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Day: June 14, 2018

  • Today we’re pleased to announce the commercial preview of Office 2019 for Mac – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Office 2019 for Mac is the next perpetual update to Office on Mac and is set to ship alongside Office 2019 for Windows in the second half of 2018. Office 365 ProPlus delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience – with the lowest TCO for deployment and management. But for customers who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud, Office 2019 for Mac provides an update to the perpetual apps with new features for both end users and IT. Office 2019 for Mac delivers new features to help end users create amazing content in less time. Updates include the roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations across Office apps; focus mode in Word; Morph transitions, in-click sequence, and 4k video export in PowerPoint; new charts and functions in Excel; and focused inbox in Outlook. These features are already included in Office 365 ProPlus but are not available in Office for Mac 2016. For a longer list of the end-user features in Office 2019 for Mac, see the FAQ. Microsoft Really happy to see Microsoft doing so much with Office365 for the Mac. They realize Apples huge market share and went after the market with there product it was a good move on Microsoft’s part.
  • Microsoft has patched a vulnerability in the Cortana smart assistant that could have allowed an attacker with access to a locked computer to use the smart assistant and access data on the device, execute malicious code, or even change the PC’s password to access the device in its entirety. The issue was discovered by Cedric Cochin, Cyber Security Architect and Senior Principle Engineer at McAfee. Cochin privately reported the problems he discovered to Microsoft in April. The vulnerability is CVE-2018-8140, which Microsoft classified as an elevation of privilege, and patched yesterday during the company’s monthly Patch Tuesday security updates. Cochin says the issue was present because of different quirks in how Cortana allows users to interact with the underlying Windows 10 OS, while in a locked state. Bleeping Computer Here is the sad part about this Siri, OK Google and Echo have more users and have had fewer security issues.
  • Following in Gmail’s and Apple’s recent redesigns, Microsoft is giving Office a makeover. Over the coming months, Microsoft will begin rolling out changes to the interface of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 and Office Online (Office.com) users. Key to the Office app redesign are an updated Ribbon, icon refreshes and new ways to more easily see changes coming to the Office suite. There’s a simplified version of the Office Ribbon, which allows users to collapse it so it takes up less space and hides many options, ZDNet I think this will be adopted and liked everyone hated the ribbon design at first now everyone loves it.
  • Windows XP and Vista users have six months to upgrade their operating systems or get the hell off of Steam. “Steam will officially stop supporting the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems,” Valve, the company that operates Steam, said in a post to its XP and Vista support community. “This means that after that date the Steam Client will no longer run on those versions of Windows. In order to continue running Steam and any games or other products purchased through Steam, users will need to update to a more recent version of Windows.” Windows XP users are a tiny fraction of Steam’s overall user base, only 0.22 percent according to Valve’s own tracking. However, 0.22 percent out of a total of 125 million Steam users, is roughly 275,000 users who will no longer have access to Counter-Strike unless they upgrade. That’s a lot of potentially annoyed customers. Vice They’re both such outdated Operating Systems its way overdue to cut app support.
  • Your digital marketing strategy isn’t complete if SEO isn’t at the centre. It’s SEO that drives the kind of traffic you want to your site. Without it, you can’t enjoy the trappings of effective marketing. Whereas it remains to be one of the reasons why your site is visible, there are changes that happen in the SEO scene now and then. In 2018, these changes still happen. As such, it becomes paramount to consider the latest trends when devising your SEO strategy. Creating an SEO Strategy Whether you have used SEO before, there is need to think about it from a new perspective. Consumer behaviour keeps changing and search engine capacities haven’t been left behind. The mistake you should avoid making is to employ SEO as a set and forget the mechanism. There’s need for regular monitoring and checking to see whether the track shares on Facebook strategy you come up with is the reason why you are trending steps ahead of the competition. Target Market Composition Today, SEO has inched further than just attracting traffic. It’s more of driving high value prospects, who are likely to convert 80% of the time. There is a need to assess the demographic cluster you are targeting and how they perform their searches online. You need to know the platforms they frequent and whether your intention to work with a given platform is a viable strategy. There are tools that can help you to this extent, make use of them. Mobile Search Mobile is the new desktop. The mobile market space has been on an upward trajectory. 89% of the searches done daily are now happening via mobile. If your strategy doesn’t acknowledge the need for a responsive site, you will be losing every customer and prospect who tries to search your products...