We're ramping up in the world of Windows and Xbox news. The slower days of summer in the northern hemisphere are almost entirely behind us, paving the way for product announcements and back-to-school season. This week Microsoft released a preview of Windows 365 Switch and made changes to the trial for Xbox Game Pass. The company also cut Windows 11 support for 44 CPUs.
You can catch up on all of the biggest news stories from the week right here.
Windows 365 Switch
Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel and Beta Channel have a new feature to play with. In addition to Insider builds rolling out to both channels, Microsoft began testing Windows 365 Switch among certain Insiders. The feature allows you to jump between a local desktop and a Windows 365 cloud PC with a mouse-click, keyboard command, or gesture.
With Windows 365 Switch, hopping back and forth between a local desktop and a cloud PC should feel the same as switching between virtual desktops.
Xbox dampens dreams of Starfield
Starfield is one of the most anticipated games of the year, but you won't be able to play it for one month for $1. That's because Microsoft cut the length of the $1 trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in half. The trial for PC Game Pass has been shortened as well. That means anyone taking advantage of the trial will only be able to play Starfield for $1 for 14 days.
44 CPUS no longer support Windows 11
Microsoft removed 44 Intel Ceon processors from its list of support CPUs for Windows 11 this week. All of the chips removed are from Intel's 8th generation of CPIUs. It's not entirely clear why Microsoft made this change. The company set a strict set of requirements for Windows 11 when the operating system launched, but it hasn't removed CPUs from its list of supported devices up to this point.
Intel Xeon chips are generally found in servers, workstations, and embedded systems, so everyday users won't be directly affected by the change. But unless the removals were a mistake, it shows that Microsoft is willing to cut support for CPUs that have previously been supported.
Galaxy Z Flip5, Z Fold5, and Tab S9 launch
This week we saw the launch of Samsung's new Galaxy devices. The Galaxy Z Fold5, Galaxy Z Flip5, Galaxy Tab S9 lineup, and Galaxy Watch 6 lineup all went up for sale. Many of them have trade-in deals and other bundles. The Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5 each come with four months of Microsoft 365 Basic, four months of YouTube Premium, and two months of Adobe Lightroom.
While the Galaxy Z Fold5 does not have the same aspect ratio as the Surface Duo, it will likely be the foldable of choice for many who move on from the Duo. Samsung has a much better history of supporting its folding phones than Microsoft does.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 is the multitasking machine you need. It's perfect for work, play, and everything in between.
The new Galaxy Z Flip5 is the latest foldable from Samsung, featuring a prominent cover display that lets you get more done without opening the phone. The Z Flip5 also comes with a new flagship processor, a streamlined hinge design, and improved cameras.
With an IP68 rating, 120Hz OLED display, waterproof S Pen with just 2.9ms latency, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chip with top-tier performance, and extra battery capacity, the Galaxy Tab S9 is a significant step up compared to the Tab S8.
Lastly, Samsung unveiled a pair of smartwatches in the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic stood out because it brought back the popular rotating bezels that were removed with the previous generation.
You can get up to $250 off the Galaxy Watch 6 or Galaxy Watch 6 Classic with an eligible trade-in. That's a large discount considering the smartwatches start at $299.99.
Reviews & Editorials
Our experts take a hands-on look at the latest gadgets and games every week. A dual-mode wireless gaming headset, an impressive Windows on ARM 2-in-1, and a 27-inch monitor round out our recent coverage.
- PlayStation won the console war, will Xbox let them win cloud gaming too?
- Not enough people are talking about this game-changing upcoming Xbox feature
- Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini (Gen 8) review: Tempting me away from desktops with versatile benefits
- Review: Alienware 720H Dual-Mode Wireless Gaming Headset is almost perfect after a firmware update
- Robo & Kala 2-in-1 Laptop review: This might be the best Windows 11 on ARM device yet
- HP OMEN 27k review: 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and a KVM switch make for a stupendous gaming monitor
- Atlas Fallen review (Xbox): An entertaining desert adventure in need of some sandpaper
- Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Keyboard (AW920K) review: Expensive, multi-PC wireless luxury
- Alienware Wireless Gaming Mouse (AW620M) review: A comfortable, reliable, no-frills RGB gaming companion
Deals of the week
With back-to-school season here, there are a ton of deals right now. In most cases, you don't have to be a student to enjoy the discounts. This week, a couple of lovely ultrawide monitors saw their prices slashed, as well as the Dell XPS Desktop.
Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor |
was $1,699.99 now $1,359.99 at Dell
This massive monitor is essentially two 27-inch screens combined. It gives you enough space to multitask, features plenty of ports, and has excellent color coverage. Despite only launching in April of this year, you can already pick up the Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor at a large discount.
Price check: $1,390.19 at Amazon
Dell XPS Desktop |
was $1,580 now $1,250 at Dell
This version of the XPS Desktop checks all the boxes for Baldur's Gate 3 and many other PC games. It pairs a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060. It has 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD as well.
Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 |
was $2,200 now 1,800 at Samsung
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is a massive curved gaming monitor with a high-end spec sheet. It features an 1800R curve, 240Hz refresh rate with 0.03ms response time, and a 5120 x 1440 resolution with a 32:9 aspect ratio. Right now, you can get the monitor for $400 off.
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