Windows 10 Alt Tab

Microsoft is changing how Alt-Tab works on Windows 10

Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update, codenamed “Redstone 5,” has been in testing for a few weeks now, and the company is now ready to unveil some new features that it’s experimenting with. Alongside the new Sets feature for all Windows 10 apps, Microsoft is also changing the way the Alt-Tab feature works. Instead of tabbing between apps, Microsoft is experimenting with allowing Windows 10 users to also switch between the tabs within the Sets feature inside the Alt-Tab interface.

Microsoft hasn’t overhauled its Alt-Tab task switcher for years, and this feels like a major addition. Essentially, it means Alt-Tab will now work for apps and browser tabs or app tabs. Microsoft is also working on bringing groups of tabbed apps to Timeline, its new Windows 10 feature that keeps a history of activities and webpages.

Windows 10 Alt Tabs update

Microsoft appears to be betting on Timeline for productivity on Windows and across devices, and the company will extend this feature to both iOS and Android. Microsoft’s Android Launcher will include Timeline so you can quickly pick up webpages on the go, and the Microsoft Edge browser on iOS will include access to Timeline.

Microsoft will start testing these changes shortly with Windows Insiders, but there’s no guarantee they will all ship with the next major Windows 10 update. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore made it clear at Build today that the company will only ship its Sets feature once it’s ready, and that same approach applies to other Windows 10 features like “Your Phone.”


source:  The Verge
Microsoft Releases New Updates

Microsoft Releases New Windows Updates to Address the Spectre Variant 2 Flaw

Microsoft has released new Windows updates that include Intel hardware fixes to address the Spectre variant 2 CPU flaw.

Microsoft this last week published on the Microsoft Update Catalog KB4078407 and KB4091666, respectively a software update for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, and an update targeting Intel machines that includes the chip-maker’s microcode updates.

The two updates address Spectre Variant 2 CVE-2017-5715, known as a branch target injection vulnerability disclosed by Google researchers in January.

Of all three variants that constitute Meltdown and Spectre, variant 2, which affects Intel and AMD chips, has been the most problematic.

Intel halted the rollout of its initial microcode updates after it was found they caused unexpected reboots. Intel last month completed re-releasing microcode mitigation for the Spectre variant 2 flaw in all CPUs ever released over the past nine years.

While hardware manufacturers were meant to release Intel’s updates, Microsoft in March began releasing them, starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, on devices with specific 6th Generation Intel Core and Core m processors: Skylake H/S (CPUID 506E3) and Skylake U/Y and U23e (CPUID 406E3).

Microsoft recommends users check with their device manufacturer before installing KB4078407.

The KB4091666 Windows Update brings Intel’s microcode updates to more families of Intel CPUs than the initial March update KB4090007. The newer update covers Intel Core, Pentium, Celeron, and Xeon processors from Skylake, Broadwell, and Haswell CPUs.

“We will offer additional microcode updates from Intel thru this KB Article for these operating systems as they become available to Microsoft,” Microsoft noted in a support document.

Microsoft has also released a new KB4090007 package for the Fall Creators Update with Intel’s hardware updates for more Skylake, Broadwell, and Haswell CPUs.

source:  ZDNET
Brian Ruschman

C-Forward announces new President, Sr. Vice President & COO, & Vice President



C-Forward, an Information Technology (I.T.) Services firm headquartered in Covington, KY is announcing a new President, following the departure of Brent Cooper, C-Forward’s former President and newly inducted President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Ruschman, former Vice President and 11 year veteran with C-Forward, is being promoted to President.

Said Brent Cooper, “Brian is well respected, both within the organization, and throughout the community.  He has consistently demonstrated that he has the right mix of vision, integrity, and passion for our company, our customers and our community.  He is going to do a wonderful job as President.”

“I am excited about this new opportunity at C-Forward.” Said Ruschman.  “It is my honor to be named the second President of this terrific company. Our great group of employees, along with the cutting-edge solutions that we deploy, has C-Forward poised to make a large impact on our community and client base.”

C-Forward has also promoted Mike Grout to Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Said Cooper, “As Vice President, Mike has led our organization towards more operational efficiencies and improved service delivery. Continuing as C-Forward’s COO, he will provide his expertise in sustaining C-Forward’s growth and providing future direction.”

Grout has served the community on the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, the Leadership Northern Kentucky Advisory Council, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

“I’m proud that we’ve grown C-Forward to a place where Brent can step away and take on this new endeavor.” Said Grout.  We’re thankful for his leadership over the years and we’re excited to support him as he takes this next step forward in serving our region and using his experience to help other local businesses.”

“I’m grateful for the promotion to Chief Operating Officer (COO) so that I can continue growing our team and improving our business.  I’m passionate about people, process, and culture and am very optimistic about our future.  C-Forward is poised for continued growth and success.  We plan to stay true to our values being personal, proactive and reliable for our clients.  We’ll also continue to regularly give back and be involved in the community.  We plan to continue to invest in this great region where we work and play.”

C-Forward’s Management Team will continue to include Dale Silver, V.P. of Customer Service, and Kevin Stiverson, who is being promoted to Vice President of Projects.

“Kevin and I have worked together for over a decade, and he shows his dedication to the organization and our customers every day.” said Cooper.   “Since Kevin took over Projects, our business has seen a dramatic rise in customer satisfaction.  I am thrilled that he will continue to serve on the management team as Vice President.”

Said Stiverson, “C-Forward’s revenues and consulting dollars are both up over 20% again this year.  I’m very happy to continue to be a part of such a successful company that cares about it’s employees, customers and the community.  I don’t know where we’re headed, but I know we’ll continue to work towards our mission and ‘Make I.T. all work together!”

While Brent Cooper is stepping away from day-to-day operations, he will remain owner of C-Forward, and Chairman of the Board.  

About C-Forward, Inc.

C-Forward, Inc. is an I.T. Managed Service Provider (MSP) / computer network consulting firm headquartered at the corner of 5th & Madison in Covington, Ky., and a new office in Lexington, KY on Main Street.  C-Forward provides I.T. services throughout the Greater Cincinnati/NKY region, as well as Lexington, Louisville, Dayton & Columbus.  The company was founded in 1999 by Brent Cooper, who no longer is involved in day to day management, but remains the owner and Chairman of the Board.  C-Forward’s certified technicians are both friendly and knowledgeable.  Their slogan is, “We make IT all work together”. In addition to computer network services, C-Forward also provides voice and data cabling, security, wireless, and disaster recovery solutions.  Their website is

C-Forward is an active member of the Northern Kentucky, Northeast Cincinnati, Kentucky State Chamber, and Greater Cincinnati Chambers of Commerce, the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, Newport Business Association, and the Covington Business Council.

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