We’re at the end of another busy week, which means it’s time to recap everything big that’s happened in the Microsoft verse over the past few days. This time around, we have stuff related to Windows 11 2022 Update issues and new features, recent Microsoft Teams features, and some app-related news, including the death of SwiftKey for iOS.
Windows 11 2022 Update…and Printer Problems
For starters, we learned a few days ago that Microsoft had confirmed printing issues (sigh) in Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2).
The first problem is related to the disappearance of network printers from the operating system after installing the latest update. This was apparently caused by a default Group Policy, so the good thing is you can fix it quickly, but there are a few caveats.
The other problem, however, is slightly more serious. Those who have installed the Windows 11 2022 update may experience issues detecting all features of printers using Microsoft IPP Class Driver or Universal Print Class Driver. This can cripple a printer’s ability to use color, duplex or duplex printing, paper size and type settings, resolutions, etc. Until Microsoft fixes the issue, it has suspended the compatibility of affected devices, which means they can’t officially install the update until a fix is available.
The news isn’t all bad when it comes to Windows 11 build 22H2. Nvidia released a new version of GeForce Experience to fix some frame rate and CPU usage issues in games that were reported after installing the Windows 11 update. Microsoft has also rolled out an optional out-of-band (OOB) update for the operating system in the form of KB5019311 (build 22621.525). It fixes Windows installation file location issues that prevented the successful creation of installation media. Along the same lines, the third-party app “Auto Dark Mode X” also has a new version that fixes some compatibility issues with Windows 11 version 22H2.
And let’s not forget the Windows Insider Program releases either. Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25211 landed this week and it finally returns the option to open Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar. It has other features like Widgets settings, support for a new version of Snipping Tool, and improved system tray experience. Meanwhile, the Beta Channel received build 22623.730 with a tablet-optimized taskbar, system tray updates, and File Explorer fixes.
Finally, Windows 11 version 22H2 also received its first preview cumulative update in the form of KB5017389. It introduces Notification Widgets, Microsoft Store fixes, Chile DST improvements, and other improvements. It’s important to note that this update will generally be available via this month’s Patch Tuesday on October 11th.
Microsoft Teams and other app updates
Microsoft had a lot of updates to share this week regarding Teams. This is mainly due to the fact that the company released its roundup of all the features it added to the software during August and September, including Cameo via PowerPoint Live, native support from Apple Silicon, collaborative annotations powered by Microsoft Whiteboard, and more.
That’s not all. The Redmond tech giant also explained how it improves the Teams calling experience in harsh network conditions through the use of a technique called Packet Loss Concealment (PLC) powered by artificial intelligence. This is already available for Windows clients, but Mac testing is also underway. The company revealed plans to bring payment processing mechanisms to teams as well, which should benefit small businesses that conduct their proceedings through the collaboration software.
Teams wasn’t the only software to get all the love this week. The new Outlook for Windows experience is now available to all Office Insiders. It brings a lot of new features on top of those announced in May, but as some of our readers noted in the comments section, some crucial features are still missing. Similarly, Outlook Web App (OWA) has also received upgrades in the contact management experience.
Microsoft also recaps all the features it added to Excel on various platforms in September 2022, including performance recommendations, selective content sharing, modern comments, and more. Microsoft Lists – MSA Preview for iOS is also available through TestFlight, but only for the first 200,000 users who register first.
The Death of SwiftKey for iOS
After offering no SwiftKey updates on iOS for over a year, Microsoft has quietly revealed that the app is in fact dead on the platform in question. Microsoft acquired the keyboard company for around $250 million in 2016 and while SwiftKey on Android remains in active development, the iOS app has been put to rest. Although the official reason for this decision has not been disclosed, some have speculated that it may be due to Apple’s restrictive policies regarding the modification of the bundled OS experience. Either way, the app will be removed from the App Store on October 5.
Speaking of things that are dead, Microsoft started disabling basic authentication for most protocols in Exchange Online starting today. That said, it’s not really surprising given that the company has been warning customers about this for years. Organizations are encouraged to migrate to Modern Authentication (OAuth 2.0), but if they insist on using Basic Authentication, they can manually enable it until the end of December, after which it will be permanently disabled.
Two 0-day vulnerabilities have also been spotted in on-premises installations of Exchange Server 2013, 2016, and 2019. Although there are a few workarounds at this time, an official fix has not yet been made available.
If you’re an active Microsoft Edge user, you might be happy to know that the company is working to make desktop web apps more native by giving developers more control over the title bar. What’s potentially even more interesting is that Edge Canary could receive up to two updates per day from now on instead of the usual update.
Other good news includes Clipchamp’s premium filters and effects now available at no additional cost to Microsoft 365 subscribers, PowerToys is getting a new toy that lets you know what processes are blocking you from deleting a file, and the Nvidia RTX 40 series will soon be able to stream AV1 content via Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Moving on to gaming news, Nvidia released its latest Game Ready Windows WHQL driver version 517.48 earlier this week. It provides support for Monitor 2 for Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) image scaling on Microsoft Flight Simulator – players of the latter can now also purchase the Cessna 195 Businessliner for $19.99 in-game or explore the skies of Canada for free via the Global XI update.
Meanwhile, Based finally reached full release after two years of early access. The game now features 13 biomes, 44 creatures, and a full-fledged storyline that follows the mystery behind the shrunken protagonists. It is available on PC (Steam and Microsoft Store), Xbox One and Xbox Series X | It’s priced at $39.99, but you can also play it at no additional cost via Xbox and PC Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
October’s Games with Gold have been revealed as Windbound and Bomber Crew. There will only be two games per month going forward due to Microsoft dropping Xbox 360 titles last month. Meanwhile, this week’s Free Play Days promotion only has one title in the form of FIA World Rally Championship WRC 10 too. On the other hand, the Deals with Gold promotion is packed with titles featuring the Injustice and LEGO franchises.
Finally, for our PC purist readers, be sure to check out this weekend’s PC game deals, handpicked by our editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe himself.
Under the projectors
This week, I wrote an op-ed sharing my thoughts on how Microsoft’s latest flexible approach to Windows 11 updates is worth enjoying.
Meanwhile, journalist Taras Buria conducted an experiment on his device to find out if Windows 11 is more battery efficient than Windows 10. The results may or may not surprise you, but you can check them out here.
Finally, forum member Adam Bottjen (better known as Warwagon) wrote his latest Warwagon Tech Tip Tuesday edit where he explains how you can quickly back up drivers on your Windows PC.
Our most interesting (and disappointing) news this week involves a report claiming that Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Studio 3 will sport a premium price of $3,000, but will still sport a two-year-old processor and hardware from “last generation”. The first will be an 11th generation Intel processor. While this is a significant step up from the Surface Studio 2, which sports a 7th Gen Intel CPU and Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU, it’s still a little frustrating to see Microsoft cram outdated hardware into a device. top of the line. We’ll find out for sure at the company’s Surface event on October 12.
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