In early October, Microsoft will unveil the latest hardware for its future Surface products. In recent years, these updates have been generally modest, with some new products (Surface Studio, Surface Laptop) designed to fill various market niches. According to rumors, Microsoft will announce a major change at its October event: a Surface laptop with an AMD chip, rather than an Intel microprocessor.
(D) At a series of corresponding entries in non-public databases of European retailers, we are confident that the new Surface Laptop 3 15-inch model will definitely be equipped with AMD processors … According to the current state, we met three AMD-based models of the Surface Laptop 3 with a 15-inch screen.
If this is true, it would be a major marketing victory for AMD. Area may not have the marketing stamp of Apple, and the Microsoft PC market is not as big as a big OEM, but it would still be a gain of visibility for the APU of the company. At the same time, however, it would be a little surprising. AMD's current range of mobile APUs can name Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U processors as class 3000 processors, but it relies on the company's 12nm Zen + designs and not on mobile APUs of 7 nm currently under development. With improved processor performance and power consumption at 7nm, AMD expects the company's current 7nm mobile products to be a significant leap forward. But these parts are not there yet.
Intel's Intel Ice Lake and Intel's Coffee Lake processors are generally faster than the 3700U in a number of direct comparisons, though readers need to be aware of two important factors. First, these systems can have very different prices (PC Perspective compare at 1300 USD, Lenovo AMD system against an Ice Lake of about 1900 USD). Secondly, AMD systems can be designed to slow down their performance. Lenovo AMD systems keep clocks up to 60% faster than HP AMD systems with the same APU, according to one the comparison by NotebookCheck.
Nowadays, this type of stupidity controlled by manufacturers does not weigh on Microsoft products. But it's interesting to see the rumor that Microsoft would use AMD at a junction like this one. About eight years ago there was a persistent rumor Apple had seriously considered using the AMD Llano for an iteration of the MacBook Air. Rumors like this are not uncommon, but this one was stronger than most others. According to sources with whom we spoke at the time, Apple was not interested in the product because it was worried about the long – term roadmap. AMD and its ability to provide iterative editions of the family of processors that would improve thermal performance and performance of Air performance
C & # 39; possible the interest of Microsoft has been stung by the opposite this time. The Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U are solid pieces to start with. Although this story is a rumor and deserves to be treated as such, it is not impossible that the Ryzen family reaches at 12 nm a series of price / performance balances that Microsoft has found attractive, especially on the GPU side , where the Ryzen family offers strong assets. performance (Ice Lake has a built-in GPU faster, but is also relatively hard to find). What would be more interesting is that if Microsoft is confident to build a product line based on Ryzen because He estimates that AMD's 7 nm APU family will continue to offer excellent performance scaling.
Even if this is true, we probably will not hear about it on October 2nd, and we do not even know if this first rumor is true. I guess Microsoft will not be a surprise launch product for AMD's new 7 nm APUs. It's not impossible, but I suppose we would have heard if it happened, and there has been no word to date. Whatever the case may be, gaining room in a Microsoft Surface product would be a major win for AMD, producing 12nm or 7nm. The volume of absolute sales may not be huge for a given Surface device, but the gain in marketing would be considerable.
In terms of computing, dual-screen devices have never really made sense, but it is clear that more than one company is preparing to market this type of product. The latest Microsoft news suggests that we will see more products of this type in the future. The company has just obtained a new patent for dual-screen devices and it is not the only one to apply for it.
The latest patent from Microsoft relates to an application for a dual-screen device using a single flexible screen. The description states:
A flexible display can be attached to the first and second parts. The entire hinge can provide several features facilitating the use of a single flexible display. During the rotation of the first and second parts, the hinge assembly can change the length of the device under the flexible display to reduce the constraints on the flexible display. This aspect can be achieved with a cord that connects the first part to the hinge assembly. A length of a cord passage may change during rotation so that the cord pulls the first part toward the hinge assembly and / or allows the first part to be removed from the hinge assembly. hinge assembly according to the orientation.
Many patent drawings are extremely detailed examples of how such articulations bend and work as if:
There is a lot of discussion about how to interface the hinge design with the mechanisms of an OLED panel. In itself, this is further proof that the company is working on dual-screen devices. We've known this for a long time, with rumors both about Centaurus and a new dual-screen Surface device that could appear at the unveiling event of Microsoft. But MS is not the only company to engage in dual screen patents. The news surfaced earlier this month Dell patent on these types of devices too. Lenovo demonstrated its ThinkPad X1 foldable computer.
All these devices are not exactly the same, to be sure. Some of them, like Lenovo, have a folding screen, similar to the folding phone prototypes already launched by Samsung and Huawei. Some of them, such as the Microsoft and Dell patents, describe a device with multiple screens that fold, but not a "foldable PC."
The fact that companies patent the technology does not necessarily mean that they intend to market their devices. It is not uncommon for companies to engage in so-called "defensive" patents, in which they pre-emptively patent patents to ensure that other companies can not sue them, or have a war chest of patent licensors licensed in the event that they find themselves in a patent license war. By digging a little, you will find many articles on technology that explain how companies buy other companies just for their patents.
But it feels different. It's one thing for companies to strategically position themselves on patents in an area like mobile, which is heavily encumbered by patents. Dell, Microsoft, and other companies are filing patents on specific types of hinge designs and other aspects of construction – the type of protection you would want if you invested a lot of money in manufacturing concrete products. Like Mehedi Hassan marks, the author of this specific patent has written several similar documents and the design drawings are incredibly detailed. It's not a vague idea that Microsoft is trying to patent in order to conquer the market on a large class of devices, it's obviously a specific design for a particular product.
The interesting dual-screen devices we have seen so far are desktop-style notebooks, with a secondary display used to display information during games. Dual-screen devices that can be used as books or with a second screen partly used as a keyboard were presented, but there were always more questions than answers about the user interface and how the software would be used. (or more likely, updated) to take advantage of this feature.
Either many companies are spending money on secret dual-panel devices that they plan to market in the next 12 to 18 months, or we're seeing the results of many R & D activities in Skunkworks that may not be successful. It would not be the first time that a company would devote months or years of effort to products never put on the market, but the buzz around folding (or collapsible PCs) is wobbling in this liminal space between "an undeniable trend in products". and "Test the terrain to see if there is a market." Companies may hope that new form factors will rejuvenate the personal computer market, which is expected to continue to decline over the next few years. High-end boutique systems and 2-in-1 are among the only bright spots in the space. It is therefore logical that companies are looking for profitable niches likely to arouse the interest of consumers.
Feature Image: Microsoft Device Design "Andromeda" Never Launched, Thurrott.com
Microsoft's efforts to master the problems encountered in Windows 10 1903 continue to turn against the company. Earlier this month, we explained how a cumulative update fix had broken the functionality of Cortana and SearchUI, causing CPU usage spikes and sometimes even Windows Desktop Search. On Tuesday, September 10, Microsoft distributed a new patch designed to address these issues.
KB4515384, this fix is now confirmed as having its own set of problems. According to some information, the Windows 10 Start menu might no longer work with one of the following two error messages: "We will try to fix this problem the next time you connect" or "Critical error: your menu Start does not work. During this time, Windows Desktop Search may continue to display blank results for any query.
"Microsoft has received information that some users may have problems with the Start Menu and Windows Desktop Search," the company said. "We are currently studying and will provide an update as more information becomes available."
There are also reports of audio issues hitting this update. There are various reports of audio missing in games or significantly reduced. Windows Recent marks One way to solve these problems is to reduce Windows Audio to 16-bit DVD quality. To do this, click on the 'Sound' icon in the Control Panel, click on your Speaker / Headphone solution to modify its properties, go to the 'Advanced' tab, then select the 16-bit 48000 Hz option. (DVD quality).
If nothing works, you can always uninstall the update.
And that's where we are today with Windows 10. In fact, I do not even know how important these issues are. What they exist is a given, but how many people do they have an impact? I do not feel as if Microsoft has created a more stable product with Windows 10 – I do not think the updates will keep you from messing up – but is this really what most people are going through? The fact that Windows is updated much more often makes it easier to track various issues that affect the operating system, but does not tell us how many people are affected by these issues.
At the same time, Microsoft continues to have fairly objective problems, at least in terms of the number of people they touch. Not being fully compatible with Microsoft's Surface products is embarrassing enough. Windows should also not need to block its own updates on systems with external storage solutions. We expected this type of problem to be resolved before any update was put into production.
Microsoft has made many significant changes to the way it addresses privacy in Windows 10 and these changes have generally been positive. He collects less data now and has better explained what he does with what he collects. But the much promised improvement to the operating system update model? It did not really happen, at least not to the extent that they promised it. There are still many problems to overcome that do not seem to be needed. I'm tired of using funny images from a used car salesman and poorly designed aircraft. Could you simply repair the operating system?
In a previous technological era, where desktops dominated and laptops were briefcases, Microsoft released a suite of Windows 95 extensions called PowerToys. Despite a committed fan base, PowerToys have disappeared in new versions of Windows, but Microsoft announced a few months ago restart PowerToys in Windows 10. Now, the first PowerToys utilities are available for download.
For those who have forgotten (or are too young to remember), the PowerToys debuted in Windows 95. These free add-ons extended the functionality of Windows 95 and many of them became default features in the most recent versions of the operating system. The original tool bundle included starting a command prompt from an Explorer folder, launching CD-ROMs automatically, and moving the window automatically with the mouse. In Windows XP, Microsoft experimented with resizing batch images in IE, synchronizing files / folders, and a more powerful calculator. Microsoft withdrew the PowerToys following the release of Vista.
It took four months, but the first two PowerToys add-ons for Windows 10 are streamed live on the Microsoft GitHub. To get started, download the PowerToys installer and run it. The PowerToys reside in the system tray, allowing you to enable or disable each tool. There are currently two PowerToys available in the client: FancyZones and Shortcut Guide.
At the time of the announcement, Shortcut Guide was the only tool developed by Microsoft. The version we have now is indeed similar to what the company presented in May. This tool helps you to use any Windows keyboard shortcuts you probably do not use. Just hold down the Windows key for a moment, and an overlay appears on the screen reminding you of features such as virtual desktop management, launching applications in the taskbar, and various shortcuts. of parameters.
The other PowerToys module, called FancyZones, is a bit more advanced. This tool allows you to create custom window layouts for more efficient multitasking. For example, you can split your monitor into three columns instead of the two areas captured in Windows 10. You can also simply choose to let the windows float in a particular area of the screen. Simply create a layout or choose one of the templates, then hold down the Shift key while dragging to have the windows drop into one of your custom areas – they will fit snugly. You can also choose to replace the Windows Snap keyboard shortcut (Win + arrow) with FancyZones.
This is only the first version and Microsoft plans to publish a lot more tools. If the new PowerToys looks like the old one, it can give us an overview of the features that will be built into future versions of Windows.
Microsoft the musical is a short performance through a brief history of the technology company founded by Bill Gates.
Created by 150 trainees and full-time employees during their eight weeks of leisure, the singing and dancing shorts are intended for From Microsoft mission to "empower every person and organization on the planet to do more".
The musical is both a glowing and honest glimpse of the successes and failures of society.
Failed products like Vista and Windows Mobile even get a line or two (the emphasis is put below):
Windows is the bet on which this company was made
And all the rest followed dividends, he paid
We missed a beat with Vista but we neglect to enumerate a set
Systems that assist the world without our name displayed!
And it's a little gem:
Our products are known all over the world!
Except when we tried to make a phone!
Hell, there is even a Star Wars lyrics:
The race to see the future seeks to redefine the reality
And HoloLens increased it; redesigned rationality
Be anywhere, see anything, and even for the trope
"Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope."
But our favorite line is definitely:
Everything is happening here
Our machines are smart and always smarter
Everything is happening here
But while it arouses a thrill
To know that we will one day match his skills
We will never equal Clippy's strength of will
Long live Clippy, baby!
Since it's not an official announcement, try to calm those people down. These are just geeks who like their place of work. The world needs something healthier like this.
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Earlier this week, reports revealed that some Windows 10 users were having problems with Windows 10 1903. The latest cumulative update released for the operating system, KB4512941, may result in an increase in the number of users. CPU utilization of up to 30% or even 100%. Separately, some users also report that Windows Desktop Search is completely corrupted.
According to Microsoft, the interrupted search problem only affects systems that have disabled the "Search Web" feature built into Desktop Search. I admit that this type of recognition always makes me a little grumpy, especially because I've never understood why anyone would like a web search feature built into the computer search. If I search on my desk, I am in the definition do not search the World Wide Web. Cluttering my results with data from places that will not contain what I'm looking for is not an added value, it's an active disadvantage of the interest of using a computer search rather than the web.
Regardless of these issues, Windows 10 1903 still has a long list of issues. The company still does not recommend the installation of 1903 on Surface Book 2 models with a discrete GPU because the update can break the discrete GPU's functionality. Some Qualcomm and Realtek device driver versions are not compatible with the update. Some users with an Intel audio driver have reported faster battery depletion than expected, and the company has not solved the problem of gamma ramps, color profiles, and nightlight settings. It produced spectacular (and disconcerting) visual results when testing the 5700 and 5700 XT launchers for AMD's Navi launch in July.
In most cases, Microsoft has "mitigated" the problem by preventing affected products from automatically updating to Windows 10 1903. The problem with this approach, however, is that it does not solve the problems of people who have already updated their version of 1903 and did not discover that it was the cause of their problems until the cancel window disappeared. It is easy to remove a single Windows update, such as the cumulative KB4512941 that causes new CPU usage issues, but you must proceed within 30 days to return to the full installation of 1903.
With regard to the damaged desktop search feature, this is a problem that I had previously encountered with previous updates of Windows 10. When I updated my desktop to Windows 10 1809, the desktop search was interrupted. As a result, I canceled the update, even though the data deletion bug that affected some users did not affect me.
Affected users should try to uninstall KB4512941. Users who still can not install 1903 must wait to see if Microsoft will be able to resolve these issues before 1909 appears. Microsoft did important changes how it tests future versions of Windows in the Windows Insider program. The result of these changes should be a longer overall test cycle and, hopefully, updates that will save less code in the future, but 1903 was released before the release. entry into force of these amendments. We may not see the impact of these changes until Windows publishes its 2020 updates.