Summary It's summer vacations. A good time to do things while nobody is watching. Except The Register of course. In addition to introducing Notepad in the Windows Store, Microsoft last week gave Insiders a new 2020 build of Windows 10, added features back to Skype, completed Azure's persistent disk storage and prepared an update of Typecript.
Welcome to the Store, Notepad  Microsoft's self-styled "beloved" text editor for Windows, Notepad, will become an "upgradeable store," a move that we hope is not the precursor to a Total removal of the operating system.
I don't help, but I wonder if the next step could be an open source (in the same way as the venerable calculator application).
The Windows giant has played with the old text editor over the years, proudly listing end-of-line support, search and that indicator to show when a file has not yet been saved as recent additions.
While all are useful, we cannot help worrying that such alteration undermines the main functionality of Notepad as a really simple text editor.
And now the company plans to issue updates to the application from its dying store, apparently to allow the gang to "have the flexibility to respond to problems and comments outside the limits of Windows versions."
To be honest, this is probably not a bad idea.
Just until someone decides that a ribbon toolbar, color highlighting and a colossal speed decrease would be the right thing to do.
We suggest that the Windows team has more than enough to get along without pressing Notepad.
Windows 10 continues to improve with GPU temperatures, virtual desktops and … something else
Microsoft shared a new version of Windows 10 2020 with those anxious beavers in the Windows Insider Fast Ring program.
Unlike the most recent drops, build 18963 contains some useful settings (depending on your position in Microsoft's nice and naughty lists) and some that are perhaps a bit more ominous.
The first thing in new things is the long-time arrival of the GPU temperature in the Performance tab of the Task Manager. The change sees the current temperature shown next to the dedicated graphics cards in degrees Celsius. Strange, considering the first US approach. UU. That usually takes the software giant.
The data has been available through control panels for dedicated GPUs for a while, but it is nice to see that Windows 10 recognizes that it exists. However, you need a graphics driver that supports version 2.4 or higher of the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) for the magic to happen.
The gang has also added the possibility for users to rename virtual desktops, a practical addition to squint in a preview. The names will survive a restart and, joy of joys, include emojis. Sadly, however, even if you have registered to be an Insider, the capricious bosses of the program will only allow half of the brave souls in the Quick Ring to prove it for the moment.
The long list General corrections include showing the correct state of the network for those connected through a cell phone or Ethernet, making search results return after disconnecting from the Internet for local accounts and WIN + C show the Cortana application for the three users who still care.
Skype marches into the future
Microsoft continued to add features that were lost without ceremonies after leaving Skype Classic with the arrival of the split window view in the desktop version of the messaging platform.
Having added the feature to the Windows 10 unloved version of the application in December last year, the desktop version (for Skype Insiders today) also received the technology last week.
Since version 18.104.22.168 for Windows, Mac and Linux, the message application allows a user to have a list of contacts in a window and for each conversation to open separately.
A bit like it used to work before Microsoft's ax made a visit.
While recovering Split View on the desktop computer it was a great advantage for users, it is overshadowed by the thousands of votes of unhappy users who really want their old Skype to return to the way it was.
I might have a little more time to wait for him.
Azure Storage becomes Ultra and redundant
Microsoft cloud services have increasingly launched features with General Availability of Ultra Disk Storage for the eastern US. UU. 2, northern Europe and Southeast Asia. The technician obtained a demonstration at the 2018 Ignite conference and is aimed at applications that need massive performance along with a latency of less than milliseconds. Microsoft cited SAP HANA as a heavy transaction workload that could benefit.
Ultra Disk Storage completes Microsoft's version of persistent disk storage, which also includes Premium SSD, standard SSD and old standard HDD. It is also based on the company's existing redundant local storage technology, which sees three copies of the data hidden within the same availability zone.
Naturally, the level is expensive and users will have to reflect long before diverting workloads to the high performance level to avoid a commotion when the monthly invoice arrives.
The Windows giant also took steps to reinforce Azure storage resistance last week with the arrival of Geo Zone Redundant Storage, in a preliminary version.  When enabled, the technician will simultaneously write three data replicas in multiple Azure availability zones to deal with cluster, data center or zone failures, while also asynchronously replicating data in another region in the same area.
The theory says that an application can continue reading and writing data when (and let's be honest, it will be "when") one of the availability zones in the primary region has fallen. If a region has a bad day, redundant storage can be used to read geographical areas.
The technology works with blocks of blobs, blobs of diskless pages, files, tables, queues and Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2. Making it work is a case of creating a redundant Geo Zone storage account using a tool like Azure PowerShell and either converting from redundant zone storage or migrating a non-redundant zone storage account.
There is a lot I like in version 3.6, if TypeScript is your thing, and judging by the 2019 StackOverflow survey, many of you seem to like it: it is the third most beloved language behind Rust and Python.
In summary, lurking within the list of features for 3.6 is a stricter verification of iterators and generator functions, as well as better emissions for the matrix code and improved support for Unicode in identifiers. TypeScript is now also smart enough to detect if a file does not use a semicolon and, otherwise, will not add them automatically.
The final version is scheduled for late August, although users wish to play with the new toys can download it for Visual Studio 2019 and 2017 or the new Visual Studio code now through NuGet or npm. ®
Balancing consumerization and corporate control
Balancing consumerization and corporate control