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By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft introduces photo editing features for OneDrive on Android and the web
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft announced today a bunch of new photo editing features for OneDrive on the web and Android. The file storage and sharing app is also rolling out a new experience on Android in terms of viewing and organizing photos.
Starting today, you will be able to crop an image in order to remove clutter and put more focus on your subject. You can choose to crop your photos to standard sizes using built-in presets including square, 9:16, 16:9, 4:5, 5:4, 3:4, 4:3, 2:3, 3:2,1:2, and 2:1. On the other hand, you can select your own image size as well.
There's also an option to rotate an image to the left or right by 90 degrees, with incremental degree rotations to adjust tilted photos. You can also flip photos by 180 degrees. For photos with low contrast or dull colors, you can adjust their brightness, exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, and color saturation.
For now, these capabilities are rolling out to OneDrive's web version as well as to mobile devices running Android 6.0 or higher with the OneDrive app version 6.30 or later. The rollout is gradual, and the photo editing tools are currently available only to OneDrive personal accounts. Microsoft expects to launch these options on OneDrive for work and school accounts this summer. The software giant also vowed to bring these features to iOS later this year.
In addition to the editing tools, OneDrive now lets you cast your photos and videos from your phone to your TV with Chromecast. On Android, the app is also adding the ability to organize photos by date and group them by month or year. This option will go live within the next two months. The app is also gaining a new setting that will automatically create folders based on the source of photos. For example, OneDrive will automatically create a dedicated folder for images that you've saved from Facebook.
Finally, there's a new option to filter your view so you see images only from the Pictures folder in OneDrive or all of the photos saved in it. This is available both on Android and the web.
By Abhay V
Windows 10 version 21H1 is now available to all seekers, rolls out to more 2004 users
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft began rolling out Windows 10 version 21H1 to users earlier in May, bringing just a small set of features, thanks to the update being nothing but another enablement package, just like version 20H2. Though the release was a minor one, the rollout was staggered and was only being served to select devices, which is why many users might have not seen it show up on Windows Update.
Today, the firm announced that it is making version 21H1 completely available for those who manually check for updates – or seekers, as the firm called them in the past – through Windows Update. The Redmond company has posted more about this on the release information page for Windows 10 as well, hinting that all upgrade blocks from version 20H2 have been removed for those who wish to install the latest version.
In addition to serving the May 2021 Update to seekers, the company will begin automatically upgrading more users running version 2004 to the latest offering based on its machine learning algorithms. This is because some SKUs of Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update) reach the end of support in December this year. Unlike in the past, feature updates (which 21H1 is treated as despite it being an enablement package) are no longer automatically installed on users’ devices unless the version they are running on nears the end of its support.
Those upgrading from 2004 will notice a few differences, such as the new Start menu design for tiles and other touch-focused UI improvements. These features are hidden in version 2004 and are lit up via the enablement package that also bumps the version number.
It must be noted that those running Windows 10 Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise SKUs have an additional year of support, so those users will not be updated to version 21H1 automatically. Additionally, with Windows 11 expected to be announced soon, there is no information on what the plan is for Windows 10 and if version 21H2 is to be expected in the fall.
By Asher Madan
Xbox Deals with Gold feature Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and more
by Asher Madan
Every week, Microsoft and select publishers discount a number of titles for a weekly Deals with Gold sale. This week, games from the Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and other franchises are available for substantially less. Below, you'll find the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts. The deals and games marked with an asterisk are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members, so you'll need an active paid subscription for the additional discount.
Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Many of the games are also backward compatible so you can play them on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. There's also a lot going on this week on Xbox 360. So, if you only have that console, you're in luck!
Which titles are you interested in? Did you buy any up? Let us know in the comments below.
Sysinternals Suite 2021.06.22
by Razvan Serea
The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. It does not contain non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault. The Sysinternals Suite is a bundle of several Sysinternals Utilies like AccessChk, Autologon, Ctrl2Cap, DiskView, Disk Usage (DU), LogonSessions, PageDefrag, ProcessExplorer, PsLogList, PsPasswd, RegMon, RootkitRevealer, TCPView, VMMap, ZoomIt.
Changes in Sysinternals Suite 2021.06.22:
RDCMan v2.8 - RDCMan, a utility for managing multiple remote desktop connections, is now part of the Sysinternals family of tools! AccessChk v6.14 - This AccessChk version adds support for NULL DACL reporting. Process Monitor v3.83 - ProcMon v3.83 fixes some rendering bugs in event properties and brings Ctrl+A and Ctrl+C support for edit boxes in the event properties dialog. Strings v2.54 - This Strings update improves handling of files containing long strings. Sysmon v13.22 - This Sysmon update improves performance for rule processing and fixes a bug that may truncate large sub-rule expressions. TCPView v4.13 - This TCPView update fixes a bug with connection state filtering. Download: Sysinternals Suite 2021.06.22 | 41.4 MB (Freeware)
Link: Sysinternals Suite Home Page
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By Abhay V
Microsoft teases Windows 11 event with an interesting desktop animation reflection
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft’s Windows event is just a couple of days away, and the firm has been posting teasers on Twitter to generate hype about the upcoming Windows 11 announcement. While the first one likely hints at the return of the startup sound, today’s teaser seems to show a glimpse of the new default wallpaper, one of the many that were found in the leaked build. These wallpapers are expected to be tied to the in-built themes in Windows 11.
As is the case always, such teasers are scrutinized for any possible easter eggs, and while the possibilities of finding something significant are thin, we observed something interesting in the teaser. The reflection of the desktop in the eye of the individual in the reel seems to feature subtle animation, with the background image’s contrast varying slightly along with the lighting. While we might be splitting hairs here, it is not clear if the movement is a reveal animation for just the teaser or if the OS will feature some animation effects at boot.
The new default image does seem to bear some significance, as the official Twitter account for Windows too features what looks to be a blurred image of the new wallpaper. While the leaked Windows 11 build did provide a look at the upcoming UI changes, such as the new centered taskbar icons and the windows snapping feature, there could be a lot that is yet to be unveiled. The firm is rumored to be readying Feature Experience Packs that deliver UI elements and other improvements that are decoupled from the underlying OS updates.
It is anybody’s guess what new features and capabilities are in store for the “next generation of Windows” and if there are any hidden surprises that will be unveiled during the event. It is also not sure if the teaser animation is similar to the Windows 10 one that the company hyped. All will be known on June 24 at 11 AM ET.