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Windows Central Podcast 232: Windows 11 CPU requirements, Dev Channel build, and more

Windows 11 Start Hero Surface Book
Windows 11 Start Hero Surface Book (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

We're back with another exciting episode of the Windows Central Podcast, and this week, Windows 11 is now available as an Insider preview build! Dan and Zac have thoughts, including the still hot topic of systems requirements. They also talk about sideloading Android APKs, the Windows 11 Microsoft Store, ARM performance, and more.

This episode of the Windows Central Podcast was recorded on July 2nd 2021.

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Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Intel said that Spectre and Meltdown were addressed with hardware-level changes starting with Intel 8th-generation CPUs. It's possible that the cutoff at the 8th generation Intel CPU's has something to do with hardware mitigation of Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. The 6th and 7th gen Intel CPU's only have firmware mitigation which could cause performance issues. Microsoft is concerned about performance of the new OS in addition to security. As Cloud PC becomes a reality and more and more users are connected to Microsoft's Azure cloud, Microsoft will have to be more concerned with individual user security protections in order to protect Azure.
  • You are right. Security is fundamental to modern OSes and making it a default for consumers is a welcome idea.
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