It’s the end of another week, and that means it’s time again to wrap up everything big that’s happened in the Microsoft universe over the past few days. This time we have Patch Tuesday, some Outlook news, and some bugs to discuss. Read on for our weekly recap from August 6-12!
This week welcomed the second Tuesday of the month, which meant it was Patch Tuesday week for Windows users. As always, cumulative updates containing bug fixes and security fixes have been released for supported versions of Microsoft‘s operating systems.
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 received KB5016679 and KB5016683 respectively. Improvements between them are shared as fixed issues in troubleshooters and the Local Security Authority Server Service (LSASS). Interestingly though, Windows 7 has known issues, but Windows 8.1 does not. It’s important to note that Windows 7 Patch Tuesday updates are now only offered to those who pay for the Extended Security Update (ESU).
Meanwhile, Windows 10 has registered KB5016616 which fixes some printing and security issues. There are also three known issues in this release, but Microsoft has provided mitigations for each.
In the same vein, Windows 11 received KB5016629 with some security fixes and general improvements. There is a known issue applicable to IT administrators, so those interested can check it out here. Interestingly enough, Windows 11 Release Preview Insiders with build 22H2 was also offered the same update.
Patch Tuesday is not all that has been offered to Windows devices, however. Windows 11 Dev Channel Insiders got build 25179 which brings tabbed file explorer for all, input improvements and even ISOs. That said, those who prefer ISO installs should be aware that downloading Windows ISOs from Fido scripts in Rufus no longer seems possible. In fact, the developer is looking for help from other people in this matter.
But getting back to the topic of Insider Deployments, Windows 11 Beta Channel Insiders got their hands on builds 22621.575 and 22622.575. As has been the case recently, the former comes with some new features disabled by default while the latter has them enabled. You can find both changelogs here.
It should also be noted that build 25179 has also been released for Windows Server vNext users. As usual, there is no changelog, but there is a known issue that IT administrators should be aware of.
A new perspective
Microsoft announced that after testing through an opt-in experience with a subset of users over the past few months, it is now ready to move Outlook apps to a new location soon for everyone. Rather than displaying them horizontally below folders, Microsoft will move them to the left navigation panel. According to the company, this will provide vertical space to accommodate more apps and result in a cohesive design. Immediate user feedback was mixed, to say the least.
Oh, and speaking of Outlook, Microsoft has confirmed that there is an issue in Outlook Desktop that causes frequent crashes. As the company investigates the issue, it has offered workarounds.
After a slew of conflicting statements, Microsoft finally confirmed this week that access to Microsoft 365 isn’t being cut for Office 2016 and 2019 next year after all. Although customers in this space may experience degraded experiences in this space after October 2023, their access will not be blocked.
And as for smaller app updates, Office for iOS 2.64 Beta received text highlighting PowerPoint improvements, new Excel features, and Scribble support. Meanwhile, Skype Insider build 126.96.36.199 has improved message quoting and a bunch of bug fixes. And it looks like Microsoft PowerToys is getting a new Screen Ruler tool soon, take a look here.
Vulnerabilities, bugs and issues, oh my!
This week we learned that many Windows 11 and Windows Server processors that contain Vectorized AES Instructions (VAES) are susceptible to “data corruption”. Although Microsoft has also rolled out fixes, it noted that you might experience performance degradation with regards to BitLocker, TLS in load balancers, and disk throughput for a period of one month after installing the updates. up to date. AES-based operations can also be slower by a factor of two. You can find out the scope of the issue and the affected processors here.
Another interesting bug revealed by a Microsoft employee himself is that the Microsoft Store apparently couldn’t display more than 2,000 reviews. While that weird cap has now been removed, lead Microsoft Store architect Rudy Huyn hasn’t revealed why it existed in the first place.
Additionally, those using Windows 8.1 through Windows 11 may experience issues installing the security update for Secure Boot DBX. Installing the update will fail with error code 0x800f0922 and while Microsoft is investigating the issue, they have suggested updating the UEFI BIOS.
In other bug-related news, Microsoft has also notified Windows 10 and 11 users of problems opening XPS documents. Besides not being able to open XPS and OXPS documents in languages other than English, XPS Viewer stops responding and starts hogging CPU and RAM resources until it crashes when it hits 2, 5 GB of RAM usage. This has apparently been happening since June 2022 and Microsoft is now actively working to fix it.
In the good news, Microsoft is finally fixing weather accuracy in Windows widgets. This has been cited as an issue by tons of users recently, and it’s good to know that the company is finally active on this front. Additionally, the August Patch Tuesday also fixed the Secure Boot GRUB vulnerability, find out all the details here.
We’ll start this section with some news on Microsoft accusing Sony of paying developers to stop games from landing on Xbox Game Pass. On the other hand, Sony feared that a successful acquisition of Activision Blizzard would lead gamers to abandon PlayStation consoles in favor of Xbox. These revelations are just the latest in Microsoft’s ongoing massive $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
In other business gaming news, Unity has tapped Microsoft as a cloud partner, with the two leveraging Azure to enable developers to create more compelling real-time 3D experiences. Parallels Desktop customers will be pleased to know that version 18 of the virtualization software also brings tons of gaming improvements. Additionally, another video of the alleged two-tone white and black Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 has surfaced. , but the jury is still out on when Microsoft will officially unveil it.
Meanwhile, those looking for sales should take a look at the Xbox Ultimate add-ons sale titled by Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. And those with a preference for PC gaming should check out our weekend deals, personally curated by Editor-in-Chief Pulasthi Ariyasinghe.
Under the projectors
As he does every week, forum member Adam Bottjen – also known as “Warwagon” in the forums – posted his Tech Tips article on Tuesday where he walked some of our readers through a nifty way to easily locate the desktop icons.
Meanwhile, News Reporter Taras Buria has written a guide on how you can enable a new taskbar animation in Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25179. Although it doesn’t add utility, some might like it. love for its aesthetics.
I have published two complementary editorials on the subject of Windows 11. The first was about the top five smaller features that I really like in Windows 11, you can read it here.
On the other hand, the second piece went in the opposite direction and I talked about five relatively minor things I don’t like about Windows 11.
Since Tabbed File Explorer is now available to everyone in the Windows 11 Dev Channel, I also thought it would be fun to discuss my personal thoughts on how Microsoft can really pull from this interface, read my point of view here.
Finally, our resident reviewer Christopher White argued that Amazon’s $1.7 billion acquisition of iRobot isn’t really about spying on you, despite what some online alarmists would have you believe. You can check out Christopher’s thoughts on the subject here.
Our most interesting news this week is Telegram CEO Paul Durov who blames Apple for blocking the company’s app update for two weeks simply because it doesn’t want Telemoji on its platform. If you’re not sure what the term means, it’s basically a fresh take on conventional emoji and an attempt to breathe new life into them by animating them through high-quality vector versions. It’s unclear why Apple is on the warpath against Telemoji, but it asked Durov to remove the specific ability from Telegram.
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