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Halo Infinite's first technical preview will focus on bots, may start next weekend
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Bazaar mapHalo Infinite's first ever multiplayer technical preview (flight) is opening its doors very soon, and to prepare the masses, 343 Industries today put forth a new Inside Infinite blog post detailing the process and what will be included in it. While a definite start date has not been given out yet, the studio says the flight is awfully close to releasing, and it "could happen as soon as next weekend."
The upcoming flight will be focused on testing the newest features Halo Infinite is introducing to the series, namely multiplayer bots, the Academy training system for Spartans, the menu and battle pass UIs, as well as the Halo Waypoint companion experience across the web and mobile platforms.
Insiders will be able to battle it out against bots in Slayer (4 players vs 4 bots) across Bazaar, Recharge, and Live Fire maps as the developer gathers feedback on bot behavior and performance. 343 says the bots won't simply be easy targets to put down either, with four skill options available: Recruit, Marine, ODST and Spartan. Here's how the studio described the bot's skill levels and how the AI won't simply be cheating to win:
Live Fire map Meanwhile, from the new Academy side, players will have weapon drills to perform with different difficulty levels and a score system based on player performance. This flight's drills will be available for the following weapons:
The initial preview will be available to hundreds of thousands of Xbox and PC players who have signed up to be Halo Insiders. The studio plans to invite every eligible Insider at some point during the numerous planned tests before Halo Infinite's launch later this year.
How to fix Windows Hello not working in the latest Windows 11 build 22000.100
by Anmol Mehrotra
Yesterday, Microsoft released another Windows 11 build to Windows Insiders in the Dev Preview ring. The new build brought improvements to the UI as well as the new Microsoft Teams integration. However, it also came with a bunch of known issues, one of which was the broken Windows Hello.
Fortunately, there is an easy fix for "Something went wrong" error when trying to use Windows Hello on Windows 11. If you are facing the issue, then you can follow the steps below to get the issue fixed:
Click on Windows Search or the Windows button Type "Device Manager" and click on 'open'. You can also right-click on the Windows button and select Device Manager. Once Device Manager is opened, double-click on "Biometric devices" Now right-click on "Windows Hello Face Software Device" and click on 'uninstall device' Once done, reboot the system, let Windows download and install the latest drivers After the installation is finished, Windows Hello should be good to go. We hope Microsoft fixes this issue in the future build. While not critical, the issue certainly can be a pain for users who rely on Windows Hello to sign-in to their devices.
For more information on Windows 11, you can check out our article on minimum system requirements as well as the list of CPUs that support Windows 11. Apart from the general requirements, Microsoft has also listed out specific feature requirements for Windows 11 including webcams, Bluetooth and Precision Touchpad on all upcoming laptops. Last month, Microsoft also updated the PC Health Check app to show why a device is not ineligible to receive the Windows 11 update. However, the company will allow some manufacturers to bypass the TPM 2.0 requirement and it is also allowing Windows Insiders with unsupported hardware to test Windows 11 Insider Builds. Several manufacturers have published a list of hardware that will be compatible with Windows 11.
If you are still out of the loop, then you can check out hands-on video. If you want to get in-depth information about Windows 11 then you can check out our article covering all the new features and changes.
By Abhay V
Here are the known issues in Windows 11 build 22000.100
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today rolled out Windows 11 build 22000.100 to Insiders running Dev channel builds. The cumulative update brings with it - among other things - improvements to the taskbar UI and the system tray, adding subtle design improvements, in line with the Windows 11 experience.
The improvements include a better UI for the system tray, along with a new visual cue for when an app requires attention on the taskbar thanks to a background task. However, the ability to run Android apps, something that the firm announced during the Windows 11 unveil event, is yet to be added. When it does make it to the OS, it will happen through the Amazon Store that will be housed within the Microsoft Store.
The firm isn't bringing any huge changes to the OS, as it is still addressing bugs and reliability concerns that are being reported by users running the Dev channel builds, while prepping the builds for the Beta channel. However, along with the list of bugs fixes, there are still a bunch of known issues that are being tracked. Here is the complete list of issues in Windows 11 build 22000.100:
Issues such as the File Explorer bug might make it difficult for users to run apps reliably, so it is best to be aware of the problems before considering these builds for your daily driver. Additionally, there are some Windows Hello issues that have workarounds.
Windows 11 build 22000.100 is rolling out via Windows Update to Dev channel users running the latest version of the OS. The release to the Beta channel should happen soon as the firm skipped releasing the latest 21H1 updates, citing the impending release of Windows 11 builds. Currently, there aren't any official ISOs available either for those hoping to perform a clean install of these builds.
By Steven P.
Windows 11 build 22000.100 is now out with taskbar improvements and Teams chat
by Steven Parker
Microsoft is today rolling out Windows 11 build 22000.100 to Insiders running Dev channel builds. The cumulative update brings with it - among other things - further integration of Teams and some additional visual tweaks to the taskbar.
What these builds are yet to add, however, is the ability to run Android apps, something that the firm announced during the Windows 11 unveil event. When the capability does make it to the OS, users will be able to run Android apps from the Amazon Store that will be housed within the Microsoft Store. Currently, there is no word on when that feature is expected to be added.
With that out of the way, here is the complete list of features being added with build 22000.100:
As usual the company has also been hard at work fixing issues with Windows 11 that have been reported by Insiders, among other things.
With the fixes come the list of known issues that users must be aware of. With the OS is still being prepped for the Beta and Release Preview channels, there are a bunch of hiccups that might make the OS unstable for daily use. You can check out the list of known issues here.
Windows 11 build 22000.100 is rolling out via Windows Update to Dev channel users running the latest version of the OS. As mentioned earlier, there is no word yet on when these builds will begin rolling out to the Beta channel, but it should happen soon as the firm skipped releasing the latest 21H1 updates, citing the impending release of Windows 11 builds. Currently, there aren't any official ISOs available either for those hoping to perform a clean install of these builds.
By Abhay V
Microsoft Edge 92 releases today, brings a new Password Health dashboard and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft will begin rolling out Edge version 92 to the stable channel today with a bunch of improvements. As is customary, the company has posted a blog detailing the new features that have been added to the browser through the course of the development of version 92, some of which have been available for Insiders to test.
The first of the announcement caters to users gearing for back-to-school shopping. A new Back to School hub is being added to Bing that aggregates and categorizes product listings based on search results for easier discovery and comparison. Additionally, the hub ties in with other shopping features present in Edge to provide price drop notifications, price history, coupons, product recommendations, and more.
Next up is the addition of the Password Health dashboard that lets users manage their passwords and ensure the integrity of their credentials. The tool allows users to check if saved passwords are strong or if they have been reused, allowing them to set up strong passwords. Users are also notified whether their saved passwords have been breached, allowing them to change them immediately.
Another new capability being added to the password management feature is the ability to use saved passwords to sign into mobile apps via the mobile version of Edge. This means that the password management tool can be used to sign into apps such as Instagram, enhancing the usability of the feature.
Microsoft is also formally introducing a new Outlook extension for Edge, in preview form. The extension lets users quickly view, draft, or search for emails, check To Do lists and calendar invites, and more, right from a flyout in the browser, negating the need to navigate to the dedicated app or the Outlook web app for quick actions. The offering is not tied to a specific version of the browser and can be downloaded from the Add-ons page.
Other minor feature additions include the ability to save web captures to an existing or new collection, making it easy to collate screenshots in the browser for use later. The firm is also adding support for reactions to news items on the New Tab page, allowing users to react to and comment on news items. The firm adds that the feature is limited to some markets and is expected to expand to more regions in the coming month.
Edge 92 will begin rolling out to users later today and should be automatically downloaded in the background once it is made available. The detailed changelog with information such as security baselines will be made available here once the rollout has commenced.