Windows 10: the blocking for the 2004 version is lifted on the Surface

Technology: Microsoft was preventing certain Surface devices from updating to the 2004 version due to technical issues. The blockade was lifted on June 29.
Microsoft releases the block it placed on certain Surface devices to prevent them from updating to version 2004. This block prevented users of certain Surface models manufactured by Microsoft, including Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, from downloading and manually install the latest Windows 10 feature update.

According to information released as part of the May 2020 update, devices with more than one network adapter capable of operating in "Always On, Always Connected" mode may experience unexpected shutdowns and reboots. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 both fall into this category. (Other surface devices can also be included; I asked Microsoft for a list of affected devices, but got no response).



Several technical problems when launching the updateEven though a patch (KB4557957) was released on June 9 as part of …

The African private equity sector is exposed to the upheavals caused by the coronavirus in the region

Private equity entities present or operating in Africa are not spared the upheavals caused by the coronavirus. Many companies that count private equity funds as investors are also exposed to the negative consequences of the containment measures taken by several countries in the region to cope with the pandemic.


In South Africa, the Central Bank is not ruling out the possibility of quantitative easing, which will involve intervening on the capital market, by buying bonds to bring balance to the financial sector, especially banking. At the moment, the arrangements for supporting investments made by firms and private equity funds are unclear.

According to data provided by the crunchbase database, it emerges that the amounts of funding known and mobilized in the first quarter of 2020, were $ 1.24 billion. This is the lowest level for the period since 2016. Some observers note that contributors to investment funds will have to plan to be in their capital for a longer period.

Insofar as the companies benefiting from private equity investments are also likely to experience poor performance, voices are raised asking for support from these companies. This request was particularly made by the South African Private Equity Association. According to relevant data collected by the Ecofin Agency, 172 investment funds focused on Africa are active in the region.



In addition to these investment funds, we can also note the presence of development finance institutions with the capital of nearly 450 companies or investment funds. Private equity is just as important a part of the financing of the economy as the banking sector in Africa. Its evolution in the next post-covid-19 years is to follow.