Microsoft Weekly: Creating Excitement, Windows 11 22H2 RTM and Linux XDP

It’s the last weekend of May and there’s still time to recap all the important Microsoft news from the past few days. This week, there was tons of developer and enterprise-focused news from Build 2022, a few more details about Windows 11 version 22H2 RTM, and then some updates to apps and services from Microsoft to top it all off. Without further ado, let’s dive into our weekly roundup for May 21-27.

Build 2022 news galore

A chart of apps in the Microsoft Store

Microsoft held its annual Build conference this week and had plenty of updates to share across various development, enterprise, and consumer areas.

For starters, Android apps on Windows 11 are finally coming to five more countries, namely France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom. This expansion will take place later this year. Speaking of storefronts, Microsoft is working on an app rollback feature for the Microsoft Store so you can seamlessly transition between devices with all your apps installed with a single click. The company is also introducing better discoverability for Microsoft Store apps by displaying ads for them in the storefront itself and showing them in Windows 11 search results. Win32 app submissions are now also open to everyone and you can also take advantage of new features like automating submissions through a GitHub Actions CI/CD pipeline or Rest APIs, testing app visibility, viewing app telemetry, and responding directly to user reviews.

Microsoft has also confirmed that developers will be able to create companion widgets for their apps in Windows 11 later this year. And if you want to build and test ARM-native apps through your favorite toolchain and programming languages, keep an eye out for the Project Volterra hardware kit coming later this year.

Meanwhile, for organizations looking to scale their infrastructure to the cloud, Microsoft has announced Dev Box. It is a Windows 365-based solution that offers powerful, development-ready workstations in the cloud. It also integrates with Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Manager. The service is currently in private preview with a waiting list.

DDevelopers and teams investing in data solutions should check out Microsoft’s Intelligent Data Platform. It aims to unify cloud databases, analytics, and data governance, enabling customers to quickly adapt to changing landscapes while continuing to learn insights. The company also announced a bunch of new features for Microsoft Purview, Azure Synapse, SQL Database, Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, Arc, and more.

For developers and teams working in low-code solutions, Microsoft has revealed Power Pages that lets you quickly create and customize fully functional websites. Improvements have been made to existing Power Platform products, including Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, Power Automate, and Power BI.

There were also a bunch of announcements related to Microsoft Teams. Rolling out links for rich, actionable map previews is coming soon, as is integration with Power Apps. Independent software vendors (ISVs) can create new live sharing experiences. And the Teams JavaScript 2.0 SDK, Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, and Teams Toolkit CLI have all reached general availability (GA).

Windows 11 version 22H2 RTM

Windows 11 22H2 RTM

This week, a Microsoft document quietly confirmed that Windows 11 build 22H2 RTM is build 22621 that was released to Windows Insiders earlier this month. In the same document, Microsoft also noted that Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) submissions will continue until September 5, which means we can expect the feature update to start rolling out. during this month or in October. And if you’re not sure what to expect when updating to Windows 11 version 22H2, check out our detailed overview of all the new features here.

Microsoft also rolled out build 25126 to the Windows 11 dev channel this week. It has improved the accounts settings page, especially for people who are Microsoft 365 customers. That said, there are also other improvements and known issues, so check the linked article before updating.

Apart from this, Microsoft released an optional cumulative update for Windows 11 in the form of KB5014019 which bumped the version up to 22000.708. The highlight of this release is that it brings Windows Spotlight to the desktop, but there are also improvements and bugfixes for other areas such as the Start menu. That said, if you’re a Trend Micro customer, be aware that this optional update also breaks its ransomware protection capabilities.

Along the same lines, Windows 10 has also bundled build 19044.1739 (KB5014023) as an optional update in the release preview channel. The changelog is quite long, but one of the main highlights is that it fixes a lot of app crashes.

Although Microsoft’s Panos Panay has once again emphasized that Windows 11 is all about quality, it seems that the operating system’s CPU usage reports are buggy and Smart App Control isn’t perfect either.

Linux XDP on Windows (and more!)

Microsoft and Linux written on the left and right respectively with a heart icon in the middle

Now shifting a bit into high gear towards applications, services and product updates this week, we’ll start with the porting of Linux eXpress Data Path (XDP) to Windows as an open source initiative. XDP enables applications to achieve low latency and high network throughput and is currently ready for prototyping and testing on Windows.

Microsoft 365 Apps has been updated to version 2205, highlights include automatic groupings (like @TeamOwners) for Teams channel posts and a more natural read-aloud voice in Outlook. The Outlook app on mobile is also expected to get a new feed view and the ability to save attachments to OneDrive for Business next month. Meanwhile, Teams should receive chat bubbles on Android and iOS around the same time.

Microsoft also offered an in-depth look at the upcoming OneNote for Windows refresh. The app will receive Windows 11’s design aesthetic, better pen support, and improved UX in what will hopefully (finally?) be the unification of the OneNote product on the Windows desktop.

Windows Terminal Stable and Windows Terminal Preview received updates this week. The former offers the ability to change the bell sound, set up default launch profiles for admins, new action, and backup and restore capabilities. Meanwhile, Preview now lets you set a single background image spread across multiple panes, among other things.

Edge Dev 103 also received its latest update a few days ago, new features include better Microsoft editor, new policies and UX improvements for managing tab groups.

Finally, the Surface app was updated just a few hours ago with notifications for Windows updates, improvements to audio equalizer and headphone tutorial volume, among other things. You can view the changelog here.

Git Gud

A concept of Xbox Keystone - a streaming stick for playing games from the cloud
A concept image of Xbox Keystone

When it comes to our games section, the highlight of this week was undoubtedly when Microsoft confirmed that it was moving away from its current streaming stick implementation (codenamed Xbox Keystone) for Xbox Cloud Gaming and moving on to a new approach. Although a release date is still unclear, the latest rumors also say that it could come with a stripped down version of Xbox or Windows as the operating system.

Meanwhile, on the software side, an extension of Top Gun: Maverick to celebrate the launch of the film of the same name is now available for free for Microsoft Flight Simulator players. The update includes new missions, challenges, maneuvers and a super secret plane.

On the other hand, sea ​​of ​​thieves received the Lost Sands adventure. An interesting aspect of this chapter is that it is up to players to decide which faction they want to help in order to decide the fate of Lost Sands. That said, it’s best to dive into the latest adventure as soon as possible because it leaves on June 9. Close to that date (June 7, to be precise), you can also jump in with the highly anticipated The Wild update in MinecraftSee all the details here.

And if you’re looking for some Xbox deals, browse the latest Deals with Gold here, headlined by star wars and Batman. But if you play exclusively on PC, don’t miss this weekend’s multi-storefront sales slate, curated by Neowin publisher Pulasthi Ariyasinghe.

Development Channel

Visual Studio logo on light background with Apple logo in upper left corner

Under the projectors

Windows 11 22H2 Upgrade

In this summary, we have two practical guides to share with you. The first is written by Neowin co-founder Steven Parker and tells you how you can update to Windows 11 version 22H2 RTM right now, although it will start rolling out publicly after a few months.

An image showing how to enable desktop stickers in Windows 11 22H2

Meanwhile, the second guide is written by Neowin News reporter Taras Buria and explains how you can enable desktop stickers in Windows 11 version 22H2 right now, even though the feature hasn’t even been officially announced by Microsoft yet. .

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Photo printed by Samsung taken from ISOCELL 200MP image sensor and results were huge

Our most interesting news this week isn’t directly Microsoft-related, but gives some hints about the next path tech companies want to explore. Basically, Samsung took a photo of a cat from its internal 200MP ISOCELL image sensor and then printed it on a gigantic 28m x 22m poster for public display. We haven’t seen a phone with this sensor yet, but that could change by July.


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