Connect for Windows Release Notes

Important

The latest version of Connect will be available on the GA date from:
School Manager > Configuration > Agent Downloads.

Connect for Windows 4.1.2 (July 2024)

Beta: 3rd July | EA: 10th July | GA: 18th July 2024

What's New

  • We have decreased our installer size by over 40MB, reducing bandwidth usage for auto-updates and improving performance on low-spec devices.
  • We stopped the Connect agent from reporting on internal domains, resulting in clearer reports.
  • We improved Classwize screen stability for student devices entering or exiting hibernation.

 

Connect for Windows 4.1.0 (March 2024)

Beta: 14th March | EA: 19th March | GA: 28th March 2024

What's New

  • We resolved an issue with Goverlan device management software failing to connect to its server because Connect for Windows was installed.
  • We fixed an issue where PDQ device management software incorrectly reported the installation state of Connect for Windows.

 

Connect for Windows 4.0.2 (February 2024)

Beta: 7th February | EA: 14th February | GA: 28th February 2024

What's New

  • We have adjusted on-network authentication polling to occur less, reducing the number of requests and improving network efficiency.
  • We fixed an issue where DNS timeouts occurred on Windows 11 devices while in WEB mode.

 

Older Release Notes (2023)

Older Release Notes (2023)

Connect for Windows 4.0.1 (December 2023)

GA: 5th December 2023

What's New

  • We resolved an issue where signatures were refreshed by the Connect agent every 30 seconds. Now the Connect agent will only refresh if the signature list has changed.

 

Connect for Windows 4.0 (November 2023)

GA: 5th December 2023

What's New

  • Our latest update includes support for Companion Mode. Companion Mode is a new filter mode for Windows only, leveraging browser extensions (Chrome and Edge) for filtering and classroom management. Contact Linewize Support to enable this feature.
  • We’ve added WEB mode support for the DNS exclusion list.
  • We’ve made changes so that the agent can support Windows 11 SE when our agent is published to the Microsoft store.
  • We’ve improved Classwize Focus on multiple URLs.
  • We improved the Windows Connect agent uninstall process so that the previous user does not persist.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.10 (August 2023)

GA: 5th September 2023

Summary

  • We fixed the issue of excessive battery consumption after installing Connect for Windows.
  • We resolved the issue of sending incorrect configuration of DNS settings to the DNS server when using DNS mode.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.9 (June 2023)

GA: 6th July 2023

What's New

  • We made changes to stop the app from communicating with deprecated APIs.
  • We now have language support in DNS Mode.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.8 (June 2023)

GA: 1st June 2023

What's New

  • Our latest update includes bilingual language support, enabling Connect to function on non-English OS devices. The agent now operates in both WEB/FULL modes, although further adjustments are necessary for DNS mode compatibility.
  • We implemented changes to clear the verdict cache when utilizing Classwize Pause and Focus.
  • We added log transaction IDs that correspond with verdict results, to assist in troubleshooting issues with Connect.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.7 (February 2023)

GA: 27th February 2023

What's New

  • We addressed some issues in our codebase that previously resulted in internet loss under specific conditions. Additionally, we have implemented measures to detect similar issues from occurring in the future.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.6 (January 2023)

GA: 25th January 2023

What's New

  • We updated some bugs that resolved issues with the Connect agent plugins that would prevent users from accessing any sites on the Internet.
  • We added an auto-recovery process that allows the agent to recover itself when it is having trouble accessing certain resources.
  • We improved the way the agent checks in for updates to prevent network crashes with low bandwidth schools.

 

Older Release Notes (2022)

Older Release Notes (2022)

Connect for Windows 3.6.4 (December 2022)

GA: 6th December 2022

What's New

  • Updated the proxy filter library and made changes to our packet filter to improve performance and stability for Windows users.
  • Some users were reporting that Teams and Skype took too long to pick up calls. They should find Teams and Skype calls are much faster to connect now.
  • We fixed a rare issue that could prevent Connect from restarting after a user rebooted their device.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.2 (September 2022)

GA: 19th September 2022

What's New

  • We added support for the Classwize Screenshot History Service. This feature will be made available soon in Classwize.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.1 (August 2022)

What's New

  • Classwize Live View support is now included.
  • You can now restrict the Google Workspace domains.
  • We resolved an issue where the agent was generating a lot of temp files and failing during auto-updates.
  • We resolved an issue that caused the tray app to not appear or was causing it to run multiple instances.
  • We fixed an issue that was preventing silent installation of the MSI file.
  • We resolved an issue where some Classwize plugins and tools were not functioning or were running multiple instances.
  • We improved our enforcing Safe Search feature.
  • We resolved an issue where the DNS Filter was not using the right condition.
  • We fixed an issue where YouTube videos weren’t reported or blocked in certain conditions.

 

Connect for Windows 3.6.0 (March 2022)

GA: 31 March 2022

What's New

  • We added support for Windows Live View when using Classwize.
  • We added support for dynamic header injection when using the Windows Connect agent (This is a re-release due to the rollback of Connect for Windows 3.5.1).
  • We resolved an issue causing the Windows Connect agent to go into “Fallback” mode frequently.
  • We updated the log4j version.
  • We implemented other bug fixes and improvements.

 

Connect for Windows 3.2.1 (January 2022)

GA: 20th January 2022

What's New

  • Addresses an issue with the Connect for Windows v3.2.0 release that stopped some Windows laptops from authenticating “On Network”.

 

Connect for Windows 3.2.0 (January 2022)

GA: 19th January 2022

What's New

  • Addresses support for verdict V3 in the Linewize Connect for Windows agent.
  • Fixed an issue in this release that stopped YouTube from functioning correctly with Force Safe Search mode.
  • Connect for Windows agent will now poll for updates every five minutes instead of every 30 seconds.

 

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