05/14 Update below. This post was originally published on May 12
Windows 10 users, you have had a lot of bad updates todeal withrecently, but Microsoft’s latest warning is for an update you need to install right now.
Picked up by the always-excellent BleepingComputer, Microsoft’s May 2020 Patch Tuesday has landed and it’s a monster with fixes for 111 vulnerabilities. Moreover, Microsoft has classified 91 of these as ‘Important’ and 13 as ‘Critical’.
05/13 Update: Big news for Windows 10 gamers, as Microsoft has now released a fix for Windows Mixed Reality gaming, which the company broke in a recent insider update of its big Windows 10 v2004 upgrade. WMR is Microsoft’s platform for virtual and augmented reality applications with more than 2,500 games and apps. The release (KB4556803) was an essential fix ahead of the platforms wider roll-out and the company promised a patch in “early May”, which it (just about) still is. Windows 10 v2004 will bring a number of important features for both admins (Cloud install) and end users (virtual desk improvements, Task Manager CPU temperature monitoring, refined Settings UI and a new tablet experience for convertible PCs). After such a rocky spell, this is an update Microsoft needs to get right.
05/14 Update: Microsoft has announced it is taking a big proactive step towards shoring up Windows 10 security. The company has added support for the DNS-over-HTTPS protocol (DoH) in the latest version of the platform delivered to Windows Insiders. DoH delivers greater privacy by effectively hiding the DNS inside regular HTTPS traffic. While Firefox and Chrome have DoH support, the real benefit comes from integrating it at OS level, particularly for system admins. If you want to test DoH, Microsoft has published setup procedures you can follow here.
On the flip side, Microsoft has promised important upgrade changes are coming to Windows 10, while the company is also reprioritizing plans to bring Windows 10X, an all-new platform, to laptop and desktop PCs. So yes, change is needed but it is coming