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Another bug in the upcoming Redstone 4 update for Windows 10 could potenitally add another delay to its roll out, depending on how things shake out. Over on Reddit, several users have noted a weird issue that is causing the Windows 10 Settings section to crash when selecting the "Set defaults by app" setting. If you have one of the preview builds installed, you can see if you are affected by heading to Settings > Apps > Default apps > Set defaults by app, and then selecting the related option. It does not appear that everyone has this issue, though there is enough chatter that Microsoft... Read more...
We've all been working under the assumption that Windows 10 Redstone 4 would called the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. The Spring Creators Update naming was originally unearthed during a Microsoft Bug Bash, and fit in nicely with the previous Windows 10 Creators Update (Spring 2017) and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Fall 2017). However, we're now learning that the upcoming major release of Windows 10 might actually have a differentname, and it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. Microsoft watcher (and noted leaker) @h0x0d has uncovered a Microsoft promotional WinHEC video... Read more...
The Spring Creators Update for Windows 10 was supposed to have started rolling out to PCs last week, but a last minute "block bug" discovery gave Microsoft the willies, and it decided to delay its release. Now we know exactly why. While there were no details about the bug at the time, Microsoft stated in a blog post this week that more Windows Insiders than usual had been experiencing blue screen of death (BSOD) errors with what would have been the finalized build. "As Build 17133 progressed through the rings, we discovered some reliability issues we wanted to fix. In certain cases, these reliability... Read more...
When Microsoft first announced the Surface Studio all-in-one desktop back in late October 2016, we were amazed by its sleek design and zero-gravity hinge. However, it was an accessory for the PC that especially caught our attention: the Surface Dial. The Surface Dial is a radial input device that can be placed directly on the display and sprouts out a menu that can be used to adjust colors and ink thickness (among other things) in supported apps. Microsoft has now announced that all of the Surface Dial goodness is being added to the Surface Pro 4 courtesy of a new firmware update.... Read more...
Spring is in the air (at least for some parts of the United States that have finally thawed out from months of heavy snowfall), which means that it's time for Microsoft's Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. Or at least, we were expecting its public release earlier this week. However, Microsoft still hasn't flipped the switch to distribute the major Windows 10 update to the masses. According to a new report, Microsoft had originally scheduled to release the Spring Creators Update on Patch Tuesday (4/10). However, a "blocking bug" was significant enough to cause Microsoft to hold off... Read more...
Nobody likes waiting in line, but the alternative is to cut in front of someone, and that's just rude. But what if you could head to the front of the line without actually shoving anyone aside? Well, you can, at least as it pertains to installing the Spring Creators Update for Windows 10. The update is supposed to start rolling out to users today, but as with past updates, Microsoft is likely to go with a staggered release to ensure things go smoothly. If you want to install the Spring Creators Update right away, your first course of action is to back up any important data, just in case things... Read more...
There are some slick laptops out there that run the Snapdragon 835 Platform with Windows 10; machines such as the HP Envy x2 pictured below. The big issue for many users with those Windows on Snapdragon devices, however, is that the platform is unable to run 64-bit apps. Microsoft has shed some light on the timeframe to fix that glaring omission and will announce the SDK for ARM64 apps at the BUILD developers conference.  When the new SDK launches, devs can recompile their apps to run in 64-bit on ARM-based PCs. 32-bit performance has been found to be generally acceptable with current... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that Office 365 has gained some new security features that are meant to help protect users from online threats. These new features will go along with the security features already integrated with Office 365, like link checking and attachment scanning for viruses and phishing threats. Office 365 also already encrypts information in transit and at rest. The advanced Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal protection capabilities include the following: File recovery from malicious attacks like ransomware. Tools to help keep your information secure and private. Advanced protection... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build is ready for download for folks who are opted into Skip Ahead. The new Build is 17639 (Redstone 5) and one of the big updates that lands with this build is some major improvements to Sets and Tabs. The dragging and dropping of app tabs within and between Sets windows is now supported. Users can drag an app tab around within the set or combine tabbed app windows into Sets. Microsoft does note that drag and drop for Microsoft Edge web tabs within Sets isn’t supported yet and that users might experience a crash if this... Read more...
With about a week to go before this month's Patch Tuesday rolls into view, Microsoft has issued a batch of security updates to address a critical vulnerability affecting Windows Defender and a spatter of other antimalware services, such as Windows Intune Endpoint Protection. Left unpatched, an attacker could weasel his malicious wares onto a system remotely and even create new accounts with full system permissions. The vulnerability lies in Microsoft's Malware Protection Engine, or mpengine.dll. This is the main component of Windows Defender in Windows 10, and if left unpatched, affected systems... Read more...
Microsoft is teasing a potentially major announcement regarding original Xbox backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. In a blog post, the company said it will have sometime to share on the matter on the next episode of Inside Xbox, which is scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:30 pm Pacific (6:30 pm Pacific). In the meantime, Microsoft is content to let users' minds run wild with what is in store. "One of our most common requests is for Original Xbox Backward Compatibility news, and we’ll be starting off the show with a big update on just that. Stay tuned next Monday for a full breakdown... Read more...
Microsoft is heading in a slightly different direction. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced to employees this past week that Terry Myerson, the Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, would be leaving the company. Myerson’s departure signifies Microsoft’s shift away from their Windows software to cloud platforms and artificial intelligence. Micorosft CEO Satya Nadella Myerson’s departure had already been planned for "some time”. The Duke University alumni originally founded Intersé Corporation in 1992, a company focused on website development... Read more...
Microsoft just announced a big executive shakeup, which will see Terry Myerson depart as the company's executive vice president for the Windows and Devices group. Myerson has been with Microsoft for over two decades and has been a driving force behind the Windows 10 operating system. The move comes as Microsoft is attempting to better secure its future when it comes to "intelligent cloud" services -- which are becoming an increasing part of its revenue stream -- and leveraging artificial intelligence capabilities. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella "Over the past several years, Terry and the WDG team... Read more...
Microsoft has done something that might surprise a bunch of people out there, it has open sourced the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to make it easier for Windows users to run Linux distributions. The WSL sample that is now open source allows distro maintainers to build WSL packages for the Microsoft Store and to create custom Linux distro packages for sideloading. The distro launcher repo is on GitHub right now. Microsoft says that the open source WSL will enable: Linux distribution maintainers to package and submit a Linux distribution as an appx that runs on WSL Developers to create custom... Read more...
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