Tag: Windows 10 Creators Update

Friday - April 23rd, 2021

Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 227 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 227 of Observed.Tech. We are just a few days away from Microsoft Education related event in New York City on Tuesday, it is being held/was held on 02 May, and I am preparing for my trip up for that so I start off with some comments about what I am expecting to see and hear. Then we talk about Microsoft’s 3rd Quarter financial results that were released this past week including what is working and what is looking rough around the edges. I will tell you a secret – it is hardware that needs some attention. Of course, there is plenty of Windows 10 news to talk about including new Redstone 2 and Feature 2 builds for PC and Mobile respectively. The PC build includes the return of My People which was intended for Redstone 2 but got left behind because it was not ready for release with the Creators Update. Microsoft also provided guidance to Windows 10 Mobile users who are not officially supported with the Creators Update so they can stay on the final build, receive cumulative updates, and use the update. However, nothing changes about these handsets and users being unsupported so we will talk about what that means as well. As always there are other bits scattered throughout the show including Acers new hardware lineup including a mixed reality headset, my first week with the Samsung Galaxy S8, a new fingerprint reader from Kensington, Facebook Workplace trying to compete for your team collaboration business, and changes to cumulative updates from Microsoft. Enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 225 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 225 of Observed.Tech. Of course this show has some more Windows 10 goodness as the Creators Update has now been officially released along with a bevy of information from Microsoft on the upgrade. I have info about the overall update and some specifics about Microsoft Edge’s continued maturation. However, we start the show off talking about some recent release of several exploits that were released by a hacking group. The good news upfront is that after reports that Windows was very vulnerable, it turns out most currently supported systems are patched already against these issues or are not susceptible to them. We then talk about some new features that have recently come to Windows 10 over on Xbox One and also the discovery of a modern version of a very handy system tool for Windows. We also have a huge amount of news about the future of Windows 10 Mobile and what devices will be officially supported for the Creators Update on mobile, which will be released on the 25th of April, and the Windows Insider Program. That list of supported hardware only has 13 devices listed and that is causing a lot of consternation for Windows 10 Mobile users. I also have tidbits about Steve Ballmer and his reflective perception of Microsoft’s mobile moves, commercials triggering your digital assistants, ad blockers and the way some companies are approaching them, and Apple’s drop on the Best & Worsts Laptop Brands of 2017. Enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 224 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 224 of Observed.Tech. After being away last week on personal retreat I am back behind the microphone for this week’s episode that is just chock full of Windows 10 news. Since we hit the early unofficial launch of the Creators Update just a few days ago we get caught up on the final stages of Redstone 2 and getting everyone started on upgrading to this third major feature update for Windows 10 now that it is available. However, I lead off the show with some personal news that many of you may have already heard about on social media but I wanted to make it official on the show as well. I then very quickly jump into details about the Creators Update, which will begin its official rollout via Windows Update on 11 April which is this month’s Patch Tuesday, and get you ready to understand all the new features and enhancements. We also got a big surprise Friday afternoon from the Windows Insider Program team that was truly unexpected and gets Insiders right back into pre-release builds. Yes, that is correct, Microsoft has already pushed out the first Redstone 3 build to Insiders. This now begins the development journey towards the four major feature update for Windows 10 which is expected this fall. Plus there are already some surprises in this first build even though no new features were officially announced for Redstone 3 Build 16170. There is also news for Xbox One and its Creators Update process plus some serious details about Project Scorpio – the next version of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console. As always I have a few interesting tidbits at the end of the show including firmware and driver updates for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 running the Creators Update, 80% of Windows 10 PC’s already running Anniversary Update, the ROI for migrations to Windows 10 in businesses, unboxing and trying out new hardware, extended introductory pricing for Outlook.com Premium, and Windows Vista reaching then end of its lifecycle support this month. Enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 223 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 223 of Observed.Tech. This is show is an abridged version of the podcast because I have been away from my podcasting studio this week while taking a small vacation with my wife as we celebrate 33 years of marriage. However, since it has been a working vacation that means I have kept an eye on things so we could talk about them and this week, just like the last three shows, a lot of Windows 10 news for PC and Mobile devices plus the Xbox One. All three of these platforms are in the home stretch heading towards the release of the Creators Update which is now looking like it will be come available, at least for PCs, on 11 April 2017. The official release date for the console and mobile devices is not yet known but I expect them to be within a couple of weeks of the PC release date. For those without a calendar the 11th of April is next month’s Patch Tuesday and will be the first time a feature update has been shipped on the same day as other Windows updates. As always I have a few interesting tidbits at the end of the show including information about FedEx paying customers to use Adobe Flash in their website, Amazon collecting sales tax in more states, NFL replays now moving to Surface tablets on the sidelines, and Twitter going to a subscription based service for power users. Enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 222 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 222 of Observed.Tech. For the third week in a row it was Build Central for members of the Windows Insider Program with four PC builds released in a four day period plus the movement of two former Fast Ring builds into the Slow Ring. We even saw builds released on back to back days for the first time in the Redstone 2 development process. It is all just more proof that we are approaching that final build that will eventually become what everyone will see on their Windows 10 Anniversary Update systems in a few weeks. The Creators Update is one more week closer to reality as the third major feature update for Windows 10. This week we also heard a couple of interesting rumors with one related to the possible release date for the Creators Update next month and then another about what Surface Book 2 might look like and the fact it is currently in mass production already. Another thing that popped up this week in one of the Windows 10 Creators Update builds was the addition of verbage concerning metered connections and how some Windows Updates could be delivered on these restricted connections. Many of you know that metered connections have been a widely used method to keep updates from installing so this got picked up by a lot of sites across the tech blog world. There are plenty of other items intermingled throughout the show such as the GA of Microsoft Teams, some smart home testing, a great example of an app on Windows 10 that came from iOS and the Desktop Bridge for iOS, progress with the Xbox Preview program including new UWP apps that are now on the console, and the world of cloud computing. Enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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