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Microsoft strips manual deferrals of future feature upgrades from Windows 10, cites 'confusion'
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 10:02:00 -0700

Microsoft eliminated the ability to manually defer feature upgrades from reaching unmanaged PCs running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education, according to recently revised documentation.

The company said it made the change in Windows 10 May 2020 Update, aka 2004, "to prevent confusion" on the part of customers.

In versions prior to 2004, users were able to access deferral settings via the graphical user interface (GUI) within Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options. There, Pro, Enterprise and Education users could manually defer feature upgrades – the two issued each year in spring and fall – by as many as 365 days. What Microsoft called "quality updates," another name for the monthly Patch Tuesday security updates, could be postponed by up to 30 days.

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Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:41:00 -0700

At AskWoody, we’ve been lamenting the sporadic lack of update deferral settings in Win10 version 2004 for some months. At times, the disappearance of the “feature” (version) deferral and “quality: (cumulative update) deferral settings in Advanced Updates appeared to be a beta/Insider build glitch, a changing design tick, a regurgitated A/B test, or a remnant of an upgrade gone bad. 

Now, we have official confirmation that the options in Windows Update’s Advanced Settings applet are gone for good. It’s easy to see, when you compare the Advanced Settings screens side-by-side.

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Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 11
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 03:00:00 -0700

What a long, strange trip it's been.

From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google's mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved.

Here's a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform's birth to present. (Feel free to skip ahead if you just want to see what’s new in Android 11.)

Android versions 1.0 to 1.1: The early days

Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 — a release so ancient it didn't even have a cute codename.

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6 handy hidden features in Google Docs on Android
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 03:00:00 -0700

Few apps are more critical to mobile productivity than the humble word processor. I think I've probably spent a solid seven years of my life staring at Google Docs on one device or another at this point, and those minutes only keep ticking up further with practically every passing day.

While we can't do much about the need to gaze at that word-filled white screen, what we can do is learn how to make every moment spent within Docs count — and in the Docs Android app, specifically, there are some pretty spectacular tucked-away time-savers just waiting to be embraced.

Make a mental note of these advanced shortcuts and options, and put 'em to good use the next time you find yourself staring at Docs on your own device.

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Review: Windows 10 May 2020 Update delivers little tweaks that add up to... well, not a lot
Tue, 12 May 2020 03:00:00 -0700

Despite calls for Microsoft to significantly delay its spring Windows release due to the pandemic, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, version 2004, is expected to begin rolling out to users in the next few weeks. Industry watchers initially expected it on May 12, Patch Tuesday, but the public release now appears to be slated for the last week in May. Nevertheless, the software is feature complete; what is thought to be the final preview build shipped to Microsoft's Release Preview ring of Windows Insiders on April 30, and the SDK was released to developers on May 12.

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1. Why AMD’s energy efficiency milestone is important to the emerging cloud desktop

AMD this week announced it had exceeded its goal to increase energy efficiency 25-fold by 2020.  Called the 25x20 goal, it has been a driving force for the company for most of the last decade and explains why cloud providers like Google have begun to favor AMD processors. 

But the real importance will show up as we move to universal VDI or what I call the emergence of the cloud desktop market and products like Virtual Windows, which have been particularly helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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2. Flashback Friday: Color me confounded

This tech’s co-workers dread when he goes on vacation, reports a pilot fish on the scene, because problems always arise when he leaves.

But he does go, and it’s soon noticed that the computer that’s supposed to gather data on all outgoing phone calls doesn’t seem to be creating new records.

Fish and colleagues find that computer standing amid a jungle of cables, and nothing to indicate what they all do.

“After a half-hour of fighting with it,” says fish, “we had to disturb our friend on his vacation.” And he says the solution is simple: Just plug the dark gray cable into the computer.

All they see, though, is a bunch of equally gray cables.

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3. Wayback Wednesday: Of course not

User calls pilot fish and complains, “My PC won’t work for any network applications.”
What happens when you try? fish asks.

“Nothing!” user says. “I just get something like a ‘Network not found’ error.”

Is this affecting anyone else over there? fish asks.

“Nope, just me,” replies user.

Can you try a couple of things for me?

“No, not really. I’m not at my PC and calling from another desk.”

Why?

“I just changed cubicles and my phone doesn’t work yet.”

So fish makes the trek to the user’s cube. After a quick inspection of the PC and its connections, he turns to the user. Who reconnected your PC? he asks.

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4. The Internet of Things in 2020: More vital than ever
Just when we needed it most, the internet of things is delivering gobs of data and remote device control across almost every industry, from healthcare to agriculture.
5. Flashback Friday: Color me confounded

This tech’s co-workers dread when he goes on vacation, reports a pilot fish on the scene, because problems always arise when he leaves.

But he does go, and it’s soon noticed that the computer that’s supposed to gather data on all outgoing phone calls doesn’t seem to be creating new records.

Fish and colleagues find that computer standing amid a jungle of cables, and nothing to indicate what they all do.

“After a half-hour of fighting with it,” says fish, “we had to disturb our friend on his vacation.” And he says the solution is simple: Just plug the dark gray cable into the computer.

All they see, though, is a bunch of equally gray cables.

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6. Wayback Wednesday: Of course not

User calls pilot fish and complains, “My PC won’t work for any network applications.”
What happens when you try? fish asks.

“Nothing!” user says. “I just get something like a ‘Network not found’ error.”

Is this affecting anyone else over there? fish asks.

“Nope, just me,” replies user.

Can you try a couple of things for me?

“No, not really. I’m not at my PC and calling from another desk.”

Why?

“I just changed cubicles and my phone doesn’t work yet.”

So fish makes the trek to the user’s cube. After a quick inspection of the PC and its connections, he turns to the user. Who reconnected your PC? he asks.

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