#Echo126. What will Windows 11 look like?

I would like to remind you that on June 24, we will probably have good news: Microsoft will announce Windows 11. However, joyful is, of course, an exaggeration, as the company has taught us to treat Windows releases with suspicion and rather rejoice if after the update everything continues to work as before.

Why Windows 11? On the Microsoft blog, they presented a study on the benefits of rest, but the picture in the background looks very obvious.

So don't forget to watch the "What's New with Windows" presentation on June 24 at 6pm. If the event is worthwhile, then we will publish a review material. Come discuss and share your impressions!

According to rumors and leaks, we are waiting for:

  • New design. Rumor has it that they will probably update File Explorer with something more visually modern (sounds dangerous! Looking for what and where is again!);
  • New animation (this is always welcome, as long as there is an option to turn the old animation back on);
  • New battery screen to better understand battery life. And also a new analysis screen, where did the disk space go;
  • New fonts. Microsoft already scared this at the end of April, offering a choice of 5 default font options in Office: Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford and Grandview. By the way, which one do you prefer? I'm for Seaford. And on Windows they say Segoe will be the default font;
  • More desktop options. Now everything will be like on macOS. Virtual desktops can be swapped, distributed across multiple monitors, and personalized with different wallpapers;
  • Now the Clipboard will be similar to the one on Android, that is, the history will be available to the user;
  • Microsoft has taken the drastic step of admitting that a laptop can have multiple graphics cards. The integrated GPU will now be associated on the system with a power-saving solution by default. That is, you can expect Windows 11 to be better in terms of autonomy.

About online events

Yesterday ended the E3 exhibition, which used to be the biggest event for the gaming market in the first half of the year. This is the second time the exhibition has been held online (although there was no formal exhibition last year, only a few companies timed their announcements to coincide with the dates familiar to the community). And, to be honest, this year I almost missed it. I remembered a couple of days later when YouTube was filled with game trailers.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Virtualization of all events is one of the main consequences of the pandemic. The side effect is funny, by the way. Previously, I was somehow in anticipation of events, Twitter and Instagram were filled with “live” photos in anticipation. Here is the line to the hall for the Apple conference, which Craig Federighi busily runs past, here are the pictures of Keanu Reeves from E3, which appeared on the network before the actor went on stage to present Cyberpunk 2077. All this somehow spurred interest and forced to watch the event online . Now I watch most presentations after the fact at 2x speed.

Obviously, he could do this before. Here, apparently, the game of the psyche. I know that the same Apple is showing me a recording of the presentation, so I don't feel the need to watch it here and now. And even when the event is held in the live format, somehow there is also no need to watch right away. Perhaps an exception can be made for small closed online events where you can ask questions. Although, to be honest, there is an ambush here. I noticed that earlier chat tapes were in full view, and managers carefully answered all questions. Now the chats are hidden, in fact, you write in a white window, and the hosts then answer selected questions, avoiding uncomfortable ones (such as “your product is inferior to options from companies A and B, how did it happen?”, Instead they will answer an “important” question about the play of light on the designer lid).

And in general, there is a feeling that the significance of all events has somehow decreased in my worldview. It got to the point where I almost missed the start of Euro 2020. I knew that it would be, but I forgot, because I absolutely did not feel the feeling of a holiday that always arises on the eve of the European and World Championships. And about the little things like cinemas, you can not talk. Looking at the posters, I think that I'm too lazy to go, it's easier to wait a couple of months and look at home.

I came to the conclusion that due to closed borders, various kinds of restrictions, and other pandemic-related things, the focus of attention has shifted (less interested in events outside and more inside) and has become less socially active (a new film, a restaurant, a play - you don’t have to go first rows, I’ll go later, and if I miss it, then okay).

Do you have something similar? In general, what are the consequences of the coronavirus era? Have you begun to travel more around Russia, are you trying to break through abroad, do you often visit cinemas and restaurants, or, on the contrary, have you dug in at home with great pleasure?

A bit about games and Microsoft

Perhaps, hardly anyone will argue that Bethesda, which has been owned by Microsoft for several months, has become the star of E3. And Microsoft boldly marked its presence.

But first, a little about the Starfield game itself, the brainchild of Tod Howard. Todd Howard described Starfield as a Skyrim in space. Sounds intriguing already, right? It should be added here that for Bethesda this is the first new universe in a quarter of a century. And Bethesda managing director Ashley Cheng said that for him, Starfield is a simulation of Han Solo (yes, a smuggler from Star Wars): you take a ship, explore the galaxy, do interesting things. Well, it's not bad that the name of the game corresponds to the declared actions (Starfield - "Starfield"). And the lead artist called the game "Nasa-punk".

According to Howard, in Starfield, players will join an organization dubbed Constellation, the last group of space explorers. The player can be whoever he wants and will have complete freedom of action. And the game will touch upon questions typical of space fiction: who we are, where we came from and where we are going, what awaits humanity in the future.

In good tradition, players will be able to fully customize the character (I wonder if there will be a depth of study, like in Cyberpunk, where you can even set the size of the penis).

Several concept art from the game:

When I said that Microsoft was making a bold presence, I was referring to the final shots of the trailer, which reveals that the game will be an Xbox exclusive. At the same time, a couple of seconds before that, on a black background, it was announced that the game would be available on Xbox, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Windows 10, and on the side there was a green Game Pass label.

That is, according to Microsoft's logic, it turns out (it is unlikely that they made such titles by mistake) that exclusively on Xbox does not contradict the fact that the game will be in the cloud and on Windows 10. It is obvious that Microsoft is engaged in a gradual substitution of concepts , trying to make the Xbox stop being synonymous with a game console and become a platform for games.

Supporting this idea is the news that came out on the first day of E3 that Microsoft is working closely with all major TV manufacturers so that their owners will have an “Xbox Game Pass experience”. That is, the idea is that any owner of a smart TV automatically gets access to games, and all he needs is a gamepad. Along the way, Phil Spencer (head of the Xbox division) noted that Microsoft is working on a "game stick" that can be plugged into a TV or any monitor, thus making it Xbox Ready.

Exciting changes, since, in fact, the entry threshold will decrease as much as possible. You need a TV, gamepad and fast Internet from 30 Mbps. At the same time, as Phil Spencer pointed out, such products will begin to penetrate the market in the coming year.

We've been arguing for a long time that consoles are obsolete. In my opinion, since the PlayStation 3 it has been said that this is the last generation. However, it seems that this decision from Microsoft is the main nail in the coffin. Microsoft isn't killing the game console, but it's making it obsolete. If you do not have the opportunity to have fast Internet, then you can buy a computer or a stationary console. However, if everything is in order with the speeds, then the economic benefit of the purchase disappears. Why an additional gadget if a screen and a gamepad are enough?

By the way, along the way, Microsoft presented another scenario for how its gaming cloud will be used. Now buyers will be able to try the game before buying, that is, it will be possible to run it in the cloud (without waiting, installing and downloading demo versions) and test it. Along the way, this will also benefit the promotion of the service, as skeptics or undecided will be able to instantly, free of charge, without registration and SMS, try some kind of release.

What is going on now? For example, I want to try playing Cyberpunk 2077, but I don't have hardware or a console, and I don't own the game either. The only option is to go to the GFN.ru website, download and install the client, pay for the subscription (or die in the free queue), then go to to the site of one of the supported game stores, register there, enter card details and pay for the game, then return to the GFN client and play. Microsoft suggests simply clicking the "Play" button. And only then, if you like it, you can pay for a Game Pass subscription or buy a specific game.

And this is a winning strategy, because people always choose simplicity! In my opinion, it is Microsoft that will become the leader in streaming gaming services. The company offers extremely powerful solutions focused on the ideal gaming experience. Along the way, Microsoft has dozens of game studios that release exclusives that make it easier for companies to push their ideas. Since Microsoft, unlike Nvidia, does not have to bow to game studios and explain why game streaming is cool.

Microsoft's efforts to bring its app to smart TVs are primarily aimed at becoming the default gaming platform in consumers' minds. To some extent, the company is copying the strategy of the Netflix service. The latter, by the way, succeeded. Active promotion and a separate button on the TV remotes led to the fact that there is Netflix and all the rest. I noticed that some even use the word "netflix" as a common noun, implying that the film series was watched on the Internet.

It's likely that some platforms, like Nintendo, will continue to offer exclusives, but will go into narrow niches as an alternative for those who want something else.

#Echo126. What will Windows 11 look like?

I would like to remind you that on June 24, we will probably have good news: Microsoft will announce Windows 11. However, joyful is, of course, an exaggeration, as the company has taught us to treat Windows releases with suspicion and rather rejoice if after the update everything continues to work as before.

Why Windows 11? On the Microsoft blog, they presented a study on the benefits of rest, but the picture in the background looks very obvious.

So don't forget to watch the "What's New with Windows" presentation on June 24 at 6pm. If the event is worthwhile, then we will publish a review material. Come discuss and share your impressions!

According to rumors and leaks, we are waiting for:

  • New design. Rumor has it that they will probably update File Explorer with something more visually modern (sounds dangerous! Looking for what and where is again!);
  • New animation (this is always welcome, as long as there is an option to turn the old animation back on);
  • New battery screen to better understand battery life. And also a new analysis screen, where did the disk space go;
  • New fonts. Microsoft already scared this at the end of April, offering a choice of 5 default font options in Office: Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford and Grandview. By the way, which one do you prefer? I'm for Seaford. And on Windows they say Segoe will be the default font;
  • More desktop options. Now everything will be like on macOS. Virtual desktops can be swapped, distributed across multiple monitors, and personalized with different wallpapers;
  • Now the Clipboard will be similar to the one on Android, that is, the history will be available to the user;
  • Microsoft has taken the drastic step of admitting that a laptop can have multiple graphics cards. The integrated GPU will now be associated on the system with a power-saving solution by default. That is, you can expect Windows 11 to be better in terms of autonomy.

About online events

Yesterday ended the E3 exhibition, which used to be the biggest event for the gaming market in the first half of the year. This is the second time the exhibition has been held online (although there was no formal exhibition last year, only a few companies timed their announcements to coincide with the dates familiar to the community). And, to be honest, this year I almost missed it. I remembered a couple of days later when YouTube was filled with game trailers.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Virtualization of all events is one of the main consequences of the pandemic. The side effect is funny, by the way. Previously, I was somehow in anticipation of events, Twitter and Instagram were filled with “live” photos in anticipation. Here is the line to the hall for the Apple conference, which Craig Federighi busily runs past, here are the pictures of Keanu Reeves from E3, which appeared on the network before the actor went on stage to present Cyberpunk 2077. All this somehow spurred interest and forced to watch the event online . Now I watch most presentations after the fact at 2x speed.

Obviously, he could do this before. Here, apparently, the game of the psyche. I know that the same Apple is showing me a recording of the presentation, so I don't feel the need to watch it here and now. And even when the event is held in the live format, somehow there is also no need to watch right away. Perhaps an exception can be made for small closed online events where you can ask questions. Although, to be honest, there is an ambush here. I noticed that earlier chat tapes were in full view, and managers carefully answered all questions. Now the chats are hidden, in fact, you write in a white window, and the hosts then answer selected questions, avoiding uncomfortable ones (such as “your product is inferior to options from companies A and B, how did it happen?”, Instead they will answer an “important” question about the play of light on the designer lid).

And in general, there is a feeling that the significance of all events has somehow decreased in my worldview. It got to the point where I almost missed the start of Euro 2020. I knew that it would be, but I forgot, because I absolutely did not feel the feeling of a holiday that always arises on the eve of the European and World Championships. And about the little things like cinemas, you can not talk. Looking at the posters, I think that I'm too lazy to go, it's easier to wait a couple of months and look at home.

I came to the conclusion that due to closed borders, various kinds of restrictions, and other pandemic-related things, the focus of attention has shifted (less interested in events outside and more inside) and has become less socially active (a new film, a restaurant, a play - you don’t have to go first rows, I’ll go later, and if I miss it, then okay).

Do you have something similar? In general, what are the consequences of the coronavirus era? Have you begun to travel more around Russia, are you trying to break through abroad, do you often visit cinemas and restaurants, or, on the contrary, have you dug in at home with great pleasure?

A bit about games and Microsoft

Perhaps, hardly anyone will argue that Bethesda, which has been owned by Microsoft for several months, has become the star of E3. And Microsoft boldly marked its presence.

But first, a little about the Starfield game itself, the brainchild of Tod Howard. Todd Howard described Starfield as a Skyrim in space. Sounds intriguing already, right? It should be added here that for Bethesda this is the first new universe in a quarter of a century. And Bethesda managing director Ashley Cheng said that for him, Starfield is a simulation of Han Solo (yes, a smuggler from Star Wars): you take a ship, explore the galaxy, do interesting things. Well, it's not bad that the name of the game corresponds to the declared actions (Starfield - "Starfield"). And the lead artist called the game "Nasa-punk".

According to Howard, in Starfield, players will join an organization dubbed Constellation, the last group of space explorers. The player can be whoever he wants and will have complete freedom of action. And the game will touch upon questions typical of space fiction: who we are, where we came from and where we are going, what awaits humanity in the future.

In good tradition, players will be able to fully customize the character (I wonder if there will be a depth of study, like in Cyberpunk, where you can even set the size of the penis).

Several concept art from the game:

When I said that Microsoft was making a bold presence, I was referring to the final shots of the trailer, which reveals that the game will be an Xbox exclusive. At the same time, a couple of seconds before that, on a black background, it was announced that the game would be available on Xbox, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Windows 10, and on the side there was a green Game Pass label.

That is, according to Microsoft's logic, it turns out (it is unlikely that they made such titles by mistake) that exclusively on Xbox does not contradict the fact that the game will be in the cloud and on Windows 10. It is obvious that Microsoft is engaged in a gradual substitution of concepts , trying to make the Xbox stop being synonymous with a game console and become a platform for games.

Supporting this thought comes the news that came out on the first day of E3 that Microsoft is working closely with all the major TV manufacturers so that their owners will have an "Xbox Game Pass experience". That is, the idea is that any owner of a smart TV will automatically get access to games, and all he will need is a gamepad. Along the way, Phil Spencer (head of the Xbox division) noted that Microsoft is working on a "game stick" that can be plugged into a TV or any monitor, thus making it Xbox Ready.

Exciting changes, since, in fact, the entry threshold will decrease as much as possible. You need a TV, gamepad and fast Internet from 30 Mbps. At the same time, as Phil Spencer pointed out, such products will begin to penetrate the market in the coming year.

We've been arguing for a long time that consoles are obsolete. In my opinion, since the PlayStation 3 it has been said that this is the last generation. However, it seems that this solution from Microsoft is the main nail in the coffin. Microsoft isn't killing the game console, but it's making it obsolete. If you do not have the opportunity to have fast Internet, then you can buy a computer or a stationary console. However, if everything is in order with the speeds, then the economic benefit of the purchase disappears. Why an additional gadget if a screen and a gamepad are enough?

By the way, along the way, Microsoft presented another scenario for how its gaming cloud will be used. Now buyers will be able to try the game before buying, that is, it will be possible to run it in the cloud (without waiting, installing and downloading demo versions) and test it. Along the way, this will also benefit the promotion of the service, as skeptics or undecided will be able to instantly, free of charge, without registration and SMS, try some kind of release.

What is going on now? For example, I want to try playing Cyberpunk 2077, but I don't have hardware or a console, and I don't own the game either. The only option is to go to the GFN.ru website, download and install the client, pay for the subscription (or die in the free queue), then go to to the site of one of the supported game stores, register there, enter card details and pay for the game, then return to the GFN client and play. Microsoft suggests simply clicking the "Play" button. And only then, if you like it, you can pay for a Game Pass subscription or buy a specific game.

And this is a winning strategy, because people always choose simplicity! In my opinion, it is Microsoft that will become the leader in streaming gaming services. The company offers extremely powerful solutions focused on the ideal gaming experience. Along the way, Microsoft has dozens of game studios that release exclusives that make it easier for companies to push their ideas. Since Microsoft, unlike Nvidia, does not have to bow to game studios and explain why game streaming is cool.

Microsoft's efforts to bring its app to smart TVs are primarily aimed at becoming the default gaming platform in consumers' minds. To some extent, the company is copying the strategy of the Netflix service. The latter, by the way, succeeded. Active promotion and a separate button on the TV remotes led to the fact that there is Netflix and all the rest. I noticed that some even use the word "netflix" as a common noun, implying that the film series was watched on the Internet.

It's likely that some platforms, like Nintendo, will continue to offer exclusives, but will go into narrow niches as an alternative for those who want something else.

#Echo126. What will Windows 11 look like?

I would like to remind you that on June 24, we will probably have good news: Microsoft will announce Windows 11. However, joyful is, of course, an exaggeration, as the company has taught us to treat Windows releases with suspicion and rather rejoice if after the update everything continues to work as before.

Why Windows 11? On the Microsoft blog, they presented a study on the benefits of rest, but the picture in the background looks very obvious.

So don't forget to watch the "What's New with Windows" presentation on June 24 at 6pm. If the event is worthwhile, then we will publish a review material. Come discuss and share your impressions!

According to rumors and leaks, we are waiting for:

  • New design. Rumor has it that they will probably update File Explorer with something more visually modern (sounds dangerous! Looking for what and where is again!);
  • New animation (this is always welcome, as long as there is an option to turn the old animation back on);
  • New battery screen to better understand battery life. And also a new analysis screen, where did the disk space go;
  • New fonts. Microsoft already scared this at the end of April, offering a choice of 5 default font options in Office: Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford and Grandview. By the way, which one do you prefer? I'm for Seaford. And on Windows they say Segoe will be the default font;
  • More desktop options. Now everything will be like on macOS. Virtual desktops can be swapped, distributed across multiple monitors, and personalized with different wallpapers;
  • Now the Clipboard will be similar to the one on Android, that is, the history will be available to the user;
  • Microsoft has taken the drastic step of admitting that a laptop can have multiple graphics cards. The integrated GPU will now be associated on the system with a power-saving solution by default. That is, you can expect Windows 11 to be better in terms of autonomy.

About online events

Yesterday ended the E3 exhibition, which used to be the biggest event for the gaming market in the first half of the year. This is the second time the exhibition has been held online (although there was no formal exhibition last year, only a few companies timed their announcements to coincide with the dates familiar to the community). And, to be honest, this year I almost missed it. I remembered a couple of days later when YouTube was filled with game trailers.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Virtualization of all events is one of the main consequences of the pandemic. The side effect is funny, by the way. Previously, I was somehow in anticipation of events, Twitter and Instagram were filled with “live” photos in anticipation. Here is the line to the hall for the Apple conference, which Craig Federighi busily runs past, here are the pictures of Keanu Reeves from E3, which appeared on the network before the actor went on stage to present Cyberpunk 2077. All this somehow spurred interest and forced to watch the event online . Now I watch most presentations after the fact at 2x speed.

Obviously, he could do this before. Here, apparently, the game of the psyche. I know that the same Apple is showing me a recording of the presentation, so I don't feel the need to watch it here and now. And even when the event is held in the live format, somehow there is also no need to watch right away. Perhaps an exception can be made for small closed online events where you can ask questions. Although, to be honest, there is an ambush here. I noticed that earlier chat tapes were in full view, and managers carefully answered all questions. Now the chats are hidden, in fact, you write in a white window, and the hosts then answer selected questions, avoiding uncomfortable ones (such as “your product is inferior to options from companies A and B, how did it happen?”, Instead they will answer an “important” question about the play of light on the designer lid).

And in general, there is a feeling that the significance of all events has somehow decreased in my worldview. It got to the point where I almost missed the start of Euro 2020. I knew that it would be, but I forgot, because I absolutely did not feel the feeling of a holiday that always arises on the eve of the European and World Championships. And about the little things like cinemas, you can not talk. Looking at the posters, I think that I'm too lazy to go, it's easier to wait a couple of months and look at home.

I came to the conclusion that due to closed borders, various kinds of restrictions, and other pandemic-related things, the focus of attention has shifted (less interested in events outside and more inside) and has become less socially active (a new film, a restaurant, a play - you don’t have to go first rows, I’ll go later, and if I miss it, then okay).

Do you have something similar? In general, what are the consequences of the coronavirus era? Have you begun to travel more around Russia, are you trying to break through abroad, do you often visit cinemas and restaurants, or, on the contrary, have you dug in at home with great pleasure?

A bit about games and Microsoft

Perhaps, hardly anyone will argue that Bethesda, which has been owned by Microsoft for several months, has become the star of E3. And Microsoft boldly marked its presence.

But first, a little about the Starfield game itself, the brainchild of Tod Howard. Todd Howard described Starfield as a Skyrim in space. Sounds intriguing already, right? It should be added here that for Bethesda this is the first new universe in a quarter of a century. And Bethesda managing director Ashley Cheng said that for him, Starfield is a simulation of Han Solo (yes, a smuggler from Star Wars): you take a ship, explore the galaxy, do interesting things. Well, it's not bad that the name of the game corresponds to the declared actions (Starfield - "Starfield"). And the lead artist called the game "Nasa-punk".

According to Howard, in Starfield, players will join an organization dubbed Constellation, the last group of space explorers. The player can be whoever he wants and will have complete freedom of action. And the game will touch upon questions typical of space fiction: who we are, where we came from and where we are going, what awaits humanity in the future.

In good tradition, players will be able to fully customize the character (I wonder if there will be a depth of study, like in Cyberpunk, where you can even set the size of the penis).

Several concept art from the game:

When I said that Microsoft was making a bold presence, I was referring to the final shots of the trailer, which reveals that the game will be an Xbox exclusive. At the same time, a couple of seconds before that, on a black background, it was announced that the game would be available on Xbox, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Windows 10, and on the side there was a green Game Pass label.

That is, according to Microsoft's logic, it turns out (it is unlikely that they made such titles by mistake) that exclusively on Xbox does not contradict the fact that the game will be in the cloud and on Windows 10. It is obvious that Microsoft is engaged in a gradual substitution of concepts , trying to make the Xbox stop being synonymous with a game console and become a platform for games.

Supporting this thought comes the news that came out on the first day of E3 that Microsoft is working closely with all the major TV manufacturers so that their owners will have an "Xbox Game Pass experience". That is, the idea is that any owner of a smart TV will automatically get access to games, and all he will need is a gamepad. Along the way, Phil Spencer (head of the Xbox division) noted that Microsoft is working on a "game stick" that can be plugged into a TV or any monitor, thus making it Xbox Ready.

Exciting changes, since, in fact, the entry threshold will decrease as much as possible. You need a TV, gamepad and fast Internet from 30 Mbps. At the same time, as Phil Spencer pointed out, such products will begin to penetrate the market in the coming year.

We've been arguing for a long time that consoles are obsolete. In my opinion, since the PlayStation 3 it has been said that this is the last generation. However, it seems that this decision from Microsoft is the main nail in the coffin. Microsoft isn't killing the game console, but it's making it obsolete. If you do not have the opportunity to have fast Internet, then you can buy a computer or a stationary console. However, if everything is in order with the speeds, then the economic benefit of the purchase disappears. Why an additional gadget if a screen and a gamepad are enough?

By the way, along the way, Microsoft presented another scenario for how its gaming cloud will be used. Now buyers will be able to try the game before buying, that is, it will be possible to run it in the cloud (without waiting, installing and downloading demo versions) and test it. Along the way, this will also benefit the promotion of the service, as skeptics or undecided will be able to instantly, free of charge, without registration and SMS, try some kind of release.

What is going on now? For example, I want to try playing Cyberpunk 2077, but I don't have hardware or a console, and I don't own the game either. The only option is to go to the GFN.ru website, download and install the client, pay for the subscription (or die in the free queue), then go to to the site of one of the supported game stores, register there, enter card details and pay for the game, then return to the GFN client and play. Microsoft suggests simply clicking the "Play" button. And only then, if you like it, you can pay for a Game Pass subscription or buy a specific game.

And this is a winning strategy, because people always choose simplicity! In my opinion, it is Microsoft that will become the leader in streaming gaming services. The company offers extremely powerful solutions focused on the ideal gaming experience. Along the way, Microsoft has dozens of game studios that release exclusives that make it easier for companies to push their ideas. Since Microsoft, unlike Nvidia, does not have to bow to game studios and explain why game streaming is cool.

Microsoft's efforts to bring its app to smart TVs are primarily aimed at becoming the default gaming platform in consumers' minds. To some extent, the company is copying the strategy of the Netflix service. The latter, by the way, succeeded. Active promotion and a separate button on the TV remotes led to the fact that there is Netflix and all the rest. I noticed that some even use the word "netflix" as a common noun, implying that the film series was watched on the Internet.

It's likely that some platforms, like Nintendo, will continue to offer exclusives, but will go into narrow niches as an alternative for those who want something else.

#Echo126. What will Windows 11 look like?

I would like to remind you that on June 24, we will probably have good news: Microsoft will announce Windows 11. However, joyful is, of course, an exaggeration, as the company has taught us to treat Windows releases with suspicion and rather rejoice if after the update everything continues to work as before.

Why Windows 11? On the Microsoft blog, they presented a study on the benefits of rest, but the picture in the background looks very obvious.

So don't forget to watch the "What's New with Windows" presentation on June 24 at 6pm. If the event is worthwhile, then we will publish a review material. Come discuss and share your impressions!

According to rumors and leaks, they are waiting for us:

  • New design. Rumor has it that they will probably update File Explorer with something more visually modern (sounds dangerous! Looking for what and where is again!);
  • New animation (this is always welcome, as long as there is an option to turn the old animation back on);
  • New battery screen to better understand battery life. And also a new analysis screen, where did the disk space go;
  • New fonts. Microsoft already scared this at the end of April, offering a choice of 5 default font options in Office: Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford and Grandview. By the way, which one do you prefer? I'm for Seaford. And on Windows they say Segoe will be the default font;
  • More desktop options. Now everything will be like on macOS. Virtual desktops can be swapped, distributed across multiple monitors, and personalized with different wallpapers;
  • Now the Clipboard will be similar to the one on Android, that is, the history will be available to the user;
  • Microsoft has taken the drastic step of admitting that a laptop can have multiple graphics cards. The integrated GPU will now be associated on the system with a power-saving solution by default. That is, you can expect Windows 11 to be better in terms of autonomy.

About online events

Yesterday ended the E3 exhibition, which used to be the biggest event for the gaming market in the first half of the year. This is the second time the exhibition has been held online (although there was no formal exhibition last year, only a few companies timed their announcements to coincide with the dates familiar to the community). And, to be honest, this year I almost missed it. I remembered a couple of days later when YouTube was filled with game trailers.

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Virtualization of all events is one of the main consequences of the pandemic. The side effect is funny, by the way. Previously, I was somehow in anticipation of events, Twitter and Instagram were filled with “live” photos in anticipation. Here is the line to the hall for the Apple conference, which Craig Federighi busily runs past, here are the pictures of Keanu Reeves from E3, which appeared on the network before the actor went on stage to present Cyberpunk 2077. All this somehow spurred interest and forced to watch the event online . Now I watch most presentations after the fact at 2x speed.

Obviously, he could do this before. Here, apparently, the game of the psyche. I know that the same Apple is showing me a recording of the presentation, so I don't feel the need to watch it here and now. And even when the event is held in the live format, somehow there is also no need to watch right away. Perhaps an exception can be made for small closed online events where you can ask questions. Although, to be honest, there is an ambush here. I noticed that earlier chat tapes were in full view, and managers carefully answered all questions. Now the chats are hidden, in fact, you write in a white window, and the hosts then answer selected questions, avoiding uncomfortable ones (such as “your product is inferior to options from companies A and B, how did it happen?”, Instead they will answer an “important” question about the play of light on the designer lid).

And in general, there is a feeling that the significance of all events has somehow decreased in my worldview. It got to the point where I almost missed the start of Euro 2020. I knew that it would be, but I forgot, because I absolutely did not feel the feeling of a holiday that always arises on the eve of the European and World Championships. And about the little things like cinemas, you can not talk. Looking at the posters, I think that I'm too lazy to go, it's easier to wait a couple of months and look at home.

I came to the conclusion that due to closed borders, various kinds of restrictions, and other pandemic-related things, the focus of attention has shifted (less interested in events outside and more inside) and has become less socially active (a new film, a restaurant, a play - you don’t have to go first rows, I’ll go later, and if I miss it, then okay).

Do you have something similar? In general, what are the consequences of the coronavirus era? Have you begun to travel more around Russia, are you trying to break through abroad, do you often visit cinemas and restaurants, or, on the contrary, have you dug in at home with great pleasure?

A bit about games and Microsoft

Perhaps, hardly anyone will argue that Bethesda, which has been owned by Microsoft for several months, has become the star of E3. And Microsoft boldly marked its presence.

But first, a little about the Starfield game itself, the brainchild of Tod Howard. Todd Howard described Starfield as a Skyrim in space. Sounds intriguing already, right? It should be added here that for Bethesda this is the first new universe in a quarter of a century. And Bethesda managing director Ashley Cheng said that for him, Starfield is a simulation of Han Solo (yes, a smuggler from Star Wars): you take a ship, explore the galaxy, do interesting things. Well, it's not bad that the name of the game corresponds to the declared actions (Starfield - "Starfield"). And the lead artist called the game "Nasa-punk".

According to Howard, in Starfield, players will join an organization dubbed Constellation, the last group of space explorers. The player can be whoever he wants and will have complete freedom of action. And the game will touch upon questions typical of space fiction: who we are, where we came from and where we are going, what awaits humanity in the future.

In good tradition, players will be able to fully customize the character (I wonder if there will be a depth of study, like in Cyberpunk, where you can even set the size of the penis).

Several concept art from the game:

When I said that Microsoft was making a bold presence, I was referring to the final shots of the trailer, which reveals that the game will be an Xbox exclusive. At the same time, a couple of seconds before that, on a black background, it was announced that the game would be available on Xbox, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Windows 10, and on the side there was a green Game Pass label.

That is, according to Microsoft's logic, it turns out (it is unlikely that they made such titles by mistake) that exclusively on Xbox does not contradict the fact that the game will be in the cloud and on Windows 10. It is obvious that Microsoft is engaged in a gradual substitution of concepts , trying to make the Xbox stop being synonymous with a game console and become a platform for games.

Supporting this idea is the news that came out on the first day of E3 that Microsoft is working closely with all major TV manufacturers so that their owners will have an “Xbox Game Pass experience”. That is, the idea is that any owner of a smart TV automatically gets access to games, and all he needs is a gamepad. Along the way, Phil Spencer (head of the Xbox division) noted that Microsoft is working on a "game stick" that can be plugged into a TV or any monitor, thus making it Xbox Ready.

Exciting changes, since, in fact, the entry threshold will decrease as much as possible. You need a TV, gamepad and fast Internet from 30 Mbps. At the same time, as Phil Spencer pointed out, such products will begin to penetrate the market in the coming year.

We've been arguing for a long time that consoles are obsolete. In my opinion, since the PlayStation 3 it has been said that this is the last generation. However, it seems that this decision from Microsoft is the main nail in the coffin. Microsoft isn't killing the game console, but it's making it obsolete. If you do not have the opportunity to have fast Internet, then you can buy a computer or a stationary console. However, if everything is in order with the speeds, then the economic benefit of the purchase disappears. Why an additional gadget if a screen and a gamepad are enough?

By the way, along the way, Microsoft presented another scenario for how its gaming cloud will be used. Now buyers will be able to try the game before buying, that is, it will be possible to run it in the cloud (without waiting, installing and downloading demo versions) and test it. Along the way, this will also benefit the promotion of the service, as skeptics or undecided will be able to instantly, free of charge, without registration and SMS, try some kind of release.

What is going on now? For example, I want to try playing Cyberpunk 2077, but I don't have hardware or a console, and I don't own the game either. The only option is to go to the GFN.ru website, download and install the client, pay for a subscription (or die in the free queue), then go to the website of one of the supported game stores, register there, enter your card details and pay for the game, then return to GFN client and play. Microsoft suggests simply clicking the "Play" button. And only then, if you like it, you can pay for a Game Pass subscription or buy a specific game.

How is it happening now? For example, I want to try playing Cyberpunk 2077, but I don't have hardware or a console, and I don't own the game either. The only option is to go to the GFN.ru website, download and install the client, pay for the subscription (or die in the free queue), then go to the site of one of the supported game stores, register there, enter the card details and pay for the game, then return to the GFN client and play. Microsoft suggests simply clicking the "Play" button. And only then, if you like it, you can pay for a Game Pass subscription or buy a specific game.

And this is a winning strategy, because people always choose simplicity! In my opinion, it is Microsoft that will become the leader in streaming gaming services. The company offers extremely powerful solutions focused on the ideal gaming experience. Along the way, Microsoft has dozens of game studios that release exclusives that make it easier for companies to push their ideas. Since Microsoft, unlike Nvidia, does not have to bow to game studios and explain why game streaming is cool.

Microsoft's efforts to bring its app to smart TVs are primarily aimed at becoming the default gaming platform in consumers' minds. To some extent, the company is copying the strategy of the Netflix service. The latter, by the way, succeeded. Active promotion and a separate button on the TV remotes led to the fact that there is Netflix and all the rest. I noticed that some even use the word "netflix" as a common noun, implying that the film series was watched on the Internet.

It's likely that some platforms, like Nintendo, will continue to offer exclusives, but will go into narrow niches as an alternative for those who want something else.