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Vol. 19, #46 - November 17, 2014 - Issue #1006
Last week in Issue #1005 Resources for Windows Server Technical Preview, we looked at some resources for learning about the new capabilities coming in the next version of Microsoft's Windows Server platform. This week we take a look at the client side of Microsoft's next Windows version, which will be called Windows 10.
But what about Windows 9? There is no Windows 9! Why not? Because this is a brand new Windows! The old Windows is dead! How do we know it's dead? Because if you spell "Windows Nine" backwards...yeah, I'm old enough to remember the Beatles' White Album and the rumor of Paul's untimely demise:
HOT! If you're a small business owner or a consultant that provides IT services to small businesses, be sure to check out the Recommended For Learning section of this week's issue.
This week's Ask Our Readers question is submitted by myself. So far our own business has managed to avoid the whole BYOD (bring your own device) bandwagon, but now we're thinking of letting iPads onto our network. The reason for our considering this is because Microsoft has been continually improving the Microsoft Office apps for iPad, and now you can view, create, edit and print edit your Word documents, Excel workbooks and PowerPoint presentations for free:
In other words, you don't have to pay for an Office 365 subscription to do any of these things on your iPad--all you need to do is install the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad (though you need to login using your Microsoft account to use this functionality).
Free is pretty alluring, but it raises a question. We currently use Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection as the antimalware and security solution for the Windows PCs on our network. If we're going to allow iPads access to our business resources, we want to ensure that the iPads have a similar level of protection against malware before we allow users to enter their corpnet credentials on them for accessing internal resources.
So my question to readers is, what antimalware software would you install on an iPad if you were going to allow BYOD access to your corporate resources with that iPad? I mean, I trust Microsoft (have to) as far as securing my Windows PCs is concerned. But can I trust Apple similarly? Is there an "app for that" I can install on an iPad that would give me peace of mind when I'm reading my corporate email on it? Or when I'm accessing a document in a file share? Or accessing a library in a SharePoint site? Or performing remote admin on a server?
What would you do? What do you do? Anyone?
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One more reader response to the Ask Our Readers question "Outlook PST file won't reattach" in Issue #1003, POODLE for Windows admins. This is from Ben, an IT Administrator for an architectural firm in Wisconsin, USA:
I just want to chime in on that PST corrupt file problem. I use a program called PST Recovery by Kernel Data Recovery:
It’s a little pricey at $200 (for a small business) but I’m guessing that most businesses can justify it. It has been able to fix/repair/recover every problem PST that I’ve had. The value is how it can recover deleted emails. It’s amazing. As long as the PST hasn’t been compacted recently, it can bring back an amazing amount of data. The interface is also nice. Recovered items/folders will be in red so that you can easily sort through it all.
Thanks for that. Now on to the main topic of this week's issue...
I was originally going to show a bunch of screenshots here of Build 9860 of Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise, but then I read the following post on the Blogging Windows blog:
In the "Some known problems" section of this blog post, Microsoft basically says that the Windows 10 UI isn't finished yet and is still rough in some places, so there's not much point in going through it in detail yet. I'll confine myself to just the new Start menu:
I have mixed feelings about this new Start menu. First, I'm exceedingly happy that the Start menu is back as it's been a challenge to launch some programs in Windows 8.x without a Start menu.
On the other hand, I'm really not sure I like the tile approach to the Windows 10 Start menu as shown above. Obviously the Store tile at the bottom is large and prominent because Microsoft wants to drive users towards their Store. But does it make sense for enterprise users? Sure, you could prepopulate an enterprise version of the Store with line of business apps for users to be able to download and install. But many enterprises will likely still prefer to pre-load most of their LoB apps by building them into their deployment images instead of letting users install them. Also, I'm not sure I find the small tiles at the top very intuitive. What does the pair of headphones indicate? Microsoft Lync? Does the cloud tile represent Microsoft OneDrive, or is it Microsoft Azure? What if I want more tiles displayed in my Start menu? Will more of them end up being small ones without text labels? I sometimes think I'd be happier if the Start menu simply displayed a list of text items to choose from instead of a scattered assortment of tiles for me to puzzle over. In other words, I like the Start menu the way it was in Windows 7. What do you readers think about the new Start menu? Email me at email@example.com
Next, let's take a look at some online resources where you can learn about what's new and what's coming soon in Windows 10. Let's start with TechNet:
There's also a Windows Insider Program you can sign up for where you can get up-to-date information about future preview build features and provide feedback directly to the product team:
And if you have any questions about Windows 10 you can try posting them to one of the TechNet forums for Windows 10 Technical Preview:
Basically, all of the above links can be accessed from the main Windows 10 page here:
But there's more. One of my colleagues just pointed me to some information about Windows 10 on Microsoft's Windows For Your Business blog:
Next, this news item on Softpedia discusses the MKV and HEVC support being added to Windows Media Player in Windows 10:
This post on the IEBlog talks a bit about backward compatibility features in the upcoming version of IE:
Another post on the IEBlog describes the new HTTP/2 support for secure connections in the upcoming versions of both IE and IIS:
Finally, if you'd like to test drive the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise yourself, there are a couple of ways you can do this. First, the latest build of Windows 10 is available from the TechNet Evaluation Center:
As with the Windows Server Technical Preview, you'll need to sign in with your Windows Live ID and fill in a brief registration form to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise, and the download is available in both ISO and VHD format. But there's another easier way you can try out this next version of Microsoft Windows, and that's in Microsoft Azure. If you already have an MSDN subscription then you get up to $160 per month of Azure credits you can use to build dev/test environments in the cloud:
If you don't have an MSDN subscription (and your company or organization doesn't have one either) then you can sign up for a free one-month trial of Microsoft Azure that includes $200 of Azure credits:
Either way, once you log on to the Azure Management Portal you can quickly deploy a virtual machine running Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise by selecting the image with this name from the built-in gallery and following the steps of the wizard.
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This week we list some new and recent titles on the topic of small business IT:
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November 20: Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros
Don't miss “Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros,” on November 20. In this Jump Start training with live Q&A, join leading experts Simon May and Michael Niehaus, along with lead Product Managers, as they explore improvements to help you meet your enterprise IT and security challenges. Register today!
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Join Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, as he kicks off a week of Azure training for IT professionals. Over the course of four days, members of Azure Engineering dive deep into the technologies to help you better understand and build your foundational cloud skills. Register now and following the event you’ll receive 50% off Certification Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. Register today!
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