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.
New phone launches these days are pretty darn consistent. By and large, they're all about the hardware and why this latest model is light years better than the one you saw last year: the snazzier design, the smaller bezels, the sharper display, and so on.
At this week's Pixel 3 launchapalooza, Google took a decidedly different approach. Sure, its presenters glossed over some of those standard hardware high points '- physical niceties that set the phone apart from its predecessor and give this latest model a reason to exist '- but the real focus, and the sell for most people, was something far less tangible. Cementing a strategy the company started with its first Pixel two years ago and then refined with last year's second-gen model, Google basically told us: Hey, hardware is fine and all, but everyone's got the same stuff '- and none of it is especially exciting anymore. Where we're gonna shine is in an area where no one else can compete: software.
There'-s a well-known bug in the Win7 update installer that can throw error 0x8000FFF unless you pre-install an upgrade to the installer. I wrote about this Servicing Stack Update (SSU) requirement about a month ago.
Three weeks ago, Microsoft promised to fix the problem. Superficially, the problem shouldn'-t exist anymore. But because of sloppy implementation, the bug'-s still there, and people are still hitting error 0x8000FFF when they try to install Win7 Monthly Rollups. Fellow columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols hit the same problem yesterday.
In one of the worst Windows rollouts in history '- at least since Windows 3.1 '- last week'-s rollout of Win10 version 1809 left some PCs with empty Documents, Photos and other folders, and it managed to mangle user profiles for others. The net result was mayhem, with Microsoft yanking the 1809 upgrade three days later.
Now, a week after the initial assault, we'-re told that Microsoft has solved all the problems and has begun a test rollout of the new, improved, latest version of the last version of Windows. The new rollout is only going to the Windows Insider beta-testers who are enrolled in the Slow or Release Preview rings. (It can'-t go out to the Insider Fast ring because that ring was pushed to 18252.1000, the first round of '-'version 19H1'-" betas, back on Oct. 3.)
Moving toward a Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) strategy should be a major corporate goal over the next several years as mobile devices proliferate in the workspace and cloud applications replace legacy, client-based software.(Insider Story)
To help make life better for you, my loyal readers, I suffer by running Windows 7 and 10 on two harmless '- never hurt anyone in their lives '- PCs. Well, I did. But, in the last week I ran into not one, but two, showstopper update bugs.
First, on Windows 10, I was one of those '-'lucky'-" people who had files vaporize when I '-'updated'-" to Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). Because I only use Windows for trivial tasks, I didn'-t lose anything valuable when the patch decided to erase everything in the My Documents folder.
Somehow, I think most Windows users use Windows for more important work than I do. I hope you have current backups. At least Computerworld'-s Woody Leonhard has some good news: You can get those deleted files back.
This IT consultant isn't exactly well thought of as a technical professional -- but that doesn't stand in the way of a long and varied career at a big consultancy, reports a pilot fish on the scene.
"This consultant did nothing egregious enough to be terminated, but it wasn't often that a client would want to renew them beyond the initial period," fish says.
But the consulting outfit's regional manager doesn't want to terminate the mediocre consultant, who also happens to check off several "protected minority" categories.
Subtle hints aren't effective, and the consultant still gets average pay raises every year because no client will go on record that the consultant is actually a problem. Even bad locations don't seem to bother the consultant.
Some tasks are common to almost all users, though, regardless of subject area: data import, data wrangling and data visualization. The table below show my favorite go-to packages for one of these three tasks (plus a few miscellaneous ones tossed in). The package names in the table are clickable if you want more information. To find out more about a package once you've installed it, type help(package = "packagename") in your R console (of course substituting the actual package name ).
The launch of a big Windows 10 update like the October 2018 Update isn'-t the end of a process '- it'-s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.
Here we'-ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 '- version 1809, known as the October 2018 Update '- with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the October 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update; 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update; and finally updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we'-ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft'-s announcement about it.
CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.
Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.
It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.
You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won'-t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider:" http://www.businessinsider. ...