Creators Update distribution started on the 11th April, slightly over a month and a half ago. According to AdDuplex, a cross-promotion network for Windows Store apps, on the 22nd of May 2017, update number 1703 was detected on 18% of PCs running Windows 10. At the first glance, it may appear that it isn’t much. However, a month ago the number was 9,8%. That means that for the following 4 weeks the number doubled.

 

The majority still prefers Windows 10 version 1607, so-called Anniversary Update. Windows 10 version 1511 uses only 4,6% and original Windows 10, which is, by the way, is no longer supported, – 1,6%.

 

Yet, for somebody who’s not keeping up-to-date with news, it was difficult to miss the release of Creators Update. The message about the update is displayed in Windows Update window, which suggests you go to Microsoft’s website and manually download an upgrade assistant.

 

Why bother?

 

Now you can enjoy that crappy graphics app, Paint, in a whole new dimension – meet Paint 3D. But on a serious note, there are some pretty cool features too. Windows 10 enhances gaming experience: Game bar, GameDVR,  broadcasting, and Game Mode makes processing more productive and experience more pleasurable. Edge gets tabs, new extensions, bookstore and reading add-ons, and Cortana gets more updates. For people, who cares about own eyesight, finally, there is a Night Mode. And most importantly, a number of security features are there to protect you.

 

Microsoft announced the fifth generation of Surface Pro tablet computer during its event in Shanghai. The numerical part of the name, 5, was not presented in any promotional material. Quite likely, that Microsoft deliberately chose not to emphasise this fact, as the new device is in a nutshell just an improved version of Surface Pro 4. Nevertheless, during the conference, they mentioned that the number of improvements reaches 800. Yet, we remember how presenter of Windows 10 S spent a minute talking about a new desktop picture that was barely different from the predecessor. We hope that improvements were more significant than that. Let’s take a closer look.

 

The body of the device was left nearly unchanged even ports are all the same. Hinge became more flexible bending up to 165-degree angle, which brings Surface Pro to almost into a horizontal position. Microsoft called it Studio Mode, as Studio desktop pulls the same trick. The insides deserve more attention. Now Surface Pro equipped with the latest Intel processor, Kaby Lake that improves its productivity and reduces power consumption. Power consumption is a painful topic for Microsoft, as the previous model was infamous for it. 2017 model should last for 13.5 hours on a single charge. Configurations with m3 and i5 have no active cooling system making them silent. Nevertheless, noise level produced by a fan in the i7 model does not exceed 18 DB.

 

Surface Pro 2017 can easily compete MacBook Pro of last year, and the price tag is somewhat modest in comparison. It is never too late to sell your Mac and get a PC.

European Commission obliged Facebook to pay a €110 mln fine. Ther reason for this austere measure is Facebook’s misleading information during 2014 deal, as a result of which company purchased WhatsApp.

 

In its turn, European Commission called this fine and adequate restraining measure. A review of 2014 Facebook-WhatsApp deal revealed that social network giant claimed that it has no technical capabilities of merging users’ accounts on both platforms into one. However, personal data of WhatsApp users was manipulated this way. In 2016, WhatsApp offered its users to tie their mobile phone numbers to a Facebook account.

 

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Today’s decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information. And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook. The Commission must be able to take decisions about mergers’ effects on competition in full knowledge of accurate facts.”

 

In response,  Facebook wholeheartedly admits “unintended mistakes” in documentation. Yet, it does not impede Facebook’s plans of merging users’ data anyway.

What is Android O? Android O is a new mobile operating system that is being developed by Google. We have known that Android is coming to replace Android 7 Nougat. However, not many details were available until now.

 

On Google I/O 2017 event, the corporation unveiled many exciting developments and Android O was one of them. It was told that when Android O was conceived developers highlighted four areas of main focus. Those were running time on a single battery charge, security, speed, and stability.

 

Security and Stability

A new function Google Play Protect was introduced, or rather re-branded as it was around for a while. On a daily basis, Google scans 1 bln devices and about 50 bln apps assessing their safety and intercepting any detected malicious activity. Google Play Protect will automatically delete an app if a suspicious activity will be detected.

 

Speed.

The new OS will be twice as fast at the start. Additionally, performance apps will be improved without even any enhancements of the apps themselves. The changes are possible due to the reworked core of the system.

 

Running time.

Running time on a single charge was extended due to several modifications. One of them is a smart limitation of running services and apps. For example, GPS won’t be constantly running in the background anymore. Apps that require location services will use the last known location.

Last Friday, the 12th of may, the Internet drowned in a stream of news about a virus attack. The villain of this story was WannaCry (WnaCrypt0r 2.0) ransomware. It was the biggest attack attempted recently. According to a report from Avast, Internet security service, cases of infection with this malicious software were registered in 99 countries. The countries that suffered the most were Russia, Ukraine, and Taiwan.

 

The scale of this attack is marked by the fact that not only home-users became victims of it, but also entire companies, organisations, and departments. In the UK, NHS was affected to the extent that dozens of hospitals were not able to operate normally. The waiting hours were extended and urgent care was delayed. Nevertheless, Teresa May commented the occasion saying that there is no evidence of loss of sensitive data or exposure of important medical data. However, whether affected data had reserved copies or not is unclear. We just have to hope that the absence of evidence is not caused by inefficiency of the investigation.

 

Outside of the UK, virus affected the largest railroad operator in Germany, Deutsche Bahn, and automobile manufacturers such as Renault and Nissan. WannaCry penetrated ATMs in China, Spain, and Portugal. Other counties could not avoid the attack as well.

 

Unfortunately, the only way to recover from such attack is to restore data from a backup. Paying the offender is commonly discouraged, as you will be only supporting future criminal activity. You can get help with backup and disaster recovery from London IT Support.