With so much news breaking every week, it’s easy to miss a few stories. That’s why we’re here to round up the biggest trends and topics from the world of Microsoft and Windows. Over the past seven days, we’ve seen hidden themes revealed in Windows 11, Microsoft discussing the future of HoloLens, and AMD releasing its new flagship graphics cards.
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Windows 12 Wish List
While no official information has been released about Windows 12, or whatever Microsoft decides to call its next version of Windows, our senior editor Zach Bowden has put together a list of what he’d like to see in the operating system.
Microsoft is known to be hard at work on the next version of Windows. It is currently codenamed Next Valley and has a target release date of 2024. But in the early stages of the OS, we might see a few changes before Microsoft ships a major Windows update.
For now, it’s best to look at what Bowden asked for, like a better lock screen and expandable functionality.
Hidden themes in Windows 11
The Windows 11 2022 update brought several new features and improvements to PCs when it was released earlier this year. But this week, our senior editor Zach Bowden highlighted a bunch of hidden desktop themes that were previously undiscovered. Themes were originally designed for Windows 11 SE, but can be installed on any Windows 11 PC.
Twitter user PhantomOcean3 was the first to discover the posters.
Fun fact. Windows 11 22H2+ includes “educational themes” designed for students using school devices. You can enable them with regedit:1. Open it and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftPolicyManagercurrentdevice2. Create a key on the device, name it Education (continued) pic.twitter.com/t9OB3qVqiHDecember 11, 2022
AMD RX 7900 XT and XTX Edition
AMD’s new flagship graphics cards shipped this week. While the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX were hard to find in stock, the GPUs were made available to the public.
The XT and XTS are the first GPUs to feature a chiplet design modeled after AMD’s Zen-based Ryzen processors. The cards’ RDNA 3 architecture improves performance by more than 54% over the previous generation, according to AMD.
The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX cost $899 and $999, respectively, at least when found at MSRP. We have a guide with card retail listings that is updated regularly to help you find an in-stock GPU.
HoloLens 3 is coming
Two HoloLens stories turned this week. The HoloLens 2 update stream is fully integrated with the Microsoft Teams augmented reality headset. Users can now view shared content, chat, and better guide people through processes through AR. Microsoft also highlighted success in industries like Toyota using HoloLens 2.
Perhaps more interesting to the general audience is the fact that Microsoft publicly discussed the next version of HoloLens this week. The company’s AR vision has been in question for quite some time, especially after the departure of Alex Kipman. Scott Evans, Microsoft’s vice president of mixed reality, said the company will introduce a new version of HoloLens when the time is right.
The vice president clarified that the next version of HoloLens should be a “meaningful upgrade” and not just a small specification.
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