improvements

Journal, which is an inking app that's a Microsoft Garage project, is getting some big updates. Microsoft announced today some new tools for the app which will make inking more powerful. These include a new lasso tool, multi-select support, and ... Read more

Windows 11 Insider build 22458 is out in the Dev Channel with more bug fixes

Microsoft has just released the Windows 11 Insider build 22458 for Dev Channel testers, which is another minor release coming from the company’s new development branch. Microsoft highlighted the addition of a link to sign-in options to the power menu ... Read more

Latest Microsoft Mesh Update brings improved UI, lots of new features

Microsoft is announcing some updates for the Mesh App for HoloLens today. These are designed around users and bringing new features like an improved user interface, as well as co-location, and new brushes. If you're lucky enough to have a ... Read more

Microsoft Teams meetings now offer Live captions and transcriptions in 27 new languages

Microsoft Teams has released some important updates for its AI-powered Live captions and transcription capabilities in meetings. Indeed, the Microsoft 365 roadmap suggests that both these features now support meetings in 27 new languages. Previously, the Live captions and transcription ... Read more

Hands-on: Is Google Cursive really a Microsoft OneNote competitor?

There's no shortage of note-taking apps these days, but Google recently started bundling Cursive, a new PWA note-taking app on new Chromebooks. Exclusive to Chromebooks, this new app is somewhat inspired by Microsoft's own OneNote app. Considering that Microsoft is ... Read more

Microsoft President Brad Smith joins company board as Vice Chairman

In a sort of promotion, Microsoft President Brad Smith has been approved by the company's board to come aboard as vice chairman. Smith's new leadership role won't interfere with his current daily duties as Microsoft president but represents a reflection ... Read more

Microsoft 365 apps now support real time co-authoring on encrypted files

Microsoft has announced that real-time co-authoring support for encrypted documents is now generally available on both Windows and Mac. This feature will let users collaborate with each other in real-time and make changes while working on protected Word, Excel, and ... Read more

Age of Empires IV is getting an open technical stress test on September 17-20

If you missed the previous Age of Empires IV Closed Beta in August, Microsoft has just announced a new Technical Stress Test on September 17-20 that will be open to all PC players. This open beta will allow the developers ... Read more

Microsoft is making passwords optional for MSA accounts to improve security

Microsoft is making a big step towards a passwordless feature today by making passwords optional for personal MSA accounts. The company previously enabled passwordless sign in for commercial users earlier this year, and it’s now following up by allowing consumers ... Read more

Check out Xbox's new anime mascot for Tokyo Game Show 2021

Microsoft officially announced their upcoming attendance at Tokyo Game Show 2021 earlier this month and the company has now provided more details on the online broadcast of the presentation in addition to revealing its own anime-inspired mascot for the event. ... Read more

Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming service to launch in Australia by end of 2021

Microsoft’s game streaming service, Xbox Cloud Gaming, is set to officially launch in Australia sometime before the end of the year. With only four months until 2022, that’s not a long time to wait at all. The announcement was made ... Read more

Apple's latest iPhone event brought very predictable changes

Apple's two hours digital event helped introduce new iPad Mini's, a ninth generation iPad, the Watch Series 7, camera improvements for the iPhone 13 and 120Hz Promotion screen tech for the iPhone 13 Pro. However, for many, that was it. ... Read more

Latest Microsoft Edge Dev build has "plenty to be excited about"

Microsoft just announced the release of a new Microsoft Edge Dev channel update, this week coming in at version 95.0.1011.1. According to the company's Twitter page, this update brings "plenty to be excited about." If that peaked your interest, we ... Read more

September Patch Tuesday updates are now available for Windows 10 versions 21H2 and older

Microsoft has released today the September Patch Tuesday updates for all supported versions of Windows 10, which include all fixes released in the latest optional updates released earlier this month. The same KB5005565 patch is now available for users running ... Read more

Registration for Microsoft Ignite's free 2021 digital event in November is now open

Microsoft previously announced that a second Ignite 2021, the (semi-) annual conference for IT pros, "decision-makers, developers, data professionals, security professionals and others," would happen as another all digital event on November 2-4, 2021, and now it's open for registration.

Disney's Movies Anywhere digital locker service is now available on Xbox consoles

Movies Anywhere, Disney's digital locker service that lets consumers consolidate their digital movie purchases in one single place now has an official app on Xbox consoles (via Engadget). The app lets US consumers view their purchased movies from iTunes, Google ... Read more

Microsoft Teams public preview adds new "Top Hits" section to improve Search suggestions

Microsoft Teams search function is about to get some major updates this month. The company on September 16 will be rolling out two new features to public preview users that should help to improve the search experience in Teams. First ... Read more

Aragami 2, Subnautica: Below Zero, and more are coming to Xbox Game Pass this month

Microsoft has revealed today the next new games coming to Xbox Game Pass in September, which includes a lot of [email protected] titles. Aragami 2, Subnautica: Below Zero, and seven other games will be available on Console, PC, and Xbox Cloud ... Read more

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