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Microsoft Takes the Wraps off the New Office App for Windows 10, Rolling Out Over the Next Few Weeks

Microsoft has had a new front-end Office app in preview since December of 2018 and the company has now brandished it a viable offering for consumption. According to a blog post announcement today… The Office app is free to use and simple to access. It will become available to users on a rolling basis over the next few weeks and will be installed automatically as an update to the MyOffice app, which comes pre-installed as part of Windows. Just search for “Office” in the search bar of the Windows start menu to open it. The app will also be available from the Microsoft Store at this link: Office The link still downloads the old version as its not been updated yet, but according to Microsoft will be updated with the new app soon. The app works with any Office 365 subscription, Office 201...

Microsoft Rolls Out Fresh Fixes for Certain Windows 10 Versions

As is the case each month, Microsoft will generally deliver its first round of updates during the second Tuesday of the month to supply security fixes, and then use the rest of the month to deliver more updates to solve additional problems – some of those happen to be caused by the first round. Without nary an apology, Microsoft calls this next round “quality updates.” Microsoft has now made available another round of cumulative updates for the following Windows 10 editions (click each to see the list of fixes): Windows 10, version 1803 Windows 10, version 1709 Windows 10, version 1703 Windows 10, version 1607Windows Server 2016 So far, Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 version, 1809, has been left out of the mix. This doesn’t mean that it still won’t see an...

Windows Store Version of the Intel Graphics Control Panel Starts Working for Some

In December 2018, Intel released a Windows 10 Store version of its graphics control panel. The release was met with angry comments and poor ratings because it simply didn’t work. Here are a few choice comments… It Doesn’t Work. Do even people at INTEL even read the reviews after making its app available in Microsoft Store. IT DOSENT WORK. Fix it asap. After I Launch it, it does nothing. No error. Not even a Sign of Life. (I see the app running in task manager for a brief second though(background process).. but it closes afterward. what is the point of this?? can u please fix it so I can have my precious control panel again ?? Please?? Beyond Useless – This thing won’t even open and no matter how many times you uninstall, and reinstall it, it refuses to open. D...

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Timeline Support to Chrome with Web Activities Extension

Microsoft has now released an official Chrome web browser extension that delivers its Windows 10 Timeline support to non-Microsoft devices. Called Web Activities, the extension works with an existing Microsoft account to sync activities across devices. With this extension, your browsing history will appear across all your devices in surfaces such as in Windows timeline and Microsoft Launcher for Android. Just sign in with your Microsoft account, select a site you’ve recently visited, and pick up where you left off. Get it here: Incidentally, this also works for Chromebooks running ChromeOS.

Tip: Notepad Nerd – a Better Windows 10 Text Editor

Duckhead Software has released what it calls a modern version of Windows Notepad. The software provides a more up-to-date interface for Notepad and adds some nice features that have been lacking for a long time. Obviously, Notepad is not a critical component for Windows for Microsoft, but to those customers that rely on it every day, having a refresh is definitely welcome. Here are some of the features: Save and Open Windows (CRLF), Macintosh (CR), or Unix (LF) Save and Open ANSI, Unicode, Unicode big endian, or UTF-8 Print Unlimited Undo/Redo Modern search Zoom Plain text editor with modern UI Multi-window interface To find it, search for Notepad Nerd in the Windows store on Windows 10, or use this link: Notepad Nerd Notepad Nerd costs $2.99.

Remote Desktop Preview Outed by WalkingCat, Download Link Available

WalkingCat has posted information and a download link about Microsoft’s upcoming new version of its Remote Desktop software for Windows.   Remote Desktop Preview — WalkingCat (@h0x0d) February 16, 2019 Interested parties can still be notified over email when the preview is ready, or check out more information on what Microsoft has planned with this software update.

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Will be Retired in Windows 10 1903

In the next feature update for Windows 10 (1903), the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) option will no longer be available in the Settings panel of Windows Update. And, not just that, this option is no longer a piece of the Windows Update for Business system. According to John Wilcox with Microsoft: Beginning with Windows 10, version 1903 (the next feature update for Windows 10), the Windows 10 release information page will no longer list SAC-T information for version 1903 and future feature updates. Instead, you will find a single entry for each new SAC release. In addition, if you are using Windows Update for Business, you will see new UI and behavior to reflect that there is only one release date for each SAC release. If you use System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Server Update Se...

Microsoft Delivers February Security Updates for Windows 10

The following cumulative updates for Windows 10 are now on the wire: Windows 10 version 1507 KB 4487018 (OS Build 10240.18132): Windows 10 version 1607 KB 4487026 (OS Build 14393.2791): Windows 10 version 1703 KB 4487020 (OS Build 15063.1631): Windows 10 version 1709 KB 4486996 (OS Build 16299.967): Windows 10 version 1803 KB 4487017 (OS Build 17134.590): Windows 10 version 1809 KB 4487044 (OS Build 17763.316): In these updates, Microsoft still has not addressed the problem with Microsoft Edge where users cannot navigate local PC web pa...

Microsoft Confirms DNS Issue at Fault for Windows 10 Update Problems

A recent problem with Windows’ ability to update had both customers and Microsoft scrambling to pinpoint the cause. After research into the problem, Microsoft identified a global DNS corruption that led to a major outage. Many customers noticed the issue several hours prior through many other means (product and service failures that also depend on DNS), but the Windows 10 updating problem was the final indicator. Microsoft has now provided an explanation through the Windows 10 History Page… February 4, 2019 9:45 PM PST“The Windows Update service was impacted by a data corruption issue in an external DNS service provider global outage on January 29, 2019. The issue was resolved on the same day and Windows Update is now operating normally, but a few customers have continued ...

Microsoft Makes a New CU Available for Windows 10 1809

What could be the beta version of the cumulative update for February 2019’s Patch Tuesday has been made available. “Seekers” can go get it now by manually checking Windows Update. This new CU contains a slew of fixes for Windows 10 1809, but still contains a couple lingering problems including not able to open Microsoft Access databases and the inability for Microsoft Edge to browse the local computer. January 22, 2019—KB4476976 (OS Build 17763.292) Fix list: Addresses an issue that may cause Microsoft Edge to stop working with certain display drivers. Addresses an issue that may cause third-party applications to have difficulty authenticating hotspots. Addresses an issue that causes promotions of non-root domains to fail with the error, “The replication operation encount...

Microsoft Officially Ends Support for Windows 10 Mobile in 2019

Microsoft has now posted an FAQ so customers can get more information about a recent decision. According to the FAQ: As of December 10, 2019, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free. Third parties or paid support programs may provide ongoing support, but it is important to recognize that Microsoft support will not publicly provide updates or patches for Windows 10 Mobile. Only device models that are eligible for Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 are supported through the end date. For Lumia 640 and 640 XL phone models, Window 10 Mobile version 1703 was the last supported OS version and will reach end of support on June 11th, 2019. 

KB4480116 Causes Microsoft Edge to Block Local Browsing

Reports have filtered in that, after installing KB4480116, Microsoft Edge no longer “trusts” local IP addresses – meaning that Edge errors out when attempting to access the local IP address, This doesn’t affect a lot of users so Microsoft isn’t planning to fix the bug until Patch Tuesday for February 2019. It does affect all versions of Windows 10. However, adding the local IP address to the list of trusted sites in Windows 10’s Internet settings resolves the issue.