Are you ready for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update?

Are you ready for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update?

Are you ready for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update?

It’s been a while coming, but the Windows 10 May 2019 Update is finally on its way to computers around the world.

Microsoft has announced that as the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) will reach end of service on 12 November 2019 they will begin updating devices running this as well as earlier versions of Windows 10 to ensure that they can continue to service these devices and provide the latest updates, security updates and improvements.

Every year, Microsoft releases two majority updates for Windows 10, being generally in April and October, however, the latest one, Windows 10 May 2019 update has arrived later than expected.

As per the Windows Experience blog (link opens in new window) article, for those Windows 10 devices “that are at, or within several months of reaching end of service, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update; keeping those devices supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to device security and ecosystem health”.

Some of the new features introduced in Windows 10 May 2019 Update include:

  • Windows Update itself: Windows will seek your permission before installing the major updates (ie. the next October 2019 Update) and Home users can pause updates for up to 35 days (in seven-day periods up to five times). Microsoft provides greater control as to when you wish to install the update and will no longer do so without your permission. You will have approximately 18 months until it will eventually force the update.
  • Troubleshooters: Windows 10 has increased further troubleshooting options for this update. It will provide recommended troubleshooting guidance if required, as well as assistance when you are in trouble. Of course, we are always happy to help with that! In addition, Windows Security is also improving but we would still recommend internet security software for your computer.
  • Passwordless login: One interesting announcement as part of this update is Microsoft’s promise to remove passwords, by replacing them with a PIN or prompt on your mobile phone.
  • Dark mode (light mode): One popular enhancement we are seeing across many apps and websites these days is to introduce a “dark mode” to darken how the interface appears. This includes the start menu, task bar, Action Centre, notifications as well as other areas. In addition, there is also a “light theme” also.
  • Start menu: Microsoft has also reduced the number of programs appearing on the Start menu, making it easier to remove out-of-box apps which you may not use (such as Candy Crush, Xbox Console and Groove Music). This will allow you to also have a smaller start menu, down to a single column. There are changes to separate Cortana and search also.

Usually in the subsequent months, we receive calls from our clients who advise they have seen a particular change or looks different to what they are familiar with. If you are considering updating to the Windows 10 May Update, you may wish to review the new Windows release health dashboard (link opens in new window) which as advises on known and resolved issues

You will generally receive a notification when your device is ready to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 update, however we suggest waiting until at least a few weeks afterwards to iron out any issues.

If you need assistance to upgrading to this update, or would like consulting, support and training, we are happy to provide for this to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals. Please contact us for more information.

This article is also featured on the CyberGuru Blog.

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru recognised as a Digital Champion alumnus by Minister for Digital Technology

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru recognised as a Digital Champion alumnus by Minister for Digital Technology

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru recognised as a Digital Champion alumnus by Minister for Digital Technology

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru, Chris Jeffery has been recognised with a certificate of appreciation by Leanne Linard MP on behalf of the Minister for Digital Technology Mick de Brenni MP in recognition of his valued contribution to the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion program.

In his letter to Chris, Mr de Brenni writes, “I wish to acknowledge your contribution, not only to the Champions programme, but also to the Queensland Government’s broader digital literacy and inclusion agenda. Your efforts…are helping to make progress within Queensland in reducing the digital divide and assisting Queenslanders to gain the skills and confidence to actively participate in the digital world”.

Chris notes, “it has been an honour to be able to support the local community through various presentations, including assisting not-for-profit organisations and community groups secure and implement new technologies, access discounted software, and train to be more self-sufficient in maintaining their computers and as a regular presenter at the Seniors Safety Forum over the past few years helping people be safe online, along with training and various online contributions via our website”.

Whilst Chris is now a retiring champion and a member of the alumni, he will continue to participate as an active member of the community providing Information Communication and technology (ICT) services including consulting, design, support and training to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals.

Since Chris commenced CyberGuru in 1997 at fourteen years of age, Chris has been instrumental in enabling and empowering clients to get the most out of their technology.

Leanne Linard MP (Member for Nudgee), Chris Jeffery (Chief Guru, CyberGuru), Jessie Jeffery (Business Development Guru, CyberGuru)
Leanne Linard MP (Member for Nudgee), Chris Jeffery (Chief Guru, CyberGuru), Jessie Jeffery (Business Development Guru, CyberGuru)

 

CyberGuru celebrating 22 years

CyberGuru celebrating 22 years

Celebrating 22 years

In July, CyberGuru celebrated 22 years of successful operations. Thank you to all our clients for their custom, and to our colleagues, family and friends who have supported us throughout this time.

CyberGuru was established with the purpose of providing professional computer solutions and has grown predominately through recommendations and networking. We are proud to be a family owned and operated business and be able be a trusted business partner to our clients.

We appreciate all of the various opportunities we have received and those who have been with us along this journey so far.

Ask CyberGuru – Should I purchase a claimed domain name?

Ask CyberGuru – Should I purchase a claimed domain name?

Ask CyberGuru

In this month’s Ask CyberGuru, we are asked, “I’ve been advised that my domain name has been claimed and offered to purchase a domain name from someone who had advised that they have a statutory obligation to offer me the first right of registration. Should I purchase this domain name?”.

Upon review of various examples we have seen of this, the email in question is reportedly from an Australian business claiming there is an application for a similar domain name using the .info domain name extension. In these cases, we have seen the business is seeking a significant amount of money for the registration purchasing such the said domain.

We have reviewed the company as well as other examples reported online, and based upon our knowledge and research, we don’t recommend going ahead with this via the organisation in question to do this.

However, should you wish to purchase the domain name, we would suggest going through a suitable domain name registrar to do this. If this is something you are looking to do, we can assist and advise accordingly.

If you have a question you would like to Ask CyberGuru, please feel free to contact us.