Hardware Windows Windows 11

Microsoft’s PC Health Check App is back

After removing their health check app which allows you to see if your PC will run Windows 11, Microsoft have made it available again.

This time it gives you more information about why your device won’t run Windows 11, if it won’t.

I’m hoping they have a last-minute change of heart and open more CPUs because, as you can see, my Surface with a Core i7 7660U with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD won’t cut it. SMH.

Even though, well:

If you want to be disappointed you can download the PC Health Check App from Microsoft’s Windows 11 page.


Have Microsoft killed Windows 10X?

Petri are reporting that Microsoft have reportedly abandoned Windows 10X, its lightweight ChromeOS competitor in favour of concentrating on Windows 10.

Windows 10X was announced back in 2019 alongside Windows Neo and Windows Duo – it’s latest foray in to the world of mobile phones, (it’s fair to say that hasn’t gone well if you read the reviews and updates to this promising device).

Surface Neo, a dual-screened device about this size of an A4 pad was a folding PC and would run a new version of Windows 10X. The device and Windows 10X was expected to ship in time for the 2020 holidays. Fast-forward to the middle of 2020, in a world that was essentially shut down due to COVID-19 and Microsoft announced a shift in focus of Windows 10X from the dual-screened devices like Surface Neo to single, low-cost devices, designed to compete with Chromebooks, particularly in education.

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have reportedly told Petri that the plans for Windows 10X have changed again, and it won’t be shipping it this year and Windows 10X as we know it today will never arrive.

Read the full story over at Petri by clicking here.


Microsoft release PowerToys v0.37.0

Microsoft have released the latest version of PowerToys, a collection of utilities for power users to tune and streamline Windows.

There are some great tools available in PowerToys including:

  • ColorPicker: An eye-drop tool which allows you to use an eyedropper (which is accessed by default by pressing Win+Shift+C) to find out the Hex, RGB or HSL colour beneath the eyedropper.
  • FancyZones: Allows you to create window layouts to make multitasking easier.
  • File Explorer add-ons: Allows you to manage Windows Explorer custom handlers, including .svg and .mp files.
  • Image resizer: Allows you to resize images by right-clicking on them.
  • Keyboard Manager: A handy keyboard remapper that’s applied across Windows 10.
  • PowerRenamer: An extension to the Windows shell for advanced bulk renaming using search and replace or regular expressions.
  • PowerToys Run: Accessed by ALT + Space by default, opens a quick launcher.

PowerToys can be downloaded from GitHub.


Microsoft release Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343

Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343. The big deal here are the new icons in File Explorer:

Source: Microsoft

These new icons follow Microsoft’s Fluent Design and as well as icons in File Explorer, new icons have been changed across Windows 10:

Source: Microsoft
Source: Microsoft

Other changes include:

  • Application guard and Windows sandbox changes
  • Windows Administrator Tools renamed to Windows Tools in the Start menu

And numerous fixes.

You can read more about this build on the Windows Blog.

Apps Windows

Got a device with pen support? Try Journal

Garage, the skunkworks division of Microsoft, have today launched Journal, a free ink-space to jot down your ideas.

Source: Microsoft

From the webpage:

“Journal, a Microsoft Garage project, is an app for Windows that invites people who love to journal to pick up their digital pen, express themselves quickly, and evolve their ideas.

Of all the different methods of device interaction, digital ink is unique in the speed and degree of natural expression and in aiding memory. With Journal, disparate ideas can be connected, drawings can be sketched, annotations can be freely inserted, information can be located with search, and you can easily connect your ink across other apps to grow your best ideas. Journal provides an ink-first solution that delivers new AI, intuitive gestures, and connected experiences for Microsoft 365 for work and school (subscription required, sold separately) . “

It’s designed for people who thrive when writing out their ideas, notes, and sketches.

You can download Journal from the Microsoft Store.

Computers Hardware Windows

Windows 10X demo video

Windows Central has added a great run-through video of Windows 10X, Microsoft’s all-new version of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen small screen, low-cost devices:

Source: Windows Central via YouTube

Windows 10X was originally slated for dual-screen devices but Microsoft pivoted in 2020 and we’ll now see it first in devices designed to compete with Chromebook.

What do you think of Windows 10X? Let us know in the comments.

Chrome Edge Windows

Adobe starts blocking Flash content

Starting today, Adobe will start blocking Flash content.

After thirty years (and the last 10 on life support), Adobe officially ended support for Flash on the 31st December.

From today, Flash content won’t be shown and rather a warning recommending Flash is removed from your computer.

For Windows devices, Microsoft made the optional Flash-removing update available in October on the Windows Update Catalog but didn’t roll it out more widely through Windows Update.

In early 2021, Microsoft will roll this update out more widely through Windows Updates and WSUS.

For Chrome, Google will release Chrome 88 which completely removes Flash support and capability from Chromium, which will also affect Microsoft Edge as it’s based on Chromium. Chrome will block Flash Player as “out of date”.

Will you miss Flash? Let us know in the comments.