Posts From Rich Woods

Rich Woods
Rich Woods

Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

Windows 11 build 25126 puts better subscription management in settings

Today, Microsoft is releasing this week's Windows 11 Insider Preview build to the Dev channel. The big new feature in Windows 11 Insider Preview build 25126 is an improved subscription management page in Settings. In fact, the specific improvement being made has nothing to do with subscriptions at all. It's quite the opposite, in fact. Microsoft...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22000.708 with a ton of fixes

Today is the first day of Microsoft's Build 2022 developer conference, but that doesn't mean all of the firm's news is coming out of the show. The firm is also releasing this month's D week update for Windows 11, the optional update that includes most of what we'll see next month on Patch Tuesday. If you're...

Microsoft is finally bringing third-party widgets to Windows 11

Microsoft is kicking off its Build 2022 developers conference today, and while new features in Windows 11 are definitely not a focus for the show, there is one thing that's new. Later this year, the OS will allow third-party developers to offer widgets. This is a notable change, albeit not one that's surprising. In fact, if...

Microsoft is finally taking Windows on Arm development seriously

Microsoft and Qualcomm first announced Windows on Arm in 2016, and it's been a slow journey since then. It wasn't until last year with Windows 11 that it actually for x64 emulation, finally adding the app support you'd need in order to have the same experience between Arm and Intel PCs. Now, Microsoft is announcing...

The Microsoft Store is officially open to all Win32 apps

Today is the first day of Microsoft's Build 2022 developer conference, and one thing that the company actually teased ahead of the event is improvements for the Microsoft Store. The Redmond firm delivered. There's actually a whole lot that's new in the Windows 11 Store. The waitlist for Win32 apps is going away With the new store,...

Panasonic’s TOUGHBOOK 40 is a modular Windows laptop that’s still IP66

If you're in the market for a rugged laptop, then you probably already know that Panasonic TOUGHBOOK is the leading brand, essentially setting the standard for the market. Today, the company is introducing the TOUGHBOOK 40, a new fully rugged Windows laptop. Unlike the TOUGHBOOK 55, the 14-inch semi-rugged laptop that Panasonic offers, the TOUGHBOOK 40...

HP has new mainstream Pavilion laptops with a 90Hz OLED display

Last week, HP has its big spring premium consumer laptop announcement, and now it's time for some new mainstream laptops. Today, the company is announcing the HP Pavilion Plus 14, and the Pavilion x360 14. The HP Pavilion Plus 14 The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is, well, whatever you want it to be. You can get it...

Interview: Acer talks redefining gaming with 3D, sustainability, and more

Acer just held its [email protected] conference, which is its hero event where the company announces new products from its entire range. That includes Swift, Spin, ConceptD, Predator, Vero, and more. As usual, there was a lot of cool stuff. Interestingly, about half of the 45-minute event was focused on Vero, Acer's portfolio of eco-friendly products. There...

Windows 11 build 22000.706 comes to Insiders with Windows spotlight for desktop

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 build 22000.706 to the Release Preview channel of the Insider Program. As usual, the channel is reserved for cumulative updates that are slated to eventually roll out to the public. Non-Insiders will see this as an optional update in a week or two, and then the fixes that are...

HP’s new Spectre x360 13.5 is completely redesigned

If you're shopping for a new, premium laptop, it's the day you've been waiting for. While Dell has its new XPS 13 Plus and Lenovo has a fancy new Yoga 9i, HP has yet to announce a new Spectre x360, until today. The company did a whole spring consumer PC launch today, and aside from...

Windows 11 build 25120 is the first step toward a possible future with widgets on the desktop

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview build 25120 to the Dev channel. There isn't a whole lot that's different, but there is one notable change: a search box on top of the desktop. As noted in the blog post, the Dev channel is about testing new features, so this might not ever ship. But...

Acer ConceptD 500 Hands-on: A beautiful desktop for creators

Acer just held its annual [email protected] event, where the company announced what seems to be an endless amount of PCs. Naturally, part of the announcement included ConceptD, Acer's brand for creators, and I got to spend some time with the ConceptD 500, a 20L desktop that has Intel 12th-gen processors, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070...