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  • Thurrott: Stop the relentless release of new Windows versions

    Posted on February 12th, 2018 at 10:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Another great post in (paywalled) premium:

    Apple will slow down the addition of new features to iOS in order to focus on quality. This is exactly the strategy that Microsoft needs to adopt. In fact, it’s years overdue.

    Amen, bro.

    One little observation. Paul says that Microsoft will soon be forced into a three-year support cycle and “at that point, we’re pretty much back to where we started.” Which is correct, but there’s a subtlety: When Windows as a Service gets out to three years of support, there will be six (or more!) versions of Win10 being supported.

    We’re already on two years with 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709.

    Version Released End of service Days
    Home/Pro Ent/ Ed  for Ent
    Win10 1709 17-Oct-17 9-Apr-19 8-Oct-19 721
    Win10 1703 5-Apr-17 9-Oct-18 9-Apr-19 734
    Win10 1607 2-Aug-16 10-Apr-18 9-Oct-18 798
    Win10 1511 10-Nov-15 10-Oct-17 10-Apr-18 882
    Win10 1507 9-Jul-15 9-May-17 670

    Microsoft’s digging itself into a support nightmare even worse than the one we have today.

  • Microsoft sends cease and desist warnings to Store software publishers with “Windows” in their names

    Posted on February 12th, 2018 at 10:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I saw this over the weekend from Günter Born. He lists two specific apps that received “infringing app” notices, and many others apparently have been hit.

    One in particular stands out: Martin Geuß, who has been selling his Dr. Windows app for as long as Windows has had a store, got a notice. In case you don’t know, Martin Geuß is a Microsoft MVP of long standing, and one of the most helpful people on the internet.

    Even more stupid (that’s one of BillG’s favorite terms): The notice was received on Saturday, with the recipients expected to comply by Sunday.

    There’s one piece of wiggle room. Apparently the notification came from AppDetex, which “is authorized by Microsoft Corporation to facilitate the submission of and correspondence regarding complaints.” The complaint says the Dr. Windows app:

    uses the trademarks of Microsoft Corporation without authorization. In this instance, the app uses “Windows” in the title.

    I’ve long wondered at the way Microsoft has been granted a trademark for a common industry term. but I’m aghast at how it’s strong-arming even its most ardent supporters.

    I got bit by this same bit of stupidity almost three decades ago, when a Microsoft developer warned me that the MS legal folks were casting a malicious eye at the name “Word POWER Pack.” But that’s another story, for a different time.

  • MS-DEFCON 2 for Feb 2018: Make sure Automatic Update is turned off

    Posted on February 12th, 2018 at 08:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Last month’s Patch Tuesday (and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) should prove, once again, that knowledgeable Windows users need to turn off Automatic Update.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    Do me a favor, wouldja? If you bump into any of the self-proclaimed security “experts” who tell everyone to turn on Automatic Update, would you post a link to their drivel? I took a lot of guff for my posts a year ago, advising folks to turn off Automatic Update. If there’s anybody in the industry who’s still spreading that kind of hooey, I want to know who and why.

  • Were the January Office security updates just re-released?

    Posted on February 12th, 2018 at 07:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Anybody have info on a recent re-release of Office security patches?

    On my main production machine (Win10 1703, Office 2013) I just got a Windows Update notification for all sorts of January Office (and Flash) security patches:

    • Security Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011580) 64-Bit Edition
    • Security Update for Microsoft Excel 2013 (KB4011639) 64-Bit Edition
    • 2018-01 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4056887)
    • Security Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4011637) 64-Bit Edition
    • Security Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011636) 64-Bit Edition
    • Security Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB4011651) 64-Bit Edition

    I last installed updates on Feb 5 — when we went to MS-DEFCON 3.

    I just re-ran and re-checked the KBNew list. Nothing there from Office 2013.

    Did I miss something?