Sticky Notes 3.0: Now Available For Windows Insider Skip Ahead

Sticky Notes 3.0 is now available for Windows Insiders who have opted Skip Ahead.

Sticky Notes 3.0  new features and capabilities:

  • Sync (& backup) your notes across your Windows devices.
  • You can choose which notes to stick to your desktop.
  • a  new dark themed note: Charcoal Note.
  • You can style your note with the new formatting bar.
  • It is performing a lot faster
  • The app looks shiny and polished.
  • Drastic improvements on being more inclusive:
    • Using assistive technologies and Narrator.
    • Keyboard navigation.
    • Using mouse, touch, and pen.
    • High Contrast.

Stick Notes 3.0

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Microsoft Authenticator app on Apple Watch Released For Public Preview

Microsoft is starting to roll out the public preview of the Microsoft Authenticator companion app for Apple Watch and plan to release to general availability within the next few weeks. This experience will allow you to approve sign-in notifications that require PIN or biometric on your Watch without having to use your phone.

The Microsoft Authenticator app on Apple Watch supports Microsoft personal, work, and school accounts that are set up with push notifications. All supported accounts automatically sync to the Watch.

Users wanting to test out the new feature can sign up here.

Surface Pro August Updates

August 8 release

The following updates are available for all Surface Pro (Model 1796 & Model 1807) devices on Windows 10 Creators Update, build 1703 or greater:

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Bluetooth – 15.68.9125.57 Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter – Bluetooth

  • 15.68.9125.57 improves system security.
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Net – 15.68.9125.57 Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller – Network adapters

  • 15.68.9125.57 improves system security.
Surface – System – 4.18.136.0 Surface Integration Service Device – System devices

  • 4.18.136.0 improves system stability.
 

Surface – System – 1.16.139.0

Surface Touch Servicing ML – System devices

  • 1.16.139.0 improves pen and touch performance.
Surface – Firmware – 429.0.1.10 Surface Touch – Firmware

  • 429.0.1.10 improves pen and touch performance.
Surface – Firmware – 234.2291.769.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware

  • 234.2291.769.0 improves driver installation servicing.

How to get Updates:

Updates for Surface Pro are installed automatically through Windows Update. Here’s a summary of what’s been included in each one so far.

Notes
  • When you install the latest update, you’ll also get all the previous updates if your Surface doesn’t have them already. Only updates that apply to Surface will be downloaded and installed.
  • If you update the operating system on your Surface, your update history will be cleared.
  • Firmware updates can’t be uninstalled or reverted to an earlier version.
  • Updates are released in stages – not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but it’ll be delivered to all devices. If you haven’t received an update, select Start , then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.

Surface Book August update

Aug 21 release

The following updates are available for all Surface Book devices on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, build 1709 or greater:

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name
Intel – Camera – 30.15063.6.6082 Intel(R) AVStream Camera 2500 – Camera

  • 30.15063.6.6082 improves system stability.
Intel Corporation – Display – 24.20.100.6136 Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 – Display adapters

  • 24.20.100.6136 improves system stability.
NVIDIA – Display – 23.21.13.9140 NVIDIA GeForce GPU – Display adapters

  • 23.21.13.9140 improves graphics performance.
Surface – Firmware – 11.8.50.3448 Surface Management Engine – Firmware

  • 11.8.50.3448 improves system stability.
Surface – Firmware – 91.2289.769.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware

  • 91.2289.769.0 resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft Security Advisory 180012 and 180013
Intel Corporation – HIDClass – 1.2.0.100 Intel(R) Precise Touch Device – Human Interface Devices

  • 1.2.0.100 improves system stability.
Intel(R) Corporation – Media – 10.25.0.8 Intel(R) Display Audio – Sound, video and game controllers

  • 10.25.0.8 improves system stability.
Intel Corporation – System – 30.15063.6.6082 Microsoft Control Logic – System

  • 30.15063.6.6082 improves system stability.
Intel Corporation – System – 30.15063.6.6082 Intel(R) CSI2 Host Controller – System

  • 30.15063.6.6082 improves system stability.
Intel – System – 30.15063.6.6082 Intel(R) Imaging Signal Processor 2500 – System

  • 30.15063.6.6082 improves system stability.
Intel – System – 11.7.0.1057 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface – System

  • 11.7.0.1057 improves system stability.
Intel Corporation – System – 30.100.1725.1 Intel(R) Serial IO 12C Host Controller – System

  • 30.100.1725.1 improves system stability.
Intel(R) Corporation – System – 9.21.0.3347 Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) Audio Controller – System

  • 9.21.0.3347 improves system stability.
Intel(R) Corporation – System – 9.21.0.3347 Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) OED – System

9.21.0.3347 improves system stability.

Intel Corporation – System – 30.15063.6.6082 Microsoft Camera Front– System

  • 30.15063.6.6082 improves system stability.
Intel Corporation – System – 30.15063.6.6082 Microsoft Camera Rear – System

  • 30.15063.6.6082 improves system stability.
Intel Corporation – System – 30.15063.6.6082 Microsoft IR Camera Front – System

  • 30.15063.6.6082 improves system stability

How to get Updates:

Updates are installed automatically on Surface through Windows Update.

Because updates are cumulative, when you install the latest update, you’ll also get all the previous updates if your Surface doesn’t have them already. Only updates that apply to Surface will be downloaded and installed.

You can also install updates manually:

  1. Go to Start , and select Settings Update & security > Windows Update.
  2. Select Check for updates. Install any available updates.
  3. Select Restart now if prompted.

Snip & Sketch App

Snipping tool takes a snapshot of screen. With this tool you can take a snapshot of all or part of your screen, add notes, save it, share or email it.

In a future update Snipping tool will be moving to Snip & Sketch. In Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18219 (19H1) Skip Ahead you can play with Snip & Sketch.

How to Launch:

Select the Start button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

Snip & Sketch:

When you will click on Snipping tool you will immediately see a pop up message Snipping tool is moving…

Click on Try Snip & Sketch

Under New you will find delay timing has changed to either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.

The following Snip & Sketch Tools are available:

  • Touch Writing
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Pencil
  • Highlighter
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Crop

You can try this app from Microsoft Stores also. There it  has old name: Screen Sketch.Visit Microsoft Store

 

 

Fixing “Windows needs more space” in Windows 10

Problem:

This is a situation where you are unable to install latest Windows updates due to shortage of space on your device. If you go for the installation you will get “Windows needs more space” message.

How to Fix:

When you will get “Windows needs more space” message then you will see two options:

  • Free up space on the C drive
  • Select or connect an external storage device

#To free up C drive see Free up drive space in Windows 10.

#Connecting the external drive:

If cleaning of C drive is not enough for a smooth installation then try the second option. Connect your external storage device and wait until you see it appear in the drop-down list under Part B. You may need to refresh to see it. A green check mark will appear next to the storage drive icon.

 

KB4343909 For Windows 10

Microsoft has released KB4343909 on August 14.

Upon installing this update your Windows 10 will turn to  Build 17134.228.his release also contains updates for Microsoft HoloLens (OS Build 17134.228) released August 14, 2018.

“This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:

  • Provides protections against a new speculative execution side-channel vulnerability known as L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) that affects Intel® Core® processors and Intel® Xeon® processors (CVE-2018-3620 and CVE-2018-3646). Make sure previous OS protections against Spectre Variant 2 and Meltdown vulnerabilities are enabled using the registry settings outlined in the Windows Client and Windows Server guidance KB articles. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions, but disabled by default for Windows Server OS editions.)
  • Addresses an issue that causes high CPU usage that results in performance degradation on some systems with Family 15h and 16h AMD processors. This issue occurs after installing the June 2018 or July 2018 Windows updates from Microsoft and the AMD microcode updates that address Spectre Variant 2 (CVE-2017-5715 – Branch Target Injection).
  • Addresses an issue that prevents apps from receiving mesh updates after resuming. This issue occurs for apps that use Spatial Mapping mesh data and participate in the Sleep or Resume cycle.
  • Ensures that Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge support the preload=”none” tag.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents some applications running on HoloLens, such as Remote Assistance, from authenticating after upgrading from Windows 10, version 1607, to Windows 10, version 1803.
  • Addresses an issue that significantly reduced battery life after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1803.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Device Guard to block some ieframe.dll class IDs after installing the May 2018 Cumulative Update.
  • Addresses a vulnerability related to the Export-Modulemember() function when used with a wildcard (*) and a dot-sourcing script. After installing this update, existing modules on devices that have Device Guard enabled will intentionally fail. The exception error is “This module uses the dot-source operator while exporting functions using wildcard characters, and this is disallowed when the system is under application verification enforcement.” For more information, see https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-8200 and https://aka.ms/PSModuleFunctionExport.
  • Addresses an issue that was introduced in the July 2018 .NET Framework update. Applications that rely on COM components were failing to load or run correctly because of “access denied,” “class not registered,” or “internal failure occurred for unknown reasons” errors.
  • Security updates to Windows Server.

If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.

For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, see the Security Update Guide”

This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.