Microsoft refuses regular forced password change

Microsoft acknowledged in his blog that the rules of the underlying security for Windows 10 and Windows Server, requiring regular password changes, in fact, useless. The fact that the system requires you to create complex passwords and difficult to remember. Because users often change or add one character that makes the selection.

Microsoft откажется от регулярной принудительной смены паролей

According to the company, research has shown that periodic and forced changing of passwords is ineffective and only works against those who already know a custom key. Therefore it is better to change your password on the timer, and, if necessary, without waiting for the expiration of its validity.

Alternatively, in Redmond talking about enforcing the use of lists of banned passwords (good-bye “qwerty” and “123456”), multi-factor authentication and biometric methods. This is what the above options are offered as an example and not a clear guide to action.

The company said that “the expiration of the password is an ancient and outdated means of” protection, therefore its use is inappropriate. Microsoft offer a more flexible strategy that is based on the specific requirements of companies, although it did not specify when the outdated mechanisms will be removed from the OS.

Overall, the company is gradually getting rid of outdated and unnecessary elements in the system, while only in new. Thus, in Redmond follow its strategy to transfer the maximum number of users on the “top ten”. However, the problems she still has. Recall that in Windows 10 May 2019 Update there is a problem reassigning drive names what the update to the latest version is locked on the PC where is connected the external drives or SD memory cards.

In Windows 10 expanded support for smartphones

Soon to release a new version of the Windows operating system 10 — May 2019 Update number 1904. And the developers from Redmond already offers fresh insider build for 2020. It is reported that in Windows 10 Build 18 885 (20H1), which is available to testers and early access participants, there is support for some new smartphones based on Android operating system.

В Windows 10 расширили поддержку смартфонов

In the new Assembly added the ability to work with the app “Your phone” (Your Phone) for a number of smartphones. This, in particular, the model OnePlus 6 and 6T as well as the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 +, Note 8 and Note 9. In addition, the program added the notification feature, which allows you to display messages from a smartphone on a computer screen.

The app itself is “Your phone” can be used on any computer with operating system Windows 10 (Windows build 1803 (RS4) or later). To work with most smartphones running Android version 7.0 and above. However, the extended functionality is, of course, only in test version.

As expected, this feature will appear in the release at least a year. This will allow to connect the Android and PC-Windows 10 in a single ecosystem, as Apple implemented it. However, it is not clear, you will survive this feature before release, because the developers often remove the function from the test versions of the operating system and then never return to it.

Overall, in future builds of “tens” it is expected many new features, in addition to sync with smartphones. In particular, we should expect the appearance tab to “Windows Explorer” and all the standard programs.

Windows 10 “get fat” at least up to 32 GB

Microsoft at the time, announced that it will use about 7 GB of space on the user’s hard drive to store the update files. The advantage of this approach is that it ensures that the place does not end in the middle of an update. The disadvantage is simple — for cheap laptops and tablets place are simply not enough.

Windows 10 «растолстеет» минимум до 32 Гбайт

If earlier the minimum requirement for vault in Windows 10 was 16 GB for the 32-bit installation, then an additional 7 GB almost completely occupied the entire drive. But now the situation will change even more.

The company changed the hardware requirements. According to them, now the minimum amount of space for the OS is 32 GB for the 32 and 64-bit versions. Thus, it will be enough to install updates on low-end devices. It also encourages the developers to iron to increase internal memory on low-end devices.

Windows 10 «растолстеет» минимум до 32 Гбайт

We will remind that earlier the company Microsoft has updated the requirements page to the processors before Windows 10 May 2019 Update. It is noted that in the list there is no AMD Ryzen 3000 and Snapdragon 8cx, although all the other models like x86-64 and ARM, are present. It is possible that this just a typo or incomplete data, which then will adjust.

Also recall that a pre-release version of Windows 10 May 2019 Update causes an update if the PC where it is installed, there are external hard drives or SD memory cards. As it turned out, the reason is the wrong disk reassign.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update will remain pre-installed apps

Microsoft will continue to pre-install a standard Suite of applications and especially games. This applies, at least, a future build of Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903).

В Windows 10 May 2019 Update сохранятся предустановленные приложения

Earlier it was rumored that the Corporation will refuse to presets, however, it seems not this time. It is reported that Candy Crush Saga Friends, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Candy Crush Saga, March of Empires, Gardenscapes Seekers and Notes will appear in the may update, in particular, in editions Home and Pro.

So, the Pro version comes with two application groups in the start menu called “Performance” and “Research”. And although not all of them are installed when you click on tile, boot from the Microsoft Store. Also, there are group Games, which includes the above names.

In this case for installation no matter whether you are using Microsoft account or local version. In fact, such applications are installed only on those PC which is connected to the domain. However, Microsoft allows users to uninstall those pre-loaded apps, and once from the menu “start”.

Another improvement in Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) is the ability to group tiles into folders. This became possible due to the new layout for the menu. Now users can easily detach the entire folder, clicking on the right mouse button and selecting the appropriate item.

Note that the may update has reached the RTM stage and is being tested in the ring Release Preview. As expected, the full deployment will be in late may.

NetMarketShare users are in no hurry to upgrade to Windows 10

On the basis of the conducted research the NetMarketShare published data on the global distribution of desktop operating systems. The report says that the share of market presence of Windows 10 in April 2019 continued to grow gradually and increased to the level of 44,10 %, whereas in March this indicator was equal to 43,62 %.

NetMarketShare: пользователи не спешат переходить на Windows 10

Despite the fact that the share of Windows 10 is gradually increased, the main competitor of the operating system remains Windows 7, which lost for the reporting period quite a bit. In March, the share of Windows 7 was made of 36.52 %, in April it decreased to 36,43 %. Dynamics of changes in the prevalence of operating systems shows that in spite of all the efforts of Microsoft, users are not in a hurry to move to Windows 10.

NetMarketShare: пользователи не спешат переходить на Windows 10

This situation can not suit Microsoft, so the company tries to motivate users to speedy transition to Windows 10. Over the past few years the developer had made several attempts to push users to upgrade to Windows 7 later. For example, not long ago, users got a notification that operating system support is ending and should think about switching to a more modern platform.

In a study of NetMarketShare discussed other operating systems, whose share during the year practically did not change. The third place on prevalence is Windows 8.1, the share of which made up 4.22 %. Behind her with a share of 2 % is Mac OS X 10.13.

Windows 10 will get an embedded Linux kernel from Microsoft

Over the years, Microsoft made several of its own projects on Linux. There was Linux-based OS for network switches in data centers and OS based on the Linux for microcontrollers designed for embedded security, Azure Sphere. And now it became known about another project on Linux, which for some time worked specialists Microsoft.

Windows 10 получит встроенное ядро ​​Linux от Microsoft

The first day of the Build developer conference 2019 software giant announced the creation of its own version of the Linux kernel, which will be part of Windows 10. The first test build for the participants of the Insider program will be launched at the end of June. This core will provide a basis for the architecture of Microsoft Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2. As noted by the representatives of Microsoft in his blog, this is the first case where the full Linux kernel will be built-in component of Windows.

Recall: WSL 1 was a compatibility layer, essentially an emulator to run Linux binaries (ELF) in the environment of operating system Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. This, for example, has allowed in recent years to migrate to Windows Bash shell, add support for OpenSSH in Windows 10, and include Ubuntu, SUSE Linux and Fedora in the app store Microsoft Store.

Windows 10 получит встроенное ядро ​​Linux от Microsoft

When the full core open OS in WSL 2 will improve the work, significantly improve the performance of Linux applications under Windows, to speed up the boot time, optimize memory usage, speed up I / o file system and launch Docker containers directly and not through a virtual machine.

The real performance gain will depend on what kind of app is it and how it interacts with the file system. An internal Microsoft’s tests show that WSL 2 works 20 times faster compared to the WSL 1, when unpacking the tarball archives and about 2-5 times faster if you use git clone, npm install and cmake in different projects.

Windows 10 получит встроенное ядро ​​Linux от Microsoft

The core of Microsoft Linux will initially be based on the latest long term stable version is 4.19, which is applied by the company and the technologies involved cloud services Azure. According to official representatives of Microsoft, the core will be completely open: that is, all changes made to Microsoft will be provided to the community of Linux developers. The company also promises that with the release of the next long term stable kernel version will be updated and the version of the WSL 2, so that developers always have access to the latest innovations Linux.

Windows 10 получит встроенное ядро ​​Linux от Microsoft

WSL 2 still will not include any binary files in user space, as in the case with the current version of WSL 1. Users will still be able to choose what Linux distribution is more suitable to them, loading it via both the Microsoft Store and from other sources.

At the same time, Microsoft introduced a powerful new command-line application for Windows 10 is called Windows Terminal. It includes tabs, shortcuts, text emoticons, supports themes, extensions, and text rendering based on GPU. The application is designed to access these environments like PowerShell, Cmd, and WSL. This is another step by Microsoft, designed to simplify the interaction of developers with Windows 10. Preview Windows Terminal already available in a repository on GitHub, and the emergence of the Microsoft Store promised in mid-June.

Windows 10 is now easier to install on the smartphone, but not on any

After the release of Windows 10 for ARM processors enthusiasts started experimenting with running the OS on different mobile devices. Some launched it on Nintendo Switch, the other smartphones under Windows Mobile and Android. And now there’s a way to easily install the “dozens” on the Lumia 950 XL.

Windows 10 теперь легче установить на смартфон, но не на любой

A group of enthusiasts LumiaWOA released build of the OS and a set of tools that allow you to replace Windows Mobile on Windows 10 in about 5 minutes. In future we expect the appearance of similar assemblies, and for other Lumia smartphones. It is important to note that in the process of the mobile OS will be deleted, so use the smartphone as a phone does not work. Also, it is possible to lose data, damage the bootloader and so on. So you should proceed with caution.

For flashing you need:

  • Utility WPInternals;
  • Tool Windows Phone Recovery Tool;
  • The firmware file

Manual with step by step actions are also available. Of course, this is unofficial method, but for enthusiasts, it seems, it will approach and will be not difficult to change original firmware on the fan Assembly.

Windows 10 теперь легче установить на смартфон, но не на любой

It should be noted that Windows 10 for ARM processors while there is little native programs that work without emulation of the x86 architecture. Because most of the software will inevitably slow down and quickly put the battery of the smartphone. On the other hand, a small device with a full OS might be useful in some cases when it is inconvenient to use something larger and/or expensive.

Again, all of the users who will decide on this “operation” is done at your own risk.

Driver AMD Radeon 19.5.1: support Rage 2 and upgrading to Windows 10 May 2019

AMD introduced its first may graphics driver Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1. Its main innovations — support for shooter Rage 2 (the company promises when you use the driver performance increase up to 16 %) and the next major update of Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903). Also, the manufacturer added instruction trace for Radeon GPU Profiler 1.5.x.

Драйвер AMD Radeon 19.5.1: поддержка Rage 2 и обновления Windows 10 May 2019

Besides the advantages, there are obvious disadvantages in the form of support for low-level graphics API, Mantle, as well as eliminating AMD from the technology of switching between integrated and discrete graphics Enduro. For those who want to continue to enjoy the benefits of Mantle and Enduro, we can only rely on the old driver.

Драйвер AMD Radeon 19.5.1: поддержка Rage 2 и обновления Windows 10 May 2019

And fixed a lot of problems:

  • the performance metrics in the overlay mode called periodic flickering when playing protected content;
  • Doom hangs during startup on systems with AMD XConnect;
  • driver installation fails on systems with AMD Radeon HD 7970;
  • hovering video card series Radeon and Radeon RX 400 RX 500 hot connect displays 8K;
  • Radeon VII did not apply videoprofile Radeon video playback;
  • trouble connecting HTC Vive;
  • the instability of the system when connecting a wireless display on laptop ASUS TUF Gaming FX505;
  • dropping frames when you play back interlaced content in Windows DivX Movies & TV;
  • higher frequency memory Radeon RX Vega idle on the desktop with multiple displays;
  • the inability to select 10-bit color the Radeon settings when you connect a 4K monitor 60 Hz;
  • the Enhanced mode Sync didn’t include FreeSync in games DirectX 9 from the first run;
  • problems with the identification in the application AMD Link;
  • flickering textures or artifacts when using the API, Vulkan and accelerators Radeon RX Vega.
Драйвер AMD Radeon 19.5.1: поддержка Rage 2 и обновления Windows 10 May 2019

The company’s engineers continue to work on correcting known problems:

  • unavailable streaming Radeon ReLive and download videos and other content on Facebook;
  • problems connecting a discrete GPU on a laptop ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 when idle;
  • unresponsiveness in World War Z during extended play;
  • the screen flicker on the systems with AMD Radeon VII when working with multiple displays;
  • performance metrics and indicators Radeon WattMan in overlay mode show inaccurate fluctuations in the AMD Radeon VII;
  • video HDR hangs or incorrectly reproduced in the Annex Movies and TV on some APU Ryzen.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 can be downloaded in versions for 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 10 as from the official AMD website, and from the settings menu Radeon. It is dated may 13 and is intended for graphics cards and integrated graphics family Radeon HD 7000 and above.

the Paint will get new features

In 2017, Microsoft will end the development of the graphic editor Paint. After that, the program is simply transferred from version to version without changing the essence or adding anything new. Then came the information that the application will move to the Windows Store, and recently it became known that the program will not be removed from Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

Paint получит новые функции

Now, it seems, the intention of the company changed even more. The program does not just leave, and yet are reported to improve. In the Windows blog, Brandon LeBlanc (Brandon LeBlanc) said that MSPaint is popular with many due to the simplicity and speed. According to him, in the may update there will be new opportunities for the program.

As you know, Paint has been working with a mouse and a graphics tablet, now appear and keyboard support. Also, the developers have improved the interaction of the editor with Windows Narrator and other applications of its kind to screen readers. Will there be features of the program expanded in the future is not yet clear. At the moment we know that the program will “understand” the arrow buttons, the Space bar, Shift, Ctrl, Tab and Esc. Moreover, some images can be drawn using only the keyboard. An example is given below.

Paint получит новые функции

Moreover, we note that in recent builds of Windows 10 available program Paint 3D, but it has not gained popularity. It seems that Redmond has finally started to change strategy, not only to impose user new opportunities, but also to listen to them. It is hoped that in the future this approach will only expand.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update now available to install

After additional months of testing, Microsoft has finally released another update for Windows 10. It is, of course, about Windows 10 May 2019 Update. This version is expected to bring as many new features as stabilization of the existing code base. And yet — another upgrade.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update уже доступна для установки

Get Windows 10 May 2019 Update need to open Windows update. It is located in “start menu > Settings > Update and security > Windows update”, then choose “Check for updates”. After checking the required files can be downloaded and installed.

The update is deployed gradually because it is likely that many will not receive it in the near future. But if someone can’t wait to try the new product, is to download the Media Creation Tool to version 1903, and to use this utility. It is also noted that since June, Microsoft will begin to upgrade devices running Windows 10 April 2018 Update and earlier version of “tens”.

As for innovations in 1903, among them is expected to have better control of updates, some new opportunities to work with smartphones, etc. in addition, Microsoft has launched a new website that describes issues of all relevant versions of Windows 10. There is a keyword search, as well as the functional and monthly updates.

We will remind that earlier the developers from Redmond have updated the requirements page to the processor. There are no expected Ryzen AMD 3000, although this may be a typo.