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It’s been a tough month for Microsoft fans. Between Apple’s blockbuster Mac announcements and the respective closings of Mixer and the Microsoft retail stores, we’ve been reeling from hit after hit. And then the Apple developers leaked benchmark scores for prototype Apple silicon-based Macs, demonstrating that the performance of this system is, as feared, dramatically better than that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro X. Surely there’s some good news out there.

That good news seemingly arrived yesterday in the form of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 20161, which features what Microsoft calls a “freshening up” of the Start menu in which the “solid color backplates” that have been used behind icons and tiles is removed, creating what it says is “a more streamlined design.”

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