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Tech giant Microsoft is rolling out a new Fluent style emoji in Windows 11 that the company previewed earlier this year. The company said that these new emoji are beginning to roll out as part of optional November 2021 Windows 11 preview release. "These new Fluent style emoji being released in Windows 11 feel personal and familiar, two of our Windows 11 design principles. A team of emoji designers, programme managers, font experts and developers focused on creating this new emoji system," Judy Safran-Aasen, Program Manager, Windows Design Team, said in a blogpost.
"From colour palettes to modular features, designers built out a system that would scale to the expansive set of Unicode emoji. Windows 11 now offers a more modern and expressive emoji to use in your hybrid communications, allowing you to add fun, expression and personality to your communications," it added. According to the company, emoji has become more common across various forms of communication where many of us are working, learning and connecting remotely and want to bring friendliness and a human touch to our conversations.
For those who want to gain access to the new emoji, they can open Windows Update settings and select Check for updates. Once they have completed installing the update, they can hit the Windows key + period key to access the new emoji within the emoji picker. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Microsoft, tech-giant, fluent style emoji, windows 11
The ongoing global chip shortage and supply constraints are set to mar Christmas festivities for many tech firms, especially gaming ones, which are reeling under tremendous pressure to deliver products on time. It is not just Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles that could be hard to purchase but several tech companies are feeling the pinch. Japanese giant Nintendo has revised its Switch sales forecast for the fiscal year down by 1.5 million "due to the effects of the global semiconductor shortage". The company is "evaluating alternative components and reviewing our designs", according to Ko Shiota, GM of Nintendo's Technology Development Division.
The gaming giant depends heavily on its console business, all the while deep-pocketed rivals such as Microsoft are expanding subscription and cloud gaming services. Nintendo further stated that it "plans to continue to expand its business around the core concept of creating unique integrated hardware-software products". Sony is reportedly struggling to make PlayStation 5 consoles and has lowered its production forecast for the current financial year. Valve's Steam Deck handheld gaming PC has been delayed by two months. "We did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren't reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates," Valve said in a blog post on Thursday.
According to a report in The Verge, Panic's Playdate handheld has been pushed from late 2021 to early 2022. The company said that "there are a number of other parts shortages we're trying to outsmart right now." Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer has already warned of ongoing shortages, saying that Xbox supply issues will last into 2022. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has said that the global chip shortage will linger for a lot longer, extending at least until 2023.
Keywords: Chip shortage, chip shortage 2021, christmans, sony, microsoft, consoles
Tech giant Microsoft has revealed this week that it will no longer support OneDrive on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 starting on March 1, 2022. "In order to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience, beginning January 1, 2022, updates will no longer be provided for the OneDrive desktop application on your personal Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 devices," Microsoft's Ankita Kirti wrote in the announcement post.
"Personal OneDrive desktop applications running on these operating systems will stop syncing to the cloud on March 1, 2022. [And] after March 1, 2022, your personal files will no longer sync," Kirti added. According to Thurrott, Microsoft naturally recommends that OneDrive users who need local access upgrade their PC to Windows 10 or Windows 11.
If for some reason your PC does not support these newer Windows versions, you can continue accessing OneDrive via its web interface, the report said. These dates apply to both OneDrive for consumers and OneDrive for Business, it added. This is not a completely unexpected move, reports Engadget. Microsoft has long had trouble persuading some customers to upgrade to newer versions of Windows, to the point where companies and governments would rather pay for special support contracts than update. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Tech Giant, Microsoft, OneDrive, Windows, Technology, Support
In what is seen as largely a symbolic move, Yahoo said Tuesday it stopped providing services in mainland China because of what it described as a difficult operating environment.
The U.S. web services provider said in a statement on its website the move took effect on November 1 "in recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment."
November 1 is the date on which China's Personal Information Protection Law took effect. The law limits what information companies can compile and standardizes how it must be archived. Other content restrictions on internet companies were also recently imposed.
Many of the Yahoo's services were largely blocked in China, where Yahoo has operated since 1999. Since 2005, following a partnership deal with Alibaba Group Holding, Yahoo's services have slowly been phased out, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company provided an early, stark example of the challenges U.S. internet firms faced operating in foreign countries, particularly China.
In 2004, Yahoo's China unit gave the Chinese authorities data that led to the imprisonment of at least two dissidents. Lawmakers and activists criticized the firm. Yahoo apologized for its role and settled a lawsuit brought by families of several Chinese activists.
China previously blocked Facebook, Google and most other global social media sites and search engines. Users in China can still access these services by using a virtual private network (VPN).
The news of departure of Yahoo, which is now owned by the private-equity firm Apollo Global Management, comes as other U.S. internet firms have left China.
In October, Microsoft stopped providing its LinkedIn business and employment service in China, citing a "more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China." (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Yahoo, Mainland China, Internet firms