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Age of Empires II and III Definitive Editions are getting more expansions
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Microsoft and the development teams behind Age of Empires today held a Fan Preview event showcasing what's next for the franchise. In addition to revealing the release window and new footage of the upcoming Age of Empires IV, the event also revealed information regarding the future of Age of Empires II and III Definitive Editions.
Starting with Age of Empires II, the popular entry is gaining another expansion as part of the Definitive Edition's development by World’s Edge. The behemoth real-time strategy game is receiving the eastern Europe-focused Dawn of the Dukes expansion this summer, which will deliver new campaigns and other elements that will be revealed later.
The developer is also working on a new cooperative mode for the game's historical battles that will arrive via a free update later this year. Handpicked campaign missions and historical battles will be delivered for players to tackle with their friends for the first time.
Meanwhile, Age of Empires III is slated to receive its first major content update, with The United States civilization being delivered. This new civilization will feature "a new home city, nine new units, a new age-up mechanic, and more." Moreover, for a limited time, players will be able to claim this U.S. civilization for free by completing an in-game community challenge. Otherwise, the content will cost $4.99 to purchase.
The Definitive Edition development team is working on a new expansion for Age of Empires III as well. While details are scarce, the expansion will feature African civilizations and is slated to release later this year.
All content announced today is heading to Age of Empires II and III Definitive Edition players across Steam, Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Age of Empires IV launches fall 2021, new gameplay and civilizations shown off
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The upcoming fourth entry to the Age of Empires real-time strategy series was shown off today at the Fan Preview event, as promised. The highly-anticipated title also received a launch window for the first time, with Relic Entertainment announcing a Fall 2021 release plan for Windows.
As for the gameplay, this is the first time that footage from a player perspective has been released, and today's reveal covered new gameplay, campaigns, and more. Catch the extended look above.
Many elements from the series' most popular entry, Age of Empires II, seem to be present in Age of Empires IV, at least in the early look given today. Aside from glimpses at the unique looks of each civilization, material gathering, and combat (with a sneak peek at naval elements), some new features like hiding troops in trees for ambushing were revealed here as well.
Age of Empires IV will include eight civilizations at launch, and today's preview unveiled Delhi Sultanate and Chinese as two new civilizations heading in, which join the Mongols and the English that were announced previously. Four historical campaigns and asymmetrical civilization designs were also confirmed today.
There is good news for those looking to get into the game before the official launch this fall, as Relic is looking to kick off an Age of Empires IV closed beta soon. The developer urged interested players to sign up as an Age Insider on its official website for a chance to gain access. Age of Empires IV is releasing on Steam and Microsoft Store for Windows and as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription on day one.
Surface Pro 7 gets a new firmware update to improve camera experience and more
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released a new set of firmware updates for the Surface Pro 7 users. The new update brings improvements to the camera experience as well power consumption during camera usage. Apart from that, the update also brings stability improvements to both WiFi and Bluetooth. Lastly, it also improves system security and integration between system and pen inking.
You can head down to check out the changelog of the update:
Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel Corporation – System - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Rear - System devices 42.18362.3.3541
Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – Extension - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Rear Extension 42.18362.3.3541
Improves integration between system services. Intel Corporation – System - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Front - System devices 42.18362.3.3541
Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – Extension 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Front Extension 42.18362.3.3541
Improves integration between system services. Intel Corporation - System - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera IR -System devices 42.18362.3.3541
Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – Extension - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera IR Extension 42.18362.3.3541
Improves integration between system services. Intel – Camera – 42.18362.3.3541 Intel(R) AVStream Camera 2500 – Camera 42.18362.3.3541
Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – System – 42.18362.3.3541 Intel(R) Control Logic – System devices 42.18362.3.3541
Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – System - 42.18362.3.3541 Intel(R) Imaging Signal Processor -System devices 42.18362.3.3541
Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel - net - 184.108.40.206 Intel(R) WiFi 6 AX201 160MHz - Network adapters 220.127.116.11
Improves Wi-Fi stability. Intel - Bluetooth - 18.104.22.168 Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth - Bluetooth 22.214.171.124
Improves Bluetooth stability. Surface - Security - 126.96.36.199 Surface Trusted Platform Module 2.0 - Security devices 188.8.131.52
Improves system security and stability. Surface – Firmware – 14.312.139.0 Surface System Aggregator – Firmware 14.312.139.0
Improves battery performance, system stability, and system telemetry reporting. Surface – Firmware – 184.108.40.206 Surface UEFI – Firmware 220.127.116.11
Improves system stability and system USB port identification. Surface - System - 18.104.22.168 Surface Integration - System devices 22.214.171.124
Improves integration between system and pen inking. Earlier this week, Microsoft also released firmware updates for a bunch of Surface devices including the Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, and Surface Book 2.
Surface Pro 7 users can head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to download the latest firmware updates. Do note that Microsoft seeds firmware updates in batches so you may not see the new updates right away. Alternatively, you can manually download and install the latest firmware and driver package from here. The latest updates are available for users running Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) or higher.
Microsoft updates OneDrive on Android and iOS with a host of features and improvements
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released a new update for the OneDrive app on Android and iOS. The iOS app has received a major update while the Android app has received a minor update that improves the user experience.
The new update for the iOS app fixes two VoiceOver related bugs, brings back the ability to write files from the iOS Files app, fixes UI related bugs and more.
Here is the full changelog for the update:
The Android app, on the other hand, has received a relatively minor update that adds a new Home tab to help users pick up where they left off. Furthermore, the new update adds the ability to reorder parts of the settings section. Here is the full changelog for the update:
The new update bumps the OneDrive app for Android to version 6.27, while the iOS app gets bumped to version 12.23.2. OneDrive for Android users can download the update from the Google Play Store, while the update is available on the App Store for Apple users.
Surface Pro 6 gets new driver and firmware updates to improve stability
by João Carrasqueira
A handful of Microsoft's Surface devices have already received firmware and driver updates over the past few days, and today, it's time for the Surface Pro 6 to join the fray. The 2-in-1 tablet first released over two years ago is getting a set of updates focused on improving stability and security.
Most of the updates seem to be Intel-related, including a new graphics driver. Here's the full list:
Windows Udpate History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel Corporation – Display – 126.96.36.19981 Intel(R) HD Graphics – Display adapters Improves graphics and system stability.
Intel Corporation – Extension - 188.8.131.5281 Intel® Display Graphics Adapter Driver Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel - Extension - 19184.108.40.2060 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Surface - Firmware - 220.127.116.1138 Surface ME - Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
The updates for the Surface Pro 6 come very shortly after the Surface Studio 2 got its own set of updates. The two devices were announced at the same event in late 2018, and while the Surface Pro 6 has already received a few successors, we have yet to see a follow-up to the Studio 2, so that's still Microsoft's flagship all-in-one.
As usual, you'll need to be running Windows 10 version 1903 or newer to get the updates, but since that version is no longer supported by Microsoft, you should already be using something newer. You can find the updates in the Settings app under Windows Update. Alternatively, you can download the latest driver package from here.