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  • Even .net thinks 21H2 should be out

    Posted on November 10th, 2021 at 22:36 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So I’m recapping the updates for the Master patch list tonight and listing the early issues I’m tracking and I realize that even the .NET blog thinks that 21H2 should have been released already.

    Take a look at their listing of .NET releases:

    They too think that  Windows 10 21H2 should be out.

    Note that both Windows 11 is considered a 21H2 release as well as Windows 10.

    P.S. note that this month’s .NET updates do not include any new security updates. If you are using WSUS/WU for business or any sort of deferrals you may not see them offered to you.

  • Look Ma, no legs

    Posted on November 2nd, 2021 at 10:49 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Day one keynote at Microsoft’s Ignite. This is Microsoft’s major IT pro presentation for the year. Once again it’s coming to us digitally.  They are demonstrating an virtual experience that Accenture has used to onboard employees during the pandemic to provide animated versions of “you” in business meetings.

    Most of the comments were about the fact that folks had no legs! It is a bit… odd to say the least.

    Alex Fields notes that Microsoft Defender for Business is coming to SMB as it will be included in M365 Business premium. Announcement only, no public preview yet.

    If I hear any announcements about Windows 10, I’ll add it here!


  • Viva Microsoft!

    Posted on October 21st, 2021 at 07:35 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    One day in what seems the distant past, Microsoft Cortana starting sending me email messages. I didn’t ask for them; they just started showing up. For the most part, I found them useless. I think there were some “mental health” messages. My wife thinks I’m crazy; I don’t need some server in Redmond telling me that.

    One day in what I’m sure is the recent past, the new Microsoft Viva took over that responsibility. This time, however, the focus appears to be on actionable items. Cortana/Viva is watching me, picking out what it thinks are to do items, and reminding me about them. I’ve been a happy camper for years because while it was apparent that Google was reading my Gmail, Microsoft wasn’t. Now it clearly is.

    But, okay, reminders. I handle a lot of email in my editorial duties; some assistance might be helpful. So, I’ve been experimenting.

    Microsoft Viva Broken

    More often than not, clicking one of the action buttons in the email results in the teeny, tiny error message shown at the top.

    Can’t Microsoft code any longer?

  • Microsoft account or local account – which one should you choose?

    Posted on June 28th, 2021 at 02:41 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Lance Whitney

    By Lance Whitney

    Which type of account should you use for your personal Windows 10 computer? That depends on your situation, though there are benefits and drawbacks to each.

    When you set up a Windows 10 PC for personal use, Microsoft makes you select which type of account you want to use to sign in. A Microsoft account will synchronize certain apps and settings across multiple devices and give you access to services beyond Windows. A local account provides an entryway solely to your current PC.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.24.0 (2021-06-28).

  • How to control the security of your Microsoft Account

    Posted on May 31st, 2021 at 01:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Lance Whitney

    By Lance Whitney

    You can view and tighten many of the security settings associated with your Microsoft account to better protect it from compromise.

    A Microsoft account not only serves as your login to Windows but also grants you access to Microsoft 365, OneDrive, Skype, and other key Microsoft apps and services. Due to the power of such an account, a hacker who gains access to your credentials or to any of your Windows devices could view sensitive information and even spoof your identity.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.20.0 (2021-05-31).