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Microsoft's twice-a-year feature updates are a greater burden on companies than the old upgrade-every-six-years pace businesses used to face, according to Gartner Research. Microsoft has given customers all kinds of reasons for why the faster release pace of Windows 10 is a great idea, from keeping pace as technology change accelerates to staying ahead of hackers by constantly improving security. What it's never spelled out is how much the rapid releases would cost users. In a recent report, Gartner Research put numbers to those costs, and concluded - spoiler alert! - that Microsoft's twice-annual feature updates were a greater burden on enterprises than the once-traditional upgrade-every-six-years tempo that businesses managed until 2015. The report described a tool Gartner offered to clients, the "Windows 10 Feature Update Cost Model," which lets enterprises estimate costs for tackling one or two such updates each year. The goal of the tool: to "model and plan your cost and labor requirements" for those transitions... read more on our Forum

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Back in 2008, Microsoft was internally testing a tablet PC with two displays, and the device would have featured a booklet design. The two displays with touch support faced each other in a booklet form and it also supported stylus (pen). Microsoft did work on Courier but the company never released it in the market. While Microsoft is working on a new mobile device similar to the Courier digital Notepad concept, but the company has always remained tight-lipped on the original and canceled Courier tablet. At Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft revealed what exactly happened to the Courier project. The operating system of the Microsoft Courier was reportedly a custom version of Windows. Steve Ballmer decided to cancel such a device “because it didn’t have a clear platform or developer story”. “The reason Courier got killed was that it was another side project, it was another thing we were playing with and it didn’t have a clear developer story or clear platform story,” Friedman said. In other words, Courier was canceled because it ran a custom version of Windows, and it didn’t align with Microsoft’s vision. More can be found on OUR FORUM.

Just a couple of days back we reported that Microsoft’s latest cumulative patch for April 2018 Update is causing black screen issue. Now, Microsoft has shared more details on the issue and Intel SSDs are to be bl amed.The company has acknowledged the issue and has confirmed that the issue is caused on devices with Intel SSDs. Microsoft is also working with third-party OEMs to block the latest update on devices with Intel SSDs. When attempting to upgrade to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, select devices with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series may crash and enter a UEFI screen after reboot. Microsoft is working with OEM partners and Intel to identify and block devices with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series from installing the April 2018 Update due to a known incompatibility that may cause performance and stability issues.  If you have encountered this issue, follow the steps to reinstall the previous operating system (Windows 10, version 1709). Microsoft is currently working on a resolution that will allow the April 2018 Update on these devices in the near future. The company hasn’t shared ETA on when it will be fixed but we can at least be sure that the company is actively working to fix the issue. read all Intel related news on our Intel Board
The move came with the release last week of the Windows 10 April 2018 feature upgrade. Microsoft ended a six-month support extension for enterprise users of Windows 10 with the feature upgrade released last week. All editions of Windows 10 1803, aka the "April 2018 Update," will be provided security patches and other bug fixes until November 2019, or for the standard 18 months. That will be in contrast to the four previous feature upgrades, designated as 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 in Microsoft's yymm format. Customers who licensed Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education received 24 months of support for those versions. The elimination of the additional six months, which Microsoft had taken to calling "supplemental servicing," was quietly revealed in online documentation, including the Windows 10 lifecycle fact sheet. There, version 1803 was not flagged as one of those receiving the added support. "Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 will continue to receive monthly servicing updates at no-cost for a period of 6 months past the end of service dates," Microsoft stated in the fact sheet, referring to the standard 18-month support timetable. read more on our Forum

Microsoft has today released the first cumulative update for Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803). The direct download links for Windows 10 KB4103721 are also available, which means you can upgrade your computer manually. Needless to say, you can also download the cumulative update via the Settings app. Windows 10 KB4103721 (Build 17134.48) is the first cumulative update for the newest version of the operating system. Microsoft has fixed a lot of bugs and glitches with today’s update. If you’re one of the first users who upgraded to new version of Windows, you probably noticed some bugs and glitches. Microsoft allowed users to manually upgrade their devices to Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update) on April 2018. Get caught up on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft last month released Windows 10 April 2018 Update as a manual download and since then quite a lot of users rushed to upgrade their devices. It’s quite easy to upgrade any computer as the April 2018 Update is available on Windows Update with a manual check. Microsoft is today expected to push the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update to devices via Windows Update, but it appears that not all devices will be receiving the update. A Microsoft Moderator (Agent) in the company’s community forum acknowledged a bug hitting Intel SSDs-powered computers. The critical bug is affecting some systems with certain Intel SSDs and the computer hitting the bug fails to boot after upgrading to the April 2018 Update. The software giant is blocking the upgrade on these systems and the block will be lifted once a fix is delivered. You may need to roll back to the previous version of Windows 10 if your system fails to boot as there’s no workaround. Learn more at OUR FORUM.