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ComputerWorld
Mar 03, 2021

Apple-friendly debugger helps make apps and websites accessible
With millions still sheltering from the COVID-19 threat, there never has been a more important time to ensure mobile apps, websites, and web apps are accessible — and a new solution from Evinced hopes to empower developers to achieve that.

What is the scale of the problem? When it comes to accessibility, the World Health Organization (WHO) says there are more than 1 billion people worldwide living with some form of disability. That statistic alone should reinforce how important it has been that mobile apps and websites are built to be accessible, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 03, 2021

This QuickBooks certification training bundle is just $35
Ask almost anyone: As far as accounting software goes, nothing beats QuickBooks. The only problem with it is that it's not exactly user-friendly right out of the gate. That's why we're offering The Complete QuickBooks Desktop 2021 Certification Bundle, discounted by over 90 percent, to help get you up to speed fast.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 03, 2021

Microsoft's Mesh aims for mixed-reality meetings of the future
Microsoft offered a glimpse of what it believes will be the future of remote collaboration at Ignite on Tuesday, with workers one day able to interact with holographic items and talk to photo-realistic, life-like "holoportation" avatars of their colleagues.

The vision is based on the potential of Microsoft Mesh, a new Azure-based developer SDK that enables the creation of collaborative mixed-reality apps that can be used across multiple devices.

Microsoft hopes that Mesh will boost the ecosystem of mixed-reality development, abstracting some of the technical problems involved in the creation of virtual environments. Collaborative apps can then be delivered across any platform, whether it be Microsoft's own $3,500 HoloLens 2 headsets or those from competitors such as Oculus, as well as on regular laptops or smartphones.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 03, 2021

Of February's patches, Ignite, and the fate of Windows 10 feature releases
We finished off February with an all clear for that month's Microsoft updates. So if you haven't installed updates as we get into March, make sure you do so at this time.  

I do recommend that you skip KB4535680, the Microsoft secure boot patch that's been disruptive if you have Bitlocker enabled. (Many patchers reported that it triggered the Bitlocker recovery password.) If you got it installed, fantastic! You don't need to uninstall it now. There isn't a problem with the update; instead, there is a problem during the installation and for workstations with Bitlocker.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 03, 2021

How to protect Windows Remote Desktop deployments
Attackers gain access to your Windows network just as work-from-home employees do: remotely. Following these simple steps will send them looking for easier targets.(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

Enterprise collaboration enters the innovation fast lane
While most enterprise meetings are more sedate than those at Handforth Parish Council, collaboration tools are evolving rapidly, driven by the global work-from-home (WFH) surge and in the use of Zoom, which now claims 467,100 customers and saw revenues climb 326% year-on-year on the strength of the move to remote work in 2020.

Most recently, we've seen collaboration software merchants focus on translation, transcription, and partnership as they stake out space in what many expect will be more remote-friendly future working practices.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

3 Android 12 features you can bring to any phone today
Google's Android 12 software is nowhere near ready for prime time, but Goog almighty: We've sure seen plenty of hints about some of the tantalizing touches it could include. And if you're anything like me, that makes it tough not to feel at least a teensy bit hungry for a taste.

The current Android 12 developer preview, unfortunately, won't do much to satisfy that craving. It's basically just a barebones framework of the software, made mostly for developers, and most of the mouthwatering morsels are carefully tucked away, disabled, and not yet visible or available for regular-mammal phone-owner use.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

V2 Cloud is the simplest cloud desktop for a distributed workforce
According to Gallup, nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would like to continue to do so. To break that down a bit further, 35 percent of remote workers would simply prefer to continue working remotely, while 30 percent want to work away from the office because of a concern about COVID-19. So, as you most likely already knew, the challenges of operating a distributed workforce and supporting a small business infrastructure — all via the connective power of computers and the Internet — is a workplace dynamic that doesn't look to phase out anytime soon. And this new normal will affect various roles within organizations and a range of companies differently.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

Cisco continues to overhaul Webex, now with real-time language transcription
Having announced more than 50 planned innovations at its WebexOne event in December, Cisco's Webex is rolling out another of those capabilities today: real-time language translation. The feature will be available in Webex as a preview starting this month, with general availability in May.

Users of the platform will soon be able to have their in-meeting speech translated in real time from an expanded library of over 100 languages, including Maori, Zulu and Armenian. The plethora of new languages underlines Cisco's aim to "power an inclusive future for all." The feature was initially unveiled with only nine perspective languages in the works.

Jeetu Patel, senior vice president and general manager of security and applications, said Cisco has made "north of a billion dollars" worth of investments in AI, including the acquisition of Voicea in 2019, a company specializing in meeting transcription, voice search, and meeting action items. Without providing specifics, Patel claimed that accuracy rates with real-time transcription are "starting to get exciting."

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ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

Noteworthy technology acquisitions 2021
Amid the coronavirus, 2020 was unpredictable in more ways than anyone would have expected. But one thing that stayed fairly constant was the steady flow of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across the tech sector.

Global tech M&A deals last year totalled $634 billion, a 91.8% year-over-year increase, according to GlobalData. Among a late flurry of big deals was the $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx by Advanced Micro Devices and Salesforce's $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.

[ Further reading: Biggest technology acquisitions of 2020 ] As for whether 2021 will maintain last year's pace, if the first part of the year is anything to go by, there will be no slowing of big deals across the industry, with silicon innovations and collaboration software already proving to be hot areas.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

Google Workspace rolls out features for front-line workers
Google has introduced a Workspace tier for front-line jobs such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare workers.

The company today also unveiled new features around time management and productivity-tracking for the core Workspace — formerly G Suite — software. 

The Workspace Frontline edition includes all of the standard Workspace apps such as Gmail, Calendar, and Chat, as well as advanced endpoint management to secure employee mobile devices.   

"We've also made it easier for business teams to build custom AppSheet apps directly from Google Sheets and Drive so that frontline workers can digitize and streamline their work, whether it's collecting data in the field, reporting safety risks, or managing customer requests," Javier Soltero, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace, said in a blog post.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

Google Workspace targets front-line workers with new tier
Google has introduced a Workspace tier for front-line jobs such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare workers. The company today also unveiled new features around time management and productivity-tracking for the core Workspace — formerly G Suite — software. 

The Workspace Frontline edition includes all of the standard Workspace apps such as Gmail, Calendar, and Chat, as well as advanced endpoint management to secure employee mobile devices.   

"We've also made it easier for business teams to build custom AppSheet apps directly from Google Sheets and Drive so that frontline workers can digitize and streamline their work, whether it's collecting data in the field, reporting safety risks, or managing customer requests," Javier Soltero, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace, said in a blog post.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 02, 2021

What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Proliferating picture-in-picture, even more anti-tracking
Mozilla last week raised the Firefox version count to 86, adding multiple picture-in-picture video viewing and bolstering the browser's anti-tracking defenses by isolating all cookies in the sites that create them.

Security engineers also patched 12 vulnerabilities, five of which were pegged as "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label.

Firefox 86 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users can just relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page or pop-up shows that the browser is either up to date or displays the refresh process.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 01, 2021

Apple on track for 3nm silicon iPhones and more in 2022
iPhones, iPads, and Macs seem set for even steeper performance and power management gains come 2022, as it looks like the company's plans to switch to 3-nanometer (nm) chips are falling into place.

Apple's processor development road map We've considered the road ahead for Apple Silicon, and those predictions seem to be on the right track for a late 2022 shift to chips manufactured using 3nm processes. Chips manufactured with this process deliver 30% improvements in power consumption and 15% better performance in comparison with 5nm chips.

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ComputerWorld
Mar 01, 2021

3 next-level note-taking apps that'll change the way you work
Riddle me this: What exactly is a "note-taking app"?

It seems almost painfully obvious, I know — but it's a question I've found myself struggling to answer as I've been exploring a new breed of information-storing services.

The services allow you to collect and organize thoughts, lists, and all sorts of other materials. They also, however, provide a powerful framework for mapping out complex projects, processing large amounts of data, and even writing documents. And they're all designed to support some pretty sophisticated forms of collaboration.

So are they note-taking apps? Are they word processors — or maybe spreadsheet editors? Or are they task management tools, project management tools, or perhaps even just broad "collaboration utilities"?

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ComputerWorld
Feb 26, 2021

Apple's indoor maps format is now a standard; here's why that matters
Apple Maps is essential to future innovation, from autonomous vehicles to AR experiences, so it's noteworthy that Apple's own Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) has been adopted as a community standard for indoor positioning services.

What is IMDF? IMDF has been accepted as a community standard by the Open Geospatial Consortium in response to proposals from a cross-industry group that includes Apple, Google, Autodesk, and Ordnance Survey.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 26, 2021

The Poly Studio P15: Searching for a better home videoconferencing answer
Like many of my peers during the pandemic, I've been living off a Logitech Brio camera, which was considered the best in the market until recently.  The problem is that Logitech didn't seem to understand how important this camera had become and refused to support it properly.  (It has driver issues with AMD-based PCs, the company won't address them, the initial application support ended, and much of it doesn't work anymore. 

Most other cameras on the market arrived before COVID-29 and were more designed for infrequent use when traveling — not for permanent use from a home office.  Yes, you can get conference room systems and adapt them for the home, but that is a wicked expensive path — and people don't have conference rooms at home. 

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ComputerWorld
Feb 26, 2021

Forget macOS — it's Chrome OS vs. Windows for desktop domination
I've been saying for ages now that Google's Chrome OS would become Microsoft's Windows top competitor. I had the timing wrong, but my prediction that "most of us will be moving to cloud-oriented operating systems" is finally coming true. According to IDC's latest PC sales numbers, by 2020's fourth quarter, Chromebooks were outselling Macs by two-to-one.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Feb 26, 2021

IT Salary Survey 2021: The results are in
The latest Insider Pro and Computerworld Salary Survey reveals the current salaries for dozens of tech titles, the IT skills most in demand (and those not), the tech hiring expectations for the coming year, and what matters most to IT pros in their current jobs.

ComputerWorld
Feb 25, 2021

Podcast: 30K Macs infected with "Silver Sparrow" virus; M1 Mac SSD health
Security researchers uncovered malware affecting tens of thousands of macOS devices, but it's unclear what exactly the malware does. Affecting both Intel and Apple Silicon processors, this malware, nicknamed "Silver Sparrow," still poses a threat. And in other Apple news, some M1 Mac users have reported that the SSDs on their new systems are being overused. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss Apple's response to the virus and SSD issues and what users can do if they've been affected.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 25, 2021

Android 12 and the big deal with little touches
Ahh — can you smell it? The scent of freshly baking Android software is very much in the air this week, as Android 12's first official developer preview teases us with a tiny taste of what's to come.

Google launched the inaugural public version of Android 12 last week, and the internet's many software-sniffing sleuths have been hard at work pokin' around and clawing at its many crevices to uncover every last hint of the treats lurking within.

So far, Android 12 doesn't look like much — and for good reason: This latest Android version really is a true developer preview, with mostly just technical changes aimed at, y'know, developers. It actually makes an awful lot of sense, even if Android previews in the past have generally been a little more elaborate early on.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 25, 2021

Driven by pandemic, the US enters the world of Apple Pay
Apple's decision to invent arguably one of the world's best mobile payment systems seems a really great move now as US consumers shift away from cash in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple Pay advances in the US We know the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly accelerated global digital transformation projects, nurturing new respect for fron- line and essential workers and prompting what seems likely to be a lasting move to work from home.

It has also driven mass adoption of mobile payments systems, according to the latest Worldpay Global Payments report. "2020 catapulted payments years ahead of projections," the report says.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 25, 2021

IT Salary Survey 2021: Security and cloud computing certifications on the up
Do more certifications lead to new jobs, promotions or a pay rise? We asked 1,172 IT professionals their thoughts and whether or not they are currently pursuing certifications and in which areas of technology?

ComputerWorld
Feb 25, 2021

Microsoft to cut perpetual Office support by 50%, raise price by 10%
Microsoft plans to upgrade the "perpetual" Office for enterprises in the second half of the year, when it will also slash support to five years and raise prices by 10%.

The company's multiple shots at the traditional form of licensing — dubbed "perpetual" because the license provides rights to run the software as long as one wants — are more evidence, if it's needed, that Microsoft is eager to push, pull, and prod commercial customers into service-esque subscriptions.

[ Related: 10 productivity-boosting apps for Microsoft Teams ] Microsoft reiterated, seemingly for the nth time, that it is expending virtually all of its Office-related resources on the subscription-based Office 365 and Microsoft 365, and implied that anything but a subscription would be second rate and substandard.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 25, 2021

16 technology winners and losers, post-COVID
The coronavirus crisis has shaken up business as usual, with some IT strategies and tools rising to the occasion and others in line for a rethink or tough recovery post-pandemic.(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Feb 25, 2021

WhatsApp's new 'privacy' policy is a gift to other messaging apps
When WhatsApp made clear that it planned to share a lot more information with parent company Facebook, including sensitive data such as phone number, device particulars and location, some users were not happy. But WhatsApp didn't just make those changes. It included them in a new privacy policy and asked users to agree or not.

TechCrunch noted that users who don't agree will soon become non-users.

"In an email to one of its merchant partners, …Facebook-owned WhatsApp said it will 'slowly ask' such users to comply with the new terms 'in order to have full functionality of WhatsApp' starting May 15," TechCrunch reported. "If they still don't accept the terms, 'for a short time (later defined as "a few weeks"), these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app. WhatsApp's policy for inactive users states that accounts are 'generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity.'"

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ComputerWorld
Feb 24, 2021

Amazon switches on macOS Big Sur for AWS
Delay may be the deadliest form of denial, but Amazon's decision to introduce Mac support via AWS illustrates Apple's growing importance in enterprise IT, as vendors across the board follow the money.

Big Sur in the cloud That importance is this week reflected by Amazon's decision to offer macOS Big Sur in the cloud within AWS. The company originally confirmed plans to offer Big Sur support in early December when it first introduced support for Macs in the form of a fleet of Mac minis. Now, it seems those Macs have been upgraded and Amazon has introduced support for macOS Big Sur in its cloud.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 24, 2021

How to hire and retain Black tech pros — for real
American companies are once again promising to increase minority hiring and retention in the aftermath of the 2020 police killings of George Floyd and other Black people and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations. But Black people have heard this promise before — for decades, in fact — with little tangible change in the low employment numbers of Black engineers, developers, and IT pros.

For companies that really do want to change their staffs to better reflect diversity in the US, it's time to go beyond words and take action. To help you do that, Computerworld talked to several people in the frontlines of promoting the hiring of Black people for tech jobs. Their advice was strong and unambiguous: Define the business case for diversity, then follow up with a determined action plan and establish the metrics to monitor the results and adjust course as needed. And perhaps even harder, learn to truly connect with the Black community to establish the relationships that lead to sustainable diversity.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 24, 2021

IT Salary Survey 2021: Over half of IT pros are satisfied at work - but nearly half are job hunting
Happy at work? Maybe you are not alone. Our 2021 salary survey of IT professionals reveals current attitudes to pay, responsibilities and what matters most in their current jobs.

ComputerWorld
Feb 24, 2021

Microsoft 365 Advanced Audit: What you need to know
Microsoft's powerful new auditing options will help detect intrusions and see what was accessed...if you've paid for the right licenses.(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

This AI And Coding Course Will Change Your Career Forever
Between the mass move to working from home and working online, there is ample evidence to suggest that learning to program is both a lucrative career move and a fascinating essential skill. Coding is a skill that can take your career new places or just make your resume stand out among all the others, and with the professional hand the last year has dealt the world, every opportunity for improvement is worth taking. With the AI & Python Development eBook Bundle by Mercury Learning, you can become a skilled programmer and distinguish yourself professionally. For $19.99, you will get access to 15 eBooks on Python, Artificial Intelligence, TensorFlow, and more, a comprehensive set of books that would normally cost you over $500.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

Two big buts about Samsung's Android security update announcement
Didja see? Samsung's pledging a full four years of support for security updates on its Galaxy-branded Android phones. Well, shiver me timbers: That sure is somethin'!

Samsung slapped the news down onto these here internerfs of ours Monday morning, and the glowing headlines predictably followed — with some stories going as far as to proclaim Samsung as the new undisputed "king of Android upgrades" or to declare that the company was now "beating Google at its own game."

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ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

Microsoft slashes Windows 10 long-term support by half
Microsoft has slashed support from 10 years to just five for Windows 10 LTSC, the version the company once pitched to enterprises as the OS that foreswore constant updating.

In a Feb. 18 post to a Microsoft blog, Joe Lurie, senior product marketing manager, announced that the next iteration of Windows 10 LTSC, aka "Long-term Support Channel," will be released in the second half of this year. That timetable means the next LTSC will be pegged as either Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 or Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2022.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

Something new, something old in Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro upgrade
Apple plans something old and something new in the refreshed MacBook Pro it's expected to introduce in the latter half of 2021. What's new includes M-series processors, while old returnees allegedly include MagSafe and an SD card reader.

Interest is already high We know there's a lot of interest in Apple's new processor, which means as the company ramps up new models of its pro machines we will see plenty of interest from enterprise pros.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

BrandPost: Why Hyperconverged Infrastructure Can Mean Hyper-reduced Lifetime Costs
Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) has been around for some time, but it is now being used by many mainstream enterprise data centers. It blends the elements of a traditional three-tier architecture (compute, storage and networking) into a single software-defined solution. In doing so, it offers cloud-like economics and scale without compromising on performance, resiliency and availability.

That's all well and good, but much is made of HCI's ability to reduce your operating costs. Is that true, and exactly how does HCI do it?

Modern IT's biggest challenges

With multi-billion-dollar digital transformation projects already in progress, IT needs to justify every dime spent. This goes beyond upfront capital expenditure. You need to maximize the efficiency of every investment over time.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

BrandPost: Why Hyperconverged Infrastructure Reduces Lifetime Costs
Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) has been around for some time, but it is now being used by many mainstream enterprise data centers. It blends the elements of a traditional three-tier architecture (compute, storage and networking) into a single software-defined solution. In doing so, it offers cloud-like economics and scale without compromising on performance, resiliency and availability.

That's all well and good, but much is made of HCI's ability to reduce your operating costs. Is that true, and exactly how does HCI do it?

Modern IT's biggest challenges

With multi-billion-dollar digital transformation projects already in progress, IT needs to justify every dime spent. This goes beyond upfront capital expenditure. You need to maximize the efficiency of every investment over time.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

IT Salary Survey 2021: Hiring rate expected to increase but priorities will shift
Our survey of 1,172 IT professionals finds that demand for some IT skills is strong but the pandemic has influenced the rate of hiring and roles that are being prioritized.

ComputerWorld
Feb 23, 2021

Where to find and recruit Black tech pros
The shock of the killing of George Floyd and other Black people in 2020 got Americans talking again about racial disparities — and companies talking again about improving diversity and inclusion. With Black History Month now winding down, there's even more talk.

But there's been talk off and on for decades, with little result.

By some measures, the proportion of Black people in engineering professions has actually dropped since the 1980s, despite all the awareness. More recently, while there have been improvements in Black representation in IT positions across industries, Black representation in the US tech sector as a whole is still just half of what the Black population overall is. Black representation remains even lower in the tech vendor community.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

BrandPost: 3 Ways HCI Improves Data Center Security
As we all know, nothing is 100% secure — perhaps none more so than when legacy server infrastructure is involved. Old, vulnerable gear is a blessing for hackers. Increasingly sophisticated attacks are preying on outdated legacy infrastructure.

$4m per data breach

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ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

Viva Connections: What your intranet wants to be
Microsoft earlier this month announced Microsoft Viva, a new integrated Employee Experience Platform (EXP) that brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights inand delivers them via Microsoft Teams. There are four modules: Viva Topics, Viva Insights, Viva Learning, and Viva Connections. While every organization may not use all four modules, or every aspect of each module, Microsoft Viva includes something for every organization.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

Why Apple should let you define private places on iPhones
If you've ever found the Significant Locations section on your iPhone, then a recently published study that shows how such data can be used to decipher personal information about users should pose some alarm.

Significant Locations The way Significant Locations works is that your iPhone keeps a list of places you frequently visit. This list usually shows your favorite places and shops and will, of course, log the location of any service you might visit often, such as the medical center.

Apple gathers this information to provide "useful location-related information" in its apps and services, and promises this data is encrypted and cannot be read by Apple. But I'm a little unclear whether this information is made available to third-party apps.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience
Apple plans with iOS 14.5 to allow masked enterprise employees to access their iPhones if they are also wearing an Apple Watch (running WatchOS 7.4), that is unlocked. Heads up: This is a quintessential convenience vs. security trade-off from Apple, and if you don't insist that workers refrain from using the feature, corporate security will suffer.

In short, it will be make it much easier for corporate spies and cyberthieves to snag your company's intellectual property, which is being created, stored, and shipped within smartphones today at a far greater rate than 2019 — aka the pre-COVID-19 times.

[ Related: When work-from-home means the boss is watching ] Apple has refused to let this convenience do anything other than opening the phone (which is bad enough). And it will not allow the feature to bypass facial ID authentication for the AppleCard, ApplePay or any third-party app (such as banks and investment firms) that have embraced Face ID. That tells you pretty much all you need to know about how much of a security corner-cutter this move is.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

BrandPost: 3 ways HCI helps improve your data center security
As we all know, nothing is 100% secure — perhaps none more so than when legacy server infrastructure is involved.

$4m per data breach

As a CIO or senior IT worker, you're increasingly being asked to do more with less. Budgets are squeezed while expectations rise, yet new security threats still need focused time and resources. It's a tricky position to be in - you don't have to be a magician to work in IT, but it helps.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

The .NET patch failure that wasn't
When we started this month of patching, I fully expected to come back by now with massive listings of applications that hated the February updates. That hasn't been the case, though there have been some issues related to .NET this month. 

In case you're wondering, .NET is a framework used by developers to build applications. It makes for standard coding techniques and "managed code" and can make an app more secure. Developers primarily use Visual studio to develop software that we all use on our Windows systems.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

IT Salary Survey 2021: Compensation holds steady despite pandemic
Our survey of 1,172 IT pros finds that despite the pandemic, most people have seen compensation rise or remain steady but some old inequalities remain

ComputerWorld
Feb 22, 2021

How to collaborate with Dropbox Spaces
Dropbox is best known as a cloud storage service, but it also offers a set of collaboration tools under the name Spaces. In a nutshell, Spaces lets you turn folders into project workspaces where you and teams can collaborate. For example, you and your co-workers can add comments to files, include descriptions of folders, and create shared to-do lists. Spaces is available with all Dropbox individual user plans (including both free and paid versions) and team accounts for business.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Feb 19, 2021

Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. In addition to its steady releases of major and minor updates to the current version of Windows 10, the company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.

Microsoft numbers Windows 10 releases using a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So the most recent version of Windows is officially referred to as Windows 10 version 20H2, or the October 2020 Update. The next feature update, due in the spring of 2021, will be version 21H1.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 19, 2021

Apple is investing in 6G, but it doesn't matter (yet)
Apple is investing in next-generation 6G technology development. Why? What for? And should we get excited yet?

What is 6G? With most iPhone users only now making use of 5G, it seems way too early to make much fuss about the next fast wireless standard — particularly as the standard hasn't been developed and is far from being finalized.

We can't really say what 6G is, because it hasn't been removed from the oven. But we can talk about some of the ingredients Apple and others on the 6G standards development bodies are pouring into their network kitchen bowl.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 19, 2021

Need simple IT infrastructure for a small business? Try V2 Cloud
Life can turn on a dime. For proof, consider everything we've experienced in the past year. At the end of 2019, it was business as usual. Then, with little to no warning, everything came to a crashing halt. Stores closed, schools shuttered, and many governments issued orders to shelter in place. In the span of just a few months, our lives were completely upended.

In the doom and gloom, though, some saw an opportunity. They got creative, altered the way they conducted business, and, in some cases, wound up doing better than they otherwise would have. By moving their brick and mortar operations into the digital realm, their employees were able to work from home, save money, and in turn, opened themselves up to new and bigger things.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 19, 2021

This $1,194 Microsoft Azure certification prep bundle is $30 for President's Day
No one wants to sit in a crowded classroom in the middle of a pandemic. But that doesn't mean we should resist opportunities to upgrade our skills. Want to transition your IT career to include cloud-based technologies and quickly? Then the 2021 Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle, which can be taken from the comfort of home right now, may be ideal.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 19, 2021

Trello, now 10, offers up an ambitious platform overhaul
Productivity app Trello announced a major redesign this week, adding features to help businesses better manage third-party integrations, new customizable cards and the ability to access workloads beyond the core whiteboard view.

The changes come after a year in which Trello said it saw a spike in users because of the rush to remote work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; the company now boasts more than 50 million signups.

"During the pandemic, Trello became many people's new offices in a remote-first world," Trello co-founder Michael Pryor wrote in a company blog post. Sign-ups rose 73% in March 2020, he said, compared to the same month a year earlier.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 19, 2021

6 secret settings for smarter sharing in Chrome on Android
Oh — hello there. So, you like uncovering awesome advanced powers for your Android phone browser, do ya? You've thoroughly explored all the carefully concealed settings for better browsing in the Chrome Android app from the other day, and you're back for even more already? My, you are a tenacious little monkey.

Well, you've come to the right place, my fellow primate, for I also enjoy unearthing exceptionally interesting out-of-sight settings. And I've been doing an awful lot of digging in the Chrome Android browser as of late — so much, in fact, that I've got a whole other set of easily overlooked treasures to go beyond the browsing-centric batch we already brought into our lives.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 19, 2021

Esports — the next enterprise productivity tool?
This week, the Washington Post had an interesting story about large companies turning to esports to strengthen teams and increase productivity. This approach can be better than than the physical sports often used for teambuilding, improving trust between employees, and boosting productivity. While this benefit is particularly pronounced during the pandemic, the benefits could extend to when we aren't stuck at home. 

This practice is becoming so popular that there is now a formal Corporate Esports Association that handles the games much as company baseball, football, and basketball teams are handled, making them a regular part of employees' work/life balance. 

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ComputerWorld
Feb 18, 2021

Podcast: M1X chip: The next generation of Apple Silicon
Apple's existing M1 Macs may not be the only Apple Silicon Macs for long. Rumors about the next generation of M1 chips have leaked, and they suggest the powerful new chip, the M1X, will possess more cores than the M1. On this episode of Today in Tech, Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss the predicted performance of M1X Macs and whether this next generation of Apple Silicon will widen Apple's enterprise share.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 18, 2021

Apple publishes in-depth M1, Mac, and iOS security guide
Apple has published its annual Apple Platform Security Guide, which includes updated details concerning the security of all its platforms, including the new M1 and A14 chips inside Apple Silicon Macs and current iPhones, respectively.

The first look inside M1 Mac security The extensive 196-page report explains how Apple continues to develop its core security models along the premise of mutually distrusting security domains. The idea here is that each element in the security chain is independent, gathers little user information, and is built with a zero-trust model that helps boost security resilience.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 18, 2021

What's next for remote workers? A virtual ‘watercooler'
For all of the successes of the pandemic-forced shift to remote work, replicating the casual interactions that happen naturally in the office — the impromptu team lunch, informal hallway chat, or a quick strategy session by the coffee machine — has been a lot harder when working from home.

These seemingly innocuous conversations and connections can benefit both workers and employers, improving wellbeing, sparking innovation and even boosting productivity. A growing number of start-ups such as Donut and Tandem are now looking to connect remote colleagues more effectively with "watercooler" and "virtual office" style apps to address the disconnection many workers feel.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 17, 2021

Tech salaries rose in 2020 — despite COVID-19
Although the US tech and IT sectors saw major layoffs in mid-2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sectors have recovered most of the lost jobs. Even better, salaries actually rose by 3.6% in 2020, according to jobs site Dice.com's 2021 Tech Salary Report — and will continue to do so in 2021.

[ Further reading: Diversity and inclusion make IT stronger ] But the salary growth accrued to just 52% of tech employees surveyed; 35% saw flat wages, and the rest (13%) saw declines. Those who saw declines cited a change of employer, layoffs, or company-wide salary reductions as the main causes — all of them effects of the pandemic.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 17, 2021

If you liked the M1 Macs, you'll love the M1X
If you were blown away by the performance of Apple's first generation M1 Macs, get ready to be completely stunned by what's coming next, as information about what's coming inside the next iteration begins to leak.

All praise the M1X Now remember, it is early days; the M1X chip may still be in pre-production phase, and the computer(s) Apple plans to make that use it may or may not already be in production. Which means the early data needs to be (a) taken with a pinch of salt and (b) may not reflect the performance we actually see. But the data does suggest the next wave of Apple Silicon Macs will be something to brag about.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 17, 2021

Is Windows 10 a secret Slack slayer?
When Microsoft rolled out Teams, its work collaboration software, in 2017, it took dead aim at Slack, the reigning king of work collaboration tools. The first Teams iteration was not particularly noteworthy, and Slack was clearly superior.  One big drawback in those early days was that Teams, surprisingly, didn't work well with Office.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Feb 16, 2021

Microsoft bucks history, pegs Windows 10 21H1 as 'minor' upgrade
Microsoft will release a spring update for Windows 10, contrary to earlier reports that claimed the company would omit a first-half refresh of the operating system.

In a Feb. 15 post to the WinHEC blog — a message center used to keep Microsoft's hardware partners informed — the Redmond, Wash. developer said that the next upgrade, designated 21H1, will "follow the same [hardware compatibility] guidelines as 20H2," referring to the feature upgrade released last October.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 16, 2021

iPad gains much-improved Microsoft Office app
Microsoft has at last introduced its all-in-one Office app for the iPad, giving enterprise professionals using the Apple tablet access to its well-designed mobile productivity app.

What is Microsoft Office (mobile)? The mobile app version of Office combines the company's triumvirate of mobile productivity solutions — Office, Excel and PowerPoint — in one well-designed app.

These core apps are supplemented with extremely useful additional features (see below) and the combined software has the benefit of requiring far less space on your device than all three individual apps.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 16, 2021

6 secret settings for better browsing in Chrome on Android
Hey. You. Yes, you there — the one with your eyes on the screen. What if I were to tell you that that the browser you rely on for all of your web-based activities on your phone had oodles of extra features — top-secret settings that'd add awesome powers into your Android browsing adventures and make wiggling your way around this wacky ol' web meaningfully easier?

Well, provided you're using Google's Chrome browser for Android, that's as true as true can be. And best of all, it doesn't take much to uncover all of Chrome's carefully concealed treasures — if you know where to look.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 16, 2021

Back to the future: Microsoft moves to push Windows 10 users to the cloud
As the months and years go by, Microsoft keeps steadily moving away from its old model of PC operating systems, which started with buying Seattle Computing Products' 86-DOS, aka Quick and Dirty DOS in July 1981 and renaming it MS-DOS 1.10, toward  Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Feb 15, 2021

How to password protect PDFs on Macs (for free)
If you are working remotely you may already be using or looking for some way to use password-protected PDFs to help maintain information security. Here is how to do so using your Mac's built-in software.

There are two ways to create password-protected PDFs on the Mac, using Preview or the Print manager on the machine.

Use the Print dialog You can use the multi-talented Print dialog to create a secure PDF. (Here are some additional printing secrets).

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ComputerWorld
Feb 15, 2021

Tech Resume Library: 24 downloadable templates for IT pros
A well-crafted resume will attract recruiters, HR pros and hiring managers, but getting it just right is a daunting task. To jump start the process, Insider Pro has assembled this collection of real resumes revamped by professional resume writers. (Watch this space for new templates.)

ComputerWorld
Feb 15, 2021

For February, a 'bumpy' Patch Tuesday ride
One week out from Patch Tuesday and it's been a bumpy release for the month, especially for older versions of Windows 10 and Server 2016. (Less affected: the consumer versions of Windows 10 2004 and 20H2.)

Windows Server 2016/1607 suffered the worst of the issues: the original version of the Servicing Stack update KB4601392 caused patching to get "stuck." Server patchers had to jump through a ton of hoops to get the monthly security update installed. Microsoft pulled the bad update and replaced it with KB5001078. If you were unlucky and installed KB4601392 before it was pulled, Microsoft has this  guidance to manually reset Windows updates components.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 12, 2021

BrandPost: How Regular Device Rotations Plus Support Plans Keep Users Productive and Thriving
Forward-thinking companies know they can't skimp on the computers that keep users productive day in and day out. Regular device rotations are common practice, along with support plans to ensure devices are covered for the occasional, inevitable problems.

This approach has never been more important, because today, companies face a new wrinkle: Those devices are in users' homes, facing uncommon risks. Devices may be left lying about, or subject to damage from pets or rambunctious children. Surge protectors may be nonexistent, leaving devices subject to power anomalies. Spills are more likely than in an office environment, given pets, kids, and questionable workspaces.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 12, 2021

What's not to love with this month's Patch Tuesday?
With only 53 updates in the February Patch Tuesday collection released this week — and no updates for Microsoft browsers — you'd be forgiven for thinking we had another easy month (after a light December and January). Despite lower-than-average numbers for updates and patches, four vulnerabilities have been publicly disclosed and we are seeing a growing number of reports of exploits in the wild.

In short: this is a big, important update that will require immediate attention and a rapid response to testing and deployment.

For example, Microsoft has just released an out-of-band update to fix a Wi-Fi issue that is leading to Blue Screens of Death (BSODs). Somebody is going to run into trouble unless this gets fixed fast. We have included a helpful infographic that this month looks a little lopsided (again), as all of the attention should be on the Windows components

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ComputerWorld
Feb 12, 2021

Can Apple Watch boost your endpoint security?
Enterprises seeking tools with which to improve endpoint security for the new remote working business environment may want to spend a little time considering the Apple Watch.

Access all areas My argument is simple: Apple's growing place in the enterprise means its complementary ecosystems can help support your business. As deal follows deal, the number of iPhones in use across the sector is growing fast, which means millions of workers already have access to the watch.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 12, 2021

Tech event calendar 2021: Upcoming US shows, conferences, and IT expos
Regional IT events Africa Australia Middle East Southeast Asia Global security events Computerworld has compiled a list of upcoming technology events for the IT industry taking place in the following weeks and months.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 11, 2021

Podcast: Worldwide chip shortage affects the iPhone 12; Apple Car rumors
A worldwide shortage of semiconductors is hurting the sales of everything from smartphones to cars. Apple said the chip shortage affected sales of its latest iPhones. Automakers, who also rely on semiconductors in newer car models, expect to take a $61 billion hit due to the chip shortage. Coincidentally, Apple has recently been in talks with carmaker. Is the Apple Car on the horizon? On this episode of Today in Tech, Macworld senior writer Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss the effect of the chip shortage and what to expect from the rumored Apple Car.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 11, 2021

Apple wants Safari in iOS to be your private browser
Apple seems focused on building Safari to become the world's leading privacy-focused web browser, continuing development of under-the-hood enhancements to protect private lives.

Better privacy by proxy Beginning with (currently in beta) iOS 14.5, Apple is improving privacy by changing how Safari accesses Google's Safe Browsing service. The latter warns users when they visit a fraudulent website. (Apple uses the service to drive the "Fraudulent Website Warning" in SettingsSafari on iOS or iPadOS devices.)

The Safe Browsing service works by identifying potentially compromised sites from Google's web index. If it suspects a site is compromised, virtual machines are despatched to see whether the site attempts to compromise them.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 11, 2021

Android launchers are officially exciting again
Launchers are one of Android's most powerful and unusual features — and yet, they're also one of the platform's least understood elements.

Ask an average Android phone owner what launcher they're using, and odds are, you'll get little more than a quizzical look (and maybe a swift kick to the shin) in return. Ask a power user about their launcher preferences, though, and you're likely to launch yourself into a 45-minute conversation about the merits of all the latest options.

Me? I've always fallen into that latter camp (which comes as a huge surprise, I'm sure). I've loved the presence of Android launchers since way back in the days of Froyo — a dated and nerdy enough reference at this point that if you understand it, you're probably a fan of Android launchers, too. And in case you aren't familiar with Android launchers yet, they're specialty apps that replace your entire home screen and app drawer environment with something different — something that's typically more customizable and often less cluttered than your phone's default setup.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 11, 2021

iGenius' Crystal: An enterprise-class digital assistant at last?
I'm a big fan of digital assistants and have an Amazon Echo device in almost every room. They turn on faucets, turn off lights, answer questions (though often not accurately), and I can even have conversations with them. But when it comes to applying them to actual work efforts, they fall woefully short.

This week, I came across a company — iGenius — that might be able to change that. It created Crystal to marry your vast data repositories with artificial intelligence (AI) to give birth to your very own enterprise-class digital assistant. 

While iGenius is far from the only company working on this, Crystal is the best such tool I've seen so far. 

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ComputerWorld
Feb 10, 2021

BrandPost: Partnering for Success in the New Normal: Why IT Needs Help Protecting Remote Devices
Most enterprise IT groups were set up to manage devices that, for the most part, were located inside company walls. Yes, support also had to extend to traveling users with the occasional problems ? but that was the exception, not the rule. Today, with almost everyone working from home, that dynamic has flipped on its head - and IT needs help dealing with this new normal.

The problem extends to public-sector entities, particularly K-12 schools, many of which have limited budgets for IT staff. The people providing support may not be bona-fide IT staff, but librarians or that science teacher who has an affinity for technology.

If a device has a problem, the traditional solution was to go to the library and check out another one. That's not an option with many students learning from home. Overall, the lack of IT support can mean students are unable to log in, download content, or have access to teachers - in other words, to learn.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 10, 2021

10 useful Mac tips for busy workers
If you work from home, you're probably busier than ever these days. These 10 Mac tips should help you get more done faster.

How to combine files into a PDF with Preview So, you've got two or more different PDF documents and you want to combine them all into one, perhaps for a report? There are two ways to achieve this:

Find and select the documents you want to combine and Control-click them to access the available controls. At the bottom, select Quick Actions and then choose "Create PDF." Or open one of the files in Preview and use the top left drop-down menu to select Thumbnails. You should then see previews of each page of the document appear in the sidebar. Once the thumbnails of the first PDF are visible, you can add more PDFs using drag and drop into the sidebar — like adding a page. Even multi-page PDFs can be added with this one gesture. It's dead useful. How to merge calendars As can happen with other data on our Macs, we may eventually end up with multiple calendars for different purposes. That gives rise to the need to merge some of these to help keep and organize the data inside them. Here is how to merge different calendars.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 10, 2021

Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps
Need to get up to speed on the latest features in Excel? Wrestling with an old version of Word? Looking to get more out of Windows 10? Computerworld's cheat sheets are easy-to-use guides to help you navigate Microsoft's core productivity apps.

Here's a one-stop resource where you can find in-depth stories on several generations of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Windows, focusing on what's new in each major release. We've also got guides for Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, and Windows itself.

Microsoft's subscription-based office suite, called Office 365 or Microsoft 365 depending on your version, is continually updated with new features, and the company's latest non-subscription office suite is Office 2019. We've got cheat sheets for all those products, but we're willing to bet that many companies and individuals will stay on older versions of the standalone software for some time to come. We've got you covered here.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 10, 2021

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
In mid-October, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 version 20H2, known as the October 2020 Update. But 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 version 20H2, with the most recent updates on top. Next come updates to version 2004, known as the May 2020 Update; then updates to version 1909, the November 2019 Update; and so on. 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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ComputerWorld
Feb 10, 2021

PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet
Need to create and share a presentation? If so, you probably turn to the most popular presentation application in the world, Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.

Microsoft sells Office under two models: Individuals and businesses can pay for the software license up front and own it forever (what the company calls the "perpetual" version of the suite), or they can purchase a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription, which means they have access to the software for only as long as they keep paying the subscription fee.

When you purchase a perpetual version of the suite — say, Office 2016 or Office 2019 — its applications will never get new features, whereas apps in the "365" subscriptions are continually updated with new features. For more details, see "Microsoft Office 2019 vs. Office 365: How to pick the best one for you" Confusing matters even more, Microsoft has recently renamed most, but not all, of its Office 365 subscriptions under the "Microsoft 365" moniker, which generally means the plan includes everything from the old Office 365 plans plus some additional features and apps.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 10, 2021

PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet: Ribbon quick reference
This download accompanies our story PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 cheat sheet. See that article for detailed information on how to get the most out of PowerPoint for Microsoft 365/Office 365 in Windows.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Feb 09, 2021

Microsoft issues green light for Windows 10 2004. (But what's the point?)
Microsoft last week gave the green light for Windows 10 2004, signaling to commercial customers that the May 2020 feature upgrade is now reliable enough for them to widely deploy.

"Windows 10, version 2004 is designated for broad deployment," Microsoft stated in a terse message posted to the Windows release health hub. "The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel."

Microsoft has taken to relying on the phrase "broad deployment" to tell enterprise IT administrators that it's time to roll out a previously-released feature upgrade. It did the same in May 2020, when it vetted Windows 10 1909 as ready for business.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 09, 2021

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

And then there are the features that fall somewhere in between — features that seem useful, maybe even pique our interest when we first hear about 'em, but then get lost in the shuffle and forgotten as time wears on. Especially when said features are out of sight and not at all obvious, they're all too easy to overlook and abandon.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 09, 2021

It's time for an App Store scam app crackdown
Any enterprise knows the biggest problem with rapid business expansion is scale; as a company's business grows, it will face a range of unintended consequences. One of these can be a stealthy scourge of scam apps being sold at app stores, including Apple's own.

We didn't see this coming Did we see this coming? Of course we did.

Cast your mind back to the early days of the App Store and you may recall the "I Am Rich" app, which cost $999.99 and did almost precisely nothing. It consisted of a glowing red button and an icon which displayed the words:

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ComputerWorld
Feb 08, 2021

Microsoft to replace legacy Edge in April with Chromium-based version
Microsoft has told customers that the April cumulative update for Windows 10 — the one slated to arrive on April 13, that month's "Patch Tuesday" — will remove the original, and now outdated, Edge browser and replace it with the newer Chromium-based Edge that debuted a year ago.

Users who accept April's update, which will include, as does every Patch Tuesday update, the month's fixes for security flaws, will then also receive Chromium Edge and lose the legacy Edge. The older browser launched in mid-2015 as the default browser for Windows 10.

Skipping the April update will do no good, as every cumulative update issued after April 13 will also include the old-Edge-gone new-Edge-here process.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 08, 2021

US IT jobs grow in January, defying broader employment struggles
Even as the overall US economy struggled in January — adding just 6,000 private sector jobs and 49,000 jobs overall — the seasonally adjusted IT job growth last month was 18,200, according to the latest figures from IT employment consultancy Janco Associates. The past two months saw 55,000 new IT jobs, revised up from the 18,000 total reported a month earlier, based on revisions from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Still, compared to January 2020, US IT jobs have decreased by 35,800, a loss of about 1%. Last spring, more than 100,000 IT jobs were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, representing about 3% of the IT workforce.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 08, 2021

Ahead of Patch Tuesday, a cautionary tale
Microsoft has officially deemed Windows 10 version 2004 as "ready for business," but I'd argue it still needs a bit more help to be fully ready for consumers. With this month's Patch Tuesday upon us, here's an example of what I mean. It involves mysterious NAS issues, some sleuthing, and a workaround — all of which show how troublesome updates can be sometimes.

This case involves one AskWoody subscriber who told me recently that each time he upgraded to Windows 10 2004 the installation would break his computer. Like any good geek who refuses to let technology get the best of me, I emailed him back and asked for more information about what was getting broken when he upgraded. Turns out, he would lose access to mapped drives on his NAS (network attached storage) devices. Though he tried to remap the drives, they would fail, forcing him to roll back to  Windows 10 1909 — where everything would work.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 08, 2021

Remote work 2.0 — when WFH really means 'work from anywhere'
While exploring Mayan ruins and lost cities in the jungles of Guatemala, I emerged from a dense forest one day in search of something truly elusive: a Wi-Fi network.

The year was 2006. I was with my wife and two sons on the trip of a lifetime, going from one Mayan site to another across five countries over six weeks. I wasn't on vacation. I worked during the entire trip. At the time, I was writing a weekly opinion column for Computerworld, with consulting work on the side.

Tech Spotlight: The Future of Work Remote work 2.0 — when WFH really means 'work from anywhere' (Computerworld) 7 key questions facing the future of work (CIO) 6 top security technologies to protect remote workers (CSO) 7 best practices for remote development teams (InfoWorld) How the data center workforce is evolving (Network World) I decided as an experiment to tell neither my editor nor my clients that I would be traveling. I wanted to conduct an experiment — to see if they would even notice that I was abroad. (Spoiler: They didn't.)



ComputerWorld
Feb 08, 2021

The future of work: Coming sooner than you think
What will your worklife be like years from now? Today's work-from-home world has given us a glimpse of the future, as these five articles from CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World illustrate.

ComputerWorld
Feb 05, 2021

Is there a human consequence to WFH?
Apple has done great business during the pandemic with enterprise use of Macs up 23% and record iPhone sales. But is there a human cost to working from home? It looks possible.

Crisis in the work/life gap To get some sense of the impact of remote working, I spoke with TRUCE Software, who shared recent data the company has published that provides a heat map to show us where we are.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 05, 2021

Zoom Rooms tweaks aim to bolster a safe re-opening of offices
Zoom this week unveiled updates to its Zoom Rooms suite designed to support businesses that continue to give employees the option to work remotely once offices fully reopen.

The question of what the workplace will look like post-pandemic has been a major uncertainty since widespread lockdown orders were put in place last year as COVID-19 spread; the general consensus is that most companies will adopt a hybrid model, with some employees at home, others in the office. While that option is overwhelmingly favored by workers, it presents challenges for organizations looking to ensure a seamless collaboration between remote and office-based workers.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 05, 2021

Zoom Rooms tweaks aim to bolster a safe reopening of offices
Zoom this week unveiled updates to its Zoom Rooms suite designed to support businesses that continue to give employees the option to work remotely once offices fully reopen.

The question of what the workplace will look like post-pandemic has been a major uncertainty since widespread lockdown orders were put in place last year as COVID-19 spread; the general consensus is that most companies will adopt a hybrid model, with some employees at home, others in the office. While that option is overwhelmingly favored by workers, it presents challenges for organizations looking to ensure a seamless collaboration between remote and office-based workers.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 05, 2021

How to fix five Windows 10 headaches
When it made its debut in 2015, Windows 10 fixed several problems that were endemic in earlier versions of Windows — notably Windows 8 — and Microsoft has steadily improved Windows 10 since then. But it's still far from a perfect operating system and has its share of headaches.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 04, 2021

Podcast: iOS 14.5: New features and release date
Beta testing for the latest update to Apple's mobile operating system is underway, and users can expect to see some heavily anticipated features once it rolls out. The newest iteration of iOS, iOS 14.5, will include updated privacy measures, the ability to use Face ID to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask and 5G support. Macworld senior writer Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss these features and when users can try them out.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 04, 2021

Android's underappreciated keyboard advantage
I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been thinking an awful lot about Android keyboards this week. I'd even go as far as to say they've been dominating my brainwaves for the past several days. (Yes, I really am that cool. Try to contain your admiration.)

And you know what? Devoting all this mental energy to the simple-seeming subject of tapping out text on a phone has made me realize something: We — both the collective "we" representing us, the exceptionally smart and attractive earthlings who use and enjoy Android-based cellular telephones, and the broader "we" representing mobile-tech observers in general — have come to take for granted just how incredible the Android keyboard experience truly is.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 04, 2021

8K displays, eye-tracking for Apple's AR glasses, are coming, report claims
Yet more reports concerning Apple's biggest top secret projects (that everyone knows about) — Apple Car and Apple's AR mixed-reality headset — appeared this week. Apple watchers are looking at interesting times ahead.…

Your life on television The Information claims to have seen internal Apple images of a late-stage prototype from 2020 and has published a raft of claims concerning the company's mixed-reality headset plans. And while they will be deeply alluring to consumer markets, enterprise users must also pay attention.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 04, 2021

8K displays, eye-tracking for Apple's AR glasses, report claims
Yet more reports concerning Apple's biggest top secret but everyone knows about them projects, Apple Car and Apple's AR mixed-reality headset appeared this week - Apple watchers are looking at interesting times…

Your life on television The Information claims to have seen internal Apple images of a late-stage prototype from around 2020 and has published a raft of claims concerning the company's mixed-reality headset plans, and while they will be deeply alluring to consumer markets, enterprise users must also pay attention.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 04, 2021

Microsoft unveils Viva, its employee-experience platform for Teams
Microsoft today unveiled its employee-experience platform, Viva, which the company calls a digital "gateway" for employees to access relevant news, learning, analytics and knowledge within their organization.

Four Viva "modules" — Connections, Insights, Learning and Topics — will become available in Teams on a staggered basis over the next few months, Microsoft said, leveraging existing capabilities within the Microsoft 365 portfolio, including SharePoint and analytics tools.

The platform is also designed to provide managers and leaders better insights into the well-being and performance of workers, the company said.

[ Related: When work-from-home means the boss is watching ] "Today we are bringing together collaboration, learning and well-being, in order to create a complete new product category: [the] employee experience platform or EXP," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a pre-recorded briefing ahead of the announcement.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 04, 2021

Atlassian launches Cloud Enterprise to meet core customer needs
Atlassian has launched its most advanced cloud offering to date: Atlassian Cloud Enterprise for Jira Software, Confluence, and Jira Service Management.

Specifically designed to "meet the needs of [Atlassian's] enterprise customers," it's designed to  provide users with improved scalability, security, and governance controls to help standardize various Jira Software, Confluence, and Jira Service Management deployments on a purpose-built cloud platform.

Cloud Enterprise offers five new capabilities to address the "core needs" of enterprise customers. These include global scale, where customers are given the ability to not only standardize on one cloud platform that can scale on demand, but also set up multiple instances to support specific team needs; a 99.95% SLA guarantee; and a dedicated support team and enterprise-grade security and compliance to ensure safe, convenient access to Atlassian cloud products on any device while  meeting data privacy requirements across the globe.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 04, 2021

Microsoft pushes 'in cloud' settings collection to simplify PC management
Microsoft this week offered corporate customers a new set of configuration settings that it said  would create easier-to-manage PCs suitable for wide swaths of users, ranging from remote workers to students who needed little more than a browser and a handful of productivity applications.

Variously dubbed "in cloud" and "cloud config," the collection of settings was pitched as a way to deploy standardized PCs equipped for the most basic tasks: browsing the web, using Office and running a limited number of business line apps.

"Microsoft sees an opportunity to empower organizations by providing a recommended configuration of Windows 10 for users with focused workflow needs," Ravi Ashok and Stan White, senior program manager and principal software engineer, respectively, wrote in a setup guide. "Windows 10 in cloud configuration helps IT standardize and simplify management for these users."

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ComputerWorld
Feb 03, 2021

Engageli and the coming wave of pandemic-era education tools
With the rapid shift to remote work and study brought about last year by COVID-19, tools that were initially developed for remote meetings were force-fit to meet the problem at hand. The result was less than ideal as we saw engagement drop, education metrics fall, teachers and parents rebel and issues with work-life balance emerge. 

Those tools then went through one of the fastest evolutions I've seen outside of wartime. (As with any long-term disruptive change, eventually, purpose-built tools do emerge.) I recently had a chance to look at Engageli, which is being developed in Israel specifically for education. It takes a collaborative, scalable approach to the problem of remote learning, making it a tool that might also be ideal for specific kinds of business engagements. These would include specified projects, inter-company collaborations, advisory councils, and, of course, training. 

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