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Full details can be found here, but users running certain older Intel Atom processors are being denied automatic updates from 1607 to 1704 thanks do issues with the graphics drivers for these models. It’s as yet up in the air if drivers for these chips will be updated. Those who manually update are able to do so, but experience graphics issues once running the latest version of Windows 10. These CPUs were commonly used in older Windows tablets and budget 2-n1 systems.

Today is Microsoft Inspire, a conference for Microsoft and it’s industry partners. In the keynote, a new program called Microsoft 365 was announced that bundles Office and Windows Enterprise into a subscription package. No word just yet on how much it will cost, or when it will be available. It does seem to be geared to make it easier for small and medium business to reach out and take advantage of features in the Enterprise versions of Windows, which until now have been reserved for volume license customers.

Source: The Verge

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Microsoft has started their new fiscal year, and has initiated a new reorganization as they frequently do this time each year. Sources indicate up to 3,000 job are on the chopping block this time around, mostly in sales and marketing. We expect the reduction will probably come in business units that concentrate on “legacy” on-premise solutions as Microsoft continues to focus on cloud solutions such as Office365 and Azure.

Source: ZDNet

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If you have purchased the latest Surface Pro and are having problems where the tablet just shuts down, you are not alone. Many users are reporting issues where the tablet just shuts off/hibernates. As of yet there are no official fixes or work arounds. The last Surface Pro models also had power management issues that plagued it from the first several months of it’s life on the market there were eventually fixed with updates. It’s unfortunate that its successor may be suffering similar issues.

Source: Thurrott.com

Update 7/13: Microsoft says they have identified the issue and are testing a fix that will be released as an update.

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A recent updates to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage solutions will change how it works a bit; from now on your OneDrive folder must be stored on a drive that is formatted using NTFS. NTFS is the default format used for hard drives when you set up a Windows machine, but some users with smaller internal drives may set up OneDrive to sync to an external hard drive or SD card that may be formatted with FAT32 or exFAT. In this case OneDrive will stop working until you move your folder.

If you have run in to this issue and need help moving your OneDrive folder or converting your storage to NTFS, please feel free to let us know!

Source: Ars Technica

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Please note Arundel Computers will be closed on Tuesday July 4th. We hope everyone has a fantastic Fourth of July!

We haven’t seen this type of bug in quite some time, but it turns out the use of a certain special directory name will lead to crashes on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems. No word just yet on when a patch is forthcoming. More details can be found here at Ars Technica.

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A problem with the audio drivers on certain HP notebooks has resulted in all keystrokes entered being recorded to a plain text file. HP has released a fix for this on HP.com and via Windows Updates. If you have an HP notebook listed in this article, we suggest installing updated audio drivers via Windows Update as soon as possible.

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Wcry, a new strand of ransomware that makes use of vulnerabilities discovered in the Vault 7 NAS leaks, has been spreading quickly enough that Microsoft has actually released patches for older, unsupported versions of Windows including XP and Vista to prevent it’s spread. This crypto variant has severely crippled England’s health case services systems and is spreading quickly. More details can be found at this Ars Technica article. If you are still running outdated versions of Windows, please be sure to apply these patches, and once again move to a modern, supported platform as soon as possible. While this exploit was patched on older systems, there are many known exploits which have not been fixed.

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If you are a Mac user and have downloaded Handbrake, the popular free video transcoder, in the last week, you may be infected. Details on the issue and what to look out for can be found here.