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The Biggest Stories from Microsoft Build 2019



Microsoft's annual build conference started yesterday, and the standard brought a slew of new announcements and cool stuff. Here's a quick look at some of the best things we've seen so far.

Windows 1

0 gets a built-in Linux kernel. Probably the most significant announcement yesterday was the announcement of the Windows subsystem for Linux version 2 – WSL 2 – which provides a complete Linux kernel for Windows. We have all the details if you are interested. It's cool.

A real command line comes to Win10. The so-called Windows terminal consists of a complete command line, PowerShell, and a bash system. It has tabs, themes and even supports emoji. Welcome in the future.

Big steps for Chromium Edge. Microsoft has been working hard on the new edge browser based on the Chromium engine, and a lot of new things were announced yesterday. Better privacy settings, Internet Explorer mode, and a OneNote-like feature called "Collections" to aid your research are all included. Record our coverage for the full skinny.

Edge for Mac, baby. Microsoft annoyed Edge for Mac for a very short time, but the cat is out of pocket – you can already install and test the Edge Mac build yourself. Spoiler: The Windows version is almost identical (and that's a good thing!).

There were also some smaller announcements, such as the new Fluid Framework, improved Cortana interactions, Visual Studio in the browser, and AR Minecraft. So much cool stuff.

In other news, it's the Google I / O tag! In addition, Apple has released its first new iOS game for years, more drama for the Galaxy Fold, Twitter now lets you insert GIFs and images into retweets, and more.

  • Google I / O launches today: We expect all sorts of potential announcements about Smarthome, Android Q, Stadia, Assistant and even a few new phones. The livestream starts at 10:00 pm PT / 1: 00 PM ET and can be viewed here.
  • Apple's first new iOS game since 2008: Welcome the Paper Wizard by Warren Buffet. It's a free download on the App Store. Maybe you can play it while you wait for the I / O keynote to begin. [MacRumors]
  • More Fold Drama: Samsung can not provide a fixed release date for the Galaxy Fold, so pre-orders will be canceled unless customers specifically say otherwise. Oof. [9to5Google]
  • The GIFs are coming (to retweets): Twitter announced yesterday that you can now insert GIFs and other images into retweets. What a time to be alive … though we really should talk about this edit button. [Engadget]
  • Android Car's Fresh New Look: Google is giving Android Auto a makeover that will be released this summer. It will have a much better user interface that provides access to multiple apps at the same time a more intuitive app drawer and more. I can not wait
  • Google will allow users to block tracking cookies (sort of): A recent report suggests that Chrome is given the option to use tracking cookies block, with the exception of Google. Of course. [The Wall Street Journal via Android Police]
  • A New Supercomputer for the Government: AMD and Cray Collaborate to Build a Crazy New 1.5-Exaflop Supercomputer. It will be … Cray. [Anandtech]
  • An Xbox Braille Controller? Microsoft has patented one so it could come soon. And, man, that's just really cool. [TechRadar]

Finally, let's talk about Pokemon. And I'm not talking about Detective Pikachu here – I'm talking about 19459012 all of the Pokemon. A recent study suggests that Pokemon characters occupy a special place in the brains of "Pokemon experts." A pea-sized cluster of neurons that stores nothing but information about Pokemon. The study compared "experts" with a control group to confirm that they had a special place in their brains just for these little digital creatures. People are wild, man. [Ars Technica]


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