Microsoft has finally begun to implement what has been expected of it for decades – built-in OS support for working with archive files in addition to ZIP. The latest test build of Windows 11 has a preview of built-in support for popular archives – .rar, .rar, .7z and others. This will allow you to work with them without having to install third-party solutions, like the legendary WinRAR.
Windows 11 Build 23493 is currently available for download through the Windows Insider program in the Dev channel. In the stable version, the innovation can be expected along with the release of Windows 11 23H2, which is scheduled for September 2023.
Windows 11 Build 23493 has native support for archives such as rar and 7zp. This means that you can right-click on any archive and extract the contents to any folder on your device. Similarly, you select folders or files and zip them into the following supported archives:
- .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar.zst, .tar.xz, .tgz
- .tbz2, .tzst, .txz
- .rar, .7z
Microsoft notes that at least one annoying problem with archive support is now known. When you’re in File Explorer and trying to copy files from large archives, or using the built-in Extract All feature in Windows 11, performance may not be as expected.
Microsoft is preparing a lightweight version of Windows 12 for very cheap PCs and laptops
Microsoft is indeed working on a “web-centric” version of the next generation of the Windows operating system, commonly known as Windows 12. This was reported by the thematic resource WindowsLatest, citing several sources close to Microsoft and its industry partners.
The cloud or web-based version of Windows 12 is similar in operating principles to the already well-known ChromeOS operating system from Google, which is used mainly on school and student PCs and laptops that are characterized by accessibility.
As WindowsLatest notes, the cloud version of Windows 12 is not intended to replace the traditional proprietary OS on desktop computers and could be the “true” answer to Chrome OS. This is Microsoft’s attempt to create a more modern, modular and lightweight version of Windows for low-cost educational devices.
Microsoft is already building a development team for the next generation of Windows. This is confirmed by job listings appearing online. It also notes that the “next generation of Windows” will appear in 2024.
As WindowsLatest learned, the Microsoft Edge browser and a new artificial intelligence system will be the center of the first web version of Windows 12.
Android Auto users complain about problems with GPS
Users of Google’s car platform began to complain about problems with the GPS signal after the release of the stable Android Auto 10.5 update.
According to some users, they have encountered problems with GPS while driving. Several users reported that the GPS signal suddenly disappeared for a few seconds and the navigator froze, but after a few moments it came to life and continued to work normally. This problem affects not only Google Maps, but also the Waze app.
Unfortunately, Google developers have not yet acknowledged the problems with GPS. However, you shouldn’t get too upset because new Android Auto updates come out every few weeks. If you have problems with GPS when using Android Auto, you can downgrade to an older version.
Google has removed the annoying “All bookmarks” bar in Chrome
Google has released a small update to its Chrome browser, which may please many users.
The fact is that some time ago the developers added the “All Bookmarks” checkbox to the end of the bookmarks bar, and the new element is firmly attached to the panel. Clicking “All Bookmarks” will simply prompt you to “Open sidebar to see all bookmarks.” This innovation annoyed many users and has now been removed.
The panel was freed from the plate with the update to Chrome 117.0.5938.132. In addition, the update contains 10 security fixes, including the exploit that was used in the attacks.
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