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  • Hi,

    We've recently found that some of our more mature desktop products don't function correctly (a range of crashes/quirky behaviour) when the beta 'Use Unicode UTF-8 for worldwide language support' feature is enabled. It looks like this option was introduced back in April for Windows 10, however, there is little or no official information that we've been able to find that talks about the purpose or roadmap for that feature.

    To inform how much effort we need to put into resolving these issues, we really need more information about things like :-

    •          Is this feature likely to be taken out of beta?
    •          When is there expected to be a general public release?
    •          Will it continue to default to be disabled?

    We’ve seen numerous instances of software vendors producing KB’s stating that this feature needs to be switched off for their software to continue working – so we’re clearly not the only ones suffering with this at the moment.

    Does anyone know any more about this feature, common issues and resolutions?

    Monday, November 19, 2018 10:12 AM

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  • Doesn't that just do a "chcp 65001"?  That has long been known to cause problems with some apps, but you'd think the app vendors would have been more proactive about it.

    Tim Roberts | Driver MVP Emeritus | Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 8:41 AM
  • Should it be an opt-in flag in the exe header or manifest, like for long paths ?

    Throwing this change onto unaware apps is frightening.

    -- pa

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:48 PM