Welcome to the Jul 25, 2015 issue of
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(← Click to play the video!) Within one week Windows 10 should begin making its appearance on our screens. Microsoft has revealed little about exactly how quickly their new OS will be downloaded and then tell you it's ready to install, but I have a hunch that pieces of it have already been installed on your PC during recent Windows Updates. Maybe - just maybe - the final piece will be downloaded on 29 July, and we'll see that "Windows 10 is ready to install" notice on our screens right on that date.
Microsoft's new OS promises to be a winner: the upgrade is free for any and all registered copies of Windows 7 and 8. The Win-7-style Start Menu that many people miss is back but improved, and there's no need to switch back and forth between the desktop and the Win-8 "Universal" apps (a.k.a. "Modern" and "Metro") because they'll all be on the same menu. You'll be able to switch between up to four Desktops, though, so you can have one Desktop for work, another for home, another for games, etc. Two new Windows 10 features (Windows Hello and Windows Passport) work together to help you protect your personal accounts - on all Windows devices - through two-factor authentication.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Hang in there! Remember: the mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
Windows 10 automatically updates your antivirus app after installation, but if your antivirus isn’t compatible or your subscription is expired, Microsoft’s free Windows Defender will be activated by default. The Device Guard feature complements traditional antivirus software by deciding whether apps and files are trustworthy, and by alerting users if there is any reason to suspect that a program is dangerous. If you "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) to work, Windows 10 aims to make this safer with proactive data loss prevention that intuitively detects and encrypts work-related files. Edge - Microsoft’s new browser -is designed especially for safety: among other things, Edge will run in partial sandbox mode, making it hard for hackers to hack.
So all in all, Windows 10 looks like a winner, if Microsoft really comes through with all these goodies. But if something seems too good to be true, it just might be. By our next issue we should know how it actually works, what people like and don't like.
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The Security Blurb:
With all the security breaches that have occurred in recent months, this one was bound to happen: Ashley Madison hack: Are your details at risk? Serves you right, you nasty old men (and women)!
But before we go, here's one priceless kitty-viddie: Cute cats try to catch a mouse from an IPad. I just couldn't resist sharing this one!
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