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  • Windows 10 Creators Update – rollout going surprisingly well

    Posted on May 5th, 2017 at 09:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No show stoppers as yet.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • What is a mention of IE doing in the Win10 S discussion?

    Posted on May 3rd, 2017 at 08:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 S FAQ says

    Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Microsoft (sic) 10 S. You are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an .htm file. Additionally, the default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer cannot be changed.

    I get that you can’t change default browsers in Windows 10 S. I figure there’s about a 0.000% chance Google’s going to make a UWP Chrome browser, so I can live with that. (Apple hobbles alternate browsers in iOS by restricting rendering engines.)

    I get that you can’t change Edge’s default search provider. Microsoft’s just turning the screws on that one.

    But what’s this “Internet Explorer” stuff?

    IE isn’t part of Windows 10 S, as best I can tell. It isn’t in the Store. UWP IE? Snort.

    Is that just a frequently-quoted typo, or is there something else afoot?

    (Yes, the FAQ says “web browser on Microsoft 10 S.” Look it up.)

  • The latest on Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop

    Posted on May 2nd, 2017 at 12:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you didn’t see the presentation this morning, you missed a world-class sales pitch from Panos Panay.

    There’s a Win10 S FAQ here. Short description: Only runs apps from the Windows Store (Office is headed to the Windows Store soon – but no details as yet). Edge is the default browser — you can use a different browser, if you can find one in the Windows Store, but can’t change the default. Bing is the default search provider in Edge (and IE!) — while you can use other search providers, you can’t choose them as defaults. You can upgrade to Win10 Pro through the Windows Store, for $49, according to Ed Bott’s overview of Win10 S. For the rest of this year, the Win10 Pro upgrade is free for Win10 S owners.

    The new Surface Laptop starts at $999 for a Kaby Lake i5, 4GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. It goes up to $2,199 for an i7, 16 GB, 512 GB. 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 touch screen (Microsoft’s fav 3:2 ratio). Fabric covered backlit keyboard that’s drawing raves — but durability is an open question. Hello capable camera. One USB 3 port, but no USB-C. Claimed 14.5 hour battery life.

    Includes one year of Office 365 Personal. “Lapability” has been called into question by Mary Jo Foley, who uses laptops the way I use laptops. Works with the Surface Pen and hockey puck, neither of which are included in the purchase price.

    Definitely not an entry level machine. The i5 version is available on June 15 in 20 countries (per Mehedi Hassan at MSPowerUser), the i7 will come out “this summer.” Order here on the Microsoft Store site.

    You may be impressed by the USB-drive based system reconfiguration, Intune, the 3D stuff, mixed reality, Arc mouse, and whatnot. The education angle is over-worked, just like “Creators” in Creators Update, but what the heck.

    The presentation is up on this site. It’s well worth watching – but hold onto your pocketbook until we have a chance to put it through its paces.

    Official Fact Sheet

    UPDATE: Benedict Evans has a great, short summary.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: Peter Bright at Ars Technica posted a very ho-hum review.

    I’m thinking about publishing an opinion piece about it, but there are more than 30 major blogs that cover the topic. No sense adding to the noise. My overall impressions:

    • Win10 S has very few advantages over ChromeOS, and considerable disadvantages because of, you know, the Store
    • Surface Laptop is a nice but expensive traditional laptop
    • The two were put together in a marriage of convenience.

    I’m guessing that most Win10 S customers, at least in the near term, will go to Win10 Pro. I don’t think Win10 S will survive in its current state. MS is going to get a lot of “you fooled me” Scroogled reaction over the lack of an alternative browser and inability to change search engines.

    But I do like the educational stuff. Programmability in Minecraft Education looks killer.

  • Win10 usage up slightly, but Android’s rolling over

    Posted on May 1st, 2017 at 08:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Where have all the Windows 10 machines gone?

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • Creators Update supports multiple partitions on removable drives – but not very well

    Posted on April 22nd, 2017 at 15:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    New report from Günter Born about multi-partition support on USB drives, in the new Win10 Creators Update:

    we have an extension allowing Windows 10 Version 1703 to mount multiple partition on removable media and show the logical volumes within file manager. But the tools required to create such media structures are not updated in a proper way.

    I wonder what other wonders await?

  • The best of the best FREE Windows 10 tools

    Posted on April 17th, 2017 at 09:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    See my InfoWorld slideshow for the Top 30. It was hard narrowing down the choices!

    Do you have a favorite I missed? Post it in the Tools forum.

  • Ongoing list of bugs in Win10 Creators Update

    Posted on April 17th, 2017 at 05:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Creators Update has all the problems you’ve come to expect from Windows 10 version upgrades — freezes, rollbacks, wonky user interface elements and the like. There are good general lists on WindowsReport and DigitalTrends and plenty of ancillary material here in the Lounge comments (link above). Also check my Windows 10 install problems — and how to solve them.

    I’m particularly looking for bugs that are a bit meatier.

    As you hit bugs, please post them on the AskWoody Lounge (link above). I’ll give them a quick once-over and promote the best ones to the main blog.

    Creators Update breaks Logitech BRIO camera (the one that’s supposed to support Windows Hello). Fix on Logitech web site.

    Intel Clover Trail processors (Atom Z2760, 2520, 2560, 2580) are not supported. Post from MS on the Microsoft Answers Forum.

    From Softpedia (I haven’t been able to confirm independently): Windows 10 Creators Update Installation Blocked by Toshiba Display Utility . But may not be a problem (@rpodric).

    Moved Special Folders again appearing to cause W10 upgrade problems, this time it’s only dupes/ghosts appearing (@satrow)

    Anonymous complaint that System Restore is disabled.

    Windows 10 CU doesn’t remember WPA2-Enterprise WiFi credentials

    Stuck “Low Battery” notification window

    Various Night Light problems.

    Green screen when upgrading a fresh Win10 Anniversary Update machine to Creators Update. @teroalhonen.

    DISM doesn’t work, throws error 0x800f081f.

    Persistent yellow warning triangle on Defender.

    Edge crashes (many and various).

    Odd one-off report of 8 GB Verbatim Store ‘N’ Go USB drive failure.

    Surface Bluetooth Arc Touch mouse problem. Thx @barbbowman

    When installing the Windows ADK on 1703, if SecureBoot is enabled, you get a bogus warning that a “digitally signed driver is required.”

    Gibberish in many applications.

    Nahimic audio software doesn’t work.

    Driver incompatibilities: older NVIDIA, new NVIDIA driver 381.65 is buggy, so use 378.92. DTS encoding on Realtek. Wi-Fi drivers on Dell Inspiron 640m, Lenovo t500. Note that Creators Update does not work on many older systems — even systems that worked with Anniversary Update. (Thx, EP) Broadcom Bluetooth LE driver problem. Broadcom 440x 100/Integrated Ethernet/LAN Controller Network Adapter, Microsoft’s Bluetooth Arc Touch mouse.

    Third party program incompatibilities: Explorer crashing/black screen with  UxStyle, MacType, Grand Theft Auto V, MSI Afterburner, Rivatuner,

  • HIPAA compliance using Win10 Enterprise

    Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 06:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s an excellent article about walking the thin line between modern technology and HIPAA (think: keeping private information private in the US — if that isn’t an oxymoron). From HIPAA One, Steven Marco, Arch Bear, and Markus Muller have put together an insightful analysis. From the introduction:

    In today’s computing environment, record-breaking data breaches (e.g. Premera Blue Cross with 11+ Million members breached in 2015) that include healthcare identity theft have increased by over 20% year-over-year between 2012 and 2014

    1. It is no surprise most of us feel we have lost control of our personal data

    2 . This is especially true in the healthcare industry in the form of data breaches and HIPAA Privacy violations.

    Simultaneously, massive populations of users are fully-embracing new mobile applications to store and share data across platforms. As a result, cloud computing has bridged the gap between consumer devices and sensitive data. Is there a price to pay for our love affair with cloud-based apps and mobile devices?

    As a cloud-based technology user, have you ever wondered about the safeguards protecting your personal and health information? Ever contemplated how modern operating systems like Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows 10 access your data to provide cloud
    powered features?

    For example, Siri, the Dragon dictation cloud, Google Voice search and Docs all send voice recordings to the cloud and back while other built-in OS features share contacts between apps. How do these cloud-powered features impact these risks?

    If a medical facility utilizes voice-to-text technology (e.g. by saying “Hey Cortana”, “Siri” “OK Google”, or “Alexa”) to dictate notes about a patient, that information is automatically exchanged with the cloud. Without a business associate agreement, that medical facility could
    face a HIPAA violation. How do we combine the past 30 years of email-use, file and print sharing with today’s cloud-enabled apps securely?

    These questions and concerns are currently top-of-mind for IT and legal professionals responsible for managing electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) while ensuring and maintaining HIPAA compliance. In light of the recent focus on HIPAA enforcement actions, hospitals, clinics, healthcare clearinghouses and business associates are trying to understand how to manage modern operating systems with cloud features to meet HIPAA regulatory mandates. Additionally, many of these healthcare organizations are under pressure to broadly embrace the benefits of cloud computing.

    Microsoft has invested heavily in security and privacy technologies to mitigate today’s threats.

    Lounger zero2dash, who posted the original link to this story, says:

    They configured the heck out of 10 AU Enterprise to not phone home, and it did it anyway. Very interesting to see all the settings they tweaked in GP but still saw all the traffic going to MS.

    Having to deal with PCI Compliance is bad enough for me; I’m glad I don’t have to try to keep our environment HIPAA compliant.

    Well worth reading (PDF).