Category : Microsoft

Faster Updates Promised for Windows 10 – Creators Update

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Microsoft is already promising big things for the Creators Update. Introducing Unified Update Platform (UUP), Microsoft’s answer to user feedback concerning slowness and drained battery life with Windows 10 updates. The UUP process allows for delivery of smaller files and could reduce the size of the update by 35 percent. The differential download packages ensures that your computer or mobile will only download the changes that have been made since your most recent update, rather than a full Windows build. It is also anticipated that more of the update processing will be moved to the cloud. This should make updating faster for not as powerful mobile devices.

These changes stem from users that wish to see improved battery life, faster updates, control over timings of the updates, less local processing, and reduction of download sizes.

The more streamlined updates through UUP is currently rolling out to developers in the Windows Insider preview program. The rest of us will have to wait till the Windows 10 Creators Update, in 2017.


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Windows 10 PC/Tablets get Instagram app..but with limits

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A little late but none the less, Instagram is available for Windows 10 PCs and tablets! Almost all the features are there, the live feed, stories, notifications, and direct messaging. The biggest feature of all is the ability to view stories and post and edit photos and videos. Not even the web version allows for such features! Sadly, the editing feature is only available on touchscreen PCs and tablets with rear cameras…seriously?

In addition, the formatting of the application is made for such PC/tablets, so when utilized on widescreens the resolution is less than perfect and the wasted space is frustrating.

Odd that an application made for sharing photos and videos would be so limiting on different platforms.


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How can I recover deleted items in Outlook 2011?

recovering-deleted-files-1Easily! When you delete a message from your inbox, it is moved to a deleted folder. How often have you cleared this folder only to think, oh shoot, I needed that one email!! Not to worry, once this folder is cleared, the messages are removed from your inbox but remain potentially recoverable for 28 days.

Go to the Deleted Items folder and select the email you would like to recover. You can also select multiple emails at a time by holding down the ctrl button as you click. In the menu above, click the Move icon and select the folder that you would like to restore the email to, such as “Inbox“.

Another means to recover such emails is through the Outlook Web App, exchange.sussex.ac.uk/owa/ .

Login and right click on the Deleted Items folder and select Recover Deleted Items. This will open a list of recovered deleted items for you to choose from. Once you find the messages you would like to recover, click Recover and then select the folder you would like to move the recovered email to.

Voila!


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Take Back Privacy with Windows 10

maxresdefault-4Windows 10 offers an option to help protect third parties from tracking your movements based on your connections to Wi-Fi networks. Under Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi, turn on the Use random hardware addresses setting. This will keep third parties from matching your Wi-Fi adapter’s hardware address with your personal information, and therefore much more difficult to track your location.

The internet is full of third party ad networks and analytics companies that use cookies and tracking technology to record web movements. This information is usually used to correlate online actions and movements to the things you do away from the internet. Sometimes this can be as harmless as the ads on the bottom of a webpage being that of the product you just googled, or the implications can be be used to discover your offline identity. Regardless, one should be cautious of where all these internet movements lead. Third-party anti-tracking software such as Abine’s Blur will limit the amount of information that such ads can gather. Ad-blocking software can limit such information as well in addition to its purpose of blocking unnecessary ads. Although many advise against leaning on ad-blocking alone, due to the usual close ties between some ad-blocking third-parties and the ads they block. Employ an ad-in to limit your digital footprint however is better than running free range around the internet. Even if it is just a chrome plug in.

Windows 10 Operating System houses information that can be easily used to discover your location. Within Settings > Privacy > Location you will find access to preferences concerning location information. You can use the master toggle at the top of the screen to turn off all location features for all users of the machine. I personally would clear the location history that is saved within this window, if nothing else.

Windows 10 will log a small amount of your information to provide Cortana with a solid knowledge of your preferences so that she may generate suggestions. If you rather take care of yourself without Cortana studying you, you can easily turn her off completely. or navigate her settings.

Under Settings > Privacy > General, click Info about how I write and turn it off so that your typos aren’t used to improve things like the built-in spell checker.

Under Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing, under the Getting to know you heading, click Stop getting to know me to turn off personalization.

Lastly, Settings > Privacy > General. Advertising ID controls whether Microsoft serves personalized ads to ad-supported apps. If you turn this option off, you still get ads, but they’re not personalized. In any case, your information is not shared with advertisers.

A few tricks to give you more of your privacy back.


 

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Latest Windows 10 Update Breaks PowerShell

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The latest Microsoft cumulative patch for the Anniversary update had unexpected consequences for PowerShell, the command line shell and scripting language. Notes accompanying the release suggest that this was not unexpected for Microsoft, as the company appears to have known of the implications for PowerShell features when pushing the update. The Windows 10 upgrade has brought a few issues to users, such as frozen screens and broken USB-connected webcams. These two issues have not yet been solved in the KB3176934 (OS Build 14393.82) –for Windows 10 version 1607, also known as the Anniversary Update. However this PowerShell break proves to be the most relevant and recent issues to emerge.

Microsoft explains that the update breaks PowerShell due to a missing MOF file in the build package, and therefore breaks PowerShell Desired State Configuration, a feature used by IT admins to manage enterprise environments.

“All DSC operations will result in an ‘Invalid Property’ error,” Microsoft said. “In addition, due to a missing binary in the build package the update breaks PowerShell implicit remoting. Implicit remoting is a PowerShell feature where PowerShell commands work on a remote session instead of locally. Specifically, importing a remote session no longer works.”  www.zdnet.com 

Microsoft open sourced PowerShell and brought it to Mac OS and Linux distributions just a week ago.

Microsoft expects the PowerShell issues to be resolved with the next update release, today August 30th.


 

 

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Monthly patch rollups for Windows 7, 8.1 start October 2016

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Monthly patch rollups for the Windows 7, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 operating systems will commence in October 2016. Microsoft will also move the same monthly rollup model for the .NET Framework in October as well.

A rollup is multiple patches, “rolled up” into a single update, replacing individual patches for operating systems. Previous individual patches allowed users and administrators to select the patches they wished to apply, but Microsoft officials say this has led to fragmentation, with different PCs having different sets of updates installed.

“The new rollup model gives you fewer updates to manage, greater predictability, and higher quality updates. The outcome increases Windows operating system reliability, by eliminating update fragmentation and providing more proactive patches for known issues. Getting and staying current will also be easier with only one rollup update required. Rollups enable you to bring your systems up to date with fewer updates, and will minimize administrative overhead to install a large number of updates.” –  Microsoft said in a statement

Security and reliability patches will be included in the rollups, yet Servicing Stack and Adobe Flash updates will not. Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the Microsoft Update Catalog will have the monthly updates published.

Microsoft’s goal is for the monthly rollups to be fully cumulative, happening as the team adds patches previously released, so users can install the latest single rollup and be up to date.

Windows will release a single Security-only update, including new security patches for each month with individual patches no longer available. The Security update will not be available on Windows Update, but will be available from WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog.

 

 

 


 

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The Last Operating System – Windows 10 Support Till 2026

Win10-Logo-6-780x445Microsoft is moving forward with it’s plans to support Windows 10 as its last operating system by extending the Windows 10 support lifetime to 2026. Microsoft refreshed the Windows support lifecycle database to signal a one-year extension to Windows 10 Enterprise after the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This was designated as an LTSB build, which Microsoft has set to periodically label new upgrades as LTSB so that corporations can update as they wish, with the Anniversary update being supported for 10 years from its release.

Consumer and small business versions such as Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro will remain in support until October 2025 despite being refreshed when the Enterprise was with the Anniversary Update, otherwise known as 1607.

“The addition of a year to Windows 10 Enterprise’s lifetime validated a prediction made more than a year ago by Steve Kleynhans, a Gartner analyst who focuses on Microsoft and its operating system. “At some point [Microsoft] will have to reset the clock to start another 10 years [of support] and mark some kind of stake in the ground,” Kleynhans said in a July 2015 interview.” – Gregg Keizer for Network World

Those who adopted the original LTSB will receive security updates until October 2025. Patches however will have to be obtained with this year’s 1607 rather than the LTSB 1507.

Customers who adopted the original LTSB will receive security updates until October 2025. To obtain patches for the additional year, IT staffers will have to replace LTSB 1507 with this year’s 1607.

“Extending Windows 10 support to 2026 gives credence to Microsoft’s touting the OS as “the last version of Windows,” a phrase that, while perhaps not technically true, was meant to emphasize the software-as-a-service pivot.” – Gregg Keizer for Network World

More information on Windows 10’s support lifecycle can be found on Microsoft’s website, including dates when various versions exit “mainstream” support and when they drop off the support list.

 

 

 


 

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Windows 10 – Taking Tricks from Malware

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Microsoft has been long pushing its users to jump aboard the Windows 10 train. But have they crossed the line?

Tech writer for Computer World, Preston Gralla, explains how Windows 10 took over his wife’s computer, installing the Windows 10 update without her permission. Gralla was understandably skeptical when his wife came into his office frustrated with Microsoft and complaining about the new update. How could the largest software platform, installed on PCs and Laptops alike, just blatantly ignore a users preferences and install new software without permission?

Microsoft has been aggressive in it’s attempts to get users to upgrade to Windows 10 before July 29th. Pop-ups began to appear on user computers urging them to update, but the action could be easily blocked with a quick click of the X in the pop-up window. Sounds just like any other pop-up, easy enough to understand. It started when Microsoft began quietly downloading the bits needed for the Windows 10 upgrade without telling users. Then this spring, Microsoft took it one step further. Changing everything we users know to be true about the X button in the upper right corner of any pop-up, Microsoft flipped the script. When the upgrade app appeared on user screens, and a user decided to click the X in the top right corner to avoid the installation, Microsoft did the exact opposite of what the user intended, taking a NO for a YES and installing Windows 10 on the user’s PC. Extremely frustrating to anyone thinking they had just avoided that action.

As Computer World’s Gregg Keizer points out, Microsoft violated it’s own recommended policy by changing this action on their upgrade app. Microsoft advises developers to maintain the action of clicking the X to close a dialog box to halt any action the box might take. Microsoft writes on it’s website for design guidelines, “The Close button on the title bar should have the same effect as the Cancel or Close button within the dialog box. Never give it the same effect as OK.”. Well, What the bleep Microsoft. You did exactly what you advise others not to do, giving the action of clicking X the same effect as OK.

Preston Gralla points out the painful resemblance of Microsoft’s shady acts to that of malware. Microsoft’s document  “How to prevent and remove viruses and other malware.” warns, to never click agree or OK to close a window suspected to be spyware. Instead Microsoft advises to click the red X in the corner of the window or press Alt+F4 to close the window. Hm. Even more ironic, Microsoft defines Spyware, “Spyware can install on your computer without your knowledge. These programs can change your computer’s configuration or collect advertising data and personal information.”

Well Microsoft, let’s make a list.

  • The Windows 10 upgrade downloads bits onto a user’s PC without permission or knowledge.
  • Changes a user’s computer configuration to meet the agenda of Microsoft.
  • By default, Windows 10 collects advertising data and personal information.
  • If a user tries to stop the Windows 10 upgrade, by doing exactly what Microsoft advises users to do with any other application, click the X in the right corner of the dialog box if you do not wish to receive the upgrade, the upgrade installs anyway!

If these tricks were tried by any other company, especially with malicious intent, I would be writing a blog post about a new form of Malware. It appears Microsoft has taken notice to the aggressive push of malware and tailored a few of these features to benefit the push of the latest Windows 10. Not even Microsoft can advise users and developers to do one thing and then employ the complete opposite when it is to their benefit, eventually one of us is going to realize something fishy is going on. Windows 10 is not malware, and upgrading isn’t going to crash your computer or hold your data hostage. However, being upgraded to a new operating system is a lengthy installation that can have significant consequences for the user. Some applications may no longer work with the new OS, the length installation means time taken away from the work day, and learning a new OS is not particularly thrilling to most of the population. Not to mention the violated feeling most will endure when they find out Microsoft ignored their preferences and installed the upgrade anyway.

Take your own advice Microsoft.

 


 

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Microsoft’s HoloLens Platform is Open to Partners

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Microsoft took a leap this week, deciding to open it’s Windows Holographic platform to hardware developers creating virtual and augmented reality devices. Windows 10 partners can create their own mixed-reality worlds for users to both communicate and work, thanks to the same software that powers Microsoft HoloLens. Microsoft has invited it’s hardware partners to build PCs, displays and accessories with the Windows Holographic platform.

Microsoft wants users and partners alike to visualize using a VR device and being able to see their hands as they manipulate an object, or even bringing in a holographic representation of a person, object, or concept into a users personal virtual reality in order to collaborate on big projects. Microsoft is looking a the bigger picture by encouraging partners to take a jump  with their HoloLens platform. Already working with partners such as Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Dell, Lenovo, and more, that jump doesn’t look so unimaginable. The Windows Holographic includes a holographic shell ans interaction model, perception APIs and Xbox Live services. The HoloLens 3D augmented reality headset is untethered and rather than taking a users entire field of vision like VR gadgets, the HoloLens adds 3D objects to the real world vision of the user. The newest version of the reality headset is already in the works, which will encompass even more capabilities such as multi-tasking, new voice commands, photo applications, Bluetooth for devices, and support for the Edge Web browser.

Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these even if just for a little test, and if Microsoft is successful in their efforts that shouldn’t be too hard to do.

 


 

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Windows Phone Can’t Keep Up in The Global Smartphone Market

 

The global smartphone market is by no means in bad shape, during the first quarter of the year sales increased 3.9 percent alone. However, to the non surprise of many, Microsoft was not apart of that increase, in fact, they fell below 1 percent in the first quarter of this year.

The Windows Phone platform was already facing hard times last year, struggling with a modest 2.5 percent share of the smartphone OS market. You may be surprised to hear Apple had a rough quarter as well, with iPhone sales down 14 percent, even still they came in second within the top five leaders in the smartphone market. Samsung had 23.2 percent market share, Apple had 14.8 percent, Huawei reported 8.3 percent, Oppo 4.6 percent and finally Xiaomi with 4.3 percent. Lenovo no longer made it into the top five contributors. Three of these brands are Chinese, grabbing a combined 17 percent of the market.

Last week Microsoft announced plans to sell it’s phone business to a newly formed Finnish firm, HMD, for $350 million. Why buy such a business when it is already tanking? The Finnish firm plans to create Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets for decades to come, which considering the way the market is turning, appears to be the right move. Overall global smartphone sales totaled 349 million units in the first quarter. The 13 million increase comes from the demand for lower cost smartphones. Emerging brands are stirring the pot, leading larger vendors to experience growth saturation in the global smartphone market. Chinese brands are proving themselves to be the new force in the market.

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