Leaked Preview Hints at Option to Pause Windows Updates

If you’re using the Home edition of Windows 10, you know that you cannot defer the automatic system updates. However, according to leaked preview builds of Windows 10, Microsoft will soon release a new option to pause updates for up to 35 days.

The Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 already allow users to defer updates, delaying upgrades for 30 to 180 days, depending on whether it’s a feature update, or a quality update.

Microsoft faced criticism over their handling of Windows 10 in 2016, with some accusing the company of “tricking” Windows 7 & 8 users to upgrade.  Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela owned up to this during the Windows Weekly Podcast, admitting to aggressively pushing users to upgrade to Windows 10.

What do you think of Windows 10 updates? So far, so good? Or are there other unresolved issues you think Microsoft should address?

Microsoft Joins the Linux Foundation

In an attempt to encourage and drive developers to make more use of the Microsoft Ecosystem, Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation.

The Microsoft Ecosystem is designed to make resources available to a wide variety of technology companies so that they can build solutions around Microsoft technologies. In this case, Microsoft wants to drive more use of Azure, Windows 10, and Office 365.

Linux is an operating system platform that is classified as a free and open-source software. This means that anyone is freely licensed to use and change the software in any way, resulting in an operating system that is widely utilized to power servers, desktops, Android smartphones and other devices.

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By joining the Linux Foundation, Microsoft is allowing developers to use more tools regardless of their preferred platform, making the Microsoft Ecosystem platforms more desirable for building cross-platform applications and solutions. In other words, Microsoft wants developers building apps for its Ecosystem whether they’re working in Linux or in Azure.

This is big news for developers, as Microsoft has built its software empire on close-source proprietary software. The times, they are a-changin’.

What do you think? Is open-source the future of software?

New Office 365 Creativity Updates

Just in from the Microsoft Windows 10 Event in New York City: Office 365 is getting its own updates for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, which Microsoft says will arrive in “early 2017.”

With Microsoft’s updates, Windows 10 and Office 365 can be regularly updated with fixes, and new features, too. So what’s the Creators Update? Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President for Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, explained that the Creators Update features will include 3D and mixed reality, 4K gaming, and in-game broadcasting.

How does this affect Office? The features within the Creators Update will enhance the digital pen user-experience, offering new ways to interact with your documents and expands options for creating rich, interactive content – this is called Inking.

Inking in Office 365

  • Ink Editor – Strike through words to delete them, circle text to select it, and automatically snap highlighter ink to text.
  • Ink Replay control with Surface Dial – Set the pace at which you review instructions, reveal lesson ideas, and more with the new integration of Surface Dial and Windows 10.
  • Digital Ruler – Draw straight lines and align objects with the help of a built-in digital ruler in PowerPoint.
  • Segment Eraser in PowerPoint – Use this new eraser to remove excess ink for more precise in shapes.

Read more about the Creators Update for Office, and Inking here.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2, 2016

 

Don’t forget that Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer will only be available until July 29!

On Tuesday, August 2, Microsoft will make its Windows 10 Anniversary Update available for Windows 10 users. Updates include Windows Ink and Cortana features; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; new gaming experiences and new tools for the modern classroom. For more details, check out the Windows Blog.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ending July 29, 2016

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Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices! Check out this video from Windows team member Brian Roper as he explains 10 reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 10.

What’s the number one reason to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible? The free upgrade offer ends on July 29. After July 29th, you’ll only get Windows 10 when purchasing new devices or you will have to purchase the full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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To celebrate one year since it’s release, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out in summer 2016. The update is free for all Windows 10 users. Here are some things you can expect from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update:

  • Windows Hello Brings Biometric Security to Apps and Microsoft Edge.
  • Windows Ink Brings the Power of Windows to the Tip of Your Pen.
  • Cortana Becomes More Helpful than Ever.
  • UWP Apps Come to Xbox through a Unified Windows Store.

Learn more on the Windows Blog and on Microsoft’s site.

Microsoft Announcements from Build 2016

Microsoft held its annual “Build” developer conference this past week in San Francisco. Build 2016 ran from March 30–April 1, and there were quite a few announcements from the event including:

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • New “Ink Workspace” with Windows Ink apps
  • Office 2016 Add-ins for Office 2016 for Mac
  • New universal apps for Windows 10
  • Cortana is getting smarter
  • HoloLens is shipping to developers

Learn more with articles from WinBeta, The Verge, and Life Hacker.

Bing Image Search Feature in Microsoft Office and Edge

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Microsoft recently announced a new image search feature that will be incorporated into Office products and the Edge browser via its Bing engine.The new Bing Image Search feature creates a simpler, more robust image-search experience for PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher and Visio as well as Microsoft Edge.

“To try it out, just open any of those Office applications, such as Word, and click the ‘Insert’ tab at the top of the application, then select ‘Online Pictures.’ From there you’ll have the option to search for an image, and in return receive a grid of thumbnail images along with filters to narrow your search. To see the source and size of the image, just hover over it. You can view images that have been tagged as subject to certain license restrictions, or view all web images, depending on your needs and circumstances. You can then select an image that works for your particular situation by clicking on it and selecting the ‘Insert ‘button.”

For instructions on this new feature in Edge and to learn more, visit Bing blogs.

Cengage Windows 10 Products

  

 

 

 

 

 

We are very excited to release our Windows 10 product offerings from the best selling Shelly Cashman, Illustrated, and New Perspectives series. These new products provide detailed, accurate coverage of the Windows 10 operating system and highlight innovative new features including Cortana, the Edge browser, and new search functions.

Contact your Learning Consultant or visit Cengage.com to learn more.

 

Office 365 and Windows 10 for Your Car

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Can you imagine having the power to connect to Microsoft Office through your car’s dashboard?! This may soon be a reality. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft announced that they are partnering with Volvo, Nissan, IAV and Harman.

“In the near future, the car will be connected to the Internet, as well as to other cars, your mobile phone and your home computer,” executive vice president of business development for Microsoft Peggy Johnson said in a recent blog post. “The car becomes a companion and an assistant to your digital life. And so our strategy is to be the ultimate platform for all intelligent cars.”

Learn more from PC World or read Microsoft’s blog post.