Interesting Article – Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 preview with Cortana and Continuum

We spent a decent chunk of our Wednesday getting a load of what Microsoft’s added to Windows 10 since the last time we saw it, and now the bravest among you can take (most of) that new stuff for a spin. The company launched the next build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview earlier this afternoon, and with it comes long-awaited features like Continuum — for when you’re running Windows on shape-shifting devices — and a new Xbox app that focuses on “the basics.”

And the biggest addition to the mix? Cortana has finally migrated from her home on Windows Phone to the desktop, though not everything works the way it should just yet. A post on the company’s Windows blog written by Microsoft engineering general manager Gabe Aul confirms that the virtual assistant can take down notes and answer questions about weather and finance, but she still has a little trouble transcribing more complex reminders. And the rub? A few of Microsoft’s juicier tidbits still aren’t ready for public consumption. There’s no mention made of the new Project Spartan browser or the company’s updated take on Office, but they’re expected to become available to Windows Insiders later this year. Patience, grasshoppers. Meanwhile, the rest of you can mosey over to the Windows Insider site to take Windows 10 for spin right here and now.

Read more…  via LinkedIn. January 23, 2015 at 10:57PM http://ift.tt/1Eb7HsH

Hard times and tightening budgets…

Money is tight, redundancies are possible and projects postponed.  Whilst budget cuts by some degree are inevitable, careful planning for the downturn will impact your business in a positive way.

Being forced to ‘do more with less’, forces you to look at problems in new ways and take an approach that you may not have looked at, wielding innovative results.

Often regarded as an area with high running costs, IT is likely to be one of those areas where businesses will look at in order to try and shave a few zeros off their overheads.

Faced with the prospect of reduced resources it can be daunting to cut back on IT, an area that integrates with the business on so many levels, but it is possible to cut back without cutting out.

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