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  • Microsoft yanks buggy second monthly cumulative update for Win10 version 1803, KB 4467682

    Posted on December 6th, 2018 at 13:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember the buggy Win10 version 1803 patch that bluescreens Surface Book 2 machines?

    Microsoft urged Surface Book 2 owners to boot around the bluescreen and uninstall the patch. Which is just what you want to tell your boss about her brand new, expensive Surface Book 2, right?

    Looks like MS has retracted completely and pulled the patch. The KB article now says:

    After installing this optional update some users have reported getting a blue or black screen with error code, “System thread exception not handled.” As a precaution, we have removed this optional update from Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog to protect customers. Fixes and improvements will be available in the December 2018 security update release and will include a resolution for this issue.

    One can only hope that Microsoft will test this patch, for a change, before it appears.

    And that “optional” stuff. That’s just a fig leaf. The second monthly cumulative updates are “optional” in the sense that you have to click on Check for Updates. Which isn’t exactly optional, to my way of thinking.

    Thx Günter Born, who promises to have a blog post tomorrow that describes a second bug in the same cumulative update.

  • Edge isn’t dead, it’s just morphing

    Posted on December 6th, 2018 at 13:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The sky isn’t falling. Although I wish it would.

    Joe Belfiore just posted on the future of Edge:

    Over the next year or so, we’ll be making a technology change that happens “under the hood” for Microsoft Edge, gradually over time, and developed in the open so those of you who are interested can follow along. The key aspects of this evolution in direction are:

    1. We will move to a Chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop. Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers…

    2. Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence. We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS…  we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser’s close integration with Windows.

    No explicit promise to unhook Edge updates from Windows — so it becomes independently updatable, like a UWP app. But it’s hard to imagine Windows being delivered “on a more frequent cadence.”

  • More amazing prices on Office 365: 6 users/one year for $55; 1 user/1 year for $40

    Posted on December 6th, 2018 at 13:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Two weeks ago I told you about a great deal on Office 365 Home from Amazon. This is the Real Deal, not some fly-by-night stuff.

    Now it seems Microsoft has lowered the price once again, but you need to act quickly.

    As of right now, if you use these (affiliate) links, you can get the 6-person one year subscription to Home for just $54.99 (US only), or the 1-person one year subscription to Personal for just $39.99 (also US only).

    The only difference between Home and Personal is in the number of users.

    If you already have Office 365 Home, you can buy this item and use the key to extend your current subscription by one year. Just be sure you use the same Microsoft id to login to the new copy.

    Thx Paul Thurrott.