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Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 35/2019


Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18970 (August 29)

Notable new features in new Insider Fast Ring build include a new cloud based PC reset option, and a revamped tablet experience for 2-in1 devices:

We are beginning to roll out a new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a Beta to Windows Insiders. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption, plus a few key touch improvements:

– Increased spacing between Taskbar icons.
– Search box on taskbar collapsed into an icon.
– File Explorer switches to touch optimized layout
– Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap text fields.

Read more and take part in the surrounding discussion at Ten Forums.

Cumulative Update KB4512941 for W10 version 1903 build 18362.329 (August 30)

New CU ends support for e-books with .epub extension in Edge.

KB4512941 highlights:
– Updates an issue that prevents certain games from leveraging Spatial Audio capabilities.
– Updates an issue that fails to provide a cursor when you select a text input box using touch.
– Updates an issue that may cause the name of an unsupported application to appear as default text, such as “ms-resource:AppName/Text” in the Start menu after upgrading the operating system.
– Updates an issue with downloading copyrighted digital media (music, TV shows, movies, and so on) from certain websites using Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
– Improves the user experience and app compatibility so that more Win32 apps will work with Windows Mixed Reality.

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Office 365 Monthly Channel version 1908 build 11929.20254 (August 26)

Version 1908 Build 11929.20254 contains various bug and performance fixes. See the  full list for all the details.

Microsoft: Support for ExFAT File System on Linux Kernel

Microsoft:

It’s important to us that the Linux community can make use of exFAT included in the Linux kernel with confidence. To this end, we will be making Microsoft’s technical specification for exFAT publicly available to facilitate development of conformant, interoperable implementations.

Technical documentation on Microsoft Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/fileio/exfat-specification

Read more at WinBuzzer.

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for certain Enterprise customers

Microsoft will give certain Windows 10 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Enterprise customers an extra year of support after Windows 7 End of Life date:

Starting June 1st,EA (Enterprise Agreement) and EAS (Enterprise Agreement Subscription) customers with active subscription licenses to Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security (as of December 31, 2019) will get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for Year 1 as a benefit.

Source MSN News: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/finance-technology/certain-windows-7-users-can-enjoy-one-more-year-of-support-from-microsoft/ar-AAGp11i

That’s it this time.

Kari

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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