This week Microsoft released Windows Insider Preview Build 21343 which introduces new icons for File Explorer and brings improvements for the Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard.

It turns out there are also a few features Microsoft didn’t mention – including an option to restart currently running apps after you sign out and sign back in again. This feature could eventually make its way to Windows 10 stable in the future.

Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael)

But Windows isn’t the only operating system picking up new features. Developers of the GNOME desktop environment for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems released version 40 this week. Ubuntu maker Canonical has partnered with Nextcloud and Collabora to make it easy for users to set up their own self-hosted Google Docs alternative using a Raspberry Pi. And there’s a new open source Vulkan graphics driver in development for select ARM-based processors.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.


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  1. The new Gnome 40 looks good…i’ll have to give it a try. I never liked Gnome 3.x and it’s lame activities overlay. That’s why I’ve been using Xfce instead.

      1. I just installed Fedora 34 Beta in Virtualbox. The Gnome 40 ‘Activities’ is much more tolerable than Gnome 3. They did away with the dark activities overlay screen that hides the desktop like the infamous Windows Vista User Access Control screen. Now it takes you to a screen that reminds me of the Chrome OS desktop. Also, the 2 default Workspaces are not hidden. Both visible and easy to choose between. Gnome 40 with Fedora is a BIG improvement. It will be a while before it’s available with Debian/Ubuntu based distros. If System76 switches to Gnome 40 with Pop! OS, I’ll probably switch to that as my main distro.