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Outlook fails to start for some users after June 2020 upgrade

June 25th, 2020

Microsoft says in a support document recently published that Outlook will fail to start for some users, automatically displaying an error prompting the users to repair some inbox files. According to the company, all users who have updated Outlook to version 2005 Build 12827.20268 or higher will see an error prompt saying that “Something is wrong with one of your data files and Outlook needs to close. Outlook might be able to fix your file. Click OK to run the Inbox Repair Tool.”

Microsoft lists this known issue as being caused by the June 2020 updates on a support page with fixes and workarounds for recent issues affecting Outlook for PC.

After Outlook users click the “OK” button, the Inbox Repair Tool launches and walks them through the repair process. The next step is to reboot the computer to apply the fixes and, hopefully, have the issue resolved but, instead, Outlook will again display the same error.

No fix yet, workaround available
Microsoft says that an official fix is not yet available for customers using stable Outlook versions after updating to version 2005 Build 12827.20268 or later, however, an initial fix is being tested by users of Outlook Insider Beta version 13004.10000.
“The Outlook Team is investigating this issue with the Windows Team,” the support article reads. “We are not sure yet if the primary fix will come from Outlook or Windows. When we have more information on fix details we will add them here.”

Microsoft does provide a workaround that should make Outlook usable again for all users and it requires modifying the registry by deleting a number of keys related to the PST document format.

Another issue preventing Outlook and other Windows 10 programs from launching was fixed by Avast on June 13 after Avast and AVG security applications inadvertently set registry keys blocking executables from running on Windows 10 versions 2004, 1909, and 1903.

Earlier this month, Microsoft also issued the KB4484398 Microsoft Office non-security update to address an issue causing sporadic crashes in Outlook 2016 and shared folders to disappear from Favorites when customers started Outlook in an offline state.

In mid-May, Redmond also started rolling out a fix for Outlook search issues affecting clients updated to versions 2004 12730.20236 and 2004 12730.20250.

Microsoft Gold Partnership Synergy Software Systems

June 18th, 2020

I am pleased to note that our Gold Partnership with Microsoft has been confirmed again for the next year.

Microsoft Universal Print is coming.

June 16th, 2020

Microsoft’s Universal Print, which debuted in March, is a cloud-based solution that promises to let organizations forgo both maintaining print servers locally and installing print drivers. The service just requires having Azure Active Directory domain-joined PCs running Windows 10 version 1903 or later.

Microsoft conceives Universal Print as being a simpler option in terms of deployment compared with its existing Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Print solution. It described Universal Print as a “Microsoft 365 subscription-based service” that “runs entirely in Microsoft Azure.

Universal Print is based on a standard that’s getting implemented in printers, but Microsoft also has a Connector application that adds support for older “legacy” printers that lack native support for Universal Print.

On May 13, Microsoft talked more about Universal Print during a 30-minute online event “Live Webcast: Universal Print Overview.” Some of the Webcast’s highlights, which featured an extensive Q&A.

Universal Print Overview Highlights
The timeline for releasing Universal Print in public preview is Q3 2020. It’s expected to reach “general availability” commercial release in Q4, ( Rani Abdellatif, a program manager on the Universal Print team.)

To use the available private preview of Universal Print, organizations will need a Microsoft 365 Enterprise, Education or Business subscription. Its not yet clear which Microsoft 365 products will have access to Universal Print when it gets commercially released.

Universal Print maintains the familiar Windows print experience for end users. Universal Print-registered printers will show up like any other printer. Users can print from anywhere when connected to the Internet and authenticated via Azure AD, . The print jobs will get “spooled to the cloud from client,” Microsoft explained, in the Q&A segment.

Universal Print uses the Internet Print Protocol (IPP) standard from the Printer Working Group, to expose print and management functionality through the Microsoft Graph. There is no print driver to install. Once an IT administrator configures Universal Print, end users can discover nearby printers IT can manage the printers and get reports on how they are used.

During the Q&A, Microsoft explained more about the reporting aspect of Universal Print:
Administrators have access to a basic set of reports that include print usage grouped by user/printer.

Use Microsoft Graph API to download a raw data stream of completed print jobs to generate custom reports.

With Universal Print, IT pros need to assign printers and make these viewable to end users. Printer locations are assigned using the Azure Portal.
All communications are over secured HTTPS connectors.
Printers are deemed to be Azure AD objects, and are backed by an X.509 certificate.
No firewall ports are needed to support Universal Print. “There are no incoming requests to printers or Connectors (all requests are outgoing), so as long as Universal Print endpoints are not blocked, everything will work,” the Q&A indicated.

TMicrosoft is “working with ISV [independent software vendors] in print,” including vendors such as Papercut, Kofax and uniFlow.
Microsoft was also asked about actual printer hardware support for Universal Print. It’s mostly still a work in progress, per the Q&A:

No change to end of life support for Ax 2012 – plan your migration with Dynamics Gold Partner Synergy Software Systems

May 11th, 2020

Coronavirus tis impacting many IT project for Dynamics AX customers migrating from legacy versions of Ax 4/2009/2012 to dynamics 365.

Be aware that extended support plans for Dynamics AX 2009 Service Pack 1, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 are due to end on October 12, 2021. AX 2012 R3 users have until January 10, 2023. And Microsoft is advising customers these dates will remains in place, at least for now.

A Microsoft spokesperson provided this statement:

There is currently no plan to extend support further; however, we continue to monitor market needs including impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic related to support for Dynamics AX 2009 and Dynamics AX 2012.

So while the legacy versions are robust they will increasingly be incompatible with the latest versions of operating systems and browsers, and SQQL database and be increasingly vulnerable to malware and cybercrime. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting projects in many ways especially for global projects, for example: travel/quarantine, lockdowns and curfews on working, the need for remote collaboration, and e learning, and for global rollout more use of local partners.

There is no immediate end in sight so projects and timelines will be impacted for at last another year in which case we strongly advise you start your preparations for migration as early as possible. there is mush to consider: the on premise vs on cloud decision is now of greater importance, environmental sizing for cloud or on premise needs is significantly different as is new licensing and features for D365, new security set ups, code and data migration, project methodology via LCS , budgetting and project planning all take a lot of time.

The new challenges are accelerating different ways of working and some Business Process re-engineering should also be considered- e-commerce, Robotic Process automation, Lean manufacture, cross platform and application processes, self service, vendor collaboration, Customer portals, increased use of smart phones and mobiles from bar cod e driven WMS operations to Advanced analytics on your phone anytime anywhere any devices. To compete needs omni channel tailored services – there has never been a greater need for increased cost control, efficiency, and customer service. Start the process now while you can – as deadlines get nearer there will be backlog of customers seeking to upgrade and shortage of available resources both internally and externally.

TEAMS -75 million users -ask Synergy Software Systems, Dubai

May 1st, 2020

The use of Microsoft Teams has surged more than 70 percent since March with the massive global shift to remote work requiring increased online collaboration and video conferencing. .

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella the n updated figure for daily active users (DAU) on Wednesday of 75 million.
The 75 million DAU follows a 44 million figure for the same metric as of March 18.

“As work norms evolve, organizations are realizing they need a comprehensive solution that brings together communications, collaboration and business process — built on a foundation of security and privacy,” Nadella said.

Nadella said that Teams had more than 200 million meeting participants in a single day in April. He also said those same participants racked up more than 4.1 billion meeting minutes.

“Microsoft Teams supports multiple communications modalities in a shared workspace. It is the only solution with meetings, calls, chat, collaboration with the power of Office, and business process workflows — in a single, integrated user experience — with the highest security, as well as compliance. Teams keeps all your work and communication — conversations, documents, whiteboards, and meeting notes — in context. It helps people collaborate inside and outside meetings, making them more efficient and effective while reducing fatigue,” he said.

“Twenty organizations with more than 100,000 employees are now using Teams, including Continental AG, Ernst & Young, Pfizer and SAP. Just last week, Accenture became the first organization to surpass half a million users,” Nadella said.

We use it – how about you?

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6-Month Extension for aging versions of Microsoft end-of-support dates.

April 23rd, 2020

When Microsoft products reach their end-of-support dates (known as the end of “extended support”), they continue to function, but Microsoft stops issuing free patches. Security updates stop arriving, which could pose problems for organizations. In response to the “current public health situation,”. Microsoft announced this week that support deadlines that were due in May now fall toward year’s end.

Microsoft’s announcement on extending the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement legacy Web client by two months also noted that Microsoft will be “simplifying the ability for Dynamics 365 Finance, Supply Chain Management, and Commerce customers to pause updates for an extended period.” However, the document just states that subscribers can pause for “up to three consecutive updates,” without further elaboration.

Microsoft announced earlier this month that it was delaying ending support for the older Transport Layer Security protocols versions 1.0 and 1.1, until the second half of 2020. The switch will have an affect on Microsoft’s browsers and Office 365 products.

Office 2010 Support Still Ends in October
Microsoft issued a reminder that Office 2010 for Windows and Office 2016 for Mac both will reach their end-of-support date on Oct. 13, 2020. They aren’t getting extensions. These Office users face an additional problem, namely that Microsoft plans to end the connections of those products with various Office 365 services on that same Oct. 13, 2020 date. Users should shift to newer productivity-suite products, Microsoft advised.

Microsoft’s announcement:

Also, as previously announced, after October 13, 2020, customers will need to have Office 365 ProPlus,[1] Office 2019 or Office 2016 to connect to Office 365 services. Microsoft will not take any active measures to block legacy versions of the Office client from connecting to Office 365 services, but these older clients may encounter performance and/or reliability issues over time. For related Office client support timelines, see the Office support dates matrix.

Microsoft is planning to rename Office 365 ProPlus as “Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise” on April 21. This along with other Office 365 name changes, were announced last month.

.NET5 by year end

April 16th, 2020

Following a preview release sometime in the first half of 2020, .NET 5 is expected to become generally available this November.

Microsoft is changing its nomenclature with this coming release, forgoing the usual “Core” and “Framework” that’s typically appended to the version number. That’s reflective of the milestone that .NET 5 represents;
.NET 5 will mark the transition from the aging, proprietary, Windows-only .NET Framework to a modern, open source, cross-platform .NET.

Microsoft is promising developers a common framework and runtime with .NET 5, no matter the platform. With .NET 5, both code and project files will look and feel the same no matter which type of app you’re building. You’ll have access to the same runtime, API and language capabilities with each app. This includes new performance improvements that get committed to corefx, practically daily.

Remote wrorking through covid-9 and beyond with Teams and Windows virtual desktop

April 13th, 2020

Recent world events such as the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak highlighted need for workers to have access to their tools as well as their colleagues without being able to go into the office.

Large corporations have asked their workers to stay home to reduce the spread and risks associated with the virus.

This is one of the features of the cloud we don’t need to be on-site to be working. Emails, software, documents, etc. are now accessible from anywhere.

This has led to a new concern that businesses have: how to collaborate effectively? For example to communicate to and within a specific group, about a specific project on a recurrent basis; and you might need to return to have conference calls, or team presentations, and to collaborate on documents and also view emails to keep track of all that has been shared and done for that particular project.

FlexJobs reports an increase of 44% in remote work in the United States over the past five years and a 91% increase over the past ten years.

In Canada, 47% of employees work outside of their office for half the workweek, and 39% work mostly from home.

On a global scale, 56% of companies allow employees to work remotely, and 52% of employees do so at least one day a week.

With today’s changing business climate, companies need to optimize their capability for remote work. This will ensure they can support their employees in any circumstance, whether there is a sudden crisis that requires remote work, or they simply want to make the option of flexibility available to their employees.

Microsoft Teams. Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. You can utilize cool features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more. Microsoft Teams is also fully integrated with many other Office 365 services, such as Skype, SharePoint, Exchange, and Yammer.

Its what we use ourselves.

Some core capabilities are included in Teams:

Chat – Enjoy public and private conversations with your teams. The deep integration of Skype video into the application brings you popular social features, such as adding emojis and custom memes to your discussions.

Hub – Teams offers a shared workspace for the various applications in Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Word, Excel,
Planner, OneNote, SharePoint, Delve, and Power BI. This feature gives you and your teams the option to work natively without having to stress about toggling between applications as you try to get projects completed.

To start using Microsoft Teams, contact us for a subscription them log into your Office 365 Portal with your credentials, look for Teams under the list of add-ins. Click on it to log in and configure the settings.
we even give you a Synergy fast start guide.

Microsoft Teams was built for today’s diverse workforce. The methods that organizational teams use to communicate and collaborate has gone through immense changes over the years; traditional hierarchies are dying out leaving room for flatter organizational structures and thus making the rapid flow of information and communication even more important. Teams provides you with an open, digital environment that makes work integrated, visible, and accessible across the board. With Teams, everyone around you will always be in the know.

At the core of this and every other service delivered through Office 365 are the 3 famous G’s:

Governance – Features like E-Discovery are added to ensure the applications are secure and meet various compliance requirements.

Graphs – Everything you do inside the Office 365 Suite is captured as a signal for content discovery across applications.

Groups – You can create groups made up of internal or external users, and then collaborate with the same group and access products in the Office 365 Suite.
Teams is already a part of the Microsoft Group, thus making all your data and communications accessible through Microsoft

Graph and Office 365’s centralized governance and management console. This is where Teams makes integrating solutions easier for you – it belongs to a robust platform. You’re not signing up for the average stand-alone solution.

Microsoft Teams provides a versatile conversation experience. You will be able to enjoy persistent threaded conversations. Looking at it from a broader point of view, every conversation you have within Teams automatically becomes information assets and are saved. These assets are searchable via Microsoft Graph. These conversations are visible to everyone on your team, but you also have the option of launching private discussions.

Additionally, Team’s deep Skype integration brings you video and voice capabilities plus a wide variety of modern visual communication tools that will help increase engagements with your team members. You are able to communicate with items like GIFs, stickers, emojis, and custom memes.

The ability to meet virtually is an important and cost-effective feature for businesses today. Teams gives you a view of your scheduled meetings, the timing, the subject, and a list of other persons who’ll be attending.

About 24 bots with a variety of functionalities are available to help increase productivity. There’s the T-Bot, which can answer most basic and frequently asked questions about Teams, Polly Bot for polling co-workers, Statsbot for delivering scheduled reports via sources, such as Salesforce and Google Analytics, and Growbot, which allows the exchange of kudos with your co-workers.

When you become a full member of an Office 365 Group, you experience the full depth and breadth of Office 365: PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Planner, OneNote, SharePoint, Delve, and Power BI. Teams was constructed around the idea of leveraging the maximum capability of Microsoft Graph. So, your workgroups and teams can have the ability to share insights, intelligence, and data anywhere within the Office 365 suite.

Available on both Android and iOS (audio only), Teams provides a simple and easy-to-use app that allows you to chat with your team via text, have a voice conversation, or a video meeting.

Teams gives you a platform with options for extensibility and open APIs with general availability. Through the leveraging of Microsoft Exchange’s Connector model, Teams can provide you with updates and notifications from third-party services like GitHub and Twitter.

Security is another area in which Microsoft Teams stands apart from its competitors and ensures your peace of mind. You will always be provided with cutting-edge security and compliance capabilities when you use any of Office 365’s platform services. Your data is encrypted while in transit and at rest. Teams and all other Office 365 services meet compliance standards including ISO 27001, HIPPA. SOC 2 and the EU Model Clauses. Teams is also a part of Microsoft’s global network of data centers which is said to have a transparent operational model. Your Teams account is provisioned within Office 365 and managed via the Admin console.

Windows Virtual Desktop
Windows Virtual Desktop makes it easy to access your desktop from anywhere because it is stored on a remote server, rather than being installed on a single device. You can access all Windows applications, programs, email, and data that are stored on the virtual desktop, no matter where you are. And this means you can sit at home and work as usual, no matter what is happening in the world.

Hosted on Azure, WVD is the only virtual desktop that has been created for Windows 10 and optimizes Office 365 ProPlus. It offers a multi-session Windows experience, and once deployed, you can easily access it using any browser.

WVD:

Windows Virtual desktop allows multiple users to connect to the same virtual machine and have a virtual session together
- Makes it possible for a user using a local desktop to also log into a virtual desktop
- Is inexpensive
- Offers the same enhanced, multi-layered security Azure provides, with a private VPN network so employees can access sensitive data and information
- WVD offers full flexibility and the ability to maintain continuity of work, whether an employee is stuck home with a sick child or forced into isolation due to a pandemic.

Through Teams we are still able to process you inquires and provide supoport.
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SQL Server 2016 SP2 Cumulative Update 12

April 1st, 2020

SQL Server 2016 SP2 Cumulative Update 12 contains some useful fixes:

SQL Server can shut down when you hit the max number of sessions
SQL Server can shut down due to lock conflicts during error message processing
“SQL Server crashes frequently” when you check a clustered columnstore index for corruption
AGs may have “interruption” – I guess that means the AG stops replicating, but it’s not clear from the KB article.
Stack dumps when transaction replication has a heavy workload on the publication database
Stack dumps when you query persisted computed columns
Stack dumps when you run a batch mode query with multiple joins (that’s columnstore indexes in 2016)
Scalar functions run slower than they did on SQL Server 2008 R2
Non-yielding scheduler when the primary AG replica runs low on memory
AG may think there’s a missing log block when the database isn’t very active
AG automatic seeding may fail
AGs with persistent log buffers: “all of the secondaries in the AG become unavailable”
Change tracking auto cleanup causes access violations and stack dumps
Access violations when Extended Events tries to capture query text on busy servers
Error when stored proc in database A pulls data from database B while being audited in database C
Stack dumps when you alter database-scoped configurations
Incorrect statistics histograms when they’re updated in parallel – which also means that after you apply this CU, you should probably update your statistics.
There’s also a new feature: the default system health Extended Events session can store way more data now, AND you can edit how much it holds!

Counterstrike against Necurs, a massive botnet

March 12th, 2020

Microsoft and an international consortium of partners this week launched a counterstrike against Necurs, a massive botnet that Microsoft had been observing and analyzing for nearly eight years.

Botnets are packs of hundreds, thousands or millions of PCs, sometimes called zombies, that have been infected with malware and are under the command and control of malicious actors. Under-patched and out-of-support Windows 7 computer can be infected with a Trojan that enlists that computer in various nefarious schemes. The zombie PC’s owner may notice nothing at all, or sometimes suspect a decline in performance. According to Microsoft, Necurs has had a role in a lot of those nefarious schemes.

Believed to be controlled by criminals in Russia, the botnet is also thought to have been used directly by its owners, as well as rented out as a botnet-as-a-service fy. One of its highest-profile roles was aiding in distribution of the GameOver Zeus banking trojan.

In the years since it first came to the attention of security researchers in 2012, the network has infected as many as 9 million computers globally. It has left its nasty digital fingerprints on pump-and-dump stock scams, fake pharmaceutical spam, Russian dating scams, Internet-based computer attacks, credential theft schemes, data theft attempts, cryptomining and, of course, ransomware. While botnets can be a key component of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and Necurs has DDoS capabilities, Microsoft says that particular use for the botnet has not been documented.

BitSight, a cyber risk management platform provider that worked closely with Microsoft on the Necurs problem. alleged “From 2016 to 2019, it was the most prominent method to deliver spam and malware by criminals and was responsible for 90% of the malware spread by email worldwide,”

Microsoft on March 5 got an order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to take over the systems inside the United States that are used by Necurs for malware distribution and computer infections.

Microsoft and its partners crafted a sophisticated response built on the technical specifics of the Necurs botnet. Having studied the algorithm that Necurs uses to generate new domains, Microsoft used its considerable technical resources to jump ahead of the botnet .e to accurately predict over six million unique domains that would be created in the next 25 months,”wrote Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate vice president for customer security and trust, in a blog post.

The main counterstrike was launched Tuesday from what a detailed New York Times account described as an “eerily empty Microsoft campus” due to most workers having been ordered home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

” “Microsoft is also taking the additional step of partnering with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and others around the world to rid their customers’ computers of malware associated with the Necurs botnet.”

As a concrete step, Microsoft is pointing users to the Microsoft Safety Scanner to help wipe their computers of malware, including Necurs.

Microsoft executives were resigned that any drops in spam, malware and cyberattacks would be temporary at best. In the NYT article, executives described the effort — sadly and accurately — as a game of whack-a-mole.

Microsoft’s free cloud-to-cloud migration tool, Mover, available to Microsoft 365 customers worldwide,

March 3rd, 2020

Microsoft’s free cloud-to-cloud migration tool, Mover, is “now available to Microsoft 365 customers worldwide,” Microsoft announced earlier this month. Mover is both a tool (a Web app that runs in a browser) and the name of the company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that Microsoft bought in October. Typically, it’s used to move content and file shares from a cloud service to Microsoft’s OneDrive and SharePoint Online services.

The Mover migration tool can be used by organizations as a “self-service” solution for moving so-called “third-party” (non-Microsoft) cloud-based content to Office 365 services. Mover and Microsoft’s FastTrack partners also offer migration support services for some organizations.

The Mover tool supports other cloud services, as well. Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, Google G Suite and Amazon WorkDocs are supported. It’s described by Microsoft as a free tool for all Microsoft 365 customers. Likely, Mover is not a free tool when moving content to non-Microsoft cloud services, though.

Currently, Mover doesn’t have support for Office 365 government cloud moves, according to Microsoft’s announcement.

Microsoft’s FastTrack partner service, offering onboarding and migration support for moves to Microsoft 365 services, uses both the Mover tool and the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT), . FastTrack can be used by all Microsoft 365 subscribers and by Office 365 subscribers with more than 150 seats, according to this Microsoft FAQ document.

. Mover is just for cloud-to-cloud migrations. SPMT is used for moving SharePoint Server content (on the customer’s servers or “premises”) to SharePoint Online. Currently, the SPMT supports moving SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2010 content. Sometime this year, Microsoft expects to also have support in the SPMT for moving SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Server 2019 content.

Microsoft introduced its Migration Manager tool during the November Ignite talk. Migration Manager, accessible via the SharePoint Admin Center portal, is still at the preview stage.

Currently, Migration Manager “does not support the migration of content from SharePoint Server,” according to the document (although that’s part of Microsoft’s stated roadmap plans). In addition, Migration Manager “currently supports only the migration of file shares.”

Migration Manager is designed to solve the difficulties that organizations have when carrying out SharePoint migrations across multiple machines. It’s used to set up clients and create a list of migration tasks. Migration Manager also has reporting capabilities, and it permits IT pros to monitor the progress of a migration.

Microsoft’s three migration tools — Mover, SPMT and Migration Manager — are somewhat siloed. Microsoft’s general aim is to make large migrations easier for organizations, .

SQL Server 2016 SP2 Cu12 is available

March 1st, 2020

There’s a new feature: the default system health Extended Events session can now store a lot more data and you can edit how much it should hold.

Several hotfixes
• SQL Server can shut down when you hit the max number of sessions
• SQL Server can shut down due to lock conflicts during error message processing
• “SQL Server crashes frequently” when you check a clustered columnstore index for corruption
• AGs may have “interruption”
• Stack dumps when transaction replication has a heavy workload on the publication database
• Stack dumps when you query persisted computed columns
• Stack dumps when you run a batch mode query with multiple joins (that’s columnstore indexes in 2016)
• Scalar functions run slower than they did on SQL Server 2008 R2
• Non-yielding scheduler when the primary AG replica runs low on memory
• AG may think there’s a missing log block when the database isn’t very active
• AG automatic seeding may fail
• AGs with persistent log buffers: “all of the secondaries in the AG become unavailable”
• Change tracking auto cleanup causes access violations and stack dumps
• Access violations when Extended Events tries to capture query text on busy servers
• Error when stored proc in database A pulls data from database B while being audited in database C
• Stack dumps when you alter database-scoped configurations
• Incorrect statistics histograms when they’re updated in parallel – which also means that after you apply this CU, you should probably update your statistics.

Cumulative updates (CU) are now available at the Microsoft Download Center.

Only the most recent CU that was released for SQL Server 2016 SP2 is available at the Download Center. Each new CU contains all the fixes that were included togetrher with the previous CU for the installed version or service pack of SQL Server.
•Microsoft recommends ongoing, proactive installation of CUs as they become available: •SQL Server CUs are certified to the same levels as Service Packs, and should be installed at the same level of confidence.
•Historical data shows that a significant number of support cases involve an issue that has already been addressed in a released CU.
•CUs may contain added value over and above hotfixes. This includes supportability, manageability, and reliability updates.

•Just as for SQL Server service packs, we recommend that you test CUs before you deploy them to production environments.
•We recommend that you upgrade your SQL Server installation to the latest SQL Server 2016 service pack.

Microsoft’s Office App for iOS and Android phones

February 22nd, 2020

Microsoft’s new Office App for iOS and Android phones is now generally available worldwide, the company announced this week.

The Office App for phones can be downloaded from the Apple store for iOS devices, or from the Google Play store for Android devices.

The app is also “available for download on Android tablets with limited support,” but it’s not fully optimized yet, Microsoft’s announcement explained.

The Office App combines Excel, PowerPoint and Word into a single downloadable application that’s said to take up less space on a mobile device, and is optimized for smartphone activities.

Internet Explorer 10 browser on both Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard support to end on 11 Feb 2020.

February 4th, 2020

Support for the Internet Explorer 10 browser on both Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard is due to end on Feb. 11, 2020.

That means the end of free patch support for IE 10,all updates, paid assisted support options, and technical content updates for Internet Explorer 10 will be discontinued though the browser will still continue to run.

That will make IE 10′s at risk and organizations using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Embedded 8 Standard should upgrade to Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft will push down IE 11 via the Windows Update service as an “Important” update to Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard users. Important updates typically are automatically installed for organizations that use the Windows Update service without management controls. IE 11 also will arrive as an “Optional” update for those Windows users that use Window Server Update Services to manage Microsoft’s updates.

Enterprise Mode can emulate IE 10 behaviors within the IE 11 browser.

For Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard, the end of “extended support” dates will be Oct. 10, 2023 and July 11, 2023, respectively. Microsoft changed its browser support policy with effect from January 2016, and only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.

IE 11 however was released on Nov. 13, 2013, which didn’t result in an end to IE 10 because the new policy took effect in, 2016. The IE 11 browser will be the last and the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser should be compatible with all supported versions of Windows and macOS, which implies that the new Edge browser will run on the Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard OSes.

Currently Chromium Edge preview looks a promising ‘zippy’ new browser that seems to perform better than IE, Edge, Bing, or Chrome.

Microsoft Edge based on Chromium – Release Milestone

January 28th, 2020

The first “stable” release of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser is now commercially available, Microsoft announced recently.
This new Edge browser (version 79) is based on the open source Chromium Project’s engine, largely fostered by Google, which is also central to Google’s Chrome browser.

Microsoft kicked is now a Chromium Project code contributor. The older EdgeHTML-based Edge browser still exists (Microsoft now calls it “Microsoft Edge legacy”), and it is going to get replaced at some point by the new Chromium-based version.

The new Edge browser is currently available for “all supported versions of Windows and macOS in more than 90 languages” and also is available for use on Android and iOS systems. Capabilities for Microsoft Edge including AAD support, Internet Explorer mode, 4K streaming, Dolby audio, inking in PDF, Microsoft Search in Bing integration, support for Chrome-based extensions, and more.

. When you do make the switch, your favorites, passwords, form fill information and basic settings will carry over to the new Microsoft Edge without you having to do anything. IT administrator, will need to download an offline deployment package to pilot within a corporate environment—the new Microsoft Edge will not automatically deploy for commercial customers. Additionally, none of the Microsoft Edge preview channels will update to the new Microsoft Edge, as they can be used side-by-side for testing and validation.

The new Edge is much faster and web sites load quickly in it, even with multiple tabs, . The new Edge doesn’t slow down the longer you use the browser, especially when you have multiple tabs open. When you leave IE or Chrome running with multiple tabs in use, it becomes so sluggish you need to close the browser down –not with the new Edge.