Microsoft’s New Browser to be called Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft announced that its new browser in Windows 10 will be called Microsoft Edge. When the plans for a new browser were announced back in January, it was initially known as Project Spartan. The official name is a reference to the new rendering engine (EdgeHTML) that Microsoft is using for Windows 10. Microsoft Edge is being called, “a browser built for doing.” It contains several unique features including built-in Cortana support, built-in reading, sharing and note taking, and a minimalist design.

Microsoft Edge will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser when Windows 10 releases. Internet Explorer will become a legacy browser and updates will no longer be issued. Microsoft Edge will, when required, load in the older Internet Explorer engine for backwards compatibility.

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Skype for Business Replaces Lync

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Skype for Business recently rolled out for Office 365 and quietly replaced Lync on desktops. Microsoft also premiered the online version of the app called Skype for Business Online. It appears that this transition was meant to be very easy, barely even noticeable, so users could slide from Lync to Skype with minimal hassle.

Skype for Business is built into Office so features like presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are an integrated part of the Office experience. The integration allows for users to view contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps. Powered by the Microsoft Cloud, it’s also integrated with Delve and Office Graph. Skype for Business users can search for and connect with anyone in the Skype network, both inside and outside their organization.

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Cengage Learning Computing Conference

Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2015

From March 18 through 20, 2015, we celebrated twenty years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of enthusiastic computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: 3D printing, online portfolios, privacy and cyber security, digital literacy in the 21st century, Raspberry Pi, computing in the cloud, and much more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap, and other Cengage Learning solutions.

Keynote presenters Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, Jim Federico and Anthony Salcito of Microsoft®, Corinne Hoisington of Central Virginia Community College, and teen inventor Jack Andraka addressed invaluable insights, trends, and tips related to teaching computing to today’s students.

Learn more and visit the Office Mix channel for the Cengage Learning Computing Conference.