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Windows 10 19H1 (1903): T-Minus ?

Ever since the first Windows 10 feature upgrade — the so called November Update back in 2015 — made its appearance, there has been a new biannual online game “Guess the General Availability release build“. As soon as the Windows Insider team releases the first preview build for the next feature upgrade without a watermark

Win10 Notifications Pros & Cons

After wrestling a vexing notification issue to ground on my Win10 production PC this morning, I found myself thinking philosophically and strategically on this topic. There are lots of things about notifications I like in Windows 10. For example, I really like getting a quick pop-up from Outlook when email hits my inbox, with sender’s

Windows Updates: Get Ready for SHA-2

OK, it’s coming. Version 2 of the Secure Hash Algorithm, aka SHA-2, is going to take over sole authentication duty from SHA-1 in 2019. You can read more about this at Windows Support, but I’ll provide the broad strokes of what’s going on here. Long story short: SHA-1 has been around for a long, long

Windows Insider Team learning from their mistakes

I do not have to tell you about the Windows 10 version 1809 release fiasco. It is well known and documented. In fact, some users still haven’t received the upgrade over four months after it was originally released. But, the opening paragraph of the latest Windows Insider Skip Ahead build 18836 release notes Thursday last

Microsoft: Do not use Internet Explorer!

In a recent blog post,  Chris Jackson, the principal program manager in the Microsoft Experiences and Devices Group, made it quite clear: Internet Explorer shouldn’t be used. In fact, he does not even call IE a browser, saying it is simply a compatibility solution. Here’s a quote from Chris Jackson’s recent post on the Microsoft

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