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  • Good news! The Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way. Want to be one of the first to get it?

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 16:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A bit of advertising* in the latest Win10 Anniversary Update’s Windows Update pane.

    Click on the link and you get whisked away to KB 4014001 which tells you:

    We’re finalizing the update and will be ready to share it with you soon. When the update is ready for your device, you’ll receive a notification asking you to review your privacy settings before downloading the update.

    You can be sure that we’ll be covering the Creators Update, too, with glasses that aren’t quite so rosy.

    *Your interpretation may vary. If you look at it from a different point of view, this is just advanced notice. Fair enough.

  • Five fatal flaws in the current Windows 10, and how they’ll fare in the new Creators Update

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 12:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Take a look at the five worst traits of Windows 10 Anniversary Update – forced updating, snooping, advertising, stability, and hijacked settings – and how they’ll change in the Creators Update. Some very good news. Some not so good.

    Details in InfoWorld

  • The lowdown on Microsoft Teams

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 11:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Today marks general availability of Microsoft Teams, the Slack-like communication product that’s now part of the paid Office 365 E3 and E5 packages.

    Galen Gruman has an unbiased take at InfoWorld:

    Teams is underwhelming in its formal debut and definitely not a match for the hype Microsoft has been providing since October 2016. For a product so late to market, Microsoft should have delivered much more…

    Slack is great, and no one needs Teams to replace it.

    If you’re getting caught up in the Teams advertising push, take a minute to read the rest of the story.

  • Dropbox changes the behavior of public folders

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 07:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From @Kirsty

    Starting tomorrow

    For Basic/Free users, your current public folder will become a normal secure folder. This means any current links to items in your public folder before the change over this week will no longer work. New shared links will need to be created, to enable sharing to continue.

    Details in AKB 3000004

  • Microsoft pulls KB 2952664 and KB 2976978, likely in anticipation of today’s Patch Tuesday

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 06:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born has details on Borncity.

    Long and short of it, the two notorious Win7/8.1 snooping patches, KB 2952664 and KB 2976978, which were re-re-… released last week, have been pulled.

    I fully expect to see them back later today as part of the St Patrick’s Patch Tuesday festivities. When the re-appear, they may well be marked as “Recommended” – which means you may get them installed if you aren’t careful.

    There’s a big crop of patches waiting in the wings. Now’s a good time to make sure you’re at MS-DEFCON 2, automatic updates are turned off, and your system’s braced for winter weather.