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  • MS-DEFCON 3: A slightly bumpy November

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    ISSUE 20.48.1 • 2023-11-28


    By Susan Bradley

    For most Windows 10 and 11 users, including me, there have been no side effects as a result of November’s updates.

    Nonetheless, there appear to be a few potholes in the road. That’s enough to make me cautious — I’m lowering the MS-DEFCON level to only 3.

    One thing I did notice was updates taking more time to complete than usual — not a good sign. At the very least, it’s a good reason to take a look at the update history in Settings.

    Anyone can read the full MS-DEFCON Alert (20.48.1, 2023-11-28).

  • First look at Redstone 3

    When you first run the first public build of Redstone 3 — which is to say, Windows 10 build 16170 — Edge pops up with a speed diagram.

    See anything weird about the speed dials?

    They aren’t zero-based. They aren’t logarithmic. They’re just, simply, deceptive. Unabashedly so.

    I don’t care if Chrome is 8.3% slower than Edge. I don’t care much that Firefox is 17.1% slower. Do you?

    And why the deception?

    C’mon Microsoft. We aren’t that stupid.

    UPDATE: So I ran the Octane 2 test using this new Edge on build 16170. The graph says 31,586. My machine says 22,381. Then I re-started Edge, using the default Start page, created a new tab and ran the test again. Score 17,227. So I re-started Edge, navigated from the default Start page to the Octane 2 page, ran the test again. Score 22,779.

    Clean run of freshly installed Chrome on the same machine: 23,383.

    Rebooted. Ran the test on Edge again. 19,446

    Rebooted. Ran the test on Chrome again. 21,522