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Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 10 which contains a number of improvements for Windows Mixed Reality, among other tweaks. Build 17686, which has been pushed out to ‘skip ahead’ and fast ring testers, makes changes that include allowing Windows Mixed Reality apps to use the Camera Capture UI API to effectively take grabs of the virtual world. So, for example, if you’re in the Skyloft running the Mail app, you can snap an image of your virtual view and directly insert that into an email you’re composing. For those using a Mixed Reality headset with something like a backpack PC, another useful tweak is that it’s no longer necessary to plug in a monitor, so you can simply run with the backpack machine and headset. You’ll still need to hook up a monitor in order to set things up for the first time, but after that, you can have auto-login configured and dispense with the display for a much freer Mixed Reality experience Microsoft further notes that it has tweaked Mixed Reality video capture, making it easier to stop a video via the Start menu. More details listed on OUR FORUM.

Intel’s got some great ideas. The project codenamed Tiger Rapids is said to be the future of mobile computing. Intel Tiger Rapids is a dual-screen prototype that runs full Windows 10 operating system, has a 7.9-inch LCD on one side and E Ink panel on the other. Intel’s Tiger Rapids, the conceptual prototype, was shown off for the first time at Computex 2018. People familiar with the matter believe that this is could be the evolution of 2-in-1s. It might end up replacing the tablets and laptops in a year or two. The smartphone isn’t quite versatile or comfortable enough for productivity, and a dual-screen device is going to fix this problem. Intel has actually engineered the dual-screen Windows 10, and the company has developed a software to power the E Ink panel. The LCD panel boots Microsoft’s desktop operating system. Intel Tiger Rapids isn’t really attractive, but it’s a prototype device from a chipmaker after all. One screen of the prototype boots Windows 10, so you can run apps such as Word or Excel, the second screen lets you take notes and it would appear on the first screen so that the user can make use of it. For example, if you draw something on the E Link panel, it’ll display on the first screen and it can also turn the handwritten words into texts. More is posted on OUR FORUM.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced S Mode for Windows 10 and phased out Windows 10 S. The “S” doesn’t stand for anything in particular, but Microsoft says Windows 10 in S Mode is streamlined for simplicity, security, and speed. Windows 10 in S Mode only allows the installation of apps from Microsoft Store (formerly Windows Store). Windows 10 in S Mode basically restricts the use of Win32 software. It’s designed for low-end devices in the education market, and Microsoft is still committed to the project. Microsoft is readying a feature called Switch to S Mode. The company is still working on Switch to S Mode feature and it will launch with Windows 10 Redstone 5. It would allow you to easily switch to the S Mode from the Settings app. As noted above, it’s a seamless process so you will be able to enable it with a few taps. You can switch to Windows 10 S by following the on-screen instructions in the settings app. The feature is already available in Windows 10 Build 17686, the most recent preview of Windows 10. The S Mode will likely be a feature of the Redstone 5 update due in the fall. Visit OUR FORUM for further details.

We have been following the EU’s investigating into Google’s anti-competitive practices for some years now, and its second major investigation is now coming close to a conclusion. Last year the EU fined Google $2.7 billion for its abuse of its search dominance to push its comparison shopping service. Now the EU has indicated they are getting ready to impose a fine on Google for its abuse of its smartphone operating system monopoly which could be up to 10% of its annual turn-over, or around $11 billion. Margrethe Vestager, the serving European Commissioner for Competition, said that the commission is “poised to announce the negative finding within weeks,” without revealing an actual number. Google stands accused of using its dominant Android mobile operating system to shut out rivals and favoring its own services. The European Commission does have teeth and recently forced Apple to pay back $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland. While the Google fine may not reach quite the same heights, it’s impact may end up being much more far-reaching in making a supposedly open operating system really open. More details are posted on OUR FORUM.

Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform for Always Connected PCs-powered by Windows 10. The focus of the processor is on Always Connected PCs, and it boasts a 30 percent increase in performance and a 20 percent increase in battery life. The chip manufacturer Qualcomm is now looking forward to working on its next processor for Windows 10 on ARM hardware. Qualcomm appears to be working on Snapdragon 1000 and it’ll feature a 12-watt (W) TDP, and such a level of TDP threshold simply wouldn’t run on a smartphone. The Snapdragon 1000 appears to be designed for Windows 10 ARM devices, so it’s likely that the processor will boost the performance of Always Connected PCs. The powerful TDP will improve the performance of the laptops dramatically, and the higher threshold power will be driven to components without overheating. We have very little information on the processor for the time being, but we’ll learn more about it later this year. German technology news outlet WinFuture reports that Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 is coming soon with almost double TDP found on the Snapdragon 850. It will be competing against Intel’s processors and bringing it closer to Intel’s U-series 15W TDP. Details posted on OUR FORUM.

At Computex in Taipei, Microsoft today announced new Windows Collaboration Displays from Avocore and Sharp.AvocoreTAt Computex in Taipei, Microsoft today announced new Windows Collaboration Displays from Avocore and Sharp. The company says this is a ‘new category’ of devices with Windows 10, and it’s supposed to empower employees and offices around the world. With Windows Collaboration Displays, the partners are taking the Surface Hub 2 to the next level. The partners are developing the Windows Collaboration Displays and it works just like the Surface Hub. The devices would allow the employees to leverage Office, Teams, and Whiteboard at room scale, and it works more or less like the Surface Hub 2. Microsoft partners Avocore and Sharp are getting into the business of large Windows PCs, and more OEMs including Lenovo will join the push in the coming months and years. The employees with the Windows Collaboration Displays will be able to use apps and services powered by Microsoft 365. The first-generation Windows Collaboration Displays from Sharp features a 70-inches large display. It also comes with a high-resolution conference camera. The other details of the hardware are unknown at the moment. At the same event, Microsoft also announced a new version of Windows 10 IoT Core, called IoT Core Services. Core Services is a paid software and the devices using this new option will be provided with 10 years of support. The Core Services would help enterprises focus on stability, and it also comes with Device Health Attestation (DHA) that would allow business to the raise the bar for security.More on this is posted on OUR FORUM.