The Roundup: Microsoft Windows 1 announcement commemorative tech news bits

There is a lot of tech business news today, as well as the usual PC hardware and gaming extras.

Today in 1983, Microsoft formally announced that Windows 1 was on the way. CEO Bill Gates promised a release by April 1984, however it wasn’t released to retail, as Windows 1.01 in the US, until November 1985. Windows didn’t really gain traction until Windows 3.1, released in April 1992, debuting built-in TrueType font rendering, introducing the Windows Registry, 386 Enhanced Mode, drag & drop UI functionality, and replacing Reversi with Minesweeper. I don’t need any cunning segue into tech today because Windows is on-topic…

PC Hardware

  • EVGA X570 FTW WIFI motherboard launched, built upon the AMD X570 chipset
  • Dual Noctua NH-P1 build leaves FanlessTech agog
  • CPU-Z Validator database rejects Gigabyte’s Intel Alder Lake 8GHz clock speed record


  • Forza Horizon 5 now available on PC, Xbox consoles and with Xbox Game Pass
  • Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (Borderlands 2 DLC) gets a standalone launch, and is free on the Epic Games Store for a limited time (free until Nov 16)


  • MIT Technology Review looks at “the $9 billion machine that saved Moore’s Law”
  • Samsung leak reveals the Galaxy S22 Design
  • Microsoft announces General Availability of PowerShell 7.2
  • China plans to pull ahead in semiconductors with a big bet on carbon materials (ignoring silicon)
  • More fingerprint reader teething troubles for the Google Pixel 6 come to light

Tech business