New features in KB5022913 update, Microsoft's defense of Activision Blizzard bid
WE’RE HAVING A MOMENT HERE
- Microsoft released Moment 2 for Windows 11 version 22H2 on Tuesday. And go figure, but this time the rollout went as planned and was (mostly) communicated correctly.
- Users with eligible PCs running Windows 11 version 22H2 can install the February 2023 optional non-security preview release today by visiting Windows Update settings (Settings > Windows Update) and selecting Check for updates. The update will then become "officially" available on March 14, 2023 (Patch Tuesday).
- Search (Taskbar). Can be configured to hide, icon only, icon and label (pill), search box. Bing AI integration in search so you can start a chat from your PC desktop. (It opens in the browser.) Check this out, it uses your default browser! But the Bing AI integration is non-existent.
- Updated UX for notification area (formerly system tray) - can now arrange the icons, including those in the hidden pop-up.
- Touch-optimized Taskbar for 2-in-1s. Automatic when keyboard removed.
- File Explorer: Faster search and recommended local and cloud files in Home.
- Notepad has tabs.
- AI-powered recommended content (files) in Start for managed orgs only.
- Full-screen widgets.
- Windows 365 app is now GA in the Store.
- Coming soon: iPhone integration with the Phone Link app. Messages (with limitations, not true iMessage), phone calls, notifications.
- Windows Studio Effects - Find and adjust quick settings (eye contact, background blur, voice focus, and automatic framing) directly from the taskbar. Requires an NPU.
- Snipping Tool enhancements – Built-in screen recorder with autosave functionality
- Energy use recommendations – Greater control over defaults plus tips to help decrease energy usage
- New accessibility features – Seamless switching between Narrator and other screen readers when using braille display; voice commands work across apps and File Explorer
- After 18 months of Windows 11, one thing is clear: Windows 11 is designed almost exclusively for consumers, not business users, and this (and the lack of an LTSC version) explains why the enterprise has ignored this release so far.
- Paul finally had a chance to test Windows 11 on Arm in Parallels Desktop on the Mac in multiple configurations
- Because it dumps an ISO in your Downloads folder, Paul was able to rescue a WOA-based PC from the Insider Program
- Microsoft offers Windows Insiders in Beta a temporary “off-ramp” (read: magic window) to get out of the program
- HP reported an 18.8 percent revenue decline in most recent quarter. It too had some small positives in its estimates for the future.
- Microsoft will win the battle for Activision Blizzard because it is right and there is no logical reason to deny them
- New report claims Microsoft has sold 18.5 million Xbox Series X|S consoles
- PC Game Pass comes to 40 new markets in preview
- Xbox Games with Gold gets three new titles in March
- Microsoft releases new content for Flight Simulator and Forza Horizon 5
Tips & Picks
- Tip of the week: Learn a new skill
- App pick of the week: Rufus
- This week on RunAs: Reliability Management with Leslie Cardero
- Brown liquor pick of the week: Bowmore 15
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