Greetings from Central Florida and the land of Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter, and just about any other entertainment venue/company you can imagine. This week I am in Orlando, Florida along with almost 30,000 IT professionals for the five-day Microsoft Ignite conference. Microsoft uses this annual megaconference to share a bevy of new features, products and services announcements with organizations that use and rely on Microsoft’s offerings. After Satya Nadella set the company’s vision for the near term in his keynote Monday morning, other members of the senior leadership of the company did technical keynotes to dive into the products and services that help drive the overall vision laid out by Nadella. Over the course of the conference’s five days, Satya Nadella set the company’s vision for the near term in his keynote Monday morning, then more than 1700 sessions were presented by experts from Microsoft. They range from short 20-minute theater sessions, 45-minute break-out sessions, and 75-minute deep dive sessions. Note: You can watch sessions on-demand and download the slide decks that were used in the presentation at the Microsoft Ignite website. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
This week, with the release of Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17763 to Fast Ring Insiders, it seems Microsoft is very close to their final build for the October 2018 Update. That update is expected to become available sometime in October and if form follows history – that will likely be the week after the October Patch Tuesday updates which happen on October 9th. Over the last couple of newsletters, we have covered what new features and enhancements are expected in this sixth feature update for Windows 10. In addition, we talked about what we would like to see added to Windows 10 in a future update and summarized what features have been removed over the last three feature updates. The October 2018 Update is no different than its predecessors, and so there is a documented list of features that are being deprecated from this latest update. Note: Microsoft sifts these items into two categories. Removed – feature has been removed from the OS. Some of these have been replaced by other functionality while others are dropped because they are no longer actively used/supported. Some of these items may have previously been listed under the deprecated category and are finally being removed from … Read More
Here are several ways to dig up more space from a hard drive running on empty. You keep running low on hard disk space. You may have already taken actions to try to free up storage, such as clearing out your Recycle Bin or uninstalling applications you no longer need. But there are other steps you can take to create more space, especially in Windows 10. Here are the steps we’ll go through: You can see how much space each category of data is using and remove certain content. If your PC has more than one disk drive, you can move your profile and other folders from your main drive to your secondary drive. You can change where new documents, apps, and other content are saved by default. You can turn on Storage Sense to continually free up space. And if you use OneDrive, you can use the Files On-Demand feature to move folders and files from your computer to your online storage site. Before you go through the effort of freeing up space, what are your options? Well, disk space is cheap. You can always add a second hard drive to your computer, or move certain files to an … Read More
Q. Microsoft Edge keeps appearing when I select a URL. Any ideas on a fix so that my default browser setting works the way I think it should? A. This week’s question comes from a reader after they saw last week’s newsletter about Microsoft testing out a pop-up when users install an alternative browser on Windows 10. They shared that this system is running the production release of Windows 10 Home and not participating in Windows Insider early build/app releases. I have no doubt our reader knows about setting defaults in Windows 10 but for posterity, I am going to go ahead and document that process here to get us started with the discussion about this error. Note: Your choice of web browsers, such as Chrome or Firefox, must already be installed before you begin this process. Step 1 This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
There’s more to OneDrive than meets the eye. Here’s how to tap into its best features. You use OneDrive to save and sync your documents, photos, and other files in the cloud via OneDrive. You may use the basic features of OneDrive. But Microsoft has continually updated and enhanced the service. OneDrive may now offer benefits that you don’t know about or just haven’t set up. You can use OneDrive to not only save and sync your files online but also share them with other people. You can fetch files from other computers. You can use a Files on-Demand feature to save space on your computer. And you can opt to back up important folders, such as your desktop, documents, and pictures. For this story, I’m running OneDrive from Windows 10. The service works in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 as well, but it’s more robust and feature-filled in Windows 10. I’ll assume you’ve already set up OneDrive and that you’re using it to at least back up certain folders and files. View Your OneDrive Files Locally and Online To easily see your OneDrive folders and files, right-click on the OneDrive icon in your System Tray. Select the option to … Read More
We’ve already looked at how IFTTT can be used to automate your life, so let’s look at another web application that has impressive powers of automation, these ones generally more suited to workplace functions — including email. I’m talking about Zapier. Zapier describes itself as a glue that holds more than 1,000 different web applications together. The service creates zaps, which are workflows that connect your apps and allow for the background automation of different tasks. Overall, Zapier also allows for more fine-tuning, really allowing you to automate things in the ways that work best for you, your professional needs, and your workflow. “Zapier is a really incredible app. It helps you easily connect up the apps you use without needing to write a single line of code,” said Siobhan O’Rorke, marketing manager at Zenkit. About a thousand apps are currently supported by Zapier, including popular ones like Gmail, MailChimp, and Outlook 365. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Over the last three years, Microsoft has invested a lot of time and effort into Windows 10 and over that time they have also chosen to deprecate or remove multiple elements of the OS. You can see a summary of the documented history for the last three feature updates at the links below: Windows 10 Creators Update – Version 1703 Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – Version 1709 Windows 10 April 2018 Update – Version 1803 For all that’s been added or enhanced in Windows 10, I think there are still some enhancements that are missing from Windows 10 — and some of those elements used to be available to us. Here is my current list of what I still would like to see added to Windows 10. Live Tiles on the Desktop Remember the widgets we used to be able to install on the Windows 7 desktop to provide is live/updated data on various system services? Wouldn’t it be great to have the ability to place these Live Tiles on the desktop like those old widgets? Two benefits would be the ability to see at a glance what might be happening with that app displayed on the Live Tile plus it … Read More
Q. Is Microsoft really blocking the install of Chrome and other browsers on Windows 10? A. The answer is a Yes & No situation, so let me explain. Earlier this week, Windows Insiders who are testing Skip Ahead builds for the next feature update of Windows 10 – codenamed 19H1 – saw a new pop-up alert when trying to install an alternative browser on their systems. Here is what that alert looked like: This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Microsoft released 61 security patches for September, including 17 listed as Critical. Several flaws were publicly disclosed before the release and one is already being actively exploited in the wild. The patches and advisories cover Internet Explorer (IE), Edge, ChakraCore, Azure, Hyper-V, Windows components, .NET Framework, SQL Server, and Microsoft Office and Office Services. You can find all of the updates at the Microsoft portal. Here are the highlights from this month’s release, with the information you need to prioritize your patching efforts. CVE-2018-8440 – Windows ALPC Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability The patch to prioritize this month is CVE-2018-8440, a local privilege escalation vulnerability that arises when Windows incorrectly handles calls to the Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC) interface. The flaw was first made public last month via a tweet (which was later deleted) and attackers are already taking advantage of it. At the time it was disclosed, Will Dormann, a Vulnerability Analyst at the CERT/CC noted “I’ve confirmed that this works well in a fully-patched 64-bit Windows 10 system.” This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
We just wrapped up our multi-week walkthrough of features in the April 2018 Update for Windows 10, so naturally, it’s already time for the next feature update to arrive. This semi-annual Windows as a Service (WaaS) release cycle is relentless: As one cycle wraps up another begins, and you are at the next public update before you know it. This is exactly why, just last week, Microsoft extended the lifecycle support period from 18 months to 30 months for the feature updates they release moving from September forward. However, this change is only for Enterprise and Education customers. Consumers running Windows 10 Home or Pro — i.e. most of you reading this — will still be expected to adopt each new feature update shortly after they’re generally available. That means it is better to be prepared and aware of what is coming rather than just be surprised on the day your system installs the latest feature update. The best way to stay up to speed on what is coming in each new feature update for Windows 10 is through the Windows Insider Program. This early-access process allows you to install development builds of the next feature update for Windows 10, experience the … Read More