Microsoft Weekly: Edge for gamers, no Windows for Russia, and a few builds

Microsoft Weekly image featuring Edge likes the Xbox controller on the left and an angry emoji above a butt

It’s the end of another week of June and you know what that means: another edition of Microsoft Weekly! This time we have a lot of Microsoft Edge news, some related to Windows releases, and a sprinkling of news related to Microsoft shutting down Windows downloads in Russia. Let’s dive into our weekly recap from June 18 to June 24!

Microsoft Edge loves gamers

Logos for Edge and an Xbox controller on the sides with a heart logo in the center

Microsoft took a new step this week, touting Edge as the best browser for gamers. To solidify its claims, it released new features, including a dedicated homepage to check out the latest in gaming, the ability to launch Xbox Cloud Gaming titles seamlessly, Clarity Boost, a new setup for the Efficiency mode and a side panel to access occasional titles like Microsoft Solitaire.

But if you think it’s bloating, boy, you better get ready. Microsoft is testing a built-in calculator in Edge, a tool to test internet speed, and a unit converter. It really feels like Microsoft sees Edge as an operating system rather than a browser.

Moving on to the capabilities and enhancements you would typically expect from a browser, Edge DevTools has an enhanced 3D view tool for visualizing web development issues, you can find all the technical details here.

Meanwhile, Edge Canary and Dev are sporting a new feature that lets you launch a command bar to quickly access and invoke some basic browser settings without having to access the dedicated section. It’s a handy ability to have, but there’s no concrete timeline for its release yet.

Finally, Edge 103 hit the stable channel with automatic profile switching, client certificate switching, better security, and a bunch of new policies in tow. Find out all the details here.

No windows for Russia

A Microsoft logo in front of a flag of Russia

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Microsoft announced in March that it was halting new sales of its products and services in the country. Earlier this month, it also scaled back its operations in Russia, a move that affected 400 employees.

Now the effects of all these actions can also be felt by Russian consumers. Several reports emerged earlier this week confirming that people in the country can no longer download Windows 10 or Windows 11 ISOs from Microsoft portals. While there are obviously workarounds such as using a VPN to circumvent these restrictions, it’s clear that Microsoft has no plans to officially support new customers.

This doesn’t just affect generally available versions of Windows. Apparently Insider builds are also not booted via Windows Update. Again, a VPN can be used to circumvent this block, but it’s unclear if Microsoft will offer support to customers who run into issues while using their operating system.

Meanwhile, for those who are still receiving Windows Updates, Microsoft has decided to roll back Cumulative Update KB5014019 made available in Patch Tuesday of this month, as it is causing issues with mode tabs. IE in Edge. This is now a significant issue for those with legacy use cases, as the company ended support for Internet Explorer on most versions of Windows and recommended IE mode in Edge as the way forward.

In a similar news category, Microsoft has rolled out an Out of Band (OOB) update to address some Azure Active Directory (AAD) and Microsoft 365 sign-in issues for ARM devices. This update is available for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users. There is also an optional Windows 11 update in store for those affected by Wi-Fi hotspots breaking with the latest patch on Tuesday. . Although the problem also affects Windows 10, there is no fix available yet for this operating system.

Windows Insider builds galore

The Windows 11 logo with the original wallpaper in the background

Build 25145 made its way to the Windows 11 dev channel earlier this week with a bunch of new features. It includes better support for Braille devices, an improved mechanism for managing OneDrive storage and alerts, and native implementation of the Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) in Windows. It’s important to note that this is a Sun Valley 3 release, so don’t expect these changes to land in the generally available version of Windows 11 this year.

But if you want to know whether your PC is eligible for Windows 11 version 22H2 or not, check out this registry trick here. And if you want to bypass the version’s Microsoft account requirement, you should probably check out Rufus 3.19.

The Dev channel also received build 25145.1011 later, but this was just a build for Microsoft to test their servicing pipeline, it contains no changes.

Microsoft has confirmed that the latest Windows 11 Insider builds broke Visual Studio and .NET, and a fix is ​​coming. But since Insider builds aren’t intended for production environments, this shouldn’t be a critical issue for users. In somewhat related news, we also know that the Redmond tech firm has started testing privacy audit tools in Windows 11, which will allow you to see which of your software has accessed sensitive hardware such as the microphone or camera.

Microsoft has brought Windows 10 build 19044.1806 (KB5014666) to the release preview channel. It contains many technical changes, including IP address auditing and new printing and scanning features.

As for optional updates, we finally have evidence that Windows 10 version 22H2 is coming. Although it’s a bit difficult to activate this version, it’s probably not worth it since the update doesn’t really contain any new features.

Meanwhile, the optional Windows 11 update introduced Search Highlights along with a bunch of other changes and bug fixes, read all about them here.

Those still using Windows 8.1 for whatever reason should also be aware that Microsoft will begin reminding users that the operating system is reaching end of life on January 10, 2023. The company recommended users upgrade to a new Windows 10 PC or Windows 11.

Speaking of Windows updates, an interesting piece of information that emerged this week is that the European Space Agency (ESA) is updating the software for its MARSIS Mars water detector. The equipment software was designed in a development environment based on Windows 98.

Git Gud

Master Chief helmet surrounded by Halo gaming blankets

This edition of Microsoft Weekly doesn’t have as long a gaming section as we had last week, which is mainly due to the fact that there was no Xbox Bethesda Showcase this time around. However, there is still a long way to go.

Microsoft has issued a warning about a shortage of Xbox Wireless Controllers in Europe. While the US doesn’t seem affected, it’s probably not a good idea to have a controller break in the next few weeks.

The company also announced that it is working on implementing a micro-transaction mechanism in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Fan reaction has obviously been largely negative, with players asking why faster levels and more point accumulation systems aren’t being implemented instead of capping progress and offering a new monetized option to earn rewards. cosmetics.

But to get to the good stuff, a bunch of heavy hitters, including FIFA 22, Far Cry 5, and Total War: Three Kingdoms, hit Xbox Game Pass. In related news, Dead Island: Riptide and theHunter: The Call of the Wild are also available to play for free through tomorrow through the Free Play Days promotion, but it’s only eligible for those with an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.

But if you’d rather pay to own games, check out this week’s deals with gold discounts featured by Battlefield and mortal combat. However, if you’re a PC purist, don’t miss this massive collection of deals across various storefronts, personally curated by Neowin’s Editor-in-Chief, Pulasthi Ariyasinghe.

Development Channel

winget upgrade command running on CMD on Windows 10 desktop

Under the projectors

Windows 11 logo on a flowery wallpaper with thumbs up and thumbs down emoticons on the sides

This week, I wrote an article commemorating the one-year anniversary of Microsoft’s official announcement of Windows 11. It’s been a bit of a bumpy road for the operating system so far, but all hope is not yet lost. Let us know what you think of the OS here and don’t forget to vote in the embedded poll too!

Warwagon Tech Tip Tuesday on a Windows 10 wallpaper with 99F Sunny written

Meanwhile, forum member Adam Bottjen – better known as Warwagon – has written the second edition of his Tech Tip Tuesday series. This time, it has a brief guide on how to disable the “open on hover” behavior of the weather icon in Windows 10, which is a handy tip to find out if that particular UX behavior is bothering you.

Logout

A tombstone for Internet Explorer saying it was a good tool for downloading other browsers

Our most interesting news story between the previous edition of Microsoft Weekly and this one concerns a fake tombstone commemorating the death of Internet Explorer. It is placed in South Korea with the tombstone text being “It was a good tool for downloading other browsers”. The $330 coin was funded by a local software engineer, you can read all the fun details here.


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