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Office 365: A guide to the updates

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 for you, so you don’t have to. [1] [1] By Preston Gralla on ComputerWorld

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Personal virtual assistants will become part of the enterprise IT ecosystem: Unisys

There is a significant opportunity for organisations to integrate personal virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Apple’s Siri into their enterprise systems, according to IT services firm Unisys. Similar to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, Unisys is betting that personal virtual assistants will become part of an organisation’s IT ecosystem. [1] [1] By Tas Bindi on ZDNet

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Retail in 2021: When clicks have buried bricks

Editor’s Note: Back during the holiday shopping season of 2011, when the iPad and Siri were new, and the Amazon Echo, Uber and drone deliveries were just a figment of our imagination, I wrote a speculative piece about what the future of shopping might be like, ten years in the future, from the perspective of a typical up-market consumer, named “Mindy.” [1] [1] By Jason Perlow on ZDNet

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One-fifth of today’s enterprise applications were born in the cloud, surveys suggest

To date, the motis operandi of cloud implementations has been to apply the cloud-first principle to any and all new projects, applications or workloads, while leaving on-premises as is. In other words, cloud adoption grows in proportion through gradual attrition of on-premises systems. Therefore, it’s only a matter of cycles before the number of cloud-first generation workloads and systems outnumbers on-premises systems. [1] [1] By Joe McKendrick on ZDNet

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Apple undercuts Facebook in the augmented reality platform war

Facebook’s grand vision for augmented reality was that it would make it easy for any developer to build and distribute an AR experience — as long as it lived inside Facebook’s app. But Apple has once again used its control of the mobile operating system to build a wider platform than Facebook can, this time with AR that lives inside developers’ own apps. [1] [1] By Josh Constine on TechCrunch

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The Internet of Things? It’s really a giant robot and we don’t know how to fix it

The rise of a global Internet of Things network is ultimately creating a giant, internet-connected global robot which is so disparate and insecure that cyberattacks against it are going to cause major societal problems if it isn’t regulated. With more and more devices becoming connected to the internet -ranging from kitchen appliances, to motor vehicles to entire power stations – soon cybersecurity professionals won’t just be responsible for ensuring computer networks are safe, they’ll need required to ensure all the connected devices in the world are safe. [1] [1]…

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won’t be HPE Last

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has hatched a radical plan to overhaul processes, investments, people and overheads in a project that is “likely to determine” its “relevance in the years ahead.” HPE Next is an initiative which will sit under the control of Jon Faust – senior veep of finance, worldwide financial planning and analysis, and global functions – CEO Meg Whitman confirmed in a memo to staff, seen by El Reg. [1] [1] By Paul Kenurt on The Register

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What is Windows 10 S?

Microsoft is taking on Google’s Chrome OS with a new version of Windows: Windows 10 S. The new version of Windows 10 S is going to be targetted towards schools, and it’s effectively a lightweight version of Windows 10. Windows 10 S is going to power cheap new Windows 10 devices, where the main target customers are schools and students. [1] [1] By Mehedi Hassan on MSPowerUser

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Marketing magic meets big data: How to make technology and creativity work together

Marketing is increasingly high tech; big data and customer relationship management now have a clear role to play along with the more established creative marketing disciplines. ZDNet recently spoke to execs at the recent Data IQ Summit 2017 in London to find out how they are using new technology to develop insights and engage with customers better. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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