Intel has confirmed that it's stopping direct investment in the NUC business and will pivot to support its partners instead.
Amazon is encouraging Android developers to reach the desktop market through its Windows 11 Appstore support.
Although support for Android apps on Windows 11 was one of the headlining features when the operating system was announced back in 2021, users quickly found out that only a handful of apps in the Amazon Appstore are officially supported in the preview. Even with this limited scope, the associated experience offered by Android apps on Windows 11 wasn't good, and the implementation had a lot of notable issues. However, Amazon and Microsoft have been working out some kinks and the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 has now hit general availability for developers.
Google's AI chatbot is reportedly being tested in several real hospitals since April 2023, paving the way for AI-powered healthcare.
Following the hype created by Microsoft Bing and OpenAI's ChatGPT, Google is arguably playing catch-up to the competition. After the lukewarm initial release of Bard, Google announced that it is moving its AI-powered search chatbot to the PaLM 2 language model back in May. Alongside this, it also shared models for Sec-PaLM2 and Med-PaLM2 for those in the cybersecurity and the medical industry, respectively. It turns out that the latter of these two large language models (LLMs) is already being trialed in real environments.
Microsoft added a whopping 45 features and enhancements to Teams during June 2023, including Spatial audio and a new chat density.
Microsoft Teams gets new features on a regular basis to enhance online communication and collaboration. Back in May 2023, Microsoft added loads of features to the software in order to attract new customers and facilitate the existing ones. Now, the company has published a roundup of all the capabilities it introduced to Teams in June 2023, with the features totaling a whopping 45 in number.
Microsoft has added a boatload of features to Excel this month across multiple platforms including web, Windows, and Mac.
Microsoft Excel is heavily utilized both in enterprise environments and personal use for multiple scenarios like data crunching, visualizations, testing, documentation, and planning, among many other things. As such, the Redmond tech giant regularly adds new features to the software to make sure it meets emerging use-cases and enhances existing ones. It also publishes a roundup of all the capabilities it added to Excel on a monthly basis, and now, it has done the same for the month of June 2023.
Windows Copilot is finally making its debut for Windows Insiders, giving us a first look at AI in Windows 11.
It's taken some time, but Windows Copilot is finally available for Windows Insiders to try starting today. Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 build 23493 to Insiders in the Dev channel, and the headlining feature is the introduction of the company's new AI assistant, simply called Copilot. We've seen Copilot used for Microsoft 365 and GitHub, but this is the most widespread implementation of it yet. The new build includes a lot more changes, too.
Microsoft claims that Edge has offered $3.7 billion in savings to shoppers worldwide in the last one year.
As part of its push to incorporate AI into most of its products and services, Microsoft has now announced new AI-powered shopping tools in Bing and Edge in a move that the company claims will help shoppers save more while buying goods online. In a statement, the company said that the new tools harness the power of AI to make it "easier to discover, research and complete your purchase, all in one place with information you need from expert sources." The new features include Buying Guide, Price Match, and Review Summaries.
While we wait for Copilot, an unofficial Clippy app has launched for Windows 11, bringing ChatGPT-like features to your desktop.
Remember Clippy? The assistant found in Microsoft Office in the late 90s and early 2000s is making a return, albeit unofficially, with a new app for Windows 11. The new Clippy app brings the idea of a smart assistant to the modern era thanks to the power of AI, specifically leveraging OpenAI's GPT 3.5 large language model.
Stardock's latest customization tool for Windows 11 aims to bring your desktop to life with animated backgrounds.
Stardock is launching yet another customization tool for Windows 11 today. With tools like WindowBlinds and Groupy 2 under its belt, Stardock has just announced DeskScapes 11, an app for finding and managing Windows 11 wallpapers. It's more than that, though, because it also supports animated wallpapers, something Windows 11 can't do.
Google now makes it easier to access all your favorite visual effects in Meet.
Google Meet is one of the best video chat services available, especially if you're someone or a company that's heavily invested in Google's ecosystem. Google has been doing a great job adding features to the service over the past couple of months, with a new picture-in-picture mode, support for 1080p video, and more. While this latest update isn't the most exciting, it does bring some quality-of-life improvements, making it much easier to access video effects and also adding a reframing tool.
Microsoft is rolling out the June preview update for Windows 11 and it's a significant one that enables features from the Moment 3 update for everyone
The June preview update for WIndows 11, version 22H2 is now out. Coming in as KB5027303, build 22621.1928, this release is a pretty big one compared to what we've gotten in the past. It enables features from the Windows 11 Moment 3 update for everyone. Previously some of these things were either turned off, or just in A/B testing. There's also a round of improvements, on top of the usual bug fixes.
Microsoft could be working on a version of Windows 365 for consumers, based on what's written in an internal document
According to redacted internal documents released to the public as part of Microsoft's legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission over its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Windows 11 could soon be heading to the cloud for more users. While Microsoft already offers this as a service for enterprise users, dubbed as Windows 365, the documents make it apparent that the Redmond firm is planning to put Windows in the cloud for consumers, too. That means that soon there's a chance that you might be able to stream and use Windows 11 on any device you own.
Razer Skins is a new option for customizing your laptop or game console.
The company behind some of the best products for gaming is now entering a new product category with Razer Skins. Razer shared its new lineup of decorative skins that can be applied to some of your favorite devices like the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and X, Steam Deck, and more. As you might expect, Razer is offering cutting-edge designs that can breathe new life into some of your favorite products.
The newest Windows 11 Dev Channel build allows you to enroll and use a passkey to sign into apps and websites in place of your password.
It's a busy day today to be a Windows Insider. Microsoft has rolled out both a new Windows 11 Dev channel build, and the usual two builds over on the Beta channel. The Dev channel build, coming in at 23486, adds some passwordless improvements to Windows. Meanwhile, on the beta channel, there's build 22631.1906 for those with new features rolling out and then build 22621.1906 for those with features off by default. We have the scoop right here for you on everything you need to know.
The DuckDuckGo browser on Mac released last year, while the Android and iOS versions have been around for years
DuckDuckGo has finally launched the first public beta of its web browser on Windows. The launch comes around three and a half months after the company released the closed beta for Windows users, and almost a year after the beta version launched on Mac. As you'd expect from DuckDuckGo, the browser comes with a ton of privacy and security-related features, including a built-in password manager and an ad blocker. The new browser also comes with a native video player (Duck Player) that can block tracking cookies and personalized ads on YouTube.
Google is adding PDF OCR technology to Chrome, so users can convert things in an image to text, and easily read or access them
Google is tweaking Chrome so that it's even easier for those who have difficulty reading to use. The company will be bringing a new option to the browser in the coming months which will allow you to turn images into text.
A new program could launch this year to highlight and distinguish premium ChromeOS devices.
Chromebooks are often considered affordable Windows laptop replacements, and while there are some budget Chromebooks, there are also some high-end models that are extremely capable, with the ability to harness powerful productivity tools for video editing, music creation, gaming, and more. But consumers don't always need more power, and having less power doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad product. If you go out to your local Best Buy, it might be hard to distinguish models that provide a great experience, from models that don't. That's where Google's Chromebook X program could help differentiate these types of products, reserving the label for premium ChromeOS devices.
Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel are getting treated to a new build that enabled previous features that were in a gradual rollout
Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 22H2 build to Windows Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview channel. This build is a fairly significant one since it enables many features and enhancements to Windows that were previously in the much dreaded gradual rollout. Essentially, this build enables all the features part of the Moment 3 update.
The new web-based Outlook is going to replace the inbox Mail and Calendar apps on Windows 11, starting in 2024 on new Windows 11 devices
Microsoft is finally killing off the classic Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Mail and Calendar apps in Windows 11. The company announced today in a support page that starting in 2024, all new Windows 11 devices will be shipped with the free and new web-based Outlook for Windows as the default mailbox experience.
Big news if you're a Google Domains user, as the deal is set to close later this year.
Squarespace has entered an agreement that will allow it to purchase Google Domains' assets. While the news comes as a bit of a surprise, the complete details of the deal weren't published. But one of the major acquisitions of this purchase will be roughly 10 million domains that will be transitioned to Squarespace. Google Domains will begin winding down its business, and although it doesn't explicitly state it, it's expected to shut down the service following the completion of the sale.
Windows 11 is now able to detect if you're interacting with a specific app's notification or not and will offer you the option to turn it off
Microsoft is rolling out new Windows 11 builds to Windows Insiders enrolled in the Beta Channel. There's build 22631.1900 for those with new features rolling out and then build 22621.1900 for those with new features off by default. Both are small releases, but the major changes come in build 22631.1900, which tests ways to reduce annoying notifications from apps.