Windows 11 version 22H2: gaming changes

In the sixth part of the series, we are looking at the improvements for gamers and gaming in the upcoming Windows 11 2022 update. When Microsoft launched the original version of Windows 11 last year, it promoted the operating system as the best Windows system for gaming. The statement was not just marketing, as Microsoft did introduce some new features in Windows 11 related to gaming. In particular, Microsoft added support for Auto HDR and the DirectStorage API. Auto HDR is designed to enable HDR in games that do not support it. The technology requires a HDR compatible display. DirectStorage was introduced on Xbox initially and then ported to Windows

Windows 11 version 22H2: file explorer changes

In the fourth part of the series, we are taking a look at the default file manager tool File Explorer and the changes that Microsoft plans to introduce in the Windows 11 2022 update. Microsoft changed File Explorer in several key areas when it launched the new Windows 11 operating system in 2021. One of the most prominent changes was the introduction of the compact context menu, which File Explorer displays by default. Tip: here are instructions to restore the classic File Explorer context menu in Windows 11. The change was not the only one, as Microsoft streamlined the main toolbar of File Explorer, which resulted in many items being

Windows 11 version 22H2: snap assist changes

In the third part of the series, we are going to take a closer look at the changes that Microsoft makes to Windows 11’s Snap Assist feature in the Windows 11 2022 update. Microsoft did not introduce too many new features in Windows 11. Snap Assist, a feature to manage program windows more efficiently, was well received when it was unveiled. At its core, Snap Assist gives users an option at hand to align program windows on the screen based on a number of supported patterns. The layouts depend on the size of the display, but include options to align two windows side-by-side in a 50% to 50% and 75%

Microsoft changes Teams Rooms plans; introduces free Basic option

Microsoft is now introducing new plans to replace the current Teams Rooms Standard and Teams Rooms Premium: the Teams Rooms Basic and Teams Room Pro. The biggest attraction of these changes is the fact that Teams Rooms can now be used for free, thanks to Teams Rooms Basic plan. This is far from the Teams Rooms Standard, which charges $15 per device per month. This free plan will be automatically included when you purchase a Teams Rooms-certified device on or after September 1, and you can apply up to 25 Basic licenses to a single tenant. On the other hand, while the Teams Rooms Basic plan looks attractive, it doesn’t

Google announces Play Store policy changes to counter misinformation, limit ads, and tighten security

The app landscape is always changing, and with it, app market owners have to adapt their policies to keep up. Google has announced a ton of Google Play Store policies today that will be enacted over the coming months, ranging from minor to quite significant. Some changes will only really be noticed by developers, but some, like subscription cancellations, should hopefully be immediately apparent to users. If you have an app that may be in violation of any of these policies, Google says that all new and existing apps will receive a grace period of at least 30 days from July 27, 2022 (unless otherwise stated) to comply with the

What Changes Google Analytics 4 Will Bring

It’s been around two and half years since Google Analytics 4 was introduced to the world. Earlier, Universal Analytics, the previous generation of Analytics, was used for data collection. Since the needs of businesses and the behavior of consumers have significantly evolved with time, advanced consumer engagement measurement tools are required to address the new challenges. Hence, Universal Analytics is being replaced with Google Analytics 4. In fact, Universal Analytics and Universal Analytics 360 will stop processing new hits on July 1, 2023 and October 1, 2023, respectively. So, all businesses that are still using Universal Analytics and Universal Analytics 360 should switch to Google Analytics 4 as soon as

How to Track Changes in Google Docs

Unlike viewing the edit history of a Google Docs document, Google’s Track Changes feature (also called “Suggesting” mode) lets you see changes before that text becomes a permanent part of the document. Here’s how to use it. Turn On “Suggesting” Mode When you work in a Google Docs document, you’re in “Editing” mode by default. This means that all edits you make are permanent and recorded in the edit history. To track any changes you make to the document as suggestions only, you’ll need to switch over to “Suggesting” mode. First, open the Google Docs document that you’d like to suggest edits to. In the top-right corner of the window,

Privacy Changes to Streaming Ads Are Coming

Connected television, a rising star in the targeted, programmatic advertising industry, will soon be impacted by new privacy measures. Connected television is often called CTV or OTT. The latter stands for “over the top” and is reminiscent of cable boxes or Roku devices that sat over the top of televisions. For advertisers, the term can mean more. The definition of CTV “can be very convoluted. You can go down a rabbit hole of different definitions and abbreviations,” said Mary Kotara, a senior programmatic media consultant with Adswerve, a consultancy. Kotara was speaking during a live interview with the CommerceCo by Practical Ecommerce community on August 19, 2021. The definition becomes

Homeworld 3 changes investment plans

Homeworld 3 is ditching the investment platform Fig due to “recent changes at Gearbox” but the game will still release unaffected. Despite being wholly published by Gearbox, Fig offered a “unique opportunity to invest in Homeworld 3’s success” with gamers or investors able to buy shares in the game which could reap a profit if the game was successful enough, but with a $1 goal, it was never about the money. That investment opportunity has since been scrapped, one investor revealed on Reddit, as they were sent an email announcing that “Fig will no longer be collecting investment reservations for Homeworld 3.” While the email blames “recent changes at Gearbox,”