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A former Microsoft engineer told what features of Windows 11 to turn off so that the system runs faster

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Michael Niehaus, who previously worked as an engineer at Microsoft, told in his blog how to get rid of Windows 11 features that are not in demand by ordinary users, which eat up a lot of RAM. It’s about the Teams app and widgets.

A former Microsoft engineer told what features of Windows 11 to turn off so that the system runs faster

In Windows 11, the Teams app plays an important role. So important that it is even integrated into the taskbar – this allows users with personal accounts to start chats or video conferences as quickly as possible, as well as invite their friends to the platform. Along with this, the so-called “Widgets board” appeared on the Windows 11 taskbar, which allows you to manage widgets. The virtual buttons responsible for launching these two functions are pinned to the taskbar next to the Start button. And as Michael Niehaus says, unpinning these two icons from the taskbar allows you to free up RAM and, ultimately, speed up Windows 11.

A former Microsoft engineer told what features of Windows 11 to turn off so that the system runs faster

What is the problem of these particular applications, the shortcuts to which are simply placed on the taskbar? The fact is that Teams and Widgets board run Microsoft Edge WebView2 processes in the background, and in some cases these processes consume a lot of hardware resources. Moreover, if Widgets boards launch WebView 2 only after clicking on the button and displaying the widget ribbon, then the Temas shortcut can activate WebView 2 just like that, even when no one clicks on it. Below is a screenshot showing nine running WebView 2 processes associated with Teams.

A former Microsoft engineer told what features of Windows 11 to turn off so that the system runs faster

Niehaus says that unpinning the Teams shortcut from the taskbar disables WebView2 processes from launching at system startup. The same is recommended for the Widgets board icon if the function is not being used. You may not notice a speed boost right after that, but limiting the concurrent WebView2 processes will definitely have a positive impact on PC performance when running various concurrent applications and opening a large number of tabs in the browser.

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Ahead of the announcement of iOS 17, Apple said that iOS 16 is installed on 81% of all active iPhones

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Ahead of the announcement of iOS 17 Apple said that

Shortly before the announcement of iOS 17 at WWDC 2023, Apple published statistics regarding the prevalence of iOS 16.

Ahead of the announcement of iOS 17, Apple said that iOS 16 is installed on 81% of all active iPhones

At the moment, the current version of the operating system is installed on 81% of all active iPhones on the market. Another 13% are working with iOS 15 and only 6% are on older versions.

If we talk about smartphones no older than four years, then the distribution looks like this: 90%, 8% and 2%, respectively.

In the case of tablets, iPadOS 16 is installed on 71% of all active iPads. Another 20% remain on iPadOS 15, while older versions are installed on 9% of devices.

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Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice

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The AnTuTu benchmark team has published the latest rankings of the best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance in different price categories – as of the end of May 2023.

Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice

Generated by the Midjourney neural network

Experts noted the success of OnePlus and Oppo among economical sub-flagships and mid-range phones. In addition, the triumphant return of Meizu is celebrated with the Meizu 20 series, whose representatives took first place in two ratings at once.

Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice

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In the cheapest category under 1999 yuan (up to $282), the first three places went to OnePlus Ace Racing Edition, iQOO Neo7 SE and Realme GT Neo5 SE.

Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice

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The next price bracket, from 2000 to 2999 yuan ($283 to $424), gave the top three spots to the Remi K60, Lenovo Legion Y70 and Remi K60 Pro.

Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice

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In the 3,000 to 3,999 yuan ($425 to $565) category, Meizu 20, iQOO Neo8 Pro, and iQOO 11 lead the way.

Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice

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The Meizu 20 Pro, Oppo Find X6 and Xiaomi 13 Pro smartphones topped the 4,000 yuan to 4,999 yuan ($566 to $707) category.

Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice

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Among the most expensive flagships above $708, the Red Magic 8 Pro+ leads the way, followed by the Oppo Find X6 Pro and Honor Magic5 Pro.

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Notes and lists may disappear: Google stops integrating with third-party apps

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Google has announced the imminent end of support for Google Assistant (Google Assistant) integration with third-party list and note apps. The Google Virtual Assistant will continue to interact closely only with the proprietary Google Keep application.

Notes and lists may disappear: Google stops integrating with third-party apps

Maintaining shopping lists through Google Assistant can be quite convenient. It is enough for the user to give a voice command for the assistant to open the list or note, read it or edit it. However, users of third-party list and note apps have begun receiving warnings that Google Assistant voice commands will be discontinued as of June 20.

The documentation on the Google site also states:

Starting June 20, Google Assistant notes and lists will no longer work in non-Google apps.

Not only will users no longer be able to create notes/lists, it looks like notes/lists previously created with Google Assistant will disappear. On the support page under “Where are my old lists?” the company states that these notes/lists will also no longer be available after June 20th.

However, the tech giant offers a way to save this data before the deadline:

  • Go to takeout.google.com
  • Select Helper Notes & Lists.
  • Save your information.

Google also stated that “lists you create by voice in Google Shopping will be saved in Google Keep.” But she clarified that shopping lists created by third-party services will not sync with Google Keep.

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