Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise

Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise

Back in May, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows 10 Pro that is locked down to the Windows Store. Most of the other Pro features remain, such as Hyper-V. When it was announced, it was squarely aimed at educational customers, but yesterday at Ignite 2017, the company announced that a range of Windows 10 S PCs are coming aimed at businesses, or more specifically, frontline workers.

Microsoft said that it will be targeting the broader enterprise use case in the future, but for now, it’s focused on the frontline worker. With that in mind, the firm is working on a new version of Windows 10 S that’s based on Enterprise, aptly called Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode, which will be made available in spring 2018.

Of course, it’s already possible to lock down a version of Windows 10 to only install apps from the Store, so this is going to be something new. Just like users can upgrade from S to Pro, they’ll be able to upgrade from Enterprise in S mode to Enterprise. And the differences between the two Windows 10 S SKUs should be the same as the differences between Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise.

Since it’s not coming until the Spring, it won’t be available by the time that the devices announced yesterday launch. Neither will the availability of business SKUs of Office 365 in the Windows Store, I’ve been told. Those should be coming shortly after though.

The new TechSmith Camtasia is yours

The new TechSmith Camtasia is yours

If you own the latest version of TechSmith Camtasia you are eligible to download the latest update 9.1 for Windows or 3.1 for the Mac.

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New iPhone will be announced soon

New iPhone will be announced soon

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September 12th a very important date to mark on your calendar.  That’s when Apple will host its next media event, at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new Cupertino campus, where it’s expected to unveil three new iPhone models, the third-generation Apple Watch, and an upgraded Apple TV with support for 4K and HDR display technologies.

With new iPhones just days away from being officially revealed, a Bloomberg journalist has reported what he saw in images of the expected new high-end model. The key change is said to be the removal of the Home button, which has been rumored before. However, Bloomberg goes into fine detail on accompanying gestural changes on the software side. Click here to read more about this.

Even if you’re planning to stick with your current Apple hardware for now, there’s lots more to look forward to on September 12. During Apple’s media event, expect to find out when you’ll be able to upgrade your devices to iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and perhaps even macOS High Sierra as well.

Additional Information

Meanwhile, if you ever connect to public hotspots, you’ll definitely want to know more about a new Wi-Fi feature that’s coming in iOS 11.   You can also check out MacRumors for additional information on the iPhone that will be released.

The hardest thing to understand with Android and iPhone phones is the cost, it is always going up placing close to a $1,000 for units.  Sooner or later folks will have to make that decision on whether their budgets will be able to handle it.  It would also be nice if there was a recycle program with the vendors to trade in a phone and get discounts.  You can always send to a third party but the amount of returned funds is low.  Anyway an Apple release is always fun.

 

New WinDbg debugger available in preview!

New Microsoft debugger WinDbg available in preview!

Debugging Tools for Windows

Preview

Microsoft is excited to announce a preview version of a brand new WinDbg a Windows debugger.  WinDbg has more modern visuals, faster windows, a full-fledged scripting experience, built with the easily extensible debugger data model front and center.

Things to know

  • Installation - You can install the WinDbg Preview from the store if you have Windows 10 Anniversary Update or newer at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/windbg/9pgjgd53tn86 – WinDbg Preview uses some features from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so that’s required for now.
  • Feedback - Familiarize yourself a bit with the Feedback Hub!  Microsoft will be using the Feedback Hub to help prioritize what you want Microsoft to work on! The Windows Insider website has a great overview on how to give good feedback – https://insider.windows.com/en-us/how-to-feedback Once you’ve read that, just hit the ‘Feedback Hub’ button on the home ribbon.
  • Questions - Send feedback in the Feedback Hub, or tweet @aluhrs13 for answers. A FAQ on the blog sometime in the upcoming weeks will be posted.
  • Documentation - Microsoft has some early documentation up on MSDN that’s preliminary and subject to change at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=854349, you can give Microsoft feedback or propose edits to that documentation by hitting “Comments” or “Edit” on any page. Keep your eyes on the MSDN blog – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/windbg – for more updates and tips.
  • Videos - You can view on Channel 9 studio with recorded episodes of Defrag Tools to help explain some of the basics of WinDbg Preview.
    • Defrag Tools #182 – Basics of WinDbg Preview and some of the features
    • Defrag Tools #183 – WinDbg Preview and a quick demo
    • Coming Soon – Defrag Tools #184 – A walk through the scripting features in WinDbg Preview

Restrictions and other things worth noting

  • At this point in the preview, Microsoft is only offering WinDbg Preview through the Windows Store. That means only devices running Windows 10 Anniversary Update can install it.
  • You might hit errors when trying to do something that requires elevation. You’ll have to manually launch WinDbg Preview elevated.
  • The concept of a workspace is going to be changing a lot. A workspace in WinDbg Preview is vastly different from one in WinDbg. The MSDN documentation linked above has more information.

Half of Windows 7 machines do not run AV software

Half of Windows 7 machines do not run AV software

AV

It has been disclosed by Microsoft that Windows older desktop operating systems remains more vulnerable to malware as of today.  The majority of users are still running older versions of Windows, without necessarily using up to date security software which is Anti-Virus packages.

In its latest Security Intelligence Report, the company revealed that among all Windows 7 and Windows Vista PCs reporting statuses other than “Protected” to Microsoft, more than half of them have no type of protected software installed at all, which is pretty massive.

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft decided to turn on Windows Defender by default when no other anti-malware software is present. The majority of unprotected Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 PCs have their anti-malware software turned off. “This is not always deliberate: a number of prevalent malware families are capable of disabling some security products, potentially without the user even knowing,” explained Microsoft. The situation is not that much better with unprotected Windows 10 PCs: A big chunk of those machines are running with out-of-date signatures, and a significant part of the user base is also lacking full protection due to real-time monitoring being “snoozed.”

Anti-Virus packages not installed mostly in Russia

In this other image, you can see which are the countries and regions with the highest percentage of computers reporting as protected by real-time security software in March 2017: these include Finland (92.%), Portugal (90.3%) and Denmark (90.2%).

AV

 

If your PC is connected to the Internet, it’s worth reminding that it’s always recommended to install Windows security updates and make sure that your antivirus software is up to date. We invite you to check the full report for more insights about the latest security threats.

Baron Software does recommend to use Symantec Anti-Virus as well as MalwareBytes to at least reduce the amount of possible attacks.  Finally you must be very careful when reading emails and not to open up attachments from users you do not recognize.

Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence

Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence

U.S.  intelligence agencies have turned up the heat in recent days on Kaspersky Lab.  The Moscow-based cybersecurity giant long suspected of ties to Russia’s spying apparatus.

It has been announced that Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab boasts 400 million users worldwide. As many as 200 million may not know it. The huge reach of Kaspersky’s technology is partly the result of licensing agreements that allow customers to quietly embed the software in everything from firewalls to sensitive telecommunications equipment—none of which carry the Kaspersky name.

Now, official Kremlin documents reviewed by McClatchy could further inflame the debate about whether the company’s relationship with Russian intelligence is more than rumor.

The documents are certifications issued to the company by the Russian Security Service, the spy agency known as the FSB.

Unlike the stamped approvals the FSB routinely issues to companies seeking to operate in Russia, Kaspersky’s include an unusual feature: a military intelligence unit number matching that of an FSB program.

“That strikes me as much more persuasive public evidence,” said Paul Rosenzweig, a former deputy secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. “It makes it far more likely that much of the rumor and uncertainty about Kaspersky are true.”

The Investigation will continue.

Four steps to reduce the pain of Windows 7 installations using cumulative updates

Four steps to reduce the pain of Windows 7 installations using cumulative updates

Excellent article by Ed Bott about reinstalling a fresh Windows 7 machine.  A few simple steps and you can cut down the amount of time necessary to install Windows 7.  As an technical person the time and effort to reinstall any operating system can be long and boring.  Various times in the day you need to stop to review what point you are up to and go back to the other tasks at hand.

Windows 7 celebrates its eighth birthday in 2017.  Based on Microsoft there will be a 10-year support plan so the phase out will happen sometime in 2020.  There has been numerous updates over the past 8 years so it does take a lot of time to download and install the pieces.  As everyone knows there are so many security updates with Windows 7 and the operating system is still very populate with folks.  Baron Software still recommends to move over to Windows 10 but if your machine is running fine then wait until a new machine is necessary.  On the corporate side it is much more difficult due to the facts that there could be many machines within a company that have to be upgraded.

Bott also provides a link for the users that use an offline image for distribution using different deployment tools.

The biggest thing as time progresses is whether to use the 32 or 64 bit versions.  You have to keep that in mind.  The time it has taken for everyone to move from 32 bit has been long but we do believe within the next 5 years the 32 bit will go along with the 16 bit.

These simple steps are described in the article by Bott in detail

Step 1: Download the updates you need, before you need them

Step 2: Install Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 without connecting to a network

Step 3: Install the standalone update packages offline

Step 4: Connect to the internet and check for updates

 

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Only Bill Gates would come up with something to create a tax system against robot usage.  Click here to view the interview for yourself the conversation.  After viewing the video the question arises about who or what can be taxed and does this open up a door to things to take away your money.  Gates has been a billionaire for years and you wonder if he has way too much time on his hands.  This comes from a person who has a heated driveway that melts the snow during the winter months.  Based on what Gates mentions it seems he should be taxed from taking jobs from shovel driven folks and using automation to remove the snow.

Mass Production and the Robotic Age

Automation has been in the American industry for the past 40 years, does the car industry get taxed for having robotic machines that build cars on the line or other areas.  Click here for the brief history of robotic assembly lines.

Gates tends to come up with some nutty concepts much like the building of farms in Africa but then cried out about global warming due to cutting down the forests.  He tends to mean well but as proven over the Microsoft years he tends to generate failures as well. Can someone mention BOB or VISTA ?  Gates is looking to hand out his money to charities which is the best thing he can do instead of coming up with ideas of taking other people’s money.  As described in books that concerned Gates, he was always one to be cheap and frown on anyone he thought was taking his money.  So does that make it right for him to come up with a tax plan ?

 

The 2017 Microsoft Product Roadmap

The 2017 Microsoft Product Roadmap

The 2017 Microsoft Product Roadmap has been updated and released for the public to view what is going to be coming this year.  One large item is the MS SQL Server release for Linux.  This alone may open the doors for Microsoft to take over the Linux market from MYSQL who has been the center piece on Linux for years.   This year’s product roadmap looks to be a bit less crowded, though major changes are on tap for Microsoft’s productivity solutions, while Windows 10 is poised for another landmark update.  https://rcpmag.com/articles/2011/02/01/the-2011-microsoft-product-roadmap.aspx

Microsoft is attacking the Linux arena at this point giving Windows developers the necessary tools to work with MS Code to build Python applications or access a SQL server.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

Another major release will be Visual Studio 2017 that will:

  • Enhancements to productivity: Visual Studio 2017 features new filtering capabilities in IntelliSense, improvements to navigation and debugging, live code analysis and editing, and the ability to access files without projects.
  • Greater mobile development support: Developers can build iOS, Windows and Android apps using JavaScript, C# and C++. Visual Studio 2017 also comes with a mobile test recorder for application testing purposes.
  • More streamlined development for the cloud: “Visual Studio 2017 RC improves DevOps workflows from Git-based version control to making it much simpler to create continuous integration and continuous deployment pipelines,” according to Montgomery.
  • Speed and performance improvements: Visual Studio 2017 is faster to install and start up, has a smaller memory footprint, and loads solutions between two to four times faster than its predecessor.

The roadmap looks pretty strong with the different avenues that developers can grow new products and possibly get additional business / profits from.  Microsoft also will be delivering a new XBox as well as the Surface Pro 5 so 2017 seems to be a strong Microsoft year to come.

Happy 15th Birthday .NET!

Happy 15th Birthday .NET!

Microsoft

Today marks the 15th anniversary since .NET debuted to the world. On February 13th, 2002, the first version of .NET was released as part of Visual Studio.NET.  Microsoft was building its “Next Generation Windows Services” and unleashed a new level of productivity with Visual Studio.NET. Since the beginning, the .NET platform has allowed developers to quickly build and deploy robust applications, starting with Windows desktop and web server applications in 2002. You got an entire managed framework for building distributed Windows applications, ASP.NET was introduced as the next generation Active Server Pages for web-based development, and a new language, C# came to be.

With the release of Visual Studio 2017 coming on March 7th and Visual Studio’s 20th anniversary, .NET Core tools reach 1.0. Tune in March 7th and watch the keynote and live Q&A panels.  The biggest question for developers will be the Visual Studio 2017 release whether to go with the community or professional version.