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KB4489899 Seeks to Resolve Reported Windows 10 Performance Issues

A problem with a recent Windows 10 cumulative update forced Microsoft to agree with customers that the update caused Windows to underperform. For a lot of customers, Windows 10 gaming would slow to a crawl. Microsoft even suggested that customers should uninstall the update. In the stack of updates for March 2019’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is including a fix for the performance issues. March...

Known Issues (so far) for March 2019 Patch Tuesday Updates

Each month Microsoft prepares customers for the problems it knows about when delivering the bevy of updates designed to make its software more secure.  These are things that the company identified during testing and will likely fix later. However, the first 24 hours are crucial, as customers tend to locate and report on the stack of unknown issues that couldn’t be detected during testing. He...

Windows 7 to Start Nagging Users to Upgrade Starting in April

Support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020, and as Microsoft did with Windows XP, the company will start using nag banners to get users to upgrade. In this case, the upgrade point is to Windows 10. To help our customers get advanced notice of this change, we are reaching out with information and resources. Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notificat...

Microsoft Word Being Used as a Trojan Horse, Microsoft Says the Vulnerability Doesn’t Meet the Security Bar to Warrant a Fix

Mimecast Research Labs has identified a memory corruption problem with Microsoft Word in that attackers can use the exploit to bypass Windows antimalware security – and apparently, some are actively exploiting it now. Our detection engines spotted an attacker group, which seems to originate from Serbia, using specially-crafted Microsoft Word documents to take advantage of how Microsoft Word ...

Adobe Chooses April 2019 to Euthanize Shockwave

Adobe’s web media helper apps have a long history of being problematic from a security perspective, needing constant patches and fixes to keep customers safe. So, it should come as no surprise that the company will end its Shockwave product soon. While it’s other popular media app, Flash, reaches its end of life in 2020, Shockwave will be retired next month. According to the company...

Microsoft Bringing New Auto-uninstall Feature for Misbehaving Windows Updates

In preparation for March 2019 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has just rolled out a new KB article that describes an unannounced new feature. The feature will cause Windows Updates to uninstall if the OS encounters trouble booting after an update has been installed. The KB article: Why were recently installed updates removed? Additionally, when problems are found and updates are uninstalled, the Windows ...

Learn AI from Microsoft for Free

Microsoft today has announced the launch of a new free offering for professionals called the AI Business School. There’s been so much emphasis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the last couple years, with more and more companies integrating their own versions of AI, Microsoft feels that it is the company’s responsibility to help train future professionals for strategy, culture, and ...

Microsoft Planner Gains Ability to Reuse Successful Projects and Plans

Microsoft has added the much-requested capability to reuse, or copy, recent projects and plans into a new Microsoft Planner document. Essentially, customers can now utilize old project plans as templates for current projects, through a simple menu command. Tasks, task descriptions, checklists, and labels and original plan members are copied over. However, task assignments, due dates, attachments, ...

With a Serious Exploit Being Actively Targeted Against Windows 7, Google Pushes Windows 10 Upgrades

Google recently patched a zero-day flaw in its Chrome web browser, but a second one that affects Windows 7 is still being actively exploited. Google relayed the information about the vulnerability to Microsoft, and the Windows company has responded directly to Google that a fix is in the works. Of course, there’s no timeline given, so Windows 7 users are vulnerable. Based on the vulnerabilit...

System Center 2019 Sheds Semi-Annual Channel, Releases This Month with Trains Instead of Rings

In technical preview since December 2018, System Center 2019 (all products except ConfigMgr) is ready to release this month, March 2019. The suite of products comes with some significant and some minor enhancements, but the primary focus is to better enable a hybrid cloud approach. Many of the normal processes will be offloading to Azure to help organizations get further along in the direction Mic...

Microsoft Reintroduces Skype for the Web for Windows 10 and Mac OSX

Microsoft today has taken the wraps off it’s revamp of Skype for the web. The company offers the following as enhancements for the new offering: HD video calling—Experience HD in one-to-one or group video calling, now with call reactions. Call recording—Capture special moments in a Skype call with your loved ones or record important meetings with colleagues. Notifications panel—Grab a cup of...

Microsoft Brings the IBM Mainframe to Azure with the 3270 Connector

If successful, Microsoft may finally put the IBM mainframe out of its misery. Microsoft today has announced that it has placed a new Microsoft Azure Logic Apps Connector for 3270 Screens into a public preview. According to Microsoft… The new Microsoft Connector for 3270 Screens (3270 Connector) allows enterprise developers to build modern applications that automate end-user task flows based ...