Top 10 Microsoft Headlines of 2018

Microsoft product milestones and updates dominated our most popular news articles of the year.

10. Microsoft Pulls July .NET Framework Patches Following App Failures
Microsoft acknowledged that some organizations were adversely affected by the .NET Framework monthly updates that were released almost two weeks ago on "update Tuesday" (July 10). Read here.

9. Microsoft Signals the End for OneNote Desktop Application
Microsoft is planning to stop building its OneNote desktop application, with the current OneNote 2016 product being the last of its kind. Read here.

8. Skype for Business Server 2019 Will Have a Standard Edition
The prospect of not having a Standard edition didn't appear to be popular, based on user voice feedback, which showed 477 votes in favor of keeping a Standard edition of Skype for Business Server 2019. Read here.

7. Microsoft Admits July 10 Patches Caused Skype and Exchange Server Problems
Microsoft's July 10 "update Tuesday" patches negatively affected organizations using Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business Server 2015 and Exchange Server, Microsoft admitted this week. Read here.

6. Windows Server 2019 Product Scheduled To Arrive This Year
It was perhaps the first official mention by Microsoft of the new server's actual product name. Read here.

5. Microsoft Teams To Get Expanded Guest Access for External Users
The Microsoft Teams collaboration solution will be getting a new capability to invite people with consumer e-mail addresses to join an organization's teams spaces. Read here.

4. Windows Server 2019 Now Commercially Available, But Hardware Lags
The reason that certified hardware isn't available yet from Microsoft's OEM partners is that Microsoft skipped the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) stage with this release of Windows Server 2019. Read here.

3. Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1809
It's the sixth Windows 10 operating system release, bringing new OS features. Read here.

2. Gates Still Working Behind the Scenes at Microsoft
Rarely any more is Gates deployed by Microsoft as an intentional public spokesman. Yet the Microsoft co-founder is still deeply involved in some operations at the company. Read here.

1. How To Get Windows 10 April Update Version 1803
Availability of the updates is actually determined by Microsoft's algorithms. Microsoft is using machine learning to target its major semiannual channel Windows 10 update rollouts. Read here.


  • Windows 10 Mobile To Fall Out of Support in December

    Microsoft will end support for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system on Dec. 10, 2019, according to an announcement.

  • Get More Out of Your Outlook Inbox with TakeNote

    Brien comes across a handy, but imperfect, feature in Outlook that lets you annotate specific e-mails. Its provenance is something of a mystery, though.

  • Microsoft Resumes Rerelease of Windows 10 Version 1809

    Microsoft on Wednesday once more resumed its general rollout of the Windows 10 version 1809 upgrade, also known as the "October 2018 Update."

  • Microsoft Ups Its Windows 10 App Compatibility Assurances

    Microsoft gave assurances this week that organizations adopting Windows 10 likely won't face application compatibility issues.

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