To give back to the global community and help individuals coping with job loss in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, MS is launching an ambitious effort to provide free training to help 25 million individuals reskill for jobs in IT. Great move!
Two new critical and important vulnerabilities for Windows Codes, and get CVE IDs 2020-1425 and -1457. What makes the updates that fix them interesting is that, for the time being, they come from the MS Store.
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.
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.
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.
Out with the old, in with the new: MS is doing away with Ring-based Insider levels (Fast Ring, Slow Ring, Insider Preview) and moving to Insider Channels instead: Dev Channel, Beta Channel and Insider Preview Channel. Be prepared, this will probably show up in Settings soon.
With the release of Windows 10 version 2004, the Downloads item no longer appears in Disk Cleanup. If you want to manage downloads going forward, you’re on your own. I suggest an archiving strategy.
Some users (and online publications) are reporting errors when running DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image. WindowsLatest suggests a possible fix, and asserts that the June 9 Patch Tuesday release should address such problems. All I can see is “We’ll see.”
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.
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.