The Verge: Microsoft is building its own Chrome browser to replace Edge

The Verge: Microsoft is building its own Chrome browser to replace Edge. “Microsoft is building its own Chromium browser to replace the default on Windows 10. The software giant first introduced its Edge browser three years ago, with a redesign to replace Internet Explorer and modernize the default browsing experience to compete with Chrome and others. While the modern look and feel has paid off for Edge, the underlying browser engine (EdgeHTML) has struggled to keep up with Chromium. Microsoft is finally giving up and moving its default Windows 10 browser to Chromium.”

VentureBeat: PowerPoint and Skype gain live captions and subtitles

VentureBeat: PowerPoint and Skype gain live captions and subtitles. “Real-time captions and subtitles are heading to PowerPoint and Skype, the company today revealed in a pair of announcements timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN IDPD).”

The Register: It’s a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

The Register: It’s a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love . “Microsoft issued a whole bunch of updates last night, including one to deal with an alarming bug in Windows Server 2016. Tucked innocuously among a swathe of fixes ranging from dealing with Russian time zone changes to fixing wobbly Hyper-V servers is the text: ‘Addresses an issue in File Explorer that sometimes deletes the permissions of a shared parent folder when you delete the shared child folder.'”

Ars Technica: Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

I am shocked at how quickly Microsoft updates have turned into a tire fire. From Ars Technica: Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled. “On November’s Patch Tuesday two weeks ago, Microsoft released a bunch of updates for Office to update its Japanese calendars. In December 2017, Emperor Akihito announced that he would abdicate and that his son Naruhito would take his role as emperor. Each emperor has a corresponding era name, and calendars must be updated to reflect that new name. The Office patches offer updates to handle this event. Two of these updates, KB2863821 and KB4461522, both for Office 2010, are apparently very broken, causing application crashes.”

How-To Geek: Windows 10’s October Update Breaks Apple’s iCloud

How-To Geek: Windows 10’s October Update Breaks Apple’s iCloud. “Windows 10’s October 2018 Update has more bugs. Microsoft won’t offer the update if you have iCloud installed, and Apple won’t let you install iCloud if you’ve already upgraded. You’ll also have trouble if you have F5 VPN software installed.”

If at first or second you don’t succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update (The Register)

The Register: If at first or second you don’t succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update. “The 1809 build of Windows 10 and Windows Server is fast becoming infamous, after Redmond pulled it shortly after release when it started deleting people’s files and stumbling in other ways. Redmond reissued the software on Tuesday, and today it’s clear you shouldn’t rush into deploying it, if installing it at all, in its present state.”

PC World: Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve

PC World: Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve. “Microsoft said Tuesday that it’s begun slowly releasing the postponed Windows 10 October 2018 Update once again to the general public, having put in place additional ‘signals’ that will allow users to flag instances where data loss might occur.”