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.

Samsung announces business editions of its Galaxy Book Pro laptops

Samsung today is announcing business editions of its Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Pro laptops. Just as with Microsoft's Surface for Business program, these new laptops are just like the ones consumers can buy, except they come with Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro. Naturally, that means you get better security, manageability, and more. The...

Dell XPS 17 Review: A true MacBook Pro competitor

I have a thing about 17 inch laptops that don't require special equipment. Let's face it; everything is built for 15-inch laptops. I can't tell you how many 17 inch devices I've reviewed where I can't even fit them in my bag. But that's where the Dell XPS 17 comes in. With the InfinityEdge screen,...

Lenovo’s new Chromebook Duet 5 has an OLED screen, Snapdragon processor, and more

Lenovo is announcing some new tablets today, including the new Chromebook Duet 5 and some Android devices. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 isn't quite a successor to the original Chromebook Duet, as they'll be sold side-by-side, but there are some big differences. You can think of it as bigger, better, and faster. The Chrome OS tablet...

Lenovo has a new laptop with a 14-inch 90Hz OLED display

Lenovo is announcing a couple of new Windows 11 laptops today. They include the IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon - the world's lightest 14-inch OLED laptop - and the IdeaPad Slim 7 Pro. But yes, they're Windows 11 laptops. Coming in October, they're among the first new PCs to ship with Microsoft's new operating system. First up is...

Microsoft is rebranding its News services to Microsoft Start

Today, Microsoft is announcing that it's rebranding its news services - like MSN News and Microsoft News - to Microsoft Start. Start is a personalized news feed that's based on your interests, just like any news service that you use. While it's technically a new service, it's not really offering anything that wasn't offered by...

Riot Games’ Valorant reportedly won’t run on PCs that bypass Windows 11 system requirements

Microsoft is just over a month away from beginning the rollout of Windows 11, and as we know, there are some new system requirements. You're going to need a newer CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and you'll need TPM 2.0. Now, it seems that some games, such as Riot Games' Valorant, are enforcing those...

Microsoft reportedly broke Windows 11 by injecting ads

Ever since Windows 10 was introduced, Microsoft has been pushing through ads in its operating systems, and that's obviously not changing with Windows 11. It started with the infamous Get Windows 10 app that would force itself upon Windows 7 and 8.1 users, often presenting misleading options that would trick you into upgrading. That was...

Surface Pro 8: Release date, everything we know, and what we’re hoping for

It's safe to say that the Surface Pro series is the most successful Microsoft Surface of all-time. Not only is it the most best-selling PC Microsoft makes, but it's also the one that's been most heavily imitated by the rest of the market. The next one in the lineup is going to be the Surface...

The Windows Subsystem for Android shows up on the Microsoft Store [Update]

Microsoft is set to start rolling out Windows 11 on October 5, and one key feature that was promised and won't be delivered is support for Android apps. Instead, that's officially coming to Windows Insiders in the coming months. However, the Windows Subsystem for Android has appeared on the Microsoft Store, and you can even...

Surface Go 3: Release date, everything we know, and what we’re hoping to see

While the spotlight is on the Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Book 4 -- since they're likely coming this year -- there's plenty more going on with the Microsoft Surface lineup. If you're thinking about a Windows tablet but want something a little less expensive than a Surface Pro, that's where the Surface Go comes...

Windows 11 prerelease previews will be full builds, not cumulative updates

Today, Microsoft released the first Windows 11 preview that came from the prerelease branch, specifically the rs_prerelease branch. Previously, all of the previews being tested have been for the initial release of the OS, so now the Dev channel has split off as Microsoft has been warning it would do. Things are going to work differently...

Surface Studio 3: Release date, everything we know, and what we’re hoping for

Microsoft's Surface Studio 3 is coming, and in fact, the Surface Studio 2 is the Microsoft PC that hasn't been refreshed in the longest period of time. It was announced on October 2, 2018 at the same event as the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6, two devices that have been revved twice since then. Moreover,...