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.

A new Windows 11 build is out with redesigned emojis

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 build 22478 to the Dev channel, and before you get too excited, there's not a whole lot that's new. The big new feature is that it includes redesigned emojis, which use Fluent Design. The new Windows 11 emojis were announced back in July, but now you'll be able to...

Unsupported PCs running Windows 11 are still getting updates

When Microsoft announced Windows 11, one thing that people quickly discovered is that it significantly bumps up the minimum hardware requirements. Specifically, you need pretty new CPUs. The company eventually said that you'd be able to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs by using an ISO; however, you won't get updates. As it turns out, people...

Acer unveils tons of new laptops for creators, gamers, and more

Today, Acer held a Global Press Conference, and as the company tends to do at its big events, it announced a ton of new products. They range from gaming devices, to creator PCs, to a range of eco-friendly PCs, and more. Let's dive right in. Antimicrobial PCs PCs that are resistant to germs are big right now, for...

The first Windows 11 update is here and it comes with big fixes

Windows 11 is a week old, but it's already getting its first round of fixes. And if you're wondering why it's getting an update so quickly, then let me be the first to welcome you to the wonderful world of Patch Tuesday. Every second Tuesday of the month, all supported Microsoft products get an update,...

ElevenClock is an open source utility that puts the clock back on your second monitor with Windows 11

When Windows 10 shipped in 2015, you couldn't put a clock in the taskbar on your second monitor. When this became a thing a couple of years later, users rejoiced. This simple feature just made so much sense that it seemed crazy to ever go back from there. Then Windows 11 came along and removed...

Notepad could be the next app getting a Windows 11 facelift

Last week, Microsoft began shipping Windows 11, and it comes with a whole bunch of redesigned apps. Like many new features, it seemed like a lot of those app updates were put together at the last minute. There are all new versions of Photos, Snipping Tool, and even Paint that weren't unveiled mere weeks ahead...

Dell XPS 15 9510 Review: OLED, RTX, and all of your favorite acronyms

After getting a big redesign last year, Dell's latest XPS laptops are mostly spec bumps. In fact, that's exactly what it was with the XPS 17 9710. With the Dell XPS 15 9510, it's that and a bit more. Obviously, the spec bump means it now comes with Intel's 11th-generation processors. With the GPU, that also means...

Can my PC run Windows 11? Here are the system requirements!

Today, Microsoft finally announced Windows 11. Along with a new UI, there's a whole new Microsoft Store, Snap Layouts, and even Android apps are coming to Microsoft's in-house operating system by way of the Amazon Appstore. But now, you're probably wondering what the system requirements are so you can see if your PC can even...

Microsoft has a new Feedback Portal coming this year

Earlier this year, Microsoft killed off its UserVoice forums. It was a bit strange, since it hadn't provided any kind of warning. Eventually, the company said that it does have some new mechanisms coming, and as it turns out, it's called Feedback Portal, and it's coming in preview before the end of the year. The news...

Explaining the Windows Insider Program channels for Windows 11 betas

Microsoft launched the Windows Insider Program on October 1st, 2014, after it had announced Windows 10 the day before. Back then, Windows 10 Insider Previews were called Windows 10 Technical Previews. We only had two rings -- Fast and Slow; Release Preview was added later on, partly as a way for Windows Phone users to...

Surface Pro 8: Release date, specs, price, and everything you need to know

Microsoft's Surface Pro 8 is finally official, and it's mostly what we were expecting. Essentially, it's a cross between the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X. It adds the larger display and thinner bezels, but still has the thicker chassis and fan needed for the Intel processor. That's not all. The display is a...

Surface Laptop Studio: Release date, specs, price, and everything you need to know

Microsoft has announced its brand-new Surface Laptop Studio laptop. Originally rumored as the Surface Book 4, it's Microsoft's most powerful laptop yet. A big reason is it abandons the old Surface Book design. There's no detachable display anymore. Now, it's a convertible display, similar to what we've seen from HP's Elite Folio and Acer's ConceptD Ezel...