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Daily Archives: April 17, 2019

  • The Windows Secrets redirect is in place

    Posted on April 17th, 2019 at 16:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve moved over all of the Windows Secrets users, adding “WS” to the front of their usernames.

    We’ve brought across all 150,000-or-so Topics (mostly questions)

    And we’re rapidly filling in all of the posts (“Replies”)

    Attempts to visit now redirects to our Windows Secrets Landing page.

    We’re almost there, folks.

  • “Surface Hub 2S advances Microsoft’s vision to empower teams in today’s modern workplace”

    Posted on April 17th, 2019 at 10:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Hey, if you want a nifty 50-inch TV with an attached Windows PC (albeit Windows with some extra smarts), all it takes is $9,000 for a new Surface Hub 2S. That’ll get you a 3840 x 2560 display, 8th Gen Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD, with an Intel integrated 620 GPU.

    As usual, I’m underwhelmed by Microsoft’s latest announcement — but, admittedly, I’m not part of the targeted demographic.

    Joining a meeting remotely can be painful. It can be hard to stay engaged when you can’t see the people in the room and the content being shared at the same time. Surface Hub 2S helps make meetings more engaging and inclusive of people working remotely. With built-in Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business integration, you can start meetings instantly with one touch. The large true-to-life screen, enhanced 4K camera, crystal clear speakers and far-field mic arrays help everyone on the team – local or remote – see and engage with the meeting content and each other, making it feel almost like everyone is in the same room together.

    Oh. The Steelcase push-around cart is an extra $1,450.

    No jokes about Windows 10S, OK? You can decide what the “S” stands for.

  • The Topic merge is complete, now on to the general posts (“Replies”)

    Posted on April 17th, 2019 at 09:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve hit 163,500 Topics. That’s one whole heckuvalot of questions.

    Next stop: The answers to the Topics (bbPress calls them “Replies”). No idea how long it’ll take to bring them over, but I’ll keep you posted. Once the Topics are done we have some important work ahead — bringing over the old Newsletters, expanding the types of files that can be safely posted — and all sorts of tweaks and twerks to the site, but we’ll have the hard work behind us.

    In the interim, feel free to post on any of the Topics you see here (look at the list on the lower right side). Your posts (“Replies”) will carry through the transition. You can create new Topics (ask new questions), too. Don’t be bashful. Just make sure you’re using an AskWoody account that doesn’t look like an email address. And if you had a Windows Secrets account, make sure you read the Windows Secrets Landing page for important information on how to retrieve your old account. It’s here, but with a different name.

    We aren’t yet ready to merge Windows Secrets accounts with AskWoody accounts. That’ll happen after all the Replies are in place. Baby and bathwater and all. Patience.

    The converted Windows Secrets accounts — the ones with “WS” on the front — will be good for all eternity. If you’re OK with your WS account, I’m OK with it, too. As long as it isn’t your email address. 🙂

    For those of you who have written to me at : Sorry I’m slow getting back to you, but I’ve been positively hammered. Don’t worry. I’ll get you covered.

    Back to work…

  • What happened to the second monthly “C Week” cumulative updates?

    Posted on April 17th, 2019 at 04:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

    As of very early Wednesday morning, I don’t see any of the usual second monthly cumulative updates. For all versions  of win10 except 1809, we’ve had “optional non-security” updates on the third Tuesday of the month – for quite some time. Win7 and 8.1 usually get a “Preview of Monthly Rollup.”

    I’ve looked high and low and can’t find them.

    Is somebody asleep at the wheel? Or is there some sort of surprise lurking?

    I wonder if it has something to do with the promised 1809-blocking “Download and install now” feature giving Redmond fits?