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Microsoft has today released a new Windows 10 Preview Build of the SDK to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 17692 or greater). The Preview SDK Build 17692 contains bug fixes and under-development changes to the API surface area. The build works in conjunction with previously released SDKs and Visual Studio 2017. The Windows SDK will now formally only be supported by Visual Studio 2017 and greater and this build of the Windows SDK will only install on Windows 10 Insider Preview. The build brings MSIX support, meaning developers can now package their applications as MSIX. These applications can be installed and run on any device with 17682 build or later. MSIX is however not currently supported by the App Certification Kit nor the Microsoft Store at this time. Learn more and download from OUR FORUM.

Apple's macOS surreptitiously creates and caches thumbnails for images and other file types stored on password-protected / encrypted containers (hard drives, partitions), according to Wojciech Reguła and Patrick Wardle, two macOS security experts. The problem is that these cached thumbnails are stored on non-encrypted hard drives, in a known location and can be easily retrieved by malware or forensics tools, revealing some of the content stored on encrypted containers. On macOS, these thumbnails are created by Finder and QuickLook. Finder is the default macOS file explorer app, similar to Windows Explorer. Whenever a user navigates to a new folder, Finder automatically loads icons for the files located in those folders. For images, these icons are gradually replaced by thumbnails that show a preview of the image at a small scale. But in a recent macOS version, Apple has added a new feature to Finder called QuickLook. This feature allows users to hold down the Space key while having a file selected and view an image-like preview of the document's content. Apple devs created this feature to allow users to preview files with similar names and determine which one they want to open. Follow along at OUR FORUM.

Microsoft is slowly bringing Fluent Design to all parts of Windows 10, and the design is evolving with the next update. Microsoft appears to be expanding Fluent Design to the context menu of Windows 10, and the most recent preview build comes with similar changes in this regard. A couple of days ago, Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 17692 to the Windows Insiders enrolled in the Fast and Skip Ahead ring, with SwiftKey and other improvements. The most recent build released earlier this week brings more Fluent Design changes, and it’s likely that Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 Redstone 5 with these changes later this year. It appears that the Fluent Design effect is finally spreading to context menu and flyouts. In release notes published, Microsoft explains that when you will right-click open apps in Task View, you will notice new acrylic backgrounds. “With Build 17692 you will notice new acrylic backgrounds in places on the system using these controls – for example when you right-click open apps in Task View. Apps using the SDK for this build or higher will see this change by default as well,” Microsoft explained in a changelog. Follow this thread on OUR FORUM.

Earlier this week, Microsoft released new June 2018 patches for all supported versions of Windows 10 operating system, including the newly released Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803). At that time, the company acknowledged only one issue in a patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update, but the company has recently updated the support page to include one more issue. Microsoft has acknowledged a new issue in June 2018 patch for Windows 10 April 2018 update, which was released on Tuesday. The updated support page has confirmed a new issue that affects Microsoft Edge. It’s worth mentioning it’s not a critical bug and it should not be a big deal for most of the users. Microsoft Edge could hit glitches where the browser would stop working “when it initializes the download of a font from a malformed (not RFC compliant) URL”. Microsoft hasn’t issued any workaround yet, but the company says that they’re working on a resolution and it would become available later in June. You won’t have to wait until the next Patch Tuesday, as Microsoft plans to release another cumulative update later this month. Microsoft has already confirmed issues with SMBv1 protocol in Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and it can be addressed if you enable SMBv2 or SMBv3 on both the SMB server and the SMB client. The fix will be shipped later this month as well. Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.

After a very long wait, details regarding the next version of the Microsoft HoloLens are slowly starting to solidify. We have already heard the device will be lighter, cheaper and with a larger field of view, and now the processor powering the device has leaked also. According to Engadget’s sources, HoloLens 2 will be powered by the recently announced Qualcomm XR1 processor, which has been designed with the express purpose of delivering a “high quality” VR and AR experience. XR1 integrates Qualcomm Technologies’ heterogeneous computer architecture, including the ARM-based multi-core Central Processing Unit (CPU), a vector processor, Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and Qualcomm® AI Engine. Other key features include an advanced XR software service layer, machine learning, the Snapdragon XR Software Development Kit (SDK) and Qualcomm Technologies connectivity and security technologies. The XR1 platform also provides an AI engine for on-device processing. This engine provides the ability to process AI-use cases and runs high performing, power-efficient machine learning based computer vision algorithms that can help with key AR use cases like better pose prediction, object classification, etc. Want more visit OUR FORUM.

Someone has to create Skynet, and to date, Google appeared to be in the lead, but Microsoft has started ramping up their own efforts to create a cloud-based AI infrastructure based on super-fast, dedicated, custom-designed AI chipsets. Called Project Olympus,  a Microsoft spokesperson described the work as “… server design, silicon, and AI to enable cloud workloads.” “We actually design a lot of our own silicon that goes into the data centers,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president for Azure. Clues to Microsoft’s silicon efforts has been found in 3 recent job postings. Three months ago, Microsoft published at least three job openings within its Azure public cloud division, looking for candidates to work on features for an AI chip. In April Microsoft listed an opening for a silicon program manager, and “an engineer for software/hardware co-design and optimization for AI acceleration.” Microsoft has invested in custom silicon before, using field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips to create Project Brainwave, again to accelerate AI training. This effort is separate from that, however, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed. Microsoft has also talked about their new Holographic Programming Unit for the HoloLens 2 which will feature boosted AI-based capabilities. There's more posted on OUR FORUM.