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Microsoft couple of days ago released a new build 17666 for Windows Server 2019. The latest preview build is part of the Redstone 5 development branch and comes with many new features along with known issues which are part of every preview build. The new preview build comes with the performance history of Storage Space Direct and options to delimit volume allocation. The build also includes VHDX archive which can be downloaded in English. The latest Windows Server 2019 preview can be downloaded as an ISO image in 18 different languages. The company has also provided two keys which allow unlimited activations for the Insiders. As is expected from a preview build, it comes with some known issues apart from the new features. The known issues include issues with the Active Directory Domain Controllers which might not be upgraded correctly after installing the preview build. As a precaution, Microsoft requests users to first back up any Active Directory Domain Controllers before starting to download the new preview build. More available on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft has officially announced the successor of Surface Hub which was launched back in 2016. Called Surface Hub 2, the device will come with a 50.5-inch display and 3:2 aspect ratio. With the new Surface Hub, Microsoft plans to redefine the boring conference room meetings.  The Surface Hub 2 will come with 50.5-inch display and 3:2 Aspect Ratio. The device will also support 4K  resolution. Microsoft also made sure to cut on bezels so Surface Hub 2 has a better screen-to-body ratio. Microsoft has also added the same muscle wire technology into the Surface Hub 2 so it can seamlessly change orientation from portrait to landscape and vice-versa. The company has also added 4K cameras that rotate with the device, integrated speakers, and far-field mic arrays. Microsoft has also promised better software support with the new Surface Hub 2. The device will be based on Windows 10 and will take advantage of Windows Hello to allow users to easily login and start working. Apart from this, Microsoft has also optimized the software for productivity apps like Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, and Office 365. Learn more on OUR FORUM.

Australian authorities launched an investigation into Google's massive data harvest from smartphones, which reportedly allows the search giant to track users' movements even with location services turned off. The investigations stem from findings made by the California-based software company Oracle, which revealed that Google was collecting up to one gigabyte of each users' monthly phone data to secretly trace their location. With the number of Android users in Australia around 10 million, if Google were to pay to collect their data, the price tag at current data costs would be somewhere between $432 and $540 million annually. According to experts from Oracle, Google collected this data to help advertisers. Concerned about the impact that both Google and Facebook have had on the advertising market, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) launched an inquiry. In a report recently presented to the ACCC and cited by The Australian, Oracle details the extent of access Google has to smartphone users' data... read more on our Forum

Windows 10 April 2018 Update is buggy on some hardware and it has been troublesome for quite a while now. Microsoft recently discovered a bug in Intel SSDs and the company has now acknowledged that a bug is also affecting devices that are equipped with Toshiba SSDs. The company is working with Toshiba and the fix will be deployed in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, Microsoft has blocked Windows 10 April 2018 Update on PCs with affected Toshiba SSDs. Microsoft confirmed that the PCs running Windows 10 April 2018 Update with Toshiba SSDs could see lower battery life and it might experience other issues. The PCs that are equipped with Toshiba SSDs could also notice degraded performance and similar issues after installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The bug only affects Toshiba XG4 Series, Toshiba XG5 Series, and Toshiba BG3 SSDs. As noted above, Microsoft and Toshiba are currently working together to identify the bug and the fix could be deployed soon. Microsoft is also blocking the Windows 10 April 2018 Update on such devices to avoid the widespread of the bug. There's more on OUR FORUM.

The Cloud Clipboard prototype was described about seven months ago by Rafael Rivera. A couple of days ago he tweeted about it once more, writing “BREAKSCLUSIVE: Cloud Clipboard is on track to landing in next WIP Fast build.” Windows Insiders from the Fast ring and the Skip Ahead ring have a reason to celebrate. Microsoft’s latest Insider build, Windows 10 Build 17666 (RS5) brings the highly anticipated Cloud Clipboard feature. This is excellent news because everyone was waiting for it since its preview last year at Build 2017. Why is this helpful? There’s a strong reason for which this feature was much awaited. The new Clipboard experience will turn out to be the handiest especially when users often paste the same content more times during a day. It’s also extremely useful when users want to paste something across more devices. All you need to do in order to access this heavenly experience which helps you save time is use WIN V keyboard shortcut... read more on our Forum

Some Microsoft enthusiasts create their very own concepts imagining Windows 10 features, and today it’s Windows XP's turn. It’s been more than four years since Windows 'XP' support officially came to an end. While Microsoft has stopped patching the old operating system and the company has also asked the users to upgrade to Windows 10, but it still remains one very popular choice for PC users across the world. A YouTuber has created a new concept titled “Windows 'XP' 2018 Edition Concept” which imagines the 16 years old platform with a whole new interface. The new Windows XP features a start menu from Windows 10 but the elements resemble the look and feel of the old OS. The conceptual Windows 'XP' features a modern looking user interface elements, and the taskbar has been also redesigned. Despite the modification, the concept still resembles the classic Windows 'XP' and it looks really nice. Follow this development on OUR FORUM.

 

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