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Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 32 2019

New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18956

Insider build 18956 was released August 7. Most significant new feature is a completely redesigned Network Status page in Settings.

Based on your feedback, we’re revamping the Network & Internet landing page in Settings to provide more information at a glance about your device’s connectivity, combining several pages to give you one clear view of how you are connected to the internet.

More information and discussion on Ten Forums

New Windows Insider Slow Ring builds 18362.10012 & 18362.10013

With Slow Ring build releases on Agust 8, Insider team is testing new delivery method:

We are testing the ability to ship these updates with features turned off by default so that we can then turn them on via controlled feature rollouts. This helps us gain better feedback on overall build quality. A subset of Insiders in the Slow ring will have features turned off by default, and another subset will have them turned on by default. This means not everyone in the Slow ring will see new features right away:

– IF you are on 19H2 Build 18362.10005 – you will receive Build 18362.10012 today with features turned OFF by default. This includes the below mentioned features as well as the features from the previous release.
– IF you are on 19H2 Build 18362.10006 – you will receive Build 18362.10013 with features turned ON by default.

Ten Forums has the details.

New / updated issues on Win10 1903 Known Issues list, August 8 & 9

– MacOS may be unable to access network shares via CIFS or SMBv1 on Windows devices
– Issues updating when certain versions of Intel storage drivers are installed
– Domain connected devices that use MIT Kerberos realms will not start up

Full list of version 1903 known issues on Microsoft Docs.

Microsoft removes Office 2019 from Home Use Program benefits

Microsoft’s Home Use Program (HUP) has allowed personnel of Software Assurance customers to get Office and other Microsoft products with a fraction of normal cost. Now, Office 2019 will no longer be available through HUP.

ZDNet writes:

In an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the program, Microsoft now notes:

“Microsoft is updating the Home Use Program to offer discounts on the latest and most up to date products such as Office 365, which is always up to date with premium versions of Office apps across all your devices. Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 are no longer available as Home Use Program offers.”

Microsoft employees could be listening to your Skype calls

From MSN News:

Microsoft employees are able to listen to Skype and Cortana users’ conversations, an investigation from Motherboard has found. Workers for Bill Gates’ empire are sometimes permitted access to Skype calls in order to manually review the platform’s translation software.

Full story: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/finance-technology/microsoft-employees-could-be-listening-to-your-skype-calls/ar-AAFweKI

Office Insider Builds getting Advanced Threat Protection & Co-authoring Improvements

Quote from Appuals.com:

Microsoft has been focusing more on Office 365 lately with AI-driven features for PowerPoint. Today, Microsoft has pushed a new Office Build 12001.20000 for the Windows Insiders. The new build brings a handful of new features for Outlook, Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.

Microsoft has added an icon search functionality to make it easier for you to find icons. The Advanced Threat Protection improves protection against potential phishing attacks. Apart from the new features, the non-security update fixes two major problems that existed in Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook.

New codenames for Windows 10 versions 19H2 and 20H1

According to quite reliable rumours, Windows version 19H2 will be codenamed as Vanadium and version 20H1 as Vibranium.

Last year, there were some reports that Microsoft was going to change the default naming convention of Windows updates.
The decision was made in an attempt to align codenames for Azure and Windows. Microsoft has now decided to introduce the new naming convention for future Windows 10 updates

Quote from WindowsReport.com. Read the full story.


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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