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Windows Paint is now officially not getting updated any more

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / Who needs Aurich’s artistic talents, anyway? (credit: Peter Bright)

The venerable Windows Paint program, known to many by the name of its executable, mspaint.exe, has been marked as deprecated in the forthcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, The Guardian reports.

Deprecation states formally that the feature is no longer actively developed, and it serves as a warning that Microsoft may remove the feature in a future release. Removal isn’t guaranteed, however; there are parts of the Win32 API that have been deprecated for 20 years but still haven’t been removed. It’s possible that Paint will continue to ship with Windows in a kind of zombie state: not subject to any active maintenance but kept around indefinitely since it’s self-contained and not a security risk.

Indeed, the end of the development of Paint is not going to surprise anyone who actually uses the thing; the last time it received any non-negligible improvements was in Windows 7, when its user interface was updated to use a ribbon control. Before that, it had an interface that had been largely untouched since Windows 3.1. As such, Microsoft’s official deprecation is merely confirming something that was already obvious; it’s not an indicator that anything has actually changed.

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Source:: Ars Tecnica

I have never found any real good use for Paint anyway…

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Microsoft’s most baffling release yet, Surface Laptop is just a laptop

By Peter Bright

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After several years of building systems that compete with, but aren’t quite, laptops, Microsoft has built a plain old laptop: the Surface Laptop.

I think there’s a good chance that the Surface Laptop will become Microsoft’s best-selling piece of PC hardware. This is such a straightforward proposition: it’s a regular PC laptop. It has no trickery; no tear-off keyboard, no special hinge, no detachable GPU, none of the other things that have made the Surface Pro, Surface Book, and Surface Studio notable or unusual. It can’t be said any plainer: Surface Laptop is just a PC laptop.

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It also happens to be completely non-repairable nor upgradeable…

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Microsoft Leaving Behind Owners of Intel Atom Devices With Latest Windows 10 Update

By James A.

It would appear that Microsoft isn’t only leaving behind Windows Phone 8.1 users these days, but also those of Windows 10 devices. Turns out that devices with CPUs from the Intel Atom Clover Trail lineup won’t be getting the future Windows 10 Creators Update.

The Atom Clover Trail lineup was part of the so called “Tablet Platform” made by Intel for Windows 10 slates, in order to compete with ARM machines. They didn’t get much traction and Intel gave up on the Atom series fast. Still, because of the low prices of such devices, sometimes subsidized by Microsoft, there are millions if not tens of millions in circulation.

While most device makers offered no confirmation about this, Acer did write on its website the fact that 4 Clover Trail models it makes aren’t supported by the Windows 10 Creators Update. Those models are Atom Z2760, Atom Z2520, Atom Z2560 and Atom Z2580. Microsoft is supposed to be working to solve all compatibility issues. If people try to force the update with a workaround on incompatible devices they may see some text and OS elements may not show up and random color bars may appear.

Compatible drivers should also be offered by device makers soon enough.

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New Surface Laptop Color Choices Arriving for Core i7 Version

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft is prepping new color hues for the Surface Laptop, this time for the Core i7 unit. The product was unveiled back in May and disappointed some people through the fact that it doesn’t come with much of a color variety. Also, the little variety that existed was limited to the Core i5 model. Well, that’s no longer the case.

Microsoft is now listing the Burgundy, Cobalt Blue and Graphite Gold color options for the machine, in the US Microsoft Store. The device we’re talking about features an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage. The extra colors join the already existing Platinum model, the only one available for the Core i7 till now.

The only one left stuck with a single version is the Core i7 unit with 256 GB of SSD storage and 8 GB of RAM. The extra color options come for the $2199 device and this means that the price of the original platinum version doesn’t change. Of course the machine is a bit pricey, especially for an unit that runs a castrated Windows 10, but you can upgrade from Windows 10 S at any time.

Those of you looking to get a Surface Laptop should however remember that the device got a ZERO repairability score in the iFixit teardown, so either you’re lucky it never breaks or… it’s basically hell to repair it.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Has Hibernation Bug, Microsoft Working on It

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro tablet started selling last month, as the follow-up to the Surface Pro 4 and now there seems to be some problem in paradise. Some of the owners of the new device claim that they’ve been dealing with a bug that makes the device randomly enter hibernation mode.

Some of them even shut down spontaneously, even when plugged in or with enough battery to use. Microsoft has identified the problem, though and it’s working on solving it. A fix will come with a future update, although we’re not sure when it’ll drop. We can’t help but ask you, the lovely commenters if you bought the device and if you’ve been dealing with such problems.

The new Surface Pro starts at $799, in the Core m3 version with 128 GB of SSD storage and 4 GB of RAM. It goes all the way up to $2699 and that one comes with an Intel Core i7, 1 TB of SSD storage and 16 GB of RAM. Back to the bug, the Microsoft Surface tablets have faced this kind of issue before, as they got updated with software that caused them to act randomly. And it’s also not a singular case, since Nvidia Shield tablets also faced similar issues, getting even bricked after updates.

I for one try to stay informed and read what everyone is saying about an update, before applying it. Even iOS updates had problems, so beware!

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