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Available since April 30 as a manual download, the highly-anticipated Windows 10 April 2018 Update is far from being a flawless feature update on some systems. The report indicates that Windows 10 version 1803 is causing a number of issues on some hardware configuration, with the users claiming that the update is bricking their devices to a point where the operating system has to be reinstalled. To summerise, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is causing a black screen and blank desktop on some devices. It also makes impossible for users to boot to desktop in some cases. Microsoft today in a post on their official forum confirmed that Windows 10 April 2018 Update, also known as Windows 10 version 1803 could brick some computers. The company has acknowledged two critical bugs including the one that boots system to a blank desktop.

Black screen, the biggest nightmare
Microsoft explains that after the computer is upgraded and it attempts to boot to the desktop but after signing in, the blank screen with only a Recycle Bin and a taskbar is displayed. The mouse cursor is also present and you can also access the Task Manager but start menu and other elements may not function.

Windows Defender is getting better with every single update and according to the most recent antivirus test, the Microsoft has once again managed to improve the performance of Windows 10’s built-in antivirus. Microsoft has published a blog post to praise the capabilities of Windows Defender, and the company has also used this occasion to explain how it can protect user data in the OS by default. It goes with saying that the feature and cumulative updates have improved Windows Defender and its capabilities significantly in the past few years. According to the latest results obtained from January-February 2018 AV-TEST research. Windows Defender also got a perfect score in Protection tests. Microsoft has improved Windows Defender in almost all areas, with the default antivirus solution getting a score of 5.5 points out of a maximum of 6 in performance tests. “Windows Defender AV improved this cycle, achieving a 5.5/6.0 Performance score and outperforming the industry in almost all areas. These results reflect the investments we put in optimizing Windows Defender AV performance for high-frequency actions (e.g., application run),” says Zaid Arafeh, Senior Program Manager, Windows Defender Research team. For more visit OUR FORUM.

Microsoft is currently working very aggressively in pushing out new features for its next major update Windows 10 Redstone 5 which is due for release this fall. The company has been releasing Fast Ring builds at a faster pace with new features for users to test. Microsoft was already preparing to release a new build for Fast Ring Insiders in this week. But to the surprise of all Windows Insiders, Microsoft’s Windows Insider Chief Dona Sarkar, took to Twitter to confirm that the company will not be releasing any new Fast Ring build this week. She confirmed on her official Twitter account that the Windows Insider team had decided to hold on with the release of the new build due to rollback issues found before the rollout. “We are NOT fighting a build this week. We found some rollback issues and it’s a long weekend in the US, so many folks on our team will be taking time off to spend with their families. Due to a long weekend coming up, Dona also confirmed that the Windows Insider team will be away to spend time with their families and hence the issue will be fixed in the coming week. Read more on OUR FORUM.

Announced at Build 2018, Microsoft has today started pushing out the April 2018 update to users of the Microsoft HoloLens. The update includes a number of enterprise-focused features. For IT administrators Windows 10 April 2018 Update will improve the ability for IT administrators to provision, secure, manage, and update all HoloLens devices in their organization, including scenarios where multiple people use the same device. This update provides improved support for Unified Endpoint Management solutions (also known as MDM) like Microsoft Intune, making it possible for IT admins to simplify and automate device management. Microsoft Intune, powered by the intelligent cloud, empowers employees to create and work together, securely and enables organizations to protect corporate data in today’s diverse and complex mobile environment. For developers, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will bring improvements in spatial mapping, automatic selection of focus point to improve hologram stability, new holographic projection modes, and APIs to help developers tailor apps. More content available on OUR FORUM.

That means no matter where you live, you'll be able to see what Microsoft collects about you and correct or delete that information if necessary. You'll also be able to object to the use of data for marketing and other purposes. Microsoft says it's committing to giving users worldwide the same data and privacy rights being offered to Europeans under new regulations there. That means no matter where you live, you'll be able to see what Microsoft collects about you and correct or delete that information if necessary. You'll also be able to object to the use of data for marketing and other purposes. Some companies have been limiting those options to only people in the European Union, where the new rules take effect on Friday. Facebook, for instance, has said it's offering the same settings and controls worldwide but has stopped short of promising European-style rights around the globe. Read more on OUR FORUM.

New security features and limits on what you can load and customize promise to make Microsoft Windows 10 S the more secure version ever. It might not be for everyone, though. Windows 10 S mode is Microsoft’s new secure platform. Its goal is to provide the familiar Windows 10 interface with a much more restricted software deployment process. Consider Windows 10 S similar to the Apple iPhone and iPad ecosystem: All applications must be deployed through a vetted deployment process. Windows 10 S can also be used to deploy systems in kiosk mode and in limited-use needs. You purchase Windows 10 S for new machines, or you can image and use it in deployment on Pro and Enterprise versions. You can change from Windows 10 S to Pro or Enterprise versions with appropriate licensing. Currently, you can’t flip back and forth between Windows 10 S and the more traditional Pro or Enterprise versions. Note I said “currently,” as I think the future of Windows is heading toward a version of the software that can be opened up for purposes of deployment and then locked down into a restricted version that malware and malicious software can’t easily exploit. read more on our Forum.