Microsoft’s Your Phone App gets new features with the latest update

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In 2018, Microsoft launched the “Your Phone” app on Windows 10 as a way to help users connect their Android devices to their PCs. Since then, the app has received support for a number of useful features. Now, according to reports, the company is testing new tools and design changes for the app. Some of them have already been deployed for Windows Insiders.

One of the new additions is the “Sent from the phone” part, which will allow you to view all the links, images, and shared notes from your phone in a more convenient location. The feature has already started to be implemented for some people with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview version.

To share images, links, and notes quickly from the phone to a Windows 10 PC. Users must tap the share button and select the “Your Phone companion app” option in the Share menu. Shared files will appear in this tab once the transfer is complete. However, the feature is not yet fully functional.

New contact tab

Microsoft is also adding a new Contacts section to the application. The first time this feature appeared in the app was in February, but it has only started to reach a few users now. This tab will allow you to browse all contacts on your Android device when the app is connected.

When selecting a contact, the app will show the associated phone number and email address, along with business and home addresses. The app also allows you to send a text message quickly or call the chosen contact. The feature began to appear for some users with version 1.20091.79.0 of the app.

New design

In addition to the features mentioned above, Microsoft is also working on some changes to your application design. These changes are expected to reach users in the coming weeks and give a new look to the “Settings” and “My devices” menus.

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HP Makes One Of The Best Laptops In The World — If You Can Afford It

Brooke Crothers

Brooke Crothers

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HP Elite Dragonfly -- why can't Apple design a MacBook Air that's this good?

HP Elite Dragonfly — why can’t Apple design a MacBook Air that’s this good?

CREDIT: HEWLETT-PACKARD

The Hewlett-Packard Elite Dragonfly is one of those rare products that is actually better than advertised and gets better as you use it.

Why it still works for me after six months:

Really (really) light (about 2.2 pounds): Shaving half a pound off the standard 2.8 pound 13-inch laptop without sacrificing anything is the equivalent of an auto manufacturer reducing the weight of an SUV by 500 pounds without giving up cargo space or convenience.

This is reinforced every time I pick it up, put it in and take it out of my backpack or just carry it around the house.

(By comparison, the 2020 MacBook Air is 2.8 pounds. And the 2o2o 13-inch MacBook Pro is 3 pounds.)

HP Elite Dragonfly.

HP Elite Dragonfly.

CREDIT: BROOKE CROTHERS

Battery life doesn’t suffer: good battery life and an ultra-light chassis are usually mutually exclusive in a laptop. Not in this case. I typically get all-day+ battery life.


Performance doesn’t take a hit: this is where Apple has failed* in the past with light MacBooks, particularly with its 2 pound 12-inch MacBook (I owned several). I’ve been using the Dragonfly for the last six months and I experience no slowdowns/lag with the Core i7-8665U (Geekbench 5) coupled with 16GB RAM and an Intel 512 GB Optane 3D Xpoint SSD. My productivity workloads are typically pretty heavy (heavy enough to bring a late-2018 MacBook Air to its knees).

Doesn’t get hot: this is another failing of many recent MacBooks I’ve owned (MacBook Air and low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro). As soon as you open up a bunch of tabs in Chrome and start doing a lot multitasking, the MacBook Air and low-end MacBook Pros heat up. I ditched my late-2018 MacBook Air because of this. Not the case with Elite Dragonfly: I’ve never heard an audible whir from the fan and the chassis doesn’t get hot.

—Speakers deliver: HP proves that an ultralight laptop can have good speakers, delivering decent base and mid-range. And the speakers fire upward — the sound doesn’t go sideways or get muffled underneath the laptop. Upward-firing speakers are necessary for good sound.

Keyboard: Apple take note: you don’t need to design special Butterfly keys to make a keyboard work in an ultra-light design.

4G/LTE is also available: if you’re a road warrior (like me) this can make all of the difference in a laptop making the cut.

But…

—Here’s the catch: it’s expensive: starting at around $1,779 direct from HP. By MacBook Pro standards that’s not an outrageous price but it’s certainly not accessible to your average consumer like, for instance, the $999 MacBook Air.

But if you’re a road warrior and looking for a laptop that will last years, it’s worth it.

Footnote about the magnesium chassis: Magnesium is not aluminum. So, the chassis has a different kind of rigidity compared to aluminum. Not necessarily a downside but something I’ve noticed.

My Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8665U (8th Gen processor)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Memory: 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 SDRAM
  • Display: 13.3-inch BrightView LED FHD (1,920-by-1,080) 360-degree touchscreen w/Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HP Sure View (for privacy), 1,000 nit brightness
  • Storage: 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe with 32 GB Intel Optane 3D Xpoint SSD
  • Wireless: Intel XMM 7560 LTE-Advanced Pro Cat 16; Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5 Combo
  • Biometrics: both face and fingerprint ID.
  • Ports: 2 Thunderbolt USB Type-C connectors (on one side*), 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (charging), 1 HDMI 1.4; 1 external Nano SIM slot for 4G/LTE SIM card.
  • Price: the above higher-end config direct from HP is over $2,500.The Microsoft Store, however, has been selling a Core i5/16 GB/512GB model for $2,219.

Ultra-light is hard

Apple tried it. In April 2015 Apple announced the 12-inch MacBook. It was only 2 pounds. But it ultimately failed. It was killed in 2019 and replaced with the 2.8-pound redesigned Retina MacBook Air.

Why did the 12-inch MacBook fail? Though it had tablet-light portability, it was slow and didn’t have great battery life. I know. I owned a series of 12-inch MacBooks and sold every one after a few months. I always held out hope that the next update would finally deliver a usable design with new Intel silicon. But it never did.

Dell’s newest XPS 13 9300 is a great laptop with almost no shortcomings and it’s light at 2.65 pounds. But that’s still a long way from 2.2 pounds. In the laptop world, 0.45 pounds is the equivalent of hundreds of pounds in a car.

Summary:

The Elite Dragonfly is a laptop that will last. I could see owning this for at least 3 years. That’s where a premium laptop can pay off. More money up front but long life.

——

Notes:

I test lots of laptops and am currently testing a stable of about a dozen new 2020 laptops.

*Apple is switching to its own A Series processors for future MacBooks because of claimed performance-per-watt issues with Intel. But I wonder if it’s partially an Apple failing. It’s funny that Hewlett-Packard and Dell (e.g., XPS 13 9300) are able to get good performance + good battery life from Intel processors. And are able to achieve the performance in ultra-thin designs without generating lots of heat and whirring fans.

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My seven favorite Windows 10 features

If you have a Windows 10 PC, you might be missing out on some productivity-enhancing shortcuts. Here are my seven favorite features, many of them new or greatly improved since Windows 10’s debut in 2015.


  • 1. WINDOWS HELLO

When I’m shopping for a new PC, one feature is on the must-have list. It has to support biometric authentication, or I’m not interested.

I notice the difference every time I use my 2017 MacBook Pro, which doesn’t have a touch bar or Touch ID and seems determined to require two attempts before it will accept my password, no matter how carefully I type. By the time I am ready to replace it, I hope Apple has incorporated its facial recognition into the Mac.

2. THE TASKBAR SEARCH BOX

Microsoft made a big mistake in the early days of Windows 10 by tying the functionality of its built-in search box to the gimmicky Cortana feature. Now that Cortana has been moved out of Windows and into Microsoft 365, the search box can do its job without having to display a sassy personality.

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The built-in calculator in the Windows 10 search box does all sorts of conversions, too.

I use this search box literally dozens of times a day, whenever I have a question that has a simple factual answer. There’s no need to open a browser tab and do a full search when you’re just looking for a quick answer. Instead, tap the Windows key and start typing. The answer appears almost instantly in the results pane above the search box.

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It’s also really good at finding dictionary definitions, translating words and phrases, and doing calculations and conversions. The other day, for example, I was researching new cars and found an interesting article that included fuel economy rating expressed in km/L. How much is that in MPG? Easy.

It’s really changed the way I work.

3. MULTI-MONITOR

I have always been a huge proponent of multi-monitor setups for productivity on the desktop. Years ago, that meant two 24-inch LCD displays, arranged side by side. Today, though, I have a different setup that works even better for me: A 38-inch Dell UltraSharp Curved Monitor, driven by a powerful laptop on the side, with the laptop display serving as the second monitor.

That ultrawide monitor is perfect for snapping two windows alongside one another for research and writing. Meanwhile, I keep secondary apps on the laptop display: Slack and Teams windows, for example, so I can keep track of conversations with colleagues out of the corner of my eye.

Five years ago, Windows was extremely awkward when it came to managing transitions between displays with different scaling factors. In the past few years, though, virtually all of those issues have vanished in Windows 10, and I almost never see weird scaling issues, when dragging windows between two displays with different resolutions.

4. WIRELESS PROJECTION

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Pick an external display and project away.

Miracast technology has been around since 2014, when it was a signature feature of Windows 8.1. Back then, getting a Windows PC to connect wirelessly to a big-screen TV was a bit of a crapshoot, typically requiring an external adapter and some incantations.

A lot has happened in the six years since then. Both of the big-screen TVs in our household support Miracast natively, as do our two Roku devices. And connecting from a Windows 10 PC to any of those devices is as simple as clicking the Connect button in Action Center and then choosing a device from the list.

That feature isn’t necessary for YouTube, which has its own built-in app on all of my connected devices. But it’s been ideal for watching livestream concerts and pay-per-view events that aren’t accessible through an app.

5. ONEDRIVE FILES ON-DEMAND

There are lots of cloud-based storage services to choose from. I use OneDrive because it’s included with my Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) subscriptions, one for business, one for personal use. Each subscription includes a terabyte of storage (and with the $100-a-year Microsoft 365 Family account, five additional family members each get their own terabyte of storage).

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Files On-Demand lets you browse through a huge cloud-based archive without having to sync all the files locally.

But the real advantage is the integration with Windows 10, where you’ll find a top-level node for OneDrive in the navigation pane and, crucially, support for a feature called Files On-Demand, which allows you to browse through that terabyte of cloud-based storage without having to actually download all those files. Double-clicking a file downloads it and opens it for editing, as the feature name suggests.

My personal OneDrive contains nearly 900 GB of files, but I’ve chosen to keep less than 50 GB worth of those files offline, as you can see.

This feature works so well and integrates so smoothly that it’s almost possible to forget that it was missing in action for the first two years of Windows 10’s existence and didn’t return until 2017.

6. HYPER-V AND WINDOWS SANDBOX

The single best reason to pay for an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro is to gain access to the built-in Hyper-V virtualization software, which lets you run Windows or Linux in a virtual machine, isolated from your physical PC.

I’ve written several how-to articles on how to enable Hyper-V and create virtual machines, as well as one longer piece on how to install a virtual copy of Ubuntu Linux using Hyper-V’s Quick Create gallery.

Those features are great for developers, but the latest addition to the Hyper-V feature set is useful for just about anybody. Windows Sandbox is a simple way to instantly create a clean virtual machine, where you can test a program or visit a suspicious website, risk-free. When you close the Sandbox, every trace vanishes instantly.

7. PROGRESSIVE WEB APPS

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are a great way to turn a rich website (like Twitter, Spotify, or Gmail) into an app that runs in its own window, with its own notifications and data storage, alongside your more traditional apps. PWAs appear in the Windows 10 Start menu, and you can pin them to Start or to the taskbar. You can even manage them from the Apps page in Settings.

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Click that icon in the address bar to install a website as a PwA.

Every modern browser supports PWAs. If you’re using the new Chromium-based Edge, you get an “App available” notification in the address bar if a website supports this feature.

From Google Chrome, you can install a PWA from a similar icon in the address bar, but they’re not as tightly integrated with Windows 10.

Either way, it’s a great way to give important sites their own space instead of relegating them to yet another browser tab.

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Apple sued over MacBook Pro ‘Flexgate’ — what you need to know

Apple’s ‘Flexgate’ faces a class-action lawsuit in California

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Apple knew of a MacBook Pro flaw that caused blacklight display issues on certain laptop models, a class-action lawsuit filed against the Cupertino company on Wednesday claims.

The lawsuit, reported on and shared by Apple Insider, cites the ‘Flexgate’ flaw that gadget repair website iFixit discovered on some MacBook Pro models early last year. A number of MacBook Pro laptops released in 2016 and 2017 suffered from fraying flexible display cables, resulting in display stage lighting, or inconsistent backlighting towards the bottom of the screen.

Regular opening and closing of those MacBook Pro models compromised the flex cables between the display and a controller found board beneath MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

Apple never addressed iFixit’s report directly. Instead, it quietly adjusted the length of the flex cables on its 2018 MacBook Pro, and launched a repair program for those with defective 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro models. (The program didn’t cover 15-inch models with stage lighting issues, though.)

And since the flex cable defect often took time to exhibit, several impaired ‌‌MacBook Pro‌‌s fell outside of Apple’s one-year warranty policy and in some cases resulted in a repair fee of over $700.

The lawsuit claims Apple knew of the durability issues with the connectivity cables, and didn’t respond responsibly.

“Apple was aware of the issues with the backlight screen and the defective flex cable, in light of the comments posted by consumers on Apple’s discussion forum and that those comments were deleted after they were posted,” the action reads.

Multiple lawsuits targeting Flexgate have been filed. In this one, which appears more substantial that previous claims, plaintiffs seek damages and call on Apple to address its defective MacBook Pro models.

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Microsoft OneDrive updates include 100GB file size boost, dark mode, new admin controls

New features are aimed at improving sharing and collaboration across work and life.

 

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Microsoft has on Wednesday announced a slew of updates to OneDrive, including dark mode, an increase in file upload limit, and a bunch of new business and consumer features.

 

In a blog post penned by Microsoft 365 GM Seth Patton, the new OneDrive features across Microsoft 365 have been touted as bringing a more connected and flexible files experience to business users, more control to admins, and a more personal touch to everyone at home as “remote everything” has become the new normal in 2020.

Firstly, all users will get a file size boost, with the upload file size limit increasing overnight from 15GB to 100GB in OneDrive and SharePoint.

Dark Mode on OneDrive for the web across commercial and personal accounts is also hitting desktop users very soon.

For business users, a public preview will be rolled out later this month that includes a new feature, called Add to OneDrive, which Patton has said will make it easier to add shared folders directly to OneDrive.

 

Shared folders include content that others share with a user through their OneDrive or content that is a part of a shared library in Microsoft Teams or SharePoint.

Add to OneDrive will also allow an individual to work with the shared content with the same capabilities as if it was their own, he added.

 

“This means that the added content can be synced, shared, and collaborated on — and that it retains all existing security and compliance policies,” he wrote.

The public preview rollout will be enabled by default with the option for admins to opt out.

In a bid to bring filesharing within Teams in line with other 365 apps, users will soon have the option to create sharing links that provide access to anyone, people within the same organisation, people with existing access, or specific people, including those in a private or group chat.

“Microsoft 365 should feel the same no matter which app you’re in. This is especially true for Teams, which has become central to our remote work lives,” Patton said.

Soon, users will also be able to share links copied from a browser address bar with internal colleagues.

Over the next few weeks, Microsoft is also rolling out an update to the OneDrive sync app, which will allow it to support read and write sync for shared libraries that contain required metadata. Currently, shared libraries with mandatory metadata are synchronised as read-only.

“Metadata adds structure and compliance to your files,” the blog continues. “This will enable business users to edit content in their synced libraries while working from their desktops.”

Also being rolled out is the capability for original access to be maintained throughout a document’s lifecycle. This means all business users who had original access to a file will be re-added to it if that file changes shared library locations. Those users will now receive a new link maintaining the same permissions they had before and receive a notification about the move.

Microsoft will also add the option to turn off comment notifications for individual files later this year.

Coming later this year, “sync admin reports” will provide admins with visibility and insights on the adoption and health of the OneDrive sync app across the organisation, through a new dashboard to check sync app versions, sync status, and top sync errors on individual devices.

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of several features aimed at strengthening file protection and governance in OneDrive and SharePoint, including Microsoft Information Protection sensitivity labels with protection, automatic classification with sensitively labels, sensitivity labels for SharePoint sites, and information barriers.

It said in addition to these, admins will soon be able to implement automatic expiration of external access, multi-factor authentication policies, like prompting one-time passcodes (OTP), as well as extending continuous access evaluations to OneDrive and SharePoint.

Also for admins, later this year, all OneDrive admin capabilities, including controls for sharing, access, sync, and storage, will be available in the SharePoint admin centre, consolidating admin tools into one place.

This is expected to unlock several enhancements in reporting, WCAG 2.1 accessibility support, Global Reader support, error messaging, and performance.

A new option will also soon be released to set mandatory expiration dates for external collaborators that can be extended or revoked based on user discretion.

On the personal side, coming later this month, a new consumer feature for the web version of OneDrive will let users predefine a group of people to share files, photos, videos, and albums with. Groups can comprise of anyone the user chooses.

Family and group sharing, meanwhile, will now be included in all free and paid OneDrive consumer plans and will begin rolling out soon on OneDrive for the web, with general availability expected by the end of July. It will become available on the mobile app, sync client, Mac, and directly from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint by the end of this year.

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Windows File Recovery is a new app by Microsoft that helps recover deleted data

Microsoft has quietly released a file recovery app that might come in handy if you’ve accidentally deleted an important file or have corrupted data on your disk, flash drive, or memory card. Windows File Recovery is essentially a command-line tool compiled as a Microsoft Store app.

While it offers comprehensive recovery options supporting a variety of file types (photos, documents, videos, and more) and different file systems (NTFS, FAT, exFAT, and ReFS), it is geared towards power users and system administrators because of its command-line experience.

There are three modes you can use to recover files – Default, Segment, and Signature.

Microsoft recommends using the Default mode for NTFS file system (HDD/SSD on your Windows PC, external hard drives, >4GB flash drives) if the file you’re looking for has been recently deleted. If the file has been deleted a while ago or you are running Windows File Recovery after formatting a disk or on a corrupted disk, you should first try the Segment mode, followed by the Signature mode. For the supported file types on FAT, exFAT, and ReFS file system (SD cards and <4GB flash drives), it is recommended you use the Signature mode. Read more about the command syntax and options available here.

Pro tip: If you want to increase your chances of recovering a file, minimize or avoid using your computer till you attempt file recovery. Windows marks the space used by a deleted file as free space, and extensive use of the computer can create newer files which may overwrite that free space.

Windows File Recovery requires Windows 10 build 19041 or later and is available as a free download on the Microsoft Store. The app does not support recovery on cloud storage and network file shares, mind you.

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Some new MacBooks appear to be suffering from USB problems

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It seems that some people who are using the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) and MacBook Air (2020) are encountering problems when plugging in USB 2.0 accessories via a hub or adapter.

According to MacRumors, the problem seems to be quite widespread, with frustrated users complaining about it on the MacRumors forum, Reddit and the Apple Support forum.

  • It appears that devices connected via a hub would suddenly stop working, and it seemingly affects all kinds of devices such as mice, keyboards and audio devices.

Because modern MacBooks only come with USB-C ports, if you need to plug anything in that doesn’t use USB-C, you have to use an adapter or a hub.

Users are reporting that these devices stop working at random times, and seems to happen more often if more than one USB device is plugged into a hub.

Some are also reporting that their MacBooks become unresponsive as well as the USB devices disconnecting.

USB 2.0 woes

Over on Reddit, a user has found that this problem seems to be affecting USB 2.0 devices and not USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 devices, and seems to be related to how those devices are handled in macOS Catalina. Whether or not this is a hardware or software problem is unclear at the moment. Hopefully it’s a software issue that can be fixed with an update.

We’ve contacted Apple to find out more about this issue. Some people have reported that their affected MacBooks have been replaced, but the issue persists with the new laptops as well.

The aforementioned user noticed that using a CalDigit Thunderbolt hub solved the problem, due to the way it takes “the USB 2.0 input, terminates it, and presents it as a fresh input that is USB 3.0 to the ‌MacBook Pro‌. Everything is good in this scenario.”

CalDigit’s USB hubs are great devices, but they are also pretty expensive, so hopefully Apple is working on a fix that means people can use their more affordable USB hubs again. We’ll update this story as soon as we hear back from Apple.

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Microsoft June 2020 Patch Tuesday: largest ever with 129 fixes

Patch Tuesday

Today is Microsoft’s June 2020 Patch Tuesday, and as many Windows administrators will be routinely screaming at computers, please be nice to them!

With the release of the June 2020 Patch Tuesday security updates, Microsoft has released one advisory for an Adobe Flash Player update and fixes for 129 vulnerabilities in Microsoft products.

Of these vulnerabilities, 11 are classified as Critical, 109 as Important, 7 as Moderate, and 2 as Low.

This is the largest Patch Tuesday update ever released by Microsoft, with the second-largest being 115 fixes in March 2020, and the third-largest with 113 fixes in April 2020.

This month there are no zero-day or known unpatched vulnerabilities.

Users should install these security updates as soon as possible to protect Windows from known security risks.

For information about the non-security Windows updates, you can read about today’s Windows 10 KB4557957 & KB4560960 cumulative updates.

Critical vulnerabilities of interest

Three ‘Critical’ vulnerabilities exist in Microsoft Edge and VBScript engine that could allow an attacker to perform remote code execution by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted web site.

If exploited, these vulnerabilities could allow the attacker to execute commands on the computer with the same privileges as the user.

Other interesting ‘Critical’ vulnerabilities require an attacker to trick a user into downloading specially crafted malicious files. These vulnerabilities could be used in phishing or web attacks.

The June 2020 Patch Tuesday Security Updates

Below is the full list of resolved vulnerabilities and released advisories in the June 2020 Patch Tuesday updates.  To access the full description of each vulnerability and the systems that it affects, you can view the full report here.

Tag
CVE ID
CVE Title
Severity

Adobe Flash Player
ADV200010
June 2020 Adobe Flash Security Update
Critical

Android App
CVE-2020-1223
Word for Android Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Apps
CVE-2020-1329
Microsoft Bing Search Spoofing Vulnerability
Important

Azure DevOps
CVE-2020-1327
Azure DevOps Server HTML Injection Vulnerability
Important

Diagnostics Hub
CVE-2020-1278
Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Diagnostics Hub
CVE-2020-1203
Diagnostic Hub Standard Collector Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Diagnostics Hub
CVE-2020-1202
Diagnostic Hub Standard Collector Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

HoloLens
CVE-2020-1199
Windows Feedback Hub Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Internet Explorer
CVE-2020-1315
Internet Explorer Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Browsers
CVE-2020-1219
Microsoft Browser Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Critical

Microsoft Edge
CVE-2020-1242
Microsoft Edge Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) in IE Mode
CVE-2020-1220
Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) in IE Mode Spoofing Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-1207
Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-1258
DirectX Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-1251
Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-1160
Microsoft Graphics Component Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-0915
Windows GDI Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-1253
Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-1348
Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-0986
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Graphics Component
CVE-2020-0916
Windows GDI Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft JET Database Engine
CVE-2020-1236
Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft JET Database Engine
CVE-2020-1208
Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Malware Protection Engine
CVE-2020-1163
Microsoft Windows Defender Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Malware Protection Engine
CVE-2020-1170
Microsoft Windows Defender Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office
CVE-2020-1226
Microsoft Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office
CVE-2020-1225
Microsoft Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office
CVE-2020-1229
Microsoft Outlook Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office
CVE-2020-1321
Microsoft Office Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office
CVE-2020-1322
Microsoft Project Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1289
Microsoft SharePoint Spoofing Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1181
Microsoft SharePoint Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1148
Microsoft SharePoint Spoofing Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1183
Microsoft Office SharePoint XSS Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1318
Microsoft Office SharePoint XSS Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1295
Microsoft SharePoint Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1298
Microsoft Office SharePoint XSS Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1323
SharePoint Open Redirect Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1297
Microsoft Office SharePoint XSS Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1178
Microsoft SharePoint Server Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1177
Microsoft Office SharePoint XSS Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Office SharePoint
CVE-2020-1320
Microsoft Office SharePoint XSS Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Scripting Engine
CVE-2020-1260
VBScript Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Moderate

Microsoft Scripting Engine
CVE-2020-1215
VBScript Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Low

Microsoft Scripting Engine
CVE-2020-1230
VBScript Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Low

Microsoft Scripting Engine
CVE-2020-1073
Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Critical

Microsoft Scripting Engine
CVE-2020-1214
VBScript Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Scripting Engine
CVE-2020-1216
VBScript Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Microsoft Scripting Engine
CVE-2020-1213
VBScript Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1324
Windows Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1162
Windows Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1305
Windows State Repository Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1313
Windows Update Orchestrator Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1316
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1309
Microsoft Store Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1312
Windows Installer Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1306
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1296
Windows Diagnostics & feedback Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1270
Windows WLAN Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1255
Windows Background Intelligent Transfer Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1283
Windows Denial of Service Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1263
Windows Error Reporting Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1259
Windows Host Guardian Service Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1268
Windows Service Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1290
Win32k Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1291
Windows Network Connections Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1292
OpenSSH for Windows Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1317
Group Policy Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1244
Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service Denial of Service Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1241
Windows Kernel Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1314
Windows Text Service Framework Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1271
Windows Backup Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1222
Microsoft Store Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1120
Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service Denial of Service Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1201
Windows Now Playing Session Manager Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1233
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1246
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1235
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1234
Windows Error Reporting Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1197
Windows Error Reporting Manager Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1194
Windows Registry Denial of Service Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1231
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1209
Windows Network List Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1204
Windows Mobile Device Management Diagnostics Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1307
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1211
Connected Devices Platform Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1196
Windows Print Configuration Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1334
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows
CVE-2020-1217
Windows Runtime Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Microsoft Windows PDF
CVE-2020-1248
GDI+ Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Open Source Software
CVE-2020-1340
NuGetGallery Spoofing Vulnerability
Important

System Center
CVE-2020-1331
System Center Operations Manager Spoofing Vulnerability
Important

Visual Studio
CVE-2020-1343
Visual Studio Code Live Share Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Windows COM
CVE-2020-1311
Component Object Model Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Diagnostic Hub
CVE-2020-1293
Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Diagnostic Hub
CVE-2020-1257
Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Error Reporting
CVE-2020-1261
Windows Error Reporting Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Windows Installer
CVE-2020-1272
Windows Installer Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Installer
CVE-2020-1302
Windows Installer Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Installer
CVE-2020-1277
Windows Installer Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1276
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1310
Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1273
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1280
Windows Bluetooth Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1275
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1247
Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1274
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1262
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1237
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1266
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1269
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1282
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1264
Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Kernel
CVE-2020-1265
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Lock Screen
CVE-2020-1279
Windows Lockscreen Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Media
CVE-2020-1238
Media Foundation Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Important

Windows Media
CVE-2020-1304
Windows Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Media Player
CVE-2020-1239
Media Foundation Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Important

Windows Media Player
CVE-2020-1232
Media Foundation Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Windows OLE
CVE-2020-1281
Windows OLE Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Windows OLE
CVE-2020-1212
OLE Automation Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Print Spooler Components
CVE-2020-1300
Windows Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Windows Shell
CVE-2020-1299
LNK Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Windows Shell
CVE-2020-1286
Windows Shell Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Critical

Windows SMB
CVE-2020-1206
Windows SMBv3 Client/Server Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Important

Windows SMB
CVE-2020-1284
Windows SMBv3 Client/Server Denial of Service Vulnerability
Important

Windows SMB
CVE-2020-1301
Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Important

Windows Update Stack
CVE-2020-1254
Windows Modules Installer Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Wallet Service
CVE-2020-1294
Windows WalletService Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

Windows Wallet Service
CVE-2020-1287
Windows WalletService Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Important

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Microsoft Issues New Strike To Chrome With This Stunning Browser Move

Microsoft Edge is aiming to take share from Chrome

Microsoft has just issued a new strike to Google Chrome by handing its recently launched Edge … [+]

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Microsoft has just issued a new strike to Google Chrome by handing its recently launched Edge browser to all Windows 10 users via Windows Update. In a stunning move that will bring Edge to millions of users, it will be available on Windows 10 versions 1803, 1809,1903 and 1909, according to Microsoft.

Google’s Chrome is by far the leading browser in terms of marketshare, but Microsoft’s new Edge, which is based on the same Chromium based browser engine, is already in the number two position. Edge replaces Internet Explorer but packs a far bigger punch than its predecessor, with multiple new features that aim to take a slice of Google Chrome’s share.

Among the new features, Edge has added a tool that will hide annoying notification prompts when you browse the web. And the browser’s appeal spans both consumer and business users—Microsoft Edge 83 also comes with some features such as Profile Switching that make things much easier for those working from home during COVID-19.

Concerns over Google Chrome’s security and privacy

Google Chrome is used by two thirds of all web users, but concerns remain over its security and privacy. Google is already aware of the challenge it faces, and introduced some new features last month to try to address this.


Because Edge is based on the same Chromium browser Engine as Chrome, the two have a similar appeal, but Edge might be preferred by those who are trying to avoid Google products.

Edge certainly seems to have some cool security credentials, but remember, it isn’t proven on the privacy front. A recent study found the browser was sending device identifiers and web browsing pages to back end servers.

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Windows 10 May 2020 Update has new backup option – here’s how to set it up.

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The May 2020 Update has new settings to make backing up files to OneDrive a lot easier – here’s how.

Starting with the May 2020 Update, Windows 10 is tweaking the Backup settings page with a new option to leverage OneDrive to back up your important files stored in the default account folders (Desktop, Documents, and Pictures) to ensure they’re protected in the cloud against malware, ransomware, and viruses. Also, if you use multiple devices, then OneDrive will keep these files in sync.

The ability to backup vital folders to OneDrive has been available for some time, but the Windows 10 May 2020 Update will make the feature easier to discover and configure, now that users without a first backup solution will begin to receive reminders to protect their data.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to set up a file backup to OneDrive with the settings available starting with version 2004.

  • How to back up files to OneDrive on Windows 10
  • How to manage OneDrive file backup on Windows 10

How to back up files to OneDrive on Windows 10

To start backing up files to OneDrive, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Backup.
  4. Under the “Back up files to OneDrive” section, click the Back up files option.

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  5. (Optional) Click to clear the folder that you don’t want to backup in the cloud.
  6. Click the Start backup button.

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Once you complete the steps, OneDrive will begin backing up the files on the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures user folders in the cloud while keeping a copy on your device and syncing them across your devices.

If you’re using the free version of OneDrive, you can only store up to 5GB worth of files. However, you can upgrade to the 1TB option getting an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft 365

Storage upgrade

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Get 1TB of storage, plus the full suite of Office apps

$70 at Microsoft

Microsoft 365 gives you full access to all the apps and 1TB of OneDrive storage to protect your files and sync them across devices. You can also install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other apps on up to five devices, and depending on the subscription, you can share the account with up to five people.

How to manage OneDrive file backup on Windows 10

To manage the OneDrive backup settings, use these steps:

  1. Click the OneDrive icon in the notification area.
  2. Click the More menu.
  3. Select the Settings option.

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  4. Click the Backup tab.
  5. Click the Manage backup button.

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  6. Select the folders you want to backup in the cloud.
  7. Click the Start backup button.

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After you complete the steps, OneDrive will backup your files depending on your configuration.

If you’re having issues syncing the files to OneDrive, use this guide that includes over a dozen tips to fix most problems with the Microsoft cloud storage service.

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