New Surface Pro 4 Signature Type Cover

Microsoft is releasing a new Type Cover for the Surface Pro 4. The ‘Signature Type Cover’, covered in an exotic fabric. $159.99, no fingerprint scanner… Not for the average user, but a lot of people would still love to have a cover like this (I would, just wouldn’t pay for it!).

Microsoft Updates Skylake Support for Windows 7/8.1

Microsoft had previously stated they would not support Intel’s Skylake processor with new updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 past 2017. However, due to the backlash, Microsoft has extended the support to July 17, 2018.

    1. To help provide greater flexibility for customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10, the support period for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices on Skylake systems will be extended by one year: from July 17, 2017 to July 17, 2018.
    2. Also, after July 2018, all critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for Skylake systems until extended support ends for Windows 7, January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.

Microsoft Edge gets Extensions

With the most recent Windows Insider build, Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. Starting with 3 preview extensions (Translator, Mouse Gestures, and the popular Reddit Enhancement Suite), it will eventually have AdBlock, AdBlock Plus, Amazon, LastPass, Evernote and more.

Extension support was a must-have for a lot of Windows users, and this was the number one complaint with Microsoft Edge. Now that it is remedied, is there anyone that is going to give it another try or have you just given up on Microsoft browsers altogether?

To ensure the highest quality experience for customers, and as we have done with Windows 10 since the beginning, we will introduce extensions first to our Windows Insiders and then roll them out more broadly to all Windows 10 users.  Initially our Insiders will download and then sideload extensions for testing purposes, but ultimately we will make extensions available to all of our customers via the Windows Store to ensure the quality of the end-to-end experience.

Windows 10 Build 14279 Available

For those in the fast ring of the Insiders builds, there is a new build – 14279 available to try out this weekend. A few things new, and a few fixes.

Here’s what’s fixed for PC

  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge and Cortana were crashing for users with roaming profiles.
  • We fixed an issue where Cortana would continue to show reminders that have been completed.
  • We fixed an issue where items copied/moved to the desktop would not display until the desktop is manually refreshed by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing “Refresh” or pressing F5.
  • We fixed an issue where downloading certain drivers from Windows Update was causing some PCs to bluescreen.

Site issues

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We are having some site issues, and there are dozens of posts missing as well as some front page issues. Please bear with us while we continue to work on the site visuals and find/repost the missing posts if we can. If not, hopefully there will be a lot content showing up as I rewrite and repost the content!

Thank you for your support!

Forza Apex coming to Windows 10

Coming this Spring, Forza Apex for Windows 10 looks amazing. Using DirectX 12, and at resolutions of up to 4K, it should be great. It’s a Windows Store app, as well as being free. I think this is going to be a win for Microsoft.

 

Older IE Support ends next week

On January 12th, 2016, Microsoft will drop support for Internet Explorer for versions 10 and under. Like Windows XP, some won’t care. But, with IE being targeted for exploits fairly often, it’s best to upgrade. IE11 is still supported for now.

It means you should take action. After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important.

Windows 10 on over 200 Million Devices

Microsoft’s aggressive upgrade campaign is working, as they now have over 200 million devices running Windows 10. However, that number could be higher. Windows 7 users are clinging to the aging OS. Microsoft is warning users that Windows 10 is much more secure than Windows 10 and staying behind is “at your own risk, at your own peril.”.

    • We are also seeing accelerating and unprecedented demand for Windows 10 among enterprise and education customers. As of today, more than 76% of our enterprise customers are in active pilots of Windows 10, and we now have over 22 million devices running Windows 10 across enterprise and education customers.

Insiders Windows 10 Build 10525

For those that are still part of the Windows Insiders group, build 10525 is available for download. A few bugs, but a few new little features to try out. Glad to see more builds coming out for us to try. As usual, this is similar to beta testing, so it is one of those things that can come with some risk. Most people have absolutely zero issues and others seem to be plagued by them. Your mileage may vary!

This is our first new build since the release of Windows 10, and I’m very happy to talk about one new thing that you’ll see because it really highlights both how your feedback influences the product development as well as illustrating how some things will get implemented at different times depending on when we’re trying to stabilize and drive quality vs. when we’re open for new feature work.