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Microsoft’s Windows 11 “Designer” App Leaks Online

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It seems that Microsoft is developing a new app for Windows 11 known as “Designer”. Thanks to leaked images, it seems the app is both real and at an advanced enough stage to look nearly complete.

Designer was found by WalkingCat, and there is also an accompanying URL (designer.microsoft.com). So, if you want to see for yourself, you can right there now. Although, you will need a Microsoft Account to get in.

Unfortunately, it is not entirely clear what the Designer app is. You may remember Microsoft has used the new Designer before, specifically for a feature in PowerPoint. Microsoft has maintained the feature since then with regular updates.It is unclear if the new app is related to this feature. If it is, it could be Microsoft bringing tools from Designer in PowerPoint to the wider Window 11 ecosystem. Alternatively, the new Designer app may be something new entirely.

Windows 11 22H2

Earlier in the month, Microsoft started splitting Insider Windows 11 previews, suggesting the first major update for the platform is nearing completion.

Microsoft has now officially split Windows 11 test releases between the Dev and Beta channels. What this means is Windows Insiders can no longer move between channels. Although, Microsoft is giving users 10 days to roll back to the Beta channel if they accidentally install the more unstable Dev channel update.

Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they’ll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile.

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Microsoft Releases Two Windows 11 22H2 Previews, Splitting Updates Between Insider Channels

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Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 11 preview build, marking the first time the company is splitting test updates across the Dev and Beta channels. This essentially means Microsoft is preparing to finalize Windows 11 22H2 for full release. Specifically, the Dev Channel is getting Windows 11 preview build 25115, and the Beta Channel has preview build 22621.

As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has published a blog post detailing what new features will be coming with Windows 11 22H2.

On the Beta channel update, Microsoft is focusing on fixing problems and confirming known issues. The company says preview build 22621 is available to download through ISOs now. For new features, the Dev Channel build (25115) is the release to check out. However, it is currently not available for ARM64 machines.

This build comes with a tool known as Suggested Actions, a new feature that gives users prompts for steps they may want to take on Windows 11. Microsoft explains the feature in its accompanying blog post:

“Windows Insiders can try out a new feature in this build for making everyday tasks quicker in Windows 11 through inline suggested actions. When you copy a date, time, or phone number, Windows will suggest actions relevant to you such as creating calendar events or making phone calls with your favorite apps.”

Splitting Channels

Microsoft has now officially split Windows 11 test releases between the Dev and Beta channels. What this means is Windows Insiders can no longer move between channels. Although, Microsoft is giving users 10 days to roll back to the Beta channel if they accidentally install the more unstable Dev channel update.

Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

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Microsoft Releases Two Windows 11 22H2 Previews, Splitting Updates Between Insider Channels

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Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 11 preview build, marking the first time the company is splitting test updates across the Dev and Beta channels. This essentially means Microsoft is preparing to finalize Windows 11 22H2 for full release. Specifically, the Dev Channel is getting Windows 11 preview build 25115, and the Beta Channel has preview build 22621.

As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has published a blog post detailing what new features will be coming with Windows 11 22H2.

On the Beta channel update, Microsoft is focusing on fixing problems and confirming known issues. The company says preview build 22621 is available to download through ISOs now. For new features, the Dev Channel build (25115) is the release to check out. However, it is currently not available for ARM64 machines.

This build comes with a tool known as Suggested Actions, a new feature that gives users prompts for steps they may want to take on Windows 11. Microsoft explains the feature in its accompanying blog post:

“Windows Insiders can try out a new feature in this build for making everyday tasks quicker in Windows 11 through inline suggested actions. When you copy a date, time, or phone number, Windows will suggest actions relevant to you such as creating calendar events or making phone calls with your favorite apps.”

Splitting Channels

Microsoft has now officially split Windows 11 test releases between the Dev and Beta channels. What this means is Windows Insiders can no longer move between channels. Although, Microsoft is giving users 10 days to roll back to the Beta channel if they accidentally install the more unstable Dev channel update.

Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

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Windows 11 Sound Recorder Gets New Design

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Since the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft has been moving through its native apps on the platform to refresh them. The goal is to bring the design of those apps in line with Windows 11’s Flow aesthetic. Following Clock, Paint, Snipping Tool, Phone Link, Task Manager, Photos, and Media Player, Microsoft is now turning attention to Sound Recorder.

Yes, this is Sound Recorder that was once known as Voice Recorder. Microsoft is updating the name of the app alongside giving it a visual refresh. Available now in preview on the Dev Channel for Windows Insiders, the update is also on the Microsoft Store for public testing.

This is all possible from Microsoft’s new way of updating Windows apps outside of normal updates. In other words, core apps on the OS get individual updates that are not tied to major Windows annual feature updates.

Alongside the rebranding, the big news here is Microsoft is leaving behind the Windows 10-inspired design of Voice Recorder. As the app evolves into Sound Recorder, it gets a Windows 11 aesthetic with new controls, layouts, and icons.

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Microsoft has also added a new visual element that shows audio during recording and playback. Elsewhere, the new app now has support for changing file formats and the recording device from directly within the app. Microsoft points out this is one of the top requested features from Insiders.

You can read about the changes to Sound Recorder on Microsoft’s official blog post. On this same page, Microsoft also details changes it has made to the other Windows 11 inbox apps in recent months.

Tip of the day: Windows 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 Details Windows 11 22H2 Features

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With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft went to an annual feature update cycle for the platform. That means the upcoming Windows 11 22H2 will be this year’s only major release. Microsoft is now detailing the four major features that will ship with this update.

Speaking of shipping, reports suggest Microsoft is reading to bring Windows 11 22H2 to RTM (release to manufacturing) this month. Quite how general availability in May means H2 (half 2) I am not sure, but either way, it seems the first full update for Windows 11 is incoming.

Focus is a new experience that adds several features to the OS. For example, the ability to turn on Do Not Disturb directly in the Action Center. This setting provides users to choose which notifications they want to show.

Next is Focus session, that sets up to give users more productivity on Windows 11. Specifically, it automatically triggers Do Not Disturb and turns off taskbar notification badges. Sessions also have a timer on them to remind users to take a break. Microsoft has built an integration for Focus in Spotify and the Windows Clock app.

Elsewhere, Microsoft is adding live captions for audio content across the entirety of Windows 11. This means the platform as a whole can transcribe captions from any audio. Microsoft points out this ability even works offline.

Voice commands are increasing to allow users to open apps, switch between them, browse the web, read mail, and author mails. With new Voice access abilities, Windows 11 will ask used to download a speech model for speech recognition. This new feature spread will be available in U.S. English initially.

Voice access includes an interactive guide that explains how to complete common tasks using your voice. You can also access a complete list of commands by asking “what can I say?” when voice access is listening. Voice access even gives real-time feedback of what it heard so that you know which word was not recognized correctly when it makes a mistake.”

Tip of the day: Windows 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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Surface Duo Is Close to Running Windows 11

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The Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 are Microsoft’s new smartphone devices that run the Android platform. While the dual-screen handsets have not had amazing reviews, they remain unique devices in the mobile world. For many users, one of the dreams of owning a Duo is being able to run Windows 11 on a smartphone.

Now, one independent developer is one step closer to making that happen on the original Surface Duo. Gustave Monce has been attempting to get Windows 11 running on the two screens of the Duo. He has experience in this area having successfully got Windows running on old Lumia smartphones.

Monce now reports he has made a significant step in his Surface Dup project. Specifically, the developer has Windows 11 running on both screens of the Duo at the same time. This is similar to how the OS would run on a dual-monitor setup.

According to Monce, this has been difficult to achieve but he says the performance of Windows 11 in this scenario is “very good”.

Up and Running

In a video to highlight the success, Monce discusses how Windows 11 can be controlled with a Bluetooth mouse. However, he says the touch screens currently do not control the OS, although he plans to fix this in the future.

In a second clip, the developer shows how the Adreno GPU works when running Windows 11. As you might expect, there are plenty of bugs too. Aside from a lack of touch support, there is no LTE capability, sensors are patchy (such as the gyroscope for rotation), and the camera doesn’t work.

Monce points out none of these are permanent unfixable situations. He will continue to tweak and experiment to achieve full functionality. It is also worth noting his Windows 11 boot does not work on the Surface Duo 2.

Tip of the day: Is your system drive constantly full and you need to free up space regularly? Try Windows Disk Cleanup in extended mode which goes far beyond the standard procedure. Our tutorial also shows you how to create a desktop shortcut to run this advanced method right from the desktop.

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Surface Laptop Studio Getting Dynamic Refresh Rate on Windows 11

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Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio is receiving a new firmware update that is coming to the Beta Channel and Dev Channel for Windows Insiders. There are two driver updates in the bundle, with an Intel display update coming with the Surface firmware. The big feature update here is Microsoft has enabled its Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) feature on the Laptop Studio.

When the company announced Windows 11 last year, one of the new features over Windows 10 was Dynamic Refresh Rate. Essentially, the feature allows Windows to automatically switch display refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz.

Doing normal tasks like writing an email will see DDR run the screen at 60Hz, and pick up to 120Hz for tasks like scrolling and animations. It only works on applications that have support for the feature built-in.

It is worth noting that Dynamic Refresh Rate is not VRR (variable refresh rate), which Microsoft uses on Xbox. For the unfamiliar, variable refresh rate monitors are popular due to their ability to update more dynamically. Regular screens tend to update 60, 90, or 120 times a second (Hz), and nowhere in between.

Laptop Studio

On the Surface Laptop Studio, the DRR tool is now available for the first time. Specifically, it is part of Surface Firmware 10.0.156.0 for the device. That update is shipping alongside Intel Corporation Display driver version 30.0.101.1340.

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio was launched last September as the flagship portable device in Microsoft’s range. It combines Microsoft’s Surface Book with the Surface Studio. As a result, Microsoft says the Surface Laptop Studio creates a new category.

Tip of the day: Headsets are a vital tool for communication and can cause stressful moments when they don´t work as planned. In our tutorial we are showing you how to properly set up a headset on your Windows PC so this will be a thing of the past.

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Windows 11 Game Bar Gets New Auto HDR Features

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For Xbox Game Bar users in Windows 11, Microsoft is rolling out a new update that adds more Auto HDR features to the tool. Amongst the new abilities is multi-GPU support from the AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI for the Beta and Dev Windows 11 Insider channels.

Auto High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode upscales older titles automatically. In other words, older games have better visual performance than before without developers needing to do anything. It’s a technology that has been used on smart TVs for some time.

Before the announcement and launch of Windows 11, Microsoft brought Auto HDR to the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10. It was then brought along to the upgrade to Windows 11. However, Microsoft says the new Auto HDR features for the Game Bar are exclusive to Windows 11.

One of the new features is an Intensity Slider for Auto HDR. As the name suggests, it allows users to have deeper control over color dynamics.

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Game Bar Auto HDR Intensity Slider

Available to all Windows 11 users today if you download latest Xbox Game Bar from the Microsoft Store.

The Auto HDR intensity slider lets you control how vivid and bright you want the colors in your game to be with Auto HDR. In games with extremely bright or dim colors, you can adjust the slider to your liking so you can get the best Auto HDR experience. If you drag the slider all the way to the left, you have the minimum intensity, which is the equivalent of turning Auto HDR off, and if you drag the slider all the way to the right you have the full intensity of Auto HDR.

To open Xbox Game Bar you can use the shortcut Win+G. To use the intensity slider, navigate to the Xbox Game Bar, then click the Settings button. Within Settings, click on the Gaming features section. Within that section you will see a button that says ‘Adjust HDR Intensity.’ When you click on that button a pop-up window with an intensity slider will appear. If you want it to stay in your Game Bar overlay, you can pin it down by pressing the pin button at the top right. This lets you control the intensity of the colors in your game.

Note that this slider only applies to games with Auto HDR and not games with existing native HDR. The level of intensity is saved per game, meaning that you can set a certain level of intensity for AHDR for a particular game and it will not affect any Auto HDR settings in other games. The next time you play the same game, the Auto HDR slider will remember your previous setting.

Below is an example in Minecraft Dungeons of adjusting the intensity of Auto HDR in the game. Notice how the red of the tarp changes in intensity.

Game Bar Auto HDR Checkbox

Available to all Windows 11 users today if you download latest Xbox Game Bar from the Microsoft Store.

In addition to the Windows Settings app, you can also now turn on or off Auto HDR by just accessing the Xbox Game Bar within your game. Navigate to the Xbox Game Bar, then click the Settings button. Within Settings, click on the Gaming features section. Within that section you will see a checkbox that says Use Auto HDR with supported games. Make sure it is checked if you want to use Auto HDR and unchecked if you do not want to use Auto HDR. For your changes to take place, you will need to relaunch the game.

To access these new Xbox Game Bar features, you need to have a version of Xbox Game Bar that is newer than 5.721. You can download the latest version of Xbox Game Bar through the Windows Store.

Multi-GPU Compatibility

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In the last year, we’ve added Auto HDR support for multi-discrete-GPU setups such as Nvidia’s Scalable Link Interface (SLI) and AMD’s CrossFire in DirectX12 games. In other words, if you have a set-up that takes advantage of multiple GPUs, you can now use Auto HDR in more games. This feature is currently available in the latest Windows Insider Program build in the Dev and Beta channels. Click here to find out how you can join the Windows Insider Program.

Customize Auto HDR Notifications

Available to Windows Insiders

Finally, we heard your feedback about excessive Auto HDR notifications. If you are finding the notifications for Auto HDR distracting to your game play, you can turn off these notifications in the settings. Open the Windows Settings app, then navigate to System, and then to Notifications. There you will see a list of Notifications from apps and other senders. Find the one for Auto HDR and switch the toggle to Off if you want the notifications off. We also provide the option to change the settings so that the notification remains on but does not play a sound or show notification banners. This feature is currently available in the latest Windows Insider Program build in the Dev and Beta channels.”

Tip of the day: Windows Update downloads can often be frustrating because they are several gigabytes in size and can slow down your internet connection. That means your device may work with reduced performance while the update is downloading. In our guide, we show you how to limit bandwidth for Windows Update downloads, so they won’t bother you again.

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Microsoft Job Listing Points to Better Windows 11 Android Support

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Microsoft has been taking strides with Windows 11 to integrate the platform more closely with Android. However, while Your Phone (recently rebranded as Phone Link) and support for Android apps in the Microsoft Store. What Windows 11 does not do is provide a way to truly access Android. A new Microsoft job posting suggests that may be about to change thanks to “Android Microsoft Platform and Experiences (AMPX).

This new Microsoft division first fell on the radar earlier this month. According to Windows Latest, the Android Microsoft Platform and Experiences is starting to take shape. As we heard before, Microsoft AMPX will improve the way Android integrates with Windows 11.

Moreover, the division will focus on the ongoing development of a link between Windows 11 and Android. This will include products related to this link, including Phone Link, the Surface Duo smartphone OS, Microsoft Launcher, SwiftKey, and more.

Microsoft has been taking strides with Windows 11 to integrate the platform more closely with Android. However, while Your Phone (recently rebranded as Phone Link) and support for Android apps in the Microsoft Store. What Windows 11 does not do is provide a way to truly access Android. A new Microsoft job posting suggests that may be about to change thanks to “Android Microsoft Platform and Experiences (AMPX).

This new Microsoft division first fell on the radar earlier this month. According to Windows Latest, the Android Microsoft Platform and Experiences is starting to take shape. As we heard before, Microsoft AMPX will improve the way Android integrates with Windows 11.

Moreover, the division will focus on the ongoing development of a link between Windows 11 and Android. This will include products related to this link, including Phone Link, the Surface Duo smartphone OS, Microsoft Launcher, SwiftKey, and more.

Job Listings

Signalling Microsoft’s seriousness on this division, the company is now looking for talent to fill positions in the Microsoft AMPX team. There are two jobs  (1, 2) available at the moment, both for Senior Software Engineers:

“In this role you will work with your peers to develop a quality system for assessing and improving the quality of our features and products.  Specifically:

  • Influence product definition and development based on quality and risk factors.
  • Define and track feature and product success metrics.
  • Build automation and tools as necessary to assess quality and investigate failures.
  • Assess feature and product readiness through the use of customer and engineering data.
  • Work with other engineers to collaborate on tools and processes to improve efficiency and reduce risk.”

It is unclear whether one of the goals of Microsoft AMPX is to build a way to run Android on Windows, but it is unlikely.

Tip of the day: The Windows Clipboard history feature provides the functionality across device, space, and time, letting you copy on one computer and paste the text days later on a different PC. All of it is possible via the Windows 10 clipboard manager, which lets you view, delete, pin, and clear clipboard history at will.

In our tutorial we show you how to enable the feature, clear clipboard history, and enable/disable clipboard sync to meet your preferences. You can also create a clear clipboard shortcut for quick removal of stored content.

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Powershell Windows Toolbox for Windows 11 Has Been Installing Viruses on User PCs

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Powershell Windows Toolbox is an interesting-sounding app that promises to install the full Google Play Store on Windows 11. However, according to a new report by Bleeping Computer, the app is putting malware onto systems instead.

Part of the problem here is that Powershell Windows Toolbox may seem like a real Microsoft app to some users. After all, it has both Windows and Powershell in its name, two Microsoft services. It seems that is part of the trick as the app is infecting systems.

It was available on GitHub to put the Google Play Store on Windows 11, taking advantage of the platform’s Windows Subsystem for Android feature. That is the underpinning of Microsoft’s support for Android apps on Windows 11.

The app also made the claim to remove bloatware from Windows. Instead of doing what is promised, the tool was a virus and executing unseen PowerShell (notice the subtle difference between Microsoft’s “PowerShell” and the app’s “Powershell”).

Those scripts would run in the background on Windows 11 and install a trojan clicker. Once installed, the clicker pings Cloudflare servers to execute commands and place malware files onto the target device. It will also sometimes send the user to scam URLs.

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It is also worth noting the app also does what it says it would… install Google Play and debloat Windows 11. Clearly, this is a relatively sophisticated attack that looks legitimate while also targeting systems. Powershell Windows Toolbox has since been removed from GitHub.

If you have already used the app, it is worth checking out Bleeping Computer’s list of C:\systemfile you should delete. Doing a clean install of Windows may also remove all traces of the infection, as could restoring from a backup.

The obvious takeaway here is to be very careful about which third-party tool you install on Windows. Yes, most of them will help to improve your experience but do some research to ensure the apps you install are legitimate and/or truly helpful.

Tip of the day: The Windows Sandbox gives Windows 10/11 Pro and Enterprise users a safe space to run suspicious apps without risk. In out tutorial we show you how to enable the Windows Sandbox feature.

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