Posted on March 31st, 2017 at 16:37 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Interesting post from @Sportsfan:
After installing the IE security update 4012204, IE 11 no longer passes the Logjam security test at Qualys SSL Labs. I also installed the Hotfix, which didn’t help.
@Sportsfan subsequently uninstalled both the update and the Hotfix, and Logjam is now happy.
Can anybody else repro this?
Posted on March 31st, 2017 at 13:52 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Microsoft’s release of its first cumulative update for version 1703 shouldn’t come as a surprise
InfoWorld Woody on Windows
Posted on March 31st, 2017 at 06:48 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Any time between now and April 11 is a good time to make the jump. Assuming you want to, of course.
See InfoWorld Woody on Windows.
Posted on March 30th, 2017 at 16:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
This month’s all-clear instructions are particularly complex.
See InfoWorld Woody on Windows.
Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 21:11 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Although the web site says you have to be a registered Windows Insider, in fact that doesn’t appear to be a requirement.
As you’ve read, I strongly recommend that you not install this version until the bugs get shaken out – likely in July or August.
Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 16:30 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
I rarely get blown away by a demo, but this is one you gotta see.
Based on this InfoWorld review (which admittedly looks like a demo), the Dex docking station is a portable puck with ports. Slide your Galaxy S8 into the top, attach a monitor and keyboard, and you end up in a Chromebook-like environment, where your Galaxy/Android apps are just a click away.
The phone’s in the middle of it all. Unplug your phone, and all of your apps are where you left them.
IF it ends up working this way – that’s a big if – Samsung and Google have just out-Scroogled Microsoft. If Dex will run the Android version of Office, Chrome, and all of my Google Apps, I’ll be first in line to buy one.
Google built the Android operating system “up” – adding tablet support and bringing along all the Google Apps. Microsoft’s trying to build Windows “down” – trying to tack Universal Windows Platform apps onto an old operating system.
Right now we have maybe two dozen UWP apps — perhaps a half dozen of them worth running. The Google Play Store? Pshaw. In the early running, one of the approaches is winning, and the other remains vapor.
Take a look. With your Windows-centric glasses on, tell me what you think.
Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 16:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Creators Update is great for artists and HoloLens types and indispensable for folks who want to put rotating 3D images inside their PowerPoint presentations. Security improvements are worthwhile, particularly if you’re attached to a corporate domain.
For the rest of us… the best feature is the one that makes it easier for Pro users to block automatic updates, but it isn’t worth the gamble to install Creators Update until it’s all cleaned up. Say, in July or August.
The InfoWorld review.
UPDATE: Microsoft has just confirmed general availability for April 11.
Posted on March 28th, 2017 at 18:49 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
I have no idea if it works or not, but there’s a new patch coming down the Automatic Update chute for Win7, 8.1, and apparently Win10 1511 and 1607.
See KB 4016754.
This update includes a fix for an incorrect device driver (“Microsoft – WPD – 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM – 5.2.5326.4762”) that was released by a third-party on March 8, 2017 that affected a small group of users with USB connected phones or other media devices that rely on Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). If the driver is on your system, when any of these devices are connected, Windows will try to install this driver. These devices will not be connected until the driver is removed. This incorrect driver was removed from Windows Update the same day, but it may have been downloaded to your computer. After installing this update the incorrect driver will be removed.
Any reports on whether it works or not? “Released by a third party” but distributed through Automatic Update.
Only took three weeks to fix it.
More info – and a rant – in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.