Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1511(November Update) Build 10586 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build version.Subversion number
    • e.g. Version 1511 Build 10586.3  (1511’s initial release)
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Information and Fixes
    • Known issues
    • How to obtain the update (including Update Replacement and File Information)
          • Update Replacement identifies if the KB replaces or doesn’t replace a prior update
          • File Information is provided by linking to a downloadable *.csv file

Additional Information:

Revisions:

February 1, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

 

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1507(RTM, Initial Release) Build 10240 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build version.Subversion number
    • e.g. Version 1507 Build 10240.16405  (1507’s RTM, Initial release – July 2015)
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Information and Fixes
    • Known issues
    • How to obtain the update (including Update Replacement and File Information)
          • Update Replacement identifies if the KB replaces or doesn’t replace a prior update
          • File Information is provided by linking to a downloadable *.csv file

Additional Information:

Revisions:

January 31, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

Windows 10 – Release Information

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Windows 10
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Summary:  Microsoft’s web site for current and past release information for all Windows 10 Versions and Builds

Comments:

  • Reference site for all released Windows 10 Versions and Build Numbers
    • Applicable to the following:
      • Fall Creators Update Version 1709 Build 16299.19
      • Creators Update Version 1703 Build 15063.xxx
      • Anniversary Update Version 1607 Build 14393.xxx
      • November Update Version 1511 Build 10586.xxx
      • Initial Release RTM Version 1507 Build 10240.xxx
  • Contains historical information in table format in chronological order
  • Routinely updated to reflect the latest feature and quality updates
  • Resource to determine if your installed version of Windows 10 is up to date with the latest feature and quality updates

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

September 9, 2016: Initial Draft:

November 2,  2016:  Initial Publish Date

January 15, 2017: Second Publish Date Deleted original, Rewrote article, added ‘Applicable to’ section

April 12, 2017:  Added ‘Creators Update Version 1703 Build 15063.xxx’ to Comments section

November 18, 2017: Added ‘Fall Creators Update Version 1709 Build 16299.xxx’ to Comments section

 

Summary:   Keyboard Shortcuts for use in the Outlook.com Mail user interface

Comments:

  • Article covers the keystroke(s) combinations/shortcuts for use in the Outlook.com Mail web-based user interface
  • Shortcuts are provided in a table format for the Outlook.com  ‘List Pane’ and the ‘Preview Pane’

How To:

  • Outlook.com Mail ‘List Pane’ Shortcuts

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  • Outlook.com Mail ‘Preview Pane’ Keyboard Shortcuts

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Additional Information:

Revisions:

December 8, 2016:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

December 29, 2016:  Revised ‘How-To’ section to a table format; added table format comment

Summary:   Microsoft Surface web site for the latest and past released software and firmware updates

 

Comments:

  • Microsoft’s Surface Update History (Software and Firmware) web site for Surface devices
  • Applies to the following Surface devices
    • Surface, Surface Pro
    • Surface 2, Surface Pro 2
    • Surface 3, Surface Pro 3
    • Surface Pro 4
    • Surface Book, Surface Book with Performance Base
    • Surface Studio
  • Direct links to obtain update history for the above Surface devices
  • Surface Updates are automatically installed via Windows Update
  • Note: Surface Updates files can also be downloaded and installed manually for most Surface devices
    • The file name format is the Surface version, followed by the operating system, followed by the release number.
    • To obtain, download and install Surface Updates manually follow the steps in this procedure

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Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

November 22, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

December 8, 2016: Revised Comment section; Added ‘Applies to’ comment

January 14, 2017:  Added example picture to better explain the multiple files available for download and installation.

Summary:  Microsoft Introduces Tools and Support for 3D on Windows 10 Creators Update

Comments:

  • On October 29, 2016 Microsoft unveiled their vision to bring 3D to Windows 10 users
  • 3D will be available in the next major version release of Windows – Creators Update(due in 2017)
  • 3D tools included in the Creators Update will make it easier to capture, create and share in 3D
  • Creators Update includes Paint 3D which Microsoft refers to as ‘your 3D art studio in Windows’
  • An online community, Remix 3D, is available now, for the purpose of networking and connecting creators and creations – https://www.remix3d.com
  • To experience 3D, today, it is necessary to be a member of the Windows Insider Program and have a current 3D supported Insider Program version/build installed on your device

 

Additional Information:

 

 

Revisions:

November 9, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

Summary:   How to Run Windows Defender Offline

 

Comments:

  • Windows 10 Version 1607 includes a new feature(tool) for malware removal – ‘Windows Defender Offline’
  • Windows Defender Offline is integrated into Windows 10 Version 1607
  • Windows Defender Offline performs the scan prior to Windows startup (i.e. Offline)
  • Provides the ability to remove malware and viruses that may be difficult or not capable of being removed while Windows is running

 

How-To:

Note: Save all work and close all applications prior to proceeding to run Windows Defender Offline

  • Steps to run Windows Defender Offline
    • Click on each in sequence
      • Start Button
      • Settings
      • Update and Security
      • Windows Defender (then scroll down to ‘Windows Defender Offline’)
      • Scan Offline

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    • After clicking ‘Scan Online’ the Windows Defender Offline process will provide an alert that Windows will shutdown in about a minute.  Once the timeout occurs, Windows will Restart
    • After the required Restart, Windows Defender will briefly show a screen indicating the scan is about to begin
    • Once the scan begins the Windows Defender Offline graphical interface will appear with a progress bar
    • The scan typically takes about 15 minutes to complete
    • Once complete, if no malware is found, the system/device will reboot
      • If malware(an infection) is found, Windows Defender Offline will provide the ability to remove the malware/infection.
            • (Note: Windows Defender Offline, like all other Antivirus/Antimalware scanning software that runs resident and non-resident may not be able to remove all forms of malware)

 

Revisions:

August 3, 2016: Initial Draft Date

October 8, 2016: Initial Publish Date

March 15, 2017:  Updated ‘Comments’ and  itemized  ‘How-To’ steps in bullet form

Summary:  Windows 10’s Windows Update applicability to the ‘Windows as a Service’ process

 

Comments:

  • Since July 2015 there have been three major Windows 10 versions released
    • Version 1507(Initial release, July 2015, aka 10.0 version), Build 10240.x
    • Version 1511 (November 2015) Build 10586.x
    • Version 1607 (July 2016, Anniversary Update) Build 14393.x
  • MSFT follows the N+2 model for servicing Windows versions for security and o/s system updates – i.e. only the two most current versions declared as Current Branch For Business(CBB) are supported
    • The last update(security and o/s) for Windows 10 Version 1507 will be March 2017
    • At the end of March 2017 only Windows 10 versions 1511 and 1607 will be serviced and supported.  Eventually, the next version of Windows(Creators Update) will be declared CBB and sometime after that declaration Windows 10 Version 1511 will be given an end-of-support date for servicing and support with Windows updates.
    • This ‘N+2’ model explains a piece of the Windows 10 ‘Windows-as-a-Service’ model with respect to the version of Windows 10 installed on a given device
      • ‘Supported’ does not necessarily mean the useful life of the device.   ‘Supported’ from a service standpoint is the support cycle for a version of Windows 10 on a device for the supported lifetime of the device – i.e. the device must be capable(assuming the hardware can handle it) of upgrading to a version within the confines of the N+2 model.     
        • e.g. Windows 10 will still work on a device with Windows 10’s initial version 1507 installed(released July 2015), but in the case of 1507 no updates will be available after March 2017. And in time, Windows 10 second major release 1511 will follow the same pattern(end of support) in the future after the next Win10 major version(The Creators Update) is released next spring.
    • Windows 10 1507 was the version released and available under the terms of the  free-Windows 10 upgrade offer which just recently ended on July 29, 2016.
      • The ‘free-upgrade’ offer from a support standpoint was often misrepresented and misunderstood with many falsely referring or stating support for Windows 10 1507 as  being applicable to the the ‘life of the device on which the free Windows 10’ was installed.   The free-upgrade offer version(1507) still falls under the N+2 servicing model – no upgrades for the version after March 2017.
            • Thus,  to retain the privilege of being supported a device with the Windows 10 1507 free-upgrade version(as well as purchased or OEM installed devices with Windows 10 1507) is required to upgrade to a version of Windows 10 within the confines of the ‘N+2’ servicing model – thus after March 2017, only Windows 10 1511 and 1607 will be the supported operating systems, and likewise, as noted above, once the next version is released(Creator’s Update) Windows 10 1511 will eventually fall off the ‘Windows-as-a-Service’ support lifecycle.

 

Additional Information:

As we described in the Windows as a service docs at http://aka.ms/waas, we service and support two CBB releases at all times, so the end of servicing for a particular release is dependent on the timing of the N+2 release. It will be at least 18 months, but can be longer when releases are more than six months apart.

Because there are two newer CBB releases, Windows 10 1507 will not be serviced much longer – as I mentioned in a previous reply, the 60-day countdown (the grace period described in the Windows as a service docs) will start in January, meaning the last updates for Windows 10 1507 will be in March.

For Windows 10 1511, the end of servicing will be about six months after the CBB declaration for the next Windows 10 feature update (the Creators Update, due out early next year). So Windows 10 1511 will be serviced at least through the middle of 2017, possibly longer depending on the actual release date of the next feature update.

 

Revisions:

September 2, 2016: Initial Draft

September 7, 2016: Initial Publish Date

December 1, 2016: Revised article to better reflect Microsoft’s N+2 model servicing of Windows Updates; Added Additional Information section and link

December 8,  2016:  Revised content; added new content, multiple line items, and improved explanation regarding the March 2017 end-of-support date for Windows 10 Version 1507(per Microsoft’s Michael Niehaus’ TechNet Blog comments)