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Photo: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Windows 11 officially goes on sale Tuesday, but expect the media blitz to begin later today.

Why it matters: Microsoft's operating system launches aren't what they were back in the days when people lined up outside of retail stores at midnight. But this is still the most significant update in years and comes as the PC industry is getting a pandemic-fueled resurgence.

Driving the news: Microsoft will be sounding the drumbeat loudest, touting both the operating system and its new Surface gear, but other PC makers will also look to seize the moment to make sure everyone is aware of their latest products.

  • While it won't be a redux of the Windows 95 heyday, Microsoft wants to make sure everyone knows it is launch day, starting with the first time zones in Australia and Asia that hit Tuesday during the middle of our Monday.

Catch up quick: Windows 11 includes a fresh user interface, built-in Teams video chat and other tweaks, including a news feed and updated widgets. It will start showing up on new PCs, including the Surface laptops and tablets that Microsoft announced last month.

Yes, but: One of Windows 11's key features — the ability to run Android apps via the Amazon App Store — won't be broadly available at launch.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 17, 2021 - Technology

Intel CEO wants to compete against Apple

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer but picked up a new rival.

1 hour ago - World

Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).