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  • Surprise! Flash update KB 4051613 for all versions of Windows

    Posted on November 1st, 2017 at 17:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Earlier today Microsoft released KB 4051613, a freestanding update for Flash Player, which brings the Player up to version 27.0.0.183.

    You may recall the bug in Flash Player 27.0.0.170, mentioned on AskWoody, which crashed both IE and Firefox in VMware Vcenter . Judging by the comments in the KB article and the supporting info on Günter Born’s blog, it looks like this one-off patch is designed to fix that bug.

    It’s being distributed via Windows Update, or you can manually download and install it. See the directions in Born’s blog. Note that the KB has not been rolled into any cumulative update, as best I can tell, and there are no new cumulative update releases (or documented updated Monthly Rollups) for any version of Windows.

    Looks like the problem was solved on October 20. It took this long to get the update out.

    Reader @EP has this advice:

    KB4051613 is now available for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 (yup, that’s right, Windows 8 – all versions including Win8 embedded and yes even Win10 v1507 & v1511), which updates Flash Player ActiveX to version 27.0.0.183.

    I’m manually downloading the KB4051613 updates from MS Update Catalog and will install them manually on my Win8.1 & Win10 machines. On the Win8x/Win10 PCs, I manually remove/uninstall the old Flash updates and then apply the new Flash updates as I NEVER install the new Flash player activeX Windows Updates over the old ones – that way I have the clean versions of Flash.

    Flash. The gift that keeps on giving.

  • Microsoft Edge usage falls even further

    Posted on November 1st, 2017 at 14:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bet you didn’t think it was possible.

    Gregg Keizer has the details:

    According to … Net Applications, the user share of Edge … fell by six-tenths of a percentage point, ending October at 4.6%. The decline was the largest ever for Edge, and set the browser back to the user share spot it last occupied in April 2016.

    Edge is a decent, if incomplete, browser. Its main problem: Nobody wants to run a Microsoft browser.

  • Harman Kardon Invoke review from Barb Bowman

    Posted on November 1st, 2017 at 07:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’re tempted by the Harman Kardon Invoke system — the Cortana-based home assistant, in the same genre as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home — check out Barb Bowman’s review on the digitalmediaphile.com site.

    The hardware is terrific both in aesthetics and sound quality (I’d expect no less of HK) and I think the product is (currently) great for very small apartments and particularly good for folks tied into Microsoft’s ecosystem of Cortana and Skype and Office/Outlook.

    I don’t think the Invoke is going anywhere any time soon, but if you’re knee-deep in Cortana and Outlook, it’s certainly worth a look. If the rumored link-up between Alexa and Invoke happens, it may be worth re-assessing.