Windows 10 Enterprise May 2020 update includes promised support for MSIX App Attach


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When Microsoft announced its Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) spring 2020 refresh in April, one promised piece was missing from its checklist: MSIX App Attach. Officials at that time declined to say when and how this touted new feature would be available. It turns out it’s here, in public preview now, for those with the Windows 10 May 2020 (2004) Enterprise feature update.

MSIX App Attach enables users to skip having to maintain multiple master images for different applications and/or the ability to package all their virtualized apps into a single image. App Attach enables packaged applications to be stored outside a virtual machine so that each application can attach itself when users need it. It’s a step beyond traditional app layering and app streaming, according to Microsoft execs, and is a key piece of Microsoft’s strategy to separate user data, apps and the underlying operating system

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Incognito mode detection still works in Chrome despite promise to fix

Websites are still capable of detecting when a visitor is using Chrome’s incognito (private browsing) mode, despite Google’s efforts last year to disrupt the practice.

There are several reasons why website operators like to block incognito mode users.

For example, some users employ incognito mode to bypass content paywalls and various content filters/limiters. In addition, current incognito (private browsing) modes in most browsers today also ship with aggressive anti-tracking features that block websites from tracking and fully monetizing their traffic.

Both issues — and the inherent use of private browsing — result in direct financial losses to websites and the primary reasons why scripts that detect incognito modes have become popular in recent years.

Google tried to fix it in 2019

In early 2019, Google decided to take a stance against such scripts. Chrome 76, released in July 2019, included an update that blocked websites from using the FileSystem API

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US senator implores UK legislators to ban Huawei from telecoms networks

In an impassioned address to a House of Lord select committee, US senator Tom Cotton has warned the UK Parliament that the country’s continued usage of Huawei in telecoms networks could not only threaten the UK’s national defence but also potentially damage intelligence relations between the US and UK.

The usage of Huawei kit in the UK’s networks has been a political hot potato since July 2019 when in its Telecoms supply chain review report, the UK government asked the country’s National Cyber Security Council (NCSC) to consider issuing guidance to UK telecoms operators in relation to companies regarded as posing security and resilience risks to UK telecoms networks, with Chinese firms ZTE and Huawei commonly regarded as key examples.

Huawei’s 5G-enabling technology, along with non-4G kit, has long been present on the operators’ networks. If forced to remove Huawei from the network, such as in the many base

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