In a single month, Xbox took over the PlayStation Store, Microsoft revealed the price of Windows 10 support, and Elon Musk said AI may end humanity

 Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover.
Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover.

Microsoft is such a massive company that you can't really have a quiet month when it comes to news. While we're eagerly anticipating the upcoming Surface hardware event and the Xbox Games Showcase, there's plenty of news to catch up on from April. Before you dive headfirst into Qualcomm-powered AI PCs, new games, and some brand-new Surface hardware, make sure to run through everything that happened last month. We saw Elon Musk talk about AI ending humanity, Microsoft reveal the cost of Windows 10 support, and Xbox take over the PlayStation Store. All in all, it was quite the eventful few weeks.

Cost of Windows 10 support

Dell XPS 13 running Windows 10
Dell XPS 13 running Windows 10

Windows 10 continues to march toward its end of support. After October 2025, the operating system will stop being supported and stop receiving security updates. That is, unless you are a commercial customer willing to pay. Microsoft revealed the cost of keeping Windows 10 devices secure after the October 2025 cutoff. Customers will need to pay $61 per device for the first year of security updates. That cost then doubles each year for three years.

We've known about the extended support program for Windows 10 since late 2023. Microsoft has been clear about the October 2025 support cutoff for years. But what has many upset is that there isn't a clear upgrade path for many PCs running Windows 10. Since Windows 11 has strict minimum requirements, quite a few computers are not able to upgrade to Microsoft's latest operating system. As a result, people will have to pay one way or another to use a secure system. The only question for those running hardware that doesn't meet Windows 11's minimum requirements is if they'll upgrade to a new PC or pay to keep a Windows 10 system secure.

Upgrading to Windows 11

Microsoft Edge icon in Windows 11 Start menu
Microsoft Edge icon in Windows 11 Start menu

Microsoft has not announced any changes to the minimum requirements of Windows 11, but the company will allow more PCs to upgrade. That's because the tech giant finally fixed a bug that affected PCs with 11th Gen Core processors running Windows 11. That bug caused Microsoft to place a compatibility hold on affected systems, preventing those PCs from upgrading to Windows 11.

The bug has since been fixed, so Microsoft lifted the compatibility hold. The news doesn't matter to owners of PCs blocked from upgrading to Windows 11 due to the operating system's minimum requirements, but it does help those affected by the specific compatibility issue. For those in the latter group, the option to upgrade to Windows 11 is likely viewed as good news.

Ads in Windows 11

Windows 11 Start menu
Windows 11 Start menu

Windows 11 is more than an operating system, it's a billboard. At least, that's the case if you go by Microsoft's actions. The tech giant already has several promotions and ads within its flagship operating system, but it found space for a few more. Starting with the monthly Windows 11 update that will ship in May 2024, Windows 11 will show ads within the Recommended section of the Start menu.

Microsoft also began testing an ad for Game Pass within the Windows 11 Settings app. The ad is only meant to appear for those who "actively play games" on their PC, but Microsoft didn't specify how that metric is measured.


Surface Pro X rear side in black
Surface Pro X rear side in black

While Microsoft did not announce any Surface devices in April 2024, we have a clear idea of what the next Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 will look like. Leaked benchmarks, exclusive reports, and teases from Microsoft make it clear that May will be an exciting month for Surface enthusiasts.

The Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 are both expected to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite processor.

Microsoft will hold a Surface event on May 20, just ahead of Build 2024. There, we expect to see the tech giant show off its new devices and hype their capabilities. Throughout Build, we'll likely hear more about Windows 11 on Arm, which is key for the success of the new Surface PCs.

Apple LLM beats GPT-4

Apple logo on a building
Apple logo on a building

Microsoft burst onto the modern AI scene with its investment in OpenAI alongside its own work, but other tech companies are trying to catch up. Apple reportedly has an LLM called Reference Resolution As Language Modeling (ReALM) that will improve Siri. A research paper highlighted Apple's plans to upgrade Siri with AI capabilities.

Assuming Apple does use its ReALM model to enhance Siri, the assistant that ships on a wide range of Apple hardware could get supercharged with AI. That would provide a more natural entry point to everyday AI than Copilot, which is not the default assistant on popular phones or tablets.

READ MORE: As Apple races to catch up to OpenAI and Copilot on the iPhone, it's apparently turning to Google over Microsoft

In addition to a supercharged Siri being more in the face of users, the assistant could be more capable than its competitors. The ReALM model will be available in four sizes. The smallest of those sizes got similar benchmarks to OpenAI's GPT-4. The paper also said that the largest ReALM model outperformed GPT-4 "substantially."

Of course, that research paper was done by Apple AI researchers. They even refer to the ReALM model with possessive pronouns like "our." We'll have to see how a hypothetical supercharged Siri stands up to real-world testing to see how it stacks up to GPT-4 and whatever OpenAI comes up with next.

AI may end humanity

A robot that looks like a Terminator looking over AI
A robot that looks like a Terminator looking over AI

AI is the hottest topic in tech, but artificial intelligence comes with a number of risks. There are security concerns about how the technology can be used and AI requires a massive amount of energy to operate. But a different type of potential issue made the headlines last month, AI threatening to end humanity.

READ MORE: Microsoft President compares AI to the Terminator

AI safety researcher and director of the Cyber Security Laboratory at the University of Louisville, Roman Yampolskiy, thinks the probability of AI ending humanity is 99.999999%. Before you build a bunker, celebrity Elon Musk said that his estimate is only about a 10-20% chance of AI ending humanity.

Xbox takes over PlayStation Store


Over on the gaming side of things, Microsoft has been hard at work expanding its reach to more platforms. Microsoft has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in gaming in recent years, and we're starting to see that pay off. At one point in April, Microsoft had more games in the PlayStation Store's top 25 than Sony.

Call of Duty, Overwatch 2, Sea of Thieves, and Grounded were among the titles topping Sony's charts, but there were some unexpected additions on the back of a popular TV show coming out.

Fallout TV show

Fallout TV series Maximus and Brotherhood Knight
Fallout TV series Maximus and Brotherhood Knight

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Season 1 of the Fallout TV series came out in April, shooting the popular franchise into the public eye and in front of millions of potential new players. Amazon shared that over 65 million people have watched the Fallout TV show. That figure is high enough to earn Fallout TV the title of second-most watched Prive Video show of all time.

It should be no surprise that Fallout Season 2 has already been confirmed. But the Fallout TV show's popularity did more than ensure a second season of the series. The Fallout franchise saw a resurgence in player counts across several games, including Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.

Minecraft April Fool's joke

Minecraft character looks out at their built world while fading away
Minecraft character looks out at their built world while fading away

Mahjong, the makers of Minecraft, kicked off April with an April Fools' joke called the "Poisonous Potato Update." While Minecraft is the most purchased game of all time, it hasn't received significant new content for quite a while. Despite being a joke, the Poisonous Potato Update breathed new life into the popular sandbox game.

The update made many yearn for more new content for Minecraft. There's a difference between additions that are polished enough for a full release, but the Poisonous Potato Update gave people a taste of new Minecraft content.

While Minecraft is known for large gaps between updates, the game did receive a hardcore mode in its Bedrock Edition, though the mode is only in testing for Bedrock players. Perhaps that will satiate hungry Minecraft fans.

Xbox handheld

Steam Deck
Steam Deck

Gaming handhelds make up a relatively new category, at least when it comes to PC gaming. It appears that Microsoft may be interested in making a gaming handheld of its own, though at this point it appears the tech giant is just gathering information. The company sent out a seven-minute survey asking questions like "what motivated you to get a gaming handheld?" and "what features do you like most about it?"

Our Rebecca Spear went through all 28 pages of the survey to try to get an idea of what Microsoft is looking for. Could Microsoft be doing market research to see if it's worth making its own handheld console to compete with the Steam DeckROG Ally, and Lenovo Legion Go? It certainly seems possible.

Microsoft's current strategy seems to focus more on getting people to play Microsoft-owned games and sign up for Game Pass than buying Xbox consoles in particular. It will be interesting to see if that trend makes the company more or less likely to make its own handheld console.


Considering our team spend every day looking at and following tech, it's hardly surprising that we have some strong opinions. Sometimes, those pour out onto the web. From advice on how to get Steam onto Xbox consoles to becoming addicted to Minecraft, here are the hottest takes and most passionate editorials from the past month.


Image of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 12).
Image of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 12).

Each month our experts go hands-on with the latest gadgets. Some, like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, are devices you've heard about and may have even owned a previous version of. Others, like the SK Hynix Tube T31 are likely unknown to many but are worth checking out. Every device listed below earned at least a 4/5, and many earned perfect scores from our team.


The best deals on games, gadgets, and accessories are often for a limited time. But every once in a while, discounts remain live for several weeks. That's the case for all of the discounted devices below. Some of the prices are a tad higher than they were throughout April, but they're all still great deals.

ROG Ally Z1 (non-Extreme) | was $499.99 now $399.99 at Antonline

The ROG Ally is literally a small gaming PC with controllers attached. It runs Windows 11, which means it can access any store or service that a normal computer can so it isn't just tied to Steam like the Steam Deck.

✅Perfect for: Playing PC games away from your desk (like in bed or on the couch). It's also perfect for traveling.

❌Avoid it if: You'd prefer the more powerful Z1 Extreme version of the ROG Ally, which runs local games more smoothly.

👀Alternative: ROG Ally Z1 Extreme $699.99 at Best Buy | ROG Ally Z1 (non-Extreme)  $399.99 at Best Buy

🔎Our review: ASUS ROG Ally: So close to perfect

💰Price check: $729 at NeweggView Deal

Dell XPS 17 | was $3,479 now $2,749 at Dell

This discounted XPS 17 has just about all the bells and whistles the laptop offers. It pairs a 13th Gen Intel Core i9 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080. It also has 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a UHD+ 3840 x 2400 display. Those specs make the XPS 17 an excellent choice for creators and those who need a powerful PC on the go. While the XPS 17 is not a gaming laptop, it can also handle some of the best PC games.View Deal

Surface Pro 9 | was $1,099.99 now $799.99 at Best Buy

The Surface Pro 9 builds on a decade of 2-in-1s from Microsoft to create the best Surface the company has ever made. A $350 discount at Best Buy brings the Surface Pro 9 close to the lowest price I've ever seen.View Deal

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 | was $1,799.99 now $1,099.99 at Amazon

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 monitor is now available at a massive discount. The monitor features an 1800R curve, 240Hz refresh rate with 0.03ms response time, and a 5120 x 1440 resolution with a 32:9 aspect ratio.

💸Price check:  $1,199.99 NeweggView Deal