Defining Your Device Taxonomy

One of the most impactful blog posts I’ve seen is Aaron Margosis’ brilliant Sticking With Well Known and Proven Solutions. The philosophy here is spot on, and something we try to echo within Windows. Yes, we have thousands of management configurations available to ensure that you have the ability to tune to your specific needs….


Mitigating Shims as a Persistence Mechanism

App compat shims are a terrific tool for enabling you to modernize your operating system. By resolving app compat issues, this tool has enabled many, many customers to update to the latest version of the operating system, and sometimes even remediate issues with patches. And I would assert that the security value of this modernization…


My First Windows 10 Shim – Quicken 2017 on Build 15002

My luck finally ran out today – so far, I have had zero apps broken by Windows 10 build upgrades, but my streak ended today. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t actually a problem with Windows 10 changing behavior, it was yet another hard coded version check. Quicken 2017 is looking for HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full for the Version…


Windows 10 App Compat Strategy

I wrote up an article that I’ve been sharing with internal teams, and the feedback I’ve been getting has been that we should share this one more broadly. So, here’s my attempt to do exactly that. This one’s going to be a long one, so settle in… Overview Windows 10 introduces a host of features,…


The Windows 10 Browser Conundrum

One of the most common questions I’ve been seeing from folks who are migrating to Windows 10 is: “How do I go about hiding all references to Edge / removing it entirely / putting Internet Explorer front and center and ensuring that nobody ever finds Edge?” So naturally, I’m not going to answer that question….


Windows 10 App Compat Risk: Are You Behaving Commensurately?

The App Compat Army has had a bit of a break (well, at least I have), but there’s just no holding back the progress of technology (and the fear that this generates)! We’ve done a really terrific job of moving the world forward on the browser, and while a lot of work remains to move…


Should I Enable Enterprise Mode Through the Tools Menu or an XML File?

We are in the final stretch for support for older versions of IE on Windows – January is now right around the corner! We’re seeing customers making great progress, but some are still struggling with the final mile, and we want to understand where things are hard so we can do our best to address…


Data Science Suggests You Upgrade Your Browser to Be More Secure

There’s a lot of activity going on now that we are in the home stretch of trying to get everyone upgraded to the latest version of the browser. For example, we’ve just published a couple of blog articles: Upgrading to a Faster, More Secure Browsing Experience (this one if you’re feeling less nerdy) Continuing to…


Leveraging Internet Explorer Enterprise Tools to More Quickly Upgrade to IE11

As a reminder, to anyone who hasn’t noticed yet, we will be ending support for anything but the latest version of Internet Explorer available for your operating system on January 12, 2016. We’ve been really busy building tools and features to help simplify this, and with four months left, I wanted to take a look…


Updated Version of the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager Released

You may have noticed by now that Enterprise Mode continues to evolve – and as such, the tooling continues to evolve as well. In case you didn’t notice, last week we released a new version of the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager, which has a helpful feature for use with Windows 10: it allows you…