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November 27, 2020

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Getting to this version via WU isn't happening on any of my 5 production PCs right now.

20H2 Update Is Out … Sort Of …

When news emerges that the official 20H2 release is available through Windows Update, I figure that at least ONE of my 5 version 2004 PCs will get the update offer. None of them qualify, to my great frustration. For me, it’s now a waiting game…

IE retirement timeline from MS August announcement

Credible Report Puts IE Out of Business Use Next Month

MS published a timeline announcing a gradual phaseout for Internet Explorer starting in November 2020, with EOL scheduled for August 2021. A German source reports that the degradation of the IE experience promised for November may be more faqr-reaching than expected.

New storage health metric for SSDs in Build 20226

Build 20226 Gains SSD Health Metric

When I learn that Windows 10 Dev Channel Insider Preview Build 20226 includes an NVMe SSD “Drive Health” indicator I get curious. When I realize it’s embedded in “Manage Disks and Volumes,” I wonder if it will work at all on my test PCs. To my great delight: it does!

Azure Sentinel dashboard from Microsoft 365 Security blog post

Defender Gets a Big New Charter

At Ignite 2020, Microsoft expands the Microsoft Defender charter as it organizes products/brands into Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel portfolios. This is going to take a while to sink completely in . . .

Windows 10 EOL chart as of late August 2020

Some 1803 Version EOLs Extended Until May 11, 2021

In the spirit of easing the burden on IT operations during what it calls the “public health situation“, MS has extended the end-of-life, or EOL date, for Windows 10 1803 from November 10, 2020  until May 11, 2021. Thus, they’ve shifted a date less than three months from now to a different date about 8.5

Winver output for current 20H2 build

Windows 10 20H2 Commercial Pre-release Validation Available

The actual title of the Microsoft Tech Community blog post on this topic, dated August 20, is Windows 10, version 20H2 available for commercial pre-release validation. Come again? This apparently means that the up-and-coming feature update — namely 20H2 — “is now available for commercial customers to begin feature exploration and validation prior to being

Banner graphic from M365/Edge Product Team Announcement

So Long IE and Legacy Edge

On August 17, the Microsoft 365 Team announced EOL for Microsoft Edge Legacy (Mar 9, 2021) and end-of-support for Internet Explorer 11 in its apps and services (starting with Teams on Nov 30, 2020 and concluding with a total drop on Aug 17, 2021).

Price info for 256 GB model

Rethinking Surface Duo

MS finally lets slip pricing and availability for its newest member of the Surface family: the Surface Duo. When I get that news, I nearly fall over. It costs too much for me to consider a purchase.

Snippet of Win10.Guru files on teams

Raft of New Features Coming to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft just announced a whole bunch of new teams features including meetings with up to 20,000 participants (!) and a wide range of phone support plans, including expanded phone system integration, support for SIP phones, and even (gasp!) Teams phones coming soon.

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