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Microsoft on Thursday offered a first look at Windows 11, coming this holiday season. The new version changes both the look of the operating system as well as its underlying business model, as well as supporting Android apps for the first time.

Why it matters: Windows has been steadily losing market share on the desktop, which has itself lost prominence to smartphones.

With Windows 11, Microsoft is:

  • integrating its Teams software for video chat and other types of communication
  • Offering the ability to run Android apps for the first time, integrating Amazon's app store.
  • adding a news feed and widgets to the desktop, which it hopes will allow smaller creators to make money through Windows.
  • revamping the look of the operating system, adding rounded windows, moving the Start bar to the center of the screen and making it easier to group frequently used apps together.

Microsoft also plans changes to the economics for the Microsoft Store, a move that could help it competitively and also increase the pressure on rivals Google and Apple.

  • Notably, Microsoft will also allow developers to use either its payment system or their own, in which case they keep 100 percent of revenue.

What they're saying: "The world needs a more open platform," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "This is the first version of a new era of Windows."

What's next: Microsoft plans to release a test version of the operating system next week, but it won't have all the features Microsoft plans for the final release later this year.

Go deeper: Why Windows needs a reboot

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First look: Rick Scott probes LinkedIn, Microsoft on censoring U.S. journalists in China

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) speaking during a committee hearing on Sept. 28. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Microsoft and LinkedIn leadership on Thursday questioning why LinkedIn censored the profiles of U.S. journalists from the company's China-based platform this week, according to a letter obtained by Axios.

Driving the news: LinkedIn — which is owned by Microsoft — notified several U.S. journalists this week, including Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, that their accounts will no longer be viewable in China due to "prohibited content" on their profile.

Texas abortion law remains in effect after appeals court ruling

Pro- and anti-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court as arguments begin about the Texas abortion law on Capitol Hill in November. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A U.S. appeals court transferred a challenge to Texas' law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to the state supreme court in a 2-1 vote on Monday evening.

Why it matters: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision means the country's most restrictive abortion law can remain in place for the time being.

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At least 2 dead after Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami

A satellite image of the explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday. Photo: UNICEF/NOAA

At least two people are confirmed to have died in Tonga following the undersea volcanic eruption that sent tsunami waves toward the island nation and across the Pacific over the weekend, officials said Monday.

The big picture: Officials reported major damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where the capital, Nuku'alofa, was covered in ash and dust, including on the runway of the airport. A New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told Axios over the phone that two people had been confirmed to have died in the disaster.