Microsoft and PDFs

The September feature update for Windows 10 is no more! It is now the October Feature Release! Same features, same bugs, same fixes, just a month late!!

However, I really would like to know why Microsoft in all their great wisdom think I want to use Edge (their mediocre web browser that is now used by less then 15% of the world) to open Adobe PDF files? Leave my defaults alone!!

And if you have been virused by Microsoft here’s how to turn it back

Select any PDF file in any folder on your computer
Right Mouse Click
Select Open With> Choose Another App
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Select the Application you want and tick the “Always use this app to open .pdf files”
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Press OK

Of course that will only work until the next time Microsoft gets you!

Windows 10 Phone Link in September Release

The September 2018 Release of Windows 10 is just round the corner  and includes a new app called Your Phone which lets you forward a web page from you Android smartphone or iPhone to your PC.

You can then continue from where you left off; mind this integration requires that you download and install an Android or iOS app to activate the link between your phone and Windows 10 PC.

On smartphones running Android 7.0 or newer, there’s an additional feature: You can use your Windows 10 PC to access the pictures stored on your phone, by dragging them from your phone to your PC.

Another reason to upgrade 🙂

Windows 10 Screenshot Update in September

The September 2018 Release of Windows 10 is just round the corner which will annoy many people who seem to hate Microsoft patching their computers — which means they’ll really hate the new DaaS (Desktop as a Service) that Microsoft will be pushing out in the future as their ‘Managed Desktop”  — instead of owning Windows, you’ll “rent” it by the month and Microsoft will be in charge of it!!

Mind keeping up to date is important as Microsoft fixes lots of bugs that it introduced in the previous releases as well as updating its applications with new tweaks and new features.

Currently the built-in screenshot tool works by pressing Windows key + Shift + S which starts the cropping tool that appears over whatever is displayed on your PC screen. You can use it to select an area of the screen you want to save to the clipboard.

In the September 2018 Release, when you select an area to save, you’re presented with the option to open it in a new Sketch Application in which you can do some basic editing on the image, including cropping it and doodling on it.

Additionally, the cropping tool can also be summoned by clicking the “Screen snip” button on the Action Centre panel, which you bring up by clicking the notification icon on the lower-right corner of the Windows 10 desktop.

Windows 10 September Release

The next release of Windows 10 is just round the corner and will “probably” be called the September 2018 Release — or Redstone 5!

Keeping up to date is important as Microsoft fixes lots of bugs that it introduced in the previous releases as well as updating its applications with new tweaks and new features.

I do like the idea around its new clipboard tool that’s starts when you press the Windows key + V. This tool shows a history of the text and images you’ve cut or copied to the Windows clipboard, letting you go back to any item (not just the most recent) to paste it. 

This clipboard also syncs across multiple Windows 10 PCs that are signed in with the same user account. For example, items you copy to the clipboard on a Windows 10 PC you use at home can be retrieved on your Windows 10 PC at the office! 

These two functions will have to be turned on. In the Settings app, go to System > Clipboard and select “Clipboard history” and “Sync across devices.”

Windows Server 2008 is nearly dead

The end of support for Windows Server 2008 and all its associated applications is nigh, well January 2020 but SQL Server 2008 is July 2019 which in terms of IT time frames is not very far away!

Are you looking at moving to Azure and the cloud?

Or are you looking to stay in-house and build a Hyper-V environment of Windows Server 2012R2 or 2016?

Either way we can help you through these times