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WhatsApp Update for Windows 11 Puts App over Web

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WhatsApp is one of the rare major brands that takes its Windows app seriously. Thanks to consistent updates, WhatsApp on Windows is almost as functional as on mobile. For Windows 11, a new update takes this a step further and may even make the web version obsolete in the process.

WhatsApp Desktop made its debut on Windows 11 back in January, boasting a new design for Microsoft’s fresh OS. That overhaul was brought to the Beta version that has been available in preview on Windows 11 and Windows 10 since last November.

A new update to WhatsApp beta for Windows adds four interesting new features. The first two – archive chats permanently and show message reactions – are standard on iOS and Android but are now coming to Windows 11.

Video calling and GIFs are also landing on the WhatsApp app on the platform. Importantly, these features bring the app on par with the web version, which has had the features since last year.

App vs Web

Now that these are easily available by opening the app, does that mean the web version becomes pointless on Windows. While the Windows app has been well maintained, it has traditionally lagged behind the web version. That means users would use WhatsApp web over the app on PC.

However, the new update brings more feature parity between the two versions. There is no doubt using an app is more efficient, so now the features are in place, why use the web version? It simply takes longer to navigate to the web version.

Tip of the day: File History is a Windows back up feature that saves each version of files in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Desktop, and Offline OneDrive folders. Though its name implies a primary focus on version control, you can actually use it as a fully-fledged backup tool for your important documents.

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Microsoft Will Not Add Windows 11 Ability to Move the Taskbar

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Windows 11 is the latest version of the OS that has several exclusive features not found on other versions. However, there are also some abilities that are on Windows 10 but not Windows 11. One notable feature is the ability to move the taskbar. Microsoft now says it will not add this to Windows 11 because it is not important.

During a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on YouTube, the Windows engineering team says Windows 11 will not get the ability to move the taskbar to the sides or top of the screen. In other words, it will remain locked in its classic position at the bottom.

Not Necessary

It is worth noting Windows 11 boasts a fresh taskbar/Start menu experience. According to Tali Roth, Head of Product for Microsoft, it would be too much work to add the ability to move the taskbar. Or more accurately, it is not worth doing the work because users don’t even want this feature:

“When it comes to something like actually being able to move the taskbar to different locations on the screen, there’s a number of challenges with that. When you think about having the taskbar on the right or the left, all of a sudden the reflow and the work that all of the apps have to do to be able to understand the environment is just huge.

And when you look at the data, while we know there is a set of people that love it that way and, like, really appreciate it, we also recognize that this set of users is really small compared to the set of other folks that are asking for other features. So, at the moment we are continuing to focus on things that I hear more pain around.

It is one of those things that we are still continuing to look at, and we will keep looking to feedback, but at the moment we do not have a plan or a set date for when we would, or if we should, actually build the side taskbar.”

Not Happening

So, in other words, Microsoft says its research shows users don’t really want to move the taskbar. The Windows enthusiast community may want the ability, but they represent just a small subsection of the 1.3 billion Windows devices in the world. Regular users – whether personal or enterprise – are happy with the taskbar where it is.

Tip of the day: File History is a Windows back up feature that saves each version of files in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Desktop, and Offline OneDrive folders. Though its name implies a primary focus on version control, you can actually use it as a fully-fledged backup tool for your important documents.

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WhatsApp Update for Windows 11 Puts App over Web

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WhatsApp Windows 11 app chat window

WhatsApp is one of the rare major brands that takes its Windows app seriously. Thanks to consistent updates, WhatsApp on Windows is almost as functional as on mobile. For Windows 11, a new update takes this a step further and may even make the web version obsolete in the process.

WhatsApp Desktop made its debut on Windows 11 back in January, boasting a new design for Microsoft’s fresh OS. That overhaul was brought to the Beta version that has been available in preview on Windows 11 and Windows 10 since last November.

A new update to WhatsApp beta for Windows adds four interesting new features. The first two – archive chats permanently and show message reactions – are standard on iOS and Android but are now coming to Windows 11.

Video calling and GIFs are also landing on the WhatsApp app on the platform. Importantly, these features bring the app on par with the web version, which has had the features since last year.

App vs Web

Now that these are easily available by opening the app, does that mean the web version becomes pointless on Windows. While the Windows app has been well maintained, it has traditionally lagged behind the web version. That means users would use WhatsApp web over the app on PC.

However, the new update brings more feature parity between the two versions. There is no doubt using an app is more efficient, so now the features are in place, why use the web version? It simply takes longer to navigate to the web version.

Tip of the day: File History is a Windows back up feature that saves each version of files in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Desktop, and Offline OneDrive folders. Though its name implies a primary focus on version control, you can actually use it as a fully-fledged backup tool for your important documents.

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Windows Autopatch for Enterprise Is Coming Soon

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Windows and Office are both receiving a new software update that will land on systems automatically during this week. Specifically for enterprise customers, the new release aims to remove those users from the monthly Patch Tuesday cycle. That’s because Microsoft is launching a new Windows Autopatch tool.

Available to customers on Windows/Office enterprise E3 and higher, Windows Autopatch will bring firmware, driver, app, and feature updates to customers. Microsoft discussed the new tool at its Windows Hybrid virtual event this week, before expanding on the feature through a blog post.

Arriving in July 2022, Autopatch is a managed service that links to Patch Tuesday but provides automatic patches when needed. This includes for Windows 10 and Windows 11 covering firmware and drivers, as well as Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Teams, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

“This service will keep Windows and Office software on enrolled endpoints up-to-date automatically, at no additional cost. IT admins can gain time and resources to drive value. The second Tuesday of every month will be ‘just another Tuesday’,” Microsoft says.

Security Patches

Microsoft was Windows Autopatch to do the heavy lifting so organizations can remove many manual elements of the update process. As such, they can focus on other areas, whether productivity or more security:

“Security postures must be hardened as new threats emerge. Innovations in hardware and software enhance usability and productivity. Enterprises must continually respond to stay competitive, enhance protection, and optimize performance,” Microsoft adds.

Customers must have Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Microsoft Intune mobile device management service, and any supported version of Windows 11/10. Of course, on Windows 11 organizations must have the hardware requirements for the platform.

“The outcome is to assure that registered devices are always up to date and disruption to business operations is minimized, which will free an IT department from that ongoing task,” the company says.

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 Journal Arrives on Windows 11, Graduating from the Garage Division

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One of the biggest success stories from the Microsoft Garage division has been Journal. You may remember last year, the writing app arrived as a new journal-taking app. Well, now the tool is graduating to Microsoft Journal, a full official Microsoft app for Windows 11. And to celebrate, a bunch of new features are landing on the service.

As mentioned, Journal was developed within Microsoft Garage. This is the company’s skunkworks division that allows employees from different Microsoft businesses to collaborate outside of their primary work.

Last year, the Garage rolled out Journal with a demo.

The app is a reimagining of the older Journal app. users get an ink-first experience that promotes the use of digital pens like Microsoft’s own Surface Pen. The new Microsoft Journal also uses AI to automatically categorize notes and enhance other features.

Windows 11

One of the selling points is simply this is an efficient Journal app for Windows, while most similar apps are mobile-specific. As Microsoft Journal arrives as a full product on Windows 11, there are new features available.

Taken user data (without seeing actual content), Microsoft Garage says 59% of documents edited within Journal were PDF format, and the other 41% were blank documents. Microsoft is tweaking the AI to be more efficient when recognizing editing.

Stevie Bathiche, Technical Fellow and leader of Microsoft’s Applies Sciences, said:

“We are entering an age of computer-aided reasoning, where AI accelerates the tasks that people do, and makes us all more productive. Journal shows just how powerful an experience can be when software anticipates your intentions. This is just the beginning.”

Tip of the day: Need to create an ad-hoc network from your PC? In our tutorial we show you how to easily create a shareable wireless internet connection in Windows as a free WIFI hotspot.

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Report: Windows 11 Adoption May Be Stalling

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When Microsoft launches a new Windows OS, the destiny of the platform is to become the most widely used PC operating system in the world. Windows 11 has that same fate, but of course it takes some time for adoption to propel the platform above more established Windows, in this case Windows 10.

Even so, Windows 11 has enjoyed explosive growth over the first six months of availability, suggesting it will surpass Windows 10 eventually. However, Microsoft’s hopes of that happening quickly may be waning as a report shows adoption is slowing.

Market research firm AdDuplex says Windows 11 user numbers appear to have hit a plateau. During March 2022, the platform took only 0.1% market from older versions. Currently, the OS takes 19.4% of the market, with Windows Insider taking 0.6% for 20% market share overall.

Windows 10 still dominates with nearly 80% of the market across its various versions. Of course, that is expected since the platform has been available for years. It will take a long time for Windows 11 to overtake Windows 10. Although, with adoption stalling, Microsoft may be concerned that will never happen.

Windows 10 Support

It is worth remembering that the company will continue to support Windows 10 until 2025. When we discuss widescale adoption, we are not talking about consumers at home. Instead, it is the enterprise realm that dictates the popularity of an OS.

With Microsoft supporting Windows 10 for several more years, those enterprise clients may not see the need to upgrade. While Windows 11 has features the older version does not, those new additions are not necessarily must-haves or game-changers.

Upgrading Windows on scale across dozens, hundreds, or thousands of PCs in an organization is a painstaking task fraught with risk. There are certain to be businesses that simply do not see the need to upgrade.

That always happens, like when organizations held onto Windows 7 for years despite the availability of Windows 10. Microsoft will expect this, but the question is whether stalling adoption is a sign that Windows 11 is not appealing to businesses.

Tip of the day: For the most part, Windows apps are stable, but they can still be still thrown out of whack by updates or configuration issues. Many boot their PC to find their Microsoft Store isn’t working or their Windows apps aren’t opening. Luckily Windows 11 and Windows 10 have an automatic repair feature for apps that can resolve such issues.

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One Xplayer May Choose SteamOS over Windows 11

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Handheld gaming has always been full of compromises, most of them because of the limited power of devices. In other words, games will not be as good on a PSP as they would on a PlayStation 4. However, Valve’s Steam Deck is changing perceptions, even if it is not selling like hotcakes right now. Furthermore, SteamOS 3.0 is finding its way onto other handhelds, such as the One Xplayer.

At the moment, the One Xplayer is a handheld PC for gaming that currently runs Windows 11. However, with SteamOS showing promise, the company says it could switch the One Xplayer to Valve’s platform instead.

Before getting into the details, there is a slight irony here because last month Valve introduced the ability to run Windows 10 on the Steam Deck.

Even so, One Xplayer VP Jason Zeng says the company may start looking away from Windows. At the moment, the gaming handheld PC uses Windows 11. This makes sense because Windows is the default platform for PC gaming.

Changing Ideas

However, SteamOS is slowly becoming a viable alternative, especially for a nascent market like handheld PCs. Speaking to WePC, Zeng says One Xplayer is already developing a version of the device that will ship with SteamOS or Linux on board.

He also welcomed Steam Deck as a rival, but also called the device “influential.”

‘Steam Deck is a very influential product that has managed to leverage its accumulated assets and bring [the] public’s attention to the field of portable gaming. We sincerely congratulate Steam Deck for its achievements, and will keep working on our competitive edges.’

Microsoft is probably not worried about a device that likely sells thousands of units at best each year, especially when Valve is clearly eager to work with the company on its devices and Steam.

Tip of the day: For the most part, Windows apps are stable, but they can still be still thrown out of whack by updates or configuration issues. Many boot their PC to find their Microsoft Store isn’t working or their Windows apps aren’t opening. Luckily Windows 11 and Windows 10 have an automatic repair feature for apps that can resolve such issues.

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Microsoft Debuts Ability to Change Windows 11 Default Browser in One Click

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Microsoft has never been very generous in providing access to non-Microsoft services on its own platforms. Windows 11 took that to new levels by making it very hard to set anything other than Microsoft Edge as the default web browser. After plenty of contemplation – propelled from user anger – Microsoft is relenting and allowing default browsers to be set with one click.

Clearing up a Mess

Until now, Windows 11 has given users one chance to see and choose from browser alternatives before hiding them. Unless you choose “always use this app” this time, the browser will not become default.

Sure, this is the same as normal, but changing a default on Windows 10 is relatively easy. All you need to do is right click a file, web link, app, or shortcut and choose the “open with” option and then “always use this app”.

On Windows 11, this process is different and more confusing. Instead of a catch all toggle like “always use this app” or “always open with this program”, Microsoft makes it complex. The company was forcing users to set defaults for every link type or file. Yes, instead of a universal toggle, you have to work through each format like HTML, PDF, SVG, HTTPS, etc.

To set Google Chrome as the default browser, you will need to change the default across 11 individual file types. Of course, this is an overly complex process with the only explanation being Microsoft was trying to make it harder for users to choose other browsers.

Going Back

Microsoft is now back-peddling that frustrating, annoying, and cheeky “feature.” As part of an optional Windows 11 cumulative update (version 22000.593) for the release version of the OS. While the main purpose of the update is to squash bugs across the platform, it also makes some changes to the Settings app.

Specifically, you can now head to the Settings app, navigate to the default apps section and choose a new browser and make it default. In other words, a simple settings change instead of manually making changes to file associations.

Settings > Apps > Default Apps > locate browser > choose Set Default.

Tip of the day: Fast startup (a.k.a hiberboot, hybrid boot, hybrid shutdown) is a power setting that adjusts Windows’ behavior when it starts up and shuts down. Though it is unlikely fast startup will seriously harm your computer, there are a few reasons you might want to disable it by following our tutorial.

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Microsoft Adds Clipchamp Windows 11 Features following User Backlash

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Earlier this month, Microsoft introduced Clipchamp as a new default video-editing app for Windows 11, building on the company’s 2021 purchase of… well, Clipchamp. However, observers and Windows 11 users instantly jumped on the announcement because of the high cost of paid version and a lack of features. Microsoft is now responding by boosting the feature set for the product.

Clipchamp in its free form will be default on Windows 11, but it was woefully under-featured in Microsoft’s original plans. It didn’t get much better with the priced tiers, which are not exactly cheap.

It is also confusing because Microsoft owns Clipchamp, so some users are questioning on why they need to pay for a default (inbox) app on Windows 11. While not answering that question, Microsoft has announced changes to expand the features of Clipchamp across all price plans (via FireCube on Twitter).

Changes

Most notably, the company has given a boost to resolution caps across the board. Below are the min differences between the first incarnation of Clipchamp and the new features.:

New Features Previous Features
Basic (Free)
  • Unlimited video exports
  • 1080p exports (full HD)
  • 480p exports
Creator ($72/year)
  • Unlimited video exports
  • 1080p exports (full HD)
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Unlimited audio stock
  • 720p exports
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Unlimited audio stock
Business ($156/year)
  • Unlimited video exports
  • 1080p exports (full HD)
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Unlimited audio stock
  • Brand kit
  • 1080p exports (full HD)
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Unlimited audio stock
  • Brand kit
Business Platinum ($324/year)
  • Unlimited video exports
  • 1080p exports (full HD)
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Unlimited audio stock
  • Unlimited video stock
  • Unlimited image stock
  • Brand kit
  • 1080p exports (full HD)
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Unlimited audio stock
  • Unlimited video stock
  • Unlimited image stock
  • Brand kit

Clipchamp remains terribly expensive and I guess most people will find a better video editor elsewhere. Let’s not forget this is supposed to be a video editing suite, one that is woefully short on actual editing tools. At least the free version looks a little more attractive.

Features

Clipchamp provides editing tools such as filters, styles, templates and more all available online. Thanks to features like stock media, styles, transitions, and a timeline, it does retain some pro-grade abilities. Alongside the video creation and multi-track audio capabilities, Microsoft is adding a new Azure-powered feature.

Specifically, a text-to-speech editor that allows users to create voiceovers in over 70 languages. As you might expect, the app also integrates directly with OneDrive for file sharing and cloud storage.

Tip of the day: Fast startup (a.k.a hiberboot, hybrid boot, hybrid shutdown) is a power setting that adjusts Windows’ behavior when it starts up and shuts down. Though it is unlikely fast startup will seriously harm your computer, there are a few reasons you might want to disable it by following our tutorial.

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Here’s Microsoft’s DirectStorage API for Windows 11 Gaming in Action

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Earlier this month, Microsoft brought the Xbox DirectStorage API SDK to Windows 11. Part of the company’s Xbox Velocity Architecture, the API provides specific features to enhance gaming. This week, the first game demo using DirectStorage has been shared.

In a previous blog post, Microsoft describes the API as the following:

This public SDK release begins a new era of fast load times and detailed worlds in PC games by allowing developers to more fully utilize the speed of the latest storage devices. In September 2020, we announced DirectStorage would be coming to Windows, and after collecting feedback throughout our developer preview, we are making this API available to all of our partners to ship with their games.”

During the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2022 event, Luminous Productions showed DirectStorage in action in its title Forspoken. You may know this a Project Athia, but either way it is an upcoming action role playing game.

While running the API, Forspoken is delivering impressive results. The demo shows loading scenes and they seem smoother and faster when using Microsoft’s DirectStorage.

Results

To highlight the difference, a chart was shown to reveal the input-output (I/O) rates for load times compared to the older Win32 Storage API and DirectStorage API for Windows 11. For NVMe SSD storage, the API provides a near 70% improvement (4,829 MB/s) compared to Win32 (2,862 MB/s).

It is worth noting Microsoft originally said Windows 10 is also getting the API, but Windows 11 is now getting it exclusively. One of the main abilities of DirectStorage is significantly reducing I/O operations on a storage drive by using parallelization. In other words, load times and other similar benefits are available in games.

Tip of the day: Did you know that 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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