Microsoft Weekly: Steve in Smash, Surface Laptop Go and surprising updates

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This week brought a surprising announcement for fans of Smash Bros. Ultimate, a newer and smaller Surface Laptop, and the long-awaited addition of a storage integrity feature to Windows. You can find information on this and much more below in your Microsoft summary for the week of September 27 through October 2.

Steve in Smash

Obviously, the biggest news of the week wasn’t the unveiling of new Microsoft hardware. The biggest news was that Minecraft protagonist Steve will be added to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate listing. Alex, Zombie, and Enderman join him from the same blocky sandbox game, though it’s unclear in what capacity they’ll be joining.

In other Minecraft news, the next major update, dubbed Caves and Cliffs, is set to land in 2021 and will bring lakes, tunnels, caverns, waterfalls and more to caves, some with different mini-biomes inside. Additionally, there is a new archeology system, new ores, improved map generation, mountain goats, sculk sensor blocks, and more. The launch target is summer 2021.

Until then however, there are deals with gold to explore, games with gold to claim – like Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, Maid of Sker, and Costume Quest -, as well as an update for Based that adds ziplines, biome remapping, and more.

Regarding game launches, Flashlight III releases on all platforms (including Xbox One) on October 13, cross-play support in Apex Legends is set to be activated between PC, PS4, and Xbox One next week, and Yakuza: like a dragonThe release date of has been moved to November 10 on consoles and PC, with the PS5 getting the game on March 2, 2021.

And speaking of the November 10 release of the X and S Series, there is now a 60 fps + badge for supported games on the Microsoft Store, and EA Play titles are expected to join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on the same day in November.

Since we are talking about Game Pass, it is safe to end with the fact that Eternal destiny is now available on the Android and Console variants of the subscription, with Drake hollow also being playable by people on PC. On October 8, you can play Brutal legend via Game Pass for console, Forza Motorsport 7 via Xbox, PC or your Android device (via xCloud), and Ikenfell on Xbox and PC.

While Dishonored 2 is no longer removed from the subscription, Microsoft having bought ZeniMax, which came on October 15, Felix the Reaper, Metro 2033 Redux, and Minit will be removed from the subscription on PC and Xbox, with Saints Row IV reelected and State of mind quit the PC subscription.

Surface Go Laptop

After being rumored for a while and then its name leaked days before Microsoft’s event, the 12.5-inch Surface Laptop Go debuted earlier this week, starting at $ 549. $. The base configuration is far from exceptional, however, with a Core i5-1035G1, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMCC storage.

As expected, Microsoft also refreshed the Surface Pro X, giving it a new SQ2 processor, as well as a Platinum color option to better match the rest of the Surface line. You’d be forgiven for thinking it might be the Pro X 2, but it isn’t. Microsoft says it’s actually a different SKU from the same first-gen product. Although it has a better processor, but we will ignore it.

If you’re interested in any of the devices above, you can already pre-order the Laptop Go and pick it up on October 13, while the new Pro X builds don’t really have dates listed, just prices. And with regard to one of the weaknesses of the Pro X, Microsoft has confirmed that x64 emulation is coming to Windows on ARM.

This being a hardware event, Microsoft also unveiled a new keyboard, new mice, and a graphics card. The company took it a step further, and instead of adding even more material to the mix, they actually removed some of it. Specifically, the Surface Duo’s larger counterpart, the Neo, has now disappeared from Microsoft’s website. This comes after the specific product page removed the “Vacation 2020” warning a few weeks ago. It will be interesting to see if the device actually materializes on sale at a later date, or if it goes the Courier direction.

Finally, if you have a Surface Book 3 or Pro 7, driver and firmware updates are waiting for you, which should improve the power consumption of the built-in cameras, as well as the stability of the system.

Surprising updates

Considering the somewhat lackluster “launch” of the May 2020 update, recent statistics from Adduplex are quite surprising. The latest update – at the time of writing – for general users of Windows 10 is now the second most used version of the operating system, behind only version 1909 (the November 2019 update). Even so, the difference between these versions is less than 1%. For those of you who have already installed version 2004 (May 2020 update), Microsoft also released an update this week, namely KB4577063, which changes the version revision number to 19041.546 and contains many Windows Mixed Reality fixes.

Moving on to the Insider side, those in the Beta and Release Preview channels were offered build 19042.546 this week, which fixed an issue preventing devices from going into modern sleep mode, as well as a reliability issue with Edge. This is of course the equivalent update for Windows 20H2, or to call it by its “more user-friendly” name, the October 2020 update, which will soon be available to everyone. Whether it’s soon or soon Microsoft, we’ll have to wait and see.

And finally, the Dev Channel testers had a lot to play with as well, as build 20226 arrived, bringing with it storage health monitoring. Be aware that theme sync is disabled in this release for some reason, but there is also a fairly long set of fixes and known issues. As for the latter, some testers may still encounter the bug that Windows Update crashes for a while.

Development channel

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We end with some great news for Chromium Edge users, and some exciting news for Windows kernel fans.

In terms of Edge news, Microsoft is currently rolling out the ability to create a custom theme for your New Tab page. This is currently being rolled out for those in the stable and beta channels.

Dev and Canary channel users can now take advantage of the new web capture feature – which is now live – which allows you to save a screenshot of a particular web page to your clipboard. It’s not as powerful as Legacy Edge’s annotation feature, but it gets there.

As for something that may be relevant to developers, Edge Dev tools are now available for Visual Studio Code, and Edge Dev itself has been updated to build 87.0.654.0 with some minor features and lots of fixes. of bugs.

Finally, given Microsoft’s recent affinity for Linux, open source advocate Eric Raymond believes the company is ready to replace the Windows kernel with the Linux kernel. Raymond called Windows a “show,” citing its average earnings compared to other parts of the business.

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