Microsoft Is Forcing Users to Abandon Launch Version of Windows 11

Jan 31, 2023 - 7:48 AM - by Reverend
Windows 11 has been generally available since October 2021, and if you're still running the launch version of the operating system, Microsoft is going to automatically update your PC imminently.

As Windows Central reports, Microsoft decided to call time on the launch version of Windows 11 (21H2). As of Jan. 26, anyone still running version 21H2 of either Windows 11 Home or Pro is on the automatic update list.

In a status update, Microsoft said "The automatic update to Windows 11, version 22H2 will happen gradually starting with those devices that have been using version 21H2 for the longest period of time."

Windows users affected by this decision can still control when the update gets installed by setting their active hours in Windows. You can't stop the update happening, but Microsoft may delay it for some systems if a compatibility issue is identified. Microsoft believes the automatic update is necessary to ensure "you stay protected and productive."

Windows 11 22H2 counts as a features update for the operating system.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Specs, Features and Colors Leaked in AT&T Listing

Jan 31, 2023 - 7:44 AM - by Reverend
The Samsung S23 is set to be unveiled during Samsung's Unpacked event on Wednesday, Feb. 1, but an AT&T store in Atlanta didn't get the memo. On Monday, the Brookhaven store's website posted images of the phone, as well as a description of its features and colors ahead of its official launch.

The Samsung S23 appears to come in green, cream, lavender and a grayish/black Phantom color. It features an "automatic adaptive 6.6-inch display" and a 50-megapixel camera with "Advance Nightography." It's also water-resistant, with a battery that "powers your day," wireless fast charging and noise cancellation.

The new S23 is reportedly 5.76 by 2.79 by 0.30 inches and weighs 5.93 ounces. The AT&T page also listed a "shop now" button that didn't work. The page was taken down around 11:20 a.m. ET.

Samsung should be announcing the entire S23 lineup during its event on Wednesday. Along with the Galaxy S23, the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra. The event will be held in person in San Francisco and streamed online.

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Microsoft cloud outage hits users around the world

Jan 25, 2023 - 10:22 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft on Wednesday said it had recovered all of its cloud services after a networking outage took down its cloud platform Azure along with services such as Teams and Outlook used by millions around the globe.

Azure’s status page showed services were impacted in Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Only services in China and its platform for governments were not hit.

By late morning Azure said most customers should have seen services resume after a full recovery of the Microsoft Wide Area Network (WAN).

An outage of Azure, which has 15 million corporate customers and over 500 million active users, according to Microsoft data, can impact multiple services and create a domino effect as almost all of the world’s largest companies use the platform.

Businesses have become increasingly dependent on online platforms after the pandemic caused a shift to more employees working from home.

Earlier, Microsoft said it had determined a network connectivity issue was occurring with devices across the Microsoft WAN. This impacts connectivity between clients on the internet to Azure, as well as connectivity between services in data centres, it said.

Microsoft later tweeted that it had rolled back a network change that it believed was causing the issue and was using “additional infrastructure to expedite the recovery process”.

Microsoft did not disclose the number of users affected by the disruption, but data from outage tracking website Downdetector showed thousands of incidents across continents.

The Downdetector site tracks outages by collating status reports from various sources including users.

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Photos shared on WhatsApp could soon look much better

Jan 20, 2023 - 7:46 PM - by Reverend
WhatsApp has over two billion monthly active users, making it among the most popular messaging apps worldwide. It is used for sending more than just messages, though. People also use it for sharing photos and videos. To help minimize server load and save space on your phone, WhatsApp compresses all photos shared through it. The problem is that the resolution of the shared images is heavily reduced, limiting their usefulness. This could soon change in the future if the latest release of WhatsApp beta for Android is anything to go by.

WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is working on enabling sharing of photos in their original quality without any compression. The publication spotted the feature in testing in WhatsApp's beta for Android 2.23.2.11. When sharing pictures, a new setting icon in the drawing tool header will allow you to change the image quality to original before they are sent. The new option is unlikely to be available for videos.

In mid-2021, WhatsApp tweaked its image sharing options and added Auto, Data saver, and Best quality options. The difference in resolution between the two modes was minimal, though. Photos shared in Data saver quality were sent as a 0.9MP image, while in Best quality, they were sent at 1.4MP resolution. In this day and age, such low-resolution images are of limited use.

The ability to share photos in their original quality in WhatsApp is long overdue and would be a welcome addition. Telegram, one of WhatsApp's primary competitors, compresses images by default, but it provides an option to share pictures in their original quality.

Currently, there's no clarity on when WhatsApp plans to introduce this feature to the public. It is seemingly still under development and should appear on the beta channel before making its way to everyone.

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Microsoft Office may not open when you restore Windows 11

Jan 19, 2023 - 8:04 PM - by Reverend
If you’re trying to roll back Windows 11’s 2022 Update to an earlier point in time, be careful: several applications

Microsoft has published KB5023152, an error message that warns that apps that use the MSIX Windows app format may suffer glitches or simply refuse to open. In plainer English, that means that apps like Office, Cortana, Notepad, Paint, and Terminal may return error messages or simply refuse to launch. But other apps may be affected, too.

The glitches aren’t consistent, either. Microsoft lists the following as possible app behaviors:

  • An error message “This app can’t open” is displayed instead of the app starting.
  • The app might have multiple entries on the Start menu.
  • An app may not respond when you try to start the app.
  • An I/O error may occur, followed by the app not responding, and then the app crashes.
  • If you try to start the app again, the app now runs.


Right now, the errors only plague Windows 11 22H2, formally known as the Windows 11 2022 Update. Microsoft does not say that the company is working on a fix, however. For the moment, the company’s developers are stymied by the issue. Workarounds include trying to launch the app again, trying to reinstall the app from the Microsoft Store, and running Windows Update—all of which would be part of any basic troubleshooting.

Ironically, returning to an earlier system restore point is another typical solution to a problem with an application install, as Tom’s Hardware, which filed an earlier report on the glitch, notes. Hopefully, Microsoft figures all this out soon.

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Hogwarts Legacy - Official Cinematic Trailer

Jan 19, 2023 - 7:54 PM - by Reverend
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