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  • First look at Redstone 3

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 at 17:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    When you first run the first public build of Redstone 3 — which is to say, Windows 10 build 16170 — Edge pops up with a speed diagram.

    See anything weird about the speed dials?

    They aren’t zero-based. They aren’t logarithmic. They’re just, simply, deceptive. Unabashedly so.

    I don’t care if Chrome is 8.3% slower than Edge. I don’t care much that Firefox is 17.1% slower. Do you?

    And why the deception?

    C’mon Microsoft. We aren’t that stupid.

    UPDATE: So I ran the Octane 2 test using this new Edge on build 16170. The graph says 31,586. My machine says 22,381. Then I re-started Edge, using the default Start page, created a new tab and ran the test again. Score 17,227. So I re-started Edge, navigated from the default Start page to the Octane 2 page, ran the test again. Score 22,779.

    Clean run of freshly installed Chrome on the same machine: 23,383.

    Rebooted. Ran the test on Edge again. 19,446

    Rebooted. Ran the test on Chrome again. 21,522

  • Windows 10 beta build 16170 arrives. If you want to stay on 1703, opt out of Insider

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 at 13:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’re currently running a Windows Insider beta test machine and you want to catch your breath while MS rushes on to Redstone 3, it’s easy to opt out.

    Otherwise, you Fast Ringers are about to get the first Redstone 3 beta build.

    Details in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Dr. Qi Lu to run Baidu

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 at 06:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Seems like it was just last September when Kara Swisher and Ina Fried at Recode mentioned that Qi Lu was leaving Microsoft as head of the Applications and Services Group, ostensibly because of injuries due to a bicycle accident. Lu’s always been a superstar in my book:

    Elevated to president of online services in July 2009, Lu was the only top exec who survived the Ballmer-Nadella transition. Seven years ago, Nadella was working for Lu. By all accounts, Lu wasn’t interested in taking over Ballmer’s job.

    This morning, the Wall Street Journal announced that Lu is going to take over day-to-day management at Baidu.

    I expect something miraculous out of Baidu. Watch.

  • NET Framework 4.7 now available as part of Win10 Creators Update

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 at 06:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Thorough discussion of the features by Paul Krill at InfoWorld.

    Rollout info from Martin Brinkman on ghacks.net