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  • July 2018 Office Non-security updates are available

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 15:12 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    July 2018 Office non-security updates have been released by Microsoft on July 3, 2018.

    Just a reminder – these updates are NOT covered under the June DEFCON-3. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported. They are still untried and untested.

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB4022136)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2013 (KB4022244)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4018378)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4022166)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4022242)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4022229)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3191864)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011035)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018324)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018385)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022214)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022223)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4022220)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4022230)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4022217)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4018325)

    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).

  • Keizer on Web browsers: Being the default does little good

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 14:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Nice bit of analysis from Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer:

    The browsers bundled with operating systems, notably Microsoft’s Edge and Apple’s Safari, fell to new lows last month as they continued to lose users, showing that being the default no longer provided a significant advantage…

    There’s no other way to put it: Edge is a flop. In the face of some significant barriers put up by Microsoft — among them a multistep process to change Windows 10’s browser default — users have clearly rejected the browser.

    Any wonder why the Timeline feature in 1803 (which only works with Edge and Office, really) just doesn’t move the needle?

  • Hotmail/Outlook POP server switcheroo

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 14:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this email from an old friend. (He’s older than me, anyway.):

    Yesterday, Outlook Express could not access any of my 5 Hotmail (Outlook.com) emails. The configuration for these emails in Outlook Express hasn’t changed in years.

    I could access them using a browser and so checked whether they all had POP enabled. They did. So I Googled the problem and found this site which described how to access Outlook.com using Outlook Express.

    As the article was only a month old, I decided to try the “new” server names listed in the article: “pop-mail.outlook.com” and “smtp-mail.outlook.com”. Bingo! They all worked again.

    So yesterday I sent and received lots of emails.

    Today they all failed again. At first I thought that maybe the server names that I had entered yesterday had not been saved, but on checking in Outlook Express, they were still the new “xxxx-mail.outlook.com” names.

    So I decided to change the server names back to the old names: “pop3.live.com” and “smtp.live.com”. Bingo! They all worked again.

    I don’t think my respect for Microsoft can get any lower.

  • Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies, 3rd edition, available soon

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 10:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just saw a hot-off-the-press copy of my new Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition, which covers up to version 1803.

    As you might imagine, I’m pretty proud of it. 942 pages packed full of information you need to tackle the demons within.

    And, as promised, there’s a special section at the back with a “thank you” to all of you who are supporting the AskWoody site. At the risk of repeating myself, Thank you!

    Look for it just about anywhere computer books are sold — arriving soon. If you want to get a head start, you can put in an early order with Amazon. (By clicking that affiliate link, AskWoody gets a small kickback — at no cost to you, of course.)

    Let me know when you see the book in your local bookstore or computer store… and tell me what you think!

  • Surface Book 2 SSD write speeds abysmal for some. Lots of questions, no answers.

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 10:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For the past six months, customers have been asking Microsoft about the excruciatingly slow sequential write speeds on their new Surface Book 2 PCs. It’s possible that some Surface Pro 4 machines are having the same problem.

    So far, the only response we’ve seen is repetition of the same old questions.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.