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#1
Learn about Microsoft Edge built-in tools like Collections, vertical tabs, tab group, and more here.
#2
Learn about Microsoft Edge built-in tools like Collections, vertical tabs, tab group, and more here.
#3
Microsoft has released the September 2022 release preview cumulative update with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 11, version 22H2 – also referred to as the Windows 11 2022 Update. This release is designed only for devices already running the Windows 11 2022 Update.

Following are the highlights for KB5917389 (OS Build 22621.608) for Windows 11:

  • Addresses issues that cause updates to the Microsoft Store to fail.
  • Updates the start date for daylight saving time in Chile. It will start on September 11, 2022 instead of on September 4, 2022.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the font of three Chinese characters. When you format these characters as bold, the width size is wrong.
  • Addresses an issue that forces the IE mode tabs in a session to reload.
  • Addresses an issue that successfully opens a browser window in IE mode to display a PDF file. Later, browsing to another IE mode site within the same window fails.
  • Adds more dynamic Widgets content to your taskbar with notification badging. When you open the Widgets board, a banner appears at the top of the board. It provides more information about what triggered the notification badge.
  • Addresses an issue that affects Dual SIM calling. If you select no SIM on your phone and initiate a call on your device, Dual SIM functionality does not work.
  • Addresses an issue that affects some apps that were not signed by the Microsoft Store. You must reinstall them after you upgrade the OS.

See the referenced KB article for the long list of improvements and fixes included in the update.

Update: To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
#4
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25211

What's new

Widgets settings

In this update, we have separated the widget picker and Widgets settings to make it easier for you to find and interact with each view. Now, the widget picker is opened by the "+" button and Widgets settings is opened by the "Me" button. We re-used the space the picker used to take in Widget settings to cover the highly requested taskbar settings based on Insider feedback to give you control over how the Widgets entry works on your taskbar.

With the toggles in Widget settings, you can:

  • Control whether the Widgets board opens when you hover over the taskbar icon.
  • Control whether Widgets will show notification badging on the taskbar.
  • Control whether live Widget content on the taskbar shows more than weather.

[We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Widgets.

Changes and Improvements

[Taskbar]
  • Based on your feedback, we've added a link to Task Manager when right-clicking on the taskbar. Let us know what you think!

[System Tray]
  • This build includes preliminary support to rearrange system tray icons for Insiders who have the System Tray updates that began rolling out with Build 25197. Further improvements for this experience are coming soon. As a reminder, these System Tray updates are still rolling out and are not available to all Insiders just yet. If your PC does not have these changes, your System Tray experience will remain the same as before.

File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue where the top part of File Explorer (with the search and address box) couldn't be interacted with when File Explorer was in full screen mode (F11).

[Settings]
  • For the time being, you will no longer be able to uninstall apps with inter-dependencies (e.g., Steam and gaming apps running on Steam) or repair Win32 apps under Settings > Apps > Installed apps. You will still be able to modify and uninstall Win32 apps without inter-dependencies.

Fixes

[General]
  • We are beginning to roll out a server-side fix for the issue causing a "date, time and time zone settings are incorrect" message to be improperly displayed, which was also preventing the installation of the latest Insider Preview builds from proceeding.

[File Explorer]
  • Fixed the issue where the command bar items like copy, paste, and empty recycle bin were unexpectedly not be enabled sometimes when they have been.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing unexpected black bars on the sides of horizontal scrollbars when using dark mode.

[Start]
  • When you have Start set to show more pinned items, the animation for opening folders lower on the page will now appear from the right place.

[Taskbar]
  • Fixed a high hitting Shell Experience Host crash in recent Dev Channel builds, impacting Quick Settings launch reliability.

[Input]
  • The gripper for moving the emoji panel and touch keyboard should now update color correctly when you switch between dark and light mode.
  • Fixed a memory leak when repeatedly invoking the input switcher.

[Settings]
  • Fixed a Settings crash which could happen when changing your mobile hotspot name.
  • Updated the examples used in the Short time selection under Time & Language > Language & Region > Regional Format, to make the 12 hour options (vs 24 hour) a little more obvious by showing morning and afternoon times.

[Task Manager]
  • Tweaked the graphs in the Performance page to use a bit more transparency so it's easier to see the grid lines underneath.
  • Made another fix to improve Task Manager reliability.
  • Fixed a black flash while might be seen when launching Task Manager in light mode.
  • Fixed a few issues where the font color of certain elements wasn't correct / readable when using a contrast theme.

[Other]
  • Fixed an issue where Narrator would read out the details of the calendar that opens from selecting the date and time from the taskbar when it was collapsed.
  • Fixed an issue where explorer.exe was crashing repeatedly in Windows Sandbox for Insiders with the tablet optimized taskbar and updated system tray.
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to hangs in certain apps when opening the Open File Dialog.
  • Fixed an issue which was making the screen go black for some Insiders when enabling HDR recently.
  • Fixed an issue where after using the Open With dialog, the process might stay running even if it wasn't in use anymore.
  • Fixed an issue which was leading to increased CPU usage for WSL2 users on ARM64 PCs even when WSL was idle.
  • Fixed an issue where closing the print dialog could lead to an app crash in the last couple flights.
#5
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.730 and 22623.730

  • Build 22623.730 = New features rolling out.
  • Build 22621.730 = New features off by default.

What's new in Build 22623.730

Tablet-optimized taskbar

The touch-optimized taskbar is being re-introduced.  Note: Your taskbar will automatically transition to this optimized version when you disconnect or fold back the keyboard on your 2-in-1 device. This feature only works on devices that can be used as tablets. It does not work on laptops or desktop PCs.

As a reminder, there are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you're holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.

If this feature is available, you will see a new setting at Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors called "Optimize taskbar for touch interactions when this device is used as a tablet" that will be set to on by default.

[This feature is isn't available to all Insiders as it is just beginning to roll out as feedback will be monitored before pushing it out to everyone.]

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Taskbar.

System Tray Updates

This update introduces updates to the System Tray that affect all device types — not just 2-in-1 devices. With this change, users will see a rounded focus and hover treatment on all icons in the lower right due to the continued modernization of this experience.

You may also notice that it is not possible to drag and drop or rearrange your system tray icons with this change. We heard your feedback on this change earlier this year and are working to address this in a future Insider Preview build.

[We are beginning to roll this feature out, so it isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]


FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > System Tray.

Changes and Improvements in Build 22623.730

[File Explorer]
  • Home now searches more recently opened Microsoft 365 cloud files for users who are signed with their Microsoft account or have their Microsoft account connected to the profile via Settings. Home search now shows recent file activity for cloud files when in details view. Microsoft 365 cloud files can now be searched using additional file properties such as file location, extension, and activity.
  • File Explorer search will now show results as you type. The full search results page will update live without needing to press enter.

Fixes in Build 22623.730

[System Tray Updates]

NOTE: These fixes will only show if tablet-optimized taskbar with System Tray updates is enabled on your device. Please see above for details on the tablet-optimized taskbar and System Tray updates, which is beginning to roll out to Windows Insiders and not yet available for everyone.

  • The taskbar should no longer flash because of changes in the system tray in non-tablet-optimized scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing parts of the taskbar or its icons like search to get stuck in the wrong theme's colors when switching between light and dark themes.
  • Date and time should no longer get stuck cutting off on the side of the screen from system tray changes.

[Start menu]
  • Fixed an issue which was causing Start menu crashes for some Insiders.
  • Fixed an issue where the Start menu recommended section might unexpectedly show one column instead of two.
  • If you change the app associated with a particular file type, the icon for any of those file type displayed should now update in the recommended section.

Fixes for BOTH Build 22621.730 & Build 22623.730
  • We fixed an issue that affects some processors. This issue occurs when you turn on Hyper-V and kernel Direct Memory Access (DMA) protections.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Microsoft Japanese input method editor (IME). Text reconversion fails when you use some third-party virtual desktops.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause an application to stop responding. This might occur when the input queue overflows.
  • We fixed an issue that stops you from signing in to various Microsoft Office 365 apps. This affects Outlook, Word, Teams, and so on.
  • We fixed an issue that affects graphics drivers that use d3d9on12.dll.
  • We fixed issues that cause updates to the Microsoft Store to fail.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the LanmanWorkstation service. It leaks memory when you mount a network drive.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Miracast UI. Sometimes it closes too soon when you cast to devices that use the DeviceObjectType:Aep.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Task Manager. It stops working when you switch between light and dark mode or change the accent color.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the font of three Chinese characters. When you format these characters as bold, the width size is wrong.
  • We fixed an issue that affects input method editors (IME) from Microsoft and third parties. They stop working when you close the IME window. This occurs if the IME uses Windows Text Services Framework (TSF) 1.0.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Microsoft Edge IE mode. It stops you from opening webpages. This occurs when you enable Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) and you do not configure Network Isolation policies.
  • We fixed an issue that affects Microsoft Edge when it is in IE Mode. The titles of pop-up windows and tabs are wrong.
  • We fixed an issue that stops the credential UI from displaying in IE mode.
  • We fixed an issue that affects certificate mapping. When it fails, lsass.exe might stop working in schannel.dll.
#6
Pale Moon has been updated to version 31.3.0.1.  This is a small update to back out the changes to handling of flex containers in 31.3.0 since it caused severe usability issues on several websites.

Update: To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Select About Pale Moon > Check for Updates.

Release Notes
#7
Security Software Programs / Re: Malwarebytes
Last post by Corrine - September 28, 2022, 02:18:02 PM
Malwarebytes Version 4.5.14.210 component package 1.0.1772 was updated.

From Malwarebytes 4.5:

What's New:
  • Performance improvements
  • Detection and remediation improvements

Some Issues now addressed:
  • Fixed: Links in Scan results no longer redirect to a higher level of detection names (additional fixes or tests/ confirmed)
  • Fixed: MBAMService crash after DB update
  • Fixed: Quicken cannot update PNC bank info when Web Protection is enabled
  • Fixed: MBAM consumes all RAM and up to 60% CPU if the scan is scheduled to the winter time shifting
#8
Microsoft released an out-of-band non-security update with quality improvements for Windows 11.

The Key changes in KB5019311 (OS Build 22621.525) include:

  • Addresses localization issues for some setup files. These issues might stop you from creating installation media for non-English languages.

If you installed earlier updates, only the new updates contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.

Update:  To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Optional Updates. The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area.  To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

#9
Security Alerts & Briefings / Pale Moon Version 31.3.0 Relea...
Last post by Corrine - September 27, 2022, 02:08:35 PM
Pale Moon has been updated to version 31.3.0.  This is a major development, bugfix, and security update.

Linux versions will follow shortly.

Changes/Fixes:

  • Implemented .at(index) JavaScript method on built-in indexables (Array, String, TypedArray).
  • Implemented the use of EventSource in workers.
  • Enabled the sending of the Origin: header by default on same-origin requests.
  • Changed how Pale Moon is built. We are now using Visual Studio 2022 on Windows, and have made build system changes to reduce build times and pressure on the linker on all platforms.
  • Changed how Pale Moon handles standalone wave audio files (.wav). See implementation notes.
  • Improved string normalization.
  • Updated the handling of CSS "supports" to now accept unparenthesized strings (spec update).
  • Updated the handling of flex containers in web pages for web compatibility.
  • Fixed various issues when building for Mac OS X.
  • Fixed various C++ standard conformance issues in the source code.
  • Fixed several issues building on SunOS and Linux with various configurations and gcc versions.
  • Fixed an issue with regular expressions' dotAll syntax and usage. See implementation notes.
  • Switched custom hash map to std::unordered_map where prudent.
  • Cleaned up and updated IPC thread locking code.
  • Removed spacing for accessibility focus rings in form controls to align styling of them with expected metrics.
  • Removed the unnecessary control module for building with non-standard configurations of the platform.
  • Removed the -moz prefix from min-content and max-content CSS keywords where it was still in use.
  • Security fixes: CVE-2022-40956 and CVE-2022-40958.
  • UXP Mozilla security patch summary: 2 fixed, 11 not applicable.

*DiD This means that a fix is "Defense-in-Depth": It is a fix that does not apply to a (potentially) actively exploitable vulnerability in Pale Moon, but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code, e.g. when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem, or when new attack vectors are discovered.

**Rejected security patches: This means that patches were theoretically applicable to our code but considered undesirable, which could be due to unwanted changes in behavior, known regressions caused by the patches, or unnecessary risks for stability, security or privacy.
Pale Moon includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows:  Pale Moon for Windows downloads.

Update:  To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Select About Pale Moon > Check for Updates.

Release Notes
#10
From Windows Update is now carbon aware:

QuoteStarting with Windows 11, version 22H2, Windows Update is now carbon aware, making it easier for your devices to reduce carbon emissions. When devices are plugged in, turned on, connected to the internet and regional carbon intensity data is available, Windows Update will schedule installations at specific times of the day (when doing so may result in lower-carbon emissions because a higher proportion of electricity is coming from lower-carbon sources on the electric grid).

To install updates immediately and bypass the new settings, go to Settings > Windows Update.

As described at Power efficient settings in Windows 11, changes have also been made to the screen and sleep settings to help reduce carbon emissions when computers are idle.  Those settings can be adjusted at Start > Settings > System > Power & battery > Screen and sleep.