Microsoft Begins Move Away from SharePoint Workflows


Microsoft has made some announcements regarding the future of SharePoint Workflows component that is baked into SharePoint 2010 Online. Specifically, the company revealed this week, end of support for the component will come this year. Furthermore, Workflows for SharePoint 2013 Online will be deprecated.

Microsoft started discussing the removal of the traditional SharePoint Workflows last August. Of course, for SharePoint 2010 Online users, end-of-support means no new security patches, fixes, or anything else.

If you’re unfamiliar with Workflows, it is a component of SharePoint that offers prebuilt applications in the form of templates. Customers can use these apps to automate processes across their organization.

In removing Workflows, Microsoft is making a more concerted effort to drive users to its Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) tool. This is a service that allows users to create automated workflows across applications. It can be described as an enterprise-oriented IFTTT competitor. By creating automated chains, users can get data collection, file synchronization, and notifications.

Importantly, Microsoft’s deadlines for Workflows only relate to SharePoint customers using the Online version of the platform. Redmond wanted to make this clear in its confirmation blog post:

“SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013-based workflows will continue to be supported for on-premises SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2019 Server platforms until 2026.”


Microsoft points to the following dates for end-of-support for SharePoint Workflows in SharePoint 2010 Online:

  • Starting August 1st, 2020, SharePoint 2010 workflows will be turned off for newly created tenants.  
  • Starting November 1st, 2020, Microsoft will begin to remove the ability to run or create SharePoint 2010 workflows from existing tenants.


As for SharePoint 2013 Online, Workflows will be deprecated with no further development of the tool. However, Microsoft will continue to roll out security patches and other fixes to the service in the future. Expect that to eventually change and for Workflows to reach end-of-support on SharePoint 2013 Online too.

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How to Change the Default App Install Location in Windows 10


Installing apps in Microsoft’s latest OS can be surprisingly frustrating. While the process itself is relatively stable, both the Windows Store and .msi files insist on installing them in preset locations which may not match the user’s preferences. This leads many to wonder how to change the default installation location in Windows 10.

Though you can change the app install location for win64 apps during setup, it requires manual input each time. As a result, tiny OS drives can quickly fill up with hundreds of small programs that become a chore to delete.

Thankfully, there’s an often-overlooked method to change the default install location in Windows 10 for both types of apps. Microsoft provides a handy toggle in its ‘Settings’ app, but it’s quite difficult to spot if you aren’t specifically looking for it. Today, we’re going to show you how to find it and edit your Win32/64 and Microsoft Store download location.

How to Change Your Default Install/Download Location in Windows 10

  1. Open Settings

    Press the Start button and click the Settings cog in the bottom-left corner, above the power button.

    Windows10 - Open Settings

  2. Click on System Settings

    Windows10 - Settings - Open System

  3. Find your Storage settings and click “change where new content is saved”

    The Storage sub-menu can be found on the left sidebar. You can then access the menu to change the default install location in Windows 10.

    Windows 10 - Settings - System - Storage

  4. Change the default installation location to the drive of your choice

    You’ll be presented with several dropdowns for different media content. Change the top one, “New apps will save to:”, to an alternative drive with enough free space.

    Windows 10 - Settings - System - Storage - Changed Where New Content Is Saved - New Apps Will Save To

  5. Apply your new installation directory

    Next to the dropdown, don’t forget to hit “Apply” to ensure the changes persist. You can then close the settings menu and install your apps.

    Windows 10 - Settings - System - Storage - Changed Where New Content Is Saved - New Apps Will Save To - Apply

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Microsoft Cements Future Surface Duo Magnet Hinge Concept in Newly Found Patent


Microsoft is preparing to launch the Surface Duo Android smartphone, which could land as early as August. One of the biggest talking points about the hardware is its dual screen. We know Microsoft is going full steam ahead with dual-screen and folding screen tech, and future iterations of the Surface Duo will reflect the company’s ongoing development.

That R&D has been centered on Microsoft Patents that show the company wants its dual screens to become more advanced. In the latest patent, discovered by Windows Latest, Redmond shows how it plans for dual screens to be used together or separately.

As we have seen in several other Microsoft Patents, the idea is focused on magnets. Microsoft filed the patent back in November 2018.

“The description relates to devices that can include first and second portions. A virtual magnetic hinge assembly can rotationally secure the two portions yet a user can separate the device portions as desired.

“One example can include a first elongate magnetic hinge assembly encapsulated in a first end of the first portion and a second elongate magnetic hinge assembly encapsulated in a first end of the second portion. The first and second elongate magnetic hinge assemblies can bias the first ends together while allowing the first and second portions to be rotated through a range of rotations.”

Virtual Hinge

Future Surface Duo devices could leverage magnets laid across one edge to connect two tablets. Firstly, this would allow the kind of form factor where users can position the screen in several stances (open, laptop, closed, tablet, etc.).

This is essentially the same kind of virtual hinge we discussed earlier this month. It certainly seems Microsoft is committed to using a magnet for future hinges on Surface products. In the newly discovered patent, Microsoft says such a system would mean no dust can enter the mechanism and two sides could be separated.

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How to Set up a Metered Connection in Windows 10 for WI-FI or Ethernet


There are countless reasons you might want to limit the bandwidth your PC uses, from frustrating data caps to generally slow internet or because you’re downloading something time-sensitive. In recent times, Microsoft has even embraced this philosophy, giving users the tool to set up a metered connection in Windows 10.

Those who live in cities in the western world probably don’t have to worry about data caps or internet speed, but if you live in a rural area or underserved country you probably have a different experience. Satellite, dial-up, and mobile hotspot connections are surprisingly common, and a metered connection in Windows 10 will give you more control over where that limited bandwidth goes.

At the same time, those with good connections may find they’ve created a metered network accidentally and could be faced with errors like “setup incomplete because of a metered connection” when using their printer.

We’re going to be showing you how to set up a metered connection in Windows 10, but the process should also make it obvious how to turn it off again. We’re also going to talk a little about the benefits and drawbacks of the feature.

What is a metered connection?

Will all this talk, you may be wondering what a metered connection is and how it manages to save bandwidth. For the most part, it affects Windows services, stopping them from using your connection automatically and switching to a more manual system. For some, this may be preferred either way. Getting into specifics, it affects the following:

  • A Windows 10 metered connection disables automatic downloads for most Windows updates: With the exception of critical security updates, Windows will not automatically download them.
  • Disables automatic Microsoft Store app updates: Games and apps will stay at their current version unless you manually approve changes.
  • Disables p2p update sharing: Usually, Windows 10 uploads an update to other PCs on the internet so speed up the acquisition process. This doesn’t happen on metered Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  • The functionality of other apps may be affected: Other apps that have peer-to-peer file sharing, and some Microsoft Store apps, may limit or disable their upload/downloads. Depending on your settings, your VPN may also stop working.

How to Set Up a Metered Ethernet Connection in Windows 10

  1. Open Settings

    Press “Ctrl + I” from the desktop to open Settings, then click “Network & Internet > Ethernet”, and click on the adapter name. In our case, ‘Network 3’.

  2. Set up or Turn off Metered Connection

    Under the “Metered connection” heading, toggle the “Set as metered connection” button.

    This will only set the ethernet connection as metered for that specific connection. You’ll have to set it individually if your PC has multiple ethernet connections, such as a VPN or VM.

How to Set Up a Metered Wi-Fi Connection in Windows 10

There are two methods to enable a metered Wi-Fi connection, and the first is through settings.

  1. Open Wi-Fi settings

    Press “Ctrl + I” to open Settings, then click “Network & Internet > Wi-Fi”. Click your currently active Wi-Fi network.

    Windows 10 Wi-Fi Settings

  2. Turn off or Enable the metered Wi-Fi connection

    Metered WiFi Connection

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Microsoft PowerPoint Live Presentations Arrives on the Web


Microsoft says its Live Presentations feature for PowerPoint is now widely available. The company initially introduced this tool earlier in the year. It is available on Microsoft 365 and Office for the web.

As the name suggests, Live Presentations allows PowerPoint users to set up presentations where users can interact more deeply with details. When giving a presentation online, invitees can zoom in on slides, photos, and details in real-time.

“With Live presentations in PowerPoint, audience members can see a presentation on their devices and read live subtitles in their preferred language while you speak. They can use “pinch to zoom” to see the slides more clearly on mobile devices, give feedback, send live reactions to the presenter, and navigate back to review previous slides.”

All Microsoft 365 subscribers can now use the tool. However, audience members don’t need to be subscribed to be able to see Live Presentations.


During a presentation, audience members can see a transcription of spoken words. Furthermore, Microsoft Translate works behind the scenes to deliver transcriptions of foreign languages. When a presentation is over, members can use a survey to rate the presentation.

“If an audience member would like to have your words translated for them into a different language, they can tap the language indicator and select from one of more than 60 other languages. Once they’ve selected their language your spoken words will be machine translated into that language, and shown to them on their device as subtitles.”

PowerPoint Live Presentations is rolling out now. It is available on Microsoft Edge version 80+, Google Chrome version 72+, Mozilla Firefox version 68+, or Opera version 60+ on Windows or Mac.

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Zoom Announces New Data Center Choice for Paid Customers


Amidst the multitude of problems Zoom has faced in recent weeks, it’s easy to forget the company is actually riding the crest of a wave. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced hundreds of millions indoors, Zoom has become the go-to video communication tool. So much so, app saw its user-base jump from 10 million to over 200 million within weeks.

In a blog post, Zoom has announced a new tool for its paid customers. Specifically, the app will now allow those users to select which countries their meetings route through. While this is a positive move, it only comes after the app received criticism for routing meeting calls through Chinese data centers, even if the meetings were not hosted in China.

Of course, that situation raised some security concerns and prompted companies like Google to ban Zoom use amongst its staff. Zoom has responded with the new feature that will be available from April 18.

Paid users can “opt in or out of a specific data center region.” However, the company explains default regions will remain locked: Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan/Hong Kong, Latin America, and the U.S.

Further Measures

Additionally, Zoom now says not non-Chinese meetings will be passed through China. It seems this new ability is not part of the feature freeze the company imposed late last month. Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said the company was not developing any new features for 90 days to help teams keep up with demand.

Yuan also admitted the company was not prepared for its rapid growth.

“We did not design the product with the foresight that, in a matter of weeks, every person in the world would suddenly be working, studying, and socializing from home. We now have a much broader set of users who are utilizing our product in a myriad of unexpected ways, presenting us with challenges we did not anticipate when the platform was conceived.”

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Windows 10: How to Enable the Windows Sandbox Feature


Microsoft has taken pains to secure Windows 10, but there are still many malicious applications out there. It’s in these cases you’ll wonder how to enable the Windows Sandbox, but there are situations outside of security where the feature can also be useful.

recent times, for example, Microsoft released a Power Shell script for Windows Sandbox that lets users help fight corona-virus. It uses an open-source app to simulate protein dynamics, all inside Windows 10’s new safety feature.

Enabling the hardware virtualization add-on is very easy compared to a traditional virtual machine and the tiny version of the company’s OS only takes up 100MB. Windows Sandbox also deletes everything from the session after you close it, so there’s no need for time-consuming cleanup.

With this guide, we’ll walk you through exactly how to enable the Sandbox, but know that it isn’t possible on Windows 10 Home. You’ll need the following requirements:

  • Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise
  • Version 18305 (Windows 10 May 2019 update) or higher
  • A CPU with hardware virtualization enabled
  • At least two processor cores
  • 4 GB of RAM

Though the Sandbox itself only takes up 100MB, Microsoft also recommends you have 1GB or hardware space, just to ensure your main OS will run smoothly in the background. With that said, let’s jump into the first step.

Enable the Windows 10 Sandbox via Optional Features

  1. Press “Windows + R” to open the Run box and type “optional features”.  Press OK.
Windows 10 - Run - Optional Features
Windows 10 – Run – Optional Features

2. As expected, the Windows Features pop-up will appear, asking which you’d like to enable. A bit of scrolling and you’ll find the correct entry. Tick it and press OK. You may be prompted to restart your PC.

Windows 10 - optional features
Windows 10 – optional features

3. You can then run the Windows 10 Sandbox by searching for “Sandbox” in the Start menu.

Windows 10 - Search - Sandbox
Windows 10 – Search – Sandbox

4. The application will open a new window with a virtual system. In it, you can copy the setup files of a potentially dangerous application, install it inside the Sandbox and then test it without risk. Once you close the Windows 10 sandbox, all files you have placed and changes you have made there will be automatically removed.

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In January this year, Microsoft completed a roll-out of Data Consistency Scoring to help Mailbox Migrations leveraging the Mailbox Replication Service (MRS). As the Director of Enterprise Migrations at Quadrotech, to say I’m a bit too excited for this update is an understatement. We’ve integrated these changes into the latest release of our Office 365 mailbox migration software.

The problem with Mailbox Migrations before the new Data Consistency Scoring

Data corruption is a prominent issue Admins were facing daily with mailbox migrations initially before the new Data Consistency Scoring was introduced. Although now this is notably much less of an issue than it has been in the past, it’s still a reality of some of the complications which can occur during Office 365 migrations. Over the years, as Exchange has matured, the data issues have become less arduous. However, there are still some which can hinder a migration.

Previously, during a migration, the admin could set an acceptable BadItemLimit. Most administrators picked between 25 and 50 items. As the migration occurred, the system would tally the bad items that it found. If the number of bad items found was under this limit, the migration would continue. If it exceeded this limit, or no limit was defined and items were found, then the migration would not complete until the administrator raised the limit.

But, what exactly is a bad item? Bad items are those which have failed, and are unable, to move from the source account to the target during the migration. Most commonly people think of this as actual email, however it can also be non-item data like Folder Level Permissions that can’t migrate. With the latter being the larger annoyance.

The main challenge here was that these all lacked differentiation and migration projects would appear to have a high number of ‘bad items’ when actually these were common low priority inconsistencies, for example, folder level permissions mentioned above that can’t migrate. This also meant that if there was a high-risk bad item, and an admin ran a migration by default, they would not be aware of it. From experience, I know folder permissions will fail and for me and my clients, and this isn’t a cause for concern. However, if actual messages fail, this is a more pressing matter, I’ll want to know more and document it.

It should be noted that you can remove these problem permissions in some cases, however, as we will read next, this new system negates this need.

What is the new system?

The new DCS solves this ongoing problem because it allows us to focus on the issues we care about. What we will be able to see with this new solution is each mailbox we migrate will be allocated a score, also referred to as a ‘grade’.

For simplicity, there are now four possible grades which have been presented in the latest Microsoft documentation:

During an Office 365 migration project there will be a lot you will have to oversee as an admin, so what makes this really useful is using the Data Consistency score because you’ll only be alerted to actual data loss or major issues that need attention. However, this still begs the question, what is the remedy if the score highlights corrupt items during your project? From experience, in almost all scenarios, I’d document it, raise the limit, add -acceptlargedatalossmaybe cry a little, and move on.

In the table above, you can see Investigate. In relation to this, I fear that during a mailbox migration this would be the same situation as mentioned prior. In this scenario, you’d have to move the mailbox. Your first option is to accept the situation and move on. The second option is to give the user a blank new mailbox. For the sake of simplicity, I think we can all agree that here, we are going to use option one.

The good news is, I’m not really seeing many Investigate from the DataConsistencyScore and my unofficial pooling of migration admins have only found two. Again, this is due to the stability of Exchange and enhancements to storage.

How do I use it?

The good news is that this feature has been rolled out to all tenants and is GA. If you want to see the scores of batches you are running, you can simply pop into the Migration UI in the Exchange admin center and view them. This will help you understand your scoring and understand your current situation.

If you’re using the admin center UI to submit batches, then you simply leave the BadItemLimit and LargeItemLimits blank in the new batch wizard.


If you’re submitting user and batches via PowerShell, simply stop using the -BadItemLimit and -LargeItemLimit switches in your scripts. This will default to the new scoring. You will need to approve any pairs that hit the Investigate stage, which depending on the source system, should be rare.
Can I use this for cross-forest moves with on-prem versions of Exchange?
No, so keep your scripts handy if you run into a Merger, Acquisition, Divestiture and/or have some accounts on-premises.

Can I use the old method?

For now, yes you can. However, the documentation warns that this is going to be turned off in the near future, so don’t incorporate this into any of your future migration plans.

What do I do with poor scores?

Again, I am not seeing these, but I’m sure there are some out there. The only remedy offered is to open a case with Microsoft for guidance.

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Microsoft’s Grammarly-killer Microsoft Editor is now available to download for Chrome and Edge

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Last week Microsoft announced a new service called Microsoft Editor, an AI-powered writing assistant that takes on Grammarly. Microsoft Editor helps you write with confidence in 20+ languages. Since it is a browser add-on, it will help you whenever you are on the web, right from writing emails to posting your story on Facebook.
Microsoft Editor has two different tiers. The free edition includes basic features such as spelling and basic grammar across Word, and the web. But with Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscription, you can have advanced grammar and style refinements such as clarity, conciseness, formal language, vocabulary suggestions, and much more.

Last week Microsoft announced a new service called Microsoft Editor, an AI-powered writing assistant that takes on Grammarly. Microsoft Editor helps you write with confidence in 20+ languages. Since it is a browser add-on, it will help you whenever you are on the web, right from writing emails to posting your story on Facebook.Microsoft Editor has two different tiers. The free edition includes basic features such as spelling and basic grammar across Word, and the web. But with Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscription, you can have advanced grammar and style refinements such as clarity, conciseness, formal language, vocabulary suggestions, and much more.

Some exclusive feature available for Microsoft 365 subscribers are listed below:

  • When you know what you want to say but can’t seem to find the “right” way to say it, just highlight a sentence and right-click for Rewrite Suggestions. Rewrite Suggestions in Word can offer ideas to help you rephrase sentences for more impact or clarity while staying true to your original meaning.
  • For the first time ever in Word, Editor’s similarity checker leverages plagiarism-checking capabilities to support writers in creating original content and, when necessary, insert relevant citations right into their document with just a click. This tool allows writers to focus less on the mechanics of writing and more on the content. And teachers love that similarity checker helps students learn how to appropriately cite content.
  • Additional style critiques including clarity, conciseness, formality, and inclusiveness assist Microsoft 365 subscribers to write with more confidence across documents, email, and the web. For example, the inclusive language critique can suggest refinements to help a writer avoid unintentional bias by suggesting a writer may want to try a term like “police officer” in place of “policeman.”

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Windows 10: How to Sync Time with an Atomic Clock World Time Server


If Windows 10 does not show the correct time, you can synchronize it automatically with an atomic clock time server.

Problems with a wrong system time actually should be a thing of the past with Windows 10 – in theory.

If your clock is still not working correctly, you can solve this with a just a few clicks.
Once you have permanently synced your system´s time with an atomic clock time server, it will be super precise as long as long as you connect frequently with the internet.
Before playing around with windows time servers, please check the currently active time zone of your PC. If minutes are shown correctly but the current hour isn´t, this is usually just a problem of a wrong time zone setting.
If your system is set to the correct time zone and still out of sync, you can connect Windows 10 with an atomic clock time server.

We show you where to change/control both time settings using the Windows 10 control panel.

Windows 10: Changing Time Zone

Press the hotkey “Windows + R” for the run dialog and execute the command “timedate.cpl”. This opens the settings for date and time.

Windows 10 - run - timedate.cpl
Windows 10 – run – timedate.cpl

There you click on “Change time zone”.

Windows 10 - Date and Time - Change time zone
Windows 10 – Date and Time – Change time zone

In “Time Zone Settings” you can select the correct time zone for your location. You should also check the box “Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time” so you don´t have to bother for seasonal changes.

Windows 10: Synchronizing with Atomic Clock World Time Server

In the main window of “Date and Time”, switch to “Internet Time”.

Windows 10 - Date and Time - Internet Time
Windows 10 – Date and Time – Internet Time

There click on “Change settings”. [Figure 02.2]

Windows 10 - Date and Time - Internet Time - Change settings
Windows 10 – Date and Time – Internet Time – Change settings

In “Internet time settings” check the box “Synchronize with an Internet time server” and enter the address “”. This is an atomic clock time server of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), a world renowned research institution in Braunschweig, Germany.

Its clock deviates in one year by just a 25 billionths of a second. This means you will be using one of the world’s most accurate clocks for your Windows 10-System. After clicking on “Update now” your system time should be extremely correct.

Windows 10 - Internet Time Settings - Synchronize with Internet time server
Windows 10 – Internet Time Settings – Synchronize with Internet time server
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