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Microsoft acknowledges the blurry News and Interests text issue on Windows 10
by Anmol Mehrotra
Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced News and Interests, a feature that allowed Windows 10 users to access weather, news, traffic updates and more directly from the taskbar. Just last month, Microsoft started rolling out the News and Interests feature to all the Windows 10 users.
However, soon after the update was released, users started complaining about the blurry text in News and Interests on the taskbar. Earlier today, Microsoft updated its Windows 10 Health Dashboard page to acknowledge the bug. The company wrote:
The company also noted that it is working on a fix which will be available in an "upcoming release". However, it did not specify the display configurations that are affected by the bug or when can users expect a patch.
In the meantime, users can navigate to Settings > System > Display and set the recommended Scale and Layout. Furthermore, they can also switch News and Interests to 'icon only' which will hide the text and will act as a temporary workaround for the problem. If you are not happy with the feature then you can follow our guide to turn off the News and Interests widget permanently.
Games with Gold: Injustice: Gods Among Us and Shadows: Awakening are now free
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Since it's the halfway point of a month again, it is time for another Games with Gold promotion. As previously scheduled, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can now claim two more bonus games as a membership benefit, with them being the fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us and the isometric RPG Shadows: Awakening.
Both games have backward compatibility support for newer generation consoles. As such, Shadows: Awakening can be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S systems, while Injustice: Gods Among Us is up for grabs across the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S systems.
Use the links below to directly claim the games on to a Gold activated account:
Shadows: Awakening (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
If anyone missed it, The King's Bird from the previous Games with Gold wave is still available for claiming as well. This is slated to be replaced by the July games of the promotion on June 30.
Keep in mind that the games claimed through the service are attached to accounts in different ways depending on their original platforms. Xbox 360 titles will continue being playable even after Xbox Live Gold is allowed to run out, but Games with Gold Xbox One games are only playable while the account has an active subscription.
By Abhay V
Microsoft is holding a virtual event focused on "hybrid work" later this week
by Abhay Venkatesh
Earlier this year, reports emerged that Microsoft was planning to hold special virtual events to share more about its various business units. While the firm usually bundles many announcements during large conferences such as Build and Ignite, these events were said to be more specific and aimed at providing granular information on the firm’s offerings.
Last week, the company had a lot to share about its plans for Xbox – ahead of its E3 announcements – which could be considered as the gaming platform-specific event. Next week is when the big Windows event is planned where the Redmond giant will show off the “next generation of Windows”, with speculation ripe that the firm will unveil Windows 11. Filling in the gap between these is an event termed “The future of hybrid work” that the firm is holding on June 17.
Image credit: Microsoft “Hybrid workplace” is a buzzword that is being used by Microsoft to signal the change in workflows across the world post the pandemic that forced employees to work remotely. While the event page features an image of users on a Teams call in a Together mode setting, it does not provide much in the way of information. Interestingly, the screenshot included in the invite page is similar to that of the one used in a recent concept video of what the company believes meeting rooms will look like in the future.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see feature announcements for offerings such as Teams and OneDrive, bringing collaboration and productivity-focused improvements to its Microsoft 365 suite of apps. The firm could introduce some Outlook enhancements too. It is anybody's guess as to what else would be included and if there are any surprises. The event is slated to be held virtually at 6 AM PT/9 AM ET and can be streamed from the event page here.
Halo Infinite multiplayer detailed, brings in personal AIs for players
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
It was only yesterday that 343 Industries unveiled the first gameplay of Halo Infinite multiplayer, and already, another information drop has landed. The studio today gave an overview of the free-to-play venture's updated sandbox, the new Academy training system, bots, Spartan customization, battle pass, and other elements.
The Academy will be an onboarding experience for new players to Halo multiplayer, providing tutorials, weapon drills, and even a training mode with bots for those looking for a warmup before matchmaking.
The grappling hook that has gotten a lot of focus is a piece of equipment you pick up in multiplayer, letting you swing around maps while pulling in weapons and other equipment as well as zipping towards players and vehicles. Powerups like overshield and camouflage are now user activated after picking up, and dying before getting to activate means they drop on the ground for someone else to use.
Meanwhile, vehicles now have a damage system, letting wheels and various parts break off in combat affecting their maneuverability. Speaking of vehicles, 343 is introducing the Razorback as a more spacious and robust version of the Warthog, and alongside troops, it can also carry detached turrets, power weapons, fusion coils, and even objective items in a storage compartment on its back.
The new Personal AI system lets Spartans choose a helpful companion in multiplayer, complete with appearance and personality customization. These will give you "moment to moment updates" such as instructions to go back to base after picking up an enemy flag. Don't worry, the Halo announcer is still there for jumping in with quips for the big moments.
Moving on to customization, your super soldier's body type, voice, optional prosthetics, individual armor pieces, weapons, vehicles, and more can all be tinkered with heavily. Moreover, it's not just in-game this can be done, as both the HaloWaypoint website and app will allow the capability from the outside.
The studio reiterated that there won't be any loot boxes in Halo Infinite, and all content that can be unlocked via progression, the battle passes, or purchased on the shop will be cosmetic in nature. Battle passes will also remain in the game after a season ends so players could go back and earn something they missed out on later.
Halo Infinite's campaign and the free multiplayer portion is coming to PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam, as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles this holiday. Head here to sign up for upcoming flights. The title will have cross-progression across all platforms, and while crossplay will also be a feature, it's unclear if this is only for certain modes or if it will be enabled across everything.
Here are all the Xbox Game Pass arrivals announced at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Xbox and Bethesda Showcase today had quite a hefty selection of premieres and updates, including Starfield and Xbox Mini Fridge, and a massive portion of them was also announced to be Xbox Game Pass arrivals on day one. Alongside those, the company also put together another list of already-launched games that will be coming to its subscription platform today.
The 10 games available today are mostly from Bethesda's catalog that were missing from the previous wave that landed when the ZeniMax acquisition went through. Moreover, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is also here, one of the most well-received RPGs from last year. Here are the games:
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Cloud, Console, and PC) Arx Fatalis (PC) Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PC, Cloud, and Console) Doom (Cloud and Console) Fallout (PC) Fallout 2 (PC) Fallout 3 (PC, Cloud, and Console) Fallout: New Vegas (Newly added for PC, Cloud, and Console) Fallout: Tactics (PC) Rage (Cloud and Console) The Evil Within 2 (PC, Cloud, and Console) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PC, Cloud, and Console) As for what's coming later, here's what Microsoft had to show regarding Xbox Game Pass locked in games with at least a release window, sorted by the dates:
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Cloud, Xbox Series X|S) – July 27 Hades (PC, Cloud, and Console) – August 21 Among Us (Cloud and Console) – 2021 Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance (PC, Cloud, and Console) – June 22 The Ascent (PC, Cloud, and Console) – July 29 Twelve Minutes (PC, Cloud, and Console) – August 19 Psychonauts 2 (PC, Cloud, and Console) – August 25 Aragami 2 (PC, Cloud, and Console)) – September 17 Sable (PC, Cloud, and Console) – September 23 Scorn (PC, Cloud, and Series X|S) – Fall 2021 The Anacrusis (PC, Cloud, and Console) – Fall 2021 Back 4 Blood (PC, Cloud, and Console) – October 12 Age of Empires IV (PC) – October 28 Forza Horizon 5 (PC, Cloud, and Console) – November 9 Shredders (PC, Cloud, and Console) – December 2021 Halo Infinite (PC, Cloud, and Console) – Holiday 2021 Hello Neighbor 2 (PC, Cloud, and Console) – 2021 The Gunk (PC, Cloud, and Console) – 2021 Finally, we get to the games that do not yet have a launch date attached to them, but will still be day one arrivals to the subscription platforms of Microsoft:
A Plague Tale: Requiem Atomic Heart Redfall Eiyuden Chronicle Hundred Heroes Eiyuden Chronicle Rising Contraband Party Animals Replaced Slime Rancher 2 Somerville S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl Starfield The Outer Worlds 2 As always, Microsoft teased even more game announcements for the service that will be coming soon, which will probably happen later this week to join the first June wave. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is currently discounted to $1 for three months for anyone who wants to give the subscription a try.