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July 12, 2020


Panoply of MS Skills from MS Blog post

Microsoft Effort Aims to Reskill 25 Million People

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!

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.

Dev, Beta and Release Preview channels replace the old ring model for Windows Insiders

MS Changes Insider Program to “Channels”

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.

Certain DISM commands may misfire on Windows 10 2004

Reports of DISM Difficulties in Windows 10 Version 2004

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.”

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.

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