Microsoft’s next Windows 10 feature update, code – named 20H1, is coming very soon. We don’t know exactly when it will be released or what its official name will be, but its version number will be 2004. Unlike some previous Windows 10 feature updates, version 2004 doesn’t introduce a bunch of major new features. But it does include several useful tweaks to the ways business users and admins interact with the OS, such as the option of signing in without a password, an improved interface for 2 – in – 1 P Cs, and a Cortana reboot that puts productivity first. Read on for the ways that version 2004 helps make daily work in Windows 10 better. To read this article in full, please click here( Insider Story)
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) started to roll out, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 1909, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program. After years of using “ Redstone” in its code names for upcoming releases, Microsoft switched to a new format with version 1903, released in May 2019. The code names now use 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 Windows 10 version 1909, which was released in November 2019, was code – named “19H2” (for second half of 2019). The next feature update, due in the spring of 2020, is code – named 20H1. To read this article in full, please click here
Think fast: How many times a day do you pick up your phone to look at something? Unless you live in the tundra or have far more self – control than most, the answer probably falls somewhere between quite a few and more than any sane person could count. Assuming you keep your device properly secured, that means you’re doing an awful lot of unlocking — be it with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you tap or swipe onto your screen. Security’s important, but goodness gracious, it can be a hassle. Thankfully, there’s a better way. Google Smart Lock provides a variety of options for keeping your Android phone unlocked in preapproved, known – to – be – safe circumstances. It’s an easily overlooked but incredibly useful feature that lets you create a sensible balance between security and convenience. And once you set it up, it’s simple as can be to use. To read this article in full, please click here
The launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice – yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features. Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1909, known as the November 2019 Update — with the most recent updates on top. To read this article in full, please click here
Updated: If you weren’t entirely prepared for COVID – 19, you’re not alone. Ensuring business continuity in crisis management mode requires the right mix of technology, patience and agility. We hope this collection of Insider Pro articles helps.
As the coronavirus forces companies to move their communication and file sharing onto collaboration platforms, be prepared for unintended consequences: New security threats will surface, requiring new methods of securing your environment.
Nearly every technology company — and almost every business — is desperately determining how to use its arsenal of technology to combat the increasingly severe disruption caused by coronavirus.
Northwell Health is connecting tens of thousands of hospital workers with Microsoft Teams, improving collaboration between clinical staff and reducing the time needed to access patient information. Northwell, the largest hospital network in the New York City area with 23 hospitals and 800 outpatient facilities, began its deployment of Teams as a secure messaging platform at the start of last year. The reason for choosing Teams was to provide staff with a secure and compliant method of text communication, enabling hospital workers to share protected health information (PHI) on mobile devices, said Northwell Health’s chief medical information officer, Michael Oppenheim. To read this article in full, please click here( Insider Story)
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 this 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. To read this article in full, please click here
Baptist Health is a three – hospital, nonprofit system serving Montgomery, Ala. and the surrounding region. It has 680 beds, 550 affiliated physicians and is the largest private employer in the area. Like most healthcare facilities, Baptist Health has been working to reduce unnecessary admissions and readmissions by using massive data stores in electronic health record systems (EH Rs) — in this case, Cerner EHR system. Baptist Health had been using a LACE index tool, a widely used predictive analytics tool healthcare facilities often deploy within their existing EHR systems. LACE — it stands for Length of stay, Acuity of admission, Co – morbidities and Emergency room visits — ranks patients: the higher the scores, the higher the risk of returning to the hospital. To read this article in full, please click here( Insider Story)
Although containers emerged from the land of Linux, Microsoft has wholeheartedly embraced them. Beginning with Windows Server 2016, the company began offering two types of Docker – compatible containers: Windows Server containers and Hyper – V containers. And six years after that fateful day when Microsoft declared its love for Linux, developers today routinely plug apps in Docker containers on any Linux distro supported by the Windows Linux Subsystem or the Azure cloud. To read this article in full, please click here( Insider Story)
Apple settled a class action lawsuit as a result of alleged battery throttling issues in its i Phone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE models. The settlement calls for Apple to pay consumers $25 per i Phone. Macworld’s Michael Simon joins Juliet to discuss how customers might get paid, who is and isn’t eligible and why Apple settled in the first place. More about this in Mike’s article on Macworld: https://www.macworld.com/article/3530074/if – you – have – an – iphone – 6 – or – 7 – apple – owes – you – some – cash.html To read this article in full, please click here
In our recent survey, we asked IT professionals if certifications helped them land a job, earn a promotion or get a pay raise, and which certifications they’re planning to pursue. Here’s what we learned.
Apple is the latest company to join the FIDO Alliance, an industry standards group committed to finding more secure ways to log in to online accounts and apps. The FIDO Alliance pushes for multi – factor authentication (MFA) deployment, from biometric authentication to physical security keys. Computerworld’s Lucas Mearian joins Ken and Juliet to discuss why Apple joined the FIDO Alliance, how different forms of authentication work and how far away we are from a password – less world. To read this article in full, please click here
The cancellation of Mobile World Congress, the Geneva Motor Show and big – name withdrawals from other key industry events in response to the coronavirus outbreak means every enterprise should put remote working and collaboration systems in place. Now, This is not a drillI’m no expert, but the disease, appears to be characterized by high infection rates and a mortality rate 10 times higher than the flu. International response is not yet unified, some seem in denial, and the facts are becoming confused amidst the clamor. To read this article in full, please click here
While Teams may be the focal point of Microsoft’s current collaboration strategy these days, Yammer — the enterprise social network it acquired in 2012 for $1.2 billion — hasn’t been exactly left for dead. In fact, Microsoft unveiled a complete redesign of the enterprise social network at last year’s Ignite conference, offering up a new user interface based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design system, smart news feed recommendations, and tighter integration with Outlook, Share Point and, of course, Teams. To read this article in full, please click here
Apple is rumored to announce its new, lower – end i Phone at the end of March. Modeled after the i Phone 8, the i Phone 9 (or maybe it’ll be called the i Phone SE 2) will offer consumers a cheaper alternative to the higher – end i Phone 11 or i Phone 11 Pro. Reintroducing its lower – end phone puts Apple in line with its Android competitors, many of which offer lower – end, high quality phones. Macworld’s Michael Simon joins IDG TECH(talk) hosts Juliet Beauchamp and Ken Mingis to discuss the pros and cons of buying a cheaper smartphone and what they expect the upcoming i Phone 9 to look like. To read this article in full, please click here
Computerworld contributor Preston Gralla and Executive Editor Ken Mingis answer viewers’ questions about the latest Windows 10 release. To read this article in full, please click here
What a long, strange trip it’s been. From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google’s mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved. Here’s a fast – paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform’s birth to present. Android versions 1.0 to 1.1: The early days Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 — a release so ancient it didn’t even have a cute codename. Things were pretty basic back then, but the software did include a suite of early Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Calendar, and You Tube, all of which were integrated into the operating system — a stark contrast to the more easily updatable standalone – app model employed today. To read this article in full, please click here
We hear the terms deep web and dark web thrown around a lot... but what do they actually mean? And what’s the difference between the two? CSO Online writer J.M. Porup joins Juliet to dispel rumors and discuss what sets the deep web and dark web apart from the rest of the web. To read this article in full, please click here
Insider Pro reveals the current salaries for dozens of tech titles, details about IT workers top concerns, the state of the tech hiring and the tech specialties raking in the biggest compensation.
Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act begins this summer, but lawsuits are already being filed. To help you comply and avoid being sued, CSO contributor Maria Korolov joins IDG TECH(talk) host Juliet Beauchamp to discuss critical components of the CCPA and answer viewers’ questions. To read this article in full, please click here
If you go down to the farm today, you’ll likely find it packed with sensors, drones and remote management systems run by i Phones, i Pads and other mobile devices.A new agriculture In fact, we’re only one or two Siri Shortcuts away from voice – controlled farms equipped with remotely controlled irrigation, livestock and crop management solutions and blockchain – based crop lifecycle analysis tools. Most of this technology exists, but cost constrains deployment. Leading the digital transformation of agriculture are apps, such as: Agrellus, an online marketplace for agriculture, xarvio Scouting App for better crop management, FieldNET Mobile to control water pivots remotely, Yara ImageIT, which turns your i Phone into a crop nutrient testing system, Ag Sense, and Grain Truck Plus. There are many more apps for agriculture available at the App Store – including Tudder, the “ Tinder for farm animals. To read this article in full, please click here
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about technology we love. AI, 5G, edge computing, collaboration tools – all have people’s hearts racing. Watch as Michael Simon, writer for Macworld and PC World, and IDG TECH(talk) hosts Ken Mingis and Juliet Beauchamp discuss the technology they love most these days. To read this article in full, please click here
It’s the day after the 2020 Iowa caucuses, and the Iowa Democratic Party has yet to announce the winner. The app that precinct leaders were supposed to use to report final tallies recorded inconsistent results. Party leaders blamed a coding issue within the app, not a hack or attack. Computerworld’s Lucas Mearian joins Juliet to discuss the problem with mobile voting and how this snafu may affect the reputation of app voting in the future. To read this article in full, please click here
Mike Santimaw, SVP and CIO at Rent – A – Center, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview. Watch as they discuss simplifying IT architecture, personalizing the customer experience and more.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about technology we love. AI, 5G, edge computing, collaboration tools – all have people’s hearts racing. Watch as Michael Simon, writer for Macworld and PC World, and IDG TECH(talk) hosts Ken Mingis and Juliet Beauchamp discuss the technology they love most these days.
We hear the terms deep web and dark web thrown around a lot... but what do they actually mean? And what s the difference between the two? CSO Online writer J.M. Porup joins Juliet to dispel rumors and discuss what sets the deep web and dark web apart from the rest of the web.
The days of enterprise security being a separate entity from mobile and desktop endpoint management are coming to an end, which should delight infrastructure and security teams who’ll eventually have more powerful machine learning – enabled tools at their disposal — and a single console through which to control them. Security around mobile and desktop infrastructures has traditionally depended on what’s being managed; you purchase one for mobile devices and another for the rest of your endpoints, whether laptop or desktop.[ Related: Enterprise mobility 2019: Dawning of the age of UEM ] While security threats are growing, particularly phishing attacks via email, SMS or hyperlinks, the amount of money companies spend on mobile security appears to be shrinking. And yet, the percentage of organizations that admit to having suffered a mobile compromise grew in 2019, according to a Verizon survey. To read this article in full, please click here
Google’s Chrome browser rocks. It’s reliable, efficient and nicely cross – platform. Chrome is the most – used browser in the U.S. by far, with 66.9% market share as of January 2020, compared to 13.6% for the second – place Edge/ Internet Explorer combo from Microsoft, according to metrics vendor Net Applications. Chrome offers a wealth of extensions as well, with more than 188,000 available as of August 2019, according to Extension Monitor. ( And here’s an interesting twist: Microsoft’s newly revamped Edge browser can also run Chrome extensions.) The following is a sampling of 20 business – friendly Chrome extensions in multiple categories that received at least 4 or 5 stars from users, including tools that make Gmail smarter, web browsing safer, and saving web content easier. To read this article in full, please click here
In truth, the enterprise computing environment stopped being a monoculture many years ago; today’s businesses use a mix of platforms and devices to get things done – and this has led to an expansion in the number of companies offering employee choice programs. What is an employee choice program? The idea is pretty simple: New employees joining a company are offered a choice of computing platforms and devices to use at work. Company tech support is equipped to handle mixed – platform environments, and company IT infrastructure is designed to be platform agnostic. Where legacy technologies are still in use, internal or outsourced IT will work to figure out workarounds to interoperability issues. In many cases, these mixed – platform networks are supported by SaaS and other forms of cloud service provider. So, why does your company need an employee choice program? To read this article in full, please click here
Foldables, 5G, new Android phone options – listen as Computerworld blogger (and Android expert) JR Raphael joins IDG TECH(talk) hosts Ken Mingis and Juliet Beauchamp to discuss what we can expect for Android phones in 2020. To read this article in full, please click here
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are being used even more these days. Listen as Info World’s Serdar Yegulalp and IDG TEC Htalk hosts Juliet Beauchamp and Ken Mingis discuss how AI and ML are being used and answer viewers’ questions. To read this article in full, please click here