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Century: Age of Ashes now available with exclusive dragon for Microsoft Store players

Century: Age of Ashes is now available as a free-to-play on the Microsoft Store for Windows PC, with an exclusive Dragon Egg for Microsoft Store players.  In the game, you play as one of many dragon riders controlling majestic dragons, engage in fast-paced 3v3 or 6v6 competitive skirmishes to prove your skills, gain experience through…

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Century: Age of Ashes is now available as a free-to-play on the Microsoft Store for Windows PC, with an exclusive Dragon Egg for Microsoft Store players. 

In the game, you play as one of many dragon riders controlling majestic dragons, engage in fast-paced 3v3 or 6v6 competitive skirmishes to prove your skills, gain experience through fights and challenges, unlock hundreds of epic customizations for your dynamic duos, and battle it out to become a ruler of the skies. 

Microsoft Store users are being offered an exclusive Saarkir Backwaters Dragon for the Phantom rider class. To redeem this unique dragon, download Century: Age of Ashes on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10/11, launch it and head to the news panel in the lobby before Jan. 9.

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Update to Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11

Hello Windows Insiders, Today we are shipping an update for Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 starting with Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This update (version 2204.40000.15.0) includes several exciting new features and improvements such as updating to Android 12.1, major Windows integration improvements, and a new Settings app experience! What’s New Update…

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Hello Windows Insiders,

Today we are shipping an update for Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 starting with Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This update (version 2204.40000.15.0) includes several exciting new features and improvements such as updating to Android 12.1, major Windows integration improvements, and a new Settings app experience!

What’s New

Update to Android 12.1!

We have updated the experience to Android 12.1! This update may cause some apps to fail to launch (see the known issues below for more details).

Optional Diagnostic Data

With this update, telemetry collection (optional diagnostic data setting in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app) is now off by default. To help us make Windows Subsystem for Android better and provide useful telemetry about Android app usage, please enable this setting in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app!

Advanced Networking

Networking for Windows Subsystem for Android on newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+) has been improved to enable Android apps to connect to devices on the same network as your Windows PC. With advanced networking, you can play your favorite content on a speaker on the same network, or set up a security camera (or other smart home device) with a compatible Android app.

Settings app redesign

The Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app has been redesigned and updated in a huge way. We’ve redesigned the app from the ground up, now with clearer settings groups, grouped navigation and an all-around cleaner user experience. We’ve also added a diagnostic data viewer where you can examine all the diagnostic data collected by the Subsystem, and configuration options in the new compatibility settings to turn on fixes for specific apps such as forcing apps to be non-resizable or enabling swipes for arrow keys.

Improvements to Windows integration

We’ve made some great improvements to Android apps integrating with Windows in this update. For newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+), Windows taskbar icons will now show which Android apps are currently using microphone, location, and other system services in the system tray, and an auto-hidden taskbar will now correctly hide/show when Android apps are running. Android toasts will now be reflected as Windows notifications, and the Window title of an Android app will now reflect the Android activity title. Also, for newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+), Android apps will not be restarted when your devices come out of connected standby but will instead pick up where you left off.

Improvements to camera in Android apps

Many camera updates are being shipped in this update. The camera orientation is now fixed to natural orientation, and issues with incorrect camera preview, bugs with letterboxing and squishing of the camera feed have now been addressed.

Improvements for input devices

Mouse and keyboard support in Windows Subsystem for Android has been improved, with fixes such as improved scroll-wheel support, fixes for the onscreen keyboard focus and fixes for the Android software keyboard displaying correctly.

Full Changelog

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • Advanced networking on by default for newer x64 Windows builds
  • Updated Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app: redesigned UX and diagnostics data viewer added
  • Simpleperf CPU profiler recording now works with Windows Subsystem for Android
  • Windows taskbar now shows which Android apps are using microphone and location
  • Improvements to Android app notifications appearing as Windows notifications
  • Reduced flicker when apps are restored from minimized state
  • Apps are not restarted when devices come out of connected standby on recent Windows builds
  • New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)
  • Fixes for on-screen keyboard in apps
  • Fixes for full screen Android apps and auto-hidden Windows taskbar
  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated with Chromium WebView 100
  • Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider
  • Improved general stability, performance, and reliability

Known Issues

  • Instability with camera on ARM devices
  • Instability printing via Android apps
  • Some apps rendered at lower resolutions may lay out incorrectly
  • Some VPNs may not work with Advanced Networking. If you use a VPN and find Android apps do not have network connectivity, please disable Advanced Networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app
  • Some apps that were previously available might be missing from the experience, fail to launch, or function incorrectly for various known issues. We’re working with our partners to address these issues as soon as possible.

Giving feedback

If you are having issues with Windows Subsystem for Android™ – please file feedback via Feedback Hub under Apps > Windows Subsystem for Android™. For more information about troubleshooting and submitting feedback: Troubleshooting and FAQ for mobile apps on Windows.

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Windows Insider Program Team

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HP launches hybrid-ready Windows 11 PCs and its most thermally advanced gaming laptop

If you’re looking for a Windows 11 PC built for working in a hybrid environment, check out the new HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch 2-in-1 laptop. HP also launched its most thermally advanced gaming laptop ever with the OMEN 16 and debuted its first Victus 15 Laptop for emerging gamers. The HP Spectre x360 PC has…

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If you’re looking for a Windows 11 PC built for working in a hybrid environment, check out the new HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch 2-in-1 laptop. HP also launched its most thermally advanced gaming laptop ever with the OMEN 16 and debuted its first Victus 15 Laptop for emerging gamers.

The HP Spectre x360 PC has the latest in audio and visual advancements, as well as a touch display that will be familiar to smartphone users. When your Windows 11 PC comes with a touchscreen, you’ll be able to take notes or sketch with an optional digital pen and use multi-finger gestures, pinch-to-zoom, double tap, and press and hold for quicker navigation – and to create and easily manipulate drawings and other content. The digital pen, touchscreen and voice typing capabilities of Windows 11 make it easier to work the way you prefer with features such as Snap Assist and multiple desktops.

HP Spectre x360

When you collaborate with others or do pitches on-screen, you’ll do it with a 5MP IR intelligent camera for picture-perfect clarity [1]. Backlight Adjustment autocorrects video images in any environment where you may be taking a call [2], while bi-directional AI noise reduction, directional beamforming mics and quad speakers complete a superior sound experience for your calls and chats on Microsoft Teams.

Engineered on the Intel Evo platform with up to 12th Gen Intel Core Processors [3], the Spectre x360 is expected to be available May 19 at HP.com for a starting price of $1,249.99. [4]

HP’s OMEN 16 is the latest addition to the OMEN ecosystem. This Windows 11 PC laptop runs cooler thanks to an added fourth thermal exhaust port and fifth heat pipe, as well as 5% quieter compared to its previous generation, so gamers can stay fully immersed in their favorite titles [5].

HP OMEN 16

The newest titles come to life with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU and the latest MAX Q technologies or AMD Ryzen RX 6650M. Clear levels faster than ever with up to an Intel Core i9-12900H series processor or AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX Mobile Processors. Avoid untimely memory bottlenecks with up to 32GB DDR5 4800 MHz and take advantage of speedy access to vital files with up to 2TB PCIe Gen4x4 SSD.

Action on the screen flows across the up to QHD 165Hz IPS panel with 3ms response time and 100% sRGB. Experience low blue light with Eyesafe display certification by TÜVRheinlan and an auto brightness sensor that work to keep eyes fresh while playing for extended periods [6].

The OMEN 16 is expected to be available by this summer via HP.com and at Best Buy for a starting price of $1199.99. [7]

If you’re new to gaming, check out the newest addition to HP’s gaming-on-the-go lineup: the Victus 15 Windows 11 laptop. Victus introduces gamers to an accessible but elevated gaming experience built with OMEN’s DNA.

As the second entry in the Victus line of laptops, the Victus 15 features three color options (mica silver, performance blue and ceramic white), all with a standard backlit keyboard printed with the distinctive font found on OMEN devices.

You can multitask between gaming, surfing, editing and more with this 15-inch display. Visuals have never moved quicker with graphics powered by up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU with 2nd generation ray tracing power or AMD Radeon RX 6500M. Gameplay options include up to an Intel Core i7-12700H processor or AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Mobile Processors along with up to 16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz memory.

Wide rear vents add a visual flair on top of enhanced thermal efficiency, bolstered by four-way airflow and a two-heat pipe design to keep things running cool during gameplay.

The Victus 15 is expected to be available by this summer via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $799.99. [7]

Find out more about HP’s consumer and gaming PCs.

[1] 5MP refers to the image sensor active pixels. The actual image capture pixels depend on the app and/or aspect ratio selected.

[2] Enabled from GlamCam in HP Command Center.

[3] Select skus qualify as an Intel Evo Platform. Multi-core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering, branding and/or naming is not a measurement of higher performance.

[4] Pricing and availability subject to change without notice.

[5] Based on HP Internal Testing in April 2022 comparison between the new OMEN 16 and 2021 OMEN 16. New OMEN 16 configuration with Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB RAM. 2021 OMEN 16 configuration with Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB RAM. 2022 OMEN 16 balanced mode (CPU 35W+ GPU 80W) 40 dBA; 2021 OMEN 16 balanced mode (CPU 35W+ GPU 80W) 42 dBA.

[6] Eyesafe Display for Low Blue Light is the Display Compliance Test Specification quality. See https://eyesafe.com for more details.

[7] Pricing from HP.com, subject to change without notice. Retailer pricing may vary.

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Releasing Windows 11 Build 22000.706 to the Release Preview Channel

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 11 Build 22000.706 (KB5014019) to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11. This update includes the following improvements: New! We improved the Family Safety verification experience for a child account when you send a request for additional screen time. New! Windows spotlight on the desktop brings…

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 11 Build 22000.706 (KB5014019) to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11.

This update includes the following improvements:

  • New! We improved the Family Safety verification experience for a child account when you send a request for additional screen time.
  • New! Windows spotlight on the desktop brings the world to your desktop with new, daily background pictures. With this feature, new pictures will automatically appear as your desktop background. This feature already exists for the lock screen. You can also find out more information about each background picture on the web. To turn on this feature, go to Settings > Personalization > Background > Personalize your background. Choose Windows spotlight.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the Input (TextInputHost.exe) app to stop working.
  • We fixed an issue in searchindexer.exe that affects the search for shapes in Microsoft Visio.
  • We prevented users from bypassing forced enrollment by disconnecting from the internet when they sign in to Azure Active Directory (AAD).
  • We fixed an issue that might run an AnyCPU application as a 32-bit process.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents Azure Desired State Configuration (DSC) scenarios that have multiple partial configurations from working as expected.
  • We fixed an issue that affects remote procedure calls (RPC) to the Win32_User or Win32_Group WMI class. The domain member that runs the RPC contacts the primary domain controller (PDC). When multiple RPCs occur simultaneously on many domain members, this might overwhelm the PDC.
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when adding a trusted user, group, or computer that has a one-way trust in place. The error message, “The object selected doesn’t match the type of destination source” appears.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to display the Application Counters section in the performance reports of the Performance Monitor tool.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to maintain the display brightness after you change the display mode.
  • We fixed an issue that might affect some apps that use d3d9.dll with certain graphics cards and might cause those apps to close unexpectedly.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the IE mode window frame.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Group Policy templates.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents internet shortcuts from updating.
  • We fixed an issue that causes some users to see a black screen when they sign in and sign out of Windows.
  • We fixed an issue that causes an Input Method Editor (IME) to discard a character if you enter the character while the IME is converting previous text.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Desktop Duplication API, which affects display orientation and causes a black image to appear on the screen.
  • We fixed an issue that causes print failures when a low integrity level (LowIL) application prints to a null port.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents BitLocker from encrypting when you use the silent encryption option.
  • We fixed an issue that leads to a false negative when you run scripts while Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) is turned on. This might cause AppLocker events 8029, 8028, or 8037 to appear in the log when they should not .
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when you apply multiple WDAC policies. Doing that might prevent scripts from running when the policies allow scripts to run.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) driver, which might increase the system’s startup time.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the Remote Desktop client application to stop working when you end a session.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the behavior and shape orientation of a mouse cursor for Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG), Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Edge. This issue occurs when you turn on a virtual graphics processing unit (GPU).
  • We fixed an issue that causes Widgets to appear on the wrong monitor when you hover over the Widgets icon on the taskbar.
  • We added animation to the Widgets icon when you click or tap the icon and the taskbar is aligned on the left.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the rendering of the default Widgets icon on a taskbar that is aligned in the center.
  • We fixed an issue that causes blurry app icons in Search results when the display’s dots per inch (dpi) scaling is greater than 100%.
  • We fixed an issue that causes file copying to be slower because of a wrong calculation of write buffers within cache manager.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause a system to stop responding when a user signs out if Microsoft OneDrive is in use.
  • We fixed a known issue that might prevent recovery discs (CD or DVD) from starting if you created them using the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) app in Control Panel. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates released January 11, 2022 or later.

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Windows Insider Program Team

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