Microsoft promotes ‘full-Chromium’ Edge to Beta, touts enterprise skillset

Microsoft this week pushed the “full-Chromium” Edge one step closer to a production release with the launch Tuesday of a Beta build for macOS and all supported editions of Windows, including 7 and 10.”Beta is the third and final preview channel which will come online before launch,” wrote Joe Belfiore, a top Windows executive, in an Aug. 20 post to a company blog. “Beta represents the most stable preview channel, as features are added to Beta only after they have cleared quality testing in first the Canary channel and then the Dev channel.”To read this article in full, please click here


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Windows 10’s fall upgrade: Yep, it’s a service pack

Microsoft last week tacitly confirmed that this year’s fall upgrade for Windows 10 will, in fact, be service pack-like, in effect a rerun of the May 2019 Update, aka Windows 10 1903On Thursday, Microsoft delivered two previews to what it continues to call 19H2, a reference to the second-half upgrade in its twice-annual cadence for Windows 10. Some Insiders – the volunteer participants in the Windows 10 beta program – would get one build while others would get another.[ Related: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Key enterprise features ]The difference? “A subset of Insiders in the Slow ring will have features turned off by default, and another subset will have them turned on by default,” wrote Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft employees and the public faces of Windows Insider. “We are testing the ability to ship these updates with features turned off by default so that we can then


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Windows 10’s Linux Kernel Is Now Available

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build this week featuring the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2. WSL 2 includes a real Linux kernel that lets you run more Linux software on Windows and with better performance than WSL 1. From a report: This is part of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18917, released on June 12, 2019. It’s part of the fast ring of updates. You can experiment with it today, although you’ll have to join the Windows Insider program and get unstable builds of Windows 10 on your PC. Microsoft’s Windows Command Line blog offers more information about WSL 2, complete with an install guide, list of user experience changes, and more documentation. To install WSL 2 on the latest insider build, run the following command in a PowerShell window launched with Administrator permissions: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform.

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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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Microsoft Will Now Pester Windows 7 Users To Upgrade To Windows 10 With Pop-ups

Mark Wilson writes: Anyone who is still using Windows 7 doesn’t have much longer until the operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft. Come January 14, 2020 only those enterprise customers who are willing to pay for Extended Security Updates will receive any kind of support. Microsoft has already done a lot to encourage Windows 7 diehards to make the move to Windows 10, and now it is stepping things up a gear. Throughout 2019, the company will show pop-up notifications in Windows 7 about making the switch to the latest version of Windows.

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Why Does My Laptop Take 30 Minutes to Start Up?

One of the more annoying situations you can encounter is a desktop or laptop that takes forever to load. It gets there eventually, but one of the surest signs that something has gone wrong is when your system takes a lot longer to boot into Windows or macOS than ever before—especially if you’re waiting minutes, not…Read more…


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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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