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My Thoughts on Windows 10 9 months later PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 April 2016 14:11

Windows 10 is off to a great start it seems. The upgrade has so far captured 12% market share at the expense of Windows 8.1. Growth is expected to accelerate later this year as enterprises begin embracing the OS. The platform has also expanded, Windows 10 is not just about traditional notebooks, tablets and mobile phones. Microsoft has provided support for the maker community, which focuses on the new wave of IoT devices such as the Raspberry PI. Windows 10 also got its first major update in November of 2015, dubbed the November Update or 1511. Microsoft ended out the year with a preview of the next major update, Redstone, which will introduce new features such as a Universal OneDrive and Skype app, improved Edge web browser with support for Extensions and improved Mail app. That sounds great, but I want discuss my personal experience with Windows 10 over the past 9 months. Does it make sense to keep trying to avoid Windows 10 and stick with Windows 7? Is it all it turned out to be? .. Read more on our Forum

 
Windows 10's anniversary update goes big on education PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 April 2016 14:43

In addition to upgrades for Cortana and improved pen support, the Windows 10 anniversary update will also include several apps and features to make life easier for schools. Likely taking a cue from the rising popularity of Chromebooks in the classroom, Microsoft is making Windows 10 setup faster for shared computers. Teachers will be able to configure devices on their own with a new "Set Up School PCs" app, and Microsoft says that logging into a new account for the first time should take around 26 seconds (afterwards, logins should take just 6 seconds). That's not exactly zippy for a first-time login, but it sounds faster than previous versions of Windows. Microsoft Classroom, a new part of Office 365 for education, will give teachers a single location to manage their entire classroom workflow. Schools can also use Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) to integrate Classroom with their existing data systems. Additionally, there's also a new "Take a Test" app to help teachers administer secure exams, which can be

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Microsoft is teaming up with Facebook to push Windows 10's app strategy PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:15

At today's Facebook F8 conference, the social networking company announced a key partnership with Microsoft designed to give Windows 10 a little more love from developers. Facebook's mega-popular and free React Native tool helps developers build slick mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Wednesday's partnership bring the tool to Windows 10's Universal Windows Platform, too. For those many developers with existing React Native apps, it means an easier way to bring their apps to Windows 10 and its 270 million-plus users — across PCs, phones, tablets, and soon, the Xbox One console. For developers already writing code for Windows 10, it means they can integrate all or some of React Native and give their apps some Facebook-powered sheen. React Native has a huge and thriving community of more than 250,000 developers, Facebook's Christine Abernathy claimed on stage at F8 today.

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Microsoft now preparing release of new Start Menu design for Windows 10 Insiders PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 13:55
If you’re an Insider who is eagerly waiting to try out the new Start Menu shown off by Microsoft a few weeks ago, we have some good news for you. According to sources familiar with the matter, internal rs1_release builds now feature the new Start Menu, meaning internal testing is now done and the company is ready to flight the new changes out to Insiders. Sources also say the improved Tablet Mode changes surrounding the All Apps list are now in rs1_release too, meaning both Start Menu and Start Screen changes will be flighted to Insiders at the same time, very exciting stuff. If everything goes according to plan, the new Start Menu should be with us in the next Insider Preview build for desktops, which Gabe Aul announced earlier would be arriving next week. If you haven’t seen the new Start Menu and Start Screen changes yet, check out the images embedded below provided by Microsoft. Source: Zac Bowden from Winbeta
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Project Madeira app now available for Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:55

Microsoft’s new business management solution for small business launched recently in a public preview. Now, the company has quietly released the Windows app (available on PCs and Mobile) for the service, which users can use if they have access to the preview. Project Madeira allows provides a streamlined experience which allows users to manage their businesses very easily. Here are some of the features of the service: A new level of productivity – Project “Madeira” reduces time wasted switching back and forth between business applications and email. It automatically identifies business context such as invoices and quote requests within Outlook, and presents the user with the tools and data needed to take immediate action – all without leaving Outlook. If you know how to use Office, then you know how to use Project “Madeira.” Cloud first – Project “Madeira” is designed from the ground up as a true multi-tenant public cloud service on Microsoft Azure, meaning SMBs can get up and running quickly, manage costs and rest assured knowing their data is more protected in hyper-scale, enterprise-class datacenters.

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Windows 10 data collection is all in the game PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:59

Windows 10 collects a lot of user data but Microsoft says it is all in an effort to deliver the best user experience. In HBO's critically acclaimed series, The Wire, Omar Little has a saying he uses to justify his crimes: "it's all in the game." Omar's saying refers to the Baltimore drug trade, but it can be applied to the recent outcry against Windows 10 data collection. Windows 10 sends telemetry, personalization and services, and advertising data back to Microsoft's servers, but that's the tradeoff users must accept if they want Windows 10 features such as Cortana to work to their full potential. And the reality is Apple iOS and Mac OS X, Chrome and Android all collect similar information. Nothing is really completely private: it's all in the game. What to expect from Windows 10 data collection? For starters, Windows 10 collects telemetry data, including security settings, memory snapshots, crashes and application usage. In Microsoft's privacy statement the company says Windows 10 also collects data from emails, text messages, contact lists, passwords, user names, IP addresses, website visits,

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Windows 10: Why These 10 New Features Matter PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2016 14:36

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Build 14316, giving Insiders the option to try Cortana updates, Skype UWP preview, and native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. Here are 10 features worth trying out. At its annual Build developers conference, held last week in San Francisco, Microsoft execs highlighted new and updated products and services relevant to its developer audience. The introductory keynotes on day one started with some major news for Windows 10. In July 2016, Microsoft will roll out a Windows 10 Anniversary Update to bring new features to consumers and developers alike. In the eight months since Windows 10 officially launched, Microsoft claims its newest OS has more than 270 million active users. It says it aims to reach one billion of them by the anniversary date in 2018. [Will Surface Phone arrive in 2017? Sources are saying yes.]

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Windows 10 1511 Update Now Available On Current Branch for Business (CBB) PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 April 2016 23:31

While each new Windows 10 update will be made available to all the consumers after it was tested by Windows Insiders, Microsoft offers various servicing options for enterprise customers. Current Branch (CB), Current Branch for Business (CBB), and Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) are three options for enterprise to control when their users should receive Windows 10 updates. Each new Windows 10 feature update is initially considered a Current Branch (CB) release, to be used by organizations for initial pilot deployments. The feature update will later be declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB), once we have received feedback and confirmation from organizations, OEMs, and partners, confirming that the feature update is ready for broad deployment. Today, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 version 1511 feature update (build 10586), released in November 2015, has been now declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB), ready for organizations to begin deploying broadly.

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