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By Rich Woods
Microsoft reportedly set to preview Windows 10 21H1 as build 19043
by Rich Woods
Microsoft has been pretty quiet about what's going on with its next feature update. We already know that Windows 10X has RTMed, and it's going to be serviced until its spring release. We also know that because of the Windows 10X timing, Microsoft is breaking from tradition on its Windows 10 updates, and that the next major update will be in the fall instead of the spring.
What's still up in the air is if there's going to be a spring update or not. If there is, Microsoft certainly hasn't talked about it, and the Windows Insider team hasn't said a peep.
As spotted by Deskmodder.de, KB4598291 hints at a build 19043. This means a few things. For one thing, it means that Windows 10 21H1 is still happening, and it also means that it's going to be by way of an enablement package like we saw with versions 1909 and 20H2. And of course, it means that Microsoft is once again bumping the build number by one, something that it doesn't actually have to do using this method; it could have decided to put the build number on par with Windows 10X.
Windows 10 21H1 will get the same cumulative updates as Windows 10 versions 2004 and 20H2. They'll be the exact same bits, but the enablement package that puts you on the new feature update simply lights up the new features. In fact, when Microsoft starts testing this with Windows Insiders, Insiders will be getting the same bits as non-Insiders, just with more features.
As for what those new features will be, that's anyone's guess right now. Microsoft hasn't even announced this update yet, so we'll have to wait and see.
By News Staff
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Microsoft launches the Surface Laptop Go in India
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has announced the availability of Surface Laptop Go lineup in India. The Redmond giant unveiled the Surface Laptop Go lineup at the annual Surface event last October.
The laptop comes with Intel's i5-1035G1 CPU which is coupled with 4/8GB of RAM and 64/128/256GB of storage. The Surface Laptop Go also features a 12.4-inch 1536x1024 PixelSense display and a fingerprint scanner (though not on the base model). For connectivity, Microsoft includes a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
At the launch, Rajiv Sodhi, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft India said:
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go will be available in India from 22nd January via authorised resellers and online partners like Reliance Digital and Amazon India. Microsoft is also offering no-cost EMI for up to 9 months starting ₹8,000 per month (~$109). The device will cost at ₹63,499 (~$870) for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage and will go up to ₹110,999 (~$1,521) for 16GB RAM and 256GB storage. However, both the base and the top variants are reserved for commercial customers. Individuals can either pick the one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for ₹76,199 (~$1,044) or they can go for the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for ₹92,999 (~$1,274).
If you are planning to pick up the Surface Laptop Go then be sure to check out our review of the laptop.
By Hamza Jawad
Microsoft to hold free Azure Quantum Developer Workshop on February 2
by Hamza Jawad
The field of quantum computing has been a focus for several tech giants in recent years, with Intel debuting a cryogenic quantum quantum control chip in December, and Amazon unveiling support for an open-source hybrid quantum computing framework for Amazon Bracket in the same month. Earlier last year, meanwhile, Microsoft researchers solved two 20-year old quantum computing problems.
The tech giant has today announced that it will be holding a free workshop on February 2, namely the Azure Quantum Developer Workshop. For developers, this workshop will provide the opportunity to learn how to effectively contribute to the quantum ecosystem, for which Microsoft's quantum stack is discussed as well.
Microsoft will also be assisted by its industry partners over the course of this event. Each firm's showcase will be of half an hour. Starting off at 8:15 a.m. PST, 1QBit's Co-founder and CEO Andrew Fursman will exhibit demos for the utilization of Azure Quantum in experimentation with quantum computers and classic cloud compute. Moving on, Dr. Brian Neyenhuis from Honeywell Quantum Solutions will discuss his firm's systems' unique components as part of Azure Quantum, and will demonstrate a research collaboration with Microsoft as well.
Then, Sonika Johri and Matthew Keesan from IonQ - the Senior Quantum Applications Researcher and the VP Product Development, respectively - will describe IonQ's system architecture and real-world applications. Finally, the Microsoft showase will be hosted by Azure Quantum Program Manager Daniel Stocker, analysing the availability of Quantum Optimization solvers and factors to consider when opting for a specific solver. A live, moderated Q&A session of 45 minutes will then conclude this workshop.
Those who are interested in availing this opportunity to learn more about quantum solutions and technologies can register for the workshop for free here. It will be held on February 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST.
By Abhay V
A possible new Surface Laptop 3 variant spotted passing through Bluetooth certification
by Abhay Venkatesh
Surface Laptop 3 Details of Microsoft’s rumored successor to the Surface Laptop 3 have been making the rounds on the web for a while now. Benchmarks of what were believed to be the Laptop 4 and the Pro 8 were spotted late last year. However, with the introduction of the Surface Pro 7+ – a refreshed version of the Pro 7 sporting Intel’s 11th-gen chips – aimed completely at businesses, it is possible that the Redmond firm is readying a version of the Laptop 3 as well that is aimed at businesses.
A new Bluetooth SIG certification listing (spotted by WinCentral) provides credence to that theory, as it mentions versions of the Surface Pro 7 and the Laptop 3 listed for certification on January 18. The descriptions in the listing also point to 13.5-inch and 15-inch models. Additionally, the model numbers specified in the certification for the devices coincide with a now deleted tweet from Twitter user cozyplanes. The “1950” model number was the rumored one for the Laptop 4. The certification listing contains models 1952, 1953, 1958, and 1959 – possibly pointing to two variants of the 13.5-inch and 15-inch devices each. The two Pro 7 models might also point to the recently released Wi-Fi-only and LTE versions of the Pro 7+.
Reports from last year suggest that the company is planning on equipping the 13.5-inch versions of the device with AMD processors for the first time, in addition to refreshes to the Intel variants. It is anyone’s guess if these devices will be called the Laptop 3+, or if there are plans to offer the new devices to consumers as well with the Laptop 4 branding.
The advantages of offering the Pro 7+ to businesses without any design and dimension changes include compatibility with older peripherals and accessories, without compromising on performance. However, with Surface Laptop sporting a more traditional form factor, it will be interesting to see what the company’s strategy is with that lineup.