Microsoft is preparing a modular version of Windows 10 for desktop The new version called Polaris would be expected for 2019

The specialized WindowsCentral site has the answer as to the future evolution of Microsoft’s operating systems. According to the latter, the eyes must now be turned to Windows Core OS, an internal project to the software giant to release a modular architecture from the belly of the latest version, Windows 10. The new OS is intended to turn on n ‘ any type of device. We are talking here about smart phones, tablets, game consoles and PCs.

No catch-all, however, since according to what Windows Central reports, Windows Core OS is expected in two versions, one for mobile devices called Andromeda OS (not to be confused with a project of the same name on the side of the Mountain View, Google) and the other for traditional desktop and laptop environments; Polaris is the code name that Microsoft chose for Microsoft, and that’s what it’s all about in these developments.

Under Polaris, Microsoft drops native components contained in the current version of Windows 10. The operating system will integrate Cshell, a user interface to adapt to all types of screens, this, replacing the current graphical interface. “The first time you see a laptop running Windows Core OS run the interface will be similar to Windows 10,” notes WindowsCentral to indicate that this change will not be likely to disorient users. In the background however, a deep clean with the abandonment of the current file explorer, Paint and Notepad to replace them with UWP equivalents as in the case of the version for mobile devices. With Polaris, Microsoft is moving towards a subset of the current Windows 10. The aim of the maneuver is to make the OS lighter and more energy efficient.

Under Polaris, priority to universal Windows applications. WindowsCentral points out that Microsoft has opted to discontinue running Win32 applications natively. However, it is expected that this is supported through a virtualization system with execution from remote VMWare servers.

Combined with all the features, Polaris is reminiscent of Windows 10S, Microsoft’s cloud-based operating system, which also runs only UWP applications available on Microsoft’s online store. Officially launched in September 2014, it has not been successful because of poverty in Microsoft’s store apps. Polaris would be expected for 2019 and it is hard to see how Microsoft will position it against Windows 10S. As for classic Windows 10, it is now obvious that it will continue to exist. WindowsCentral also specifies that there is no gateway between the two systems.

Google Flights – Google says it can warn you of flight delays before air carriers

Google Flights, the service specializing in search, purchase and flight monitoring Google, wants to distance itself from the competition. To do this, Alphabet’s affiliate service relies on artificial intelligence to inform users if flights may be delayed even before the information has been disclosed by airlines.

To explain the motivation behind it, Anket Mathur, Product Manager of Flights at Google, said, “One of the most stressful parts of the trip is between the airport and the flight waiting, because you start to check if your flight is on time. Flights is already experiencing delays, and now we share the reasons for these delays and make a forecast of the delays for these delays as well. ”

Clearly, only predictions with at least 80% certainty will be displayed in the app, although the company believes that it is still better to go to the airport in advance even if its application predicts a delay. The app will also provide reasons for delays, such as the weather or an aircraft arriving late.

As you can see below, the predictions appear as a small text box above the flight information: on the left, in green, it is marked that the flight is on time; on the right, in red, it is indicated that the delay is 42 minutes.

The company took the opportunity to present a new feature that aims to help travelers understand what basic economy fares include and exclude with the price of their ticket. For now, this option is only available for a limited number of airlines.

“New fare types like Basic Economy are great for budget travelers, but it’s sometimes hard to understand if there are important options, such as space for bags, the ability to select your seat, and the cost of travel. luggage, are included in the price. Google Flights now offers information for flights on American, Delta and United. “

Office 2019 Will Only Be Available On Windows 10

Microsoft office 2019

“Microsoft also reduces the extended support of this version to two years”

Having focused its strategy on the cloud in recent years, Microsoft is encouraging businesses to move to Office 365 to take advantage of its cloud-based desktop applications, in addition to many other features and applications that are not available with the cloud. traditional version of Office. “Office 365 offers cloud-aware versions of Office applications that are always up-to-date … but we recognize that some customers are not ready to move to the cloud and will instead choose to deploy on-premise or hybrid architectures,” Microsoft says in a blog post. For these customers, the software giant will continue to offer the traditional version of Office at least for a while. Office 2019, for example, will be available later in the year after pre-releases that will be released starting in the second quarter. But the next version of Microsoft Office will not be available to anyone hoping to use it.

In an article on support for Windows and Office, released Thursday by Microsoft, the software giant has indeed announced that the next version of its office suite will only be supported on Windows 10 and Windows Server. In other words, Office 2019 can not be installed on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, while their extended media will end respectively in January 2020 and January 2023. So you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without you subscribe to the Microsoft Office 365 service.

Microsoft also changes the duration of Office 2019 support. Like other versions of Windows and Office, Office 2019 will benefit from a five-year core support, but an “about two-year” extended support instead of five years. Microsoft explains that “modern software offers not only new features to help users do their best, but also new and more efficient management solutions and more comprehensive security approaches,” says Microsoft. software older than 10 years that has not benefited from this innovation is difficult to secure and intrinsically less productive. And as the pace of innovation accelerates, Microsoft has made sense to no longer support its software for as long as 10 years, at least with regard to Office 2019. There is no change to the duration support for existing versions of Office.

The announced changes also concern Windows 10, among others. About Windows 10, Microsoft has decided to expand its support for businesses and customers in the educational community. “Windows 10 is rapidly being adopted by organizations of all sizes, and many customers have made significant progress in moving to Windows as a service … However, some have asked for an extension of standard support to 18 months for updates. of Windows 10, “said Microsoft. To help these customers, Microsoft has announced an additional six months of support for the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10, versions 1607, 1703 and 1709.

Canonical wants to make Ubuntu 18.04 faster at startup

Canonical’s Ubuntu Desktop manager, Will Cooke, recently released a newsletter that details further developments that should accompany the upcoming release of the Ubuntu Desktop version 18.04 LTS Linux distribution, which is scheduled for official release April 26, 2018.

Recall that “Bionic Beaver” (Beaver Bionique) is the code name of this next version of Ubuntu and that it should benefit from long-term support. The development of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS that started on October 26, 2017 will follow the same pattern as its predecessors: a six-month development cycle with two alpha versions (in January and February 2018) and two beta versions to be released (in March and in April).

Various improvements would have been made in particular at the level of the theme, at the level of the design and at the level of the multimedia functionalities. They should, for example, improve the responsiveness of some Wayland applications to mouse clicks while correcting for bugs that affect them and give the user the ability to increase the volume above 100 %.

In addition to the various enhancements that should affect the GNOME desktop environment, Canonical’s Ubuntu Desktop development team is also looking at the boot speed of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Canonical developers have planned to use the latest features of the systemd (system daemon) for profiling to identify issues that could slow down the startup of the OS.
Note that the systemd is an initialization system and a daemon that was specifically developed for the Linux kernel to replace the System V. It should provide a better framework for managing dependencies between services, allowing parallel loading services during startup and reduce calls to shell scripts.

“We have begun our investigation of boot speed and are using systemd features to do profiling, which will help us identify bottlenecks and get Bionic up and running as quickly as possible,” said Will Cooke. “We are working on moving the user session to the systemd,” he added.

A fix that allowed the udisks application to hide all virtual devices at the disk manager level and update the LibreOffice Snap component to version 5.4.4 of the office suite was also mentioned by Will Cooke.

Apart from the previously mentioned optimizations, the Canonical team in charge of Ubuntu Desktop development would have detected and corrected a problem that affected the NetworkManager Connectivity Checker package as well as a bug that caused the incorrect alignment of the NetworkManager connectivity checker. title of the windows. A new version of CUPS-Filters (version 1.19.0) that discusses determining the color space and color depth of the CUPS at the PPD generator level and fixes some bugs should also be included in Ubuntu Destop 18.04.

Recall that CUPS (common unix printing system) is an printing system developed by Apple for Mac OS X and UNIX . CUPS-Filters is a package required to use printer drivers with CUPS on Linux. CUPS-Filters provides backends, filters and other software included in the basic CUPS distribution, even if they are no longer managed by the Cupertino company, as well as filters and software developed independently of Apple.

Microsoft Will Block And Remove Optimization Software That Push Users To Pay A Premium Version

Microsoft has decided to block and remove programs that try to convince users to buy solutions that are supposed to help optimize their system. These are typically applications such as system optimization tools, malware cleaners, or registry cleaners. These programs, which are increasingly popular, claim to scan computers for errors, and then use alarming messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program. The paid version of these programs claims to correct the problems found by the free version.

“We find this practice problematic because it can push customers to make unnecessary purchasing decisions,” says Barak Shein of Windows Defender Security Research. To protect its customers, Microsoft has decided to update its evaluation criteria to specify that programs must not use alarming or compelling messages that may prompt users to make a purchase or perform other actions. .

“We use the evaluation criteria to determine which programs are identified as malicious software and unwanted software. In the future, programs displaying compelling messages will be classified as unwanted software, detected and deleted, “says Microsoft. Starting March 1, 2018, Windows Defender and other Microsoft security products will classify such programs as unwanted software and will be detected and removed.

Microsoft encourages users to report programs that display such unwanted behaviors. If you’re a developer, and want to make sure your software meets Microsoft’s evaluation criteria, you can submit it for analysis on the Windows Defender Security Intelligence portal. This will help you find out if your software is classified as a threat, unwanted software or a normal file, and how to correct the problem if your software does not comply with the evaluation criteria.

Have 3 Or 4 Windows On The Screen Windows 10

This is convenient for keeping a web page in view while you do something else next to it. With Windows 10, you can also easily display 3 or 4 windows at the same time on the screen. Convenient if you have a big screen.

  1. To display the current window in the upper left corner, press the Windows key. While holding it down, press the Arrow to the left and then the Arrow up.
  2. To display another window at the bottom left, select it in the taskbar and press the Windows key. While holding it down, press the Arrow to the left and then Arrow down.
  3. You now have 2 windows on the left half of the screen. On the entire right half, you can display a third window by selecting it and pressing the Windows and Right Arrow keys.
  4. If you prefer to display 2 windows on the right half (4 windows in total), select a window and press the Windows key. While holding it down, press the Arrow to the right and then Arrow up. Select the last window and press the Windows key. While holding it down, press the Arrow to the right and then the Arrow down.
  5. You can of course adapt the layout of the windows according to what you need to work efficiently.

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Haven – the portable security system on Android proposed by Snowden

Can he compete with surveillance cameras?

The Freedom of the Press Foundation (an NGO whose mission is to defend the freedom of the press and help journalists revealing corruption, misdemeanors and mismanagement of governments) and the Guardian Project (an initiative developing secure applications , open and easy to use to protect their communications and personal data) have launched a new Android application named Haven.

His goal is to turn a phone into a mini-surveillance kit. Users can install the Haven app on their primary or secondary phone, and the app will work by relying on the phone’s sensors (microphone, motion detector, light sensor, and cameras) to analyze the surroundings for the search. any change in environmental data.

For example, he will use the camera to detect motion and capture images, the accelerometer to detect when the phone is moved, the microphone to detect noise, and so on.

Haven only saves images and sound when it’s triggered by motion or pressing the volume key, and can store this information locally on the device or send it to another phone or to a remote website even when hosted on the Dark Web.

“The main view of the application allows the user to define which sensors to use and the corresponding sensitivity level,” explain Haven developers. “A security code must be provided, necessary to disable monitoring.”

You can position the device’s camera to capture visible movements, or set up your phone in a quiet place to listen for noises. You can receive secure notifications of intrusion events instantly and access remote logs later.

Edward Snowden, who is the president of the Foundation, and the rest of the development team created the app for use in the case of so-called “evil maid” attacks, an expression used to describe people with access physical to a device.

Users can then use Haven in different ways. They can leave the phone where Haven runs in their hotel room during their absence and receive notifications on another phone if someone enters the room.

They can also leave the Haven phone on a laptop or PC, and see if anyone is in front of the PC or trying to move the phone to access the laptop (and sensitive data contained in the PC).

They can install a Haven phone inside the safes and see if anyone else accesses its contents when they are away.

Android now gives indications on the speed of a Wifi network

The mobile device will need to be Oreo compatible

So far, Android smartphone users have benefited from a single indicator regarding their connection to a Wi-Fi network: the power of the signal. With Android Oreo, or for those who like numbers, version 8.1 of Google’s mobile operating system available since December 2017, the firm of Mountain View has decided to take a step forward. The latest version of its mobile operating system allows users to be informed of the speed of a Wi-Fi network before deciding to connect to it.

Thus, next to the traditional bar icon dedicated to the strength of a Wifi signal, a speed indication will appear under the name of a network. Google states that its operating system will return speed information only for public networks; those whose access requires the provision of a password are not affected. Google has decided to separate the speeds in four categories and at the same time indicated the possible uses:

  • slow: the user can make use of the feature of Wifi calls, make phone calls and send SMS.
  • Correct: You can view web pages, use social media, and stream music
  • fast: you can watch most videos streaming.
  • very high: viewing videos of very high quality streaming is possible.

In a forum reserved for Pixel, a smartphone from the Mountain View company, a community animator gives the details of these categories in terms of numbers:

  • slow: 0 to 1 megabit per second.
  • correct: 1 megabit per second at 5 megabits per second.
  • fast: 5 megabits per second to 20 megabits per second.
  • very high: at least 20 megabits per second.

Good news in principle for the regulars of Wifi networks who should be able to choose more easily which to choose. Note however that only smartphone owners already equipped with the second developer preview can make the jump to the final release of the OS with this feature through an update Over The Air (OTA). In this category, there are de facto users of smartphones Pixel and Nexus that do not suffer the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem. In most other cases, you will probably need an Oreo compatible device.

Different ecosystems, different realities in principle, but not in all cases. Indeed, with the addition of this feature to its mobile operating system, it quickly comes to the lips of the observer the question: what is happening on this side on the side of the giant of the mark at the apple ? To date, it seems that no version of iOS returns this type of information. On the other hand, the DataMeter application, available under this OS, makes it possible to display the speed of a download made through the Wifi or telephone network, which makes it possible to get an idea.

Goobuntu – Google abandons Ubuntu-based Linux Distribution for Debian

For years, Google has used Goobuntu, a custom Linux distribution based on Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) versions. Google, however, was not a contributor to the Ubuntu project, but simply used distribution as a client for the Ubuntu Advantage program.

By the way, it should be noted that Ubuntu is available for free download and users can also get free support from the community. But for companies with production workloads, Canonical offers a suite of tools and services through its Ubuntu Advantage program to help them get the most out of their Ubuntu deployments.

Last August, during the DebConf 17 event, the Mountain View giant announced plans to abandon Ubuntu. For its in-house machines, Google will migrate from Goobuntu to gLinux, a distribution based on Debian Testing. Note that the Debian testing distribution contains packages that have not yet been accepted into the stable distribution but are waiting to be accepted. The main benefit of using this distribution is that it contains newer versions of the software.

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The migration process from Goobuntu to gLinux has now begun. The exact reasons for dropping Ubuntu are not yet known, but it will allow Google to perform timely testing of packages and fix problems. The migration from Google to gLinux is also good news for the Debian project, as Google will contribute upstream to the project. But for Canonical, it’s certainly a big loss. Although Ubuntu has a large number of clients in the server and cloud arena, and remains one of the most popular Linux distributions on the PC market, Google is still a big payer.

source : itsfoss

Enable Windows Embedded SSH Client in Windows 10

Since the Fall Creators Update update, Windows includes an OpenSSH client that allows you to connect to a Secure Shell server. No more need to go through a third-party utility like Putty.

  1. The SSH client is available as an option and is not installed by default. To install it, click the Start button and then settings windows
  2. Click Apps.Apps-Settings
  3. Click Manage optional features.Manage optional features
  4. Click Add a feature.Add feature settings
  5. Click OpenSSH Client (Beta) and then click the Install button.OpenSSH Client Install
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. You can now use the SSH client by using the ssh command in a PowerShell or Command Prompt window. Enter the command and confirm with Enter to know the syntax of the command. The options and syntax are the same as the ssh command under Linux or MacOS.