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Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

  • Is Microsoft dropping support for the Win 8.1 apps News, Sports, Money, Weather?

    Posted on May 8th, 2019 at 14:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Poster BobbyB had problems with his Win8.1 machine this morning:

    Seems the Writings already on the wall for UWP or Metro Apps on Windows 8.1, just for the News App, Weather, Sports, Money… This popped in yesterday when I fired it up.

    Money, Sport and Weather just all displayed the same message on fire up this morning.

    I’ve seen some announcements about the impeding demise of News and Weather. Martin Geuß on the German-language site has details of a report from one of his readers, @Brawl345, that the announcements appeared in German last week (thx, Dan Thorp-Lancaster at Windows Central). It isn’t clear to me if the messages appeared on a Win8 or 8.1 system.

    Has anybody out there seen similar messages? Can you find an official announcement about the end of life? I sure can’t.

  • Even more evidence that there will never be a “real” Win10 version 1909

    Posted on May 8th, 2019 at 11:09 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve been speculating (spreading rumors?) about this for months, but it seems highly unlikely we’ll ever see anything resembling a “real” Win10 version 1909.

    Yeah, MS will release something called 1909. But it’ll just be the cumulative update we should’ve been getting all along. That’s my guess, anyway:

    “Vibranium” is the codename for 20H1 – the version that’s in the Insider Fast Ring right now. I really, really hope they don’t call it Win10 version 2003.

  • Foley: Is UWP dead?

    Posted on May 8th, 2019 at 10:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Mary Jo interviewed Kevin Gallo, Corporate VP of the Windows Developer Platform, and reported on the conversation in ZDNet:

    Microsoft’s new goal is to try to make all features available to all of the Windows frameworks. Saying that Microsoft is dropping or deprecating any of the Windows frameworks seems to have been declared from on-high as a big no-no. Instead, Win32, UWP, Windows Presentation Foundation are all “elevated to full status,” as Gallo told me.

    (For those not up on the acronyms, UWP apps are the programs that only run on Windows 10. They were once called WinRT apps, then Metro apps, although there are differences among the definitions. And UWP apps were once synonymous with Microsoft Store apps. I’ve been predicting UWP’s demise for more than a year.)

    Gallo’s pronouncements sound, to me, like the same sort of drivel we heard when ActiveX was being tossed under the bus. Silverlight was the same way. And a gazillion other developer technologies that Microsoft tried and discarded.

    Mary Jo concludes:

    My main take-away from chatting with Gallo: The days of trying to push Windows developers to build and/or repackage their apps to be UWP/Store apps seemingly are over. It’s now Windows apps or bust.

    Good article.

  • Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 non-security patch KB 4462238

    Posted on May 8th, 2019 at 09:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s only been out for 24 hours or so. Why, you may ask, did they pull it? The KB article gives the answer:


    After this update is installed, clicking a hyperlink in an Office application, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook, may cause the application to stop working. If you experience this issue, you can uninstall the update by following the instructions in the “More information” section.

    That’s kind of a tiny, inconsequential bug that would never show up in testing, right?

    Thx @gborn

  • What’s happening with X-Fi audio and Win10 versions 1903 and 1809?

    Posted on May 8th, 2019 at 09:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has already admitted that the new (not yet released) Win10 version 1903 knocks out audio on Creative’s premium — and relatively pricey — X-Fi sound cards. According to the Win10 1903 release notes, dated March 20:

    Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.

    A (purported) Creative engineer posted on Reddit last week:

    We have a couple driver packages coming up in the next few days that will address these issues. Titatnum, XtremeMusic, and XtremeGamer cards will be included with the fixes. I’m expecting to see them go live by the end of this week.

    “The end of this week” has come and gone, with no new drivers in sight.

    Our own @radosuaf has warned us about the problem — but not just with Win10 1903, which is still in beta. He’s seeing the same problems with the latest “second second” cumulative update for Win10 1809, KB 4495667:

    I reinstalled the drivers twice, removed the device and installed again – nothing. Removed tha update – works flawlessly.

    Which sure sounds like a retrograde patching bug.

    Anybody else seeing this bug?