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By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft announces game stories in the Xbox app
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft announced today a new feature in the Xbox app for Android and iOS that's inspired by a popular feature from various social networking apps. The Xbox app is adding stories from various game brands such as Forza, Halo, and Sea of Thieves.
The new stories feature has been showcased on Xbox's official Twitter account, and it has a similar interface that you can find on social networking platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Unlike stories from those services, however, the Xbox app's version displays the buttons for likes, shares, and comments at the bottom of the screen as well as their corresponding numbers.
Stories can be found below the cards of game titles and are labeled "official posts from games" instead of "stories". This means the content you will see are coming only from game brands you follow instead of from your friends like you can with most social media apps. There's no word on whether Microsoft will give users the ability to post stories on the app.
The new experience should be a welcome development for those who want to receive updates from their favorite game brands or studios. It also expands the app's capabilities after Microsoft added support for remote play last year along with a new UI that debuted on Xbox consoles with the October 2020 update.
By Abhay V
Microsoft's OneDrive updates for May include file sharing improvements and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
As is the case every month, Microsoft has detailed the changes and improvements made to OneDrive across platforms in the month of May. This time, the list is a long one containing a bunch of features added for IT admins, mobile apps, and more. These are in addition to the macOS-specific improvements announced last week.
First up is the updated file picker for Yammer. The file upload dialog in Yammer now resembles the OneDrive file structure, with the ‘Pick file’ option displaying OneDrive files by default along with the libraries on the system and SharePoint files in Teams. Another nifty improvement addition of the option to open Immersive Reader directly in OneDrive and SharePoint, allowing users to not just read out documents, but tailor the look of the feature from within the services.
In line with the promise to bring sharing experience enhancements across the cloud storage platform, the Redmond firm has added a new Link settings section to the link sharing dialog on SharePoint on OneDrive for business. This lets users quickly tweak access permission settings and generating a link for the document.
Another useful addition for business customers that was added last month relates to sharing documents with external users. Now, admins can choose to pre-set expiration dates to files shared with external users to avoid providing access to those users beyond what is necessary. These can be enabled in the SharePoint admin center and apply to files shared on SharePoint as well as OneDrive. Admins will also be given the ability to extend access timelines to external users as desired. Speaking of IT admins, OneDrive will now let admins exclude specific file types from being synced with OneDrive.
OneDrive for iOS and Android have also received a bunch of new features, especially relating to the PDF viewer feature. Users can now jump to a specific page in PDFs via the Jump to Page feature. Additionally, for PDFs with outline metadata can now tie in with the Outline feature to let users navigate easily to the different sections in the PDF.
By Usama Jawad96
Here are the wallpapers included in the leaked Windows 11 build
by Usama Jawad
Yesterday was quite an eventful day for Windows enthusiasts. Not only did screenshots of Microsoft's upcoming operating system refresh appear online, but even an operational ISO containing the Windows 11 Pro build 21996.1 leaked online.
Of course, Neowin went hands-on with the build and you can read through our ongoing coverage containing screenshots, a hands-on, our first impressions, and a handy way to snap windows; a process which was relatively obscure in previous versions of Windows.
When it comes to new Windows builds, another element that has interested our readers in the past is bundled wallpapers. A lot of our readers are passionate about personalization features like these that Microsoft includes in its OS, and such people will be happy to know that this leaked Windows 11 build contains a brand new set of wallpapers as well.
The leaked Windows 11 build contains a grand total of 18 wallpapers grouped into five directories. You can view them in their full glory in the gallery below and feel free to download them as well if they tickle your fancy.
Stay tuned to Neowin's ongoing coverage about Windows 11!
By Steven P.
Windows 11 has a new window snapping feature
by Steven Parker
An early build of Windows 11 leaked yesterday and we've been taking it on a test run through our machines. Obviously there's a lot new to see that isn't immediately obvious, while other things remain the same as with Windows 10. However, as spotted by former Senior Editor for Neowin Tom Warren, Windows 11 now includes a very handy window snapping feature, in Windows Explorer, but also extending to any Windows apps, as can be seen above.
To invoke it, all you need to do is hover over the 'Maximize' button and it pops out a grid which lets you snap the window to the chosen position. As can be seen in the video above, to reset the window to a floating window again, simply press the maximize button twice from a snapped position. It will even default back to the original position on your screen.
The new feature actually completely replaces the 'Maximize' tooltip and the button still operates fully as it did in Windows 10, meaning if you go to it and click the button, the window will maximize, and then float the window upon clicking it again.
One curious reader commented "Is there an option to disable it?" and I can report that there is an option to disable the window snapping feature under the Multitasking options of the 'System' settings. Upon disabling 'Snap windows' nothing happens when hovering over the maximize control, the tooltip is not restored, which would be a nice first bug report for this Windows 11 feature.
Microsoft somewhat acknowledged the leaks by tweeting "This is only the Start." which, by the way, indicated to us that we've only really seen the new Start experience. Our friends over at Aggiornamenti Lumia correctly reminded us that a lot of "what's next" is still under wraps in the much more secure 'Windows Feature Experience Pack' which haven't leaked.
Thankfully we won't have to wait for very long. In eight days Microsoft will tell us more and then we expect that the new build(s) will head to the Insider channels.
If you want us to check or test something out, let us know in the comments; or you can reach out to me on Twitter.
Hands-on with the leaked Windows 11 build, new setup experience, UI changes and more [Update]
by Anmol Mehrotra
Earlier today, multiple screenshots of Microsoft's upcoming Windows update leaked online. This was followed up by an ISO leak allowing users to install and use Windows 11 ahead of the official announcement. If you are reluctant to install a leaked OS on your system, then don't worry as we have got you covered.
We installed the leaked Build 21996.1, so you don't have to and took it for a test drive. While the installation UI is still the same as it has been since Windows 7, Microsoft has completely overhauled the setup UI. Windows 11 setup includes the same steps as Windows 10, but with nice round corners on an off-white background that will look familiar to anyone who has used a MacOS.
While the setup screen shares some resemblance with MacOS, the desktop will look familiar to those who followed Windows 10X development closely before its untimely demise. When Microsoft ditched Windows 10X, the Redmond giant said that it plans to bring elements of Windows 10X to Windows 10. The most noticeable changes on the desktop are the taskbar at the bottom and the start menu. Both these changes are inspired by Windows 10X. The taskbar now has open app icons in the middle instead of being left aligned. The same is true for the start menu and search as both now occupy the middle part of the screen instead of opening to the left of the display.
Apart from these, I also checked out other first-party apps but those are carrying the same design. So, apps like Mail and Calendar, Calculator, Photos and Microsoft Store carry the same design as they had on Windows 10. The same goes for Windows Settings as well. Moving on to the File Manager, it looks the same as it did on Windows 10 but has the updated icons for folders. Microsoft has also updated the icons on the Action Center and those too are now rounded and look much better than the current Action Center. Another noticeable change on the desktop is the inclusion of widgets. Currently, the section opens a version of News and Interests widget that was introduced to Windows 10 earlier this year. Microsoft has also updated the task view with rounded corners and a better look that is more in line with the new UI.
Once Windows 11 was installed, I received two new updates from Microsoft. The first one was a generic update for Windows Defender but the second one was a cumulative update KB5004034 for Windows 10 Version Next.
Lastly, Microsoft has also included new startup and notification sounds for Windows 11 and there are new open and close animation for apps. The new animations were introduced in Windows 10 Insider Builds so Microsoft has been testing those for some time now.
Microsoft is expected to showcase the new Windows experience on June 24. According to rumours, Microsoft may just call the new update Windows 11 after all.
Update: I would like to clarify that Microsoft has added an option to move taskbar to the left so you are not stuck with it being in the middle of the screen.
Furthermore, we were able to activate our copy and thus get access to dark mode on Windows 11. You can check out screenshots of dark mode on Windows 11 below.
Windows 11 also has an overhauled snap assist that may look familiar to PowerToys users. The new feature will show pre-defined snap options when a user hovers on the maximize window option on the top right corner. You can check out our coverage on the feature for more information.
Lastly, Microsoft has also added a new Windows startup sound on Windows 11. You can head down to check it out:
We are currently testing Windows 11 and will update this article if anything new pops up.