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  • Patch Lady – Semi annual naming is still confusing

    Posted on May 1st, 2018 at 23:01 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So I’ve seen several questions on the Patch Management list about the naming of the Feature releases and the confusion about what release is what.  Clearly even Microsoft is confused.  Case in point:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows-10/release-information

    On Microsoft’s own documentation they are getting the two releases confused.

    Semi-Annual targeted channel is the old Current Branch release.  It’s what 1803 – the April release is now.  It means that the feature release is just out, it’s too soon to be deemed solid for business.

    Semi-Annual channel  – just plain – is the old Current Branch for Business.  It’s when the feature release is designated to be ready for business.

    Yet in the chart above as you can see the release versions are exactly backwards.

    Microsoft changed the naming to align with what Office release naming is, but I honestly think they need to go back to the drawing board and try naming these releases again for both Windows and Office.  Clearly they are confusing even for Microsoft.  Clearly they are confusing to the Admin crowd.  Clearly they are confusing even for end users trying to figure out where they should be on what feature release.

     

     

  • May 2018 Office non-Security updates have been released

    Posted on May 1st, 2018 at 12:41 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The May 2018 Office non-Security updates are now available.
    Just a reminder – these updates are NOT covered under the April DEFCON-3 umbrella. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4022144)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4018389)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2013 (KB4011281)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4018376)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4018379)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4018377)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3203479)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011634)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018318)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018369)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022133)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4018321)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4018372)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4018373)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4018367)

    There were no non-security listings this month for Office 2007, which is out of support.
    Office 365 and C2R are not included.
    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • Many reports of Win10 1709 users getting pushed onto 1803

    Posted on May 1st, 2018 at 08:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It wasn’t supposed to happen until May 8, but I’m seeing confirmed reports from all over that Win10 1709 users who had the temerity to click “Check for updates” are finding themselves thrust down the upgrade rabbit hole.

    Fortunately, there are several solutions.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: I’ve modified the Computerworld article to reflect the fact (first pointed to me by @b) that we WERE warned that clicking on “Check updates” would install 1803. The warning appeared on the same day that 1803 was posted — April 30 — as half of a sentence in a Windows blog post.

    I’ve never seen behavior like that — clicking “Check updates” on Day 1 never brought a version upgrade before — but the fact remains that there was a warning.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: @abbodi86 says that the Day 1 “seeker” behavior — where clicking Check for updates makes you fair game — has been around for several versions. Looks like I missed the memo. Sigh.