Anyone handling the personal information of an EU citizen needs to get their head around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under these new laws that take effect in May 2018, companies will face stiff penalties if they breach rules designed to hand control of PII back to citizens. Microsoft says the Creators Update is compliant with the GDPR.
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The end of an era is looming. With the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, that's expected to go into broad release in a few weeks, Microsoft has listed a bunch of programs that are either being removed or deprecated. Paint will be deprecated, with development ceasing on a piece of software that's been a part of Windows since 1985.
To a great degree, the operating system wars of the 1980s and 1990s are done. As it happens, Android is the current leader but on our desktops and laptops, Windows rules the roost. However, the big change is that choosing a computer no longer limits what operating systems you can use. Dual-booting an virtualisation make it easy to run multiple OSes on the one computer. Earlier this week, Apple released an incremental update to macOS. The sixth iteration of Sierra, version 10.12.5, has added a handy feature for those wanting to use macOS' dual-boot functionality, Boot Camp.
Although Microsoft's efforts to break into the smartphone market have not gone to plan, they are still pushing out updates for the platform. MSPowerUser reports that even though many devices are no longer eligible for feature updates, they can get other cumulative updates.
If there's anything more frustrating than your computer spontaneously rebooting because of a fault, it's when it reboots while you're working by design. Some system updates require a reboot to take effect. The trouble is, there are times you don't want to be forced into a reboot - like when you're working. The Windows 10 Creators Update adds a new feature called Active Hours, which stops Windows 10 from restarting. Here's how to use it.
There was a time when I was a Windows power user - I even trained folks for their certification many moons ago. But as I moved through my career, and as the operating system became more user friendly and I was able to offload technical support to others, I moved into the realm of being a regular user. So, unless a change was really significant, I often didn't really care. But something in the Windows 10 Creators Update really stands out for me.
A new blog post by Microsoft's Terry Myerson and Marisa Roger from the Windows and Devices Group has outlined what data is collected and sent from the newly released Windows 10 Creators Update, and how you can control what is collected and sent to Microsoft.
Microsoft has unleashed the Windows 10 Creators Update - the latest version of the last version of Windows that is no longer going to see a new version released. Although the update will come through automatically next week, you can force your computer to update by jumping into the Update Assistant and giving the update a kick in the butt to happen faster.
Microsoft has revealed the IT administrator tools for businesses that will be available in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. The tools touch on security, UEFI conversion and managing bring-your-own-device (BYOD).