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Tuesday 30 June 2020

The new Microsoft Edge browser is reportedly stealing your Firefox data

 Christo [PCD]    01 Jul : 07:00
 None    Internet


Microsoft's relentlessness in making Edge happen

Google Chrome snatched up nearly 70% of the browser user share as of May 2020. Mozilla Firefox and the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge trailed behind -- far, far behind -- at 8% and 7%, respectively.

Microsoft must be more determined than ever to dethrone Chrome in the battle for browser dominance. To lure more users to the new Edge browser, Microsoft is reportedly stealing Firefox data without user consent, according to Reddit posters (via Softpedia).

Edge's setup wizard, which features the words "Get Started," reportedly doesn't have an exit option for users who have no interest in continuing the setup process.

"Your parents and grand parents are probably using Edge now," krankie added. "They didn't mean to, they just couldn't seem to get it out of the way unless they agreed to 'Get Started.'"

Many Reddit posters said they used Task Manager to kill the setup wizard. One Redditor who used Task Manager to thwart the setup process claimed that they still found their Firefox browsing history in Edge despite shutting down the wizard prematurely.

"Open your task manager and close Edge from it instead of going through the setup. Then open Edge again. Tap Ctrl+H and see for yourself: your browsing history from Firefox will have been imported into Edge," XIII-Death posted on Reddit.

A few Redditors shrugged at Edge's alleged security faux pas. "Clear browsing history in Edge and voila, no more problem," one poster said. Another commenter advised Windows 10 users to ditch their OS: "If you are actually concerned about privacy, you might want to give Linux a try. Windows 10 is basically designed to tell Microsoft everything you are doing."

This isn't the first time Microsoft's been called out for its relentlessness. Some Edge users expressed annoyance at Microsoft's pop-up messages that appear while searching for Chrome or Firefox downloads in the browser.

Microsoft's also been put in the hot seat for its questionable security methods in the past. In March, we reported that Edge came in last place in a study that compared privacy measures among six browsers.

(Image credit: Slashgear, source Laptopmag)

Monday 29 June 2020

Microsoft Releases Windows File Recovery Tool

 Christo [PCD]    30 Jun : 07:00
 None    Software


Only available for Windows 10 version 2004

Microsoft outs a file recovery program for Windows 10. Windows File Recovery works on the command line (CMD) and is available in the Microsoft Store for version 2004, currently the latest, of the OS.

To date, users have relied on third-party applications to recover a file. Applications such as Recuva and Photorec are widely used for this. While these are third-party and Recuva has paid features, they do have GUIs.

If you can’t locate a lost file from your backup, then you can use Windows File Recovery, which is a command line app available from the Microsoft Store. Use this app to try to recover lost files that have been deleted from your local storage device (including internal drives, external drives, and USB devices) and can’t be restored from the Recycle Bin. Recovery on cloud storage and network file shares is not supported.

Download - (support page)

Microsoft redesigning Windows 10 Start Menu

 Christo [PCD]    29 Jun : 08:32
 None    Software


Windows 10X removes Cortana

It's been a few years since Microsoft introduced the first ever version of Windows 10 under its new Windows as a Service (WaaS) model. Looking back at the last 5 years, it feels like the company has been focused more on addressing the (never-ending) issues than bringing any new features.

While we have received a handful of major features over the years, in terms of visual changes, things have been few and far between. The past few months have, however, assured us that we may get to see an improved Windows 10 Start Menu very soon.

The rumors started pouring in as Microsoft began testing Windows 10X, a variant of Windows 10 designed for the dual screen devices. However, it has become clear that Microsoft is exploring a modern take on Start Menu for the "basic" Windows 10 as well, potentially moving away a bit from Live Tiles (which is ironic considering Apple's latest obsession).

Microsoft had shared a short clip earlier this year revealing both the dark and light mode designs of this new Windows 10 Start Menu. Earlier this week, releasing some new Pride themes, Microsoft 365 offered another look at this new design.

Now this may not be a drastic design change (which Microsoft usually avoids to do anyway considering its business/education user-base), but it does offer small improvements to the current design of the Start Menu. The new design brings Fluent Design aesthetics to the Start Menu, offering more spacing, less color, and a de-cluttered feel.

Considering the comments on our previous coverage on this, it's safe to say not everyone is a fan of this change. But, we have to admit users don't really like it when Microsoft does drastically change things. If it's any consolation, Microsoft hasn't shared when it is planning to release this redesign to the public. As the development process for 20H2 is done, it is likely we won't get to see this until 2021 feature updates.


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