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Day: October 25, 2018

  • Microsoft is skipping ahead and sending out the latest 19H1 Xbox One system update for Xbox Insiders which includes mouse & keyboard support amount other great features like Family Settings Search Enhancements Microsoft announced they were adding mouse & keyboard support to Xbox back in September. Xbox also released lots of fixes: Accounts We have fixed the issue in which Child accounts could not login on the console.  Audio We made a change to the workload scheduling of Mixer and Audio to reduce audio glitching issues. Let us know if there are any regressions in Game DVR or Mixer audio.  Media remote The IR remote audio controls (volume up/down and mute functions) on the media remote are now working.  My Games and Apps We have fixed the issue in which game and app updates were not automatically downloading and installing.  Notifications We have fixed an issue with users being prompted and spammed by a “Welcome to Game Pass” notification.  Power We have fixed issues in which the console is fully powering off when it is placed into Instant On mode.  System Addressed the system Out of Box Experience to set the features of Dolby Vision, Variable Refresh rate and low latency modes when enabling 4k mode. Stability fixes in this build.
  • In a quarterly earnings report on Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned plans to bring the subscription service Xbox Game Pass to the PC. For $10 per month, Xbox console players get access to a library of more than 200 new and old games: the selection includes some big Microsoft exclusives, like Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves, as well as indies and third party games like Rocket League and Fallout 4. As long as you pay for the subscription, you can play as many of them as you want. “Bringing Game Pass to even the PC is going to be a big element of [increasing the strength of our gaming community],” Nadella PC Gamer
  • Microsoft announced a new Windows 10 Insider Build number 18267 with some new features. To start a new Vietnamese Telex and Number keyboards are now available and according to Microsoft, this is one of the top feature requests in the input space. Microsoft has added more symbols to the touch keyboard along with many accessibility improvements. Narrator works better with Chrome now Narrator Braille UI Automation framework IAccessible2 Support I think the big news from this build is the new Windows search mode called Enhanced Search. The new feature allows you to search all of your folders and files from Windows Search. This makes me wonder if this is part of the start of the improved search Microsoft talked about at Ignite this year. Microsoft added a general list of improvements and fixes as always We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing when invoking actions on certain places, including under Windows Security. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insider experiencing green screens with IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL in the previous flight. We fixed an issue where the Action Center might suddenly appear on the opposite side of the screen before appearing on the correct side. We fixed an issue resulting in the Action Center icon sometimes showing a number of unread notifications, however when you opened Action Center it would be blank. We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashes on launch for a small number of users. We fixed an issue resulting in recently opened items sometimes showing in jump lists even though “Show recently opened items in jump lists” was disabled in Settings. We fixed an issue where the Built-in Phrases Setting page for the Pinyin IME would hang for a time if you clicked any phase in the list. We fixed an issue where Uninstall would still be...
  • Microsoft’s latest PCs are both being served with their first two sets of firmware updates this week. Here’s what’s new. Surface Laptop 2 If you’re running Windows 10 version 1809, you will see the following two updates. Surface Pen Firmware Update. System devices 3.0.10.1 resolves intermittent pen top button click failure on Surface Pen with no clip-on Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809. Surface – HIDClass – 1.0.9.0. Surface Pen Integration Device – Human Interface Devices 1.0.9.0 enables firmware update to Surface Pen with no clip. Those running Windows 10 version 1803 or newer will (also) see the following updates. Surface – Firmware – 239.5.139.0. Surface System Aggregator – Firmware 239.5.139.0 improves system stability. Intel Cooperation System -9.21.00.3755. Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) OED 9.21.00.3755 ensures music streaming services will not be interrupted after resume from sleep. Intel Cooperation System – 9.21.00.3755. Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) Audio Controller 9.21.00.3755 ensures music streaming services will not be interrupted after resume from sleep. Intel Cooperation System – 10.25.00.10. Intel(R) Display Audio 10.25.00.10 resolves battery consumption issue associated with Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Surface Pro 6 Surface Pro 6 users will see just two updates that apply only to Surface Pro 6 PCs running Windows 10 version 1809. Surface – System – 3.0.10.1. Surface Pen Firmware Update – System devices 3.0.10.1 resolves intermittent pen top button click failure on Surface Pen with no clip-on Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809. Surface – HIDClass – 1.0.9.0. Surface Pen Integration Device – Human Interface Devices 1.0.9.0 enables firmware update to Surface Pen with no clip. Via Thurrott.com
  • Microsoft has released its Q1 FY19 earnings report today and the company’s gaming revenue continues to be strong, growing 44% (up 45% in constant currency). Microsoft hasn’t revealed the total number of Xbox consoles sold but did reveal that Xbox software and services revenue increased by 36% (up 36% in constant currency) and was mainly driven by third-party title strength. Microsoft also revealed that Xbox Hardware revenue grew by 94% (up 96% in constant currency). Lastly, Xbox Live Services grew 8% with continued growth across Xbox One, Windows 10 and on mobile platforms. MSPowerUser
  • Microsoft is offering a deal now through November 3, 2018, if you purchase Red Dead Redemption 2 Standard or Special Edition you save $100 on an Xbox One console of your choice from Microsoft Store US. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and the original Red Dead Redemption game. You can also save an additional $10 when you buy an extra Xbox One Controller this offer is good through June 30, 2019. You can also Save $10 on Xbox Live Gold 3-Month Subscription deal good till June 30, 2019, as well or while supplies last according to the website. Find the deal here on Microsoft Store.