Thurrott Daily: April 9

Posted on April 9, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Skype, Office 365, Mobile, iOS, Office, Windows 10 with 0 Comments

Thurrott Daily: April 9

Tech tidbits from around the web.

4/9/2016 2:06:39 PM

Manage your Edge favorites with EdgeManage

A free new utility called EdgeManage promises to be a complete Edge favorites management solution.

The EdgeManage application is designed to solve all of the problems with the missing features as described above. It will allow you to:

  • View favorites and folders in a graphical tree
  • Use “drag and drop” to move favorites and folders around
  • Sort all or portions of your favorites
  • Rename folders/favorites
  • Manually add/delete folders/favorites
  • Edit the URLs inside favorites
  • Import favorites from an HTML-based bookmarks.html file
  • Export favorites to an HTML-based bookmarks.html file
  • Import favorites from Internet Explorer
  • Export favorites to Internet Explorer
  • Backup and Restore the Edge database (can also be used to copy to another PC)
  • Create Internet shortcuts on the desktop

Not sure how well it works, but if you’re an Edge user it’s probably worth checking out. Thanks to David P for the tip.

Windows 10 1511 becomes Current Branch for business customers

I still have a hard time understanding Microsoft’s various Windows 10 support branches for businesses, but Microsoft announced an interesting change this week: Windows 10 1511 is now a Current Branch for Business (CBB) release.

Each new Windows 10 feature update is initially considered a Current Branch (CB) release, to be used by organizations for initial pilot deployments. The feature update will later be declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB), once we have received feedback and confirmation from organizations, OEMs, and partners, confirming that the feature update is ready for broad deployment.

Today, we are happy to announce that the Windows 10 version 1511 feature update (build 10586), released in November 2015, has been officially declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB), ready for organizations to begin deploying broadly. For most organizations, no specific action is needed as a result of this declaration.

We have also updated the Release Information page to reflect the updated status of Windows 10 1511.

Microsoft adjusts Patch Tuesday schedule for Office

And speaking of notable Microsoft schedule changes this week, it looks like Office is going to be on a new schedule for updates.

Until now, both security and non-security updates have been released on the second Tuesday of each month. Starting in April, the non-security updates will be released in Microsoft Update and the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) on the first Tuesday of the month, which is April 5 in this case. This will include all updates that have the Critical or Definition classification. Updates with the Security classification will continue to release on second Tuesday as usual.

Microsoft Translator for iOS is updated

Microsoft this week announced an update to its Translator app for iOS, which it describes as “the most comprehensive translation solution for the iOS ecosystem.” I guess that’s the kind of hyperbole that iPhone users expect.

In addition to text, conversation and image translation already available, we are adding support for offline (i.e. not connected to the Internet) and webpage translation.

Until now, iPhone users needed an Internet connection if they wanted to translate on their mobile devices. Now, by downloading the Microsoft Translator app and the needed offline language packs, iOS users can get near online-quality translations even when they are not connected to the Internet. This means no expensive roaming charges or not being able to communicate when a data connection is spotty or unavailable.

You can get Microsoft Translator for iOS from the Apple App Store.

Skype Green Eggs and Ham

Yesterday on Twitter, I joked:

There needs to be a version of Green Eggs and Ham that’s about Skype. “It does not work in my house. It does not work with my mouse…”

So Matt Simon took me up on this and actually created it. 🙂 Good stuff.


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