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Feb 23, 2018

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was rolled out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 4. As it did with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 4, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. We've also kept the list of all the preview builds that led up to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2), which are below the builds of Redstone 4.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 23, 2018

New non-security patches arrive for Win10 1607 and 1703; 1709 update likely soon
Microsoft last night released a flood of unexpected patches. Yes, that's a Thursday night dump. No, there weren't any pressing security fixes - at least, none that were advertised. I have no idea why Microsoft's pushing this offal out the Automatic Update chute.

In addition to a scattering of Preview patches for Win7, 8.1 and Server 2002 - which are usually posted on the third "Week C" Tuesday of the month - and the Surface Pro 3 firmware patch that was announced, but not delivered, Wednesday, we have two new cumulative updates: one for Win10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) and one for Win10 Creators Update (version 1703). Susan Bradley has a full list with links on the AskWoody site.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 23, 2018

Google touts 21 Android phones it recommends for business use
For the first time ever, Google has established a baseline for what constitutes an Android smartphone that's ready for use by enterprises.

"Some of the top concerns we've heard from customers include the need for frequent security updates, reliable and consistent software experiences and simplified device selection," David Still, Google's director of Android Enterprise, said in a blog post.

[ Free download: Mobile management vendors compared ] To address those needs, Google this week launched the Android Enterprise Recommended program, a global initiative that raises the bar for what passes as an enterprise-level device and service.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 23, 2018

Clever, redefined
It's the 1990s, and this pilot fish is hired at a big international company to maintain a group of Linux servers -- and they definitely need help.

"My initial survey of the systems uncovered some serious security problems," says fish. "Everything had been set up and users added with no regard to security.

"As a temporary holding action, I set all the users' login shells to a custom restricted shell that allowed each user access to only the directories and commands necessary for their work while I analyzed all the systems, planned a decent security configuration for each, got approvals, did testing and, finally, implemented the new security."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 22, 2018

How ad-blocking works in Google's Chrome browser
Google, as promised, has launched the Chrome browser ad-blocking feature it has touted for nearly a year.

Although not the first such effort by a browser maker, Google's decision - effectively a pre-emptive strike against even more users turning to independent add-ons for killing online advertisements - has both import and impact by virtue of Chrome's dominance.

With more than 61% of all browser users running Chrome as of January, according to analytics vendor Net Applications, when Google's browser whispers, the web listens. Sites that instead tune out last week's move do so at their peril.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 22, 2018

Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Oreo
I'll go ahead and end the suspense for you now: Android upgrades are a big, hot mess — and the situation with Oreo is the worst we've seen to date.

It's kind of embarrassing, actually. But it's important. And that's why I take the time to track manufactuers' performance in this area so closely year after year — because software matters. It affects your experience more significantly on a day-to-day basis over the life of a modern mobile device than any other feature or element. And yet, it tends to get the least amount of attention.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Now he's feeling even LESS secure
This organization's IT security officer leaves and isn't replaced. "A year and a half goes by and the organization suffers a web page defacement," says a pilot fish on the scene. "During the course of the remediation, another server that has a couple of Trojans on it is found."

That's not really a big surprise. Since the infosec guy's departure, the CIO has repeatedly demanded that ports be opened in the firewall, external connections be made to servers bypassing the firewall and servers in the DMZ be connected to internal servers.

The support manager objects every time -- and is always overruled.

"Worse, support isn't part of the process of selection or meetings with potential vendors for the new web services," fish says. "Support only finds out about the requirements when they are directed to create the holes."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 21, 2018

Chat happens: Your guide to 10 group-chat services
Everyone knows the secret to success — personal and business alike — is good communication. But in what form? If you're trying to communicate with a group in real time, you're no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren't paying attention and somebody's dog barks intermittently throughout the call.To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 21, 2018

Intel releases more Meltdown/Spectre firmware fixes, Microsoft feints an SP3 patch
One month ago today, Intel told the world that their Meltdown/Spectre patches were a mess. Their advice read something like, "Ooopsie. Those extremely important BIOS/UEFI firmware updates we released a coupla weeks ago are causing Intel machines to drop like bungee cows. In spite of what we told you then, stop installing them now. And if you installed a bad BIOS/UEFI patch, well golly, contact your PC manufacturer to see if they know how to get you out of the mess."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 21, 2018

Mingis on Tech: Apple's latest iOS healthcare push
When iOS 11.3 arrives, it will allow a limited number of users to more easily access and share healthcare data - part of Apple's ongoing push to connect patients and doctors. Here's what that means and why Apple might actually succeed.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 21, 2018

How to use OneDrive in Windows 10 to sync and share files
Microsoft's cloud storage service, OneDrive, can back up your personal and work files online. It's built into Windows 10. With it you can sync files on your Windows 10 PC to the cloud and to your other Windows PCs, smartphone or tablet (with the OneDrive app for Android or iOS installed on either). It can even sync your cloud files to your Mac (via the OneDrive desktop app).To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2018

5 ways blockchain is the new business collaboration tool
While blockchain may have cut its teeth on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the distributed electronic ledger technology is quickly making inroads across a variety of industries.

That's mainly because of its innate security and its potential for improving systems  operations all while reducing costs and creating new revenue streams.

David Schatsky, a managing director at consultancy Deloitte LLP, believes blockchain's diversity speaks to its versatility in addressing business needs, but "the impact that blockchain will have on businesses in various industries is not yet fully understood."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2018

Google's latest beta hints at what should be a key Android P feature
I don't know about you, but oftentimes, I find the headlining features of a new OS release have less impact on my day-to-day life than the random little touches.

I'm talking about the easily overlooked additions that might not even be mentioned in an official announcement and might go completely unnoticed if you didn't happen to stumble onto them. They tend to be out-of-the-way shortcuts or subtle enhancements to the user experience. And they tend to have the potential make your life just a teensy bit easier — in some small but meaningful way.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2018

So long, Swype: A eulogy for a mobile keyboard pioneer
Dearly beloved, we gather here today to celebrate the life and honor the memory of an Android pioneer whose impact on mobile technology is still felt by all of us today.

Swype, the keyboard app that introduced swipe-to-type input to the masses with its once-unmatched Android text input system, passed away quietly in its sleep on Monday. The app's health had been in steady decline for some years, and its adoptive father, Nuance, has now confirmed it has been taken off life support and will no longer be developed.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2018

Buggy Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4074588 redlining, bluescreening, borking USB
At least it isn't as bad as last month's three cumulative updates for the bestest version of Windows 10 — on Jan. 3, Jan. 18, and Jan. 31 — but many people running the latest version of Windows 10, version 1709, are wondering why and how this month's 1709 cumulative update is messing things up.

Broken USB ports By far, the most common problem involves broken USB ports: Install this month's cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Udpate, and your USB-connected devices stop working. There's a lengthy discussion on AskWoody. One anonymous poster says:

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2018

10 tips for preventing Slack burnout
There's no doubt that Slack is popular, with 9 million weekly active users in more than 100 countries, according to the company. But does using the productivity platform truly make you more productive? Or do Slack messages constantly interrupt your actual work, making it difficult to stay focused?To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 20, 2018

Time for a wake-up call...
This pilot fish supervises the IT help desk, so he's on the scene when one of his support techs takes a call that's very ordinary -- mostly.

"It was some normal problem like 'install this printer' or 'the computer forgot my password, please reset it,'" says fish.

"But at the end of the call, when they were discussing various things, the user happened to mention, very proudly, that she always turns off her computer at the end of the day every Friday, so it can get its updates over the weekend.

"The tech didn't have the heart to break the bad news to her. He just told her that was a good idea and to have a nice day."

Sharky has a better idea: Send me your true tale of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You'll score a sharp Shark shirt if I use it. Comment on today's tale at Sharky's Google community, and read thousands of great old tales in the Sharkives.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 19, 2018

Ransomware: Do you pay the ransom? | Salted Hash Ep 19
Robert Gibbons, CTO at Datta, joins host Steve Ragan to talk about why companies pay out ransoms, the role of incident response plans and continuity strategies, and how companies weigh the risks.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 16, 2018

Microsoft hints at early April release of Windows 10's next feature upgrade
Microsoft this week released the first preview of what will become Windows 10 version 1809, this year's second feature upgrade and the one slated to ship this fall.

But the debut of what Microsoft calls the "Skip Ahead" build for Windows 10 1809 also hints that the release of the spring feature upgrade, aka 1803, will take place in early April.

[ Related: IT buyer's guide to business laptops ] On Wednesday, Microsoft forked the 1803 preview of Windows 10 - as it's done before when it nears release of a feature upgrade - so that developers could continue to deliver beta code for that build while also beginning to work on the next-in-line, 1809. (Microsoft uses a yymm labeling system to mark its Windows 10 feature upgrades; 1803 indicates a March 2018 release, while 1809 marks a September release.)

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 16, 2018

Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links
The Microsoft Update Catalog uses insecure HTTP links - not HTTPS links - on the download buttons, so patches you download from the Update Catalog are subject to all of the security problems that dog HTTP links, including man-in-the-middle attacks.

Security researcher Stefan Kanthak, writing on Seclist's Bugtraq mailing list, elaborates:


That's trustworthy computing ... the Microsoft way!

Despite numerous mails sent to in the last years, and numerous replies "we'll forward this to the product groups," nothing happens at all.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 16, 2018

28 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient
Google Assistant is artificial intelligence at your fingertips — but sometimes, it can be tough to know what to ask an omniscient robot to do.

I'm here to help. I've talked to my phone more than I'd care to admit (even before it did anything in response — boy, were those awkward times), and I've put together the ultimate guide to Google Assistant's most useful productivity-oriented commands.

So clear your throat, grab your nearest Assistant-packing gadget, and start putting that virtual companion of yours to work.

[ Further reading: 8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse ] (Google Assistant is available on Android phones and tablets running Android 5.0 or higher, on iOS devices via a downloadable app, and on certain Chromebooks and home speaker products. With Android and other Google devices, Assistant can typically be summoned via voice command or by pressing and holding the Home key. You can also download an app that'll give you a more traditional home screen shortcut. Unless otherwise noted, the functions described in this article should work on any Android phone, but some of them may not be available on iPhones, iPads, or other types of Assistant-enabled devices.)

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2018

Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status
Microsoft's free Windows Analytics service now scans enterprise Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 PCs, and reports whether they've been updated to defend against potential attacks exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities.

The new capabilities of Windows Analytics' "Upgrade Readiness" were announced Tuesday by Terry Myerson, the top Windows executive at the company. Myerson called the vulnerabilities - found by Google security researchers and reported to vendors in mid-2017 - "a new challenge for all of us" because they were in the silicon, not in software.

"We have added new capabilities to our free Windows Analytics service to report the status for all the Windows devices that [IT professionals] manage," Myerson wrote in a post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 15, 2018

What the virtual assistant battle is really all about, in a single word
With Apple's better-late-than-never arrival into the smart speaker market this month, there's been lots of talk about the state of the smart assistant — and why, ultimately, all these companies are working so hard to get you talking to their technology.

From Siri to Alexa and Google Assistant to Bixby (yes, even Bixby), the virtual assistants are all soldiers in the tech world's latest battle for our attention. And what these artificially intelligent entities are really all about comes down to a single four-syllable word:

Ecosystem.

Whether you're Apple, Amazon, Google, or any of the less equipped companies fighting to get a foot into this arena, the virtual assistant is the latest and most promising way to get folks further entrenched in your ecosystem — and thus likely to keep using the associated products and services that benefit your bottom line.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2018

IBM sees blockchain as ready for government use
IBM sees blockchain as much more than the foundation for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and wants the government to consider embracing it as a way of saving time, cost and risk.

IBM is among a growing number of vendors offering blockchain as a service (BaaS), which allows enterprises to pilot the technology without massive capital expenditures related to onsite development and hardware.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2018

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664
The very early reports are in, and it looks like this month's monstrous panoply of patches isn't as destructive as last month's - so far, at least. Aside from a few reported incompatibilities, the big news involves two Outlook security holes that kick in when you download email, or preview a message. There are no known exploits, but if you use Outlook, you need to understand the dangers - and should seriously consider patching sooner rather than later.

First, the blast. Yesterday, Microsoft released its usual Patch Tuesday security updates, which include 50 separately identified security holes (CVEs). Those 50 are in addition to the one Adobe Flash Player security hole, CVE 4074595, that was plugged on Feb. 6. Of the 50, 14 are rated Critical, 34 rated Important (which means they aren't) and two are Moderate.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2018

Mac: What does 'System Scan is Recommended' mean?
Many Mac users may have come across a small window that appears on top of their browser when surfing the Web that warns them, ‘System Scan is Recommended'. So, what is this message, and what should you do if you see it?

TL;DR: Don't panic The first thing to learn is that this is not a Mac system message. If you ever come across this message you can be utterly certain that it is a scam. Whoever is behind the message (and it may not be the website owner, but some poorly policed ads network) wants you to agree to something that will probably cost you money, leave your data at risk, or otherwise cause you unwanted problems. While scams like these are nowhere near as widespread on Macs as they are on other platforms, they do appear sometimes.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 14, 2018

Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service
Microsoft plans to extend support for its Windows Defender ATP service to devices running older operating systems, including Windows 7.

The decision, announced this week, is a turn-about for Microsoft, which had limited the service to Windows 10 machines. In a post to a company blog, a Microsoft director cited customers' heterogeneous set-ups to explain the change.

"We know that while in their transition, some [customers] may have a mix of Windows 10 and Windows 7 devices in their environments," wrote Rob Lefferts of the Windows group's security and enterprise team. "We want to help our customers achieve the best security possible on their way to Windows 10 ahead of the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2018

12 wireless chargers for Apple's new iPhone X
From wired to wireless chargingImage by Apple

The iPhone X is finally here, and among its many attributes, such as Face ID technology, it supports native wireless charging - just as the iPhone 8 line does.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2018

Microsoft to test blockchain-based self-sovereign ID system
Microsoft is working to create a blockchain-based, decentralized digital identity management platform that would allow users to own and secure access to their online persona via an encrypted database hub.

Over the past year, Microsoft said it has been exploring how to use Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies to create new types of digital identities designed to enhance personal privacy, security and control.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2018

Microsoft wants to use blockchain to secure your identity
Microsoft is working to create a blockchain-based, decentralized digital identity management platform that would allow users to own and secure access to their online persona via an encrypted database hub.

Over the past year, Microsoft said it has been exploring how to use Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies to create new types of digital identities designed to enhance personal privacy, security and control.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2018

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Fall Creators Update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft 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 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the Fall Creators Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we've included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2018

5 missing footnotes from those Android P rumors
Well, gang, we knew it was inevitable, and now it's actually happening: Here in the land of Android, we are officially talking about the first stream of P leaks.

Hey, it could be worse. Just wait until developers start getting P on their devices.

In all seriousness, though, Android P is inching ever-closer to its actual arrival. The first developers' preview of Android O landed on March 21st last year, 57 days ahead of Google's 2017 I/O convention. This year's I/O event is happening even earlier — starting on May 8th — and so it's not unreasonable to think the first Android P preview could come out even earlier as well (especially considering that Google has been putting out its previews earlier and earlier every year, regardless).

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 13, 2018

Chrome 68 to condemn all unencrypted sites by summer
Google has put a July deadline on a 2016 promise that its Chrome browser would tag all websites that don't encrypt their traffic.

"Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as 'not secure,'" wrote Emily Schechter, a Chrome security product manager, in a Feb. 8 post to a company blog.

Google has scheduled Chrome 68 to release in Stable form - analogous to production-level quality - during the week of July 22-28.

Starting then, Chrome will insert a "Not secure" label into the address bar of every website that uses HTTP connections between its servers and users. Sites that instead rely on HTTPS to encrypt the back-and-forth traffic will display their URLs normally in the address bar.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2018

Windows 10 cheat sheet
Windows 10 is the best operating system that's come along from Microsoft in a long time. It's a shape-shifter that changes its interface depending upon whether you're using a traditional computer or a touch-based one. It undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8, including eliminating the awkward Charms bar and bringing back the long-mourned Start menu. A lot more has changed as well, with a new default browser called Edge, the integration of the Cortana digital assistant, links to Microsoft's cloud-based OneDrive cloud storage service and plenty more.

Share this story: IT pros, we hope you'll pass this guide on to your users to show them the Windows 10 ropes. Also see our printable PDF of Windows 10 gestures and shortcuts.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2018

Windows 10 cheat sheet (with video!)
Windows 10 is the best operating system that's come along from Microsoft in a long time. It's a shape-shifter that changes its interface depending upon whether you're using a traditional computer or a touch-based one. It undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8, including eliminating the awkward Charms bar and bringing back the long-mourned Start menu. A lot more has changed as well, with a new default browser called Edge, the integration of the Cortana digital assistant, links to Microsoft's cloud-based OneDrive cloud storage service and plenty more.

Share this story: IT pros, we hope you'll pass this guide on to your users to show them the Windows 10 ropes. Also see our printable PDF of Windows 10 gestures and shortcuts.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2018

Windows 10 S comes to an undignified — but not unexpected — end
Microsoft really has gotten its act together in some areas. Take its cloud platform, Microsoft Azure. It's a great cloud. But then there's Windows. As Computerworld's Woody Leonhart reported, "we had patches released, yanked, re-released and/or re-re-released on 15 different days in January." Then, there was Windows 10 S.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2018

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month's problems
January 2018 will go down in history as one of the worst patching months in Microsoft's very checkered history. That isn't an isolated muck-up. It's a harbinger. We had a couple of really bad months in 2017 — February and November come immediately to mind — but an unconscionable number of patches left bricked machines and busted programs in their wake.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2018

Managing open-source mobile security and privacy for activists worldwide | Salted Hash Ep 18
Nathan Freitas, who heads The Guardian Project, talks with host Steve Ragan and senior writer J.M. Porup about the group's easy-to-use secure apps, open-source software libraries, and customized mobile devices being used around the world.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 12, 2018

Mobile app management is being driven by unmanaged devices
The need to manage applications on unmanaged devices owned by employees or contractors is driving adoption of stand-alone mobile app management (MAM) software and services, according to a new Gartner report.

By 2021, 60% of mobile apps being used in the enterprise will rely on at least one app-level management control, whether on managed or unmanaged devices, Gartner's Market Guide for Mobile Application Management said.

Unlike MAM tools that are part of a larger enterprise mobility management (EMM) suite, the use of stand-alone MAM licensing offers lower per-user cost and can be attractive for companies only requiring app management, Gartner said. For other firms, EMM provides the advantage of a single console and policy set.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 10, 2018

FAQ: Office 2019 is coming; here's what you need to know
Microsoft last year announced that there will be a successor to Office 2016, the non-subscription version of the application suite, and that the upgrade would ship in about a year.

The bundle, named "Office 2019," will be geared to customers, primarily corporate customers, "who aren't yet ready for the cloud," according to Microsoft.

But other than that description, Microsoft has been vague about the prospect of Office 2019 with a "perpetual" license, one that lets the customer run the suite as long as desired without further payments. So, we collected some of the pressing questions business may have about the suite.

What is a 'perpetual' Office? Microsoft categorizes software by how it is paid for, discriminating between a license that was bought outright from one that is essentially "rented" because it's paid for over time, like a subscription.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 10, 2018

Think you know web browsers? Take this quiz and prove it.
Test Your KnowledgeImage by Google / Christina Tynan Wood

Pity the poor web browser. Once the undisputed heavyweight champion of Internet applications, it's been largely supplanted now by monolithic social media platforms, mobile technologies, and smartphone apps.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 09, 2018

Office 365: A guide to the updates
Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they're available. We're doing for you, so you don't have to.

Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 — all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We'll add info about new updates as they're rolled out.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 09, 2018

Governments eye their own blockchain cryptocurrencies
Last year's blockchain pilot projects are rapidly becoming this year's live implementations in a variety of industries, and even sectors that have until now been vexed by the distributed ledger technology are following suit.

Case in point: Governments, which are moving to regulate blockchain technology and the cryptocurrencies it underpins.

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin that live in open networks, have so far inhabited a  regulatory gray area, because there's no way for a central authority to track users. The distributed ledgers, however, are useful because they can enable cross-border transactions over peer-to-peer networks in real time, anywhere in the world - without a central governing authority such as a bank or credit card company.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2018

What are the differences between Microsoft Office 2016, Office 2019 and Office 365?
Microsoft Office may be the de facto productivity tool for millions of workers worldwide, but it's no monolith. Rather than a single, towering smooth-black Office, there's a whole Stonehenge of options: Office on the iPhone, on iPad, Office on Android smartphones, Office on personal computers, Windows and macOS, Office with a handful of applications, Office with fistfuls'.

But when you get down to it, there are really only two kinds of Office. One, which most label Office 2016, is the stand-alone suite that traces its roots back to the last century. (Its successor is Office 2019.) The other, Office 365, is the subscription service that debuted in 2011.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2018

10 travel apps to smooth your next business trip
Clear skies aheadImage by Thinkstock

It sometimes seems as if business travel is expressly designed to raise blood pressure. Cancelled flights, long security lines, or simply failing to puzzle your way through airport terminals or the city you're visiting can throw a monkey wrench into your schedule.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2018

The game-changing side effect a Chrome OS tablet could create
Google's Chrome OS platform is on the brink of yet another potentially massive expansion. That much we've established.

What we didn't discuss in Tuesday's "Chrome OS takeover" column, though, was a significant secondary effect that could result from this coming evolution.

In case you haven't been paying attention, what we're talking about here is the ongoing alignment of Chrome OS and Android and the fascinating changes that are happening as a result. In short, the presence of Android apps on Chrome OS is redefining the platform's possibilities and limitations. Those new parameters, combined with the accompanying advancements in hardware, are effectively turning the Chromebook into the next-gen "Android tablet."

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2018

FAQ: Microsoft monkeys with Windows 10 support - again
Every so often, Microsoft feels the need to turn its Windows support world upside down.

In 2016, it surprised users by telling them that PCs equipped with newer processors would only be supported by Windows 10. Older OSes, including the venerable Windows 7, would see their effective support lifespans shortened.

It must be time on the calendar for another disturbance in the support force.

Last week, Microsoft announced a slew of changes to Windows 10 support, again acknowledging that its rapid development and release tempo is still being resisted by its most important customers, enterprises.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 08, 2018

10 Smartsheet tips and tricks
Have you ever used a spreadsheet to track a project, emailing updated versions to your team members to keep them apprised of where things stood? Of course you have.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2018

Microsoft targets Box, Dropbox and Google customers with OneDrive offer
Microsoft is ramping up efforts to win over customers from its cloud content storage rivals, offering free usage of OneDrive for Business platform in a new promotion. 

Under the deal announced Tuesday, current customers of Box, Dropbox or Google can switch to OneDrive and use the service for free for the remainder of their existing contracts. The offer is valid until June 30 and is available for organizations that are not currently OneDrive for Business or Office365 customers. Those making the switch must also commit to moving a minimum of 500 users to the platform.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2018

Cortana explained: How to use Microsoft's virtual assistant for business
Cortana is a voice-enabled virtual assistant developed by Microsoft to help Windows 10 users initiate requests, complete tasks and anticipate future needs by surfacing relevant data in a personal context. Since Cortana's release on Windows 10 in January 2015, the technology has evolved to support Android and iOS devices, Xbox, the Edge browser, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and third-party devices such as thermostats and smart speakers. According to Microsoft, Cortana is currently used by more than 148 million people.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 07, 2018

How to win friends and influence software schedules
It's the 1980s, and a regional building-supplies retailer is a big customer for this vendor that sells turnkey business systems, reports a programmer pilot fish at the vendor.

"They owned 11 locations across Georgia, and they asked for a major enhancement to our system," fish says. "They wanted it to allow their satellite suppliers to transfer via 9600-bits-per-second modem all of their Accounts Receivables data collected daily to their central system, where it could be aggregated.

"Our standard system was standalone -- it didn't normally communicate with multiple instances of similar systems."

Fish is supposed to be working on the distributed A/R system. But for months his boss, the programming department VP, keeps dropping top-priority tasks on fish's desk, so there's not much progress.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2018

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates
Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 crafted a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10.

Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule - Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded - business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2018

The next phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover
You know that feeling when a band you've followed for ages finally starts to get its due — when the right album at the right moment helps the skeptical masses see all that raw potential you've long been applauding?

That's precisely what's happening right now with Chrome OS. The platform's been picking up serious steam and winning mountains of overdue praise these past few months — and if Google has its way, that momentum won't be letting up anytime soon.

Up until now, the saga of Chrome OS's rise has been more slow march than dramatic leap. Those of us who watch the platform closely have seen the seeds of something significant for years and have observed as Google slowly but surely built up a garden to nurture them.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: The future of Windows-as-a-Service
We are undergoing a lot of technology changes at the moment.  3D printers, autonomous cars, package- and even people-carrying drones, industrial and personal robots, and mixed reality which promises to blur the lines between what is real and what is digital are all coming at warp speeds.

One of the more interesting moves is being made by Microsoft [Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author], as they shift to a cloud model for both application and operating system delivery and access.  We knew this was coming when Satya Nadella took over for Steve Ballmer as CEO. As the champion for the cloud at Microsoft, he was all-in. 

The firm's initial move last year was to step away from the traditional upgrade cycle and deliver product updates with new features several times a year, rather than semi-annually or later. This month they announced that, for enterprises, they would still provide extended support the old way for firms that couldn't be on that aggressive cycle, and a blending of their Software-as-a-Service offerings, which now includes Office 365, Windows 10, Security and Enterprise Mobility. 

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2018

Microsoft Planner: A Trello rival benefits from Office 365 integration
Microsoft's group chat tool, Teams, may have garnered more attention when it launched last year, leaving Planner - aimed at helping teams coordinate projects, share files and work more effectively - largely in the shadows.

Billed as a lightweight, collaborative and highly visual task management tool, Planner is positioned as a rival to the popular Trello (just as Microsoft's Teams is seen as its answer to Slack). But in a crowded collaboration field, Planner also matches up against tools like as Asana and Smartsheet, which offer alternatives to more complex project management applications.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2018

Spectre and Meltdown | Salted Hash Ep 17
What is it about the Spectre and Meltdown attacks that scared everyone so much? Host Steve Ragan and J.M. Porup talk through the impact of these hardware flaws.

Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2018

Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security
Enterprises invest a lot of time, effort and money in keeping their systems secure. The most security-conscious might have a security operations center. They of course use firewalls and antivirus tools. They probably spend a lot of time monitoring their networks, looking for telltale anomalies that could indicate a breach. What with IDS, SIEM and NGFWs, they deploy a veritable alphabet of defenses.

But how many have given much thought to one of the cornerstones of their digital operations: the operating systems deployed on the workforce's PCs? Was security even a factor when the desktop OS was selected?

This raises a question that every IT person should be able to answer: Which operating system is the most secure for general deployment?

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 06, 2018

How to use the Highlighted Content web part on modern SharePoint pages
The Highlighted Content web part is modern SharePoint's answer to the classic Content Search and Content Query Web Parts. New features will be coming to this web part based on what we learned at Ignite 2017, but there are some great solutions you can build today.

Highlighted Content — a great tool for helpful solutions Highlighted Content is available only on modern SharePoint pages. The basic configuration available with the web part allows you to roll up content in an individual site, a document library on a site, or across an entire tenant based primarily on the type of content: News, Documents, Pages, Video, Images, etc.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2018

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 posts strongest share gains since mid-2016
Windows 10 added more user share in January than in any month since mid-2016, according to web analytics vendors Net Applications, the company said last week.

Data published Feb. 1 by the California-based Net Applications showed that Windows 10 had accumulated 1.4 percentage points of user share - the portion of all personal computer owners who ran the operating system - during January, ending the month powering 34.3% of the world's PCs and 39.1% of all those systems running a flavor of Microsoft's OS. (The second number is larger than the first because Windows accounted for 88.8% of all operating systems, not 100%.)

Windows 10's increase was its largest since August 2016, if the November 2017 drop of 2.7 points is ignored. The latter was part of an across-the-board revamp of Net Applications' data, designed to purge the numbers of bogus traffic originating from criminals' "bots," and thus was not proof of a sudden rush to Windows 10.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2018

Apple's iOS push could change healthcare data sharing, still won't kill the fax
Apple's Health Records feature in the upcoming iOS 11.3 rollout may be the most high-profile attempt at sharing healthcare data between caregiver and patient, but it won't succeed without industry's cooperation.

What is new is the mass market Apple commands with its iPhone and iPad and the company's efforts to take advantage of new industry standards and collaborative alliances for aggregating and sharing patient data from disparate healthcare systems.

Even with all the electrification of healthcare data and advances in networks for sharing that data, however, one industry stalwart is unlikely to be replaced: the fax.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2018

Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated
January 2018 was a month that will go down in patching infamy. Looking back on my notes, we had patches released, yanked, re-released and/or re-re-released on 15 different days in January. Untold thousands of machines were bricked by Microsoft patches. Millions of hours were lost chasing down bad patches and bad advice.

Although there were a couple of real bugs fixed in the January patches — the Equation Editor vulnerability being suspect #1 — most of the angst was completely superfluous. The Meltdown/Spectre patches at the heart of the drama attacked a problem that wasn't — and isn't — there. We still have no known Meltdown or Spectre exploits in the wild. None.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 05, 2018

Apple provides superior cybersecurity protection
Apple has kept CEO Tim Cook's enterprise security promise, and in doing so staked space in one of the few growing sectors of the insurance market, revealing a new enterprise-focused cybersecurity offering bought to market with Cisco, Aon and Allianz.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 02, 2018

Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft's IE and Edge shed share as Chrome gains
Browsers built by Microsoft and Mozilla jettisoned some of their precious user share in January, while Google's broke out of a months-long malaise by grabbing what its rivals lost, and then some.

According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, the user share of Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge - the estimated portion of all personal computer owners who ran those browsers - fell by half a percentage point to 16.5% in January.

[ Further reading: What's in the latest Chrome update? ] After a one-month reprieve from losses - IE Edge had climbed in December - Microsoft's browsers returned to their long-time pattern of decline. The 16.5% mark was the second-lowest for Microsoft's combined user share in the decade that Computerworld has recorded Net Applications' numbers.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 02, 2018

iPhone 8 and X propel Apple into smartphone lead over Samsung
Apple has surpassed Samsung as the world's leading shipper of smartphones, according to two industry reports released today.

Though IDC and IHS Markit had differing numbers for the fourth quarter of 2017, the result was the same: Apple handsets surpassed Samsung in shipments for only the second time in history.

"The new models from Apple played a key role in moving Apple ahead of Samsung in Q4," said Ryan Reith, vice president for IDC's Mobile Device Tracker report.

[ Related: 8 ways businesses can take advantage of the iPhone X ] Apple once before surpassed Samsung in handset shipments - in the fourth quarter of 2016. But that was considered an anomaly by analysts at the time.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 02, 2018

What is IFTTT? How to use If This, Then That services
You've no doubt heard of software as a service. Those who are deeply into IT will nod their heads in recognition when acronyms such as IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) are tossed around, too. But here's one "*aaS" you might not have heard of yet: everything as a service. And it's the future, according to Linden Tibbets, CEO and co-founder of IFTTT.

[ Further reading: 41 cool and useful IFTTT applets ] But what exactly is IFTTT? And how does it relate to the idea of everything as a service? Here's what you need to know.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 02, 2018

Get 3 Years of NordVPN Service for Just $2.75 Per Month
NordVPN promises a private and fast path through the public internet, with no logs and unmetered access for 6 simultaneous devices. They are currently running a promotion, but you'll have to use this link to find it. Its typical price has been discounted to $99 for 3 years of service. That's a good deal at just $2.75 per month.  See the $2.75/month NordVPN holiday deal here.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 01, 2018

Windows 10 shows users what data it collects and phones in
Microsoft last week gave Windows 10 testers a peek at an app that shows exactly what diagnostic data the company collects from customers and transmits to its own servers.

The issue of Windows 10's telemetry has dogged the operating system since its debut, with critics taking Microsoft to task for over-zealously harvesting information, for refusing to describe what data it collects, and for preventing customers from opting out.

[ Further reading: How to choose the right Windows 10 release channel ] With the release of Windows Insider build 17083 on Jan. 24, Microsoft addressed the criticism about transparency by putting an app, named "Diagnostic Data Viewer," into the hands of beta participants.

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Enterprise Application News
Feb 01, 2018

How to get iPhone X-like gestures on any Android device right now
Getting around a phone with gestures is getting an awful lot of attention right now — including right here in the Android empire.

Apple popularized the idea of gesture-based navigation with its notchtacular iPhone X, and now, OnePlus is bringing a similar concept to owners of its OnePlus 5T device.

As part of a new beta version of its Oreo update, OnePlus is giving users the option to ditch the traditional on-screen navigation keys and instead use a series of iPhone-reminiscent swipes to move around the operating system — a swipe up from the bottom-center area of the screen to go home, a swipe up from the bottom-left or -right to go back, and a swipe up and hold from the bottom-center to open the Overview function and jump to a recently used app.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2018

Why Google partnered with MobileIron - and what they plan to offer
Google Cloud and MobileIron have announced a partnership to provide a secure enterprise applications and services portal.

Why Google Cloud and MobileIron? Because Google wants to use its Orbitera commerce platform, which enables the buying and selling of software and services in the cloud - and it needs an OS- and hardware-agnostic distribution and security partner.

MobileIron will not only help Google distribute the apps through its enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform, but its software can also provide analytics that show which apps and services are the most popular, and with whom.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2018

Why Google partnered with MobileIron and what they want to offer you
Google Cloud and MobileIron have announced a partnership to provide a secure enterprise applications and services portal.

Why does Google Cloud and MobileIron? Google wants to use its Orbitera commerce platform, which enables the buying and selling of software and services in the cloud and it needs an OS- and hardware agnostic distribution and security partner.

MobileIron will not only help Google distribute the apps through its enterprise mobility management platform, but its software can also provide analytics capabilities revealing which apps and services are the most popular and with whom.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2018

Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258
Microsoft told us three weeks ago that Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, was ready for enterprise deployment. Since then, we've seen the early January patch yanked because it tanked AMD machines. Then, after the first patch was reinstated, we got two more cumulative updates. In the past three weeks.

I guess that's what Microsoft now means by "Current Branch for Business" and/or "Semi-Annual Channel."

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2018

Microsoft turns up heat on Slack with Teams group chat update
Microsoft added a raft of new features to its Teams group chat platform this week, making it easier to interact with third-party apps and find new services through an app directory. The update, Microsoft said, is its biggest single release of new functionality since Teams launched last year.

The launch of the Teams app store means it is now possible to search and discover apps and services to integrate with the chat platform. Users can find apps by searching by name, category or integration type, such as bots. The move brings Teams in line with rival Slack, which launched its own app directory in 2015.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2018

The best Android apps for team collaboration
Working together sure isn't what it used to be.

These days, you don't have to be in the same conference room — or, heck, even time zone — to work side by side with co-workers. Thanks to the variety of top-notch collaboration tools for our ever-connected devices, you can edit, organize, and communicate with anyone as if you were sitting right next to them, no matter where your corporeal form resides.

And you don't even have to be perched at a computer for that to hold true: With the right set of Android apps, you can put the power of collaboration into your pocket — ready to jump into action anytime, anywhere.

These are the best Android apps for effective and efficient collaboration, broken down by what they'll help you do.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 31, 2018

Don't believe Microsoft's latest privacy hype
In late January, Microsoft embarked on a PR blitz to reassure Windows users that the company has their privacy in mind. To prove what it called its continuing devotion to privacy, it announced a new tool for Windows, the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, that will be available in the operating system''s next semiannual update.

The tool, Microsoft said in a blog post by Windows Device Group privacy officer Marisa Rogers, is part of Microsoft''s commitment to be 'fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data.' A beta of the tool was made available for anyone who signs up to be a Windows Insider and downloads the preview version of the next Windows update.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2018

Galaxy S9 and the elephant in the room with Samsung's Android phones
Ahhh — take a good, deep breath. Can you smell it?

Yes, my friends, it's that time of year again: time for the air to be filled with the familiar and curiously pungent scent of Samsung flagship phone leaks.

You know the deal: Every year 'round this time, we start to see clouds of grand Galaxy S promises — spec sheets, feature lists, phone images, and the occasional crudely drawn caveman sketch — wafting out into the world. Samsung's ship is about as leaky as they get, and hype-generating tidbits always seem to slip out at juuust the right time (but it's absolutely, positively not a deliberately orchestrated marketing tactic — no way, José!).

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2018

Zoho takes on IFTTT and Microsoft Flow with cloud app integration tool
Business app suite provider Zoho has launched Flow, a workflow automation tool that lets users connect a range of cloud applications to create their own automated processes.

Users already familiar with IFTTT (If This, Then That), Zapier, Microsoft Flow or other app integration tools will find Zoho's approach similar. Each workflow consists of a trigger event followed by one or more actions. A trigger might be when a new ticket is created in a service desk application; an action could be an alert or ticket escalation message automatically sent to the relevant team's communication channel.

Other trigger examples could be when an email is received from a particular person or a change is made in a CRM application. "For something like this, you shouldn't have to write any code," said Zoho chief evangelist Raju Vegesna.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2018

Top 10 reasons to attend the SharePoint Conference North America
After a four-year break, the much beloved SharePoint Conference is back, providing a learning and knowledge exchange event with a rare opportunity to spend quality time with Microsoft, partners and top industry experts.

The SharePoint Conference was a much-beloved event among the members of the SharePoint community — and in contrast with the much larger Ignite conference, it provided a unique opportunity to focus on SharePoint, as well as OneDrive, Yammer, and now Teams.

The new SharePoint Conference North America will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas May 19-24. If your organization uses SharePoint or Office 365, you won't want to miss this event. Here are 10 great reasons that you should definitely plan to attend!

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2018

Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!
Late last year, landave, a self-described "Computer Science student enjoying cryptography, reverse engineering, and other information security topics," discovered two startling security holes in 7-Zip, a free zip program I've recommended for years.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 30, 2018

Collaboration tools: How to avoid project rollout pitfalls
As team collaboration gains ground in the enterprise, companies are finding a vast array of products designed to connect staff and improve productivity - from the latest group chat applications such as Slack to enterprise social networks, task management apps and video conferencing tools. Spending in the booming collaboration software market is expected to reach $49.5 billion by 2021, according to Markets and Markets, almost double the $26.7 billion spent in 2016. To read this article in full, please click here

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2018

Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to hamstring earlier 'Spectre' defense
Microsoft on Saturday issued an out-of-band Windows security update that disabled a patch the company released earlier this month to protect personal computers from possible attacks leveraging one of the "Spectre" vulnerabilities.

The weekend release was Microsoft's response to an announcement seven days ago by Intel, which told customers of all stripes - from computer makers to end users - to stop deploying the firmware updates it had offered after disclosures of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws. According to Intel, the new firmware "may introduce [a] higher-than-expected [number of] reboots and other unpredictable system behavior" on Broadwell and Haswell processors. Those silicon families were introduced in 2015 and 2013, respectively.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2018

KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft's changing KB articles
If you've been playing the cat-and-mouse Microsoft patching game for a while, you know that Microsoft changes its Knowledge Base articles from time to time, without warning and at times without documentation. Now there's a resource for those who need to know who moved their cheese — and when.

Several times in the past month, the eagle-eyed crew at AskWoody, led by @MrBrian, have found out about new Windows patches before they were announced. They've also looked at the raw data showing which KB articles have been changed — even if Microsoft doesn't document the changes. The secret? A new monitoring program called KBNew.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2018

Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2
As we crawl deeper down the Meltdown/Spectre bunny hole, Microsoft released on Friday night a weird, download-only patch that disables the "fix" that's supposed to protect you against one of the Spectre variants. It's the same patch, that works the same way, on every version of Windows, from Win7 to the latest Win10 beta builds.

I'm tempted to call it an out-of-band patch, but truth is that all of this month's patches have been out of band.

You've no doubt been inundated by the news about Meltdown and Spectre, the two (actually, three) highly publicized security vulnerabilities in essentially all modern computer chips that, at this point, has never been seen on a real, live, in-the-wild computer.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 29, 2018

Ready for the EU's GDPR compliance deadline? Many companies aren't | Salted Hash Ep 16
CSO senior editor Michael Nadeau joins host Steve Ragan to talk about predictions for 2018, including the looming GDPR compliance deadline.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 28, 2018

What's in the latest Firefox update? More speed
Mozilla last week released Firefox 58 for Windows, macOS and Linux, building on the break-from-the-past Quantum edition of November by boosting page load speeds with changes to how the browser handles JavaScript.

Firefox, which can be downloaded from here, updates in the background, so most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update, click the help icon - the question mark within a circle -- after pulling up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right. Choose 'About Firefox.' The ensuing page shows that the browser is either up to date or details the updating process.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 27, 2018

Apple needs two more Android apps
Apple likes to change the world.

The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and the launch of the iPad in 2010 mainstreamed touchscreen phones and tablets, respectively. That was world-changing.

This change took place via products Apple makes — 'computers,' if you will. Apple changed the world of computers.

More impressively, Apple once changed a world outside the computer industry: the music business, through iPod and iTunes, in the early 2000s.

Apple ripped music lovers away from CDs (pun intended) and got them to download their music instead. (Apple and iTunes later changed the world again by introducing podcasts.)

Transforming the music business was made possible by a single inconvenient truth: iTunes was cross-platform.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 26, 2018

Tech Talk: Where blockchain's going this year
Blockchain has moved away from its cryptocurrency roots and is now being eyed as a platform for everything from global shipping to P2P cloud storage to real estate. Our Tech Talk panel looks at where it's going in 2018.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 26, 2018

Tech Talk: What's trending for 2018?
When it comes to tech trends we're likely to see in 2018, nothing would likely be more welcome than the end of passwords. With companies looking for ever better ways to protect data, it seems clear that "password123" has no indefinite future. (Nor does you pet's name, if that's what you use.)

But just how quickly passwords will be shunted aside, and by what technology - biometrics? two-factor authentication? algorithms? - remains unclear.

That was topic No. 1 for our panel of tech experts - CSO's Michael Nadeau, Infoworld's Serdar Syegulalp, Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis and  Macworld's Michael Simon - as they peer into the near-future to discern what's coming in 2018 and what's not.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 26, 2018

Tech Talk: IT trends for 2018 - passwords on the way out, blockchain evolves
Our tech panel envisions the end of passwords, looks at how blockchain is evolving, details why 'serverless' computing is a boon to devs and wonders why Apple's HomePod seems late to the game.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 26, 2018

Spending on blockchain technology to double this year to $2.1B
Spending by enterprises and other entities on blockchain networks is expected to reach $2.1 billion this year, more than double what was spent on the distributed electronic ledger technology in 2017.

The U.S. will lead the world in blockchain investments, accounting for 40% of spending, followed by Western Europe, China and the Asia Pacific region (not including Japan), according to a new report from IDC.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 26, 2018

Tech Talk ep 5 pt 1: The beginning of the end of the password in 2018


Enterprise Application News
Jan 26, 2018

Tech Talk: The beginning of the end of the password in 2018
Hackers can crack them, and users are careless with them. Passwords have long been problematic, but they are getting renewed attention after a series of major breaches. Our panelists look at the coming technology to help with password security.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 26, 2018

Tech Talk: The coding benefits of serverless computing
The panel talks about serverless systems, which spin up a snippet of code that runs on demand to perform a business operation. It's a step toward a more developer-friendly approach to code development.

Enterprise Application News
Jan 25, 2018

What's in the latest Chrome update?
Google on Jan. 24 released Chrome 64 for Windows, macOS and Linux, boosting the browser's defenses against the microprocessor flaws that blitzed through the news earlier this month.

The upgrade also beefed up Chrome's pop-up blocker, put a stop to hucksters hijacking the browsing session by automatically steering to an unwanted website, and implemented a promised option to let users mute auto-playing audio on a site-by-site basis. And Google's security team patched 53 new vulnerabilities in the browser.

[ Further reading: Best bookmark managers for Google Chrome ] Chrome updates in the background, so most users can simply relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually manage an update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right. The ensuing page either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download-upgrade process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. Those new to Chrome can download it from this Google site.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 25, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month
On the heels of a relatively benevolent December Patch Tuesday, the stream of patches pouring out of Microsoft (and Intel!) in January reached epic proportions. To be fair, it looks as if Microsoft got drawn into releasing its Meltdown/Spectre barrage early - on Jan. 3 - but they were so buggy they were withdrawn for AMD processors on Jan. 8, and gradually re-released in phases over the next two weeks.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 25, 2018

7 handy but hidden Android features you probably forget to use
With every new Android version comes a flurry of fresh features. Some of them immediately transform the way we work, while others just quietly fade away without making much noise.

Then there are the features that fall somewhere in between — features that seem useful, maybe pique our interest, but then get lost in the shuffle and forgotten in day-to-day use. Especially when said features are out of sight and not at all obvious, they're all too easy to overlook over time.

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Enterprise Application News
Jan 25, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Target, education: Windows S vs MacOS vs Chrome
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author]

This is a fascinating fight largely because the Education market, while not lucrative by any stretch of the imagination, is critical to assuring the future for any operating system.  People prefer what they have learned on and firms wishing to employ them find that not having their system of choice reduces significantly that firm's choice of top talent.  The rarer your skill set the more likely it is the company will accept and embrace your platform choice.  Apple was initially one of the most aggressive in education; but Microsoft displaced them over the last two decades.  More recently, Google's Chrome has been making impressive inroads into the segment over the last 5 years.  To a considerable extent, Windows 10 S is Microsoft's latest and best attempt to stop any bleeding.   

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