Windows news recap: new Windows 11 Paint app shown off, iCloud brings new Password Manager feature, and more

Jack Wilkinson

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Welcome back to our Windows news recap, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Intel’s Thread Director technology could help boost Windows 11’s overall system performance

A new piece of technology from Intel has been announced, dubbed Thread Director, that could help boost the performance of Windows 11. The idea is that the OS can “place the right thread on the right core at the right time.”

Panos Panay provides a cool sneak peek at a redesigned Windows 11 Paint app

A redesigned Paint app for Windows 11 has been teased by Panos Panay, with a short clip providing a mini-look at what could be in store.

Apple iCloud Microsoft Store app on Windows 10 and Windows 11 gets new Password manager app

Apple has released an update to its iCloud app on Windows that brings a useful new feature to Windows 10 and 11. The iCloud update adds a new Password Manager, allowing you to access your saved passwords from iCloud Keychain on your Windows 10 or 11 PC, and bring them into Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Windows Hello is currently required for the feature to work.

Microsoft starts testing new features coming with Windows 10 version 21H2 this fall

Windows Insiders are beginning to test three new features with Windows 10 version 21H2, as detailed below.

  • Adding WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security
  • Windows Hello for Business introduces a new deployment method called cloud trust to support simplified passwordless deployments and achieve a deploy-to-run state within a few minutes
  • GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows

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That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Windows news.