Hands-on: First public previews of Chromium-based Edge are now out

Enlarge / There’s really no difference between how the Ars front page looks in Edge and Chrome.
Microsoft’s switch to using the Chromium engine to power its Edge browser was announced in December last year, and the first public preview build is out now. Canary builds, updated daily, and Dev builds, updated weekly, are available for Windows 10. Versions for other operating systems and a beta that’s updated every six weeks are promised to be coming soon.
Chromium is the open source browser project run by Google. It includes the Blink rendering engine (Google’s fork of Apple’s WebKit), V8 JavaScript engine, Google’s software-based sandboxing, and the browser user interface. Google builds on Chromium for its Chrome browser, and a number of third-party browsers, including Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave, also use Chromium.
As a result, every Chromium browser offers more or less the same performance and Web compatibility. Indeed, this is a big

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What Microsoft’s ‘full-Chromium’ Edge browser brings to the table

Nearly three months ago, Microsoft waved the browser white flag, saying it would scrap Edge’s original rendering engine and replace it with Blink, the engine that also powers Google’s Chrome.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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Time’s up! Microsoft is flipping the IE 10 kill switch in 2020

Microsoft has been trying to encourage users away from Windows 7 for a while now, with support officially ending next year. But it’s not just the operating system that is reaching the end of the line; Microsoft is also warning the remaining Internet Explorer 10 users that support ends in 2020, advising that it is time to migrate to Internet Explorer 11. In a warning posted on its IT Pro Blog, Microsoft says that after January 2020, Internet Explorer 10 will no longer be supported. The company states, quite definitively, that it will “not release any security or non-security updates,… [Continue Reading]

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Microsoft updates Teams for education, unveils low-cost Windows 10 devices

Microsoft is ramping up efforts to appeal to the education market, with updates to its Teams group messaging app that supports collaboration between students, teachers and staff members. Among the features announced at the Bett 2019 education technology conference in London this week: integration with student information systems and the ability for teachers to grade school work on mobile devices. Microsoft also unveiled several low-budget Windows 10-based laptops and two-in-ones to take on Google Chromebooks, which have proved popular in schools.To read this article in full, please click here

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Windows 10 has a built-in free screen recorder that you might not know about

You’ve very probably been using Windows 10 for a long time now, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve discovered everything it has to offer. The operating system is packed with features, but there are some that are hidden away to the extent that they could be considered secrets. One such gem is the screen recording tool. What? You didn’t know that Windows 10 could record videos of on-screen activity? You’re not alone. The screen recorder is built into the Game bar and you may well not have seen it. If you’ve ever wondered how to make video of what you’re… [Continue Reading]

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Microsoft ends Windows 7 support one year from today

Article note: How many law schools are still running Windows 7?It took until last month for Windows 10 to finally overtake Windows 7’s usage share but the older OS remains hugely popular. Mainstream support for Windows 7 stopped in January 2015, but users have continued to receive security fixes and patches for known issues as part of Microsoft’s extended support, which runs for five years. However, that’s due to come to an end on January 14 2020, exactly one year from today. The cessation of support could prove a nightmare for enterprises, as according to a new ‘Death of Windows 7’ report from content delivery firm, Kollective, as many as… [Continue Reading]

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Windows 10 1903 to seize 7GB of user storage space for smoother upgrades

Windows 10’s next feature upgrade will commandeer 7GB of a personal computer’s storage space to better ensure updates are properly processed, Microsoft announced Monday.The drive space, dubbed “Reserved storage,” will be set aside starting with what Microsoft will likely name “Windows 10 April 2019 Update” and mark as 1903 in its four-character yymm label. The feature upgrade may begin distribution in March or April.[ Further reading: Top 35 free apps for Windows 10 ]”Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space,” Jesse Rajwan, a program manager in the storage and file systems group, said in a Jan. 7 post to a company blog.To read this article in full, please click here

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Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

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There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor.
Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. Oh no.
The new and improved Notepad now has better Unicode support, defaulting to saving files as UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark; this is the standard way of encoding UTF-8 data, as it maximizes compatibility with software expecting ASCII text. The status bar will now show the encoding being used, too.
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WLinux, the First Paid-for Linux Distro for Windows 10, Goes On Sale on Microsoft Store

puddingebola shares a report: WLinux is a $20 open-source, Debian-based distribution, designed to run on Windows 10’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). The WSL allows Windows 10 to run various GNU/Linux distros inside Windows as Microsoft Store apps, providing access to Ubuntu, openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Kali Linux, and others. The WSL has disadvantages over a running a dedicated GNU/Linux system. For example, there’s no official support for desktop environments or graphical applications, and I/O performance bottlenecks, but it is being improved over time. The developers of WLinux describe it as a “fast Linux terminal environment for developers”, saying it is the first distribution to be “pre-configured and optimized to run specifically on Windows Subsystem for Linux”. Announcing WLinux’s availability, Microsoft program manager Tara Raj, called out the wlinux-setup tool, “which allows users to easily set up common developer toolchains, and removes unsupported features like systemd.”

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