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Microsoft Weekly: Patch Tuesday, Outlook, and bugs

It is the top of one more week and that implies that it is time once more to recap all the things vital that occurred within the Microsoft universe previously few days. This time, we’ve got Patch Tuesday, some Outlook information, and some bugs to debate. Learn on for our weekly digest for August 6 – August 12!


Microsoft Weekly graphic with Outlook logo on the left and ladybug clipart on the right

It is the top of one more week and that implies that it is time once more to recap all the things vital that occurred within the Microsoft universe previously few days. This time, we’ve got Patch Tuesday, some Outlook information, and some bugs to debate. Learn on for our weekly digest for August 6 – August 12!

Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday text on bright blue background

This week hosted the second Tuesday of the month, which implies that it was Patch Tuesday week for Home windows customers. As at all times, cumulative updates that includes patches and safety fixes have been rolled out for supported variations of Microsoft’s working techniques.

Home windows 7 and Home windows 8.1 acquired KB5016679 and KB5016683, respectively. The enhancements between them are shared as each repair points in troubleshooters and Native Safety Authority Server Service (LSASS). Apparently although, Home windows 7 accommodates recognized points however Home windows 8.1 doesn’t. You will need to be aware that Home windows 7 Patch Tuesday updates are actually solely supplied to these paying for prolonged safety replace (ESU).

In the meantime, Home windows 10 netted KB5016616 that fixes some printing and safety points. There are three recognized issues on this construct to pay attention to too, however Microsoft has supplied mitigations for every of them.

In the identical vein, Home windows 11 acquired KB5016629 with some safety patches and basic enhancements. There may be one recognized subject relevant to IT admins, so these can test it out right here. Apparently sufficient, Home windows 11 Launch Preview Insiders with model 22H2 have been additionally supplied the identical replace.

Patch Tuesday is not all that was supplied to Home windows units, although. Home windows 11 Dev Channel Insiders bought construct 25179 which brings tabbed File Explorer for all, enter enhancements, and even ISOs. That mentioned, those that favor ISO installations ought to know that downloading Home windows ISOs from Fido scripts in Rufus not seems to be attainable. In actual fact, the developer is searching for assist from others within the matter.

However going again to the subject of Insider rollouts, Home windows 11 Beta Channel Insiders bought their arms on builds 22621.575 and construct 22622.575. As has been the case these days, the previous comes with sure new options disabled by default whereas the latter has them toggled on. You could find each changelogs right here.

It is also value noting that construct 25179 was additionally launched for Home windows Server vNext customers. As standard, there isn’t a changelog, however there’s one recognized subject that IT admins ought to pay attention to.

A brand new Outlook

Outlook logo on a black and red background

Microsoft has introduced that after testing through an opt-in expertise with a subset of customers for the previous few months, it’s now prepared to maneuver Outlook apps to a brand new location for everybody quickly. Slightly than displaying them horizontally under folders, Microsoft can be transferring them to the left navigation panel. In accordance with the corporate, this can provide vertical house to suit extra apps and can lead to a constant design. The fast consumer suggestions has been blended, to say the least.

Oh, and talking of Outlook, Microsoft has confirmed that there’s a problem in Outlook Desktop which leads to frequent crashes. Whereas the agency investigates the problem, it has supplied some workarounds.

After a bunch of contradictory statements, Microsoft lastly confirmed this week that Microsoft 365 entry is just not being lower off for Workplace 2016 and 2019 subsequent 12 months in spite of everything. Whereas the shoppers on this house may encounter degraded experiences on this house after October 2023, their entry will not be blocked.

And coming over to smaller app updates, Workplace for iOS 2.64 Beta acquired textual content highlighting enhancements in PowerPoint, new capabilities in Excel, and Scribble help. In the meantime, Skype Insider model 8.88.76.100 netted improved message quoting and a bunch of bug fixes. And it seems that Microsoft PowerToys is getting a brand new Display Ruler software fairly quickly, take a look right here.

Vulnerabilities, bugs, and points, oh my!

A Windows 11 logo as a window with some ladybugs crawling towards it

This week, we discovered that loads of Home windows 11 and Home windows Server CPUs containing Vectorized AES (VAES) instruction are vulnerable to “knowledge harm”. Though Microsoft has additionally rolled out patches, it has famous that you could be expertise efficiency degradation almost about BitLocker, TLS in load balancers, and disk throughput for a interval of 1 month after putting in the updates. AES-based operations could also be slower by an element of two as properly. You could find out the scope of the issue and affected CPUs right here.

One other fascinating bug disclosed by a Microsoft worker themselves is that the Microsoft Retailer may apparently not show a rely of greater than 2,000 critiques. Though this odd cap has now been eliminated, the Principal Architect lead of the Microsoft Retailer Rudy Huyn hasn’t revealed why it existed within the first place.

Moreover, these utilizing Home windows 8.1 by Home windows 11 may expertise issues putting in the Safety replace for Safe Boot DBX. The replace will fail to put in with error code 0x800f0922 and whereas Microsoft is investigating the problem, it has recommended updating the UEFI BIOS.

In additional information associated to bugs, Microsoft has additionally notified Home windows 10 and 11 customers of issues when opening XPS paperwork. Apart from the shortcoming to open XPS and OXPS paperwork in non-English languages, XPS Viewer stops responding and begins hogging CPU and RAM assets till it crashes upon reaching 2.5GB of RAM utilization. This has apparently been taking place for the reason that June 2022 and Microsoft is now actively working to resolve it.

In some items of excellent information, Microsoft is lastly fixing climate accuracy in Home windows Widgets. This has been cited as an issue by tons of customers not too long ago, and it is good to know that the corporate is lastly lively on this entrance. Moreover, August’s Patch Tuesday has additionally resolved the Safe Boot GRUB vulnerability, discover out all the small print right here.

Git gud

A graphic showing Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard

We’ll begin this part off with some information about Microsoft accusing Sony of paying off builders to cease video games from touchdown on Xbox Recreation Move. Alternatively, Sony cited considerations {that a} profitable acquisition of Activision Blizzard may result in gamers abandoning PlayStation consoles in favor of Xbox. These revelations are simply the newest in Microsoft’s ongoing and big $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

In additional enterprise gaming information, Unity has tapped Microsoft as its cloud accomplice as the 2 leverage from Azure to permit builders to construct extra compelling real-time 3D experiences. Prospects of Parallels Desktop can be happy to know that model 18 of the virtualization software program brings tons of gaming enhancements too. Moreover, one more video of the alleged two-toned white and black Xbox Elite Controller Collection 2 has surfaced, however the jury remains to be out on when Microsoft will formally unveil it.

In the meantime, these looking out for gross sales ought to take a gander on the Xbox Final Add-on Sale headlined by Murderer’s Creed and Name of Obligation. And those that have a desire for PC gaming ought to take a look at our weekend offers, personally curated by Information Editor Pulasthi Ariyasinghe.

Dev Channel

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Desktop Icons

As he does each week, discussion board member Adam Bottjen – also called “Warwagon” within the boards – printed his Tech Suggestions Tuesday article the place he launched a few of our readers to a nifty approach to find desktop icons with ease.

The Windows 11 logo with the stock wallpaper on the background

In the meantime, Information Reporter Taras Buria wrote a information on how one can allow a brand new taskbar animation in Home windows 11 Dev Channel construct 25179. Though it does not add utility, some may prefer it for its aesthetics.

Windows 11 desktop with thumbs up party face and face blowing a kiss emoji

I printed two companion editorials on the subject of Home windows 11. The primary was in regards to the prime 5 smaller options that I actually like in Home windows 11, you possibly can learn it right here.

Windows 11 desktop wallpaper with thumbs down enraged and persevering emoji

Alternatively, the second piece went in the other way and I talked in regards to the 5 comparatively minor issues that I dislike in Home windows 11.

Tabbed File Explorer open on Windows 11 desktop

Since tabbed File Explorer is now obtainable for everybody within the Home windows 11 Dev Channel, I additionally thought that it could be enjoyable to debate my private ideas on how Microsoft can really make the most of this interface, learn my views right here.

Lastly, our resident reviewer Christopher White argued that Amazon’s $1.7 billion acquisition of iRobot is not actually about spying on you, regardless of what some on-line fearmongering would have you ever consider. You possibly can take a look at Christopher’s ideas on the subject right here.

Logging off

Our most fascinating piece of stories this week pertains to Telegram CEO Paul Durov slamming Apple for blocking the corporate’s app replace for 2 weeks simply because it does not need Telemoji on its platform. In case you’re not sure what the time period means, it is mainly a brand new tackle typical emoji and an try and breathe new life into them by animating them by high-quality vectorized variations. It is unclear why Apple is on the warpath towards Telemoji, however it has requested Durov to take away the precise functionality from Telegram.


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