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Halo 4 Insider testing is now live across PC and Xbox One, brings cross-play support
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
343 Industries planned to kick off the first Insider test of Halo 4 last weekend but was pushed back at the last minute. In a surprise opening and without waiting for the next weekend, the developer has now kicked off the highly-anticipated flight. If previous plans hold true, everyone who has signed up to be a Halo Insider will receive an invite this time, meaning both PC (across Steam and Microsoft Store) and Xbox One users are eligible.
According to 343 Industries community manager John Junyshek, the invites are still going out in waves, so keep an eye out for an email with instructions or head to HaloWaypoint and check for notifications there.
From Halo 4, this flight contains Requiem, Forerunner, Reclaimer, Shutdown, and Composer campaign missions, 11 multiplayer maps across Social and Competitive playlists, and Spartan Ops content, among other enhancements such as Forge improvements, advanced graphics options, and an FOV slider.
Aside from those, 343 Industries is finally preparing to bring cross-play across PC and Xbox One versions as well as input-based matchmaking and server region selection capabilities to the Master Chief Collection. The testing of these features is also happening in this build.
In other Halo news, it was announced earlier today that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be receiving Xbox Series X|S enhancements on November 17, bringing many enhancements that have been made to the new PC version over to the next-gen console version.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft Edge moves to version 88 in the Dev channel
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft released Edge 88.0.673.0 to the Dev channel. It's the first Edge 88 build to show up in the branch, and the news comes shortly following the release of Edge 87 to the Beta channel.
As usual, there's not a whole lot that's new. One thing that's been added is the ability to take a screenshot of a webpage and then add ink to it. This is actually a notable change, since the ability to mark up webpages was one of the key features of the original Edge browser.
Here's the full list of new features:
As always, there are a bunch of fixes and known issues. Here's what got fixed for improved reliability:
Here's what got fixed for changed behavior:
Finally, here's the list of known issues:
As always, you can manually update your browser by going to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge, or you can just wait until it's updated on its own at some point.
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By Abhay V
Microsoft finally brings its Chromium-based Edge in preview form to Linux
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today announced that Edge is finally available for download on Linux. The Dev channel version of the Chromium-based browser makes it to the platform almost a year after the official announcement and as promised last month.
The Redmond giant says that the release supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions. The browser will be updated weekly, just like the Dev channel builds on other platforms. The company has also posted instructions for the process of installing the packages on various distributions using their standard package management tools, for those interested. However, the easier way is to download and install the .deb or .rpm packages from the Insider website here.
As for features, the company is “aiming to provide a representative experience for developers who want to build and test their sites and apps on Linux”. The preview release for Linux currently does not feature many user-facing features such as support for signing into Microsoft accounts – which means that there will be no sync capabilities. However, the company does promise to release these features with a future update.
Considering that the release is still in early development, the firm cautions that there will be many “bugs and unexpected behaviors“ and urges developers to send feedback through the browser. Lastly, the company is also accepting submissions for the Microsoft Edge Bounty Program on Linux for security researchers.
With the addition of support for Linux, the Redmond firms offering is now present on all platforms that support Chromium.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft Edge 87 is out in the Beta channel
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft is releasing Edge 87 to the Beta channel. It's the latest major update for the browser, and if all goes well, it should arrive in the stable channel in about four weeks.
Microsoft actually hasn't published its proper changelog just yet, although those are always on a delay, for some reason. We can, of course, look at release notes from the various Edge Dev 87 releases for clues as to what's coming in Edge Beta 87.
Edge Dev 87.0.634.0 Edge Dev 87.0.637.0 Edge Dev 87.0.644.4 Edge Dev 87.0.654.0 Edge Dev 87.0.658.0 Edge Dev 87.0.664.8 As usual, there's nothing crazy in the way of new features, but there are a few things. There's a new price comparison feature in Collections, something that was only announced a couple of weeks ago. You'll also find dark mode in sidebar search, the ability to translate selected text, and a lot more.
As usual, you can update your browser manually by going to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge. If you don't do that, your browser will just update automatically at some point. Once proper release notes are live, you'll be able to find them here.