Upcoming Windows 10 1909: Update or upgrade? Microsoft clarifies

Microsoft this week clarified how the unprecedented Windows 10 refresh expected to ship in September will behave when users decide to skip installing it or want to postpone its appearance on their PCs. “Customers can control 19H2 like other Feature Updates,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. “For [Windows …

Microsoft pares Windows 10 feature upgrades to 1 a year

Microsoft has again given its Windows 10 update model a furious shake, voiding one of the foundational concepts of the “Windows as a service” (WaaS) strategy. In a multi-part announcement spread across three blog posts, Microsoft on July 1 said it had begun testing of the next Windows 10 feature …

Microsoft Patch Alert: The Windows patching heavens buzz with silver bullets

How many bugs could a WinPatcher patch, if a WinPatcher could patch bugs? Ends up that June’s one of the buggiest patching months in recent memory – lots of pesky little critters, and the ones acknowledged by Microsoft led to even more patches later in the month. In June, we …

OWC unveils its Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C, an external NVMe drive promising 980MBps speed

With OWC’s Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C, another company is promising to deliver the full potential of USB external storage via NVMe SSDs. OWC claims 980MBps of sustained throughput, which is very fast, though we’ll verify that when we test it.  The drive, which is Mac- and PC-compatible, starts shipping …

Microsoft cranks up Windows 10 1803-to-1903 forcible upgrades

Microsoft this week quietly alerted customers running last year’s Windows 10 version 1803 that it would soon start a forced upgrade to the latest feature refresh. In a note added to the Windows release health dashboard on June 18, Microsoft wrote: “We are now beginning to build and train the …

How Windows 10 users can dial back upgrades to just one a year

Microsoft had such grand plans for Windows 10. Like any proud parent, the company wanted its offspring to succeed in life, to have opportunities galore. Go to an Ivy League college, land a good job. To Microsoft, Windows 10 would be different than, better than, the other kids. It would …

Amazon is running a monster sale on PNY storage devices at all-time-low prices

Beefing up your storage options can make your life a whole lot easier, and today, an Amazon sale on a solid lineup of PNY storage products can help you add some space at crazy-low prices. You’ll find discounts from flash drives to SSDs, so whatever your storage needs, you should …

Microsoft is better at documenting patch problems, but issues abound

I don’t know about you, but I’ve given up on Microsoft’s ability to deliver reliable patches. Month after month, we’ve seen big bugs and little bugs pushed and pulled and squished and re-squished. You can see a chronology from the past two years in my patching whack-a-mole columns starting here. …