Neowin: Microsoft sued over Windows 10 ‘destroying user data and damaging PCs’. “The case has been certified as a class-action lawsuit filed in Chicago’s US District Court on behalf of every user who upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The attorneys of the trio claim that their clients were affected by the aforementioned issues within 30 days after upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and that similar issues plague ‘hundreds of thousands’ of users.”
The Verge: Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads. “I’ve sat back and witnessed the development of Windows 10 and appreciated the speed of new feature releases, but it seems there’s a price to pay for this new ‘Windows as a service’ world. Microsoft has gradually been infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads. The first emerged on the lock screen as ‘tips,’ and then there was the bundling of Candy Crush with the OS, and now Microsoft has started blasting notifications into the task bar and File Explorer.”
Ars Technica: Microsoft’s silence over unprecedented patch delay doesn’t smell right. “Patch Tuesday has occurred regularly for more than 13 years. During that time, it has never been canceled, although one former Microsoft security boss, in a now-deleted Tweet, reported there were one or more close calls. And in fairness to Microsoft, the cancellation may have been related to company’s recent move to make updates cumulative, meaning they’re tested for bugs only on systems that install the entire package. That might cause a problem with a single patch to scuttle the entire release.But even if the cancellation was for the most banal of reasons, Microsoft’s silence is just wrong.”
The Next Web: Microsoft releases Teams worldwide to take on Slack. “Following up on its announcement last week, Microsoft has started to roll out Teams, it Slack competitor, to Office 365 users globally.”
Just a reminder from Neowin: PSA: Windows Vista has less than 30 days until Microsoft ends its support. “By April 11, 2017, Microsoft will pull the plug on its support for the nine-year-old OS. After this date, the Redmond giant will no longer provide security patches or hotfixes, and support options will not be available to its users. Mainstream support for Windows Vista already ended back in April 10, 2012, but its extended support for the OS’ second service pack is still valid until the following month.” I love Windows XP, and still keep an off-the-Internet XP box around for work. But Vista?
MakeUseOf: 5 Best Microsoft Office Tools to Create Accessible Documents . “Microsoft has equipped its products with built-in accessibility tools to support dyslexic or visually impaired users. You can also use these tools to create more inclusive documents.” There’s nothing earth-shattering here but it’s a good overview.
Neowin: Microsoft expands Chrome extension to add a bit more Skype to your life. “Microsoft has released the latest update to its Skype extension for Google’s Chrome web browser, helping to more deeply integrate its communication platform across more of your web experiences.”