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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Windows 10: A guide to the updates

The launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1909, known as the November 2019 Update — with the most recent updates on top.To read this article in full, please click here

Microsoft to shift SMBs' Office subscriptions to 'Microsoft 365' brand

Microsoft to shift SMBs' Office subscriptions to 'Microsoft 365' brand

Microsoft today announced name changes to the Office 365 subscription plans in the Business line, substituting "Microsoft 365" instead.The Redmond, Wash. developer did not touch subscription plans aimed at enterprise, education and government.Plan names will automatically change on April 21, Microsoft said in an online statement. Prices of the plans will not change. Office 365 Business Essentials, the lowest-priced plan in the Business line, will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic. Office 365 Business, the middling plan in the trio that provides the Office applications and OneDrive, but no other services, will become Microsoft 365 Apps. Office 365 Business Premium, the most capable and most expensive subscription plan of the three, will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard. Microsoft will change the moniker of Microsoft 365 Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium to fit it into the Business line as the top-dollar $20 per-user per-month plan. That subscription adds security and management tools to Office 365 Business Standard, née Premium. (Currently, this is the lowest-priced plan in the Microsoft 365 line. After the name changes, though, it will fall somewhere in the middle.)To read this article in full, please click here

Apple’s AR plans are becoming a little easier to see

Apple’s AR plans are becoming a little easier to see

Apple’s take on augmented reality (AR) will leverage its existing solutions to deliver personalized experiences, with a particular focus on health, location and entertainment.Why do I think this? Yesterday I broke the news that Apple is working with a company called Dent Reality on indoor-mapping technologies. The smaller company has been working with ARKit since the system made its debut.Now, it uses Apple’s Indoor Maps ecosystem to provide highly accurate indoor mapping solutions it claims are highly accurate and don’t require beacons. The focus of the demonstrations on the Dent Reality site are very much on navigating shopping centers and malls, but this can easily be extended.To read this article in full, please click here

Zoom pauses new feature development to focus on privacy, security

Zoom pauses new feature development to focus on privacy, security

Zoom has decided to cease development of new product features so it can focus on fixing various privacy and security issues.The company has seen a surge in the use of its platform in recent weeks, as self isolation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic ramps up the demand for video software. As its popularity has boomed — both for business and personal use — and the company’s stock price rocketed, underlying vulnerabilities in the platform have become apparent. [ Related: 7 Zoom tips for working from home ] “Zoom-bombing,” where intruders have been able to access video meetings that were not password protected, has led to serious privacy concerns, with uninvited attendees harassing online A.A. meetings and church meetings, for example. The FBI this week warned of unauthorized access to virtual classrooms and recommended that users change security settings to protect meetings. To read this article in full, please click here