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Microsoft Updates Remote Desktop on Windows


Microsoft has rolled out an update for its Remote Desktop app. This release is focused on the Windows version of the tool. There are some interesting new features on board this bump, including the ability to copy files.

Remote Desktop is now on Version 10.1.1149.0. As mentioned, the standout new feature is the ability to copy files. Specifically, users can now copy files from local and remote PCs.

Elsewhere in the update, Microsoft has opened the app to allow users to access remote resources with their email address. It is worth noting this feature will only be allowed with admin permission.
Other new abilities added to the app include a choice to change the account assigned to a resource feed. As always, Microsoft has also squashed some bugs and focused on performance issues. You can check out the full changelog below:
You can now copy files between the local and remote PCs.
Your email address can now be used to access remote resources, if enabled by your admin.
The user account assigned to a remote resource feed can now be changed.
When assigning .rdp files to this app, a proper icon will be shown in File Explorer instead of a blank one.
Additional bug fixes.
If you want to check out the Remote Desktop app on Windows, you can grab it from the Microsoft Store here.
Recent iOS Updates
Recently, Microsoft has been showing the iOS version of Remote Desktop plenty of love. Back in November, Microsoft issued its first update for Remote Desktop on iOS in over a year. Since then, the company has continued its renewed commitment to the app. Last month, an extensive update was rolled out for iOS.

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Developers Have Managed to Hack Windows 10X onto a Macbook and Surface Go


Microsoft’s shiny new Windows 10X OS has months until its release but that hasn’t stopped developers from installing it on a Macbook and Surface Go. By extracting the image from the company’s recent emulator release, enterprising devs have managed to get up to all kinds of things.

One of these interesting hacks comes from app/game creator Steve Troughton-Smith, who has managed to Get Windows 10X running on his Surface Go. Touch and Wi-Fi drivers aren’t installed by default, but it appears to run quite well other than that. Obviously, the Go only has a single display, so it’ll split your screen in half.

Technical users can do the same by following this tutorial, though it doesn’t come without risks. You’ll also need a Windows 10 195xx build, a CPU with Hyper-V support, GPU with DCHU drivers, and the ability to disable Secure Boot. If you don’t know what any of those things mean, it’s probably best to leave it for now and just use the Microsoft-provided emulator.

Meanwhile, Twitter’s imbusho has managed to get Windows 10X running on a Macbook, an even more impressive feat. He says most drivers were working out of the box, including his touchpad driver, and shared a short clip of a YouTube video and the OS’ window behavior.

All of this is good fun, but obviously not a replacement for a full-fat OS. The emulator image can be quite buggy, and is likely to be missing various features. It gives a good idea of the OS, but we probably won’t know the full story until its launch with the Surface Neo in October.
For now, this is intended as a way for developers to start creating apps that make use of dual-screen and other capabilities. With a new Action Center, Taskbar, and more, this will be the biggest evolution to Windows in some time, and it’s important that app support is there to make use of it.

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Windows 10 20H1: New Features Microsoft is Adding this Spring


There’s still a couple of months until Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 20H1 (version 2004) to the masses. In fact, the new feature update likely won’t arrive until May. However, Microsoft has already finalized the build in terms of features. The remaining months of development will focus on stabilizing Windows 10 20H1.

As we look ahead to the release of the platform, what do we know about the OS in version 2004? Below we will take a look at Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, Windows Search, Cortana, Your Phone, and plenty of changes under the hood.

Starting with Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, Microsoft’s love of the open source platform continues. For those of us who are old enough, it is still amazing that Microsoft has embraced Linux like it has in recent years. Let’s not forget that the platform was once the arch nemesis of Windows in Microsoft’s eyes.
The fruition of Redmond’s new-found appreciation of Linux was encapsulated by Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Debuted in 2016 as part of the Anniversary Update, WSL allows users to run Linux executables on Windows 10.

With the launch of Windows 10 20H1, Microsoft will be moving to WSL2. The second iteration of WSL is important because it introduces a full Linux kernel in Windows 10. Users will be able to update the kernel through Windows Update, which will also include security updates. Of course, Linux is open source, so Microsoft is sticking to the mantra. The company is placing the kernel’s full source code on its GitHub service.

Cortana Changes

We have seen Microsoft transform Cortana over the last two years. The company shifted the voice assistant from a consumer-fronted service to a productivity tool. This was Microsoft way of saying Cortana was failing to compete against the likes of Amazon Alexa. Through 2019, this change became more dramatic as Microsoft split Cortana from the Windows Search experience.

Furthermore, Microsoft has started withdrawing Cortana from iOS and Android. Elsewhere, the assistant has also stopped functioning on the Invoke smart speaker.

In Windows 10 20H1, Microsoft has transitioned Cortana into an app rather than an integrated service. We have seen the Cortana app evolve through preview development on the Inside. When Version 2004 drops in May, the app will be widely available out of beta.

The new Cortana provides a chat-based UI. Users can type or speak in natural language and receive replies from the assistant. The app also fits with the Windows 10 aesthetic by supporting both the dark and light themes. Microsoft says features will be added to the app through Store updates.

Windows Search

As mentioned above, Windows Search is now out on its own with Cortana separated from the experience. Windows Search debuted last year with the May 2019 Update. Microsoft returned with the November 2019 Update end beefed up the indexer on the search tool. This is basically the feature that allows Search to surface instant results.

In Windows 10 20H1, Microsoft will reduce the capabilities of the Indexer to search through your hard drive. So, “Enhanced Mode” will be toned down. Elsewhere, new buttons including “Weather,” “Top News,” “Today in history,” and “New movies” are also being added.

Your Phone

Your Phone will become an increasingly important tool for Microsoft as the company pushes into Android hardware. The company’s Surface Duo twin-screen Android smartphone will launch later this year. I expect Your Phone and its ability to mirror an Android device on Windows 10 will be a focus of the launch of the Surface Duo.


That said, Your Phone is already important as Microsoft attempts to bridge its successful apps on Android with Windows. With Windows 10 20H1, Microsoft is stabilizing many important features for the service. Now, all Android users have the ability to make calls through Your Phone on their Windows 10 PC. Microsoft has been testing the feature in recent months and rolled it out in December.

We expect to see Microsoft make more of these features stable across a broader range of devices this spring.

Some Hidden Gems

Microsoft also has plenty of lesser known changes coming to Windows 10 20H1. Here are some of the more interesting changes:

Task Manager Changes

The Windows 10 Task Manager is going through a significant change in Version 2004. Microsoft has added a “Performance” tab which gives users the ability to see disk naming type in the Task Manager. With the ability to view disk type for each disk on a PC, users have the advantage of being able to differentiate between their disks.

Also on the Task Manager, Microsoft has added an “Architecture” tab. The new section will highlight the architecture of the processor, such as x64. Sure, you can already see limited information on the CPU through the Details column in “Platform”, but the new column will expand upon it.

New Tablet tools

Microsoft also wants to make Windows 10 more useable when it is being used in tablet mode. Microsoft has added more space between apps in tablet mode. The company wants to cut a balance for users who disliked the tiles of Windows 8 but have also found a full desktop too complicated for tablet.

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Windows 10X Has Two File Explorers


Now that developers have their hands on the Windows 10X emulator, we are learning more about the upcoming Windows version. For example, the operating system will have not one, but two separate file managers.

10X is built from the ground up and sits on a modern core that removes many of the legacy underpinnings of Windows 10. The idea behind the platform is for its to be more efficient and lightweight. It is for dual-screen hardware and will debut alongside the Surface Neo at the end of 2020.

The unique nature of Windows 10X is why it will need two file managers. That’s because the platform allows users to run UWP applications from the Microsoft Store and Win32 programs. As we know, the latter will run in containers to make up for the lack of legacy components in Win10X.
Users on Windows 10X will see a file manager when running UWP apps and another when running Win32 programs.
It seems when you’re running a UWP app on the platform you will see a modern file explorer. This manager comes with contemporary flourishes like touch support and light/dark themes. Win32 apps will run in a container and the file manager will look more like the classic File Explorer. Yes, the same one you already use in Windows 10.
Win32 Lottery
Earlier today we reported on Microsoft’s plans for Win32 apps on Windows 10X. The company confirmed the platform will run legacy apps, but there are some caveats. Microsoft insists most Win32 programs will work without developers having to do anything. For apps that don’t function, the company says it will work with dev’s to ensure they do.
Microsoft also confirmed there are some apps that will be complete disallowed. Because Win10X is more locked down than any other Windows version, apps that want to access system files won’t work.

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Windows 12 Lite Has Launched, but It’s Definitely Not by Microsoft


Windows 12 Lite may invoke Microsoft’s poor naming decisions, but it’s definitely not by the company. Reddit user hexsayeed spotted the fresh new OS at a local computer fair but is all is not what it seems.

Despite its promises of “Nvidea drivers”, Steam support, and no ads, Windows 12 Lite is basically a scam. It’s a clone of Linux Lite, which is already free, with some desktop wallpapers thrown in. Needless to say, it’s not officially sponsored by Microsoft and you’ll have to pay for a physical DVD to use it.

Windows 12 Lite’s 90s style webpage informs users that there is no need to buy anti-virus with Linux and that the 80,000 free programs available through software manager are “almost all superior than Windows equivalents” and that it’s “ideal for gamers”.
Linux distros can, of course, get viruses, and are incompatible with the vast majority of games without imperfect emulation. Promises that “for gamers it has a much higher definition and smoother” are also dubious.
Obviously, it’s unlikely anybody who knows anything about Windows would fall for this. This seems like a lazy effort to either get a bit of cash or convert users to Linux, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft takes action. After all, the company is using its trademark to promote its product and could mislead users into thinking they have a faulty Windows product.
If you’re serious about getting away from the OS, there are better distros out there. Linux Mint is always a good recommendation for someone making the switch due to its bundling of productivity software and a familiar interface. Elementary OS has great visuals and features, while Tails is excellent for privacy. You can probably can any of these to look more like Windows that the above release with a bit of tweaking, but don’t expect the best gaming experience.

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PowerToys to Brings Keyboard Configuration to Windows 10


Microsoft is continuing to expand its PowerToys service and the next new feature could be a keyboard manager. With this tool, users would be able to remap their keyboard keys on Windows 10 PCs.

As you may know, PowerToys is an open source platform. You may remember the platform was originally geared to power user’s way back on Windows 95. It has recently been revived by Microsoft and developers are can access the service.

Last year, rolled out its re-tooled PowerToys in preview. In October, Clint Rutkas returned to Microsoft to head up the PowerToys division. Rutkas was with Microsoft for years, including as Senior PM for the developer platform. In June he decided to move to Facebook as a Developer Advocate.
With PowerToys, users can access tools to enhance Windows functionality and to create customizations.

The new keyboard manager will allow users to remap keys and change what a key does when it is pressed.
“PowerToys has just released a new utility called Keyboard Shortcut Manager. This keyboard manager enables customers to customize their computer on a keyboard level. With it, all the keys on your keyboard are dynamic and can be remapped to provide different outputs,” the PowerToys project announced on GitHub.

According to developers, older versions of Windows have allowed keyboard configuration but Windows 10 does not.
“A successful [Keyboard Shortcut Manager] would increase comfortability and users wouldn’t feel like they lost functionality or convenience with switching to Windows 10,” the developers argue.
“In effect, it would help decrease churn and avoid a negative experience for a new user, which is crucial for public sentiment on Windows.”
Power Launcher
Last month, Power Toys received the Power Launcher utility. Power Launcher was developed by Jessica Yuowono, a Program Manager for Microsoft. The App allows users to launch an app instantly and search for other tools. Other features on the service include auto complete.

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Windows Core OS Documentation Points to App Support


The idea of a modular vision for Windows 10 refuses to go away. Called Windows Core OS (WCOS), the platform is something Microsoft has been working on for some time. We know it exists through various reports and a Microsoft job posting on LinkedIn last year. Now, new documentation suggests the project remains in development.

Windows Latest points to documentation that was published on January 20, 2020. It reveals Microsoft has set aside support for Intune apps on Windows Core OS. For example, WCOS will support Web and APPX formats, as well as others.

If you’re unfamiliar with Windows Core OS (WCOS), it is a modular version of Windows 10. By creating a modular Windows experience, Microsoft can put the full power of Windows 10 on any device. WCOS will provide Microsoft with a platform that will work on mobile devices and PCs alike. Users on smartphones will be able to receive a full Windows 10 PC-quality experience.
Microsoft was predicted to be launching WCOS at its Surface event last October. However, the company instead revealed Windows 10X. While there was some pre-event confusion around whether 10X and WCOS were the same, they are different projects.
More accurately, Windows 10X is merely one implementation of WCOS. Specifically, it’s designed for dual screen devices like the Surface Neo.
With Windows Core OS, Microsoft is having another go at developing a platform that has universal core components. In other words, a universal windows platform (where have we heard that before).
HoloLens 2 already runs WCOS but Microsoft wants to make it a standard across form factors. When those other variants arrive remains to be seen.

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Windows Terminal Version 8.0 Adds CRT Effects and Tab Features


Microsoft is reportedly developing a new feature for Windows Terminal that would allow users to get nostalgic on the app. While still in preview, Terminal is close to version 1.0, which will launch in the spring.

According to information from The Verge, Microsoft is still adding last minute features. Among them is retro-style cathode-ray tube, CRT, effects which will be available in version 0.8. That build should be arriving to preview users of Windows Terminal on Tuesday.

So, you will be able to type commands like back in the 80s. While that’s a superficial tool, Microsoft also has something more functional in store.
Specifically, users will be able to search for text directly in tabs. Elsewhere, Microsoft will also introduce a control for adjusting the size of tabs, tab key bindings, and enhanced tabs. Finally, version 0.8 will also add custom default settings.
Terminal Development
Windows Terminal is a new command prompt experience for Windows 10. Developers can leverage multiple tabs and customize the experience with themes. On that latter front, you’ll need to edit a JSON file to access the full suite of customization tools.
The app was launched in preview in June via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft says the full app will be made available in April 2020, alongside Windows 10 20H1.
Recently, Microsoft added a split-panes tool. Terminal has a few keybindings to split panes. These default bindings include Alt+Shift+-, Alt+Shift+= to split horizontally or vertically.
Elsewhere in version 0.7, Microsoft added UI improvements to Windows Terminal. Specifically, the company says the border of the window “are now great”.

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Microsoft Opens Windows 10 Laptop Selection Website


It’s finally here, folks. Microsoft is ending support of Windows 7 tomorrow, stopping security updates for the aging platform. Redmond has been ramping up its efforts to convince people to upgrade to Windows 10 ahead of the cutoff.

Interestingly, Microsoft has also started advising people to buy brand new laptops instead of upgrading from Windows 7. According to the company, there could be driver issues when upgrading from Windows 7.

“For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 Pro is the recommended path forward. Surface devices are faster and lightweight, and more powerful and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago.
We recommend that you don’t install Windows 10 on an older device, as some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability.”
To spearhead its pitch for customers to buy new machines rather than upgrade, Microsoft has opened a dedicated page. The portal acts as a guide for consumers by taking details of their preferences. Based on the information it will suggest relevant Windows 10 laptops.
Here are the options:

Use: Work, School, Gaming, Home
Performance requirements: High-Performance Features (Run multiple programs, Professional video and photo editing, Playing games, Digital Pen support, LTE connectivity) and Everyday Use (Windows Hello Secure Login, Touchscreen, Battery life, Video Streaming, Basic internet tasks)
Screen Size: 12-inch, 12-14-inch, 15-17-inch, larger than 23-inch
Brand: Including HP, ASUS, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Surface, Samsung, and more.
Using the Website
We decided to fill in the form based on the following criteria:
Home use
High Performance (Run multiple programs)
Windows Hello
Video Streaming usage
USB, USB C, Thunderbolt, and HDMI ports
12-14-inch screen
And “No Preference” for the brand
Finally, I added performance as the most important attribute to me
When the selection is complete, the website offers the following blurb with a list of the best matched laptops.
“You said a computer that can run multiple programs, has Windows Hello, and that can support streaming was most important to you. You also wanted a computer that has USB, USB-C, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3.0, has a 12-14 inch screen, and you had no preference on brands. Based on current availability, here are some PCs that have some of those and a few other features you might like. Check each device for its feature capabilities and specifications.”
The website also presents the best match, which in my case was the ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FA. Interestingly, that laptop would almost certainly not be my choice if I was shopping. It is also worth pointing out that any person looking for a new laptop can use this portal to help them.

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Even Homeland Security Thinks You Should Update Firefox


Mozilla has patched a critical vulnerability in its browser that has drawn the attention of US Homeland Security. The zero-day exploit was discovered by Qihoo 360, and has its roots in Firefox’s just-in-time compiler, which is used to speed up JavaScript performance.

According to the advisory, incorrect alias information could lead to type confusion, which attackers can exploit to attack users. In fact, Mozilla says its discovered instances of this being in the wild, which makes updating even more critical.

“Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system,” said Homeland Security’s CISA. “The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Firefox 72.0.1 and Firefox ESR 68.4.1 and apply the necessary updates.”
To gain control of a computer, an attacker would simply have to convince a user to access a website with malicious JavaScript. The bug lets the script run outside of the browser, possibly without the user noticing.
Users should check their Firefox version immediately and ensure their version number is higher than 72.0. Thankfully, the vulnerability was found 2 days after 72’s release, but it’ll undoubtedly take a while for all users to apply the fix. You can do so By opening the hamburger menu and heading to Help>About Firefox>Restart to Update Firefox.
Updated or not, you should always keep an eye out for suspicious links. Don’t click any from senders you don’t trust, and even then ensure they’re been arranged in advance. This isn’t the first time Firefox has run into issues, nor Chrome or Edge, for that matter.

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