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February 26, 2020

Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 27/2019

Microsoft: new upgrade servicing method

Microsoft introduces a new servicing method, used for the first time in the  Windows 10 version 19H2 pre-release Insider Slow Ring build 183362.10000:

The next feature update for Windows 10 (known in the Windows Insider Program as 19H2) will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements. To deliver these updates in a less disruptive fashion, we will deliver this feature update in a new way, using servicing technology (like the monthly update process) for customers running the May 2019 Update who choose to update to the new release. In other words, anyone running the May 2019 Update and updating to the new release will have a far faster update experience because the update will install like a monthly update.

The quote comes from a post to the Windows Experience blog yesterday, June 1. Read more on Win10.guru: Microsoft: Evolving Windows 10 servicing

First Windows Insider 19H2 build released

This week got off to a good start with Windows Insider releasing its first 19H2 preview build on Monday, July 1. The build 18362.10000 is available to Insiders on the Slow Ring (the Fast Ring is already testing 20H1 preview builds). You can read more here on Win10.guru: First Windows Insider 19H2 build released

New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18932

On July 3, the Windows Insider team released a new Insider Preview Fast Ring 20H1 build 18932. This build brings some improvements to accessibility options, Windows notifications and Your Phone app. In addition, it contains quite a number of bug fixes. Read more on Ten Forums: New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast+Skip Build 18932 (20H1) – July 3

Microsoft updated account activity policy

Microsoft published a new Microsoft account activity policy on July 1. Here’s the kernel of that new policy in a quote from the Microsoft account activity policy:

You must sign in to your Microsoft account at least once in a two-year period to keep your account active. If you don’t sign in during this time, Microsoft will consider your account to be inactive.

Microsoft Windows 1.0

All week, Microsoft has been teasing users on social media:

Of course, the company is not releasing a 35 year old operating system again. Instead, the tweets were a marketing stunt for the new season of Nextflix series Stranger Things.

That’s it this week, geeks!



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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