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Windows 10 21H1 Coming with Remote Work Features

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Earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed Windows 10 21H1 will launch this spring across all Windows SKUs. This was the company putting an official stamp on a build we already knew was coming. Now we are finding out some more about what to expect in this latest major platform update. It seems Microsoft is focusing on remote work in this build.

We are usually used to the first half of the year Windows update being feature rich, with the second half of the year release focusing on quality. Microsoft is reversing that schedule this year. Windows 10 21H2 which will arrive in the fall is gearing up as a overhaul update, including a new design. It seems Windows 10 21H1 will be a smaller update:

“Windows 10, version 21H1 will have a scoped set of features improving security, remote access and quality,” explains John Cable, Microsoft’s head of Windows Servicing and Delivery. “The features we are releasing in this update are focused on the core experiences that customers have told us they’re relying on most right now.”

Among the changes coming this spring include remote work features:

  • “Windows Hello multicamera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including optimizing document opening scenario times.
  • and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.”

Extrernal Camera Support

It’s hardly a surprise that Microsoft is boosting the remote work capabilities of Windows 10. Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a wave of remote workers. While most will return to work, millions will remain working from home. Reliable apps and tools that enhance the remote work experience are becoming hugely popular… just ask Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Looking at the new features more closely, changes to camera tools allows users to use an external Windows Hello camera. This provides all the same abilities as a built-in webcam on a Windows Hello compatible PC. While Windows 10 already supports external webcams, integration with Windows Hello is not a smooth experience in its current form. Windows 10 21H1 aims to change that.

Tip of the day:

Tired of Windows 10’s default notification and other system sounds? In our tutorial we show you how to change windows sounds or turn off system sounds entirely.

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Microsoft Planning Windows 10 Webcam Notification Feature

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As remote work becomes more common amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, webcams are becoming more necessary that ever. Furthermore, threat actors are looking for new ways to exploit a new workforce who are heading to their PCs to work for the first time. To help ease security concerns related to webcams, Microsoft has a Windows 10 feature in development.

Specifically, the new tool in Windows 10 will allow users to make their webcams more secure through a simple setting that tells them when the cam is in use. Furthermore, the platform will also notify users about which apps are using the camera.

It’s such a basic function that I cannot believe Windows 10 does not already have this capability. That’s Microsoft for you, but at least the company is now brining this feature to users.

Whenever the webcam is in use, Windows will tell the user with an icon in the taskbar. Hovering over that icon brings up a list showing which applications the camera is running in. You may be familiar with the general concept of the feature because it is similar to how Windows already handles microphone connection.

Windows Latest reports Microsoft is currently testing the tool in Windows 10X. However, it is expected the feature will be available in all Windows 10 SKUs.

Useful Tool

There are numerous reasons why this is a useful addition. During the pandemic, remote work has become a normalcy for millions of workers. Many of those many not be used to working on a camera. Mistakes and mishaps happen, including forgetting the webcam is on while you decide to dance to your favorite song.

Of course, it will also serve a more serious security function too, allowing users to know if an unwanted app is using the webcam without permission.

Tip of the day:

Whether you’re planning an upgrade, tuning CPU timings, or just curious, it’s handy to know information about your RAM. In our tutorial, we show you how to check RAM speed, type, and size using several built-in Windows 10 tools.

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Microsoft Rolls Out Windows 10 Cumulative Updates to the Insider Program

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As is usually the case, Microsoft did not roll out any cumulative updates through December. That means January’s updates for Windows 10 are busier than normal. On the Insider Program, Microsoft is rolling out preview updates only available on the various testing branches:

Windows 10 Preview build 19042.782 for Windows 10 20H2

Windows 10 Preview build 21296 for Windows 10 21H1

Before getting into the details of those builds, it’s worth noting Microsoft is also rolling out preview updates for Windows 10 1909 and 1809. However, these are stable build release that any body can get.

Yes, build 19042.782 is also for a stable build (Windows 10 20H2), but it is currently only available to Insiders. Starting with that preview release, it is available now on the Beta and Release Preview rings on the Inside. That means they should come to all Windows 10 users running version 20H2 in the coming weeks.

Build 19042.782 Changelog

  • We updated the default values for the following Internet Explorer registry keys:
    • svcKBFWLink = “ ” (empty string)
    • svcKBNumber = “ ” (empty string)
    • svcUpdateVersion = 11.0.1000.
  • In addition, these values will no longer be updated automatically.
  • We enabled administrators to disable standalone Internet Explorer using a Group Policy while continuing to use Microsoft Edge’s IE Mode.
  • We enabled you to configure certain policies that support Microsoft Edge IE Mode using mobile device management (MDM).
  • We fixed an issue in the Universal C Run-time Library (UCRT) that causes printf() to incorrectly round floating point values.
  • We fixed an issue that displays a User Account Control (UAC) dialog box unexpectedly when you turn on speech recognition.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to notify the target application when you select the Copy link command on the Share menu.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the 64-bit fmod() and remainder() functions to damage the Floating Point Unit (FPU) stack.
  • We fixed an issue that causes a stop error or causes a device to stop responding when you play a game in full-screen or tablet mode.
  • We fixed an issue with using Ctrl+Caps Lock and Alt+Caps Lock to switch to Hiragana or Katakana mode respectively after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from opening a document that is on the Windows desktop and generates the error, “The directory name is invalid.” This issue occurs after changing the desktop location in the Location tab of the Desktop Properties dialog box (File Explorer -> This PC -> Desktop).
  • We fixed an issue that creates duplicate cloud provider folders in the File Explorer navigation pane.
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when the Mandatory Profile check box is selected when you copy a user profile.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the Alt+Tab order to change unexpectedly and cause you to switch to the wrong window.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents ImmGetCompositionString() from returning the white space for furigana when using the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • We fixed an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working.
  • We fixed an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate.
  • We corrected historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority.
  • We added support for serial number control using the registry.
  • We fixed an issue that incorrectly deactivates some Windows 10 Education devices after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the upload of diagnostic logs to a management service, such as Microsoft Intune, to fail. The failure occurs because of a network time-out on a slow network.
  • We displayed a notification to a user when an administrator signs in to an MDM service, such as Microsoft Intune, to find the location of a managed device.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents users from using their smart card credentials when the user hint is the domain credential name (domain\username).
  • We fixed an issue in which using local Service for User (S4U) affects Data Protection API (DPAPI) credential keys and causes users to sign out unexpectedly.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the silent mode deployment of BitLocker to fail with the error 0x80310001. This issue occurs when deploying BitLocker encryption to Hybrid Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) joined devices.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause a black screen to appear or delay signing in to Hybrid Azure Active Directory joined machines. Additionally, there is no access to login.microsoftonline.com.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause systems that use BitLocker to stop working with the error 0x120 (BITLOCKER_FATAL_ERROR).
  • We fixed an issue that causes a device to stop working when deploying Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager if AppLocker is enabled on the device.
  • We fixed an issue that cause the LSASS.exe process to leak memory on a server that is under a heavy authentication load when Kerberos Armoring (Flexible Authentication Secure Tunneling (FAST)) is enabled.
  • We fixed an issue that causes LSASS.exe to stop working because of a race condition that results in a double free error in Schannel. The exception code is c0000374, and the Event Log displays Schannel event 36888, fatal error code 20, and error state 960. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates from September 2020 and later.
  • We fixed a memory leak issue that occurs when you authenticate a client certificate on servers that are configured as domain controllers.
  • We fixed an issue with Virtual Interrupt Notification Assert (VINA) interrupts.
  • We fixed an issue with HTTP caching that interferes with kiosk mode that targets Azure AD groups.
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when a Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot triggers on virtual machines (VM) that contain Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes. The triggered VSS snapshot fails with a time-out and prevents access to the ReFS volume for 30 minutes.
  • We fixed an issue that incorrectly logs Extensible Storage Engine Technology (ESENT) event 642 in the Application Event Log.
  • We fixed an issue with Administrative Template settings you configure using a Group Policy Object (GPO). When you change the value of the policy settings to NOT CONFIGURED, the system fails to remove the previous settings. This issue is most noticeable with roaming user profiles.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause a deadlock in Windows Virtual Desktop when a user disconnects before a driver fully loads
  • We fixed an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file.
  • We updated the process for enrolling in online speech recognition. If you are already enrolled, you will see a message that asks you to review the new settings. If you choose not to contribute your speech data for human review, you can still use online speech recognition. The new settings contain one button to turn on online speech recognition and another button that turns on the collection of your voice clips. If you turn on the collection of your voice clips, you can turn it off at any time using the same button in the new settings page.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents the Start menu, Cortana, and tiles pinned to the Taskbar from opening. This issue occurs when an administrator copies an existing profile that has the Mandatory Profile check box selected.

Build 21296

Next up is Windows 10 Preview build 21296, which is for versions of Windows 10 21H1 that are currently testing on the Insider Program. Specifically it is available on the Dev channel and brings the following changes:

  • We’re starting to roll out an update to our converged clipboard history design (WIN + V) to support pinning, unpinning, deleting, and syncing individual entries. Appreciate your patience and feedback while we’ve been working on this. If you have any other feedback in this space, we welcome it in the Feedback Hub under Input and Language > Clipboard.
  • The ability to manage and create Storage Spaces from within Settings is now rolling out to all Insiders in the Dev Channel. If you have any feedback as you explore the changes, please file it under Files, Folders, and Online Storage > Storage spaces in the Feedback Hub.
  • The issue that could prevent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War from launching has been fixed and is in the process of rolling out. Please update your game(s) to apply the fix.
  • We fixed an issue from the previous flight where Xbox Game Bar was launching on its own for certain games, without pressing WIN + G.
  • We fixed an issue where when the Xbox Game Bar was launched (like when pressing WIN + G), the PC might appear unresponsive.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Program Compatibility Assistant sometimes unexpectedly taking up a large amount of CPU resources in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in explorer.exe hanging when mounting ISOs.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Security app might show both a check for updates button and link at the same time.
  • We fixed and issue causing some Insiders to experience rendering / graphic issues after resizing certain app windows.
  • Installing this build will restore x64 emulation on ARM64 if it had previously broken after installing Build 21292.1010.
  • For Insiders using x64 apps on ARM64, there is an updated preview of the ARM64 C++ redistributable (version 14.28.29812) now available to install. This updated redist adds vcruntime140_1.dll and fixes crashes occurring in a number of CAD applications.

Tip of the day:

Do you often experience PC freezes or crashs with Blue Screens of Death (BSOD)? Then you should use Windows Memory Diagnostic to test your computers RAM for any problems that might be caused from damaged memory modules. This is a tool built into Windows 10 which can be launched at startup to run various memory checks.

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Here’s Microsoft’s Windows 10X Running on a Surface pro 7 and M1 MacBook

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Windows 10X leaked online recently, giving people a first look at the upcoming modular version of Windows 10. Preview builds are allowing people to see what the platform looks like but have so far been limited to running in a virtual machine.

Hackers have been trying to get Windows 10X running on a device. It’s worth noting this is a modular version of Windows 10, meaning it runs and looks the same across form factors. In other words, 10X looks and feels the same on a mobile device as it does on laptop or tablet.

One Windows hackers, XDeltaXForce has been successful running Windows 10X on a Surface Pro 7. While it’s far from perfect, it does show how Windows 10X will look when running on a device.

He says the platform performs well and is functioning fluidly on the Surface Pro 7. Importantly, most drivers work, although he says the G-sensor does not, while the audio driver required a registry level patch.

XDeltaForce also says the battery performance is on par with the regular Windows 10 running on the device. If you’re interested in Windows 10X, it is worth checking out the video showing the platform on the Surface Pro 7 (above).

Other Successful Runs

Another developer, known as Ben, managed to get 10X running on an Apple MacBook with the new M1 processor. Considering the new Windows version is not built for Mac’s, it runs surprisingly well on the new Apple laptop. Of course, that’s partly because the M1 is an ARM chip.

 

Microsoft first promised Windows 10X for a 2020 release, but now says it will arrive spring 2021. In December, the company sent out the finalized launch preview of the platform.

Windows 10X was firstly planned to launch with the dual-screen Surface Neo. Microsoft later said the Surface Neo has been postponed, although the company insists not cancelled outright. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the company to reevaluate the needs to customers. With that in mind, Microsoft said Windows 10X would debut on single screen laptops.

Despite being deep into development, we are still learning about new Win10x features. Last week we reported on an Anti-Theft Protection tool that will debut on the platform. Anti-theft Protection will provide a blanket of security on Windows 10X. Specifically, it will stop others from resetting the host device.

Tip of the day:

Did you know that a virtual drive on Windows 10 can help you with disk management for various reasons? A virtual drive is just simulated by the platform as a separate drive while the holding file might be stored anywhere on your system.

The data in the drive is available in files or folders, which are represented by software in the operating system as a drive. In our tutorial we show you different ways how to setup and use such virtual drives.

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Microsoft Teases Affordable LTE Windows 10 Laptops and Classroom Pen 2 Update.

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Microsoft is teasing some new Windows 10 devices which will come with an LTE option. These are not new Surface devices following the recent launch of the Surface Pro 7 Plus, but are instead OEM laptops. They were announced by Microsoft at the Bett education conference by the Microsoft Education team.

Microsoft is a regular annual visitor to the Bett education conference each year. This year is a little different because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference is usually held at the ExCel in London but was cancelled this year.

Instead, the BettFest is being held as a two-day virtual event through January 20 and 21. Ahead of that event, Microsoft is teasing some new Windows 10 laptops that will target education users:

  • Acer TravelMate Spin B3, starting at $329
  • AcerTravelMate B3, starting at $239
  • Asus ExpertBook BR1100, starting at $279
  • JP-IK Leap Connect T304, starting at $229
  • JP-IK Leap T304, starting at $185

Microsoft says all of the above laptops have an LTE option. For the added connectivity, the price will increase around $100, but the company says these are still some of the most affordable LTE PCs on the market.

More Announcements

Also as part of its Bett announcements, Microsoft says it is releasing an updated Microsoft Classroom Pen 2. The main difference here seems to be a longer enclosure and a more affordable $19.99 price tag.

Looking at Microsoft Teams for education, Microsoft says the Reflect emotional well-being survey integration will come to Education Insights this spring.

The new Reflect tool allows educators to connect with students and engage in SEL classes. Praise Badges are SEL-specific (Social and Emotional Learning) Praise Badges that highlight students. They provide a way to give recognition to students who make small gains in learning.

Tip of the day:

Did you know that as a Windows 10 admin you can restrict user accounts by disabling settings or the control panel? Our tutorial shows how to disable and enable them via Group Policy and the registry.

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Google Discloses Chrome Attacks Targeting Windows and Android

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Google is this week warning of a major hacking operation that is targeting users on its own Android devices, and hardware running Microsoft’s Windows platform. According to the company, threat actors initiated the attacks in early 2020 through two exploit servers.

Hackers were able to use vulnerabilities to deliver exploit chains in the form of watering hole attacks. This is a form of attack where the bad actor will monitor which sites and services a victim regularly uses and then attempt to infect one of them.

When the victim visits a regular website that is no infected, they too can be compromised by malware.

Google Project Zero points out one server was targeting Windows and the other was targeting Android. Both exploit servers took advantage of vulnerabilities in the Google Chrome web browser. Project Zero charted the exploits through a six-blog post run this week.

Once an attacker infected a victim device, the browser would deploy OS-level exploits allowing the threat actor to gain more access and control. Google says the attack was achieved through a combination of zero-day and n-day exploits.

Exploits

Most people are familiar with zero-days, exploits that are previously unknown to developers. However, n-days are a little more obscure to the public. These are bugs that a company has previously patched but still have active exploits in the wild.

Google says the pair of exploit servers included the following:

  • Four “renderer” bugs in Google Chrome.
  • A pair of sandbox escape exploits.
  • A “privilege escalation kit”.

Included in those bugs were four zero-days for Windows. All bugs were patched early in 2020.

  • CVE-2020-6418 – Chrome Vulnerability in TurboFan
  • CVE-2020-0938 – Font Vulnerability on Windows
  • CVE-2020-1020 – Font Vulnerability on Windows
  • CVE-2020-1027 – Windows CSRSS Vulnerability

Project Zero says the bugs were sophisticated and capable of causing a lot of problems for infected devices:

“They are well-engineered, complex code with a variety of novel exploitation methods, mature logging, sophisticated and calculated post-exploitation techniques, and high volumes of anti-analysis and targeting checks,” Google said.

Tip of the day:

When you boot Windows 10 it delays the launch of startup programs for ten seconds so your desktop and Windows services will have finished loading. If you want to speed up boot time, have a look at our tutorial about how to disable startup delay.

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Windows 10 21H2 “Sun Valley” to Bring Revamped Desktop Design

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Microsoft is currently fully testing Windows 10 21H1 on the Insider Program. However, the company will soon begin previewing the next update after that, Windows 10 21H2. Codenamed “Sun Valley” this update is expected to be an especially important one that brings numerous changes to the platform.

Ignoring Microsoft’s messy update schedule (what is a major update, what isn’t?), one of the big changes for Sun Valley will be a revamped Windows 10 desktop experience.

Microsoft documentation shows Windows 10 21H2 will play a pivotal role. It will transform the look and feel of the operating system with a fresh design across desktop, Taskbar, Start menu, and Action Center.

WindowsLatest found a Microsoft job post that seems to point towards development of this design. In fact, Microsoft says directly the revamp will be a push towards the consumer market. Microsoft’s recent Windows 10 updates have been enterprise focused, including the upcoming 20H1 release.

By utilizing its Fluent Design concept and extending it to a new Windows desktop design, Microsoft is directly targeting consumers again:

“On this team, you’ll work with our partners to orchestrate and deliver a sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences to signal to our customers that Windows is BACK and ensure that Windows is considered the best user OS experience for customers,” Microsoft noted in the job listing.

Coming Soon

It is worth noting the job post has been open since October last year and Microsoft does not offer much more information. Although, it is likely development is already reaching an advanced stage and previews could arrive shortly.

Windows 10 21H2 should be landing on the Windows Insider Program soon. Microsoft typically tests two Windows preview branches at once. With 21H1 development already advanced, it will soon be time to open beta previews for 21H2.

Whether the new desktop design will be in those early previous is unlikely. Even so, we can look forward to seeing it in a preview build over the coming months. As for the launch of Windows 10 21H2 Sun Valley, that should happen during October or November of this year.

Tip of the day:

Do you know that Windows 10 now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”? In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.

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Microsoft Testing New DiskUsage Tool for Windows 10

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Microsoft wants to make it easier for users on Windows 10 to find out how much space is being taken on their disk. More specifically, a tool that allows users to see a more granular breakdown of what files are taking up space on a device.

Called “DiskUsage” the tool is a commend-line feature in Windows 10 that is currently testing in Insider builds. Users can prompt this tool to reveal the overall size of their drives, how much space is left, and which files are hogging the space.

Yes, the Windows 10 Settings app already provides a storage breakdown but DiskUsage will show more details.

Users can set filters to remove or show specific types of files, and scans can even run in a single folder or system directory. Classic storing options such as largest or smallest file are also available. Needless to say, this is a very useful tool for understanding why your disk is full.

Features

A full storage drive can lead to performance issues, so being able to easily manage files is important. Even for users with plenty of space left, knowing if some files are unnecessarily hogging space is a handy feature.

As mentioned, the tool is currently only available on preview builds in the Windows Insider Program. It comes with the following abilities:

  • Scan specified folders or entire drives with detailed information on how much each subfolder is using.
  • Display size for system files and reserved space (if enabled).
  • Filters to information by its FileSize and SizeOnDisk.
  • Identify folders using ‘greater or equal than SIZE’ filter.
  • Output customization.

Tip of the day:

Do you get flooded by notifications in Windows 10 from apps and want to disable them completely or just the notification sound? Our tutorial shows you how to do this. As an alternative you can also configure Windows 10 Focus Assist (Do Not Disturb Mode) and set quiet hours.

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Windows 10X Final Build Enters Preview, Launching Spring 2021

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Microsoft’s Windows 10X project is finally close to being release, at least in some capacity. Reports now suggest Microsoft is finalizing the platform and a preview will be available soon. Furthermore, the full release of the modular version of Windows 10 will come in spring 2021.

That’s according to Microsoft watcher Zac Bowden, who says Windows 10X build 20279 is the finalized version. Over the coming months until release, Microsoft will preview the build focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements.

It also seems Microsoft is not going to sell Windows 10X as a standalone SKU. In other words, customers cannot buy it for their current PC. Instead, the platform will be exclusive to shipping pre-installed on laptops and desktops.

Microsoft has been promising a 2020 launch of Windows 10X since the introduction of the platform last year. Now it seems a spring launch alongside Windows 10 21H1 is on the cards. Is 10X in danger of running out of steam before it launches?

 

Changing Dynamic

We also already know the platform won’t be on dual-screen laptops at launch, which is arguably its biggest selling point to the casual consumer.

Microsoft said it would launch this year alongside the Intel dual-screen Surface Neo. That launch was supposed to happen alongside the (now already released) Surface Duo.

Microsoft later said the Surface Neo has been postponed, although the company insists not cancelled outright. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the company to revaluate the needs to customers. With that in mind, Microsoft said Windows 10X would debut on single screen laptops.

“With Windows 10X, we designed for flexibility, and that flexibility has enabled us to pivot our focus toward single-screen Windows 10X devices that leverage the power of the cloud to help our customers work, learn and play in new ways. These single-screen devices will be the first expression of Windows 10X that we deliver to our customers, and we will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market,” Microsoft’s product head Panos Panay said previously.

As we reported last week, Windows 10X will support 64x applications for Windows 10 on ARM. As a modular version of Windows 10, the new platform can work across form factors, including devices with low power.

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Windows 10 Could Come to Apple’s M1 MacBook’S despite Early Software Troubles

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Earlier this month, Apple launched its next generation MacBook laptops running the new M1 processor. This is important silicon because it is Cupertino’s first ARM chip. More importantly, Apple’s launch boasts suggest the M1 will solve many of the issues associated with ARM computing.

However, the early signs suggest Apple’s early confidence may have been premature. Still, there is a good chance Microsoft’s Windows 10 will one day run on M1 machines.

We are already familiar with the benefits of ARM computing, improved battery life and better performance. It is clear the M1-powered MacBook’s deliver on this in a way Microsoft’s own ARM Surface Pro X could not. In fact, better than any Windows 10 on ARM device.

Apple also promised the M1 could run any app, including x86 applications, better than Intel processors. Here’s the thing with Apple, the company usually delivers on its launch claims but sometimes one or two mistakes will creep through the cracks.

Remember when the company introduced the original iPhone as a game change? Little did the crowd know that the handset’s software was unfinished and messy. Few remember the first iPhone was as much software failure as it was hardware success.

Software Issues

So, is the M1 one of those broken Apple promises? Well, it’s too early to tell but a flood of users reports suggest there is a lot of software that is not compatible with the new chip. Analyst Patrick Moorhead went on a long Twitter threat listing software that would not work on his new MacBook.

 

The non-functioning software includes Microsoft Edge, Adobe Reader, Acrobat DC, as well as peripherals and hardware software. Moorhead has been joined by many users with similar problems.

Apple is a marketing king and knows hype arguably pays more than results. Just by hyping up the M1, the company has developers hustling to ensure their software is compatible. All software will work eventually, such is developer support for Apple devices, but let’s not forget Apple was discussing app support as an out-of-the-box thing.

Windows Integration

One of the questions following the launch of the M1 has been whether the chip will allow Windows 10 to run on Macs. Of course, throughout the Intel generation of MacBook’s (which are still available, by the way), Boot Camp would handle running Windows 10 on macOS.

When Apple confirmed its entry into ARM computing at WWDC earlier in the year, Microsoft suggested Windows 10 won’t run on the M1 laptops on the basis Apple would need access to Windows 10 on ARM:

“Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs. We have nothing further to share at this time.”

While Microsoft’s comment seems final, Apple appears to believe there is still room for negotiation. Although, the company is putting the ball firmly in Microsoft’s court. Craig Federighi, SVP of Software Engineering, for Apple says it is up to Microsoft to allow Windows 10 support:

“That’s really up to Microsoft,” he said. “We have the core technologies for them to do that, to run their ARM version of Windows, which in turn of course supports x86 user mode applications. But that’s a decision Microsoft has to make, to bring to license that technology for users to run on these Macs. But the Macs are certainly very capable of it.”

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