Given impending end of life for Windows 7 in 2020 and a still-large installed base of Windows 7 devices, that spells opportunity. Recent assessments of PC sales, slightly up for the first time since 2012, confirm this supposition.
Microsoft Teams is currently used by over 200,000 organizations, according to Microsoft, spread over the globe in 180+ markets. Good numbers, although not even close to those of Slack, or even Microsoft’s own Skype for Business. To challenge Slack, WebEx from Cisco and other team collaboration platforms, Microsoft released a free version of Teams earlier
Microsoft released a new build 17709 of Windows Server vNext LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) yesterday, July 10th 2018. Regarding this server core, the changes vis-à-vis the previous preview are minor. The biggest change is that it is now possible to install both Standard and Datacenter server versions with the GUI / desktop experience Previous WS
Yesterday, I decided to do a clean install of the latest Windows Insider build 17711 on my HP ProBook laptop. I do traditional installs quite seldom, usually creating deployment images in Hyper-V. This is practical because Hyper-V standard checkpoints offer an easy way to restore a VM to any point throughout the process whenever something
On my HP ProBook laptop, I’ve had a strange issue regardless of which Windows 10 Insider build I am running: the Hypervisor will be turned off when the laptop is powered off, which makes it impossible to run Hyper-V virtual machines following a cold boot. When the Hypervisor is enabled, it survives restarts but the
Though you may find Windows 10 telemetry potentially intrusive or a little scary, MS takes steps to anonymize and protect the data it collects. We all benefit in the aggregate from the insights that telemetry can deliver. That’s why I urge all Win10 users to leave it turned on.
As of Sunday, July 1st 2018, I am no longer a Windows Insider MVP. Funny thing is, it has been clear already for over 10 months. The reason is simple: I committed a cardinal sin and openly criticized the Windows Insider program. That is, as an MVP team lead made clear to me in a
Most new computers with pre-installed operating system today are shipped with a so called factory recovery option which allows user to completely reset the computer by restoring an image stored in specific factory recovery partition. The problem with factory recovery is that it restores everything as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) wants. This might include a bunch of “bloatware”, useless software like “30-day trial of XYZ” or “Tweak your PC with this fabulous tweaker” and so on. One of the first things any user wants to do when setting up a pre-installed Windows on a new computer is to get rid of all this bloatware.
Azure Password Protection and Azure Smart Lockout are now available to all Azure AD customers. Read more at Win10.guru.
Quite a number of IT pros and advanced users alike use virtual machines to test Windows Insider builds, to run legacy operating systems for intermittent needs, to have a sandbox environment to test new software, or for a myriad of other reasons. My choice for virtualization software is Hyper-V, and has been since it was
The European Union Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted yesterday (June 20) in favour of updates to its Copyright Directive. This directive still needs to be presented to the European Parliament, but already it has generated a quite controversial response. Although this new directive mostly just updates the technical language it uses, it contains two articles that
Despite surveys and reports that Windows 10 Version 1803 is terrible or awful, I say that 1803 is not half bad. MS goes so far as to claim its users report “higher satisfaction numbers, fewer known issues and lower support call volumes.”
Last week I wrote about the importance of us IT pros dealing with Windows to join Windows Insider Program for Business. A few days ago, Ed wrote about Windows AutoPilot and where it’s going, mentioning two new cool features in AutoPilot. Both of these new interesting new features are currently only available as previews for
Microsoft Teams is one step closer to completely replacing Skype for Business with all SfB call and meeting features already added to it. Quarter 2 in 2018 has seen meeting broadcasts, cloud recording, scheduling Teams meetings in Outlook and other remaining SfB features getting integrated into Teams. Above Microsoft Mechanics video from Microsoft Teams blog.
For the DISM /Cleanup-Image command, the difference between Scanhealth and Checkhealth is one of depth and nature of coverage. Checkhealth simply looks for already-reported errors for component store items, while Scanhealth inspects each one in detail.
MS VP Brad Anderson dropped a blog post yesterday, June 7, 2018. It’s entitled “Simplifying IT with the latest updates from Windows Autopilot.” It explains that Microsoft’s goal “is to simplify deployment of new Windows 10 devices by eliminating the cost and complexity associated with creating, maintaining and loading custom images.” Simply put, the Autopilot
Regardless of what Windows version, edition and channel your company is using on its production machines, one thing is sure: at sometime in the not too distant future it must be upgraded. This makes it important that IT admins and staff stay up to date on the development and evolution of Windows versions. It is