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September 24, 2020

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Deliberately fuzzed image from CACM article

Microsoft Makes Fuzz Testing Tool Open Source

Fuzzing is a technique that deliberately generates randomized inputs to code under test, and seeks to exercise (and violate) all possible code paths. This makes it a peachy technology for automated testing. MS has made its fuzz testing tools Open Source, which is big news.

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).

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.

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.

Various experimental layouts for WordPad with in-app ads

WordPad May Get In-App Advertisements

When Raphael Rivera tweets on potential in-app advertisements in WordPad, it gets me to thinking about ads within the Windows OS in general. For me, their absence beat their presence, hands down.

Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 35/2019

Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18970 (August 29) Notable new features in new Insider Fast Ring build include a new cloud based PC reset option, and a revamped tablet experience for 2-in1 devices: We are beginning to roll out a new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a Beta to Windows Insiders.

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

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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