Big Windows 10 changes

Big Windows 10 changes could be coming as Microsoft prepares next big release. The software giant may soon have to support two operating systems simultaneously. Microsoft could be preparing to completely change its update schedule for Windows 10 due to the upcoming release of Windows 10X.

Windows 10: A guide to the updates

In a recent article by Computerworld, discusses what you need to know about each update to the current version of big Windows 10 changes.

As reported by ZDNet, the software giant has said little about its plans for Windows 10X since back since May 2019. Chief product officer Panos Panay revealed in a blog post that the company would pivot its focus from single-screen devices to dual-screen devices that leverage the power of the cloud.

Big windows 10 changes

Microsoft could be preparing to change its update schedule for Windows 10 due to the upcoming release of Windows 10X.

According to sources, Microsoft is now targeting spring 2021 for the first commercial release of Windows 10X. This is not a new operating system but rather a variation of Windows 10. The features have a simpler user interface and a more modular form. The company had originally planned to ship 10X first on upcoming dual-screen devices including its own Surface Neo.

ZDNet reports that Microsoft’s latest plan will see 10X first debut on single-screen devices aimed at businesses and education in the spring of 2021. Followed by a roll out for additional single-screen and dual-screen devices in the spring of 2022.

Windows 10 release schedule

Now that Microsoft will soon have to release updates for both Windows 10 and Windows 10X, its update schedule will likely change as well.

The company could end up releasing just one feature update per year for Windows 10 beginning in 2021. In an effort to allow its engineers to work on updates for both operating systems according to ZDNet‘s sources. If this is true, then Microsoft will likely deliver Windows 10X releases in the spring and Windows 10 feature updates in the fall moving forward.

If the company does move to once-a-year feature update schedule, it will roll out Windows 10 20H2 in the fall of this year but this will be a very minor feature update. In the spring of 2021 though, Microsoft will finally release Windows 10X for the first time.

In the autumn of 2021, the news outlet’s sources say that the company will roll out a feature update for Windows 10. With an updated version of Windows 10X releasing in the spring of 2022. This version will work on both single-screen as well as dual-screen devices.

We will likely know exactly what Microsoft plans to do soon but updating Windows 10 in one half of the year and Windows 10X during the other half of the year does make a lot of sense. The company will now have to support two operating systems with updates and new feature releases.

Keep your business up to date and secure

LIS will always keep your Windows applications up to date and secure. If you are do not have managed IT monthly services you need to talk to us.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to make sure your business is up to date and secure. We can undertake an IT audit. Upgrade your network to the latest Windows or MAC OS systems. We can check that you have the correct anti-spam and anti-virus software installed. Finally, make sure you can work anywhere, any time and on any device. We can upgrade your Microsoft Office package to Office 365. Take advantage of our Office 365 Security Package. With so many options to make your working life easier… it would be rude not to find out what is available.

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Mobile users feel ripped off

Overpayments ‘rip-off’ on phone contracts could cost you more than £400 a year, Which? says The regulator has asked providers to reduce monthly costs after customers have paid off the price of their phones. Mobile users feel ripped off, as high-end handsets tend to only be sold with expensive tariffs. They come packaged up with a generous inclusive allowance. This means shoppers often buy tariffs that significantly exceed their needs.

Which reveal mobile users feel ripped off

A third of mobile phone customers are still being charged the full price of their contract – even after paying off the cost of their handset, Which? has warned. The BBC reported the news story and listed some of the worst offenders.

A third of mobile phone customers are still being charged the full price of their contract – even after paying off the cost of their handset, Which? has warned.

The consumer rights group is calling for networks to end the “overpayments rip-off”, which costs an estimated £182m a year. It estimates some Britons could be out of pocket to the tune of more than £400 annually.

Mobile users feel ripped off

Your phone company could have overcharged you by £400. Customers are still overpaying when contracts end.

Which? found that 36% of people whose contract ended in the past two months are still paying off the price of their smartphone.

This is despite providers promising Ofcom that, from February 2020, customers would get a reduced tariff after their contracts end – reflecting the fact that the device had been fully paid for.

Three was the worst offender, Which? claims, with 43% of customers whose contracts ended in the past six months seeing no drop in the price of their monthly bill.

This meant that someone with a “bundle” contract on a Samsung S20 5G – which came out at £37 a month – would be overpaying their bill by as much as £444 a year after it ended.

About 40% of EE customers saw no price drop at the end of their contract – with 31% of Vodafone customers seeing no change either.

Are you due for an upgrade?

Here at LIS, we offer everything your business needs to keep talking. Specialising in business telephone systems, lines & calls, broadband, business mobiles and IT services, we’ve got you covered. From our first conversations, our in-house team of experts will ask the right questions so that we can recommend a solution that will both perform and deliver a return.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to make sure you not overpaying. Are your handsets out of date? Are you fed up with slow Internet speeds? We offer every telecoms service to get you connected. We supply sim only connections with no hardware so there is complete clarity over how much you pay. You don’t need to change your phone unless it suits you. We may not be the cheapest but we don’t rip you off!

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Councils get connected

Local authorities invest in networking and contact centre technology through IT outsourcing contracts. Helping local councils get connected.

Councils get connected and help the wider community

Cheshire East Council is working with technology service provider Capita to build a wide area network (WAN) to connect more than 500 public services sites. An article published yesterday by Computer Weekly explains all.

The £8m, five-year contract will see council, school, fire service and police operations in the county connected by the network. This is part of the government’s £5bn Network Services 2 framework.

Councils get connected

Councils to connect hundreds of its sites through wide area network.

Why set up a WAN?

A wide area network (WAN) is a data network, usually used for connecting computers, that spans a wide geographical area. WANs are used to connect offices, towns, counties and help councils get connected. WANs are often used by larger organizations to facilitate the exchange of data. A wide variety of industries have embraced WANs with facilities at multiple locations. Increasingly, however, even small businesses are utilizing WANs as a way of increasing their communications.

The benefit of WANs

Although WANs serve a purpose similar to that of local area networks (LANs), WANs are structured and operated quite differently. The user of a WAN usually does not own the communications lines that connect the remote computer systems. Instead, the user subscribes to a service through a telecommunications provider. Unlike LANs, WANs typically do not link individual computers, but rather are used to link LANs. WANs also transmit data at slower speeds than LANs. WANs are also structurally similar to metropolitan area networks (MANs), however provide communications links for distances greater than 50km.

Advantages of WANs

Do you have a wide area network (WANs) at your company? If you have multi sites or operate globally, you probably do. That is because WANs are powerful business tools. They make it possible for large organizations to communicate internally faster and more efficiently. They also make it possible for consumers to enjoy company benefits they could not enjoy in the past.

  • Boosts your privacy: Setting up a WAN allows you to share sensitive data with all your sites without having to send the information over the Internet.
  • Increases bandwidth: Corporate WANS often use leased lines instead of broadband connections to form the backbone of their networks.
  • Eliminates Need for ISDN: WANs can cut costs by eliminating the need to rent expensive ISDN circuits for phone calls. Instead, you can have your WAN carry them.
  • Guaranteed uptime: Many WAN providers offer business-class support. That means you get a specific amount of uptime monthly, quarterly, or yearly as part of your service level agreement.
  • Cuts costs and increase profits: In addition to eliminating the need for ISDN, WANs can help you cut costs and increase profits in a wide variety of other ways.

Disadvantages of WANs

While WANS provide numerous advantages, they have their share of disadvantages. As with any technology, you need to be aware of these downsides to make an informed decision about WANS. The three most critical downsides are high setup costs, security concerns, and maintenance issues.

  • High setup costs: WANs are complicated, complex and expensive to set up.
  • Security Concerns: WANs open the way for certain types of internal security breaches. such as unauthorized use, information theft, and malicious damage to files.
  • Maintenance Issues: Maintaining a WAN is a challenge, no doubt about it. Guaranteeing that your data centre will be up and operating 24/7 is the biggest maintenance challenge of all.

The best solutions for your business

We are unable to predict when businesses will return to normal due to the pandemic. We all must try and operate in the new normal way of business. With staff working from home and some of the team working at the office, which solution is best for you? Make sure your business stays connected, secure and efficient.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to make sure your security is appropriate. Do you have good Firewalls in place, or do they resemble swiss cheese? Use encrypted connections when using online banking. Are your Virtual Private Network (VPN) secure? Our friendly and experienced team will asses your options for connectivity and be able to help you with your telecommunications.

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Driving test website

Driving test website for England and Wales crashes shortly after reopening. DVSA portal had almost 7 million visits in 12 hours when it reopened after several months of suspension.

Driving test website crashes

The BBC reported millions of people were unable to access the site at all or losing their booking part way through the process.

Learner drivers will be unable to book a driving test until Wednesday. Urgent maintenance has started on the website after it crashed at a time of unprecedented demand.

Driving test website

The DVSA said 210,000 driving tests had been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Alamy

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said its driving test booking service had almost 7m visits in 12 hours. It reopened after several months of suspension during the coronavirus lockdown.

It said on Saturday that it had taken the service offline until 8am on Wednesday. Increased demand on the site led to essential maintenance to keep the site running.

Gareth Llewellyn, the DVSA’s chief executive, said: “Coronavirus has severely impacted our business-as-usual operations, including by stopping driving tests in March. Since then DVSA have only been dealing with applications for emergency driving tests for critical workers.

“Following unprecedented demand for the driving test booking system with almost 7m attempts to book a test when it opened, we need to carry out urgent maintenance so people can book tests. DVSA have closed the booking service until Wednesday 26 August and are sorry for any inconvenience.”

When will the driving test website re-open?

The DVSA driving test booking service for England and Wales reopened again at 8am on Friday after being closed since 20 March. The service received 7 million visits by 8pm. This left candidates unable to complete their bookings. Users received an error message when attempting to access the bookings page.

210,000 tests had been cancelled and tens of thousands more were delayed because of Covid-19, said the DVSA. Learners whose tests were cancelled during lockdown were first invited to rebook in July.

Driving tests in Scotland are due to restart from 14 September, but people are not yet able to book a slot.

IT does not have to drive you mad

Don’t let your IT system drive you mad. We are the IT recovery service for when your website crashes and/or you experience computer problems. Contact the LIS Help Desk today and our friendly team will be glad to offer you assistance.

We can fix your problems, suggest upgrades and manage your back up solutions. With a monthly IT contract, the benefits are endless. Can you afford not to work with an efficient, reliable and knowledgeable IT company. We are only one click or a phone call away. With our help you can drive towards your goals without tests getting in the way.

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Return to work traps

As businesses transition their workforces back to the office, hackers are distributing phishing emails and malicious files disguised as COVID-19 training materials. Return to work traps are becoming more common as cyber criminals take advantage of the pandemic.

Return to work traps take advantage of employees

According to a new report from UK Tech News, criminals are setting “return to work traps”, taking advantage of the training employees need to go through as they return to the office in its new form.

They claim many workers now need to go through various tutorials, webinars and training sessions. Ensuring they are compliant with new workplace rules set up to prevent viral transmission. Sensing an opportunity, cybercriminals are disguising malware as webinar recordings and other educational material, it was said.

According to the report, these new practices are mostly reserved for businesses in North America and Europe, where lockdown measures are slowly being eased up and people are being allowed to return to work.

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Workers return to their offices and cyber criminals will abuse Covid-19 to spread malware and steal sensitive data.

Open emails and documents with caution

Make sure emails and documents are from a legitimate source from within the company. We are seeing a trend of hackers leveraging household names, such as Microsoft Office 365, to trick employees. One thing is for certain: the coronavirus pandemic is leading us towards a cyber-pandemic.

Protect you staff at home

Organizations are allowing employers to access work-critical information from their homes. This is  a vulnerability as many employers working from home are in need for a VPN (virtual private network). Unconsciously they are downloading software from untrustworthy sites leaving their computers infected.

In addition, the tech support scammers will also emerge, pretending to be trying to fix an IT problem. They attempt to gain control of a target’s computer; and hackers may call pretending to be another department of an organization to get access remote and tricking general staff. On a bigger scale, cyber criminal groups in Russia, China and North Korea were exploiting the growing chaos to target national governments like the US, Japan, and Italy.

While some organizations are using tech to fight coronavirus, attackers are using healthcare organizations as a target. This will be particularly dangerous as those are the most vital among us at the time. A recent example was the ransomware attack against the University Hospital in Brno, Czech Republic. One of the largest COVID-19 research labs in the country, shutting down the entire IT network and causing anxiety to an already stressed staff.

Stay safe. Protect your business

Unfortunately, we do not see cybercrime going away in the near future. Cybercrime has rocketed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic as many try to exploit people’s fears. IS your  operating system and software up to date? Do you use the latest Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam solutions?

Contact the LIS Help Desk to discuss the most cost-effective solutions for your company. Our experienced and friendly team will make sure you have the correct protection in place. We will carry out an IT Audit and recommend upgrades to hardware and software. Why worry about your IT security? LIS take care of all your IT requirements.

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