Knowing Windows 10

Windows 10 has arrived. It would be free for a year for those who run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF MICROSOFT

The ultimate goal of Microsoft is to make Windows 10 the only operating system that powers all devices. Moreover, Continuum is the driving force behind this. Windows 10 determines when one is interacting with a mouse and keyboard or a touchscreen and would accordingly react. When using a keyboard and mouse, there would be standard Windows experience. If on a tablet, there would be full-screen applications and finger-friendly Start menu. Pop off the keyboard on a two-in-one device such as the Surface Pro3 and the interface would transform smoothly into a tablet mode.

WINDOWS 10 ON PHONES

The scenario on phones is as bit different, as there would be a Windows 10 Mobile. However, Microsoft has shown Windows Phones that change into PCs the moment a mouse and keyboard are being connected.

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APPLICATIONS ON WINDOWS 10

Microsoft wants users to purchase an application from the Windows Store once, and expect it to run on all devices. The universal applications would then adopt whatever form is right for the device that one is using, whether one is using a tablet or a personal computer. A taste of this could be seen with the Office suite of Microsoft, which is the full Office experience in a format that is appropriate for the device. Editing spreadsheets on a smart phone is not recommended but it works and one could have all Excel and PowerPoint and Word as well and the rest at one’s disposal.

Windows 10 brings about several truly surprising changes along with it, together with expected tweaks for relieving suffers of Windows 8 and attract more holdouts from previous versions. It’s available for preview, thus it would continue evolving in the months to come.

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES

WINDOWS 10 WOULD HAVE HOLOGRAM TECHNOLOGY

The Microsoft Holographic is a set of technologies that enables 3D hologram and imaging projection for Windows 10 applications. A live demo and video showed people wearing HoloLoens projection googles to interact with remote coworkers, explore a 3D projection of Mars and play a 3D version of Minecraft. Developers could use HoloStudio software for developing 3d apps. Nobody expected Microsoft to unveil 3d capabilities. Even though it appears first in niche apps, it definitely provides Windows a halo of innovation it has not had in a while.

WINDOWS 10 INCLUDES ‘UNIVERSAL’ OFFICE APPLICATIONS

Microsoft is making universal office applications that’s touch-friendly and run on all device. Future Windows tablets and Windows phones would come with pre-installed Office applications. All this is part of the bid of Microsoft to take back territory it has lost to the free productivity apps, namely Google Drive. What is now clear is how the universal applications would relate to Office 365 or the upcoming Office 2016 desktop software.

CORTANA

Cortana, the female-voiced, somehow sassy digital assistant that debuted in Windows Phone 8.1, would be part of Windows 10. Closely tied in with the Bing search and notifications features of the new OS, one is able to talk or type to acquire information via the personal computer. Of course, it is a work in progress, yet it is nice to see the highlight of Windows Phone arrive in Windows 10.

TWO BROWSERS

Windows 10 would have it both ways in terms of browser. It would ship both Spartan and Internet Explorer 11, the new, uncluttered browser, which Microsoft apparently develops to replace IE. However, keeping good old Explorer is Microsoft’s method of preventing wrenching changes that can alienate users.

GREAT FOR GAMING

Windows 10 would be great for gaming, with the debut of DirectX 12 API that promises closer-to-the-metal, faster gaming performance as well as greater efficiency. Windows 10 also includes a ‘game DVR’ mode for enabling recordings of the last thirty-seconds of play, all better for social gaming. Windows 10 would have a lot of new features for gamers, which include a DVR feature to record the last thirty seconds of play.

WHY UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10

Windows 10 inherits a Secure Boot feature from Windows 8, making it much more secure. This requires any code running right when OS begins being signed by Microsoft or the maker of the hardware. Windows 8 and Windows 10 personal computers could be set up so the feature may not be bypassed. Three other security feature for Windows 10 include Microsoft Passport, Device Guard and Windows Hello.

Windows 10 has many beneficial changes that could truly boost user experience, whether on personal computers or phones.

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SharePoint development provided by professional service providers in Australia

SharePoint, a web-based app, could integrate with Microsoft Office. Furthermore, it could be used for building websites, organize enterprises, host files and many more. The platform further could be used in storing and accessing information in a secure and organized place. SharePoint enables collaborating and sharing documents for efficient management of a project.

TALENTED SHAREPOINT CONSULTING SERVICES IN AUSTRALIA

A lot of software developers in Australia opt to use SharePoint for many reasons. The platform is simple to set up and use and could be customized easily for a business’ specific requirements. Tasks are managed quickly, with constant collaboration and continuous feedback. Moreover, SP offers an improved document management with all staff and employees having access to the same information, wherever their location may be. This enables sharing of knowledge within the team, making a more productive and stronger workplace.

Talented developers abound and there is a lot of SharePoint jobs in Australia for software programmers and developers to consider. Talented developers could customize SharePoint to meet various requirements. There are service providers in Australia that specialize in streamlining business processes as well as automate them with workflows and web parts. Additionally, they take digitized and paper forms to make them available online. This boosts workplace productivity, since documents are more readily viewed and accessed.

BENEFIT FROM SHAREPOINT DEVELOPMENT IN AUSTRALIA

SharePoint consulting companies in Australia could offer a lot of benefits to any business. The service providers always deliver on-time projects, which result in 100 percent customer engagement. This is done by making the user interfaces intuitive, user-friendly, and colorful and with great feel and look elements. Certified and expert developers could configure and customize the platform to meet different client needs. Furthermore, they specialize in simplifying processes as well as automate them using web parts and workflows. The processed-focused development approach cuts down the time it takes to deliver a wonderful product, thus one is sure of a fast turnaround. Service providers also perform end-to-end development with specialist skills in all aspects.

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EFFECTIVE SHAREPOINT SERVICES ON OFFER

Professional services could offer:

  1. Improved document management. Boosts document and record management by making processes more consistent and clearer to all employee or personnel, wherever they may be located.
  2. Enhancement of the business process. SharePoint provides staff access to accurate and current information, thus they won’t have to send an email or calls in the old way again.
  3. Enhanced staff training. Helps boost company productivity via minimizing the learning curve, from trainee to professional. By using SP services, a company reduces the time to train for new staff via implementing multi-skilling strategy.
  4. Better collaboration of the team. Boosts collaboration between teams through providing continuous feedback process within the platform. It keeps track of projects and tasks easily.
  5. Make online forms in SharePoint. This helps organizations store and filter information in a more effective manner.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SHAREPOINT DEVELOPER

The world of the developer constantly evolves and at lighting speeds. Therefore, staying ahead of the curve and adapting to the ever-changing field is paramount. To provide clients with customized solutions, developers should be searched consistently out-of-the-box to look for new ways of delivering results or risk being left behind. There are several areas to take into account when choosing a developer, such as the following:

  1. Experience in the preferred SharePoint version.
  2. Experience of regulatory requirements that are particular to the industry.
  3. Ability of providing ongoing app support.
  4. Ability of meeting the procurement requirements.
  5. Experience in working on development projects at the business scale.

It could take a considerable time to complete some projects and often they need high input levels from the business and the developer. For this, a business may want to ensure that it chooses a developer that could work with the business in a long-term basis. If the company is huge, there may be a lot of people involved in a project, thus make sure to be kept informed of all phases and aspects of the project, particularly the achievement of huge milestones. Opt for a developer who has worked with similar projects and organization since they would have the experience that’s necessary in handling anything that occurs and could occur during the project. Hire SP developers in Australia to be sure that the project is accomplished on time and with as little additional costs as possible. With proper research and reference, an organization could find a developer that would fit well with the business and would have a robust understanding of just what the company needs all throughout the project.

The Microsoft platform offers numerous benefits, which include efficiency, better collaboration and accountability. Also, the program provides the ability of extending with custom apps as well as function configurations.

 

Colombia has allocated millions for the Tourism Technology Innovation

Colombia allocates millions for its Tourism technology innovation. Furthermore, the government has warmed, pointing to the significant increase in hotel and flight bookings done online.

STRENGTHENING TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION IN COLOMBIA

The first phase of the project of strengthening science, innovation and technology innovation systems in Colombia has been approved by the IDB Board of Directors in June. It devotes $2 million to finance impact evaluations. With the resources and technical support of the IDB, the COLCIENCIAS or the Colombian Institute for Scientific and Technological Development would carry out impact evaluations in three major areas of intervention. These areas include the elementary and middle school science education, building human capital and promoting sciences research and innovation by Colombian organizations. On the first area, the IDB project supports impact evaluation of grants for doctorate and masteral students, scientists and researchers. The evaluations would focus on the career achievements and scientific productivity of the beneficiaries of the grants. The beneficiaries of COLCIENCIAS would be compared with control groups of researchers, students and scientists who applied for the grants but not chosen. The evaluations of the data would be constructed from COLCIENCIA’s administrative database of CV or curriculum vitae as well as international bibliometric datasets. The programs effects would be estimated with the use of quasi-experimental techniques, which include difference-in difference and regression discontinuity.

In the second area, the project supports evaluating the ONDAS program that aims in promoting science among elementary as well as middle school students. Particularly, the program finances training of teachers on pedagogic approaches that’s based on developing scientific research projects with children. The evaluation focuses on the learning achievements of students that would be measured via specific surveys and standardized sets. In the third area, the IDB project would support evaluating programs that are aimed to promote innovation in Colombian companies. COLCIENCIAS would provide grants, credit and matching grants to support developing specific innovation projects.

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AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE FOR INVESTMENT

Colombia now is more attractive for investment. In the technology sector, there are many information technology online courses and information technology careers available. Companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft turn to Colombia to build innovation centers that would focus on the development of apps for lower income populations. With all the initiatives and the growing cooperation not just between Colombia and the United States, but also states such as Massachusetts, in a few years the country would emerge as a standout leader in technology from the emerging economies in the world. When it comes to international travelers in the US, Colombia ranked thirteen last year, with 845,000 travelers with a one percent yearly decrease. The slight decline could be attributed to the weak Colombian peso and also the weaker consumer spending last year that resulted from a tax reform package, which raised the consumption and other taxes of the country.

TOURISM TECHNOLOGY IN COLOMBIA

The government of Colombia aims to rejuvenate the major economic sectors with the help of new digital solutions that particularly focus on tourism. IT organizations willing to develop applications and software to simplify the sector could avail of the funds as stated by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, adding that it has started inviting proposals already. The best tourism proposals would receive funding, technological knowledge and support for building applications. Travel agencies in Colombia are rising by an average of seven percent in income growth. Foreign tourists contribute $5.6 billion to the economy of the country every year.

Despite the revenue growth, the tourism industry barely consumes eight percent of software that’s locally developed. However, there are efforts going on by local technology firms to tap into the demand of the industry. With the growing internet penetration in Colombia at lightning speed, businesses would find it easier to digitize the operation. In 2010, it has two million internet connections and today has grown to more than twenty-eight million connections. The government of Colombia has installed 6,000 kiosks in tourist sites across the country and the minister declares it soon would set up around 800 free WiFi hot spots in major cities of the country. With the millions invested towards the tourism sector, it is expected that tourism will of course rise and there would be more people from all over the world coming in the country. The boost in the tourism will help the economy.

The government of Colombia has invested millions to tourism technology infrastructure. The IT infrastructure will help boost the tourism industry and to make the process of booking flights, hotels and destinations in the area much easier and could be done with just a few mouse clicks. IT investment will make Colombia within reach of tourists from anywhere in the world.

Bringing together the operations technology and information technology

A typical manufacturing organization always has kept operations and information quite a bit separate. Information technology systems mean every part of the business system that builds, processes, stores and transmits the data of the organization. Operations technology on the other hand is the stuff that runs factory, machines or logistics systems as well as environmental control. Typically, this was a disparate software environment with proprietorial or bespoke software that’s used for single machines or sets of machines. IT infrastructure tends to focus most of a few operating systems and saw the benefit of interoperable and interconnected systems.

THE INTERNET OF THINGS IS BRINGING THE TWO WORLDS TOGETHER

There would be challenges to bring such a disparate environment into a single platform, or at least something that acts as one platform. Organizations should ensure that they don’t lose the security benefits that disconnected systems bring. Building a single, inter-connected system greatly increases the risks from cyber and malware attacks. Security, from the beginning should be built-in and not added at the end of the projects. Regardless of the risks, industrial users are more and more seeing the benefits of making such systems. Through proper use of data already created, manufacturers radically could boost efficiencies as well as cut the costs of maintenance.

As the Internet of Things devices and sensors continue falling in price, the challenge is to make the best use of collected data. IT programs provide ways and processes to help integrate operations and information technology systems together. Making the best use of data opens up a chance to change how a business functions and not just hastening its existing functionalities.

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MANUFACTURING ARE SHIFTING TO A MORE DIGITAL FOCUS

Manufacturing, production and distribution of energy shifts to a more digital focus today. There are some challenges that were not faced by other industries that have been experienced already in the digital revolution. Nevertheless, most now recognize the benefits and seeing the risks of ignoring the next industrial revolution. A typical manufacturing company always has kept operations and IT separate. IT includes any use of computers, networking devices, storage as well as physical devices, processes and infrastructure to build, process, secure, store and exchange all electronic data forms. Traditionally, operations technology is associated with industrial and manufacturing environments, which include Industrial Control Systems(ICS) like Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition(SCADA).

Although inherently IT covers communications as part of the information scope, operations technology has not been traditionally networked tech. A lot of devices to monitor or adjustment weren’t computerized and those that have compute sources in general used proprietary, closed protocols and programmable logic controllers or PLC, instead of technologies that afford thorough computer control. Often, the system involved relied on air gapping for security. More and more connected systems and controllers, such as a wireless sensor and actuator networks are integrated to the management of industrial environments, like those used for electric power, water treatment and factories. The automation integration, communication and networking in industrial environments is an important part of the IoT growth. Information and operations technology convergence allows more complete monitoring and more direct control, with easier data analysis from complex systems anywhere in the world.

MODERNIZATION OF OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY VIA I.T. INTEGRATION

The modernization of operations technology via information technology integration brings about the consideration required when it comes to security. A lot of operational technology systems were never designed for remote accessibility, thus connectivity risks were not taken into consideration. These systems may not be updated regularly. The operations technology systems vulnerability could leave companies and organizations and vital infrastructure at risk of industrial sabotage and espionage.

THE BENEFITS OF OPERATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONVERGENCE

In todays’ fast-paced world, there are a lot of benefits that the convergence of operations and information technologies could bring. These include the following:

  1. Increased control over distributed operations.
  2. Reduced operating expenses via eliminating redundant resources and processes.
  3. Consistent risk management in technology domains.
  4. Enhanced security via an integrated approach for cyber-security on both categories.
  5. Improved management and governance of systems.
  6. Enhanced overall plant safety.
  7. Continuous assessment, implementation as well as maintenance processes.

I.T and business technology practice combine to accelerate the transformational use of data, extensive enterprise manufacturing intelligence application, changes in the provider and practitioner market and adoption of advanced technologies to drastically enhance performance, precision and efficiency of  manufacturing.

The benefits and results could be achieved if information technology and operations technology work together as a cross-functional unit, understanding the systems of each and the value that both brings to an organization. The level of organization requires the staff from IT and OT to be cross-trained as well as a robust change management processes should be in place.

The convergence of OT and IT has the possibility of bringing clear advantages to organizations, it has become clear that information technology has to better serve operations technology and optimization of OT data.

The Sixth Sense device is a gateway between the real world and the digital world

Sixth Sense Technology

Sixth Sense if a gestural interface device that is composed of a neck-worn pendant containing a camera and projector. The Sixth Sense technology was developed in the year 1997 as a device worn on the head. In 1998, it became a neck worn object. However, the name for this tool was not published and coined until the year 2001.

The wearable computing technology is also described as a Synthetic Synsthesia of the Sixth Sense with the belief that the wearable digital and computing content could act in addition to the five traditional senses. The camera and projector of the device are connected to a mobile computing device that is inside the user’s pocket. The projector will project visual information that allows surfaces, physical objects and walls around to be utilized as interfaces. The camera on the other hand recognizes and tracks the hand gesture of the user and physical objects using computer vision-based techniques.

The device processes the video stream data which is captured by the camera and monitors the colored markers locations at the tips of the fingers of users. Sixth Sense is one of the products in the beginning of the new era of technology wherein engineering would reach new milestones. Simply put, the wearable gestural interface enhances the physical world with digital content. Moreover, it enables the use of natural hand gestures for interacting with the information given. It is based on concepts of augmented reality. The amazing Sixth Sense technology is a blend of numerous wonderful technologies. The thing that makes it magnificent is the great integration of all the technologies and presents it into one economical and portable product. It associates technologies such as hand gesture recognition, image capture, processing and manipulation among others. It superimposes the electronic world in the real world.

Like the senses, Sixth Sense enables people to perceive information regarding the environment in various ways. Moreover, it also aims in perceiving information. It is in fact about understanding information more than one’s available senses. These days, it is not only the physical world where people could get information, but the electronic setting as well which has become a part of life. The digital world today is as important to people as the environment. With the internet, the digital field could be expanded a lot of times. The technological gadgets enable people to communicate with the digital world.

It makes sense to conclude that the Sixth Sense technology is a gateway between the real and the electronic scenario. The technology enables people to be part of the physical atmosphere and still access digital information that exists on the World Wide Web through natural gestures for interacting with data. It attempts to free content from its confines through integrating seamlessly with reality and so making the whole world one’s computer.

The device is connected to the cloud and uses numerous search engine application program interfaces such as Amazon APIs and more. Although it connects a user to the internet scenario, it still allows access to all dynamic content and data while a person continues to be in the physical setting. The device does not always make use of the web but also uses many of the available software on the device and mobile phone.

Making India as the worldwide destination for electronics manufacturing

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in India embarked on an ambitious program to make the country a global hub for the manufacture of electronics through incentives for foreign players to ‘Make in India’. In the bid to make the country a world hub for electronics manufacturing, the government embarked on this program, with amendments made in the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme. Also, the government has laid down a vision of ‘Net Zero imports’, wherein all electronics would be produced within India by the year 2020.

BOOSTING THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

While work is underway, the biggest challenge for the Indian government is to improve the domestic electronics manufacturing industry, aside from the lucrative mobile industry. One of the ways of boosting the industry is improve IT training. Admitting the challenges ahead, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology senior official declared that the review plan has just begun. The idea is to enhance India’s electronics manufacturing to achieve the zero imports target as early as possible. Furthermore, the plan is to provide subsidy to allied manufacturers and not the mobile ones.

CHALLENGES FOR THE OTHER E-SECTORS

Figures display that other sectors in the electronics field would be hard pressed even with the incentives provided by the government to match the story of mobile growth. Data from the ministry reveals that mobile phones manufacturing has reached 22 crore in 2016-2017. When it comes to value, the sector is estimated to be at Rs 90,000 crore in 2016-2017.

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DIGITAL INDIA VISION

The vision of making India digital is possible with enhanced Information Technology training. The most crucial aspect of this is the digital governance and to link bank accounts to Aadhar cards to avoid benefits. This is a strategy that officials claim could help in transforming India. The electronics industry of India is one of the fastest-growing and biggest industries in the world. It comprises electronic products and components to manufacture these products. The industry in 2015 was valued at $75 billion, despite the weak global economy. The sector underwent an evolution from primarily a consumption-driven market into one with manufacturing capability that caters to both local and overseas demand.

The ESDM or the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing sector offers lucrative opportunities for investors. The FDI or the Foreign Direct Investment equity inflow witnessed an increase in the last couple of years. Government initiatives provide an impetus to the electronics manufacturing industry. Digital India aims in ensuring all government services will be accessible to the people electronically. With the growth of revenue that is driving demand for electronics and the focus of the government for e-governance initiatives, Digital India is more likely to spur the growth in the sector. Furthermore, there is also a considerable demand for electronics that are high-end. The field of appliances and consumer electronics is predicted to grow at $20.6 billion by 2020.

VAST TALENT WITH STRONG DESIGN CAPABILITIES

India boasts of a huge talent pool with strong capabilities in design. The work force is not only skilled, it is also cost-effective. Additional boost is provided in this field via a host of skill enhancement and development initiatives. This resulted in a big number of global companies setting up manufacturing unites in the country. To make India the worldwide hub for electronics manufacturing, a budgetary provision of $114 million was made towards incentive schemes such as EDF or Electronics Development Fund and M-SIPS or Modified Incentive Special Package Scheme in fiscal year 2017-18. The boost in allocation was made to keep pace with the growth of the number of investment proposals received within the industry. This likely would reduce dependence on imports.

MAKING INDIA A MORE TRANSPARENT ECONOMY

Technology-backed initiatives would help India become a more transparent economy. The government budget proposed a slew of digitalization initiatives, which include optical fiber network expansion, launch of the ‘Digi Gaon’ initiative that’s aimed to provide telemedicine, skills and education through technology and new schemes for promoting use of the mobile app BHIM. The budget proposals are transformational and is designed to make the country a transparent economy. Highlighting the underlying technology trust on programs across-the-board, which includes relating to rural India, the Minister declared that rural has also become a part of the digital transformation. Now, the true aspiration lies in India’s rural economy that’s waiting to be tapped for extraordinary growth. After the Prime Minister’s move, the Union Budget gave a huge push towards India digitalization. The Union Budget has incentives that would help ease the digital transaction to eliminate black money.

Making India the electronics manufacturing hub in the world is transformational. It has inclusive budget that is digitally empowering and is designed to make India the top destination for the manufacture of electronic products.

Dot NET development could provide the right business technology very efficiently

The .NET platform is a major Windows component which supports building and running desktop applications and internet services. .NET development has become a very good venture for many software and web developers for years now. .NET also provides simple development and deployment as well as support for various programming and the management of an execution environment.

The framework has a class library that could be used in developing applications. It’s a great methodology that enables Microsoft to define the next business shift. Now, Microsoft offers more vision and influence on the shift compared to other vendors. The development of .NET also includes technologies such as ADO.NET, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation and ASP.NET.

Developers of the Microsoft platform could enjoy several benefits. Businesses these days are looking towards their IT departments to justify their presence in the company and information technology could boost revenue or minimize the cost. For any business today, helping its information technology departments align their goals, it is necessary to choose the right technology to make and develop strategic apps. The .NET platform by Microsoft can effectively and efficiently do this. Before one determines and should understand the true advantages of developing solutions for the framework, it is important to comprehend the various application types that one could build with it.

Some of the apps that can be built with the platform include customer relationship management, websites, accounting applications, warehousing apps using hand-held devices or mobile phones, inventory/product apps, incorporating with online partners, XML web services, value chain and hand-held applications. It is composed of library of classes that are reusable, which are small components that help developers in building applications. Furthermore, it also comprises of a development environment so that developers could rapidly and graphically create apps.

Microsoft, as well as other vendors provides numerous sample codes, books, specialized components, articles and other resources to help the transition to the framework easy. .NET was considered as the future development of Microsoft and to this day has lived up to it despite the existence of other platforms and frameworks. In fact, the release of the MS Windows code called Longhorn was built upon the framework. This means that any investment in .NET will surely last many years. The functionality provided by the class library is available to all languages, which result to a consistent object model, regardless of what programming language a developer may use.

.NET additionally allows developers and system administrators to specify method level security and utilized industry-standard protocols. These include SOAP, XML, HTTP and TCP/IP to facilitate the distributed app communications. This way makes computing much secure because developers cooperate with network security devices instead of working on security limitations. The platform simplifies the process of development by distinguishing the app logic and presentation logic and making code maintenance much easier. Moreover, it makes it easier to deploy applications and take care of details of loading and finding the components and some application requirements even if different versions of the same application exist on a computer.