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.

 

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.

During the conference that Microsoft held this week, Build 2017, an upcoming Windows 10 update was announced. The major update that we previously christened as Redstone 3 is now given a title Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft named 4 new key features that we should expect with the update.

 

The Timeline is a new feature that is added to Task View. It allows you to see a list of apps that were used on current or any other Windows 10 computer with the same account. The main function of this feature is Pick Up Where You Left Off mode. In its turn, it allows you to pick up from the point where a job or Internet search was interrupted. What is remarkable about this function is that it works seemingly between every device that has Cortana installed on it including those that run on iOS and Android.

 

Another curious feature is Cloud Clipboard, which works the same way as Apple’s Universal Clipboard. It lets you copy data from one device and paste in on any other. The thing that distinguishes Cloud Clipboard from Universal Clipboard is that, again, the feature does not limit itself to one operating system and works equally well on Windows, iOS, or Android devices.

 

Fall Creators Update catches up with competitors on all fronts. OneDrive gets Files On-Demand – an option to select what files you want to be synchronised with your computer and what files you want to stay in the cloud without taking up space on the device. Something that Google Drive and DropBox had already had for a while.

 

And here you thought: “Finally, so many familiar things are now a part of Windows”, but then Microsoft announces Fluent Design System with a malevolent smirk. It supposed to be a new interface design for Windows 10 – probably the only three words, “new interface design”, that cause cold precipitation and shivers of any Windows user. However, no further details about it are available at the moment.