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1TB SSD for Xbox Series X and S shows up online for pre-order at $220
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft's upcoming Xbox consoles, the Series X and S, are the company's first to come with internal SSDs for storage, but not only that, they're using what Microsoft calls the Xbox Velocity Architecture. With technologies like DirectStorage and Sampler Feedback Streaming, the internal SSD offers speeds up to 2.4Gbps for raw data, but Microsoft is also giving users the ability to expand that storage with new custom external SSDs that match the speeds of the internal drive, and now, we know how much they'll cost.
Seagate's 1TB Game Drive for the Xbox Series X and S has gone up for pre-order on Best Buy, and it comes with a $219.99 price tag. This is a PCIe Gen4 x2 SSD, and considering the 1TB capacity, it's not too far off from standard SSDs with similar specs. However, the Xbox Series S ships with a smaller 512GB SSD inside, and it doesn't support discs, so there's a good chance you'll need to spend those extra $219.99 on top of the console's price, bringing the total cost north of $500.
You can also use traditional external drives to expand your storage, be it an SSD or HDD, but games designed for Xbox Series X and S won't run from these slower drives. You can only use these to carry your games from previous generations.
Just like the console itself and other accessories, the new Game Drive is set to ship on November 10, so you can pre-order it today to get it at launch.
Microsoft Edge 85.0.564.63
by Razvan Serea
Introducing the new Microsoft Edge. Rebuilt from the ground up to bring you world-class compatibility and performance, the security and privacy you deserve, and new features designed to bring you the best of the web. Microsoft Edge is also available on iOS and Android, providing a true cross-platform experience. The new Microsoft Edge provides world class performance with more privacy, more productivity and more value while you browse.
The new Microsoft Edge is now compatible with your favorite extensions, so it’s easy to personalize your browsing experience.
Microsoft Edge 85.0.564.63 changelog:
Security updates are listed here Download: Microsoft Edge 85.0.564.63 (32-bit) | 81.6 MB (Freeware)
Download: Microsoft Edge 85.0.564.63 (64-bit) | 88.1 MB
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By Rich Woods
Microsoft will have more Xbox Series X and S consoles at launch
by Rich Woods
Yesterday, after a long wait, pre-orders went live for the Xbox Series X and the lower-powered Xbox Series S. As you can probably imagine, both consoles were sold out pretty quickly. If you still want one on day one, don't worry, as you'll still get a chance.
Microsoft confirmed via Twitter that retailers will have additional units available on launch day. It's not surprising, as it's common for companies with popular products to want to offer an in-store experience to fans that want one. For example, Apple's iPhones tend to sell out on day one, but it always has a stock in Apple Stores for those camping out overnight to be one of the first with the new smartphone.
Another thing the company said was to sign up with retailers for updates. This implies that there will be additional units coming in stock for pre-orders. But of course, you'll want to stay on top of it. Sign up with as many retailers as you can, and when someone says that it has the model you want, act fast.
As noted in the tweet, the next-generation Xbox consoles are set to arrive on November 10.
By Abhay V
Google brings Flutter to Windows in Alpha form, aims to add UWP support soon
by Abhay Venkatesh
Just a day after popular Apple-developed programming language Swift made it to Windows, Google has announced that it is bringing Flutter – its open-source, cross-platform framework – to Windows in Alpha form. The search giant has been working to bring the development platform to Windows for some time and there has even been a technical preview since June. The Alpha is supported on Windows 7 and newer.
Flutter provides developers the ability to reuse code when building apps for multiple platforms while also leveraging the native capabilities of each platform. The Mountain View giant says that as per its own statistics, more than half of Flutter developers use Windows and that the addition of support for native desktop elements and APIs further expands the reach of the cross-platform framework.
While the platform began with touch-based OSes like iOS and Android, it has added support for other input methods such as keyboards, mice, and more, while also adapting for larger screen sizes. This also includes support for plugins that work in unison with native code, bringing more capabilities to apps developed using the framework. The list of added components for the alpha version includes:
The company has also created sample apps for developers to reference, which can be downloaded from GitHub here. Interested users can also head here to read more about how the app was built. The firm has also updated the Flutter Gallery app with support for desktop platforms to exhibit the prowess of the framework. The Flutter SDK can be downloaded from here. Google also recommends that developers read the additional requirements here and has provided a detailed document on getting started in its blog post.
The firm has also created a few plugins, such as the URL launcher for launching URLs in the browser from Flutter apps, and more. Developers can also build their own plugins for Windows. There are various other resources that have been listed in the document here.
With the Alpha release now out, Google says that it is working towards “completing the feature set and stabilizing the product for release”. It is working to improve “accessibility, globalization and localization, enhanced keyboard and text handling, support for command line arguments, and more”.
In addition to supporting Win32 APIs, the company said that it is also working to bring a UWP version of the Flutter shell to add support for platforms such as Xbox and Windows 10X. It has also released a UWP version of the Flutter Gallery app in the Microsoft Store as a proof of concept.
Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 20221
by João Carrasqueira
A new Wednesday is upon us, and of course, that means it's time for a new Windows 10 build for Insiders enrolled in the Dev channel, which used to be called the Fast ring. Microsoft has just released build 20221, and it only comes with a new Meet Now feature.
In addition to the new feature, there are some smaller changes in this release. For example, Microsoft has removed the People app from the Start menu, and you can only access it through Mail and Calendar.
Naturally, the build also comes with a list of bug fixes that should also make the experience better, including a fix for Windows Update while downloading updates. Here's the full list:
And, of course, it wouldn't be a Windows 10 build without some known issues, and build 20221 has a sizeable serving of them. While updates won't get stuck in the "downloading" state anymore, build upgrades can still take a while. Here's the full list of issues:
As usual, it's worth keeping in mind that these builds are in the vNext development branch, and they're not tied to a specific public release of Windows 10. New features that get added for Insiders may take a while to make their way to the general public.