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MS Readies Defender Name Change

A name change from Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender and at least one MacOS Defender offering (Advanced Threat Protection, or ATP) strongly suggest that Defender has cross-platform tendencies if not yet a definite roadmap and timeline.


Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 29 2019

Sorry readers, this weekly Windows news recap is running a little behind schedule. Kari had some personal matters to attend to this weekend and I got distracted by family matters yesterday, even though I agreed to take this up on his behalf. Again: our apologies to make you wait. Here’s last week’s recap! New Insider


Multiple Takes on Win10 Hardware Requirements

Everybody, even Microsoft, knows that the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 fall far short of providing a positive user experience. Another, new MS Docs item provides more useful guidance on minimum hardware configs. Let’s compare and contrast them, OK?


Microsoft Edge Enterprise Roadmap

Microsoft laid out its Chromium based Edge Enterprise roadmap at their Inspire 2019 conference in Las Vegas this week. We are sharing an update on capabilities that we are investing in to make the next version of Microsoft Edge the best browser for enterprises and business customers of all sizes. The Dev Channel now has

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MS to 1803 Users: 1903 Is Coming

On July 16, Microsoft announced it is starting to push 1903 out to 1803 users via Windows Update. For companies that manage their own update servers, this means planning for 1903 deployment on or before November 10/12, 2019.


Win10 1903 RDP Connection May Provoke Black Screen

Certain PCs — especially those with older Intel internal GPUs — may experience a black screen when using Windows 10’s built-in Remote Desktop (RDP) facility. This applies to PCs acting as RDP servers and those acting as RDP clients, according to MS.


Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 28/2019

NewsBytes for Week 28, 2019, include info about a new Fast + Skipahead Insider Preview, Patch Tuesday stuff, a reversal of an unpopular new MS Partner Program policy, and upcoming changes to the MS Services Agreement that kick in next month. Enjoy!


Microsoft cancels earlier decision to take away usage rights from partners

Microsoft’s decision to take away internal usage rights from partners has been strongly opposed. As we reported earlier, a petition was launched earlier this week. By today, that petition had over 6,000 signatures. Today, the company also reversed its decision, saying they listened to their partners. Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner Organization,


Tracking Open Win10 Issues Into Resolution

The latest Cumulative Update for May 2019 Windows 10 Update (aka 1903) showed items transitioning from Microsoft’s Known Issues list to the Resolved Issues list. This not only demonstrates progress: it also indicates WU will be offering 1903 to a broader audience as well.

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Microsoft opens first European Store

The first European Microsoft Store will open today in London, the United Kingdom. Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela says the 2,000 square meter (22,000 square feet) store on Oxford Circus in central London (Bing Maps) with 150 staff has been designed for everybody, from gaming fans and students to small business users. The store will


Microsoft partners fighting new terms

Microsoft has changed the terms of its Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) agreement. In a single big blow, MPN members are losing certain key benefits. A petition was launched on July 7, 2019, Quoting the petition on In announcing these changes it’s clear Microsoft is going to war with its Partners. The Partners who have


Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 27/2019

Microsoft: new upgrade servicing method Microsoft introduces a new servicing method, used for the first time in the  Windows 10 version 19H2 pre-release Insider Slow Ring build 183362.10000: The next feature update for Windows 10 (known in the Windows Insider Program as 19H2) will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise


Windows Insider UUP upgrade – Does it work for you?

Microsoft changed its Windows feature upgrade delivery method late in 2016, Windows 10 Insider Build 14986 was the first feature upgrade delivered using the UUP (Unified Update Platform) method. The idea of UUP is to deliver a differential upgrade, and only download what’s needed for a full feature upgrade, not downloading and installing those parts

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