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July 16, 2020

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New settings in dark & light background form

Dev Channel Build 20170 Gets New Settings Icon

With the release of Build 20170 to the Dev Channel, the Settings icon gets a new look in Windows 10. The lead-in graphic comes straight from the 20170 announcement blog post, and shows dark and light versions of the new icon.

MS Store app logo

Microsoft Store Goes Completely Virtual

The brick-and-mortal Microsoft Store locations around the world are closing, as the company shifts its retail focus entirely online. Already shuttered because of the pandemic this decision makes good business sense. I’m still sorry to lose a favorite digital playground.

EOL is coming, but the downlaod remains avaialble

Adobe Flash EOL January 1, 2021

Although the news has been out since June 2017, it bears repeating that Adobe Flash Player hits EOL on 12/31/2020. Chrome and Firefox no longer support it, as its days are increasingly (and smaller) numbered.

20H2 shows up in Winver

MS Uses 20H2 as Official Version Label

The yyHn label for Windows 10 versions goes official as 20H2 for the upcoming Insider programs Beta Channel release (aka Build 19042.330). All hail Windows 10, version 20H2.

MS BrightSpot image: fading foliage

Windows 10 2004 Deprecations and Removals

With each new Feature Upgrade, MS retires some features (called removals). It also signals features scheduled for later removal (called deprecations). Here are the lists for both kinds of items for Windows 10 Version 2004, released earlier this week.

2004 starts out with 10 known issues

For Win10 2004, A Big List of Known Issues Appears

Windows 10 Version 2004 gets off to an interesting start with 10 (yes, that’s TEN) issues on its “Known Issues” list. This will explain why many people won’t get an offer to upgrade from WU for a while. That’s OK: you have multiple ways to force the upgrade, if you want to.

Graphic from FossBytes.com

Win10 2004 Ends 32-bit OEM Builds

Oho! Here’s an interesting information item, courtesy of the Windows 10 Minimum Hardware Requirements at Microsoft Docs. See Section 3.0 “Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 for desktop editions.” Note: this lengthy, detailed document shows its current publication date as 05/02/2017 as I write this article. However, it has surely been updated since then, because

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