Author Archives: Richard Hay
This is the final edition of Ask @WinObs, but indulge me in a little history and context. I started providing this column to Windows Secrets more than a year ago — a weekly column on Tuesdays covering the latest in the world of Windows 10 and related technologies, questions and answers on Thursdays. Consumer technology is a huge passion of mine and it has been a lot of fun sharing my insights in that area with all of you. It has been an honor to bring you content here in the newsletter over the last year and I have learned a lot through our interactions about technology. Passions Around Technology This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
The October 2018 Update was re-released in November but was only available to a certain subset of devices without any compatibility issues. In the last 24 hours they have updated the Windows 10 Update History page with the following note: Rollout Status as of December 17, 2018: Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update. These advanced users Microsoft mentions here are also referred to as “seekers” by the company. This means if you go into Windows Update and click the Check for updates button you should begin to receive the October 2018 Update. The only exception to this would be if your system still has a block in place by Microsoft due to an identified incompatibility issue. Note: Those blocking items are listed on the Windows 10 Update History page. No systems set to only receive automatic updates will get the October 2018 Update until a later date determined by Microsoft. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Q. Where Can I Track Updates for Windows 10? A. There has been a lot of talk over the last several weeks about various updates for Windows 10. If you want to keep an eye on these updates it is easy to do because Microsoft documents them all as they are released. Most everyone knows about Patch Tuesday, but as Microsoft recently detailed in on the official Windows Blog, there are multiple update categories which they use to organize the patches they push out for Windows 10 each month. Here is a quick rundown of those categories according to Microsoft: B Release –- This is the well know Patch Tuesday updates which are released on the second Tuesday of each month. These updates are cumulative, so they contain not only new security-related patches, but the ones released in previous months as well. Using the cumulative update process means less fragmentation between Windows 10 devices because of some patches not being previously installed. Typical release time is at 10:00 Am Pacific time – Microsoft’s time zone at their headquarters in Redmond, Washington. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Now that Microsoft has re-released their October 2018 Update for Windows 10 — and hopefully, this version sticks — it is time to take a closer look at some of the new features. This sixth feature update for Microsoft’s operating system is still on a limited number of systems and only available through manual update checks or by using the Media Creation Tool (MCT) or Update Assistant. We’ll be spending this week looking at the most pertinent tweaks, upgrades and improvements. The Display Feature High Dynamic Range (HDR) – With more monitors supporting this technology, Microsoft has incorporated settings to help you tweak the appearance of HDR based content on a by display basis. Included in these new settings is an option for maximizing battery life when running HDR content on your device and calibration tools. Wide Color Gamut (WCG) – If your monitor supports this display technology, you will also find settings alongside the HDR options for managing this display option. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
There are legitimate reasons to critique Google for how it chooses to track and use our data, but it does have some very helpful tools. One that I found extremely useful was Google Reader (October 2005 – July 2013). It was a well-conceived and executed service that enabled users to subscribe to any RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed and subsequently keep up with new content on those feeds. Its popularity also meant developers were building tools to interface with that service to make it more accessible across different platforms. Google Reader was also a de facto social sharing site — people could start discussions on items in their RSS feeds. Unfortunately, Google shut down Reader in an attempt to move users over to its fledgling social media service Google+. Instead, they killed the working social site they had and booted a community of RSS fans out of the Google ecosystem. Following Google Reader’s announced sundown, a few different services stepped in to take up that void. The one I went with at that time was Feedly. As a replacement, Feedly made it very easy to import my 150 RSS feeds. They were also not new to the business of helping users access … Read More
This latest Windows 10 iteration — the sixth update since Windows 10 debuted — has had a rocky roll-out thanks to a data-deletion issue. After figuring that out and making the appropriate fixes, the October 2018 Update was re-released in mid-November but it is still not generally available through Windows Update. Currently, seekers can go initiate an upgrade to this feature update by visiting Windows Update or using either the Media Creation Tool (MCT) or the Update Assistant. There is no evidence at this point that the October 2018 Update is being automatically pushed out to any users through Windows Update. Apparently, there is a very good reason for the lack of automatic updates based on information listed on the Windows 10 Update History page. Last month, just as Microsoft re-released the October 2018 Update, Corporate Vice President for Windows Michael Fortin laid out the company’s plans for better quality for future Windows 10 updates. He also discussed the company’s plans to be more responsive and transparent about issues impacting the roll-out of these updates. Well, the Windows 10 Update History page has become the portal they are using to increase at least the transparency around these semi-annual feature updates and monthly … Read More
The pending spring update of Microsoft’s flagship operating system (a.k.a. Windows 10 19H1 Build 18282) showed off several UI tweaks which continues to be an area of focus for this development branch. They also added a couple of tweaks to Windows Update that appear to be a move towards giving users a little more control over the mandatory update process. I have speculated a few times over the course of the 13 builds released for the 19H1 update that Microsoft may be choosing to focus on fit and finish aspects of the operating system rather than big new features. This latest build supports that theory. Of course, we will be keeping an eye on the development progress and sharing our insights along the way. For Build 18282 let’s take a closer look at some of the latest work. Note: This is a pre-release build of Windows 10. Nothing is written in stone when it comes to what changes will make it into the final release for this feature update. Windows Light Theme Windows 10 19H1 Build 18282 “Windows Light” Theme This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
A couple of weeks ago in this newsletter, I highlighted some of the apps that are automatic installs for me when setting up a Windows 10 device. Of course, they are not the only apps I use daily and over the last couple of years, Microsoft has come along way with some helper apps that are in various stages of development. Many are released broadly for Windows 10 while others are currently being tested by Windows Insiders in the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview Rings of the program. That is right – the three rings in the Windows Insider Program are not just for testing updated development builds for the next feature update to Windows 10. Many of the app development teams now use these rings to test their apps and new features in a smaller test environment. If you do not want to test early development builds, then Release Preview, which doesn’t get builds until very late in the development process, is the perfect spot to help test out new features in some of these apps. Let’s check out a few of these apps. Microsoft Photos Windows 10 Photos App This article is part of our premium content. Join … Read More