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Microsoft is shipping Windows 11 in dark mode by default

BetaNews 19 July, 2021 - 01:01am

Whether it is because of concern about eye health, or just a general aesthetic preference for more muted colors, dark modes have become prevalent in apps and operating system. Windows is no different in this regard, and with Windows 11 Microsoft is giving dark mode a promotion.

The company has revealed that Windows 11 will have dark mode activated as standard. It will, of course, remain possible to switch to a lighter option, but dark mode will be the default setting out of the box.

The news was shared by Melissa Grant, Director of Windows Enterprise Marketing during a Microsoft Inspire session about hybrid working. It seems that Microsoft's concern stems form the amount of time we now spend with our computers because of remote working, and is looking to make things easier on the eye.

Since we're spending so much more time staring at bright screens, not just for endless email, but also countless meetings, plus keeping up with our personal lives, to give your eyes a rest we're going to ship all of the Windows 11 commercial SKUs in that IT favorite -- beautiful dark mode by default. Of course, light mode is available if that's your preference.

You can check out the video over on the Microsoft Inspire website -- jump to around the 4 minutes 30 mark for the relevant section.

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Love Windows 11, but got Windows 10? This hack will let you download the looks you crave in 5 easy steps

HT Tech 18 July, 2021 - 10:28pm

How to get Windows 11 look on Windows 10: Microsoft Windows 11 was announced last month, and the company’s biggest upgrade to its Microsoft Windows operating system is expected to arrive around October. The Windows 11 upgrade is expected to add several visual enhancements and additions to the operating system, alongside new functionality and performance features being worked on by Microsoft. While users have begun testing the preview version of Windows 11, early builds can be unstable and unreliable, especially if you only have one computer. Instead of risking the stability of your computer by installing an early Windows 11 build, you can actually theme Windows 10 to look like Windows 11 with a few tweaks that will help it adopt the look and feel of its younger counterpart. Here’s how you can theme Windows 10 to look like Windows 11.

Getting started with theming Windows 10: First, you need to make sure your Windows 10 installation is up to date, by checking Windows Update for pending tasks. Once you are on Windows 10 20H1, 20H2 or the latest 21H1 builds, you can continue without worrying about breaking your system. However, its worth creating a System Restore Point just in case, so tap on the Start button and search for restore point, before you begin the theming process.

Also read: Looking for a smartphone? Check Mobile Finder here.

Download SecureUxTheme: In order to install new themes on Windows, apart from the themes that are originally provided by Microsoft, users will need to visit the SecureUxTheme project on GitHub and download the latest version of the app. Once you download the latest version, open and install the app then reboot your computer when prompted.

Download the Windows 11 theme: You will need to visit DeviantArt, a website that hosts artwork and themes from various users around the world, to get the theme files needed to make your Windows 10 PC look like it is running Windows 11. You can download this Windows 11 for Windows 10 theme, created by niivu, and save the files you downloaded in a folder.

Installing the theme: Copy the relevant theme files that you have dowloaded to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes then run SecureUxTheme which will show you the recently added themes. Now pick the kind of theme you want (dark or light) and just hit “Patch and apply” to see the new theme in action.

Using centred icons with TaskbarX: If you like the Windows 11 taskbar with its centred icons, you can quickly download the TaskbarX app that will allow you to push all the app icons to the centre of the screen. You can use the portable version of the app for the easiest configuration, and then tap the Apply button to save your settings.

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Windows 11 features, expected release date, and latest news

BleepingComputer 18 July, 2021 - 03:30pm

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Windows 11 is now available for Windows Insiders and it is coming to consumers coming later this year. Unlike Windows 10 feature updates, Windows 11 comes with several new features and improvements. 

Windows 11 comes with centered Start Menu and taskbar, similar to Windows 10X.

Start Menu doesn't come with traditional live tiles. It comes with a new interface that uses static icons for Microsoft Store apps, Microsoft Edge-powered Progressive Web Apps and other programs, similar to Windows 10X and Chrome.

By default, the Start Menu will include pinned apps and services like Calculator, Microsoft Edge, and Settings. Like Windows 10, Windows 11's Start Menu will show apps and websites only. However, users won’t be able to group apps to create a folder, a feature that is currently offered on Windows 10's live tile interface.

You can still right-click on any icon to access the app’s settings and pin it to the taskbar

You can always restore the left-aligned taskbar and switch between three different sizes – small, medium and large. The small size is aimed at desktops with mouse support and medium or large size appears to be very touch-friendly.

At the moment, users need to modify their Registry to change the size of the taskbar. It's likely that taskbar customization options will be offered via Windows Settings to switch between different sizes of Windows taskbar.

The same modern Settings app is offered, which can be used to customize Start Menu with additional shortcuts. You can also use it to customize the Action Center, desktop wallpaper, system accent, and enable transparency effect for the taskbar, and more.

Some Windows features are now maintained outside the usual Windows updates using experience packs.

Windows 11 still comes with the same File Explorer, but it's getting some much-needed improvements. For instance, Explorer now sports new icons, rounded corners, and dark mode improvements.

Microsoft has optimized the interface of the Explorer for both mouse and touch users. As Windows 11 doesn't come with a tablet mode, these changes will help users with touchscreen, so they can easily interact rename, select or delete files.

At the moment, it looks like the tablet experience will be enabled by default, but users can always switch back to the old layout by configuring the "Folder Options" in File Explorer.

As mentioned, the File Explorer interface is not changing dramatically, but Microsoft is replacing the Windows 8-era ribbon toolbar with a redesigned top menu called "command bar" allowing you quick access to commonly used actions like share, delete, rename, etc.

In addition, there'll be some quality improvements. For example, the Extract All option for OneDrive files is being introduced. This option shows up when you right-click on a zipped OneDrive file that was set to online-only.

With Windows 11, Microsoft is allowing users to access four predefined snap layouts by hovering the mouse cursor over the maximize button. As shown in the below screenshot, when you hover over your mouse cursor, a new pane with a snapping layout appears on the screen.

Windows 11 currently comes with four pre-configured snapping layouts:

Microsoft is introducing Windows widgets, which appears to be a successor to Windows 10's News and Interests.

Like the News and Interests feed, Windows Widgets is powered by AI and Microsoft news feed. It uses your browsing activities and location to enable a customized news experience on your desktop. It also comes with a weather widget.

At the moment, Microsoft is working on Entertainment widgets, Esports widget, Weather widget, To-Do widgets and more.

Windows 11 finally comes with a redesigned 'Battery' settings page. This features detailed graphs to help anyone understand how their laptop/notebook uses the battery.

The graphs will appear within the modern settings app and users can monitor their laptop's battery level throughout the day. You can also open the bar graph view to better understand the battery usage over the past seven days.

Device Manager has been updated with rounded corners and new icon, but there are a few minor additions too. The first new feature is a new filter for  'Devices by driver', which is being introduced to help users get a list of devices using a particular driver.

The second option 'Drivers by type' lets you view the .inf driver files by the type of device. And there's a third new option  'Drivers by device' that will display the .inf files under the name of the device using it.

Users can also launch and operate Control Panel, Disk Management and all other legacy tools. Microsoft is not modernizing the interface of these legacy features and components, but there's one visible change - Microsoft has enabled rounded corners and shadow effects.

Microsoft is enabling support for HDR mode in apps creative and artistic apps that use International Color Consortium (ICC) display color profiles.

Microsoft is redesigning the virtual desktops screen with some much-needed multitasking improvements. In addition to the new design, Microsoft is introducing three new features - the ability to change the position of each virtual desktop. customize the backgrounds for all your virtual desktops, and support for multi-monitor setup.

To reorder the desktops, follow these steps:

Drag and drop a Virtual Desktop to another position.

Right-click a Virtual Desktop thumbnail in task view and select “Move left” or “Move right” in the context menu. This will change the order of all virtual desktops.

If you want to change the background of the virtual desktops, follow these steps:

Open Settings > Personalization > Background.

Right-click a background and apply it to a specific Virtual Desktop.

Once you’ve selected the background, changes will apply instantly, and you’ll see your new background when you switch to the virtual desktop.

Clipboard history manager (Win + V) has been redesigned with rounded corners and a few new features, including a new way to insert emojis and GIFs.

DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a new feature that will allow DNS resolution over encrypted HTTPS connections, and it aims to protect your browsing privacy from outsiders. 

"If you haven’t been waiting for it, and are wondering what DoH is all about, then be aware this feature will change how your device connects to the Internet and is in an early testing stage so only proceed if you’re sure you’re ready," Microsoft explained DoH in a blog post published last year.

In preview, you can test the feature and configure DoH for ethernet connections by following these steps:

Open Settings > Network & Internet > Status.

Click Properties.

Select Edit IP assignment or Edit DNS server assignment.

To configure DoH for Wi-Fi connections, follow these steps:

Open Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.

Select Edit IP assignment or Edit DNS server assignment.

Microsoft is giving users greater control over multiple GPUs when running apps in Windows.

On devices with two GPUs, Windows will use integrated one as a power-saving GPU and the discrete graphics card as a high-performance GPU. This setting will be configured automatically based on your device.

You can now set default speakers by navigating to Settings System Sound. The same page has been updated with a link to the per-app sound screen in the classic Volume Mixer.

According to reports, Microsoft is currently planning to release the update in October 2021. However, Windows 11's wider rollout is expected to begin in early 2022 only.

Microsoft is still working on Windows 11 and we'll learn more about the operating system in the coming months.

Cosmetic changes only. No added value whatsoever. All usefull was already there in Windows 7, 8 and 10. The next version of Windows will be 13, as the number 9 was skipped, the pattern seems to be 7,8,10,11,13,14,16,..

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New Windows print spooler zero day exploitable via remote print servers

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Another zero day vulnerability in Windows Print Spooler can give a threat actor administrative privileges on a Windows machine through a remote server under the attacker's control and the 'Queue-Specific Files' feature.

Last month, a security researcher accidentally revealed a zero-day Windows print spooler vulnerability known as PrintNightmare that Microsoft tracks as CVE-2021-34527.

Exploiting this vulnerability lets a threat actor increase privileges on a machine or execute code remotely.

Microsoft released a security update to fix the vulnerability but researchers determined that the patch could be bypassed under certain conditions.

Since the incomplete fix,  security researchers have been heavily scrutinizing the Windows printing APIs and have found further vulnerabilities affecting the Windows print spooler.

Security researcher and Mimikatz creator Benjamin Delpy has publicly disclosed a new zero-day vulnerability that allows a threat actor to easily achieve SYSTEM privileges on a Windows machine through a remote print server under their control.

In a conversation with BleepingComputer, Delpy said that his exploit uses the 'Queue-Specific Files' feature of the Windows Point and Print capability to automatically download and execute a malicious DLL when a client connects to a print server under an attacker's control.

"At printer installation time, a vendor-supplied installation application can specify a set of files, of any type, to be associated with a particular print queue," explains Microsoft's documentation on the 'Queue-Specific Files' feature.

"The files are downloaded to each client that connects to the print server."

To exploit the vulnerability, the researcher created a print server accessible over the Internet with two shared printers that use the queue-specific files feature.

When executing the malicious DLL, it will run with SYSTEM privileges and could be used to run any command on the computer.

Will Dormann, a vulnerability analyst for CERT/CC, has released an advisory for this vulnerability that provides further information.

"This allows for LPE on a vulnerable system."

What makes this vulnerability so dangerous is that it affects all current versions of Windows and allows a threat actor to gain limited access to a network and instantly achieve SYSTEM privileges on the vulnerable device.

Using this access, threat actors can spread laterally through the network until they gain access to a domain controller.

A video demonstrating this attack was shared with BleepingComputer and displayed below.

Delpy has created a publicly accessible remote print server that can be used to test the vulnerability demonstrated above.

The good news is that Delpy and Dormann have shared two methods that can be used to mitigate this new 'Queue-specific files' vulnerability.

Both of these methods are outlined in the CERT advisory.

As Delpy's public exploit uses a remote print server, you can block outbound SMB traffic to prevent access to the remote computer.

However, Dormann states that the MS-WPRN can also be used to install drivers without using SMB, and threat actors could still use this technique with a local printer server.

Therefore, this mitigation is not a fail-safe method of blocking the exploit.

A better way to prevent this exploit is to restrict Point and Print to a list of approved servers using the 'Package Point and print - Approved servers' group policy.

This policy prevents non-administrative users from installing print drivers using Point and Print unless the print server is on the approved list. 

Using this group policy will provide the best protection against the known exploit.

BleepingComputer has contacted Microsoft regarding the issue but has not heard back.

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OnPodcast Episode 41: Windows 10 21H2 Update Announced & More

OnMSFT.com 18 July, 2021 - 11:00am

Hello, OnPodcast viewers and listeners, and welcome back to another new episode of OnPodcast. We're now at episode 41 this week, and there was tons of Windows news that we talked about.

As has been the theme recently, it's a busy week in Microsoft news. We talked about Windows 10 21H2, Cloud PC, updates to Teams, new emojis, and more. And, in Fast Recap, we recapped other news like a fresh Windows 11 build, a new Teams app, Teams video filters, and more. Our own Kareem Anderson also had some hardware he talked about in our Week Ahead segment, to end the show.

Our show started with the biggest topic of them all, Microsoft announced Windows 10 21H2. As we talked about last week, this is the second update for Windows 10 in 2021. Kareem and Arif went through what's new in the release, and their thoughts on the upcoming update. They also talked about how you can start beta testing the update today.

If Windows 10 21H2 wasn't big enough, the second topic of discussion in the show was Windows 365 Cloud PC. This service allows enterprise and business users to stream Windows from the cloud as a service. Our two hosts detailed everything you need to know about the service, and what you can expect out of it. They even offered their thoughts on if a consumer version is necessary.

Our final main topic of discussion on the show was Microsoft's new emojis. We toured you through the changes between the old emoji and the new one. We even talked about Clippy being resurrected from the dead.

As always the show ended with Fast Recap & Week Ahead. In Fast Recap, we spread through the details of the latest Windows 11 build, then switched over to talk about a Teams preview app and some new filters which could make you look better on your calls. Meanwhile, in Week Ahead, our Kareem Anderson talked about some new accessories he has in for review and a look back at the history of Windows 10 on its 6th birthday.

Windows 365 Will Let You Use Windows on Your Tablet, PC or Phone

TelecomTalk 18 July, 2021 - 04:49am

Microsoft recently announced the Windows 365 service, with the company adding that it would not be disclosing the pricing options prior to the launch of the Cloud PCs, slated for August 2.

Interestingly, the company revealed one such pricing option, which will allow businesses to use the virtual PC for around $31 per user on a monthly basis.

This pricing option was unveiled a couple of days ago, during a Microsoft Inspire session, wherein the company was demonstrating how businesses can sign up to the service, with the $31 subscription offering two CPUs, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, this will be a part of the Windows 365 business option.

It was revealed later via a statement to Verge that the pricing was for just one such SKU. Microsoft has added that it will be offering many additional options, in terms of both configurations and pricing, which will be shared when the product is available, which is on August 2.

Do note that this is not the lowest priced option, since Microsoft will offer an SKU complete with just one CPU, 2GB RAM, coupled with 64GB of storage. But, you might be wondering as to why we are discussing this.

This prospect comes after Microsoft had revealed that it was working on a new virtualized desktop experience dubbed 'Cloud PC' that could help administrators make use of and manage Windows 10 PCs that are in the cloud by making use of a browser, mobile app or second PC.

For those of you wondering, Cloud PC will also let Microsoft handle your organization's device configuration via updates security improvements regularly and properly managed support.

Cloud PC is based on Azure and Windows Virtual Desktop and it won't replace any version of Windows. Instead, the PC will be offered as an option for enterprise customers who want to access their Windows PC from anywhere at any time.

Do note that it is difficult to compare this to the Azure Virtual Desktop offering or Amazon Workspaces, as there are certain additional charges, whilst Microsoft has taken a different approach to make Windows 365 simpler, with the pricing including all licenses, usage and computes, all of which are mentioned below.

Prior to the listing, do keep in mind that each such Cloud PC will allow for access to internet connections with 10 Gbps download speeds and 4 Gbps upload speeds. The best way to experience the same will be via a connection from an older Windows PC since certain features are limited to a Windows connection.

1. 1vCPU / 2GB / 64GB Frontline workers, Call centers, Education/training/CRM access. Office light (web-based), Microsoft Edge, OneDrive, lightweight line-of-business app (e.g. call centre application – web-apps), Defender support.

2. 2vCPU / 4GB / 128GB Mergers and acquisition, Short-term and seasonal, Customer Services, Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams (audio-only), Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

3. 2vCPU / 4GB / 64GB Mergers and acquisition, Short-term and seasonal, Customer Services, Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams (audio-only), Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

4. 2vCPU / 4GB / 256GB Mergers and acquisition, Short-term and seasonal, Customer Services, Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams (audio-only), Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

5. 2vCPU / 8GB / 128GB Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home, Market Researchers, Government, consultants Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s) , Defender support.

6. 2vCPU / 8GB / 256GB Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home, Market Researchers, Government, consultants Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s) , Defender support.

7. 4vCPU / 16GB / 128GB Finance, Government, consultants, Healthcare services, Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, PowerBi, Dynamics 365, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

8. 4vCPU / 16GB / 512GB Finance, Government, consultants, Healthcare services, Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, PowerBi, Dynamics 365, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

9. 4vCPU / 16GB / 256GB Finance, Government, consultants, Healthcare services, Bring-Your-Own-PC, Work from home Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, PowerBi, Dynamics 365, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

10. 8vCPU / 32GB / 128GB Software developers, engineers, Content Creators, Design and Engineering workstations Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Access, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, PowerBi, Visual Studio Code, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

11. 8vCPU / 32GB / 256GB Software developers, engineers, Content Creators, Design and Engineering workstations Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Access, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, PowerBi, Visual Studio Code, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

12. 8vCPU / 32GB / 512GB Software developers, engineers, Content Creators, Design and Engineering workstations Microsoft 365 Apps, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Access, OneDrive, Adobe Reader, Edge, PowerBi, Visual Studio Code, Line-of-business app(s), Defender support.

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This article is just website filler..sad

I think that's a hardware support.

This is actually a very good ask and must have this rule in place. All the spectrum bands must support…

Will just get 30 days extra , on 399 plan - IN SHORT

Wondering if it is possible to give a software update to support new spectrum bands.

Microsoft: Some Windows 11 SKUs will ship in dark mode by default

WindowsLatest 17 July, 2021 - 06:18pm

Tech companies are slowly migrating to dark modes on both mobile and desktop, and Microsoft now wants to enable dark mode in Windows 11 by default. According to Microsoft officials, some SKUs of Windows 11 will now ship in dark mode by default, but users can always switch to light mode.

Windows 11’s native dark mode will be activated automatically when you set up a new device or clean install the operating system.

Microsoft is enabling dark mode by default because “we’re spending so much more time staring at bright screens”. During the Microsoft Inspire session, Microsoft confirmed that it plans to force enable dark mode in “all of the Windows 11 commercial SKUs” to support remote work.

“Windows is only one of the whole given life by the stunning devices and the services that you provide, which has and will allow our customers to thrive, and since we’re spending so much more time staring at bright screens not just for endless email but also countless meetings plus keeping up with our personal lives to give your eyes a rest,” says Melissa Grant, Director of Windows Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft.

“Of course, light mode is available if that’s your preference,” Microsoft said.

For some reason, Microsoft says the consumer editions of Windows 11 will continue to ship in light mode.

For those unaware, Windows 10’s Home edition currently ships in light mode by default and Pro uses dark mode. Enterprise and Education SKUs currently use light mode. Starting with Windows 11, Microsoft will enable dark mode for Enterprise and Education educations, while Windows 11 Home and Pro SKUs will continue to ship in light mode.

Of course, you can always switch to a light or dark mode, but these will be the new default configurations for Windows 11.

Unlike Windows 11, Windows 11’s Personalization page lets you choose from multiple themes right at the top of the page.

For example, if you select a darker theme, Windows will automatically turn on dark mode, and apply the accent colour to the Start menu, which now uses a new Fluent material called “Mica”.

Microsoft is currently testing six themes and several wallpapers for Windows 11 and more options could be introduced next year as part of the Windows 11 version 22H2 update.

According to reports, Windows 11 is currently expected to debut in October and a wider rollout is scheduled for early 2022.

What’s the Point of Windows 365? The Rise of Hardware-as-a-Service

MUO - MakeUseOf 17 July, 2021 - 03:15pm

This service is a part of Microsoft’s push to get into the emerging hybrid work setup. But how does it work, and who exactly is it for?

As work moved away from the office, there has been an ever-increasing need for cloud-based solutions. From using free online collaboration tools to video conferencing software, companies needed to empower their people as they worked.

Enter Windows 365. Windows 365 gives you the wheel to a cloud PC and allows you to access your work computer via the cloud. What it means is that any device you have, whether it’s an office-issued laptop or your personal tablet, can stream your work computer via a browser.

You may ask yourself, “Why would I want to stream a computer to my computer?” But there’s more to it than that.

And then, when you're settled outside of home, you can access your company cloud PC on your mobile device. Even if you open it on your tablet's browser, its performance is the same as when you were on your laptop. Furthermore, when you open the cloud PC on your tablet, you'll see it in the same state you left it on your laptop.

Here’s another use case for it. Say you’re a 3D modeler working on petabytes of data on your office workstation. If you need to work from home, you cannot do your work on your personal laptop. It neither has the storage nor computing capacity to execute what you need.

Another advantage of Windows 365 is blazing fast internet. Since you’re essentially streaming the monitor of the cloud PC, all the files you need are located at the server. So, when you download large data from any source, you’re not downloading to the computer at your location. Instead, you’re downloading it to Microsoft’s data centers.

Because of that, downloads only take an instant. Microsoft even demonstrated a speed test. In their run, they could get download speeds of up to 10 GBPS and upload speeds of up to 4 GBPS.

Using MEM, the administrator can manage both physical and virtual devices in one app. They can deploy software, add virtual machines, and even upgrade capacity through it. Administrators can also see how much computing power each member uses. This lets them allocate resources as needed.

Onboarding a new team member no longer requires a lot of effort from administrators. They only need to ensure the new member is part of the enterprise network. And if they have an available license, they can immediately assign a virtual PC to that person. And in less than an hour, they'll have a new Windows 365 account assigned to them.

And should you need a more powerful computer, all the administrator needs to do is assign a better system using MEM. You no longer have to wait for someone to buy you a physical PC. On the flip side, if you’re not maximizing your virtual PC, your administrator could lower its specifications. This ensures that no extra computing power is wasted.

Network performance monitoring is also built inside Windows 365. Because the service is run from Microsoft’s servers, they can continuously check and run diagnostics on your system. If they detect a failure, the administrator is alerted immediately. They would also give recommendations on how to correct the issue.

To protect company data, administrators can set up multi-factor authentication and conditional access. This ensures that only authorized users are actually accessing the system.

The cloud PC will revolutionize business computing. Companies no longer need to spend on high-end systems to satisfy the needs of their people. They only need a reliable internet connection and an entry-level computer as a client to Windows 365.

Best of all, businesses can subscribe to this service monthly. They don’t have to invest large sums to get computers that they might not use 100 percent of the time. With the cloud PC, they can purchase computing power as they need. This allows them to be more efficient with the use of their resources.

Many developers, including Microsoft, are now moving to the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model. Some find this unfavorable because they’re used to paying for programs once. However, SaaS allows businesses to avail of software as they need it. This will enable companies to make more efficient use of their resources.

With Windows 365, Microsoft takes this business model up a notch. They now offer hardware capability as a subscription service. Businesses can forgo investing in expensive infrastructure and equipment. After all, if they need additional network and computing power, all they need to do is to rent it from Microsoft.

As the world moves to a hybrid workplace, Microsoft is aiming to adapt to it with Windows 365. Cloud computing has its own strengths, and perhaps Microsoft's newest service will help introduce hardware-as-a-service as a new norm.

Windows 365 is ideal for people who enjoy to WFH. And if you don't know what "WFH" means, it's time to catch up on how this acronym is seeping into our vocabulary in recent months.

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