Tech Advisor February 2021

Every issue of Tech Advisor is packed with the latest news, reviews and features plus comprehensive and impartial buying advice as well as easy-to-understand tutorials and workshops to help you to get the most from your PC. Whether you want to buy the best value equipment or make the most out of equipment you already own, Tech Advisor delivers expert advice you can trust.

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windows insider build 20246 removes features amid road map questions

As Microsoft moves past the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, speculation has begun: what is the future, exactly? A new Windows Insider build that removes features is raising more questions. Microsoft released Windows Insider Preview Build 20246 into the Dev Channel in October, with the usual caveat that the Dev Channel includes code that may or may not ever come to light. It’s possible, then, that removing some of the features Microsoft had previously tested simply represents a tidying up of sorts, or a recognition that they weren’t viable for future releases. Microsoft isn’t saying. The new build removes some improvements that Microsoft rolled out previously, including a new emoji picker Microsoft showed in September; a Windows 10X-like touch keyboard; and a new voice typing interface. Interestingly, these were all bundled together…

why microsoft has blocked hundreds of sites in internet explorer

If Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser fails to open your favourite sites soon, there’s a reason: Microsoft will block those sites from opening in Internet Explorer, and will require them to be opened in Edge instead. Although Microsoft has long tried to get rid of Internet Explorer for years for security’s sake, the ancient browser clings to 5 per cent of the worldwide browser market. Preventing sites from opening within Explorer is a new way for Microsoft to ‘encourage’ users to abandon Microsoft’s legacy browser and adopt Edge instead. The change, however, doesn’t actually mean that you have to stop using Internet Explorer; you just have to stop using the Internet Explorer browser. (We’ll explain.) Microsoft described the changes in a support document (, and indicated that the change in behaviour would…

windows patch allows you to kill flash now before the christmas deadline

On 31 December, Adobe Flash Player will go out of support. A new Windows patch, however, will allow you to get a jump on things. Microsoft detailed the process to remove support for Adobe Flash Player as part of a new support document (, which links to the patch itself for various Windows platforms. As Microsoft warns, however, the process is a one-way street: once installed, the patch cannot be uninstalled – though you could reinstall Windows if you were desperate. Adobe, in conjunction with browser makers Microsoft and Google, announced three years ago that Adobe Flash Player would be shelved by the end of 2020. Adobe said at the time that enough progress had been made within open web standards like HTML5 that it was time to phase out Flash. With…

intel says ‘rocket lake’ chips will offer double-digit performance boost

Intel has confirmed that its 11th-gen next-generation desktop processor, Rocket Lake, will ship during the first quarter of 2021, and with double-digit IPC performance improvements. Rocket Lake-S, as Intel is referring to it, will include PCI Express 4.0, to boot. Intel added more details to its disclosure of Rocket Lake on 29 October, disclosing the double-digit instructions-per-clock (IPC) performance improvements that the new desktop architecture, called Cypress Cove, will bring. Since Intel is referring to Rocket Lake as an 11th-gen part, Intel is essentially saying that the Rocket Lake-S family will deliver more than 10 per cent more IPC performance than Ice Lake-S, which includes the Intel Core i9-10900K. In terms of overall performance, though, Intel was much more cagey, promising a rather obvious ‘better’ generation-over-generation improvement. Intel said that Cypress Cove…

microsoft surface laptop go

Price: £899 (inc VAT) from The Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s second try at an affordable Surface, and it hits the mark better than the original Surface Go tablet did. It still offers compromises, with strategic cuts to keep the price competitive with a Chromebook. Still, they’re mostly smart decisions – even a sub-1080p display and Windows 10 in S Mode didn’t turn us off. Although the Surface Laptop Go lacks the easy expansion of some competing laptops, it’s otherwise a solid budget offering. Still, be picky in what you consider buying. We wouldn’t recommend the Surface Laptop Go’s minimum £549 configuration, but the middle £699 option (which we didn’t test) seems like the best bang for the buck. At £899, the 12.5in Surface Laptop Go review unit we tested bobs…

asus zenbook flip 13

Price: £1,299 (inc VAT) from The Asus ZenBook Flip 13 is a beautiful laptop that offers decent battery life, very good graphics, and a lot of pep for most of what you’d do on a small 13in convertible laptop. Unfortunately, you probably won’t remember it for its impressive 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 chip, nor its drop-dead-gorgeous OLED screen. Nope, instead you’ll fixate on something it doesn’t have: a 3.5mm audio jack. COURAGE OR COST-CUTTING? Yes, the same move that Apple claimed as “courageous” on the iPhone 7, Asus has now done to a laptop. And just as other smartphones followed Apple’s lead, we expect other PC vendors are watching closely to see how users react to this eviction. We have no idea why Asus did this. While Apple did it to save…