Microsoft releases PowerToys v0.23.0 with promise of new Video Conference utility

It’s been around a month since Microsoft last updated PowerToys for Windows 10, so it’s nice to be able to report that a new version has finally been pushed out. PowerToys v0.23.0 is a release that focuses on “stability, localization and quality of life improvements”, and there are numerous fixes to the various the utilities that make up the suite. Unfortunately, there are no new tools in this version, but Microsoft has given an update about the upcoming Video Conference utility. See also: Microsoft resolves issue that wiped out many of its services Microsoft issues warning about actively exploited Zerologon… [Continue Reading]


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Why you need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and how to do it on the cheap!

By making Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft gave people a choice of operating system, but also caused some confusion. Just what is the difference between the two, and is it worth upgrading to Pro if your computer came with the Home edition installed? Well the answer to the second question is a resounding yes! This is definitely a worthwhile upgrade — and to show you why, we’re going to highlight all of the extra features and options Pro includes. If you decide that you do want to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, we have a special offer… [Continue Reading]


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The Best Features from Windows 10’s Big May 2020 Update

Microsoft’s big May 2020 update for Windows 10 is here, and it’s packed with a bunch of new features and changes. This isn’t one of those subtle “security updates” that patches up a few bugs within Windows but doesn’t change your UI or how you interact with your operating system. It’s worth paying attention to, so I’m…Read more…


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Search is down for Windows 10 users

If you’ve tried to search for something in Windows 10 this morning you’ll likely have been greeted by an empty search window. Type something in, and you’ll get no results. Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the issue, but the problem seems to be caused by Bing’s new integration. SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s new Windows 10 search feature is just a way to force Bing and Edge on to users Reddit users have reported that the issue can be overcome by disabling Bing with this registry hack from How To Geek, but it seems likely this is only a temporary problem and… [Continue Reading]


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Download a free Windows 10 virtual machine to keep using Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11

Having now embraced the same engine as Chrome, the Chromium-based Edge is now Microsoft’s default browser. If you want to keep using Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11 for some reason, Microsoft has opened up a way to do so — and to do so safely. The company has released virtual machine images that include both web browser. Available free of charge, the images are available for a range of virtualization platforms. See also: Most antivirus companies will continue to support Windows 7 Microsoft releases update to fix Explorer problems in Windows 10 Microsoft pledges to patch Internet Explorer… [Continue Reading]


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Microsoft has a new PowerToy utility on the way — PowerLauncher

Over the last nine months Microsoft has been drip-feeding us new PowerToys for Windows 10. So far we’ve seen FancyZones, Shortcut Guide and PowerRename, and now the company is preparing to add another one. PowerLauncher is — or will be — a quick launch tool for launching apps, and it’s aimed at power users. Not only is it open source like the rest of the PowerToy collection, there is the promise that it will be extendible through the use of plugins. PowerLauncher is currently being reviewed for release, but there’s already a good deal of information about the utility available… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/01/22/microsoft-powertoys-powerlauncher/

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Here is the first stable release of Microsoft’s new Edge browser

Right on schedule, Microsoft today released the first stable version of its new Chromium-based Edge browser, just over a year after it first announced that it would stop developing its own browser engine and go with what has, for better or worse, become the industry standard.
You can now download the stable version for Windows 7, 8 and 10, as well as macOS, directly. If you are on Windows 10, you can also wait for the automatic update to kick in, but that may take a while.
Since all of the development has happened in the open, with various pre-release channels, there are no surprises in this release. Some of the most interesting forward-looking features like Collections, Microsoft’s new take on bookmarking, are still only available in the more experimental pre-release channels. That will quickly change, though, since Edge is now on a six-week release cycle.
As I’ve said throughout the development cycle,


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Microsoft introduces Windows 10X for dual-screen devices

At its annual Surface hardware event in New York, Microsoft today announced the expected set of updates to its existing hardware lineup. The biggest surprise, though, was surely the announcement of the company’s dual-screen Surface Neo, which will go on sale before the 2020 holiday season. To make this kind of dual-screen device possible, Microsoft also built a new version of Windows 10: Windows 10X.
Microsoft says it’s announcing the hardware and software today in order to get it into the hands of developers ahead of the launch.
Just like HoloLens, Surface Hub and Xbox use the core technologies of Windows 10, the dual-screen Surface, too, will run this new version, as will dual-screen devices from Dell, HP, Lenovo and other partners. Unsurprisingly, these devices — and Windows 10X — will feature improved pen support (and a virtual keyboard).

Microsoft teases Neo dual-screen Surface, set to debut holiday 2020

Windows 10X is the result


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Windows 10 KB4512941 causes high CPU usage by Cortana

Following the release of KB4512941 for Windows 10 version 1903, users have noticed a huge leap in CPU usage by Cortana. After installing the cumulative update, the Cortana process SearchUI.exe is making much higher use of the CPU for many people. The problem can arise on systems where Bing Search has been disabled, and a series of workarounds have been suggested while Microsoft works on addressing the problem. See also: Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18970 with cloud recovery feature and redesigned tablet experience Microsoft faces another European investigation over Windows 10 privacy concerns Got Bluetooth problems in Windows… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/09/02/windows-10-kb4512941-high-cpu-usage-cortana/

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