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Windows 10 Will Soon Lock Your Computer Automatically When You Step Away From It

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Microsoft wants to help you keep your personal and work computers safe from prying eyes. To do this, it has announced a brand new update for the Windows 10 operating system that will automatically lock your computer as soon as you move away from the screen. This new feature is being called Dynamic Lock.

 

The way this feature works is simple. Windows 10 will use the built-in camera on your computer to use facial recognition to search for your face. Once your face is no longer present, the computer automatically locks itself to keep all of your information secure. This is a great feature for businesses that want to keep the information on their employees’ computers private.

 

Most experts saw this update coming. After all, Windows 10 already uses a feature called Windows Hello that allows users to log into their PCs through facial recognition. Now, Microsoft is taking this idea a step further with its Dynamic Lock update.

 

A number of big corporations already teach their workers to use winkey + L to lock their machines before they step away from them. However, Dynamic Lock could save a bit of time by preventing these employees from having to do that. Also, it would avoid mishaps when employees forget to do this.

 

The new update isn’t expected for release until April 2017. The Dynamic Lock feature will be included in the Windows 10 Creators Update. To take full advantage of it, you need a PC that has a webcam or built-in camera. The feature can also be turned on or off at any time.

 

Technology/Microsoft/Smartphone Industry

Microsoft Thriving In The Smartphone Industry

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After the plug has been pulled on Samsung Galaxy S7,Microsoft is one of the companies that are poised to take over as the king of the smartphone companies. Microsoft has released its Elite x3 Windows phone to Microsoft stores. When one gets a look at the phone, he will notice that the screen is pretty big. This is in fact one of the common trends of new phones. They have to be big. Many smartphones are actually phablets because of the size of the screen. They also have a great screen resolution. As of right now, the phone is going to be sold in a bundle with a dock for $800.

The advancement of the cellphone has brought such a huge influence to the PC industry that Microsoft has decided that it wanted to take part in the industry and see what it could contribute. Of course, Microsoft is able to hold its own. While Windows is essentially a PC platform, Microsoft has found a way to adapt it to mobile phone format so that it can work. Therefore, Microsoft was able to make its plunge into the mobile industry in the midst of the competition between Android and iOS.

The docking station is a great part of the bundle, especially at only $799. Microsoft has made this phone for people that are trying to conduct business. This could be very helpful in the marketing aspects. For instance, people who are trying their hand at internet marketing will find themselves able to use social media in order to update the community on their business and the services that they are providing.

One thing that could be said about smartphones is that they are built for social media platforms like Twitter. Given that the touchscreen makes it a little challenging to type on the screen, it is probably not that good of an idea to use the smartphone for blogging or writing articles. The Elite X3 is selling at every Microsoft store location.

Technology/Windows 10/Microsoft

Windows Changes Course After “Nasty Trick”

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Microsoft is reversing course over the process in which it informs users to upgrade to Windows 10. The move comes after heavy criticism of the company for confusion surrounding the upgrade.

Users have recently complained that Microsoft forces them to update to Windows 10 without their consent.

The confusion began when Microsoft changed the way it alerted users to upgrade. Previously, users could simply exit out of a pop-up window asking them to upgrade. A recent change to the window confused users, as exiting out of the pop-up simply rescheduled the upgrade instead of rejecting it.

Users attempting to decline the upgrade were instead telling its computer to upgrade at a later date.

“I had never heard of Windows 10. Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update,” Teri Goldstein said.

Goldstein, a Californian woman who uses a Windows computer for her business, was recently awarded $10,000 after suing Microsoft. She claimed that Windows automatically updated her computer, rendering it useless in running her business.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, attempted to ease concerns and confusion with the move away from the way it alerts users.

“The new experience has clearer options to upgrade now, choose a time, or decline the free offer,” Myerson wrote in an email.

Brad Chacos, an editor at PC World, claimed that the “nasty trick” Windows used upgraded his wife’s computer without her knowing.

“Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love,” he wrote.

Approximately 300 million devices have upgraded to Windows 10, as Microsoft continues to advise users to upgrade.

“We continue to recommend all of our customers upgrade to Windows 10 before the free upgrade offer expires on July 29,” Myerson wrote.

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Microsoft’s Nadella and the Future of Empathetic Tech

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has penned a transformative autobiography, transformative being the key descriptive word. The book, Hit Refresh is described, by Nadella and Harper Business, as a book that shows how “people, organizations, and societies can and must transform.”

Nadella foresees a tech future inhabited by automation. Jobs are replaced by intelligent machines. In the face of such deep change, humankind and society must transform and evolve. Nadella sees a future where empathy plays an important role, a role that answers back to the cool machinery that will surround people’s lives.

If empathy and transformation are what Nadella is selling in his book, then customers are buying it for Microsoft. In other words, all proceeds for the book go to Microsoft’s newly opened philanthropic division, with Nadella’s book profits earmarked for cloud projects and services. The services will most likely be directed toward closing the digital gap and making Microsoft delivered products available to larger swaths of people.

The book is set to be released in the fall of 2017. Though critics who have read the book, and Nadella himself claims, that Hit Refresh does not fall into the how-to-be-successful-at-business genre, it is difficult to not see it in that light. The book might hold the blueprint for a new business model, one based on empathy without excluding profit.

As tech platforms find saturated markets among the wealthy, post-industrialized nations, it makes sense for them to turn to turn to new markets. It makes even more sense that those companies may find themselves in a position powerful enough to create new markets.

Perhaps the metaphorical refresh button serves to reset typical business models. The old model of the heavy-handed sell may be replaced with a lighter, empathetic touch that embraces traditionally neglected demographics.