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  • Win10 users — it’s time to move to Creators Update, version 1703

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 12:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    … but not because 1703 is loaded with features you absolutely need.

    Those of you who are happy with Win7 (or even 8.1) have no reason to sweat just yet.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

    Update: I’m running 1703 on my production machine now. The upgrade went with nary a hiccup. Thanks for asking.

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – version 1709 – will arrive on October 17

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 08:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Or at least, that’s what Terry Myerson just said on the IFA keynote.

    I wish they’d show me something that I actually want to have in the next version of Windows. Mixed reality? Meh. 3D paint? Gimme a break.

    The AR/VR/xR stuff is very exciting, don’t get me wrong, but it has to be more mobile, more portable. Apple and Google are way, way ahead in the game.

  • The Week: Windows is doomed

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 07:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Navneet Alang, writing in The Week, hit the nail on the head:

    [W]ith its emphasis on the cloud, artificial intelligence, and more, Microsoft may well continue to thrive. But Windows — once the core of the company and seemingly central to so many of our lives — is likely beyond saving.

    Last one out, be sure to close the door.

  • August Browser and Operating System share numbers mixed

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 06:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    NetMarketShare has pegged Chrome at or near 59% since February, with an imperceptible downtick July-to-August. Edge has been around 5.6% since February. The only gainer? “Other.”

    StatCounter puts Chrome at 54%, basically unchanged since April. Edge has been at 1.7% since January. IE continues to decline.

    Operating Systems:

    NetMarketShare pegs Win7 share as down about half a point from 48.91% in July to 48.43% in August. Win10 is up about a third of a point from 27.63 to 27.99%.

    StatCounter says Win7 slightly dropped a percentage point to 45%, down from the 46% since April. Win10 is up almost a point, from 36.93% in July to 37.87% in August.

    You can draw your own conclusions, but the bottom line is that almost half of all Windows users are on Win7, Chrome is declining a little bit, depending on whose numbers you trust, and Edge has gone nowhere fast.

    Gregg Keizer should have a full report in Computerworld shortly.

  • Microsoft re-issues year-old Server 2008 security patch, KB 4019206

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 06:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I have no idea why, but KB 4019206 was re-issued overnight. You can see the Windows Update Catalog entry here.

    Of course, the KB article doesn’t contain information. Nor does the Windows 7.1 and 2008 update history page.

    It’s described as a “Security update for the Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability in Windows Server 2008: May 9, 2017”

    Thx to Michael Studte for the heads-up!