Round Up The Microsoft gang continued its summer of software broadcasts with an SQL Server 2019 Release Candidate and even more Windows 10 advances in this week's summary.
Windows Fast Ring Insiders sees double
Microsoft issued two versions of Windows 10 next year in rapid succession during the past week, although fortunately it did not exclude enthusiastic testers through a "virtual coin toss" as it has done with the 19H2 slow ring versions.
Build 18965, also known as 20H1, due to launch in the first half of 2020, was relatively light in features this time.
The main change was a control to allow a user to decide if restartable applications should be restarted after a user logs on.  Everything is a bit like Mac. MacOS will try, with varying degrees of success, to try to get the user to where he was after a restart.
It is not known if Microsoft plans to adopt more Mac functions. We hear that Apple may have a lot of old butterfly keyboards stalking if the Redmond gang needs inspiration for the next Surface Type cover.
The rest of the release is a bit lenient, with adjustments to the comment center and an update of the Windows Insiders Achievements page.
Unfortunately, there is no prize "You just saved Microsoft by doing free trials".
And double? Microsoft followed the launch with a new preview a day later. The shortage of functions in 18965 seemed positively generous compared to this: only some version numbers were changed as part of a test of the company's service pipe.
SQL Server 2019 becomes RC
Away from the company's pranks The Windows Insider program, the integral work of the back-end team responsible for the company's server products continued with the issuance of the first candidate of public release of SQL Server 2019.
The product has been in a preliminary version for a while now, with nine community technology (CTP) advances under its belt, but with the RC, a final version is approaching.
The veteran database supports containers and can be deployed on Kubernetes, Linux and, of course, Windows
Apache Spark bows in 2019 and big data fans will be happy to see support for the File System Hadoop distributed (HDFS). Data virtualization is also served with TSQL riders capable of consulting the likes of Oracle and Teradata from the warm embrace of SQL Server.
Finally, the team has improved the intelligence of the query processing engine to increase performance without requiring much in the way of carefully crafted code. Security has also increased with secure enclaves for server-side computing.
SMS – Updated storage migration service
The Microsoft server team worker also released some significant storage updates for August.
The service is aimed at convincing users to jump from their legacy platforms to, in this case, the RT version of Windows Server 2019.
It's a fun package for storage fans. Added support for Samba Linux servers as source devices, as well as Windows Server failover clusters, which can now be migrated to new clusters.
And, of course, it is also possible to migrate from a separate server to a new bright cluster (and all the availability that that movement brings).
However, what makes this update particularly interesting is the migration of local users and groups. SMS will now also recreate things at the destination, preserving the permissions that could have come from a local security director.
And, of course, it's not just Windows 7 for the cut in 2020. Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 support ends on January 14, 2020.
Paint pushed, WordPad hit
While the derivation Notepad in the dying Microsoft Store (apparently to allow updates outside the operating system versions) resulted in much regret and gnashing of teeth, the Windows team took advantage of the bad news to bury something else: another attempt to kill the venerable Microsoft Paint
The drawing tool has been part of Windows furniture from the beginning, although it has evolved over time. years. Microsoft had an opportunity to end the arrival of Paint 3D, but it finally yielded and, as of the May 2019 update, it was still present and was correct.
As for WordPad, well, we were vaguely surprised that still something.
Both have been added to the Optional Features in Configuration, which means that both can be easily uninstalled, saving a few megabytes of disk space.
It is not the light version of Windows that some dream of, but perhaps the beginning of another attempt to download Microsoft Paint in the desert of Microsoft Store.
And finally: Kiwi Xbox players to smell simply splendid
The beloved fragrance of men of a certain age has reached players in the southern hemisphere thanks to an Xbox themed edition of bathroom users, Lynx
Far from us suggesting that the average Xbox player is so focused on games and the dubious interface of the Microsoft console that personal hygiene could go to the background to move a joystick. .
After all, we are pretty sure that Sony Playstation fans could be equally cautious of washing facilities during a particularly intense fight of Grand Theft Auto V.
The advertising campaign broke into the issue of achievements and popular games.
However, there is no indication that an "regular wash" achievement has been unlocked on the Xbox board.
More grief is. ®