BetaNews: Microsoft quietly stops interfering with Chrome and Firefox installations on Windows 10. “If you attempt to download and install Firefox or Chrome on an Insider build now you no longer see the message that appeared yesterday (see below). The software simply installs as you would expect it to.”
The Verge: Microsoft to ‘warn’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. “Microsoft is getting ready to warn Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser.” Eww.
BetaNews: Microsoft Windows task scheduler 0-day outed on Twitter. “A privilege escalation bug has been discovered in Windows’ task scheduler and revealed on Twitter. A proof-of-concept has been published, and the vulnerability has been confirmed to be present in a ‘fully-patched 64-bit Windows 10 system’.”
The Verge: OneDrive can now automatically backup your PC’s documents, pictures, and desktop folders. “Microsoft is rolling out a new folder protection feature for OneDrive. Folder protection will offer to automatically sync your documents, pictures, and desktop folders to OneDrive to ensure a PC’s important folders are backed up to Microsoft’s cloud service.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Free Search Tools for Windows 10 . “While there have always been some neat Windows Search tips and tricks, it has never been on par with the search features of Mac or Linux. And while Windows 10 did lessen the gap in a lot of ways, it’s still slow and imperfect. If you find yourself constantly searching for files and folders throughout your system, you may be better off switching to one of these third-party tools instead. Windows Search is only good for basic and casual use.”
Gizbot: Microsoft takes on Google Lens with its ‘Snip Insights’ tool . “The Snip Insights is an open source platform which is being hosted on Github. It is being reported that the new tool will allow the Windows users to get information and insights by using the screenshots a user has captured on Windows 10 devices.”
BetaNews: Microsoft’s Meltdown patch for Windows 10 has a ‘fatal flaw’. “If you’ve not updated to Windows 10 April 2018 Update but you have installed Microsoft’s Meltdown patches from a few months ago, your computer is vulnerable to a ‘fatal flaw’.”