Bing Wallpaper

Used to have the Bing Desktop Toolbar installed to have a new wallpaper from Bing every day like me?

Microsoft’s Bing Wallpaper tool will do just that for you now, get it here:

Microsoft Bing Wallpaper

Combine this with the option to “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” in Settings/Personalization/Colors and you pc’s feel like a new one every day 😉

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19603

Hi all, two days ago Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19603 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

You’ll be happy to see your Webcam working again in Teams 🙂

All sooth upgrades here, some strange behavior of explorer on this build, tends to crash from time to time causing the task bar to act a little weird, also some icons do not render correctly on the taskbar showing the default .exe icon instead

Enjoy Upgrading!

What’s new in Build 19603

File Explorer Integration in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

If you have WSL installed and open up File Explorer, you’ll see a familiar face!

Pointing out the Linux entry in the File Explorer navigation pane.

We’ve had the ability to access your Linux files since Windows 1903, but now you can easily get to them from your left-hand navigation pane in File Explorer. Selecting the Linux icon will show you a view of all your distros, and selecting those will place you in the Linux root file system for that distro.

Showing the folders under the Linux section in File Explorer.

User cleanup recommendations in Storage Settings

Free up disk space with this Storage Settings feature that gathers unused files and apps so you can digitally cleanse your device.

Find User cleanup recommendations in the Storage Settings page.

Windows cannot predict whether you want to delete personal files, uninstall apps, or remove local copies of files synced to the cloud. With this tool, all the content is gathered in one page and removable by you with a few clicks.

User cleanup recommendations is made up of 4 sections: Temporary files, Large or unused files, Files synced to the cloud and Unused apps.

Other updates for Insiders

Introducing Microsoft News Bar (Beta)

We would love to get your early feedback from Insiders on a new news consumption app for Windows 10. This News Bar brings you the latest news from the Microsoft News network of over 4,500 publishers across the globe. It’s there to keep you up to date when you need it, how you need it, and where you need it. You can customize the experience to make it just right for you. If you need to focus, minimize it with a click, and bring it back when you’re ready.

A few cool things about this app:

  • Stories are continuously updated throughout the day.
  • Hover for quick access or select to get the full story.
  • Provides News and Stocks today, with Weather and Sports coming in the future.
  • Highly configurable, allowing you to place it on the side you want it, change the background color, change the appearance of what is shown, and which country you want the news from.
  • Supports dark and light themes in Windows​ 10.
  • Supports Multiple Monitors​.
News Bar shows news from News network of over 4500 of the world’s most respected journalist brands.
Customize the News Bar appearance in settings to find the experience that’s just right for you.
If you want to focus, don’t worry – you can minimize the News Bar.
The News Bar is in Beta now, try it out and let us know how we can make it better.

The News Bar is only available for your Windows 10 PC and for people in the U.S. currently. Get the News Bar here. Give it a try and let us know how we can make it better!

Raw Image Extension now supports Canon CR3 format

Support for Canon’s latest CR3 raw format has been a popular request ever since the Raw Image Extension was announced and then released to the store in 2019. If you’ve been waiting for this feature, we have good news for you. The latest version of the extension (1.0.307610.0) that’s now flighting to Windows Insiders includes support for Canon CR3 files, increased camera support, and several bug fixes.

Check out this libraw.org documentation for a complete list of supported cameras. Please note that GoPro raw camera format (.GPR) is still not supported.

The new Raw Image Extension package in the Microsoft Store.

Here is how to try this out:

  1. If you have a previous version of the extension installed on your device, first you should confirm if your current installation has been automatically updated to the latest version (version 1.0.307610.0). Use these steps:
    1. Go to Settings > Apps.
    2. Search for and select Raw Image Extension.
    3. Select Advanced options from under the name of the extension.
    4. If the displayed version number on the Advanced options page is 1.0.307610.0 or later, then you are up to date.
  2. Otherwise, search for Raw Image Extension from the Store app to go the app page.
  3. If you’d previously installed the app on your device, the update should start automatically.
  4. If not, select the Update button or if the app wasn’t already installed on the device, select Get, followed by the Install

Note: This version is currently only available to Windows Insiders.

We would love to get your feedback. Please send your feedback through Feedback Hub under the Devices and Drivers > Video Playback category.

General changes & improvements

  • Going forward, services that are implemented by binaries residing in the user profiles will be persisted on upgrades.
  • Narrator will no longer automatically enable scan mode when interacting with the Ideas pane in Excel. In the new Microsoft Edge, Narrator now automatically enables scan mode and starts reading webpages.

Fixes

  • We are removing the known issue for incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. If you run into issues playing games that use BattlEye anti-cheat software, please submit feedback on these issues to us via Feedback Hub.
  • We fixed an issue causing webcams to not function correctly when attempting to make a video call in Microsoft Teams.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a green screen citing an error with mssecflt.sys when starting safe mode on recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the WIN + PrtScn keyboard shortcut no longer saving a picture to file.
  • We fixed several reported stability issues with Narrator, including a fix where it will no longer crash when selecting text in scan mode with new Edge when remote operations are off.
  • We fixed an issue leading to the Narrator Quick Start guide crashing while traversing it with Narrator.
  • We fixed an issue where the EXE property information was incomplete in Task Manager for EoAExperiences.exe.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some devices experiencing a bugcheck (GSOD) during the reboot to install an update.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a sporadic bugcheck (GSOD) with the error CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED.
  • We fixed a bugcheck with error KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED some Insiders were experiencing when trying to sign out from the current user.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders receiving driver compatibility warnings when trying to update to a newer build in certain virtual environments.
  • We fixed an issue that led to inaccurate size estimates for disk cleanup when the option to clean up old Windows installation files was included.
  • We fixed an issue where Storage settings would say the option to clean old Windows installation files wasn’t available, because it had been automatically removed after a certain number of days, when actually you had manually selected to remove it.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing when navigating to Network & Internet for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue where you would see a notification from the Shared Experiences page saying your account needed fixing, however the Fix Now option on the page wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue where if the Cortana icon was turned off on the taskbar, it might still partially display on secondary monitors.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to drag and drop files into the root of a network share folder.
  • We fixed an issue where the IME context menu wouldn’t appear when pressing Shift+F10 if the display language was something other than English.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in IMEs created for Amharic and Sinhala to not input text until rebooting your PC.
  • We fixed a crash some Insiders were encountering when switching window focus while an IME candidate pane was open.

Known issues

  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • Sticky Notes windows can’t be moved on the desktop. As a workaround, when you set focus to Sticky Notes, press Alt + Space. This will bring up a menu that contains a Move option. Select it, then use either the arrow keys or the mouse to move the window.
  • We’re investigating reports that app icons in the taskbar are having rendering issues, including defaulting to the .exe icon.
  • We’re investigating reports that the battery icon on the lock screen always shows close to empty, regardless of actual battery levels.
  • We’re investigating reports of IIS configuration being set to default after taking a new build. You will need to back up your IIS configuration and restore it after the new build is installed successfully.
  • Language packs may fail to install on this build. This is most impactful for anyone who chooses to reset their PC – the language packs you have prior to upgrading will persist. Anyone impact by this may notice some parts of the UI don’t display in your preferred language.
  • [ADDED] Quickly switching between WSL distros using the file explorer integration could cause a transient access error. We’ve identified the cause of this issue and are releasing a fix soon.

source: Windows Blogs

April (Virtual) update on Microsoft Technology

If COVID-19 has learned us one thing, is that we need to continue what we are doing but on a more intelligent way. Still bringing thrilling content, but now online!

We are thrilled to announce the date of an event launched in cooperation with other Belgian Communities. For a whole week (monday till friday), there will be an event every day by another community. Technine evening is on the 21th of April 2020.

Session 1: Azure MVP Gregor Suttie (aka Azure Greg) from the Glasgow Azure User Group will explain how you can super charge your learning of Azure. Learn how to go from beginner to expert with learning new Azure skills. He will be you guide to get started learning Azure, the Azure exams and where to find the right training materials to take your career to the next level.

Session 2: Ninjacat and MVP Maarten Goet, founder of Experts Live in the Netherlands brings an overview of Azure Sentinel, Microsoft SIEM solution and why you need Cloud Native Security.

Agenda:

• 20h00: Welcome

• 20h10: Super charge your learning of Azure – Gregor Suttie

• 20h55: Virtual Coffee Break

• 21h05: Azure Sentinel & Cloud Native Security – Maarten Goet

• 21h50: Q&A

• 22h00: End

When: 21/04/2020 @YourPlace

Location: Microsoft Teams Event – Register here

Full week schedule:

Monday 20/04: Microsoft Cloud & Security Community

Tuesday 21/04: Technine IT Pro User Group

Wednesday 22/04: BEMUG

Thursday 23/04: MC2MC

More info here

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19592

Hi All, Thursday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19592.1001 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Upgrading went smooth, one issue I ran in to is camera not working for Teams & Skype personal on multiple devices, works fine for Skype for B and camera app. Feedback Hub

In case you missed the news earlier this week, Panos Panay announced Amanda Langowski is the new lead for the Windows Insider Program. Be sure to check out Panos’ blog post.

What’s new in Build 19592

Tablet posture improvements for 2-in-1 convertible PCs

We are beginning to roll out (again*) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

You’ll also notice we’ve updated some of the related Tablet settings under Settings > System, so as to give you control over the experience.

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

We’d love to hear your feedback about the experience:

  1. Use your convertible PC with apps as you normally would.
  2. When you’re ready to pick it up and go or simply lean back on the couch, you can fold back the keyboard or remove it altogether.
  3. Use your device as a tablet with touch, without going into Tablet Mode.
Screenshot showing improvements to tablet posture, like collapsed search, increased spacing between icons, and a touch keyboard option in your Taskbar.

*Note: This feature was previously rolled out as an experiment to Windows Insiders in 20H1 Build 18970 and ended in Build 19013. After some refinement, we’re reintroducing it to Windows Insiders in this build and plan to deliver this experience to customers in a future Windows 10 update.

General changes & improvements

  • The Windows Search Platform (Indexer) has been updated with improved logic to help find better times to perform indexing of your files and avoiding heavily indexing while you are using your machine. An improvement was also made to significantly limit the amount of times the service indexes your files for content that doesn’t have an impact on search experiences, and gives you a better experience on Windows.

Having doubts on your index? check out this app: Indexer Diagnostics

Fixes

  • We’ve fixed the issue causing ARM devices to receive a bugcheck and have removed the block with this build.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Optional Features page in Settings appearing blank.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process stopped at 84.9%.
  • We fixed an issue where, after successfully completing installation of an update and rebooting the device, the Start menu Shutdown button still showed Update and Shutdown and Update and Restart.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Windows updates failing with error 0x80070003.
  • We fixed an issue that could sometimes result in Settings crashing when pausing updates or the Windows Update settings page not loading.
  • We fixed an issue from the previous flight that was resulting in extra lines appearing in the taskbar jumplist.
  • We fixed in an issue resulting in a black window, with only a mouse being visible to others, when sharing a single app over Microsoft Teams.

Known issues

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Some devices may experience a bugcheck (GSOD) during the reboot to install this update. If this happens, log in, schedule a time for the update to install, and then log off all user profiles before the scheduled install time. The install will then proceed as expected.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • When trying to use Win + PrtScn to capture a screenshot, the image is not saved to the Screenshots directory. For now, you’ll need to use one of the other options for taking screenshots, such as WIN + Shift + S.
  • Sticky Notes windows can’t be moved. As a workaround, when you set focus to Sticky Notes, press Alt + Space. This will bring up a menu that contains a Move option. Select it, then use either the arrow keys or the mouse to move the window.
  • We’re looking into reports of some Insiders receiving driver compatibility warnings when attempting to update to a newer build in certain virtual environments.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19587

Hi all, on Thursday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19587 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Some fine tunings and a great idea to change the response of volume buttons in mute!

General changes & improvements

  • Based on feedback, when you have muted your volume, the volume will now not unmute when using the hardware keyboard volume keys until you raise the volume (or manually unmute).
  • We made a couple of improvements to Narrator and how it works with some of the controls in Windows:
    • Narrator now uses a more friendly string to describe the audio output in the Select playback device dropdown menu in the volume flyout.
    • Narrator now announces more information in the Add Bluetooth or other devices dialog in the Settings application when first opened.

Fixes

  • We fixed an issue where the new icon next to Scan with Microsoft Defender in File Explorer’s context menu didn’t have a transparent background.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Default Apps page in Settings crashing when you tried to change defaults.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the search box being missing from certain apps.
  • We fixed an issue where some files couldn’t be opened in win32 apps from File Explorer when the path length to the file was very long and parts of the path included East Asian characters.
  • We fixed an issue where thumbnails weren’t being generated for pictures inside a Work Folder.
  • We fixed an issue where adding the Session column to the Users tab in Task Manager would result in not being able to expand the details for a particular user.

Known issues

  • We’re blocking this build from ARM devices because of an issue causing them to receive a bugcheck.
  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Some devices may experience a bugcheck (GSOD) during the reboot to install this update. If this happens, log in, schedule a time for the update to install, and then log off all user profiles before the scheduled install time.  The install will then proceed as expected.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • When trying to use Win + PrtScn to capture a screenshot, the image is not saved to the Screenshots directory. For now, you’ll need to use one of the other options for taking screenshots, such as WIN + Shift + S.
  • We’re looking into reports where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process will stop at 84.9%.
  • We’re investigating reports that Sticky Notes windows cannot be moved on the desktop. As a workaround, when you set focus to Sticky Notes, press Alt+Space. This will bring up a menu that contains a Move option. Select it, then you should be able to use either the arrow keys or the mouse to move the window.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19577

Hi all, Last week Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19577 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Another week another build & more new Icon’s, lots of smoot upgrades here.

Only bump so far is .ics files are linked to the calendar app by default after upgrade, re-linking them to outlook seems not possible without a repair of Office

What’s new in Build 19577

Diagnostic data changes in Settings

As part of the Microsoft initiative to increase transparency and control over data, we’re making some changes to the Settings app and Group Policy settings that will start showing up in Windows Insider builds this month. Basic diagnostic data is now known as Required diagnostic data and Full diagnostic data is now Optional diagnostic data. If you’re a commercial customer and choose to send Optional diagnostic data, we will also be providing more granular Group Policy settings to configure the data that’s collected within your organization. We’ll publish more specifics around the new policies when we get closer to the retail release, and in the meantime, check out the Microsoft Privacy Report for more information around our data collection practices.

Note: Please make sure your device is set to “Full” before updating to Build 19577. You will not be able to take future flights if your diagnostic level is left at “Enhanced”. AAD/Domain-joined PCs set to “Enhanced” will be blocked from taking Build 19577. For more information, see this Answers post.

More new icons: Windows Security

We’re continuing to roll out updated icons to many of the built-in apps in Windows 10. In today’s build, we’ve updated the Windows Security icon to match the new design principles outlined here from the Microsoft Design Team. Unlike many of the built-in apps in Windows 10, which can be updated through the Store, the new Windows Security icon is updated through the OS and will rollout in a future Windows 10 feature update.

The new Windows Security icon as it appears on the taskbar.

Other updates for Insiders

Announcing PowerToys 0.15.1

Yesterday, during our Windows Insider webcast, the PowerToys Team announced the release of PowerToys 0.15.1. PowerToys 0.15.1 contains these improvements:

  • Notifies you there’s a new version from within PowerToys
  • Removed requirement to always ‘run as admin’
  • Added almost 300 unit tests to increase stability and prevent regressions.
  • Resolved almost 100 issues
  • Made .NET Framework parts of the source run faster with NGEN
  • Improved for how we store data locally
  • Increased FancyZones compatibility with applications
  • Created the 0 strategy, the launcher, the keyboard managerspecs
  • Worked on cleaning up our issue backlog and labels

Get more details about these improvements. If you missed our webcast yesterday, watch it on-demand from our Mixer channel!

Continuing the optional updates experiment with drivers

We’re continuing to look at ways we can improve the update experience on Windows 10 PCs for our customers. Back in January in Build 19551, we announced we were conducting an experiment related to how we deliver driver updates through Windows Update. During this experiment, drivers categorized as “optional” will not be automatically downloaded and installed on Windows Insider’s PCs running Build 19536 and newer. To install any new optional drivers available for a PC that’s involved in this experiment (including drivers for new devices that might get plugged in to a PC), Insiders can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates and manually download these drivers. We are extending this experiment to now run through the end of March. (Note: This applies ONLY to the latest builds in the Fast ring and not 20H1.)

General changes & improvements

  • Following up on our post about the new Cortana app, we wanted to let you know that in addition to timers and instant answers, which lit up last month, assistant conversations are now online. Some examples to try are “tell me a dad joke”, “tell me a bedtime story”, or “rock, paper, scissors.” We appreciate your patience while we worked on this. This is a server-side change, however we’re noting it here for awareness.
  • We’ve updated the behavior of Advanced startup (Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced startup “Restart now”) to enable some Ease of Access features to work properly. For example, previously, if the narrator feature was enabled prior to launching Advanced startup, it would stop working. Now, Advanced startup will reboot directly into the Windows Recovery Environment.
  • While the Vietnamese alphabet doesn’t include the Latin letters F, J, W, or Z, based on feedback we’re updating the grouping in the Start menu’s all app’s list to account for these letters when using this display language, so that apps like Windows PowerShell are included in the expected group.

Fixes

  • We fixed an issue where input would stop working in some places if clipboard history (WIN + V) was dismissed without pasting anything.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in extra characters in the message in File Explorer when no files were listed yet in Recent Files.
  • We fixed an issue where, when setting up Windows Hello while using the Arabic display language, the box tracking progress of setup wouldn’t line up with your face.
  • We fixed an issue where preferred SafeSearch settings (Settings > Search > Permissions & History) were no longer persisting upgrade.
  • We fixed an issue which caused the microphone to sometimes not work on certain devices from Builds 19559 to 19569. If you continue seeing issues with your microphone, please file a problem report in Feedback Hub with “recreate my problem” logs.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Explorer.exe reliability when navigating in File Explorer for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue where using Restart Manager API to restart explorer.exe would result in all open UWP apps being closed as well.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the DWM crashing when inking on your PC.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Outlook crashing if you typed too many characters into the To field using the Korean IME.
  • We fixed an issue where, when using Storage Sense to clean up Windows.old, it might not be totally removed.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Settings hanging when accessing Windows Update Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where the Family & Other Accounts page wouldn’t finish loading for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the system potentially bugchecking upon toggling Bluetooth ON and OFF after waking back from sleep.
  • We fixed an issue for local account users where, until rebooting, night light would no longer work after attaching your Microsoft account.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the machine not rebooting and kicking off the scan when you selected Microsoft Defender Offline Scan in Windows Security.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Update failing with error 0x80070002 for some users.
  • We fixed a high hitting DWM crash that some Insiders were experiencing.

Known issues

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0x8007042b.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • When you upgrade with certain languages, like Japanese, the “Installing Windows X%” page isn’t rendering the text correctly (only boxes are displayed).
  • The cloud recovery option for Reset this PC isn’t working on this build. Please use the local reinstall option when performing Reset this PC.
  • When trying to use Win + PrtScn to capture a screenshot, the image is not saved to the Screenshots directory. For now, you’ll need to use one of the other options for taking screenshots, such as WIN + Shift + S.
  • We’re looking into reports where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process will stop at 84.9%.
  • Notifications sometimes have the wrong actions associated with them (for example, a reply box or various buttons).

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Universal Print: a cloud-based print solution

Commercial and educational customers moving to the cloud with Microsoft 365 have long needed a simple, easy print experience for their employees. Today we are happy to announce a private preview of Universal Print, a Microsoft cloud-based print infrastructure that will enable a simple, rich and secure print experience for users and help reduce time and effort for IT.

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Universal Print moves key Windows Server print functionality to the Microsoft 365 cloud, so organizations no longer need on-premises print servers and do not need to install printer drivers on devices. In addition, Universal Print adds key functionality like security groups for printer access, location-based printer discovery, and a rich administrator experience.

“As a school with limited IT resources, we were happy with how easy it was to install Universal Print and get it up and running.” said Brian Hoyt, Director of IT at French American School of Puget Sound. “Also, we did not have to modify end-user devices, which saved us a significant amount of time.”

IT organizations can deploy printers and register them with the Universal Print service without the need for a complex hybrid print setup. In addition, printers can be preconfigured and are easily discoverable from Windows devices that are Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) joined. Users can continue to print from their Windows devices or Office as they always have, with no learning curve.

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You will get the best cloud experience with printers that natively support Universal Print. We are working with our partner ecosystem to bring you the latest printers with native support, and are excited to be working with Canon Inc.  

“The way people work is changing as cloud computing and technology continue to expand and evolve, driving digital transformation. Canon Inc.’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE and Office Printers provide the flexibility and scalability to address diverse workplace needs. In partnership with Microsoft, we are committed to supporting Universal Print and support our customers in their journey to the digital workplace.” said Isamu Sato, Senior General Manager, Office Imaging Products Operations, Canon Inc.

For existing printers, you can simply use a Universal Print proxy application that connects printers to Universal Print.

If your organization or school wants to deploy the private preview of Universal Print, you must have Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, version 1903 or later and have an Azure Active Directory (any edition) tenant. Universal Print does not require Windows Server.

If you would like to participate in the private preview, complete this form, and join us in making this journey a success. You can also join the Universal Print community on Tech Community to get updates and provide feedback.

For more details on functionality and requirements, see our Universal Print documentation.

Source: Tech Community Website

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19569

Hi all, February 20th Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19569.1000 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

The new icon give your device a fresh look & feel

Notifications are still acting a bit funny, like the option to reply on a screenshot or archive your connected device, but there’s a fix in the works

Evolving the Windows 10 icons

We are currently working on a multi-year effort across Microsoft’s design teams to redesign the icons across all our products. We started with the Office icons, and now we’re moving forward with updating the icons in Windows 10, starting with the built-in apps like Alarms & Clock, Calculator, Mail, and Calendar. Research and feedback from Windows Insiders showed a desire to see consistency in design and connection to the brand, with enough differences to aid in recognition. You can read all about our approach to updating the icons in Windows 10 in this Medium post from the Microsoft Design Team!

The Windows 10 Start menu showing many of the newly designed icons for the built-in apps.

Many of these icons will be updated as app updates from the Microsoft Store. We are beginning to roll them out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring first, starting today. The Mail and Calendar icons rolled out this morning to Release Preview. Over the coming months, Insiders will see more of the icons in Windows 10 get updated with new designs!

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue resulting in OneDrive not working and using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU for some Insiders on the previous build.
  • We resolved an issue where SCSI drivers weren’t being recognized with certain third-party virtual machines, which was causing c1900191 errors on these devices. We’re continuing to investigate additional c1900191 errors on other devices.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Start menu reliability after upgrade for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a green screen with a SYSTEMTHREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED error on recent builds.

Known issues

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0x8007042b.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • When you upgrade with certain languages, like Japanese, the “Installing Windows X%” page isn’t rendering the text correctly (only boxes are displayed).
  • We’re continuing to investigate the issue where input stops working in some places if clipboard history (WIN+V) is dismissed without pasting anything.
  • The cloud recovery option for Reset this PC isn’t working on this build. Please use the local reinstall option when performing Reset this PC.

source: Windows Blogs

March Updates for IT Pro’s

Over dit evenement

Ook in het nieuwe decennium brengen we sessies met content gericht op de IT Pro’s. Onze eerste sessie brengen we op dinsdag 03 maart in samenwerking met Sentia in Lochristi.

Leading the way is het motto van Sentia, wat aansluit met wat we willen brengen van content voor de community. Ook deze keer praktische sessies, notes-from-the-field en networking. Uiteraard met een drankje en een hapje voor het allemaal wat te verteren.

Sessie 1: Azure Policy Guest Configurations: The end of Windows GPO?

Group Policies bestaan al sinds de lancering van Windows 2000 en zijn nog steeds het hart van elke Windows omgeving. Enterprise Mobility MVP, Micha Wets zijn sessie toont dat er modernere manieren zijn om je configuraties te controleren en binnenkort af te dwingen.

Sessie 2: The new EDGE is here!

Na 35 jaar trouwe dienst, begraaft Microsoft officieel Internet Explorer met de lancering van de nieuwe EDGE browser. Waarom je deze browser moet gebruiken wordt uitgelegd door Windows Insider MVP Erik Moreau.

Sessie 3: Ransomware

In deze sessie laat Didier Van Hoye – MVP en Technical Architect & Strategist – de impact zien van Ransomware. Hij belooft een ton aan (eng en benauwde) real-world voorbeelden.

Agenda:

• 18h00: Welcome & Food

• 18h30: Azure Policy Guest Configurations: The end of Windows GPO? – Micha Wets

• 19h15: The New Edge – Erik Moreau

• 20h00: Break

• 20h15: Ransomware – Didier van Hooye

• 21h00: Networking and Questions

• 21h30: End

Wanneer: Dinsdag 3 Maart om 18:00

Locatie: Sentia, Denen 157, 9080 Lochristi

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The Slides

Azure Policy Guest Configurations: The end of Windows GPO? – Micha Wets

The New Edge – Erik Moreau

Ransomware – Didier van Hooye

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19564

Hi All,

Late last week Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 19564 to the Insider Fast ring, upgrading did take some time longer than expected, but all were successful for me, if you’re lucky you might get the new calendar app preview option

Pipline Testing:

After installing Build 19564.1000, Windows Insiders will be offered Build 19564.1005 (KB4541091) as a Cumulative Update via Windows Update. This Cumulative Update does not include any new code and is designed to help us test our servicing pipeline.

Some reminder notifications have a special twist:

FeedbackHub url: https://aka.ms/AA7cdbd

What’s new in Build 19564

Graphics Settings Improvements

We’ve updated the Graphics settings page (Settings > System > Display > Graphics settings), allowing for better control over designating which GPU your apps run on. With this update, the app list and GPU preference are pre-populated on a best effort basis to improve the default preference management experience. If your desired app isn’t pre-populated, you can still add it by using the app selection drop-down.

The updated Graphics settings page with pre-populated app preference management.

You’ll notice alongside this, we’ve also added a search box and a filter for the list of apps.

Other updates for Insiders

Preview the new Calendar app on Windows 10

The new and improved Calendar app for Windows 10, showing a February 2020 calendar view.

We’ve been working on an improved version of the Calendar app for Windows 10 and the preview is now available to Windows Insiders! Here is a sneak peek of what’s new in the preview:

  1. New themes: choose from over 30 different themes!
  2. Improved month view: Month view now includes an agenda pane that lets you see your day’s events at a glance.
  3. Simplified event creation: We’ve made it even easier to add an event to your calendar.
  4. Redesigned account navigation: We’ve collapsed the account navigation pane, leaving more space for your day’s events.       All of your syncing calendar accounts are now represented as clickable icons on the left.

You can try the preview by going to the Calendar app and selecting the toggle to try the new experience. Don’t worry, you can always switch back at any time! We are excited to hear what you think of the new experience.

The toggle to try the new Calendar experience inside of the Calendar app.

Learn more about the Calendar preview here!

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue resulting in East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and the Japanese IME) potentially being missing from the language/keyboard switcher (e.g. opened by Windows key + Space key) after upgrading from 20H1 Build 19041 or lower builds to Windows 10 Insider Preview build (19536 or later). Please note that this fix will stop it from happening, however, if you were already impacted from a previous build, you’ll need to remove and re-add any keyboards that are missing from the keyboard switcher by going to Settings > Time & Language > Language > Preferred languages, in order to get yourself back into a good
  • We’ve updated the Japanese IME so that when using the new Microsoft Edge in inPrivate mode, this will also enable private mode in the IME.
  • We fixed an issue from the previous flight where if you brought up clipboard history (WIN+V) and dismissed it without pasting anything, input in many places would stop working until you rebooted your PC.
  • We fixed a rare crash when opening the Windows Ink Workspace.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Wheel UI (that you’d see when using a Surface Dial) crashing when no custom commands had been configured.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the login screen password field unexpectedly not rendering.
  • WSL Issue 4860: We’ve fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing this error message when using WSL2: A connection attempt failed on Windows.
  • We’ve resolved one issue preventing some Insiders from updating to newer builds with error 0xc1900101. We’re continuing to review logs to further investigate additional issues with this error code.
  • We fixed an issue with the Windows setup UI (that you would see when using an ISO, or if prompted to fix issues impacting Windows Update, such as low space) where the apostrophe in “you’re” was replaced by junk characters.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain devices no longer sleeping on idle in recent builds.
  • We reduced TLS usage in certain shell components. What does that mean for you? Basically, we made things take a little less memory, which also helps certain apps that are sensitive to TLS usage.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in a small set of Insiders seeing their system time unexpectedly jump forward.
  • We fixed a crash resulting in some Insiders seeing a green screen with a CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error message.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in a deadlock (where everything would freeze) when using your PC.
  • We fixed a crash some Insiders were hitting in EoaExperiences.exe when using the text input cursor indicator.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to set focus to the search box in the common file dialog when launched from remote desktop connection settings and certain other apps.
  • We fixed an issue where File Explorer wasn’t calculating the correct folder size in Properties when the UNC path was longer than MAX_PATH.
  • We fixed an issue where the banner at the top of Settings might say an update was in progress, even though Windows Update Settings would say you’re up to date.
  • For Insiders that have the Settings header, you may notice the OneDrive icon has been updated with today’s build.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing when selecting sync across devices > Get Started under Clipboard.
  • We fixed an issue with wallpaper transitions on Build 19536+, which was affecting some third-party wallpaper apps.

Known issues

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0x8007042b.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • When you upgrade with certain languages, like Japanese, the “Installing Windows X%” page isn’t rendering the text correctly (only boxes are displayed).
  • The cloud recovery option for Reset this PC isn’t working on this build. Please use the local reinstall option when performing Reset this PC.