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By Abhay V
Microsoft releases Flight Simulator patch version 22.214.171.124 with a bunch of fixes
by Abhay Venkatesh
As promised last week, Microsoft has released a new patch for Flight Simulator, bringing version 126.96.36.199 to all users. Today’s update contains a bunch of fixes and improvements to various areas such as the UI, airports, planes, and more. The changelog also notes that multiplayer has been deactivated in the Japan discovery flight.
While the patch notes are short – in comparison to earlier patches –, the download from the Store is a 569MB package, with the in-game content download size reaching 2.4GB. The company is quick to add that these notes do not include “every single item that was updated”. Regardless, fixes for the VFR screen causing game crashes and issues in the Avionics screens will be welcome additions for those who have been experiencing them. There are other fixes for auto-generated scenery.
Here is the complete list of fixes in patch version 188.8.131.52:
Interestingly, the company has not listed if the ‘Press any key to start’ prompt has been removed from the game. The firm listed this ‘Top wishes’ item as fixed and slated for release in the fourth update, which is what today’s patch is. Another item in the latest Feedback Snapshot denoted as fixed in ‘Update 4’ is the issue with the left engine failing to start on the A320, which also isn’t present in the release notes.
In addition to the patch notes, the company has also updated the list of known issues and the possible workarounds. These include issues with various aircraft, airports, weather, and more. Users can head here to read through all the known issues and workarounds.
By Abhay V
Apple releases watchOS 7.0.2 with fixes for battery drain issue and ECG app availability
by Abhay Venkatesh
Apple released iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 to supported devices in September, earlier than it usually would have, due to the pandemic and delays in announcing the iPhone line-up for this year. The updates brought significant changes for Apple’s offerings, including a design overhaul to the home screen in iOS that introduced an App Library for all apps, new widgets and much more. watchOS 7 was also a major release, finally bringing sleep tracking, support for third party watch faces, and more.
Just a week after the release, the first bug-fixing update for the OSes came on September 24 and brought fixes to the default apps issue on iOS and iPadOS. Today, Apple is releasing the second bug-fixing update for the Apple Watch OS, bumping up the software to watchOS 7.0.2. The release brings improvements to battery usage and a fix for the ECG app not showing up.
Here’s the complete changelog:
While the update itself is fairly minor, the improvements to battery drain and the ability to enable the ECG app for users in regions where the feature is supported will be a welcome addition. However, more fixes and features are on their way in watchOS 7.1, which is currently in beta.
By Abhay V
Latest Galaxy Note20 Ultra firmware update brings camera and battery life improvements
by Abhay Venkatesh
Samsung is beginning to roll out an update for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which comes just a few days after the Note20 series received the October security patch. While the earlier update only brought to the devices the October security patch and nothing in the way of features, today’s update that is starting to roll out to users in Germany seems to be specific to the Note20 Ultra.
According to the folks over at SamMobile, the update brings improvements to battery life and the camera. Specifically, the camera is receiving fixes to improve stability and night mode performance. It is not clear as to whether there were any issues reported about the reliability of the camera, but this update should fix any such issues that were present. Battery life improvements are also welcome additions for users of the device. Additionally, not much else is supposedly being added with this update.
While the Galaxy S20 Ultra suffered from camera performance issues at launch that required to be fixed by software updates, the Note20 Ultra gained positive reviews and was not plagued with the autofocus issues found on the S20 Ultra, likely due to the addition of the laser autofocus module. However, the South Korean generally serves updates to further improve camera and device performance post-launch, which is what today’s update seems to be.
Galaxy Note20 Ultra users can head to Settings > Software update > Download and install to check for updates and pull the firmware. Considering that the firmware update is just beginning to roll out, it could be a while till it makes it to all regions.
Patch My PC Updater 184.108.40.206
by Razvan Serea
Patch My PC Free is a portable and reliable tool which can quickly check your PC for outdated software. The supported third-party programs include a large number of widely-used applications, including Adobe Reader, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java, Apple Quicktime, iTunes, Microsoft Silverlight and many more.
Patch My PC Free features:
Easy to use User Interface Outdated software will show in Red Up to date will show in Green Patches many common third party products Reader, Flash, Java, Quicktime and More Portable and very small Offers optional software updates you can include in the update process Scan and install needed Windows updates Quickly uninstall multiple programs Enable or disable startup programs Patch My PC Updater 220.127.116.11 changelog:
Patch My PC now supports French if the Windows is installed in French Fixed detection issues that may occur for:
Avidemux Blender Brave Discord (Excluded “PTB”) Etcher GIMP Malwarebytes (Excluded “Endpoint Protection”) Skype (Excluded “Click to Call”) Improvements:
A lot of code-improvements for backend Minor other improvements Removed Software:
Removed JDK 8 & JDK 14 (No public downloads anymore) Removed uTorrent & BitTorrent (High detection ratio in VirusTotal all the time) Removed OneDrive (It auto-update itself + It’s pre-installed with Windows + Compatibility issues when upgrading from the installer in some cases) Removed the Donate button, if you really want to support us then share “Patch My PC” everywhere! Download: Patch My PC Updater 18.104.22.168 | 3.0 MB (Freeware)
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Microsoft Weekly: Xbox Games Showcase, Inspire 2020, and Q4 earnings
by Florin Bodnarescu
It’s been a pretty busy week in regards to Microsoft news. Not only did we get to see the various announcements from Inspire and even the company’s Q4 FY2020 earnings report, but also a slew of games announced during the Xbox Games Showcase. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of July 18 - 24.
Xbox Games Showcase
Before we begin with the Xbox Games Showcase proper, it’s important to highlight the fact that if you’re on console, the Xbox Summer Game Fest is still going until July 27. It gives you access to over 70 demos of unreleased games, so if you’re interested, feel free to check them out.
After much waiting, the Xbox Games Showcase debuted on July 23, coupled with a pre-show carrying various game announcements too.
Starting with the pre-show, it was revealed that Dragon Quest XI S will be coming to Xbox One, Windows 10, and Game Pass on December 4. Afterwards, a free-to-play online shooter with mechs dubbed EXOMECHA got its world premiere trailer as well (coming 2021 exclusively to the Xbox ecosystem), followed by turn-based adventure Echo Generation (coming 2021 to the same ecosystem), Hello Neighbor 2 – also next year -, Square Enix’s 3D action platformer Balan Wonderworld - which will arrive in spring of 2021 -, and a lengthy ID@Xbox sizzle reel. All of the titles showcased in the sizzle – including TUNIC and Sable – will be coming first to console on Xbox, and will be optimized for the Series X.
The main showcase kicked off as was to be expected with 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite, which got not only a new trailer, but also a sizeable portion of actual gameplay showing off its open-world and grappling hook addition. The Halo CE-inspired key art was also revealed for the upcoming title. It’s important to underline the fact that 343 is taking the Destiny route, as Halo Infinite was confirmed to be a platform that grows over time, with no sequels planned.
In a rather surprising announcement, State of Decay 3 made an appearance, though there was no release date shared, only that it will be coming to Series X and PC. In a similar situation was Forza Motorsport, Turn 10’s retooled / rebooted title which got an in-engine trailer and is coming to Series X and PC as well. Adding yet another title in the vague column we is Rare’s Everwild. Its new trailer showcased the art style and world, though it’s still unclear what the gameplay of the title will be like. And yes, we at long last got official confirmation that Playground Games’ RPG studio is working on a Fable series reboot, coming to the Series X and PC with no release date attached.
Obsidian was on hand with not one but three announcements, including the Peril on Gorgon DLC for The Outer Worlds - coming September 9 -, its Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-like co-op survival title Grounded – coming to Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview on July 28 -, as well as the “expansive first-person RPG” Avowed, which is set in the Pillars of Eternity universe and has no release date currently.
Xbox Game Studios Publishing was present in full force during the showcase, with the “original interactive drama” As Dusk Falls and DONTNOD’s Tell Me Why announced as console exclusives. Presumably via the same kind of partnership, Destiny 2 was announced to be coming to Game Pass and Series X, with Microsoft debuting a trailer for Destiny 2: Beyond Light, available November 10. This was also followed by console launch exclusives like the 2021 title The Gunk from the creators of SteamWorld, Bloober Team’s The Medium – which showcased its dual-reality gameplay -, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, Remedy’s CrossFireX campaign debut, Fatshark’s Warhammer 40K: Darktide FPS, Tetris Effect: Connected, and even S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
Double Fine showcased a rather psychedelic trailer of Psychonauts 2, though it still lacked a release date, Ninja Theory was present with a short clip which highlighted the setting of Hellblade 2, and Ori developer Moon Studios made an appearance to state that a Series X optimized version of Will of The Wisps will be available holiday 2020, allowing the title to run in 4K resolution, at 120 frames per second, with HDR.
The aforementioned Ori title, as well as Gears 5, Gears Tactics, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4 will get Series X-optimized versions via Smart Delivery, meaning existing owners receive them for free.
A point that bears repeating and that was emphasized by Phil Spencer himself, is that every single game present in the main Xbox showcase will be playable on Game Pass, regardless if it's third or first-party.
Feel free to check out the game announcements without separate posts here, and head over to this tag for all of the news from the showcase. Discussions about Microsoft’s E3 replacement are of course encouraged, and you can opine on the digital event in the dedicated thread on the forums.
Lastly, we should really cover some of quick bits of gaming news that happened outside of showcase itself, including Microsoft Flight Simulator getting a new Partnership Series teaser and beta invites, Minecraft finally being migrated from AWS to Azure, and Sea of Thieves selling over one million copies on Steam.
Microsoft’s yearly Inspire conference took place this week, though obviously in a digital form due to the current world events.
During the two day event, the company unveiled a new supplier code of conduct underlining sustainability requirements, its intention to have diesel-free datacenters by the turn of the decade, and an initiative called Transform to Net Zero to reduce carbon emissions.
Microsoft was also quick to highlight the strong growth of its Business Applications ISV Connect program, the availability of a new Power Platform solution to help employees return to the workplace, as well as the availability of Dynamics 365 Customer Voice, Connected Store, and Fraud Protection.
In addition, Yammer’s new design is now rolling out to everybody, Windows Admin Center version 2007 is now available, as is the public preview of the cloud-based Universal Print solution. Microsoft Lists will be rolling out on the web this month, with improvements to Teams Rooms management and third-party app use for the chat-based workspace also in various stages of availability.
Last but not least, the event also focused on security and compliance as well as partner improvements for Azure, including an updated Insider Risk Management solution within Microsoft 365 and Azure Privileged Identity Management support for just-in-time access within Azure Lighthouse, to name but two.
On the tools and infrastructure side, networking updates to Azure Migrate have been made generally available, as has the Microsoft supported distribution of Apache Hadoop. Previews for Azure Stack HCI, last access for Blob Storage, and more, were also announced.
Adding to the already packed week in terms of news, Microsoft also released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of its 2020 fiscal year.
The $38B in revenue (up 13% over the same quarter last year) translated to $13.4B in operating income and $11.2B in net income. The three key groups Microsoft’s financial reports cover are: Productivity and Business Process (up 6%) which brought in $11.8B revenue, Intelligent Cloud (up 17%) with its $13.4B in revenue, and finally, More Personal Computing (up 14%) with $12.9B in revenue. The latter group was the most impressive, given that it’s usually stagnant.
Starting with the first group, its growth was driven by Office 365, with the commercial side growing 19% and non-cloud Office commercial products declining 34%, which translated into a 5% growth on all Office commercial products and services. Consumer products and cloud services grew by a total of 6% off of a 24% increase in Office 365 consumer subscribers, now totaling 42.7 million.
LinkedIn’s revenue grew by 10%, with a 27% increase in sessions. Dynamics products and cloud services saw a 13% total growth on the back of the 38% growth in revenue for Dynamics 365.
Moving over to Intelligent Cloud, Azure revenue grew by 47%, with server products being stagnant, translating into a 19% growth in server products and cloud services. Enterprise Mobility grew 26% to 147 million seats.
Finally, More Personal Computing saw more growth than usual. Windows Pro revenue declined by 4%, with non-Pro growing 34% year-over-year – even though it’s typically stagnant. Windows commercial products and cloud services as a whole grew by 9%.
Additionally, Surface revenue grew by 28%, and gaming revenue grew by an impressive 64% off of the 65% revenue increase from Xbox content and services. Last but not least, excluding traffic acquisition costs, search revenue declined by 18%.
Microsoft is allegedly working on a virtualized PC OS for 2021. Surface Laptop 1 and 2 have gotten firmware updates for the new Surface Dock. Surface Pro 5 has also gotten a firmware update to improve startup performance. Surface Laptop 3 is being discounted by up to $400. The Surface Duo has passed through the FCC. Edge Dev build 85.0.564.13 is now out with fixes for enlarged icons in the menu. Microsoft is also aiming to make notification request prompts less annoying, and has published a release schedule for the browser. A Windows 10 Team 2020 Update preview build is now available. MSCI and Microsoft have partnered to innovate in the global investment industry. SQL Server Management Studio 18.6 is now generally available. The July update for Power BI On-premises data gateway is now available. The firm has also released an open source Power BI component for React. Windows 10X is reportedly not arriving to dual-screen devices until 2022, with it being targeted at low-end devices and shipping without Win32 app support. NBA fans will be able to experience basketball games via Microsoft Teams, thanks to the solution’s recently announced Together mode. The Redmond giant has given folks a peek at the future of the design and experience of its productivity apps. Microsoft, Nike, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz, and other companies have formed a global carbon-neutral group. LinkedIn has cut 960 jobs – nearly 6% of the total workforce - due to the pandemic. Logging off
To end, we take a look at some of the Insider activity from this week, particularly on the Windows 10 side.
Mid-week, reports started coming out that some Insiders were seeing build expiration warnings. This is a problem for those with AMD processors which were stuck on pre-20170 vNext builds, or really anybody that was stuck on say, build 20161, the expiration date of which is July 31.
Luckily, the very same day, build 20175 was pushed to the Dev channel, bringing improvements to pinned sites in Edge, the ability to reset UWP app settings via PowerShell, the addition of ‘Eye Contact’ for a more “personal connection” on the Surface Pro X, and of course a number of fixes. Besides the fact that the build was pushed out, the other good news is that the issue blocking certain PCs – and especially AMD-based ones – from receiving builds has been fixed.
ISO images for build 20175 were released too, as was an identically numbered build for the Server Insider Preview, devoid of any changelog.
The Beta channel got some attention too, as build 19042.421 of the 20H2 branch arrived for testers. Adding theme-aware tiles in the Start menu, the ability to Alt+Tab between apps and sites, improvements to pinned sites in Edge, and more, it also brought in a respectable amount of fixes.
Finally, Microsoft also released some mid-stream updates for a trio of Windows 10 versions. If you’re either on the May 2019 Update (1903) or the November 2019 Update (1909), you should be on the lookout for KB4559004, with builds 18362.997 and 18363.997 for 1903 and 1909, respectively. Those on 1809 (October 2018 Update) should look for KB4559003, build 17763.1369. The same known issue related to Asian language packs (error “0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND.”) is still present.
Folks on particularly old versions of Windows 10 at this point – like 1809, which is nearing end of support – should start to be updated automatically to 2004 (May 2020 Update), though there are still quite a few blocks still in place. There’s no indication of when all these would be removed.
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