We're just a week beyond Microsoft's standard Patch Tuesday release, but the company is already issuing another set of cumulative updates for some Windows 10 PCs. This time, updates are available for PCs on the Creators Update and the Anniversary Update, bringing along a slew of fixes for both. If your PC is still on the Anniversary Update, you'll see the update as KB4093120, which ticks the build number up to 14393.2214. Here's the lengthy look at what's fixed: Addresses an issue in apps that occurs when using the Japanese IME. Addresses an issue where AppLocker publisher rules applied to MSI files don't match the files correctly. Increases the minimum password length in Group Policy to 20 characters. Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft and Azure Active Directory accounts to receive the password prompt repeatedly instead of only once. Addresses an issue that prevents Windows Hello from generating good keys when it detects weak cryptographic keys because of TPM firmware issues. … [Read more...] about Microsoft outs new cumulative updates for Windows 10 Creators and Anniversary Update PCs
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With the recent Windows reorganization fresh in everybody's mind, a few people have begun wondering if Microsoft is going to throw in the towel when it comes to consumer features in Windows. That won't happen. Our Executive Editor Daniel Rubino wrote an excellent article detailing why this is the case. With that in mind, I wanted to round up some of the biggest Windows features that consumers can take advantage of today. So let's take a look at Microsoft's efforts in the consumer space. Paint 3D and Story Remix Paint 3D and Story Remix are two features built into Windows 10 that really weren't designed for enterprises. Paint 3D is a spiritual successor to Microsoft Paint and is designed from the ground up for easy inking and art making. It even has ties to Mixed Reality, with the ability to create 3D models, characters and more, and you can upload them to a Paint 3D marketplace for others to download and enjoy. Story Remix is a feature built into the Windows 10 Photos app that allows … [Read more...] about 8 great consumer-focused features in Windows 10
A couple of weeks ago I bought a Surface Laptop because I wanted to spend some time using Windows 10 S. It has been an interesting experience. I’ve learned a great deal about Microsoft’s latest operating system—and its prospects as a tool for the enterprise.Windows 10 S is a variant of the familiar Windows 10 Pro, but locked down to work only with Windows Store applications and to prevent local scripting tools and system-level commands from running. There is no access to cmd.exe, no PowerShell, no RegEdit, and certainly no Bash prompt, all aimed at reducing the risk of a user changing device configuration or getting around the operating system’s restrictions. Power users may bristle at this approach, but Windows 10 S isn’t intended for them. The locked-down nature of the OS and the initial focus on the education market is an intriguing combination, and a pointer to a possible enterprise future.The education market is an interesting proxy for a modern … [Read more...] about What is Windows 10 S?
With the new era of Windows as a service, Microsoft is rolling out changes to the operating system twice a year. Many of those changes will allow you to improve your security posture and offer more security choices. You no longer have to wait for a new operating system to deploy new security features.Below is a summary of all the new security features and options in Windows 10 version 1709, also known as the Fall Creators Edition. Bookmark this article, because we will be adding new security features as Microsoft releases future Windows updates.Windows 10 1709: The anti-ransomware editionThe Windows 10 Fall Creators Edition release is, in my opinion, is the first release where Microsoft is vastly increasing and acknowledging the impact of ransomware. Key security features included in the 1709 release give IT professionals the ability to provide additional means to prevent and defend against ransomware. Here are the edition’s key features:Window Defender Exploit GuardWindow … [Read more...] about What’s new in Windows 10 security features: The anti-ransomware edition
The sleek new Surface Laptop comes with it, and so do $300 two-in-one tablet PCs for education and business. But exactly what is Windows 10 S, and how is it different from other versions of Windows 10?The “S” in Windows 10 S doesn’t stand for anything, although Microsoft throws around words such as safe, secure, streamlined, superior performance, simple and student to explain it. Standardized and super locked down might be closer to the mark. This is a full version of Windows with some limitations, one that’s designed to start up quickly, have long battery life, and keep working properly month after month after month, without resets or support calls.“Windows 10 S was inspired by teachers,” Mohammed Samji from the Windows engineering team told Computerworld. “It’s about making sure the operating system is safe and secure, but most importantly whether it’s for school or for consumer or enterprise, when you have a device, you want it … [Read more...] about How Windows 10 S is different from the Windows 10 you know