Neowin: Windows 8 will no longer get app updates after this summer

Neowin: Windows 8 will no longer get app updates after this summer. “Last year, Microsoft announced when it would be killing app updates and distribution in the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8.x. At the time, the blog post stated that Windows Phone 8.x devices would stop receiving app updates after July 1, 2019, while Windows 8.x devices would get app updates through July 1, 2023. However, it seems as though plans have changed a little bit, as the blog post has quietly been updated earlier this month.”

BetaNews: April’s Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows to freeze

BetaNews: April’s Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows to freeze. “If you installed the latest batch of patches from Microsoft this week and found that your computer started to freeze up or fail to boot, you are not alone. The problem is affecting Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and stems from a compatibility issue with antivirus software.”

Make Tech Easier: How You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free

Make Tech Easier: How You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free. “Remember that carrot Microsoft dangled years ago to get people to switch over from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10, when it was offering free upgrades for a limited time? While that exact offer is now gone, there are still a few fun workarounds to get Windows 10 for free if you’re currently running on an older version. Here we’ll show how to get Windows 10 for free.”

Neowin: Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview

Neowin: Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview. “At its Ignite 2018 conference last year, Microsoft announced Windows Virtual Desktop. It’s been in private preview since later on in the year, and today the company announced the public preview. The service offers a multi-user experience that’s optimized for Office 365 ProPlus.”

Krebs on Security: Patch Tuesday, March 2019 Edition

Krebs on Security: Patch Tuesday, March 2019 Edition. “Microsoft on Tuesday pushed out software updates to fix more than five dozen security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office and Sharepoint. If you (ab)use Microsoft products, it’s time once again to start thinking about getting your patches on. Malware or bad guys can remotely exploit roughly one-quarter of the flaws fixed in today’s patch batch without any help from users.”

BetaNews: Windows 10 will automatically uninstall problematic updates

BetaNews: Windows 10 will automatically uninstall problematic updates. “Updates to Windows are supposed to fix problems and improve security, but sometimes they do the opposite. Many Windows 10 users will have experienced startup problems after installing an update to the operating system, and this is something that Microsoft is looking to address.”

Lifehacker: The Ultimate Guide to Reinstalling Windows From Scratch

Lifehacker: The Ultimate Guide to Reinstalling Windows From Scratch. “There comes a time in every Windows user’s life when things start to feel slower. Perhaps you’ve been installing and uninstalling a ton of applications, or you’ve been mucking around with obscure Windows settings (or worse, the registry). Maybe you even decided to live life on the wild side, like me, and signed up for Microsoft’s Windows Insider program, which recently caused my desktop system to screech to a halt. Whoops. No matter the reason, it never hurts to give Windows 10 a top-to-bottom refresh—a new, clean installation of the OS, that is.”