Microsoft is making some firm commitments to the future of app stores on Windows today. The software giant has published 10 principles it’s adopting as promises to app developers, including that it won’t block competing stores on the platform or block specific business models an app may use to make money.
The principles also cover Microsoft holding its own apps to the same standards as competing apps and a commitment to “charge reasonable fees” that are reflective of rival app stores on Windows. Microsoft also says it won’t block apps on Windows based on a developer’s choice of in-app payment systems.
These new principles are a clear response to app store issues surrounding both Apple and Google — in particular, Epic Games’ ongoing legal battle with Apple. Epic Games implemented its own payment system inside Fortniteon both iOS and Android, breaching Apple and Google’s policies and forcing developers
Cisco has released security updates for high-severity security flaws affecting Webex Teams for Windows, its Identity Services Engine, and Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras.
In this month’s first round of security updates from Cisco, the most serious vulnerability addressed is a remote code-execution (RCE) and denial-of-service (DoS) bug affecting its Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras.
The flaw, tracked as CVE-2020-3544, has a severity rating of 8.8 out of 10, on par with similar RCE and DoS flaws it disclosed in August affecting the Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras.
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Both sets of vulnerabilities were reported by Qian Chen of Qihoo 360 Nirvan Team and both concern flaws in the Cisco Discovery Protocol, a Layer 2 or data link layer protocol in the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) networking model.
Similarly, both are due to “missing checks when an IP camera processes
The thing is, everyone uses their PC or laptop differently. Microsoft believes having that information when a user is setting up their new Windows 10 laptop or PC will help customize the experience better. In what is a new setup screen for Windows 10 that us being tested, users will be asked what they will use the PC for. The larger bucket of use cases mentioned include Gaming, Family, Creativity, Schoolwork, Entertainment and Business. A user will have the option to select multiple scenarios from this, depending on what all they intend to do with their new computing device. This new start screen is rolling out with the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20231 that is now available for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
Windows 10 will soon alert users if their SSD is at risk of breaking down, and advise them to backup their data pronto.
We’ve all been in the unfortunate situation of desperately trying to recover important data from a storage drive that’s met an untimely end. Fortunately, Microsoft is now working on a new feature that will help warn users of an impending drive failure before the dreaded event occurs.
The new feature comes packaged as part of the latest
Insider Preview Build 20226, and is designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSD and provide a heads-up when it detects a risk of imminent failure. If a problem is detected, Windows will provide a notification recommending that users immediately back up their data – immediately being the key word, here.
Microsoft has released on Friday a new tool that will allow system administrators to update the Defender security package inside Windows installation images (WIM or VHD supported).
The new tool was created for enterprise environments where workstations and servers are serviced or mass-installed using installation images.
Some of these images are reused for months at a time, and the Microsoft Defender (default antivirus) package found inside would usually end up being installed using an out-of-date detection database.
The newly installed Windows operating systems would eventually update the Defender package, but Microsoft says that this creates a “protection gap” during which systems could be easily attacked and infected.
Microsoft’s new tool is intended to allow system administrators to update their WIM or VHD installation images to contain the most recent Defender component before deploying it on their device fleet.
The new tool was provided for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and
Microsoft has released an optional preview update for Windows 10 version 2004 that addresses Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 issues that emerged after September’s Patch Tuesday update.
The preview update KB4577063 for Windows 10 version 2004, aka the May 2020 Update, bumps up this version to build number 19041.546.
This preview update brings many of the same fixes Microsoft released in last week’s 20H2 Beta preview for Insiders on the Release Preview Channels. Microsoft is expected to release 20H2, or the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, either this month or in November.
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Two key issues addressed in this optional update for Windows 10 2004 are the WSL 2 bugs and a lingering connectivity issue with WWAN LTE modems.
The update addresses an issue in WSL that generates an ‘Element not found’ error when users try to start WSL.
Windows 10 is adding a Task Manager widget within the Xbox Game Bar to help you manage your computer’s resources without leaving a game.As spotted by WindowsCentral, the new ‘Resources’ widget lets you monitor which programs are causing the most strain on your computer, assess why your in-game performance may be hitching and close programs quickly without tabbing out. You’ll also be able to see how much load there is on your CPU, RAM, DISK and GPU, much like the traditional Task Manager application. It’s a neat timesaver that means you won’t have to alt-tab or hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE so often to figure out your in-game issues.
The Windows 10 Task Manager Bar in action.
You can get access to the feature right now by enrolling in the Game Bar – SDK Development app within the Xbox Insider Hub on Windows 10. The Xbox Insider Hub allows Windows and Xbox users
If your PC gaming performance is occasionally sluggish with no apparent reason, then often it’s in your benefit to check out the task manager and see if there’s anything happening there on your system (perhaps in the background) that’s gobbling up a pretty hefty chunk of your resources. It might, for example, help you identify that gaming while having Google Chrome with a dozen tabs open usually isn’t a good idea!
With that being said, however, task manager isn’t an entirely friendly proposition if you’re planning to check it out while gaming. Often it can cause the application to completely freeze up which, by proxy, doesn’t really give you an entirely accurate view of what’s happening. It’s the equivalent of checking your heart rate while exercising, but only doing so during ‘rest’ periods.
In a report via PCGamesN, however, a sneaky peek at the latest Windows 10 insider build has
It’s been a while since Microsoft officials talked up what’s happening with Windows 10 on Arm. But on September 30, Microsoft provided a bit of an update on some of the work that’s been happening with that platform.
Microsoft confirmed in a blog post on September 30 that Windows on Arm will be able to run x64 apps with x64 emulation. Windows Insiders will get this capability in test builds in November. The blog post doesn’t mention when this capability will be generally available.
Currently, Windows on Arm natively supports Arm apps, including ARM64 versions. But so far, only 32-bit Intel (x86) apps are supported in emulation. This lack of x64 emulation has limited the number of apps that can run on Windows on Arm devices, since apps that are 64-bit only haven’t been able to run on these devices. In May, there were hints Microsoft was making