Microsoft will be wrapping up development of the fifth feature update for Windows 10 in the next couple of weeks. Even as it does, it’s already working on the fall update, known as Redstone 5. There are a couple of items that are already being tested in these early builds, so we can extrapolate some ideas about what new features we might see in Redstone 5 when it arrives this Fall. Let’s look at what those features might be. Sets The idea behind this feature is that you would open one window within an app — say a Word document — and then open other apps/browsers in tabs within the same UI for other research and content related to your current work project. Windows 10 would remember these various open tabs the next time you open that app to continue working on your project. We saw this feature previewed in the pending spring update a couple of months ago, but it was not tested across all Windows Insider devices, so Microsoft ultimately decided that this functionality would not be part of the spring update, aka the Redstone 4 feature update. It has now been re-introduced in the Redstone 5 builds and is being tested … Read More
You can beef up Outlook with the right programs. You may rely on Microsoft Outlook for your email, calendar, and contacts. And Outlook certainly offers a lot of features and flexibility. But you want more. Maybe you want a better way to search for emails and other information. Perhaps you’d like an easier method for accessing and modifying key Outlook settings. Maybe you need a good tool to find lost or unreadable emails. Perhaps you want to sync your Outlook calendar with your Google calendar. Never fear. Some top tools are here. We’re going to review: Email Insights, which tries to find more relevant emails based on your search parameters. OutlookTools, which provides a single place where you can view and change key settings and folder options in Outlook. Stellar PST Viewer, which can scan a corrupted PST file and help you access emails you may have thought lost. And Sync2, which syncs your Outlook calendar events with those in Google Calendar so you can easily view and update either calendar. I ran each of the tools in Outlook 2016 via my Office 365 subscription. But they should work as well in the past couple of versions of Outlook. Now, … Read More
Trying to get to inbox zero? Switching from conventional Gmail to Inbox can help you get there, thanks to features like bundling, snooze, and templates. Inbox by Gmail first appeared in 2014, when the vamped-up web-based email client was still invite only. But there are still people who haven’t switched over, and may not even be fully aware that they can. Those people are missing out. Inbox by Gmail takes what you already enjoy about Gmail — message sorting, filters, great archive search — and makes it even more useful. Its ethos and functionalities will feel familiar to fans of the Getting Things Done productivity approach, as Inbox works to make every email actionable, even if that action is merely to archive a message. This helps you clear things out of your inbox and focus in specifically on what you need to do with your email, when you need to do it. “It’s not an exaggeration to say Inbox literally transformed the way I use email,” said Vinay Pai, the founder of Unfake.us. “I used to be pretty dedicated to desktop-based clients like Thunderbird, Outlook, and Eudora but Inbox made me decide to switch my whole email workflow around it.” It might … Read More
Close to 70 vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft Microsoft patched 67 different vulnerabilities in its monthly Patch Tuesday release. Of the common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs), 24 are considered Critical, 42 are rated Important, and one is characterized as Moderate in severity. There are no zero-day patches this month. Affected products include: Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, ChakraCore, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, Adobe Flash Player, Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, Microsoft Visual Studio, and the Microsoft Azure IoT SDK. Adobe also patched 6 vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash. The details on the releases can be found on the Microsoft site. While there were no zero-day releases, Microsoft had already released urgent fixes in weeks leading up to Tuesday, including one that addresses an exploit that was created in an attempt to correct earlier patch issues related the Meltdown chip vulnerability. Across industry blogs on this month’s patches, researchers noted several of the updates deserved attention. Also notable is Microsoft’s disclosure of a publicly known SharePoint elevation of privilege bug (CVE-2018-1034). “There is one public disclosure this month in SharePoint Server. The challenging aspect of this month is that there are enough … Read More
One of the great strengths of Windows Secrets is the depth of expertise the writers bring to the Windows platform and the applications on it. One of our regular writers, Lance Whitney, has repeatedly plumbed the depths of Microsoft Office, and repeatedly emerged with how-to stories that help us do more with less effort. Today’s newsletter collects some of his best pieces on Microsoft Word in one place — this way, you get a comprehensive how-to that will allow you an easy reference for mastering Microsoft’s flagship word-processing program. Email subscribers will have the full text of all these articles: Format Your Microsoft Word Documents with Templates How to Boost Your Productivity in Microsoft Word Eight Tips For Tweaking Your Word 2016 Experience Try These Top Add-Ins for Microsoft Word How to Recover a Lost Word Document And one last programming note: This newsletter is taking a spring break. Regular publication will resume on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. …This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Q. Can I postpone receiving the next feature update for Windows 10? Microsoft has been developing the fifth feature update for Windows 10 since late last year, and that work is now in the final stages as they stabilize the update and prepare for its general availability next month. When Windows 10 first came out almost three years ago, there were no official options for consumers to delay the installation of a new feature update. Once it arrived on Windows Update for your device there was no turning back from that upgrade cycle. However, if you are running Windows 10 Professional, settings have been built into the OS that will give you a couple of options for delaying the upgrade to the latest feature update. Note: This option is not available as part of Windows 10 Home. If you go into Windows Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and then click on Advanced Options under Update settings. This is where you have two options for postponing updates to Windows 10. Let’s take a closer look at what is at your disposal for delaying a feature update upgrade. First, let’s begin by looking at the last option on the page … Read More
For such a large and complex operating system like Windows 10, there are obviously features Microsoft got completely right and then some that … not so much. Now that we have lived with the various versions and updates of Microsoft’s latest OS, isn’t it time we conduct a postmortem of all that Windows 10 comprises? What do we like and what are our pet peeves? With a selective feature by feature check, I plan to look periodically under a virtual magnifying glass to examine what’s good and bad (or just plain ugly) about each feature. This will be based on both my experience with the OS since its first release and with a composite of opinions from other users (media and end users). To get underway with this continuing series, Feature-By-Feature, here’s are the first three guinea pigs under the glass: Automatic Updates, the Start menu and Contana. In later installments Windows Secrets will examine the good and bad of the Command prompt, Edge browser, One Drive, and the Microsoft Store. Automatic Updates This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You probably have tens of thousands of photos on your PC. Finding the one you want is a daunting challenge — unless you have a system for organizing them. Windows 10 comes with two programs that can help you organize and touch up your photos. One is plain old File Explorer — let’s assume you’re familiar with that one. The other is simply called Photos, although it’s often referred to as the Photos app. Each has advantages and disadvantages. This article contains a lot of my personal photos. For privacy reasons, I’ve avoided pictures of actual people (other than myself). When faces couldn’t be avoided, I blurred them. Why Use Windows Apps? Why Not Use Google Photos? Once upon a time, both Microsoft and Google offered very good, free programs for organizing and editing your photos: Windows Photo Gallery and Picasa. Both have since been discontinued. Google replaced Picasa with a cloud-based tool called Google Photos, which seems like an excellent choice for the job. It’s simple. It can create albums. It has face recognition. But it has a serious drawback: It’s a closed system, meaning you’re locked into organizing photos like Google wants you to — and it holds on … Read More
Microsoft did a very controversial thing when they released Windows 10. In several spots in the operating system, by default, they are providing tips and suggestions to users as they navigate around Windows 10. When these items first appeared many labelled them as advertisements on Windows and felt that their OS should not be a vehicle for ads. Others viewed them as tools of discovery for apps and system capabilities in the flagship OS. Whether you agree with Microsoft’s use of the OS in this matter or not, like many other areas of the operating system, you can customize these settings and opt-out of this information being presented on your system. Caevat: Many of us who have been using Windows 10 since it was released are very familiar with the OS, its capabilities, and many of the apps that are available in the Microsoft Store. However, if you provide family tech support for someone who is likely not as familiar with the OS as you are, I recommend you consider leaving these discovery tools active. This will allow these users to possibly discover something they didn’t know previously and benefit from that method of discovery. This article is part of … Read More
Kicking off your mail merge in Outlook offers some advantages. You may have run mail merges directly in Microsoft Word. But did you know you can also start them from Microsoft Outlook? Sure. Microsoft Word still runs the actual mail merge, but you can trigger the mail merge in Outlook, then go to to Word to complete it. Okay, so why start a mail merge in Outlook instead of Word? In Outlook, you can directly view and access your contact list. And if you need to send a form email, Outlook can handle that task. Maybe you have a form email that you want to send to friends and family. Perhaps you need to distribute a certain email to a larger number of colleagues. Or possibly you’ve created a promotional email that you want to send to potential customers or clients. Whatever the reason, Outlook can help. I’m using Outlook 2016 and Word 2016 as usual. But you should be able to replicate the process in the prior version or two of both programs. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.