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Office 365 is now a developer platform but what's actually new here? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 12:47

"For the first time we are opening up Office 365 not just as an end-user and an enterprise tool and a service, but as a developer platform," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the earnings call following the company's latest financial results. Despite Nadella's comment the ability to develop for Office 365 is not new, though it is significantly enhanced following announcements at the Microsoft Build developer conference at the end of March 2016. For Microsoft though, there is strategic sense in promoting Office as a web platform, adding value for those customers who sign up to Office 365. What is Microsoft Office? The answer used to be Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and a bunch of other more specialist applications like Access, Publisher, Project and Visio, all of which ran best on the Windows desktop and some of which were also available on the Mac. Today Microsoft means something different, especially in the context of Office as a platform. Office 365 is built around hosted Exchange, SharePoint, and the directory service called Azure Active Directory.

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New Windows 10 build: New Start menu, notifications, and pen features PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 April 2016 16:19

At its Build developer conference a few weeks ago, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, a major update for Windows 10 due this summer. One of its biggest aspects was substantially reworked and improved pen support ("Ink" in Microsoft terminology) intended to make pen applications easier to find and use and to make stylus use more powerful. A new Windows build that provides the first access to these new features, version 14328, has just been promoted to the fast ring. The core of this new support is the Windows Ink Workspace, a panel that provides instant access to pen-powered apps. Pressing the eraser button on a Surface Pen will show the panel instead of its current action (which opens OneNote). The Anniversary Update also comes with a trio of new pen apps: Sketchpad, a sketching app; Screen sketch, a screenshot annotation app; and a new Sticky Note app.

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Dutch police bust encrypted comms provider with 19k users PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 April 2016 16:40

Dutch police have arrested the head of a local encrypted communication provider which operates the data of some 19,000 users on charges the firm was involved in “serious criminal activity.” Police say it distributed modified phones that later emerged in gang offenses. Danny Manupassa, 36, the boss of Ennetcom, company at the center of the unfolding scandal, was arrested Friday and charged with money laundering and unlawful possession of weapons. His company is suspected of enabling organized crime via encrypted channels with the use of its own services.  "Police and prosecutors believe that they have captured the largest encrypted network used by organized crime in the Netherlands," the prosecutor’s office reported in a statement, according to Reuters. Although, the company`s customers are mostly Dutch residents, its operational capacities are located in Canada’s jurisdiction.... read more by visiting our Forum

 
Windows 10's upgrade model temporarily wipes $1.6B from Microsoft's books PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 April 2016 15:13

Microsoft's decision to radically change the distribution and maintenance of Windows 10 put a $1.6 billion temporary dent in its revenue, the company said Thursday. In a filing covering the March quarter, Microsoft pointed to the revenue deferral of Windows 10 -- a relatively new way of accounting for the Redmond, Wash. company -- as a reason for the 6% year-over-year decline in revenue. "Revenue decreased $1.2 billion or 6%, primarily due to the impact of a net revenue deferral related to Windows 10 of $1.6 billion and an unfavorable foreign currency impact of approximately $838 million or 4%," Microsoft's 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) stated. The $1.6 billion in Windows 10 revenue during the March quarter didn't actually vanish: It was instead deferred and will hit the bottom line over the next two to four years. Last year, when Microsoft outlined and then released Windows 10, it announced that it had to change how it accounted for sales because of its promise that upgrades and updates for the new operating system would be free.

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Opera builds a free and unlimited VPN service directly into its desktop browser PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:44

Opera became the first major web browser to come with a built-in ad blocker last month. Now, the company has introduced another baked-in feature that’s usually found in the form of an extension: a VPN. The virtual private network feature arrives after Opera’s acquisition of VPN service SurfEasy in March last year. At the moment, it’s limited to the developer version of the desktop browser, and users are only able to choose from three “virtual locations” – the US, Canada, or Germany – but soon Opera will make more locations available in the stable version. “Everyone deserves to be private online if they want to be. By adding a free, unlimited VPN directly into the browser, no additional download or extensions from an unknown third-party provider are necessary. So, today, our Opera desktop users get a handy way to boost their online privacy, as well as easier access to all their favorite online content, no matter where they are,” says Krystian Kolondra, SVP, Engineering and Head of Opera for computers. Link

 
A Closer Look at Some Awesome Windows 10 Gaming Machines PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 18:15

At the recent Xbox Showcase event in San Francisco, we had a chance to take a look at some of this year’s biggest Windows 10 games, including recently released titles like Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct: Season 3, and Quantum Break. Those games were all shown on a number of Windows 10 desktop and notebook PCs from a bunch of our great partners. In the video we take a closer look at some of the latest and greatest Windows 10 gaming hardware around. On the desktop side, powerhouses like the Alienware Area-51 and Acer Predator G6 offer build-from-the-ground-up gaming experiences and look great doing it. The Razer Blade, on the other hand, gives players a full gaming performance on the go, while remaining incredibly thin and light. All of these provide the horsepower to allow for ultrahigh graphics settings with smooth frame rates and 4K resolutions! To get the full rundown on all of the Windows 10 gaming machines shown at the Xbox Showcase event, head over to Xbox Wire Source: blogs.windows.com

 
Fitbit for Windows 10 updated PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:09

Fitbit today released a new update for its official Windows 10 app. The update takes the app to version 2.8.529. The update comes without a new changelog, suggesting only the usual bug fixes and improvements. Features: Sync your Fitbit tracker to this app with the wireless sync USB dongle Daily and historical graphs of your step, calorie burn and floor climbing patterns. Feedback on progress against your daily and longer term goals. Weight, Body Fat and BMI trend graphing. Visualization of your nightly sleep patterns. See how you measure up against Fitbit friends and who is the most active. If you own a Fitbit device, you can get the Fitbit app for Windows 10 from the link some more info from Microsoft: THE FITBIT APP Live a healthier, more active life with Fitbit, the world’s leading app for tracking all-day activity, workouts, sleep and more. Use the app on its own to track basic activity and runs on your phone, or connect with one of Fitbit’s many activity trackers and the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale to get a complete picture of your health—including steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, weight, and more.

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Siri announces WWDC 2016 will be held June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 April 2016 20:53

In an unusual chain of events, it appears Apple is announcing the WWDC dates through Siri. Although the Apple website has not been updated with any new info, Siri is proudly proclaiming that WWDC 2016 will indeed be held in San Francisco from June 13th to June 17th. Although Siri didn’t explicitly say, it is almost certain that WWDC will once again be held at Moscone West, simply because it’s the best choice of venue for an event like this in San Francisco. This is an unusual announcement nonetheless, it being the first time Apple has used Siri as the primary announcement vehicle for one of its events. WWDC is expected to feature the unveiling of iOS 10, OS X 10.12 and more …To try this out for yourself, ask Siri: ‘When is WWDC?’. Siri will helpfully reveal the date and location. The Siri comment does not seem like a mere typo or mistake. Earlier in the day, Siri was saying ‘WWDC is not yet announced’ — it now seems to have been intentionally updated with information ahead of any official announcement on Apple’s website. Here’s what Siri was saying this morning.

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