Microsoft Build has been changed to an online only event this year, and runs from May 19 to May 21, 2020 starting at 8 AM Pacific Time. Registration for this online educational event is free at register.build.microsoft.com.
Microsoft has released updates to fix a security issue for Remote Desktop Services on Windows 10, 7, and 8.1, as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2012. Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro computers will be updated automatically as part of the standard Windows Update process.
Microsoft has announced the upcoming release of its new command line tool application Windows Terminal. This application for PowerShell and WSL users is currently available for download at GitHub and is also available the Microsoft Store.
More information about Windows Terminal can be found at devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/windows-terminal-build-2019-faq.
Microsoft will release the Windows 10 May 2019 update (also known as version 1903 or build 17763) worldwide in the coming weeks. One of the new features in the May 2019 update is that Windows Defender Security Center has been renamed to Windows Security Center (WSC). A list of known issues with this update is also available.
Microsoft found a security vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services or Terminal Services for older versions of Windows and has released updates. This does not affect the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). The issue was logged as CVE-2019-0708.
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 7 after January 14th 2020 and will no longer provide security updates. For volume license customers, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) will be available for a fee through January 2023. A future option may be Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) for Windows 7, which was announced in 2018 but not yet available in Preview mode.
Office 2010 will no longer be supported as of October 13th 2020. Microsoft is also ending support for Windows 10 Mobile OS for smartphones on December 10th 2019 and recommends that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device.
Support life cycle dates for Microsoft products can be found at support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search.
Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows SandBox, which allows you to run untrusted programs in a new isolated temporary desktop environment without setting up a virtual machine. Windows Sandbox builds upon Windows Containers and is currently only available as part of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider Preview Build 18305.
Microsoft announced that their Edge browser will be changed to become Chromium compatible (and behave more like Google Chrome) in order to standardize web development. The Edge development team has shared more details on the transition to the open source Chromium project at its Developer Blog site and GitHub pages.
Update: Microsoft now has made their Edge browser Chromium compatible with its latest release on January 15, 2020. New Edge browser extensions are also available.
Microsoft has announced that it will resume the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). This update was temporarily stopped because some users had lost files after the earlier version of update was installed. This issue should not occur with the newest update release.
Recuva is a program that can recover deleted files from Windows computers, external hard drives, and memory card devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, or MP3 players. Piriform, the maker of the popular CCleaner Windows cleaning tool, also developed Recuva.
Additional information regarding installing and using Recuva is available at www.ccleaner.com/docs/recuva.