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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.
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.
First Impressions of Windows 11 Pro Build 21996.1
by Chris Dupres
Earlier today screenshots quickly followed by a leaked build of Windows 11 Pro Build 21996.1 hit the web, and we installed it to take a look around. The first thing you will notice is that the first few stages are the same Windows installation base that has existed since Windows 7.
Once the initial ISO extraction is complete however, the setup process looks completely different. It is, however, still the same. Just a reskin, with all the options being identical to the most recent versions of Windows 10. And there is good reason for this, as this build is Windows 10 Pro with a slight reskin.
The build activated properly with a Windows 8.1 Volume License MAK key, and we were able to look through the themes. The built in themes are different, and quite nice and dark mode works as well as the most recent versions of Windows 10. Windows 10 drivers all seemed to work, and applications detect the build as Windows 10 for compatability. There is also a strange page in settings called Device Usage seemingly to sign up for additional targeted advertising.
The most noticeable difference is that it feels like a version of MacOS. Not exactly, but much closer than previous versions of windows. The animation for the start menu popping in and out of the center dock is very reminiscent off an Apple flourish. The buttons are rounded rectangles. There is a bit of a shadow. Even though these elements have been in Windows before, coming from Windows 10 in 2021 it just feels a bit Apple inspired.
All in all this is a very early build, and the real excitement for Windows 11 is due to come from the event next week detailing the future of Windows officially. Until then, please take a look at our gallery and try to spot the differences in the comments.
By Abhay V
Microsoft releases Edge Dev build 93.0.916.1 with a bunch of bug fixes
by Abhay Venkatesh
It’s a new week, which means it’s time for a new Edge Dev build. Today, build 93.0.916.1 is heading out to Dev channel users, and there isn’t much in the way of features. This is the second release for version 93, which was released last week and brought with it improvements for macOS users such as support for biometric authentication when auto-filling content, and more. There were a few PWA improvements as well.
This week, the Redmond firm is also linking to a few announcements related to the Add-ons Growth Campaign to allow users to win prizes for installing extensions. The main goal is to “create a surge in extension downloads”, the firm says. Additionally, the company is also detailing the visibility improvements it is making to DevTools. As for features, this week’s build adds to management policies from Chrome, along with the fixes to reliability and the like.
Here is what’s new in today’s Dev channel release:
Here are the improvements that the firm is making to improve the reliability of the browser:
And here is the list of changes that will address changed behavior:
Lastly, there are the known issues that are detailed, with some of them having been present for a while. There is the complete list:
As usual, the update should automatically be pulled by the browser in the background. However, you can always head into the About Microsoft Edge settings to manually check for updates and initiate the download.
Xbox June update has text-to-speech party chat accessibility options and more
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The June update for Xbox has landed heralding new features and changes to both Microsoft's game consoles and Xbox app on mobile platforms.
Today's release brings speech-to-text and text-to-speech transcription support for party chat on Xbox consoles. With speech-to-text, anything spoken while in a party can now be converted to text which appears as an adjustable overlay on top of gameplay, while text-to-speech has text chat being read aloud by a synthetic voice (with multiple voices available) for others in the party.
Both functions can be found in Settings > Ease of Access > Game and Chat transcription page. Options > Configure Ease of Access settings can also be used to access it from inside of a party chat.
Elsewhere, the guide has been updated to allow customizing the order of custom game groups. In the My games & apps screen now exists a 'Move groups' button alongside the 'Create a new group' button for easy sorting.
Cross-network play requests — involving games like Minecraft that can be played with Windows 10 and Switch players — made by Xbox child accounts in a family group can now be handled by parents or guardians via the Xbox Family Settings mobile app or from an Xbox console. Speaking of mobile, Microsoft is also rolling out improvements to the Android and iOS Xbox apps that will let users see official social posts from games, while offering like, share, and commenting capabilities.
As for known issues in this update, not much has changed since last month except a single new problem that has surfaced. Microsoft says it has received reports regarding controllers not responding when returning to a game using Quick Resume and suggests restarting the game to resolve it. The update is available now, and users can trigger it to happen right away or wait until it completes automatically.