Author Archives: Richard Hay
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
Q. What are the most useful apps you have found in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10? A. You all know I am an undeniable fan of Windows 10. Of course, you see that Windows 10 tends to be the subject of the two weekly articles I write for Windows Secrets. So, no secrets here about my focus on Windows 10 and experience with it along the way. Over the last three and a half years, a lot of operating system functionality has moved from the OS itself to what I call helper apps. Many users also call them inbox or built-in apps. However, for the purposes of answering this question, I am not going to include these apps in my list. This list is going to focus on the other apps I install as I setup or reset an existing system. Caveat: I will choose to use the Microsoft Store app version of a piece of software versus a separate downloadable desktop install of the program. OneNote for Windows 10 This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Microsoft’s struggles to get their sixth overall feature update for Windows 10 out into the public domain has taken another hit this last week. After releasing the October 2018 Update at the beginning of October and then having to pull it just a few days later due to a serious data loss issue, Microsoft has been testing a couple of cumulative updates to address that issue. Over the last two weeks, Windows Insiders have been testing those in the Slow and Release Preview Rings. The latest version brings the feature update to Build 17763.104 but now the company has another potential data loss issue to address. I suspect they will test a fix for this before they consider re-releasing this update to end users. News of this latest issue has been floating around for the past week or so and involves the process of copying files from inside a compressed zip archive. After several stories about this across the web, Microsoft has now acknowledged the problem and is offering a workaround until a fix is pushed out. First, let’s look at the problem with the file copy and paste process from within these compressed archives on the Windows 10 October 2018 … Read More
Q. After the botched rollout of this feature update, will anything change regarding the next feature roll-out? I want to know what to expect with upgrades. This is a good question. So much extra time has been spent over the last few weeks talking about the release, withdrawal, and re-release process of the October 2018 Update for Windows 10. In fact, the October 2018 Update still has not returned to even a seeker release status as testing is still occurring in the Slow and Release Preview Rings for that feature update. I have not heard any new reports of data loss and you have all read about the issue in a recent Windows Secrets newsletter to understand what caused the problem in the first place. That means both Microsoft and those of us who watch for what’s next in Windows 10 has been experiencing an unexpected hiatus in new development builds for the next feature update. However, it looks like that hiatus might be coming to an end. This week Microsoft released Windows 10 19H1 Build 18262 to Fast Ring Windows Insiders. This is the ninth overall build in the 19H1 development cycle and the first on more than two weeks. … Read More
We have been focused on the misfires during the initial release of the latest feature update for Windows 10. As that situation seems to be slowly resolving itself through patches and other public fixes, I wanted to talk about accessibility in this October 1018 Update. I had an opportunity during Microsoft Ignite a few weeks ago to sit down with Microsoft’s Jiaxin Zheng, a product marketing manager for accessibility in Windows. We discussed the new accessibility features that were going to be part of the October 2018 Update and I gained an understanding about inclusive design that I had never comprehended before. Accessibility is one of those areas of Windows 10 that has come a long way since the initial release of Windows 10 back in July 2015. Every one of the six feature updates released for the operating system have built upon and improved accessibility features. While the advancements may look incremental in updates that come out every six months, the growth of this feature set over the last three years has been tremendous. Zheng shared with me three key areas of improvement in this feature update release. Ease of Access This article is part of our premium content. … Read More
Q: What is the status of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update? I heard it has been canceled – any idea what Microsoft is up to? First, I can confirm the October 2018 Update (Version 1809) for Windows 10 has not been canceled. However, it did get pulled temporarily late last week due to user reports of data deletion after the upgrade process. Earlier this week, in our October 9th edition of the newsletter, I wrote about this issue and the mess on Microsoft’s hands considering data deletions issues has been reported to the company well ahead of their release of the October 2018 Update (Version 1809). The same day that edition of the newsletter landed in your inboxes, Microsoft published a new blog post addressing the issues around the October 2018 Update (Version 1809). This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
It has been less than a week since I wrote about the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update at Microsoft New York City software & hardware event. As of late last Friday, that update was pulled from download servers after multiple reports of users finding their personal files deleted after the upgrade. If you browse over to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Version 1809 Update History page, you will find this notice posted on October 6th: As you can see, Microsoft is stating this issue is impacting isolated users and it will be hard for external to the organization to understand the full scope of the issue because that data is Microsoft Confidential. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
It has been an on and off situation over the last several weeks, but it appears Microsoft has made a final decision about the end of support for their classic Skype software. This one blog post from the Skype team was originally posted on July 16 and stated that the classic version of Skype, aka Skype Version 7, would shut down on September 1, 2018. Then, six weeks later, on August 31, 2018, they updated the blog post for the first time and stated they would keep classic Skype working for a limited time based on customer feedback. There were no specifics given beyond that vague time reference — for all we knew, “limited time” could include the few hours between August 31 and September 1. Last week, during Microsoft Ignite on September 27, 2018, they updated the blog post for the third time with the new end of life dates for classic Skype. Desktop versions will stop being supported on November 1, 2018, and mobile/tablet versions will see the end of support two weeks later on November 15, 2018. They do add a caveat that classic Skype (Version 7 and below) might continue to work past those dates but they … Read More