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Enterprise Application News
Apr 10, 2020

Microsoft just fixed Powerpoint: You're going to love Presenter Coach
I've come to loathe PowerPoint over the years. I once was a competitive speaker and watching people use this product - and the bad habits I've developed using it - has been like fingernails on a chalkboard. It has historically been a tool that promoted stupid things, like creating audience-abuse slides that no one could read and presentations where the presenter read the slide to the audience.  People, and I include myself, found it so easy to build presentations they'd wait until the last minute and then get in front of an audience with little or no rehearsal or preparation, resulting in substandard performance.  

But last month, Microsoft unveiled a whole bunch of enhancements, features, and improvements for Office 365, now called Microsoft 365. If you blinked, you may have missed something named Presenter Coach, which could turn Powerpoint into a tool that ensures presentation quality.  These features will roll out over the next several weeks; I can hardly wait.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 10, 2020

Delays, deals and drastic actions: Microsoft responds to the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the Tokyo Olympics, scrubbed all college sports and silenced presidential campaign rallies, so it shouldn't be any surprise that the crisis has also upended plans Microsoft once had set in similar stone.

But because of the work-at-home mandate set by many businesses, Microsoft has faced other pressures by dint of its place as the maker of Windows and Office, two technology cornerstones of modern corporations.

Along with rivals Google and Apple, Microsoft was among the first U.S. firms to send employees home, one of the first to start tearing up calendars. Since early March, it's made a score and more changes to product timelines, launched deals specific to work-at-home or the pandemic, and taken action to shutter stores and symposiums.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 10, 2020

Flashback Friday: Anything missing?
This pilot fish maintains user accounts for about 1,400 employees of a county government, and he's a bit nonplussed when he gets this trouble ticket:

Description: Recently added employee (intern) first name is misspelled. Should be Lesley instead of Leslie (see journal entry). Please fix her GroupWise and Active Directory accounts to reflect correct spelling of her name.

"In order for this ticket to find its way to me, it had to be (1) created by the original requester and submitted, (2) triaged and assigned to the network group by the help desk admin and (3) assigned directly to me by my team lead," says fish.

"Apparently, it never occurred to any of the people who helped this ticket along that neither ‘Leslie' nor ‘Lesley' was enough information to uniquely identify the account in question.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 09, 2020

Google, Microsoft talk up security after Zoom firestorm
As video conferencing platform Zoom continues to weather unfavorable headlines about its security, two big market rivals are doubling down on commitments to keeps users safe.

In recent weeks, Zoom has faced a barrage of criticism involving privacy and security failings, culminating in CEO Eric Yuan acknowledging this week that the company "moved too fast" but is  now committed to being "open and honest with [customers] about areas where we are strengthening our platform." He also announced that Zoom had stopped development of new product features for 90 days to focus on security.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 09, 2020

What Chrome OS needs to conquer next
Psst: Come close. I've got quite the secret to share with you. It's something those of us who use Chromebooks in our daily lives have known for a while — but something the vast majority of people (and the vast majority of folks who write about this stuff, for that matter) have yet to fully realize.

Ready? Here it is: Little by little, bit by bit, Chrome OS on a tablet has been turning into an increasingly impressive experience. With every passing month, almost, Google adds a touch more polish and a smidge more power into the environment. And with the latest update, announced this week, the Chromebook tablet experience is suddenly feeling surprisingly cohesive — almost, dare I say it, complete.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 09, 2020

3D printing signs up to fight COVID-19
Situated on a (usually) busy London, UK street, a small print and copy shop is 3D printing face masks for health workers at its local hospital.

It isn't alone.

3D printers are being pressed into use to churn out equipment for medical staff worldwide, and while it's a drop in the ocean in terms of meeting demand, it's remarkable how the technology is rising to the challenge.

Can 3D printing support health emergency? 3D printing hasn't become as mainstream a process as people had hoped.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 09, 2020

Zoom hit by investor lawsuit as security, privacy concerns mount
The challenges facing Zoom continue to mount, as the company now faces an investor lawsuit and more organizations ban the use of the video meeting app due to privacy and security concerns. The company also upped efforts to improve its security and privacy practices by hiring Facebook's former CSO as a consultant. 

Zoom has seen a surge in use in recent weeks as self isolation in response to the pandemic ramps up the demand for video software. As its popularity has boomed - both for business and personal use - and the company's stock price rocketed, Zoom has come under pressure on a number of fronts. 

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 09, 2020

Windows 10 quick tips: 13 ways to speed up your PC
Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. In just a few minutes you can try out this baker's dozen of tips; your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

1. Change your power settings If you're using Windows 10's "Power saver" plan, you're slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC's performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a "Power saver" plan.) Changing your power plan from "Power saver" to "High performance" or "Balanced" will give you an instant performance boost.

To do it, launch the Control Panel app, then select Hardware and Sound Power Options. You'll typically see two options: "Balanced (recommended)" and "Power saver." (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the "High performance" setting, click the down arrow by "Show additional plans." 

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 08, 2020

What's in the latest Firefox upgrade? Firefox 75 boosts search with address bar enhancements
Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 75 on schedule, unlike rivals Google and Microsoft, which postponed browser releases by weeks and scratched one version entirely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The upgrade's most visible changes were to Firefox's address bar, which has been tricked out with several enhancements designed to make for more productive searches.

The company's developers also patched a half dozen vulnerabilities, three labeled "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label. As has regularly been the case, Mozilla addressed multiple memory safety flaws that criminals might have been able to exploit had they known of them.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 08, 2020

Apple improves Maps search to boost pandemic response
Apple continues to press forward with what seems to be a company-wide attempt to fight back against coronavirus, improving Maps search results to prioritize what people need today.

Little changes have a big impact Apple Maps has a search feature that lets you find services local to where you are.

If you've used it you'll probably have found things like gas stations at the top of the suggested list (unless you've started typing something else).

That's changed slightly, with Apple tweaking its servers to prioritize the kinds of services we need as we work so hard to survive the pandemic.

Now you'll find food retailers, food delivery firms, pharmacies and emergency services at the top of the recommendation list.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 08, 2020

Trello unveils Butler integrations with Slack and Jira
Trello this week announced that its no-code automation tool Butler can now integrate with Slack and Jira, helping users bring a new level of automation to its chat and development platforms.

Created in 2016, Butler was originally a third-party Trello integration itself before being acquired by Trello in 2018 to provide users a native "If This Then That" (IFTTT) set of automation capabilities. Using rule-based triggers, Butler is designed to make it easy to automate any set of actions in Trello through the click of a button or scheduled commands based on regular intervals or due dates.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 08, 2020

Wayback Wednesday: So much for job security
The big insurance company where this pilot fish works buys up a small outfit that handles workers' compensation claims.

"The small outfit's sole customer was a city government, which was the only reason we bought it," says fish. "The claims application was written in a PC DOS database."

The app's developer — who's also the former owner of the workers' comp company — has written the app in such a way that, at the end of each year, he has to manually tweak all the menus to add the new year.

So when fish's company buys out the small outfit, the developer is kept on retainer for $12,000 per year to provide the necessary, er, maintenance.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 08, 2020

Why Microsoft should postpone Windows 10's next feature upgrade, 2004
Microsoft may have the next Windows 10 upgrade burning a hole in its pocket, but if it's smart, the Redmond, Wash. developer will keep that code to itself for now.

In fact, software developers could do all tech users a big favor by slapping a moratorium on all non-security, feature-filled updates and upgrades until further notice.

Call it "software distancing," but rather than make versions stand six feet apart force them to keep six months' separation.

Why hold Windows 10 2004? Because we're busy, in case you haven't noticed Microsoft must be eager to dispatch Windows 10 2004, the year's spring feature upgrade: It's been working on the refresh for more than a year now. But really, what's the rush? After 13 months of testing, testing and more testing, another half dozen isn't going to hurt.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

vSphere can supercharge your IT efficiency. This $59 course breaks it down
Efficiency is the name of the game in every business, no matter how big or small it may be; and the IT department isn't immune from this pretty basic fact. That means knowing how to minimize things like equipment costs and downtime while improving accessibility should be of extreme importance to you ? especially if you need your IT career to extend beyond the here and now.

That said, if you're not already familiar with vSphere, you owe it to yourself to start learning. The IT Professional's VMware vSphere Deep Dive Course can give you the introduction you need, and it's on sale for only $59 today.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

Videoconferencing vendors meet demands with free versions
As COVID-19 forces workers to remote offices, videoconferencing is becoming a lifeblood of business. These free videoconferencing offerings can help you meet the demand of the new work-at-home norm.

Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

Five steps Microsoft should take RIGHT NOW to help us through the pandemic
Microsoft's response to the COVID-19 threat has been admirable. From free six-month subscriptions to Teams and Bing's COVID-19 tracker to enormous computing power for immunotherapy research to a joint project with the CDC on an assessment bot, Microsoft has more than lived up to its reputation for pitching in when times are bad.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

How to stay motivated when you work from home
I think it's fair to say that most humans are stressed out at the moment. In most countries, life has changed almost overnight and no matter how strong you think you are, managing transformation is challenging at the best of times.

I've identified a few solutions that may help you push through that growing sense of fatigue to get things done.

Take work home It seems that fewer than 50% of pupils in some U.S. schools are taking part in online learning sessions. This means they aren't logging in, they aren't completing assignments and they aren't learning. This is particularly the case among low-income students for whom access to technology may be difficult.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

7 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app
Let's face it: Email is inherently a bit of a pain. And while Google's Gmail service is generally pretty pleasant to use, it certainly has some room for improvement — especially on the mobile front.

But as is so often the case with Google products, what you see isn't entirely what you get. The Gmail Android app has some super-useful hidden touches you've probably never noticed lurking beneath its surface — easily overlooked features that can make your mobile email experience more powerful, efficient, and effective.

Here are seven such options worth uncovering — or maybe just remembering.

1. Advanced email formatting commands The Gmail Android app's email composing screen seems like a pretty bare-bones affair, but long-press on any open space whilst writing a new email — and by golly, goodness goshness, look what you'll find:

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

Update: Coronavirus prompts collaboration tool makers to offer wares for free
Major collaboration and video conferencing software vendors are now offering products to users for free in response to the spread of the coronavirus. 

Concerns about the COVID-19 virus have led to a worldwide boom in remote working, as organizations encourage or require employees to stay home and cities, states and even some countries go on lockdown. 

While many companies have seen their stock prices take a battering due to disruption caused by the virus, some software vendors that enable remote work, such as videoconferencing software provider Zoom, have seen their share value climb dramatically.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

Do's and don'ts of videoconferencing security
When any technology sees its popularity increase quickly, the number of bad actors taking advantage of new and untrained users also grows. The world is seeing this now with videoconferencing services and applications, as reports about the popular Zoom app being hijacked — known as "Zoom-bombing" — have surfaced.

With multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language, the FBI's Boston office recently issued a warning for users of videoconferencing platforms about the incidents. Security expert and investigative journalist Brian Krebs provided details on Zoom's password problems and how hackers were able to use "war dialing" methods to discover meeting IDs and passwords for Zoom meetings.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 07, 2020

Dumb luck?
This pilot fish is an engineer setting up control systems for power plants, and one day he has a disagreement with an IT manager at one of his clients. Topic: complex passwords. There's a push on throughout the IT world to make passwords more complex.  

But fish's point is that that advice isn't valid when you have an air gap between the control systems and any other network. In fact, fish tells the manager, when it comes to internal hacking, complex passwords are more risky than no password at all because people never remember complex passwords and have to write then down on sticky notes. The manager says that would never happen at his plant — people know better.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 06, 2020

Zoom clamps down further on security weaknesses
Zoom, which on Friday stopped development of new product features so it could focus on fixing various privacy and security issues, clamped down even further on security weaknesses over the weekend.

The company on Saturday switched on default password settings and waiting rooms for users of its Free Basic tier and those with a single account on its cheapest paid tier, such as K-12 eduction accounts. All meetings that use a Personal Meeting ID (PMI) will now need a password, and password settings that had been disabled will be re-enabled. As a result, passwords will be required for instant meetings, for participants joining by phone and when a new meeting is scheduled.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 06, 2020

Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence
Google's Chrome OS platform sure has come a long way.

From the early days, when Chrome OS was little more than an experimental "browser in a box," to today — with the platform powering first-class hardware and supporting a diverse range of productivity applications — Google's once-crazy-seeming project has turned into one of the world's most intriguing and rapidly expanding technological forces.

I've been covering Chrome OS closely since the start. I lived with the first Chromebook prototype, the Cr-48, and have used Chromebooks as part of my own personal computing setup in varying capacities ever since. I write about the field not only as someone who's studied it professionally from day 1 but also as someone who has used it personally that entire time, up through today.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 06, 2020

12 Zoom alternatives for secure video collaboration
If your enterprise demands a more secure video collaboration system than Zoom seems to provide you may want to take a look at these.

Group Facetime If you use Apple products you can use Group FaceTime to replace Zoom meetings. This supports up to 30 callers and has some intelligent features, such as placing the window belonging to the person currently speaking at the front. It's also highly secure with end-to-end encryption. The big problem is that it is not cross-platform, which makes it a fairly ineffective choice much of the time.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 06, 2020

BrandPost: How business email services can help your company grow
Whether you have an office, a storefront, a restaurant or an online-only business, chances are good that you use email. In fact, according to The Radicati Group, by the end of 2019, we, as a global society, were expected to send 246 billion emails per day - of which 52% (or roughly 128.8 billion) are expected to be business email. In a field that crowded, it's important that your messaging not only be targeted, accurate and on brand, but that the email client you use allows you to put your best foot forward - presenting a professional, trustworthy image.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 06, 2020

22 free screen-sharing apps for work-at-home collaboration
The flood of employees working from home due to the Covid-19 outbreak has caused many companies to explore different ways for people to communicate and collaborate, with apps and services replacing in-person meetings or gather-around-a-desk sessions.

Screen sharing, where one person shares their computer's desktop or a single application with one or more people, generally serves one of three purposes:

Quick collaboration and meetings between co-workers. Client communications, such as sharing a presentation or other application. Technical support for IT staffers (or any tech-savvy individual) looking to solve a remote worker's computer issue. Because of these different purposes, screen sharing is seen as a feature in different types of applications and services, from web conferencing and video chat services to remote access apps. In addition, there are a number of tools that just do screen sharing as their main functionality.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 06, 2020

Memory-Lane Monday: And he's still on Windows 7 to this day
It's back in the … never mind; you'll figure out the time frame soon enough.

This third-tier support pilot fish is used to getting the really difficult cases, and he suspects that why a ticket has been routed to him. A user would like to have Windows 7 installed on his PC. He's close to retirement, and he's a nice enough guy. But he also has a son in IT who provides him with tips and tricks to make his job easier.

Today's tip from sonny: Get Windows 7 at work in order to be more productive.

Fish explains to the user that Windows 7 isn't yet supported by IT. There are plans to roll it out, but not this year.

"He protests and throws his hands up and goes back to work," fish says. The ticket is closed.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 06, 2020

We need to social-distance from the scammers
For hackers who target Windows, the coronavirus pandemic is like Christmas come early. But what's good news for them is bad news for you, piled onto all the other bad news wrought by the pandemic. Undeterred by the crisis — indeed, spurred to new heights by it — hackers have been coming up with a host of devious ways to use your natural fears in order to infect your Windows PC with malware and ransomware.

How bad is it? The security company Malwarebytes calls the pandemic "a golden opportunity for threat actors to capitalize on fear, spread misinformation, and generate mass hysteria — all while compromising victims with scams or malware campaigns."

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 03, 2020

Browser makers cite coronavirus, restore support for obsolete TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption
Google, Microsoft and Mozilla have each issued reprieves to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1, aged encryption protocols that were to be bounced from browser support in March, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By common agreement, Google's Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge, and Mozilla's Firefox were to disable support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 early in 2020. They, along with Apple - which produces Safari - announced the move a year and a half ago, noting then that the protocols had been made obsolete by TLS 1.2 and 1.3.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 03, 2020

How COVID-19 should change laptop and browser priorities
Disclosure:  Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.

This last week was surprisingly busy, given that most of us are locked in our homes, trying to recall what normal is like. Microsoft announced significant changes with its Chromium Edge browser that significantly addressed the problems we focused on before the pandemic, and both Intel and AMD drove laptop refreshes.

Still, those designs originated from conditions that existed before the Pandemic, not the world that now exists. 

So let's talk about where I think the next security focus for browsers will be and what laptops post COVID-19 may begin to look like this week.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 03, 2020

Zoom pauses new feature development to focus on privacy, security
Zoom has decided to cease development of new product features so it can focus on fixing various privacy and security issues.

The company has seen a surge in the use of its platform in recent weeks, as self isolation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic ramps up the demand for video software. As its popularity has boomed - both for business and personal use - and the company's stock price rocketed, underlying vulnerabilities in the platform have become apparent. 

[ Related: 7 Zoom tips for working from home ] "Zoom-bombing," where intruders have been able to access video meetings that were not password protected, has led to serious privacy concerns, with uninvited attendees harassing online A.A. meetings and church meetings, for example. The FBI this week warned of unauthorized access to virtual classrooms and recommended that users change security settings to protect meetings. 

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 03, 2020

Pandemic leads to surge in video conferencing app downloads
Business communication apps saw record levels of growth in March, according to statistics from mobile market data provider App Annie.

With a growing portion of the global population now living under some kind of government lockdown, many organizations have had to shift business processes - and their employees are having to embrace a work-from-home culture on a scale never before attempted.

Not surprisingly, the demand for video conferencing apps has surged in recent weeks, with enterprise-focused mobile app downloads reaching 62 million during the week March 14-21 - the highest number ever seen.

According to a report by App Annie, that figure was up 45% from the week before and up 90% from the pre-Covid-19 weekly download average. Business application downloads represent the highest growth in any category in both the iOS and Google Play stores.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 03, 2020

Amazon and Apple TV deal shows how to solve business conflicts
I didn't see this as an enterprise-focused story at first, but a recent compromise between Amazon and Apple shows how communication can help even opposing businesses solve problems and grow value.

Amazon and Apple make a deal Amazon this week suddenly began permitting Prime subscribers to access and purchase content from Prime using the iOS app.

To the vexation of many users, this wasn't possible before. You had to visit Amazon's site on a computer, purchase the item you wanted, and only then could this be accessed using an iOS device, including Apple TV.

The process was annoying, and was purely driven by the two billionaire multinationals arguing over who would get to keep a share of the purchase price.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 03, 2020

Flashback Friday: Now he's a believer
This sysadmin pilot fish doesn't put much credence in the stories he hears about the IT manager at his new job — too far-fetched.

"He was known for putting the staff in impossible situations," says fish. "He would attend planning meetings and agree to criteria that simply couldn't be met, then tell everyone to just make it happen. Of course, the consequences were our fault as well."

Then one day fish and his team go to the IT manager to explain the need for more file server capacity. They have the data showing current capacity, growth over time and the expected date when they'll hit the wall.

IT manager's only response: "No."

So the team goes looking for other options, and identifies files on users' home drives that can be removed to increase capacity without impacting the business. They bring the new proposal to the IT manager.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 02, 2020

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 holds fast as pandemic upends everything
Windows 10's share remained flat in March, though users had an excuse for pausing migrations: the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

According to metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 accounted for 57.3% of global OS share last month and represented 64.3% of the various flavors of Windows powering PCs. Although the former was near a tie with the month prior, the latter - a better indication of Windows 10's success in convincing users to upgrade - was significantly lower than February's 65.1%.

Windows 10's percentage of only Windows PCs was larger than the percentage of all personal computers because Windows did not power every system. In March, Windows was the OS of 89.2% of the world's personal computers - an increase of a full point. Of the rest, all but a tiny fraction ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, in decreasing order.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 02, 2020

I've finally figured out why foldable phones actually exist
Ever since the first foldable phones were foisted upon us, I've been struggling to understand their purpose.

They're cool, sure — and technologically speaking, they're incredibly impressive. But from a practical, ten-fingered human perspective, what benefit do they actually provide? I've yet to hear a single unambiguous answer. And that's to say nothing of all the significant downsides and compromises they require.

At first, I assumed the foldable phone fad was similar to other questionable-benefit smartphone trends of the moment — counterproductive elements like "waterfall displays," cutouts in the active viewing areas of screens in exchange for smaller borders around said panels, and heck, even 5G — in that it was ultimately conceived as a way to make appliance-like devices seem new, exciting, and meaningfully different from their predecessors (and thus suddenly worth buying at a time when most of us are content to stick with our current phones for increasingly long periods).

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 02, 2020

Slack to integrate more features with Microsoft Teams
Slack has added a voice-calling app for Microsoft Teams, alongside integrations with other voice over IP (VoIP) vendors. With the Teams Calls app, available now in beta, users will be able to launch a call directly from Slack.

Slack said it has seen almost 350% growth in the volume of calls made or received in the past month as demand for collaboration and communication tools booms amid a major shift to remote work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are also new integrations with Zoom Phone, Cisco Jabber, RingCentral and Dialpad. The voice integrations let users make calls with actual phone numbers by clicking on the "lightning" button added in the recent refresh of Slack's user interface.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 02, 2020

Prep for an AWS Solutions Architect Associate cert for just $13
The annual salary for an AWS Solutions Architect certification holder is well into the six-figure range. If you're a current IT professional who wants to expand your knowledge base ? and income at the same time ? then the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Course, discounted by over 90 percent, represents a way of training that minimizes risk.

Amazon Web Services has cemented itself as the go-to solution for corporate-level cloud-based infrastructure. In fact, some of the most popular companies in the world have long since adopted it, with more signing up every year. But there aren't enough skilled professionals to go around, which is why salaries have increased as dramatically as they have to this point.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 02, 2020

Prep for an AWS Solutions Architect Associate cert for just $20
The annual salary for an AWS Solutions Architect certification holder is well into the six-figure range. If you're a current IT professional who wants to expand your knowledge base ? and income at the same time ? then the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Course, discounted by over 90 percent, represents a way of training that minimizes risk.

Amazon Web Services has cemented itself as the go-to solution for corporate-level cloud-based infrastructure. In fact, some of the most popular companies in the world have long since adopted it, with more signing up every year. But there aren't enough skilled professionals to go around, which is why salaries have increased as dramatically as they have to this point.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 02, 2020

Top web browsers 2020: Firefox sheds share, falls behind Edge
Firefox last month continued a march toward ruin, falling twice its average loss over the past year and losing its place as the world's second-most-used browser.

According to data posted today by analytics company Net Applications, Firefox's share in March slumped to 7.2%, down four-tenths of a percentage point. It was the fifth month in the last six in which the browser shed users - and much more importantly - a record low since Firefox climbed out of obscurity to threaten Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) 15 years ago.

This record was the second in a row for Firefox, after February's debut below the 2016 slump that previously marked the browser's trough. Two do not a dataset make, but if a legitimate trend develops with, say, another month or two of declines, Mozilla will be, to say the least, in deep trouble.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 01, 2020

Apple's AR plans are becoming a little easier to see
Apple's take on augmented reality will leverage its existing solutions to deliver personalized experiences, with a particular focus on health, location and entertainment.

Why do I think this? Yesterday I broke the news that Apple is working with a company called Dent Reality on indoor mapping technologies.

The smaller company has been working with ARKit since the system made its debut. Now it uses Apple's Indoor Maps ecosystem to provide highly accurate indoor mapping solutions it claims are highly accurate and don't require beacons.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 01, 2020

Get the March Windows and Office patches installed, but watch out for known bugs
It's been another Keystone Kops month, with a reasonably stable Patch Tuesday, followed by a hasty Patch Thursday to cover a security hole Microsoft accidentally blabbed, then the usual buggy "optional, non-security, C/D Week" patch, finishing with a fix for yet another bug introduced by earlier patches.

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 01, 2020

BrandPost: Avoid security breaches: How to protect your data
Data security breaches at major corporations seem to be perpetually in the news. The hacks range in size and scope, but it's no secret that firms hit by hackers often suffer serious consequences.

What can you do to help prevent your organization from becoming tomorrow's cyber-breach news headline? Here are 18 pointers:

Educate all employees on the importance of protecting data. Explain the need to avoid risky behavior such as downloading music or videos from rogue websites. Once employees understand that criminals want the data with which the employees work, their thinking changes in ways that can make the organization's data much safer than before. Understand what data you have and classify it. You cannot secure information if you do not know that it exists, where it is stored, how it is used, how it is backed up, and how it is decommissioned. Make sure you know those things about all of your sensitive information. Because not all data is equally sensitive, make sure to classify data according to its level of importance. Do not give every employee access to every system and piece of data. Create policies governing who has physical and/or electronic access to which computer systems and data, and implement procedures, policies, and technical controls to enforce such a scheme. Authorize people to access the data that they need in order to do their jobs but do not provide them with access to other sensitive data. Consider moving sensitive information and systems to a cloud provider. Unless you have an adequate information security team, the odds are pretty good that a major cloud provider will do a better jo

Enterprise Application News
Apr 01, 2020

BrandPost: Protect your data to protect your business
The most important thing your business provides isn't a service or a product. It's trust. And it comes from letting your customers and employees know that you're protecting your business—and their data—against cyberattacks.

Building a foundation for trust isn't easy. Cyberthreats continue to grow in number and complexity as businesses shift more of their operations online and enable anytime/anywhere access to information to support an increasingly remote workforce. This ongoing digital transformation exposes more systems and data to potential attacks - increasing risk for your organization.

Addressing this challenge requires a new approach to protecting business information. "The assumption that everything's on-premises and protected behind a firewall has largely disappeared," says Robert Crane, principal at CIAOPS, a technology consultancy that specializes in helping businesses improve their productivity by using technology and smart business practices. "But some businesses are still locked into that old-world thinking."

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 01, 2020

Wayback Wednesday: It's either this or spin the Wheel o' Fish
The IT help desk at this pilot fish's company has come up with a new approach for assigning trouble tickets: They search the headers for previous tickets on the same application, looking for the name of anyone who has touched a ticket for that application before.

Then they route the ticket to that person with this piece of boilerplate:


"We're not sure," says fish, "what it means that ‘records indicate' when they ‘don't have any documentation.'"

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Enterprise Application News
Apr 01, 2020

What is Project Treble? The Android upgrade fix explained
It's tough to talk about Project Treble without getting lost in a forest of technical gobbledygook.

And it's no wonder: Project Treble (take a deep breath) is Google's ambitious effort to rearchitect Android in order to establish a modular base in which the lower-level code created by silicon vendors is separated from the main Android operating system framework so that device manufacturers can update the OS code without having to rely on silicon vendors to refresh the lower-level code for every release.

Whew! See what I mean?

In reality, though, Project Treble doesn't have to be so complicated. Let's break down what Treble is actually all about, in real-world terms — and what it actually means for you, as someone who uses Android and doesn't necessarily speak the language of mumbo-jumbo.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

This project management training can supercharge your team's efficiency
Business owners know the importance of efficiency. That's why project management methodologies, like Lean Six Sigma, have grown so popular. But wrapping your head around the art of project management is usually easier said than done. Thankfully, The Ultimate Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Bundle is here to guide you through it, all for just $99.99.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

A socially conscious cash management account
Today, it's common to see businesses going out of their way to meet the socially conscious nature of their customers. Organic farming, manufacturing goods from recycled materials, and ethically sourcing labor are just a few ways companies are meeting the needs of consumers.

Despite those widespread changes, many financial institutions entrusted by consumers to manage their funds are putting profits first. In 2018 for example, the world's largest banks lent approximately $654 billion to finance businesses in the fossil fuel industry.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

Microsoft promotes upcoming Edge enhancements
Microsoft on Monday talked up a slew of future features planned to land in Edge in coming months, including tabs stacked vertically along the browser's side and a Firefox-esque Password Monitor.

And although Microsoft has not come out and put it plainly, it appears it will mimic Google's Chrome as it resumes releasing Edge builds, including skipping a version to make up for lost time.

"It's time to expect more from our browsers - more control over our data and our family's online information, new ways to organize our online research and more value back as we browse," wrote Liat Ben-Zur, an Edge marketing executive, in a post to a company blog.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

Give Chrome a time-saving tab switcher
When I'm working on a computer these days, I tend to think of Chrome as my desktop. And really, it's no wonder: Regardless of whether I'm using Chrome OS or Windows, nearly everything I do now takes place in the browser — or some form of it.

And yet, by default, Chrome isn't exactly designed to act like a desktop. It's just missing too many pieces and overlooking too many efficiency-enhancing opportunities. That's why, little by little, I've been looking for creative ways to fill in those gaps and turn my browser into a true desktop-caliber productivity tool.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

Apple may introduce iPhone 9 this week
I was a little astonished to receive an email from a small iPhone case manufacturer sharing details today of its new case for the iPhone 9, and now it looks like this isn't an exception, but a wave. Is Apple about to introduce the device?

Apple's March announcement? The Apple rumor websites are packed with reported iPhone 9 case sightings. 9to5Mac tells us cases for the device are arriving at retailers (including Best Buy) with "an April 5 merchandising date."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

Apple may introduce iPhone 9 this week, reports
I was a little astonished to receive an email from a small iPhone case manufacturer sharing details of its new case for the iPhone 9 today, and now it looks like this isn't an exception, but a wave - is Apple about to introduce the device?

Apple's March announcement? The Apple rumor websites are packed with reported iPhone 9 case sightings. 9to5Mac tells us cases for the device are arriving at retailers (including Best Buy) with "an April 5 merchandising date".

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

But water has always been our friend!
It's many decades ago, and this pilot fish's company gets a call from a customer, a small town's municipal waterworks. A pipe has burst pipe at the pumping station, which also happens to be the site of the waterworks' business offices.

Good news, though: The computer (yes, there is only one) is fine, having been located on a desk above the high-water mark. But all the floppy disks holding backups are ruined. Those had been stored in the "vault," which is actually a pit in the concrete floor protected by a lockable manhole cover.

The reason for the call is that city hall requires the water department to keep the six most recent monthly backups.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 puts new demands on e-health record systems
As healthcare providers face unprecedented challenges fighting the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide, electronic health record (EHR) systems are having to adapt to shifting requirements for patient care.  

"We have never had an international crisis of this proportion in the lifetime of the current EHR," said Dana Bensinger MSN, RN-BC, informatics nurse specialist and client solution executive at consulting firm CTG. "Once things settle down, there will be a lot of analysis of how well our systems performed, what our areas of vulnerability are, and how we fix them for the future."

With a surge in demand for hospital capacity, one of the challenges facing hospital IT staffers is figuring out how to quickly deploy EHR systems to alternative care locations. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 30, 2020

Microsoft to shift SMBs' Office subscriptions to 'Microsoft 365' brand
Microsoft today announced name changes to the Office 365 subscription plans in the Business line, substituting "Microsoft 365" instead.

The Redmond, Wash. developer did not touch subscription plans aimed at enterprise, education and government.

Plan names will automatically change on April 21, Microsoft said in an online statement. Prices of the plans will not change.

Office 365 Business Essentials, the lowest-priced plan in the Business line, will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic. Office 365 Business, the middling plan in the trio that provides the Office applications and OneDrive, but no other services, will become Microsoft 365 Apps. Office 365 Business Premium, the most capable and most expensive subscription plan of the three, will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard. Microsoft will change the moniker of Microsoft 365 Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium to fit it into the Business line as the top-dollar $20 per-user per-month plan. That subscription adds security and management tools to Office 365 Business Standard, née Premium. (Currently, this is the lowest-priced plan in the Microsoft 365 line. After the name changes, though, it will fall somewhere in the middle.)

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 30, 2020

Office 365: A guide to the updates
Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they're available. We're doing 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.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 30, 2020

Biggest technology acquisitions 2020
Last year marked a slight decrease in global technology M&A activity from the blockbuster year that was 2018 - when SAP bought Qualtrics for $8 billion, IBM acquired Red Hat for a staggering $33 billion and Broadcom picked up CA Technologies for $18.9 billion in cash.

As of the end of Q3 2019, technology M&A deals worth $245 billion had been announced globally, marking a decrease of 25% year-on-year according to GlobalData.

Which mergers and acquisitions does 2020 have in store? If January alone is anything to go by then there will be no slowing of major deals across the industry, with security already proving to be a hot area.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 30, 2020

7 Zoom tips for working from home
Despite disturbing errors of judgement such as this and this, Zoom appears to have become the most popular solution for online collaboration, in use across enterprise, government and individuals.

I've kicked it around to surface a few less visible features you might find useful - most of which should be helpful for every platform, not just Apple's.

People don't need to see you in your room I've been on Twitter long enough to have seen plenty of people's offices, rooms and other personal spaces in the background of the Zoom chat screenshots people seem so fond of sharing at the moment.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 30, 2020

Dealing with the downturn
As the coronavirus pandemic builds, businesses are already reeling from the economic impact. Here's how IT can adjust to a new reality of cost trimming and budget cuts.

Enterprise Application News
Mar 30, 2020

How businesses can save money when everyone needs Office to work from home
Companies have scattered to the wind, once-formidable armies of workers enclosed in glass buildings now sundered, each employee at his or her own outpost, whether kitchen table, home office desk or lap in a quasi-quiet corner.

IDG Special Report:

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 30, 2020

Memory-Lane Monday: It's semi-automatic
This developer who's responsible for a daily report to the managers at a semiconductor manufacturing site decides to put together a process to automatically send out the report every weekday at 8 a.m., reports a pilot fish on the scene.

The report does show up in managers' inboxes pretty reliably, although there are occasional problems. When that happens, the developer gets a call and the report shows up.

But eventually, in a business downturn, the developer is laid off.

And starting the very next week, the report fails to appear in managers' mailboxes.

Fish and his colleagues aren't sure what's wrong, so they start looking for the automated process to generate the report.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 29, 2020

Sharepoint tips and resources for your COVID-19 communication site
It's amazing how the tech community has come together to create resources for people now working from home and staying connected during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Microsoft has published a helpful how-to guide to build a crisis management communication site and created a way for SharePoint admins to easily provision the site design in your own tenant from the lookbook.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 28, 2020

3 tech advances that will change PCs forever
Disclaimer:  Most of the companies mentioned are clients of the author.

With the impact of COVID-19, sales of laptops - particularly Chromebooks for education - have been going vertical, and several OEMs are reporting shortages. But the most common clamshell design goes back to the early 1990s, well before recent advances in processor technology, GPUs, memory, storage, operating systems, displays and even battery formulations.  We keep playing with different variants like the coming Microsoft Surface Neo, but they still fall well short of what you might have expected to evolve in the last 30 or so years. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 27, 2020

Slack to integrate Microsoft Teams calling feature
Slack plans to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features into its own popular collaboration app, further enhancing available connections between the rival platforms. 

"We're working on Teams integrations for calling features," Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield said during a call with a financial analyst on Thursday, according to CNBC.

Details about the integration, including an expected timeframe for availability, were not immediately available. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 27, 2020

Tech pitches in to fight COVID-19 pandemic
As IT pros around the world go all-out to support a workforce that's suddenly fully remote, many technology workers and companies are also joining efforts to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis in various ways, including developing products to combat the virus, tracking and predicting its spread, and protecting hospitals from cyberattacks.

New York's technology SWAT teams New York officials are pulling together "Technology SWAT teams" as the state struggles to deal with COVID-19 outbreak.

"New York State is launching technology driven products with leading global tech companies to accelerate and amplify our response to COVID-19," the state said on its official website. "We are looking for impactful solutions and skilled tech employees to help. Individuals from leading global technology companies are being deployed across high-impact and urgent coronavirus response activities."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 27, 2020

Apple to migrate Macs to ARM chips in 2021?
The "Apple will switch to ARM" story continues with TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest claim that Macs will begin the migration to Apple's own ARM-based processors starting in 2021.

Not one Mac, but many If the report is correct (which Kuo's claims often seem to be), the iPhone maker will introduce both desktop and notebook Macs equipped with its new processor next year. 

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 27, 2020

Flashback Friday: No, if it were too risky … oh, never mind
Pilot fish works for a health care organization that's looking for ways to cut costs and boost efficiency using IT — and there are some obvious targets.

"One particular area where I felt we could make some gains involved the reports from outlying clinics," says fish. "They were transmitted in files to a secure FTP server, and then employees would print out the files and enter the information into three different systems manually."

The organization has already bought a package that's capable of receiving the reports, parsing them and feeding data to the three systems. In fact, the transmission can all be done through secure connections to the remote clinics systems — no more FTP required.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 27, 2020

Windows 10 version 2004: Key enterprise features
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 PCs, and a Cortana reboot that puts productivity first.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 26, 2020

Google to resume Chrome releases on April 7
Google today said it will resume Chrome releases in two weeks and plans to make good on the multi-week suspension by skipping a version.

Chrome 81, the upgrade that was previously slated for a March 17 debut, will instead launch in two weeks, on April 7.

In the meantime, Chrome 80 will receive at least one more update - at some point next week, Google said - with fixes for vulnerabilities and what the search firm called "critical" issues. Releases of the Beta, Dev and Canary channels, which contain builds of decreasing polish and stability, either have already resumed or will this week.

Google suspended Chrome releases on March 18, citing "adjusted work schedules" but clearly blaming the COVID-19 pandemic and its massive overturning of business and personal conduct.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 26, 2020

BrandPost: 5 signs that you need a technology refresh
Deciding when to upgrade business technology is never easy. You have to consider which pricing and deployment model is right for your business and how disruptive a new solution might be to employees. But you also must balance those concerns against the risk of opportunities lost because of older equipment and applications that are more vulnerable to cyberattacks and can inhibit productivity because of degraded performance or growing inefficiency.

Outdated technology may even cost you your most valuable resource: People. Employees have come to expect workplace technologies that are easy to access from anywhere. A study by Unisys found that employees who work at organizations with legacy (read: outdated) technology are 75% more likely to be frustrated than their counterparts who work for companies that embrace new technology. The outcome? Legacy tech workers are 136% more likely to feel less productive and are 450% more likely to quit.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 26, 2020

Train up on today's essential cybersecurity skills for $40


There's never been a better time to explore a career in computer and network security. It's exciting, professionals are in demand, and it's lucrative too. In fact, you can earn salaries well in the six-figure range with just a bit of experience under your belt. And you don't even need a full college degree to be successful either. You can get by with a little hard work and a certificate or two, like the kind you could earn after completing The Complete Cybersecurity Certification Training Bundle.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 26, 2020

Is the age of Apple over? iPhone speculation and delays
Apple's 2020 iPhone launch plans seem to have been undermined by coronavirus, with both its anticipated smartphone launches delayed, possibly for months.

Hey Siri, what on earth is happening? If everything had gone according to plan (it didn't), Apple was expected to introduce an iPhone 9 in March and the first 5G-enabled iPhone 12 in September.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 26, 2020

Google Smart Lock: The complete guide
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.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

BrandPost: Rethinking productivity for the modern workforce
Everyone aspires to work someplace they're comfortable. A decade ago, that meant a well-padded chair in your cubicle, or a cushy office. Today, because of rapidly evolving workplace technology, a comfortable workspace might be home, a coffee shop, an airport lounge, the park, or wherever you can be most productive.

Technology is driving this shift, but technology has ironically given rise to a more human approach to work, one where everyone works together while still having their own comfort zone. That's how you increase productivity in the modern workforce.

Technology-enabled productivity and teamwork are some of employees' most sought-after capabilities. A recent Harvard Business Review study found that giving employees access to data and knowledge is a key component in building a connected workforce, raising loyalty, and attracting candidates.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

BrandPost: 4 tips for easier contact management
From efficient scheduling capabilities and appointment confirmations to the ability to carefully track client preferences and update ever-evolving business services and pricing, contact management software has become more critical than ever. While it is obvious that the right contact management software can increase productivity by streamlining efficiency, many companies have yet to realize all the components available to them when using contact tracking software.

Believe it or not, only 10% of small businesses use an online app or software to schedule appointments, with a shocking 8.8% still using pen and paper. According to GetApp Lab, just over half of small businesses are using an online calendar to get the job done. If you fall into this category, your business is missing out. Contact management software offers easy-to-use tools to manage your business information and customer profiles in the most streamlined and efficient way possible.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds
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.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

Microsoft to stop serving non-security monthly updates to Windows
Beginning in May, Microsoft plans to halt the delivery of all non-security updates to Windows, another step in its suspension of non-essential revisions to the OS and other important products.

The optional updates, which Microsoft designates as Windows' C and D updates, are released during the third and fourth week of each month, respectively.

"We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers," Microsoft said to some understatement in a March 24 post to the Windows 10 messaging center. "In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates."

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

Reading between the lines about Microsoft 'pausing optional updates'
Yesterday, a post on the official Windows Release Information site said that Microsoft will, at least temporarily and starting in May, stop sending out the pesky "optional, non-security, C/D Week" patches we've come to expect. 

Those "optional" second-monthly patches are usually laden with many dozens of fixes for miscellaneous, minor bugs in Windows. For example, the second-monthly cumulative update for Win10 version 1903 released yesterday lists 31 different fixes, most of which only matter in very specific cases.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

Pandemic will push Microsoft to repeat 2019's major-minor Win10 upgrade cadence
Although Microsoft has not yet said how it will deal out the year's Windows 10 feature upgrades, it's becoming clear there's next to no reason for the company to diverge from 2019's major-minor cadence.

As the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to climb worldwide, and the disruption of modern life and business continues to sow chaos, 2020 will be a tough year no matter how one cuts it. In a time of unprecedented changes triggered by the novel coronavirus, there's no rationale to change what worked for Windows 10 last year.

Microsoft, of course, will do what it wants - and commercial customers will have to deal with the results. But there are good reasons why the Redmond, Wash. company should seriously rethink any plan to mess with 2019's release scheme.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

Apple in the enterprise: What is Shared iPad for Business?
With a recent software update, Apple's iPad OS gets support for an excellent feature borrowed from Apple School Manager called Shared iPad for Business. This lets enterprises share iPads between employees much more effectively.

What is Shared iPad for Business? Apple first introduced the capacity to share iPads within Apple School Manager. The idea behind this option is that by combining Managed Apple IDs and the cloud it became possible to share fleets of iPads among multiple students.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 25, 2020

Wayback Wednesday: Sometimes it really ISN'T your job
A new bowling alley opens up near the office where this IT pilot fish works, so he and his co-workers decide to try it out — and their manager tags along.

"Unfortunately, we managed to break out of the screen while entering our names," says fish. "We decided the best course of action was to leave it alone and get the people at the alley to fix it.

"This wasn't good enough for our manager, who decided since he worked in IT that he could fix it. At this point we tried to hide and pretend he was not with us.

Result after much typing and hitting of the screen: All games in the 24 lanes stopped for 20 minutes. Every game is cleared and has to be restarted from the first frame.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 24, 2020

This $40 cloud training can help you master AWS, Azure, and more top tools


When innovations are developed, it almost always pays to be among the first with expert knowledge. That's certainly been the case with cloud technologies so far, where skilled professionals can earn $98k per year. If this is an area of expertise you would like to explore but aren't yet ready to commit to a lengthy and expensive post-secondary program, we'd recommend first getting your feet wet with The Complete 2020 Cloud Certification Bundle.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 24, 2020

Don't let the coronavirus make you a home office security risk
Congratulations. You're now the chief security officer of your company's newest branch office: Your home. Here's how to manage your new job.

Enterprise Application News
Mar 24, 2020

Apple ships iCloud folder sharing, iPad trackpad support - and more
Apple has updated iPhones, iPads, Macs and the Apple Watch/Apple TV, offering up  some of the features we've been talking about for weeks, including iCloud folder sharing, iPad trackpad support and more

The productivity update You could argue that the update is a boost to productivity, particularly as it includes support for features that should be quite useful to remote workers - namely iCloud Folder Sharing and trackpad support for iPads.

It's an important update that introduces a string of essential improvements:

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 24, 2020

Apple ships iCloud folder sharing, iPad trackpad support, more
Apple has updated iPhones, iPads, Macs and the Apple Watch/Apple TV, introducing some of the features we've been talking about for weeks, including iCloud folder sharing, iPad trackpad support, and more

The productivity update You could argue that the update is a boost to productivity, particularly as it includes support for features that should be quite useful to remote workers, namely iCloud Folder Sharing and trackpad support for iPads.

It's an important update that introduces a string of essential improvements:

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 24, 2020

Microsoft Patch Alert: March 2020 brings two ‘sky-is-falling' warnings, with no problems in sight
It's been another strange patching month. The usual Patch Tuesday crop appeared. Two days later, we got a second cumulative update for Win10 1903 and 1909, KB 4551762, that's had all sorts of documented problems. Two weeks later, on Monday, Microsoft posted a warning about (another) security hole related to jimmied Adobe fonts.

Predictably, much of the security press has gone P.T. Barnum.

The big, nasty, scary SMBv3 vulnerability Patch Tuesday rolled out with a jump-the-gun-early warning from various antivirus manufacturers about a mysterious and initially undocumented security hole in the networking protocol SMBv3.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 24, 2020

Power play
It's the late 1980s and this pilot fish is getting his first lessons in PCs and PC architecture. In fact, the first desktop computer that his company buys is quite interesting.

Not unusually for the time, it runs on a pair of floppy drives, but it's upgradable: You can add a hard disk later.

The employee using this PC spends about a year filling dozens of floppies with his programs and data before getting the OK from his boss to purchase a hard disk. Capacity: 10MG. Cost: nearly $1,000.

When the disk arrives, fish and friends open the PC's case and follow the upgrade instructions to install it. The first step is to remove a perforated metal box that takes up the space where the disk will go. It's about the size of five or six decks of playing cards, has lots of holes for air circulation — and is plugged into the PC's power supply.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 24, 2020

How to handle Windows 10 updates
Confused about how updates work in Windows 10? Join the club. Over the years, Microsoft has transformed what was once a straightforward procedure into an ever-changing, often complicated process that varies according to whether you have Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro or an enterprise or education edition — and that varies according to the specific version number of the operating system. As a result, there have been lots of misperceptions about how Windows Update works in Windows 10, and how to best use it.

With this article, we hope to make things clearer for you. We've delved deep into Windows 10 Update and come up with answers to users' most pressing questions: whether you have to accept all updates, whether you can uninstall existing updates, and how to reduce the bandwidth some updates use. We've also included some extras, like how to stop all updates if you want.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 23, 2020

Microsoft unveils Teams-equipped 365 subscription for front-line workers
Microsoft has announced a new Microsoft 365 plan that will serve as the bottom rung for a group it has dubbed "firstline workers," people who take calls, ring up sales, interact with customers and spend their shift on factory floors or in the field.

The subscription, unveiled last week, will be labeled Microsoft 365 F1 and is to go on sale April 1.

Because that product title was already taken - a same-named subscription launched two and a half years ago in September 2017 - the previous Microsoft 365 F1 was rebranded as Microsoft 365 F3. (Microsoft has an aversion to even-numbered IDs for its subscriptions.)

Not surprisingly considering its lower-numbered name, Microsoft 365 F1 contains fewer components, offers less functionality and costs less than the new F3 (née F1).

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 23, 2020

17 ways Apple is responding to coronavirus
Apple is attempting to do as much as it can to contribute to the global response against the Coronavirus. Teams across the company appear to be focused on what they can do to help. We've identified 17 things Apple has done so far, quite apart from work it will be doing behind the scenes to fix its supply chains.

Apple warned its investors Apple in mid-February warned investors that it would fail to meet its previous estimated revenue targets of $63-$67 billion.

At that time it cited lower customer demand in Greater China, but this now seems to have become a more global problem. The company's stock continues to decline, though most analysts anticipate recovery toward the end of the year.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 23, 2020

Post-coranavirus planning calls for more (not less) investment in tech
The coronavirus crisis is just beginning. But it will end. And how you fare after the pandemic depends on what you do right now. Here are four areas to focus on.

Enterprise Application News
Mar 23, 2020

Post-coronavirus planning calls for more (not less) investment in tech
The coronavirus crisis is just beginning. But it will end. And how you fare after the pandemic depends on what you do right now. Here are four areas to focus on.

Enterprise Application News
Mar 23, 2020

Microsoft Teams cheat sheet
Email is everywhere, and it has been around seemingly forever. But is it really the most effective way for groups of people to collaborate on work and advance business objectives? Several newish team messaging products, most notably Slack, wager that the answer is indeed no. Slack and its rivals try to remove threaded email conversations as a common platform of communication in organizations and replace it with instant message-like short bursts organized into channels based on the context or subject of the conversation.

Microsoft Teams is the Redmond behemoth's suggested alternative to Slack. Teams, which is included with Office 365 business and enterprise subscriptions and is also available as a free product, is essentially group chat software with some interesting features thrown in around working with documents and spreadsheets, especially those stored in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. It also incorporates videoconferencing capabilities, which taking on increasing importance as the spread of the novel coronavirus (a.k.a. COVID-19) prompts more companies to encourage telecommuting.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 23, 2020

Memory-Lane Monday: Seeing is believing
It's 1998, and there are still plenty of old PCs in use at the newspaper company where this new-to-IT pilot fish works.

"Back then, humorous emails about clueless users and IT woes were still pretty new," says fish. "I read one claiming a user had put a CD-ROM in a floppy-disk drive. I discounted it as a silly claim. I couldn't believe you could actually do it.

But barely three weeks later, fish walks into the shop and is greeted by a co-worker who says, "Hey, guess what you can put in a 5-1/4-inch drive?"

"I look at the computer he's working on and, sure enough, he's using pliers to try to extract a CD-ROM from a floppy drive."

Sharky's not surprised at anything anyone puts anywhere. So put your true tale of IT life in my inbox at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 22, 2020

Microsoft mirrors Google move, shelves Edge upgrades
Microsoft last week followed Google's lead, telling customers that it was suspending releases of its Edge browser.

Citing "current global circumstances" rather than outright naming the COVID-19 pandemic and its upturning of, well, virtually everything, Microsoft said it would not upgrade the current Edge 80 to the next version, Edge 81.

"As the situation evolves," Microsoft said, it will inform customers of other changes, and presumably when it will resume Edge refreshes, through the Microsoft Edge Dev account on Twitter.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 21, 2020

Tech event calendar 2020: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos


Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location SXSW (CANCELLED) Covering everything from entertainment to entrepreneurship, this sprawling conference has tracks dedicated to Tech Industry & Enterprise, Coding & Development, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Health & Medtech, and VR/AR/MR. 2020-03-13 2020-03-21 Austin, TX AGENDA20 Each year the focus of IDG's business leadership conference aligns with the most pressing business and technology issues of the day. 2020-03-23 2020-03-25 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Google Cloud Next '20 (Online only) Google Cloud Next is where the company announces all the latest updates to the Google Cloud Platform. The conference also offers educational, networking and hands-on opportunities for its more than 10,000 attendees. 2020-04-06 2020-04-08 San Francisco, CA CSO 50 This event and awards ceremony is designed to showcase innovative IT security solutions and projects across a wide range of industries and companies. 2020-04-27 2020-04-29 Scot

Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2020

Video chat app Around could be a harbinger of ‘always-on' video
As remote working booms around the world in response to the coronavirus crisis, demand for video calls has surged dramatically. But despite the fact that video meeting software is now more reliable and user-friendly than ever, setting up and joining a video call can still feel intrusive and somewhat of a chore.

Typically it requires workers to divert their full attention to a discussion with one or more colleagues, with the video chat client taking over their entire computer screen. While this makes sense for important meetings, it also sets a higher bar for more casual interactions and makes it more difficult to take notes or otherwise share focus between the video chat and other apps.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2020

Everything you need to know about Apple's pointer support for iPad
Apple has shared a lot more detail to explain how pointer and trackpad support will work with iPads, with video, guidance notes and a senior level company presentation all made available.

What is pointer and trackpad support on iPad? Apple now supports trackpads in iPad OS 13.4.

That doesn't mean you use the trackpad on an iPad in the same way as you use a pointing device on a Mac or other system, instead the company has developed a refined experience that's unique to the tablet itself.

In other words, rather than deliver a ‘me-too' experience, the company has thought deeply about how these things work in order to develop a control system that feels natural, intuitive and unique.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 20, 2020

Flashback Friday: Oh yes, definitely a quality problem!
It's many moons ago, and this help desk pilot fish gets a call from a senior vice president complaining that his floppy disk drive is broken.

"I went to take a look at the problem," says fish, "and was met with ‘Why don't we buy some decent computers for a change instead of this cheap junk?'

"I shrugged and told him that I thought his problem was out of the ordinary.

"I then removed the floppy disk from his Zip drive, inserted it into the floppy drive and said, ‘I think it's OK now.'"

One of Sharky's better qualities is his care in filing off the identifying marks from each true tale of IT life. So send me yours at sharky@computerworld.com. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

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Enterprise Application News
Mar 19, 2020

Microsoft adds 6 months support for Windows 10 1709 to account for pandemic disruption
Microsoft today extended the support lifespan of Windows 10 Enterprise 1709 and Windows 10 Education 1709 by six months, pushing their retirements to Oct. 13. The original end-of-support date had been fixed as April 14.

Microsoft cited the COVID-19 pandemic's impact, which in just the U.S. has ranged from massive business closings and multi-county lockdowns to a broad movement of companies telling white-collar employees to work from home. By midday March 19, 171 deaths in the U.S. had been attributed to the virus. Globally, deaths approached 10,000.

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