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  • And, yes, Microsoft has given itself permission to install Win10 version 1809 on any Win 10 PC that “Checks for updates”

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 18:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    By Universal Pictures [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    Obvious conclusion: If you’re running Win10, don’t click “Check for Updates.”

    No, I don’t know how they get away with it.

  • As expected, Win10 version 1809 launched today – but don’t panic

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 17:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Win10 1809 officially dropped a couple of hours ago, but you won’t get bit by it – won’t get tossed into the extended unpaid beta testing phase – unless you go looking.

    Microsoft has an official guide to the update rollout here:

    While we encourage you to wait until the update is offered to your device, if you’re an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10 and would like to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now, you can do so by manually checking for updates. In the Search box in the taskbar, type “Check for updates.” Once there, simply click “Check for updates” to begin the download and installation process. We are also streamlining the ability for users who seek to manually check for updates by limiting this to devices with no known key blocking issues, based on our ML model. If we detect that your device has a compatibility issue, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates.”

    So breathe easy for now and don’t Check for updates.

    UPDATE: Preston Gralla has a thorough — not fawning — review in Computerworld.

  • Patch Lady – 31 days of paranoia – day 2

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 14:41 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patch lady here – with day 2 of 31 days of paranoia.

    Today I’d like to remind you of how much we’ve become depended on passwords and yet how fragile they are.  As the FBI pointed out three years ago…. “an online password is all that separates the average person from financial or reputational harm”.  And, in my opinion, that risk is only going to get worse, not better.

    But I’d like to flip this around, and in the honor of the Halloween season get a bit more morbid about this topic.  I’d like to point out another risk of online passwords  –  how to manage their retirement or migration to another person or entity.  So many times I see people posting on various forums asking how they can break into something because their loved one has passed away and not left documentation of how to get into various venues.  There are tools to remove passwords in QuickBooks, tools to reset passwords in computers, there was even a tool to even email out your passwords to a designated person when you pass away (I’m not kidding, but it looks like it died and is no longer in business).  Have you thought about all the places you log into on a regular basis and have you (ready for this?) written them down along with the necessary credentials to enter them?  Just like a financial will, a digital plan for passing along the key information to allow your family members to reach out after you are gone it just a wise thing to do.

    Similarly for those of you in businesses, do you have a list of all the admin-y web sites that impact your business and have a plan for passing them along to someone else?  Too often – especially in small businesses – I see these accounts tied to a specific person that when they leave there is a scramble to find all the password logins once they leave.  Often one has to rely on reset processes to get back into things.

    So?  If heaven forbid you got hit by a bus?  Do you know if your family would be able to stop all the automatic payments for anything you’ve signed up for?

     

  • October 2018 non-Security Office Updates are available

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 14:17 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    These are October Office updates. They will not be included in the DEFCON-3 approval for the September patches. 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.

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4022227)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4461446)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB4018331)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461436)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461442)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011669)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4092448)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4461443)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4092445)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4032228)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 or 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).

  • What I expect from today’s Microsoft Event

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 11:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As you probably know, most of the world’s leading English-language Microsoft pundits are gathered at this moment in New York, waiting for the 4 pm (Eastern) pony show, widely anticipated to be a launching ground for Windows 10 version 1809 and a handful of new Surface computers.

    Expect to see appropriately synchronized “oohs” and “aahs” from the folks who were paid to attend.

    Paul Thurrott, who’s on the scene with Brad Sams, has an anticipatory post on what he expects. My expectations are a bit lower.

    I expect to see minor upgrades to the existing Surface lineup with (gasp! ahhhhhhh!) a new black Surface. I expect Microsoft will mention, obliquely, the Consumer Reports re-instatement of the “Recommended” imprimatur for Surface, except for the totally lame Surface Go.

    Win10 1809 will likely become available to those who have the temerity to click “Check for Updates” — the Suckers, er, Seekers in the crowd. I haven’t seen anything particularly earth-shattering in Win10 1809 (although I do like the new clipboard, which has finally caught up with free add-ons that have been available for decades, and a phone notification synchronizer that works almost as well as Google Chrome’s MightyText).

    A new Surface Studio — that ultra-expensive all-in-one PC — will no doubt draw plenty of accolades, particularly if MS moves from 6th generation to 8th generation Intel chips. And some people may be able to use them. Sometimes.

    All in all, I doubt there’ll be much worth writing about tomorrow. But I may be pleasantly surprised.

  • Terms announced for the “bought” version of Office 2019

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 07:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    And they aren’t pretty.

    In the US, $440 will buy you one copy of Office Pro 2019, good for one PC. The ad goes on to say:

    Classic 2019 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, plus Publisher and Access

    Microsoft support included for 60 days at no extra cost

    Licensed for home and commercial use All languages included. Compatible with Windows 10*

    *Go to office.com/systemrequirements for compatible versions of Windows 10 and for other feature requirements.

    The UWP/Metro/Microsoft Store version of OneNote (which isn’t available as a standard desktop app any more) has been free for years. It’s kinda ironic that Microsoft has orphaned the UWP versions of Office, while switching OneNote over to UWP (and Android and iOS and Mac and web). Then they offer the free UWP version of OneNote as a benefit for the very expensive Office Pro 2019.

    I mean, it’s pretty obvious MS doesn’t want to sell any of these, right? Or am I missing something?