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In this edition: Windows 11 look pretty neat! Plus infinite scrolling in Blazor, target-typed new expressions, the state of WebAssembly, GitHub Issues, and why remote meetings suck.

Windows 11 is Coming Soon

Windows 11 was officially announced earlier this week, and it looks pretty nice. Here's the introduction posts:

Introducing Windows 11
Windows 11: The operating system for hybrid work and learning | Microsoft 365 Blog
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Windows 11 will be a free update when it comes out later this year. Members of the Windows Insider Program can begin downloading a preview of the new OS right now, from the below blog post:

Announcing the first Insider Preview for Windows 11
Hello Windows Insiders, we are excited to release the first Windows 11 Insider Preview build to the Dev Channel, Build 22000.51! As we finalize the product over the coming months, we will work with you to validate the experience. You will get to tr

A few of my takeaways from this announcement:

On the whole, this doesn't look like a whole new OS, but that's okay: Windows 10 got a lot of things right, and even if this is a mere incremental improvement, it'll be a step in the right direction.

Or maybe not. You can also check out a self-described cynical take on the announcement, courtesy of Matt Lacey:

A cynical take on today’s Windows announcement
A cynical response is all I can manage today. Plus, my cynical view of past events has been appreciated by some and found entertaining to ot...

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