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Microsoft is set to roll out Windows 10 October Update in the coming weeks. The update has been available for Windows Insiders for a while now but is yet to be rolled out to the public. Microsoft has finalized Build 17763 as the RTM build and has confirmed the rollout as well. However, the rollout will take place in phases so it will actually be a while before your PC gets the new update. With the April 2018 Update, Microsoft embedded ML (Machine Learning) to Windows 10 which will ping back to the update servers when a device is ready to receive new updates. This helps Microsoft to deliver a smooth experience and prevent compatibility issues and other software related problems. However, if you’re someone like me then you won’t like to wait for Microsoft to decide if you can get the latest update. Microsoft has also recognized this and offered a simple solution to those impatient people. If you want the update right now then you can head to Settings>Security and Update>Windows Update and click on “Check for Updates”. This will force Windows to download the latest update but if Microsoft detects that your device has a compatibility issue, the update will not install until that issue is resolved. If you’re not happy with this and really want the October update right now then you can either Sign up as a Windows Insider or download the ISO files and manually update your PC. Do note that this option is only for Advanced users and you might risk your data as well as the usability of the device. There is more plus the download links posted on OUR FORUM.

There have been multiple rumors claiming that Google is planning to enable Windows 10 dual boot support on its own Google Pixelbook. The company could allow the Pixelbook to be Windows 10 certified meaning that Google Pixelbook could soon run Microsoft’s Windows 10. If reports are found true and accurate, then we could soon see a Google Pixelbook running Windows 10. By the looks of things, Google’s device might pass Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) certifications. If the certifications are passed, then you might soon see the Pixelbook running two Operating systems on one device. Google’s “AltOS” a.k.a. Project Campfire might be an internal name for the project that is supposed to create a dual-boot environment on Chrome OS. A little bit of digging by Windows Latest revealed the Campfire Project has been updated and Google has quietly renamed “AltOS” to “dual boot”, confirming that the project is indeed related to dual-booting of two OSes. Chromebooks are currently seeing an increased sale especially in the education sector in several markets in the United States. Microsoft also has its share of the education market with the Redmond Giant introducing Windows 10 in S Mode which limits users to install only Microsoft Store apps. More on Google Slate(s) can be found on OUR FORUMS.

As PC sales continue to grow, Intel interim CEO Bob Swan has stated that they have enough supply to meet the demands of consumers and business who are looking to upgrade or purchase PCs. With Windows 10 being adopted more in the enterprise, there has been a significant demand to upgrade aging PCs. Furthermore, gaming on PCs continues to grow as highly publicized professional players increasingly make PCs their platform of choice. The problem is that this unexpected growth had raised concerns that Intel would not be able to keep up with the growth. According to Swan, while supply is tight, they will have enough to meet the demand outlook for this year. "Now for the challenge… The surprising return to PC TAM growth has put pressure on our factory network," stated Intel Corporation CFO and Interim CEO Bob Swan in a press release. "We’re prioritizing the production of Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core processors so that collectively we can serve the high-performance segments of the market. That said, supply is undoubtedly tight, particularly at the entry-level of the PC market. We continue to believe we will have at least the supply to meet the full-year revenue outlook we announced in July, which was $4.5 billion higher than our January expectations." Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, has issued a security alert regarding attacks being conducted through the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol.  While the most publicized attacks over RDP are related to ransomware, attackers also hack into exposed RDP services for corporate theft, installation of backdoors, or as a launching point for other attacks. "Remote administration tools, such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), as an attack vector has been on the rise since mid-late 2016 with the rise of dark markets selling RDP Access," stated the alert from US-Cert. "Malicious cyber actors have developed methods of identifying and exploiting vulnerable RDP sessions over the Internet to compromise identities, steal login credentials, and ransom other sensitive information. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommend businesses and private citizens review and understand what remote accesses their networks allow and take steps to reduce the likelihood of compromise, which may include disabling RDP if it is not needed." Because these attacks target entire networks, rather than an individual computer, and carry price tags of $3,000 - $5,000 USD to decrypt a single computer or upwards to $50,000 USD to decrypt an entire network, they tend to be highly publicized. More complete details available on OUR FORUM.

The release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update is imminent. The rumors confirmed that Microsoft’s next big release would become available for download on October 2 and it’s a free update for all current users. Windows 10 October 2018 Update should hit the compatible devices next week and it’s the perfect time to take a few minutes to prepare your PC. The PCs are usually ready for big releases but in some cases, you should make changes to your PC so it can be upgraded without any hiccups along the way. It’s important to know that Windows 10 October 2018 Update is not rolling out to the public at the moment but you can join the Insider program and jump into the Fast or Slow Ring to download the final RTM build. It’s always a good idea to back up your data before you install any big OS update. It’s more necessary if your PC is old and it had issues with the previous updates. You can upload your photos or important files to other hard disks, cloud service (OneDrive) or external drive. In some cases, the Windows Update initialization process would fail as the system does not check for space requirements before kicking off the process. If enough storage space is not available, the update may fail to install after downloading the necessary files required for the update. We have these tips posted on Our Forum.

Today Volkswagen and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership which would see Volkswagen build all in-car services for vehicles of the core Volkswagen brand as well as the Group-wide cloud-based platform on Microsoft technology. Together, the two companies will develop the technological basis for a comprehensive industrial automotive cloud. In the future, all in-car services for vehicles of the core Volkswagen brand as well as the Group-wide cloud-based platform (also known as One Digital Platform, ODP) will be built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and services as well as Azure IoT Edge. From 2020 onwards, more than 5 million new Volkswagen brand vehicles per year will be fully connected and will be part of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the cloud. “The strategic partnership with Microsoft will turbocharge our digital transformation,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG. “Volkswagen, as one of the world’s largest automakers, and Microsoft, with its unique technological expertise, are outstandingly well-matched. Together, we will play a key role in shaping the future of auto-mobility.” By building the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, Volkswagen will be able to leverage consistent mobility services across its entire portfolio and to provide new services and solutions such as in-car consumer experiences, telematics, and securely connect data between the car and the cloud. We have more posted on OUR FORUM.