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Daily Archives: June 26, 2020

  • The former head of Windows: “Mac will be the ultimate developer PC”

    Posted on June 26th, 2020 at 14:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I don’t quote Steve Sinofsky very often, but he just posted this on Twitter – and it rings very true.

    Steve Troughton-Smith:

    I really hope the ARM transition is what gets Apple’s Mac lineup to 120Hz, Face ID & touch. There are so many things we take for granted on iOS that make macOS feel broken without them, and with the convergence of the software and hardware it feels like those are closer than ever


    It will. Guaranteed. In two years there is only ARM hardware and in 4 Intel will be ancient memory. The ecosystem will have rolled over. And Mac will be the ultimate developer PC. iPad will be used for more and more “work”. PS yes a computer without touch is broken.

    Yes, this is the Steve Sinofsky who started on Excel development, ran the Office side of things for many years, then shifted over to lead the team that finished Windows 7 and created Windows 8. Yes, that Windows 8.

    I rarely, rarely find myself agreeing with SteveSi on anything. But in this case, I think he’s right.

    (Don’t tell Steve I said, that, OK?)

  • Microsoft Closes Retail Stores

    Posted on June 26th, 2020 at 11:02 digitalmediaphile Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has announced it is closing almost all of its retail Stores (and the few that won’t close won’t be selling products and will be turned into Microsoft Experience Centers).

    This is a devastating blow to existing Microsoft Surface users looking for decent support and it certainly won’t do much to help with sales of new Surface devices.

    One counterbalance to the poor online and phone support for Surface products was that if you were fortunate to live within traveling distance to a Microsoft Store, most consumers could get better results for hardware issues than using online support. And then there was the instant exchange, as opposed to sending in your broken device and waiting, sometimes up to two or more weeks for a replacement. And then getting a bad replacement. At the Stores, the replacement process was usually instant and customers could examine the replacement product (reject if needed), etc. For many with bulging batteries in Surface Book and SP4 devices, going to a MS Store was the only solution to avoid a $600 out of warranty charge (Microsoft cut off free replacements after 3 years from date of Purchase). The Store staff “got it”. The Apple Stores right next store to most of the MS Stores replaced batteries and devices all day long. And took care of swollen batteries in Macbook Pros.

    The closest store to me was one mile from the Massachusetts border. That Store had a robust small business sales and support business. When in the Store, I often saw pickups of multiple new Surface devices. And they handled software and hardware issues for these customers easily. There were actually smiles on the faces of those folks waiting for the techs to work on their devices. This speaks to the top level skills of these MS Store technicians.

    As Amy Babinchak stated in the Third Tier Facebook page “This is a sucky development. The Microsoft store was a valuable partner to my MSP. They hand delivered orders directly to clients, managed warranty and repair issues like pros I’ve never seen before. The existence of the store legitimatized the Surface line of products. This is a sad event “


  • Is the Disappearing Profile bug still alive and well?

    Posted on June 26th, 2020 at 09:26 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
    This morning I logged in to my Win10 Pro v2004 VM, and, after entering my password, ran into the rolling circle of dots that took minutes and a message “Preparing Windows.”
    It opened into a desktop with a “We can’t log you in to your account” box in the middle of the screen and a desktop that was not mine.
    Note, there were no obvious updates in the last few days, no other indication that anything was going on.
    I shut down (not restarted) the VM – don’t have Fast Startup, sleep, or hibernation. In fact, I have removed the hiberfile. So no hangovers.
    Restarted the VM, logged in again, and everything was normal. My Profile was back.

    Seems the disappearing profile bug is still alive and well. And it isn’t necessarily precipitated by an (obvious) update.

    Has anyone else seen this lately? Tell us your version of Win10 (v1809, v1903, v1909, or v2004) and the Edition (Home or Pro).
  • Win10 version 2004 deferrals gone from the user interface – but there’s a little-known Registry key that’ll keep new versions off your machine

    Posted on June 26th, 2020 at 08:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This one’s a gem.

    As you can see in the next two blog posts, Microsoft has officially taken away the “defer quality updates” and “defer feature updates” settings from the Win10 user interface. You can futz around with Group Policy entries in Pro, Education and Enterprise versions, if you want to dive in, but it’s no longer easy to keep Microsoft from offering version upgrades.


    Except there’s a little-known Registry key called TargetReleaseVersionInfo that’ll keep your Pro, Education or Enterprise PC locked on to the version of your choice — at least, until Microsoft pulls the plug on that version. @abbodi86 leads the way.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.