Posted on March 20th, 2017 at 21:09 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Full report in the morning.
Posted on March 16th, 2017 at 16:42 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Odd notice from Microsoft. If you’re running Win10 Anniversary Update, and have the Get Office app installed, then you Reset with the “Remove everything” option, the reset completes “however some of the factory settings configured by the PC manufacturer might not be restored correctly.”
If you then Reset it again with “Remove everything,” the reset fails.
Thx to Susan Bradley
Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 16:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
A bit of advertising* in the latest Win10 Anniversary Update’s Windows Update pane.
Click on the link and you get whisked away to KB 4014001 which tells you:
We’re finalizing the update and will be ready to share it with you soon. When the update is ready for your device, you’ll receive a notification asking you to review your privacy settings before downloading the update.
You can be sure that we’ll be covering the Creators Update, too, with glasses that aren’t quite so rosy.
*Your interpretation may vary. If you look at it from a different point of view, this is just advanced notice. Fair enough.
Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 12:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Take a look at the five worst traits of Windows 10 Anniversary Update – forced updating, snooping, advertising, stability, and hijacked settings – and how they’ll change in the Creators Update. Some very good news. Some not so good.
Details in InfoWorld
Posted on March 13th, 2017 at 13:48 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Anybody care to hazard a guess on a build number for the “final” build of Win10 Creators Update?
I noted in an earlier blog post that I didn’t think MS would ship the final Creators Update on April 11 – although many folks are sticking to that date. I don’t think it’ll be April 11 because (a) there will be a whole lot of patching going on, (b) it’s too close to Tax Day in the USA, and (c) none of the three previous versions of Win10 shipped on Patch Tuesday.
But of course I don’t really have any idea.
I’m going to guess it’ll be 15060 or thereabouts, and ship on April 4.
What do you think? Fame and glory await the correct guess.
Posted on March 13th, 2017 at 07:42 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Over the weekend, Mehedi Hassan on MS Power User posted an article that says
Microsoft is now promoting Edge’s efficiency features on the Start Menu under the “Suggested” area. In this case, Microsoft is promoting Edge’s ability to stream videos longer — once clicked on the ad, Microsoft takes users to a page where the company compares Edge’s battery usage with Google Chrome. In the page, Microsoft states that users can “get up to 32% more battery life than Chrome when we browsing with Microsoft Edge”.
I haven’t seen it, and I can’t replicate the screenshots he posted. Can you? If so, which version of Windows 10? Any idea why Edge would ever appear in the “Suggested” spot?
Betanews: Microsoft is disgustingly sneaky: Windows 10 isn’t an operating system, it’s an advertising platformPosted on March 12th, 2017 at 12:42 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Mark Wilson just posted an interesting rant on the Betanews site:
Of course, that won’t come as a revelation to you folks, but Mark’s to be commended for not pulling any punches.
If we’re honest, the company is doing nothing more than abusing its position, using Windows 10 to promote its own tools and services, or those with which it has marketing arrangements. Does Microsoft think we’re stupid?
His tag line struck home for me:
It’s time for things to change, but will Microsoft listen?
A chorus I’ve been singing for several decades. The answer, of course, is that Microsoft has no intention of reducing the advertising. Instead, they want to make it more lucrative. Which is understandable, I suppose, when you look at the precipitous revenue drop in non-enterprise Windows 10 fees.
Tip o’ the hat to MT.
Posted on March 10th, 2017 at 12:43 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
It’s out and I’m downloading it now.
Official announcement is on the Windows blog.