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June 2, 2020

Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 23/2019

New Fast + Skip Release 18912 20H1

On Wednesday (June 5), Windows Insider team released Fast Ring build 18912. This build contains no new features, but fixes  a number of bugs. See all fixes and known issues on TenForums.

Azure and Oracle join clouds

As we explained here on Win10.guru, Oracle databases and applications can now be used in Microsoft Azure. More on the press release.

NSA warns Microsoft Windows users of cyber-attack risk

The US National Security Agency has warned users of Windows 7 and older operating systems about a serious threat:

US officials and Microsoft executives say older versions of the programs may be vulnerable to malware.
In the advisory, NSA officials said a flaw known as “BlueKeep” exists in past editions of Microsoft Windows.

Read more at the BBC.

Microsoft deletes world largest facial recognition database

After an investigation undertaken by reporters at Financial Times, Microsoft has decided to delete its test facial recognition database called MS Celebs. The database contained more than 100,000 facial images of “celebrities”, images which Microsoft considered to be free to use due the celebrity status of selected people. However, Financial Times found out that the database also contained many images of “arguably private individuals”, thus violating privacy laws.

Read more on Engadget.

Amazon Web Services now offers Windows containers

AWS has confirmed the arrival of Windows Containers on its Elastic Container Service (ECS) – but with caveats that show limitations versus the more commonly used Linux-based containers.

Read more at The Register.

Microsoft demonstrates dual-screen Surface device

This week, The Verge reported that Microsoft recently showed its new dual-screen Surface device, codenamed Centaurus, at an internal company event. The device is rumoured to be released later this year.

MSN News has more on this story.

That’s it this week.


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 TenForums.com.

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