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By Abhay V
Microsoft says that there will be a Windows 11 LTSC release, but it's a few years out
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 11 last month, showing off the UI changes being made as part of a major update to Windows, among other changes such as the addition of support for Android apps. The company also shared more about the support and service lifecycle of the OS, adding that Windows 11 will move to an annual update cadence, unlike Windows 10. It has also been providing clarifications about the minimum system specifications, which has been a topic of discussion since the Windows 11 announcement.
As for Windows 10, the firm recently detailed the features being added to version 21H2, the next feature update to Windows 10 – which is yet another enablement package. As part of that announcement, the Redmond company also confirmed that the next Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) version will be based on Windows 10 21H2 and will be released later this year. However, nothing in the way of information about Windows 11 LTSC releases was shared. That changed today, as the firm confirmed during an AMA on the Tech Community blog (spotted by Petri) that the LTSC release after the one based on 21H2 will be based on Windows 11.
A response to one of the AMA questions explains:
Microsoft recently revised the support timeframes for Windows LTSC releases from 10 years to five years, with the 2021 release being the first to be affected by the change. The current release based on version 1809, therefore, is unaffected and enjoys an extended support timeline till 2029. With the 2021 version likely supported only until 2026, there is less incentive for enterprises to move to a newer version, thanks in part to the reduced support.
Today’s session also contained questions about the future of Windows 10 updates, with the company reiterating that it is “committed” to support Windows 10 till October 2025 for eligible customers – such as for non-LTSC SKUs. However, it adds that the question of whether version 21H2 will be the “last feature update” is still a topic of discussion internally.
It will be interesting to see what the release timelines for the LTSC version based on Windows 11 will be. However, unlike Windows 10, the first Windows 11 version to be released later this year will not be accompanied by a corresponding LTSC release and is at least three years out.
Microsoft provides workaround for HiveNightmare registry vulnerability that affects Windows 10 and 11By hellowalkman
Microsoft provides workaround for HiveNightmare registry vulnerability that affects Windows 10 and 11
by Sayan Sen
Microsoft earlier today released a temporary workaround solution for systems that are vulnerable to the newly found HiveNightmare security flaw. The vulnerability was discovered by Twitter user 'Jonas L' and also verified by another user '@GossiTheDog' who noticed that the Windows Security Account Manager (SAM) database - that contains all important passwords and keys - was now apparently accessible by non-admin users. This is why the new flaw is called SeriousSAM or HiveNightmare as it gives an attacker access to SAM, SYSTEM, and SECURITY registry hive files.
The problem was first introduced when Microsoft released the recent KB5004605 update that added Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption and all OS versions starting from Windows 10 build 1809, including the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.71 are exploitable.
Microsoft has acknowledged the vulnerability in the new CVE dubbed 'CVE-2021-36934' and has provided the following workaround:
Restrict access to the contents of %windir%\system32\config Open Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell as administrator.
Run this command:
icacls %windir%\system32\config\*.* /inheritance:e
Delete Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) shadow copies
Open Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell as administrator.
Run command: vssadmin list shadows to see if there are shadow points
If there are, delete them with: vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /Quiet
Run command: vssadmin list shadows again to see if they are deleted
Delete any System Restore points that existed prior to restricting access to %windir%\system32\config
Create a new System Restore point (if needed)
For those wondering if their system may be vulnerable to this exploit, most computers that have OS drives bigger than 128GB likely generate VSS shadow copies which can be exploited by an attacker. For those who wish to be sure if their system has created VSS files and whether their computer is exploitable, the CERT has provided an excellent guide to check how.
Source: Microsoft via Forbes
Update: As a reader 'Tantawi' has pointed out, we missed adding how a user would be able to delete their VSS shadows. The command that will do so can be found on Microsoft's official page here.
By Usama Jawad96
Here is how Microsoft is improving the design of the Windows 11 context menu
by Usama Jawad
Although Windows 11 is set to publicly release later this year, people can still play around with it in the Insider Preview if they want. The OS contains a bunch of features and enhancements compared to its predecessor already, and we walked you through some of the major ones here. Windows 11 build 22000.71 also brought several changes to the OS, including tweaks to the context menu, and Microsoft has now broken down all the modifications it is making to the feature.
Microsoft highlighted a number of issues in the context menu of Windows 10 including the fact that it is overly long and contains options that are barely used, common commands are not grouped together, and they are too far from the cursor.
The Redmond tech giant is looking to improve on all these fronts in the Windows 11 context menu. Common commands are now right next to where the context menu is invoked. Furthermore, common commands like "Open" and "Open with" are grouped. Third-party developers can utilize IExplorerCommand and app identity to extend this menu, with apps containing more than one verb grouped into a flyout menu with app attribution. App extensions will also be grouped separately below the Shell verbs.
Microsoft has emphasized that it has not removed any Windows 10 context menu functionality completely as of yet. Users can still click on "Show more options" or Shift-F10 to load the old menu to make use of Shell verbs not present by default in the Windows 11 context menu and to utilize apps that have not been ported over yet.
There are a number of enhancements being made to the share dialog as well, detailed below:
Microsoft has also highlighted the best practices that developers should follow when registering their apps with the Windows 11 context menu, you can find more details over here.
Microsoft shares more details about the Windows 10 21H2 feature update
by Paul Hill
While the bulk of Microsoft’s efforts going into the upcoming Windows 11, it is still working away on the next feature update to Windows 10. Today, the firm shared that the 21H2 update will introduce several new features including WPA3 H2E support, simplified passwordless deployments with Windows Hello for Business, and GPU compute support in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments.
As Windows 11 will not be supported on all Windows 10 computers, the 21H2 and subsequent releases will be important for people who stick with Windows 10 in the coming years. As such, Microsoft is ensuring that this update will install quickly on any Windows 10 system running version 2004 or later and is ensuring that it’s serviced for 18 months on Home and Pro editions of Windows while Enterprise and Education editions will be supported for 30 months.
In addition, the next version of Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will be released around the same time as 21H2 and will provide updates for five years. This will be handy for those who don’t want to upgrade computers very regularly.
Microsoft has now started rolling out 21H2 builds to Windows Insiders who were moved to the Release Preview channel from the Beta channel because their system didn’t meet the Windows 11 system requirements. After these users have supplied Microsoft with feedback about the update, it will begin rolling out to the general public in the second half of this calendar year. More information on the Windows 10 LTSC release will be shared soon.
By Abhay V
Microsoft redesigns over 1,800 emoji in 3D, resurrects Clippy as the paper clip emoji
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft’s Claire Anderson, Art Director & Emojiologist at the company’s design team today penned a post on Medium to talk about the work the Redmond firm has been doing to revamp the look of emoji for Windows and the various Microsoft services – which the firm says are over 1,800 in total. Anderson says that the team has been working to “dramatically refresh” these emojis to create something that is “innately Fluent” by option for 3D designs and animations, moving away for 2D.
The post is a lengthy one and dives into the discussion of professionalism when using emoji and how these characters are evolving communication at work. It also cites research articles pointing to the benefits of using expressive that “encourages innovation” and creativity. The post also mentions the impact of the pandemic and the resulting adoption of hybrid work.
The company says that the new emojis feature “bright, saturated colors and bold forms” and that the designs adhere to the connected icon system that the firm talked about last year. An interesting addition is the new Clippy emoji in place of the paper clip, which the firm was teasing on its social media platforms yesterday. There are examples of a bunch of other designs that the company is working on and is asking feedback for. There are also five brand new emojis that were inspired by the new remote work paradigm.
These new emoji characters are now live on Flipgrid and will make it to Windows and Teams this holiday. The emoji will also roll out to Outlook, Yammer, and other Microsoft 365 suite of apps through the course of the next year. The company adds that it will bring its “Fluent aesthetic to life” to the productivity suit with not just emoji but also themes, backgrounds, and illustrations, and more.