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 European Union's plan to protect our industry from China's appetites

The European Commission will create new tools to better cope with the appetites of foreign predators, especially Chinese and American, while its industry is struggling. Brussels also wants to protect our industry from the unfair competition from subsidized foreign companies.

The European Union's plan to protect our industry from China's appetites

While the health and economic crisis has devastated the industry of the European Union, Brussels is spinning its arms to prevent it from being the victim of distorted competition from subsidized foreign companies or the appetite of foreign predators, eager to take advantage of the fragility of many European players. "Europe is an open economy and closely interconnected with the rest of the world. For this to remain a strength, we must be vigilant," said executive vice-president of the European Commission in charge of competition, Margrethe Vestager, quoted. in a press release.

No more naivety. "We need the right tools to ensure that subsidized foreign companies do not distort competition in the European market, just as we already do by controlling national state aid to EU companies," added the former Danish Minister of Economy. With the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, she presented in Brussels "a white paper", which should be followed in 2021 by a legislative proposal.



A public consultation will be launched until September 23, to help the Commission prepare these new instruments. In its white paper, the European executive already details a number of solutions envisaged. First: if a subsidized foreign company is found to have an adverse effect on competition in the European market, the national competition authorities or the Commission could impose measures. This would, for example, involve demanding compensatory payments.

Second: the Commission wants to prevent foreign companies, largely funded by states, from buying fragile European companies or acquiring a significant stake in their capital. Above a certain amount, the threshold of which is not mentioned in the press release, foreign companies must notify their acquisition to the Commission. If the latter considers the competition in danger, it could prohibit this acquisition.




Thirdly, the European executive also intends to intervene when a widely subsidized foreign company risks winning a tender for a public contract in the EU in the face of European companies, by offering much more advantageous prices. Brussels proposes that these foreign companies notify upstream the aid they receive from their state. And if it is found that this aid distorts competition, the foreign company could be excluded from the invitation to tender.