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Google commences Android games testing on Windows PCs

Washington [US] (ANI): Microsoft had announced Windows 11 with the promise it will support Android apps, although that functionality wasn’t at the time ready for the launch of the desktop platform.According to GSM Arena, now Google has finally launched the first beta, users in select markets can sign up for Google Play Games where they can run 12 games on their computer. The first countries/regions to get it are Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, where players can test ‘Asphalt 9’, ‘Gardenscapes and Homescapes’, and a handful of other locally available games.They need to have at least Windows 10 (v2004) or Windows 11, a PC with an octa-core CPU, moderately powerful GPU, 8GB RAM and at least 20GB SSD storage.The menu of Google Play Games looks a lot like the regular Google Play Store, but with longer descriptions and different notification for whether the…

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Microsoft fixes Windows 11 features failing to load due to expired certificate

Washington [US]: Microsoft has fixed several Windows 11 features that were failing to load after an expired certificate was discovered earlier this week.As per The Verge, some Windows 11 users haven’t been able to open apps like the Snipping Tool, touch keyboard, or emoji panel since a certificate expired on October 31. Microsoft warned Windows 11 users about the problems earlier this week and has now released an out-of-band update.The issues also affected voice typing and the getting started and tips sections of Windows 11.Microsoft started testing a patch for the problems with Beta and Release Preview testers of Windows 11 and has now released the fix for all Windows 11 users.Those running Windows 11 will be offered the KB5008295 update, and it will automatically install from Windows Update. This patch does require a reboot, and Microsoft noted that it will address all of…

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Microsoft rolling out Windows 11 for more PCs this week

Washington [US]: After an initial launch to mostly new PCs earlier this month, American tech conglomerate Microsoft is gradually making the free Windows 11 upgrade available to more existing and eligible devices this week.According to The Verge, the company has said, “The availability of Windows 11 has been increased and we are leveraging our latest generation machine learning model to offer the upgrade to an expanded set of eligible devices. We will continue to train our machine learning model throughout the phased rollout to deliver a smooth upgrade experience.” For those who have been waiting for the Windows 11 upgrade to appear in Windows Update, they might find the above prompt this week.Microsoft hasn’t provided a list of devices that are now being offered the Windows 11 upgrade, but users will only be able to obtain the update through Windows Update if their PC…

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Android app support won’t be available at Windows 11 launch

Washington [US]: American technology giant Microsoft won’t ship support for Android apps on Windows 11 in time for the operating system’s launch on October 5.While Android apps running on Windows 11 is one of the big new features of the OS, according to The Verge, Microsoft will only start previewing this feature in the coming months. “We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months,” said Aaron Woodman, general manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft.This likely means Android apps won’t arrive on Windows 11 until 2022, as Microsoft tests the feature with Windows Insiders first before rolling it out generally months later.While Android apps won’t be there on day one, Windows 11 will still include…

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Microsoft threatens to withhold Windows 11 updates for users with old CPUs

Washington [US]: American tech giant Microsoft has threatened to withhold Windows 11 updates and potentially even the security updates for users who have an old CPU.According to The Verge, Microsoft had earlier said that it won’t actually block users from installing Windows 11 on a PC with an older CPU, but now the company has told the outlet that unsupported PCs won’t be entitled to receive Windows Updates and driver updates. It’s quite possible this is just a cover up measure on Microsoft’s part. It’s hard to imagine that Microsoft wouldn’t issue critical security patches, when they’ve often extended support and offered the occasional free patch even after it’s shelved an operating system for good.This could be a measure to discourage people from thinking that Microsoft would offer a warranty and technical support for every possible PC configuration under the sun, hence avoiding potential…