Microsoft Week 8/13/2016: Fitbit Drops HealthVault, Anniversary Update Freezing Fix Coming Soon!

Microsoft resolves issues with Windows 10 Insider Build 14901, should now be downloading to all Windows Insiders Fast Ring.

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Fitbit in an email sent out today to all its users have notified that the company "will no longer support it Microsoft HealthVault."

Adding, that after September 12, all the Fitbit accounts integrated HealthVault service will no longer work, however, "your data will continue to be available from your Fitbit dashboard."

Microsoft had created HealthVault to be a sort of central hub to all citizens health data in the U.S. However, the problem is that only few people actually use it. Even Microsoft's own Health app - which offers similar functionality to a Fitbit, "using data gathered from a phone or a Microsoft Band" - doesn't integrate with HealthVault.

Fitbit ends Microsoft HealthVault support

Microsoft had just few weeks back announced that soon it would be ending Skype support on Windows Phone 8/8.1s, along with several older versions of rival operating systems.

But, the company has since updated its support cut-off documentation with additional details stating

"While support will indeed end for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 in October 2016," however, the Skype app itself would continue working until early next year. Adding, it notes, Skype "will continue to work albeit with the same caveats regarding 'possible limitations' until early 2017," when "we finish moving Skype calling to the cloud."

Additionally, company will also ending Skype support for Windows RT in October 2016.

It appears that the Redstone 2 Build 14901 teething pains to Windows Insiders Fast Ring as it is refusing downloading to some.

Though, what was causing, is not yet known, however, the has issue has since been resolved with the bit is now downloading to all Insiders, reports Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar in a tweet:

Microsoft had created a specific Answers community thread with some check advise:

– Is your ring set to Insider Fast?
– Is your MSA connected/registered?
– Does your machine say "You're all set to get Insider Preview builds"?
– Are you running an approved language? (Some of our initial investigations have shown users did a media/ISO install from a language not supported by the Insider Program).

However, if you are still not able to download, then following workaround should work:

  1. Go to your Windows Insider Settings
  2. Click "Stop Receiving Insider Builds"
  3. Under the dropdown is a link to completely stop receiving builds, click that link
  4. Windows will ask you to restart, do so
  5. Go to your Windows Insider Settings
  6. Join the Insider Program again
  7. Again, Windows will ask you to restart, do so again
  8. Go to Windows Update and check for updates

Still it fails for you, then contact Microsoft support staff Jason via Twitter (@NorthFaceHiker)—if asked by Microsoft, then provide them your machine — see the steps below:

[Please note, do not post /provide your machine ID to anyone, [except Microsoft (only if requested)]

  1. Right-click the Start button
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Click Yes
  4. Paste this command: reg query HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SQMClient /V MachineId

Further, it's not 'only' Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build 14901 that's giving pain, another product "Anniversary Update" of Windows 10 Build 14393, which was launched on August 2 is freezing PCs as well.

Since, the issue has become more widespread, Microsoft has finally acknowledged the bug stating that it's working on a fix.

"We ask for your patience while we continue our investigation," the company said, adding that the "Windows team is now looking into reports and trying to develop a fix."

Adding, the company said that it has received only a "small number of reports of Windows 10 freezing after installing the Anniversary Update" on systems with "the operating system stored on a solid-state drive (SSD)" and "apps and data stored on a separate drive."

So, the most obvious workaround is to move your apps to the Windows drive in Safe Mode.

"This issue does not occur when starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode," the company suggested.

"You can work around this issue by signing into Windows 10 using Safe Mode to move your apps and data to the same drive as your operating system.

Additionally, Microsoft notes that users who don't want to wait for a fix can also downgrade to their previous Windows version, but emphasizes that "this option is only valid for the first 10 days after deploying the Anniversary Update."

Last month, in a Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) session titled "Content and cash: Microsoft investments in helping partners sell and deploy Windows 10'—Microsoft is advising partners to sell Windows 10 to customers especially "enterprises."

The company advice it's reseller partners while selling Windows 10: don't call on a customer running Windows 7 on your own PC while extolling the virtues of Windows 10.

On the device side, Microsoft advising resellers said to highlight to customers the fact that older PCs don't include features such as Windows Hello and Trusted Boot.

Adding it said partners should lead with premium Windows 10 PCs like the HP EliteBook, HP Elite X2, Dell Latitude 13, Dell Latitude 12 two-in one, Lenovo X1 Yoga, and the Lenovo X1 tablet.

In the session, the compnay also highlighted "Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection" service, which detects and responds to advanced attacks.

Adding, it noted "partners could charge $40 per user per-device per year" or "$50 per-user per year for access to Advanced Threat Protection."

As far as I know, Microsoft officials have not disclosed Defender Advanced Threat Protection pricing beyond what was said in this session.

And said (via ZDnet) that this service will be available to Enterprise customers only, via upcoming Windows 10 Enterprise E5 Bundle.

Check out the full session video below:

In another post, Surface Product management today, highlighting real-life Surface usages—for instance, shows how Microsoft attorney Doug Passon, uses his Surface Pro 4 help power his many creative, productive outlets.

Beyond the legal profession, Doug also uses his Surface as his songbook when playing music, revealing he said:

"Instead of a traditional music stand with sheet music, I mount my Surface on a tripod and use a wireless foot pedal to turn the pages during live performances."

He actually ended up using that same foot pedal during his aforementioned ABA presentation because it gave him the flexibility to use both his hands while talking to the crowd.

Given how often Doug is on the road, he needs a device as powerful as a Surface. Before his presentation at the ABA, he shared with me that "the really cool thing is the juice this machine has. "

Doug also said how he manages his presentation on the road on Surface noting

"I can do video editing on the road, which is amazing."

My work sometimes requires managing "a terabyte of digital video and editing those files down to a 10-minute movie."

He further notes how challenging it is form him keeping Surface to himself because it is more powerful than either of the computers his two kids use.

"when I told my 12-year-old about the facial recognition feature on Surface Pro 4, he thought that was about the coolest thing ever," he said.