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  • Phantom Office 2016 updates including KB 3213656 and KB 3085435

    Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 08:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got a message from @JohnnyT1978:

    I wonder if you or any fellow AskWoody followers can shed light on the following Office 2016 updates?

    • KB3085403 – chart2016-kb3085403-fullfile-x86-glb.exe – August 8, 2017, update for Office 2016 (KB3085403)
    • KB3085435 – excel2016-kb3085435-fullfile-x86-glb.exe – August 8, 2017, update for Excel 2016 (KB3085435)
    • KB3085425 – oart2016-kb3085425-fullfile-x86-glb.exe – August 8, 2017, update for Office 2016 (KB3085425)
    • KB3213656 – word2016-kb3213656-fullfile-x86-glb.exe – August 8, 2017, update for Word 2016 (KB3213656)

    They are listed on the ‘August 2017, updates for Microsoft Office’ web page (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4036121/august-2017-updates-for-microsoft-office) but have not appeared in WSUS and there is no record of them in the Microsoft Update Catalog, which means there is no information on which updates they supersede (if any)?

  • Google says it may start scanning Gmail again

    Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 05:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a disturbing development.

    In late June, Google announced that it would stop scanning free Gmail, in order to serve up ads. That follows earlier commitments to not scan Gmail for ads, for both the Educational version of Gmail and the paid GSuite.

    David Kravets at Ars Technica has uncovered a footnote in a class action settlement that says Google has reserved the right to start scanning free Gmail again. The settlement received preliminary approval on Thursday.

    The wording of the footnote has a tone that should ring familiar to most of you:

    Google believes, however, that the architecture and technical requirements for providing email services on a large scale evolve and change dynamically and that a longer commitment may hinder Google’s ability to improve and change its architecture and technology to meet changing demands.”

    It sure sounds to me like the “Let Microsoft provide more tailored experiences with relevant tips and recommendations by using your diagnostic data” setting in Win10 1703.

    I talked about that setting in my article about setting up Win10 Creators Update. It’s yet another step toward blurring the lines between telemetry and snooping. And now Google’s playing the same song and dance.