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  • If you’re one to get support for your Microsoft devices on Twitter, you’re going to want to be aware that the @SurfaceSupport Twitter account is going away. Microsoft made the announcement today, and the account will be closing on August 28. Moving forward, you should be using the @MicrosoftHelps (Microsoft Support) account for assistance with all of your Microsoft devices and services. Neowin Did Microsoft have enough of the nasty tweets? Are they using LinkedIn?
  • Effective August 22, 2017, Code42 will no longer offer new – or renew – CrashPlan for Home subscriptions, and we will begin to sunset the product over several months. CrashPlan for Home will no longer be available for use starting October 23, 2018. At Code42, protecting your data is important to us. As we shift our business strategy to focus exclusively on enterprise and small business segments, you have two great options to continue getting the best backup solution. Please read on to determine how this change will impact your CrashPlan for Home subscription and what steps you should take to ensure a smooth transition to a new backup solution. CrashPlan I am sad to see them close up their consumer product line but it makes sense for them to focus on business. Most users I deal with use Carbonite.
  • August 23, 2017

    Introducing Chrome Enterprise

    Since we launched Chrome OS in 2009, our goal has been to build the simplest, fastest, and most secure operating system possible. And we’ve been inspired by all the ways we’ve seen businesses embrace Chrome, from Chromebooks in the office, to shared Chrome devices in the field, to signage and kiosks for customer engagement in retail. But with so many different business needs—not to mention so many different devices—companies have also told us they want a single, cost-effective solution that gives them the flexibility and control to keep their employees connected. That’s why today we’re announcing Chrome Enterprise. Chrome Enterprise offers a host of features, including access to enterprise app storefronts, deep security controls, 24/7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE and MicrosoftⓇ Active DirectoryⓇ. We invite you to join our Chrome Enterprise webinar on August 23 to learn more and take part in our live Q&A. Google Google keeps moving their enterprise sweet a head I still don’t find it a competitor for Microsoft Office 365 but it’s getting there.
  • August 23, 2017

    Must be the Music on Google Home

    Finding and listening to your favorite music is one of the most popular things to do with the Assistant on Google Home. It’s always been a great speaker—and now it plays more tunes with new services from Deezer and Spotify, along with cool new ways to play and find your favorite music. First on the mic is Spotify Free— rolling out this week in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany you can add a Spotify Free account to your Google Home. It’s easy to sign up and you can do it right in the Google Home app. With a simple “Ok Google, play Today’s Top Hits” you’re off to explore fresh jams and deep cuts. Google I find the Google Home an interesting device I can’t wait to see what else this device does as Google moves their AI forward.
  • In recent years streaming piracy has become a popular pastime for millions of people. A lot of this takes place through ‘rogue’ websites or dedicated pirate devices, which are often scolded by the movie industry. The problem is not limited to unauthorized platforms alone though, as the “trusted” Windows App Store is full of widely used pirate apps as well. TorrentFreak Apple is really tight with this kind of thing because they make a lot of money on selling services. Android and Microsoft not so much so I don’t think they take it as seriously.
  • Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Techcrunch Microsoft is pushing their AI very hard I am surprised since Cortana has a small amount of market share.  
  • After months of waiting (and a bizarre octopus Easter egg), Google finally announced that the next version of Android — previously known as Android O — will officially be going by the name of Android Oreo. The use of an existing brand makes sense for Google. There aren’t a ton of good “O” dessert foods out there, and Oreos are pretty much as universally beloved as a cookie can be. There’s also precedent for the partnership, as Google had previously teamed up with Nestlé and Hershey’s to call Android 4.4 KitKat. The Verge Great to see Google still using comfort food as fun names for Android.
  • Yesterday’s The Art and Science of Bing Ads Automation webcast shared some time-saving strategies and powerful tools for account management for marketers. During the webcast, the Bing Ads team tweeted out some stats. While the numbers are from comScore in June reports, it is interesting to see the numbers broken out by country. With 9% market share worldwide and 12 billion monthly searches, almost half of that (5 billion) comes from the United States where Bing has 33% market share. onmsft Bing is still loosing money for Microsoft every month despite large marketshare.
  • Sign in to supported websites with accounts on Windows 10 Use this extension to sign in to supported websites with accounts on Windows 10. If you have a Microsoft supported identity on Windows 10, you won’t be required to enter your credentials to sign in to supported websites. You’ll need to use this extension if your organization has implemented conditional access policy. Currently, this extension supports Azure Active Directory identities. Google Microsoft again showing their willingness to change and adapt with the times but making chrome web store apps.