Tech Friday


  • A big push for is coming for Windows 10:
  • Microsoft recently announced that after nearly 4 years, Windows 10 topped 800 million users
  • One thing driving adoption is the pending end of support for Windows 7. Mainstream support ends in less than a 1 year after a nearly 10 year run
  • Support for Windows 7 will be available, at a cost. And that cost will increase over time
  • Experts expect to many Windows 10 migration projects completed before the end of the year
  • Microsoft wants to move everyone to Windows 10 to streamline support and to encourage the use of new technologies such as HoloLens
  • A Microsoft nagging campaign will start soon to nudge people to upgrade to Windows 10

  • Windows 10 April Update features:
  • A big Windows 10 update is expected in April. Version 1903 will be named "April 2019 Update"
  • This semi-annual release includes:
  • Windows Defender Security Center (now Security Center) features:
  • Tamper Protection setting alerts you if another person or program tries to change your security settings
  • Protection History displays all suspicious events in a single place
  • The search box interface is less cluttered. Your 5 five most frequently used apps are in the center and you'll get recent documents and web pages from your Timeline
  • Windows Search has an enhanced option that indexes your entire PC rather than just the data folders in your personal profile and in any libraries you created
  • Cortana has been moved from the search bar to a new location with separate settings
  • The Windows Sandbox is a native virtualization platform. You can install and test any application or suspicious email or website with no risk to your device. Close the Sandbox and the bad stuff is gone!
  • The Synchonize your system clock feature has been moved to the Date & Time page in Settings
  • The Cloud Clipboard (copy between devices) is redesigned and easier to use
  • The Windows taskbar has new features and provides more information
  • The Storage settings page has been redesigned to see how space is utilizedat glance
  • The Microphone and Camera page show a list of applications that have access as well as any appliations that are currently using those devices
  • Pause updates features allows you to postpone Windows updates
  • You can uninstall more Windows 10 default apps
  • There are rumors that this Windows 10 release can play native Xbox One games

  • Apple bets its future on services:
  • iPhone sales are slowing and Apple CEO Tim Cook is betting the future on a suite of services. This is Apple's biggest change in strategic direction in more than a decade
  • Jay Srivatsa, CEO of Future Wealth, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that Apple is transitioning from ahardwarebusinessto a services business.He said that most of Apple's recent hardware products have been "evolutionary" instead of "revolutionary."
  • While Apple 's 4th quarter earnings and revenue beat Wall Street estimates, hares fell after the company missed shipment estimates on iPhones
  • Apple has been laying the groundwork for this shift for awhile. Cook has previously said Apple’s services business would be a Fortune 100 company if it were broken out on its own
  • Services include everything from iTunes, Apple Music, and the App Store to Apple Care, Apple Pay and iCloud. They generated $10 billion in revenue for Q4 2018
  • New services such as Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, and Apple TV Plus will run first and best on Apple devices
  • Apple’s services sector has seen year-over-year double-digit growth since Q3 2015
  • It's rumored that Apple will launch its own streaming service in 2019
  • An Apple is launching Apple Card, a new credit card with no fees, better security, and 2% cash back on most purchases
  • Apple Card also makes Apple stickier, making it harder to switch to Android