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June 2, 2020

Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 22/2019

Lots of fascinating Windows activity this week, including various releases and updates, and even some industry news, action, and anti-news.

New Fast + Skip Release 18908 20H1

On Thursday (May 29), MS dropped a new Fast Ring + Skipahead Ring Windows 10 Insider Preview: Version 20H1, Build 18908.1000. Reports from the field and user experiences are somewhat mixed, as one might expect from a version that still has certain rough spots. Read more.

New 1903 Cumulative Update KB4497935 takes 1903 to Build 18362.145

That same day (May 29), MS also dropped a CU for 1903 through Windows Update and other channels. It advances the Build number to 18362.145, and delivers a sizable number of changes and improvements. Though it’s not specifically mentioned in the MS Support Note for KB4497935, Paul Thurrott claims that this update addresses the now-infamous upgrade error that aborts the process to report a hardware error, related to temporary re-assignment of drive letters that occurs during the upgrade process. Read more.

Tune into 1903 “Known Issues” at MS Docs

MS now maintains a constantly updated MS Docs item named Known issues for Windows 10 May 2019 Update version 1903. It’s worth visiting from time to time, especially as new CUs appear for that release. Read more.

What’s New in Microsoft Teams 2019

Microsoft’s flagship collaboration and online interaction platform, Microsoft Teams, got some major updates and enhancements this month (May 2019). These include proximity-based conference join capability, busy signal/availability status enhancements, VoIP link-ups, class materials for students, and more. Check it out!

MS Teases “Modern OS” at Computex

Ed wrote an article about a standup presentation and accompanying MS blog post at Computex, in which the company spoke about a “Modern OS” that includes seamless updates, is secure by default, always connected, and offers sustained performance. It also supports cloud-connected experiences, powered by AI, is multi-sense and provides the ultimate in form factor agility. (All bolded items are bolded in the afore-linked MS blog post). That’s a lotta buzzwords! Read more. Also, Paul Thurrott offered up a magnificent rant on the Computex presentation and its companion blog post in an item entitled “The Future of Windows, Vaguely.” It’s premium content  that readers must pay a subscription fee to read (but Thurrott makes three such items available for free to all who sign up with the site before they start denying access. If you’re not already a member there, this one’s worth signing up for to gain read access to it.)

Computex Showcases New Hardware & Chips from “The Usual Suspects”

As the second biggest computing industry trade show (behind only Hanover’s CeBIT, which is no longer scheduled for future iterations) that looks poised to become number one, Computex is a big enough deal to get most major industry players active, exhibiting and on stage in Taipei, Taiwan every year. This week witnessed the bulk of that show, which ran from May 27 through June 1 (today). Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Corsair showcased new chips, graphics components, and PCI-e 4.0 SSDs (more or less respectively) at the show. Not to be outdone, major PC players including HP, Dell, Gigabyte, Lenovo, Asus, and others showcased lots of nifty new laptops (and even some desktops) at the show as well. Lots of interesting coverage worth reading on this show, including from PCWorld, Tom’s Hardware, TechRadar, Engadget, and many other worthy sources.

Smartphone sales show tangible drop for Q1 2019, compared to last year

Whoa! The never-ending rocketship ride that has been smartphone sales took its first dip in recent memory and history, as Q1 2019 registered a (gasp!) 4.5% drop as compared to Q1 2018. Could it be that our global market is finally nearing saturation, or is it just a momentary hiccup? I’m guessing hiccup, but you can read more to decide for yourself.

A Huawei OS Code-named Hongmeng: Can it fly?

Now that the US Government has officially added Hauwei to its “bad actors” list, MS has halted sales of the Windows OS to that company. Given that it builds lots of devices designed to run Windows, that means it needs a replacement OS. It’s been working on its own OS for two years and more, and the urgency of that development project just hit the afterburners. Could this turn into real competition for Windows on PCs? Hauwei certainly has to hope so, and methinks the Chinese government may also be inclined to look favorably on these efforts. Read more.



Author: Ed Tittel

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.

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