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Weekly Windows Newsbytes – Week 17/2019

Microsoft third company to pass $1 trillion market value

On Thursday, April 25th, Microsoft became the third US company to cross the $1 trillion (£774 billion / €897) market value threshold , after Apple and Amazon.  Here’s more from BBC Business News on this topic: Microsoft hits $1 trillion market valuation

New Security Baseline for W10 v1903 and Server v1903

On Wednesday, April 24th, Microsoft announced a draft version of a new Security baseline for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903

Microsoft is pleased to announce the draft release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 version 1903 (a.k.a., “19H1”), and for Windows Server version 1903. Download the content here: Windows-10-1903-Security-Baseline-DRAFT.

Change in Microsoft password expiration policy

One notable change in this draft for the Security Baseline for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903 is that Microsoft no longer recommends regular password changes. This recommendation applies to both private and enterprise users. Our own Ed Tittel wrote about this change on Friday, April 26th.

19H1 Upgrade blocked if external storage media present

On Friday, April 26th, Microsoft announced on their official support site that Windows 10 version 19H1, May 2019 Update is not offered to devices which have external USB or SD storage media connected due drive assignment issues. Read more.

New Fast Ring / Skip Ahead Insider build

On Friday, April 26th, Windows Insider team released a new Insider build for Fast and Skip Ahead rings. Although still shown as version 19H1 / 1903, it is in fact a prerelease build of version 20H1 as per recent changes in Insider program. Apart from Your Phone app now supporting more Android devices, and dictation getting a few more supported languages, build 18885 does not contain anything new. Read the full release notes on the Insider Blog.

Something else: How Windows rumours are born

This week’s rumour mill gives a good example of how the rumours about this and that change in Windows will begin. This time, it all started when writers and editors of various established tech sites started the working week on Monday and read a short, simple tweet by Rich Turner, senior program manager at Windows Console & Command-Line team. He tweeted this reply last Saturday:

On Monday, we started to see articles and posts titled as “Windows 10’s ‘Sets’ feature is gone“, “Microsoft quietly axes Sets“, and so on, all using Mr. Turner’s tweet as source. Rich Turner had to step in already on Monday to explain what he meant:

The information I have is that Sets is still very much alive, and might be seen in future releases.

That’s it this time!


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site


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