The Windows 365 Cloud PC is here to welcome you

It’s great to see Windows 365 Cloud PC finally come. For years, every person in tech industry is talking about¬†Microsoft’s¬†Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). (Yes, I am well-versed on Windows 11, which I believe is nothing more than a big Windows 10 security patch.) Contrary to popular belief, Windows 11 was never the future of Windows.)¬†

As far as Microsoft is concerned, the desktop of the future will be Windows operating on its Azure cloud. 

When I say “Windows on the Azure cloud,” I really mean “on the cloud.” Your computer must run some sort of operating system, but Microsoft is unconcerned about which one you use. “Windows 365 brings the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the complete Windows experience ‚ÄĒ including all your apps, data, and preferences ‚ÄĒ to your personal or business devices,” said Wangui McKelvey, Microsoft 365’s General Manager. 

This strategy gives rise to a brand-new personal computer category, the Cloud PC, designed particularly for the hybrid environment.” 

You’ll be able to stream¬†all of¬†your¬†personalized¬†apps, tools, data, and settings from the cloud to any device, according to Microsoft. And by any, we mean Macs, iPads, Linux PCs, and¬†Android phones¬†and tablets.¬†

You’ll get the same Windows experience regardless of what you’re using. “You can pick up just where you left off since the status of your Cloud PC stays the same, even when you move devices,” it also indicates. 

What about internal applications? While Microsoft cannot guarantee that you will be able to run a bespoke programme you created in the 1990s, Windows 365 does support all of Microsoft’s business applications, including Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform, and line-of-business apps. 

In addition, the firm pledges to keep its promise of app compatibility with Microsoft’s Fastrack App Assure programme. This is a free service aimed to assist businesses with 150 or more users in resolving any app issues. 

Microsoft has also collaborated with its third-party software vendors (ISVs). Nerdio, NetApp, ServiceNow, and UKG are the four major companies focusing on Windows 365. 

Microsoft isn’t inventing anything new. Microsoft has been heading to a Windows DaaS for years, as I’ve been pointing out ad nauseam. Windows 365, in particular, is based on Azure Virtual Desktop. Microsoft sets up Windows 365 for you, unlike the Azure Virtual Desktop, which requires an expert to set up properly. 

You have complete control over how to scale your Windows 365 instances and monitor the performance of your Cloud PCs, and you don’t need to be an Azure Solutions Architect Expert to create and manage them.¬†

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Workaround for the Classic Start Menu in Windows 11 is now available

The ability to¬†utilize¬†the old Start menu has been removed from¬†Microsoft’s newest version¬†of Windows 11.¬†

By changing key settings in Microsoft’s current preview release of Windows 11, the option to utilize the old Start menu‚ÄĒor at least the one accessible in Windows 10‚ÄĒwas eliminated.  

One of the most noticeable design changes in Windows 11 is the new Start menu. The new Start menu is in the middle of the taskbar by default, unlike its predecessors, which were in the bottom left corner of the screen. (Though it may be relocated to its original place.) 

According to TechRadar, Windows 11 previously enabled testers to revert to the old Start menu by changing the Windows Registry, which stores low-level operating system settings, making it easier to transition to the new user interface that came with Windows 11. 

With the release of Windows 11 build 22000.65 on July 8, that option was deleted. The change was not mentioned in the blog post introducing the release; instead, it was highlighted that the Start menu now has a new search box “to make it simpler to discover what you’re looking for.” 

Because this is a test version of Windows 11, the ability to restore the¬†current generation¬†Start menu may reappear in future versions.¬†It’s¬†difficult to say how the operating system will evolve between now and its release later this year.¬†

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Is the Microsoft Cloud PC going to be released soon?

According to fresh facts about one of the sessions at¬†Microsoft’s¬†annual Inspire partner conference, the company will most likely reveal its forthcoming PC-as-a-Service product.¬†

One of the seminars slated for the event on July 15 is titled “What’s Next in End-User Computing,” according to ZDNet. What makes this presentation on Microsoft’s cloud solution for hybrid work particularly fascinating is that one of the speakers will be Scott Manchester, the company’s director of product management for cloud managed desktops. 

Wangui McKelvey, the general manager of the Apps & Endpoints division within the Microsoft 365 portfolio, will be the second speaker at the event, as the software giant’s Microsoft Cloud PC service will give customers with a managed Microsoft 365 experience. 

Microsoft Cloud PC 

Last July, ZDNet found a job description for Microsoft’s upcoming Cloud PC service, which provided specifics on the project. 

Microsoft Cloud PC, for those unfamiliar, allows users to remotely access a Windows desktop and Office 365 applications while using their desktop or laptop as a thin client. While the service resembles Windows Virtual Desktop in some ways, it differs in that users will be paid a fixed cost per user rather than paying depending on the resources used. 

Microsoft said in February that it will provide multiple distinct Cloud PC service subscriptions with varying degrees of performance and storage capacity. 

With Satya Nadella’s keynote lecture at Microsoft Inspire 2021 set for Wednesday, July 14, we’ll learn even more about how Cloud PC will operate and what sort of capabilities it will provide. 

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Windows 11 appears to be a problem in need of a solution

We got our first look at Windows 11 this week courtesy to an unplanned breach on a Chinese server. While we may argue the morality and practicality of downloading Windows 11 and checking it out for yourself (for the record, you shouldn’t), one thing is certain: the new version of Windows will appear a lot sleeker than Windows 10. 

Long lists of¬†web¬†applications¬†and complicated menus have been phased out in¬†favor¬†of rounded edges and widgets. There’s only one problem: none of these features are required by Windows.¬†It’s always a delicate balancing act to come out with a new edition of a¬†programme. If you make too many changes, the software will become unintelligible. If you don’t change anything, there’s no incentive to update at all.¬†

IT Company¬†won’t pass judgement on Windows 11’s functioning until I have a chance to test it out. However, based on the images, it appears like Microsoft is attempting to emulate the MacOS look. My colleague Henry T. Casey pointed out that the style is more¬†like¬†ChromeOS, but the premise remains the same: Microsoft believes Windows should be more modern and minimalist.¬†

The problem is that, to my knowledge, Windows customers do not desire an operating system that looks like an Apple shop. Windows has never been known for its attractive user interface. Windows, on the other hand, shines in two areas: simple navigation and extensive under-the-hood choices. 

The more Microsoft attempts to minimize these features, the more it drifts from the core of the Windows experience. The Start menu, the taskbar, the streamlined desktop shortcut, and even the clock in the bottom-right corner were all introduced in Windows 95. Since Windows 95, the basic visual framework of Windows has remained unchanged (with a few notable digressions). 

If you put a person born in 2010 in front of a Windows 95 PC, they should be able to run applications, save documents, and find files rather quickly. (They could be perplexed as to why they have to use Netscape to access the Internet and why a talking paperclip is guiding them through Microsoft Word.)  

Microsoft, on the other hand, did a fantastic job designing Windows 95. The firm set out to build the most understandable and easy operating system imaginable, and it succeeded right away. In general, the finest versions of Windows so far have been those that have kept faithful to the architecture of Windows 95. Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 10 are among them. Conversely, the most troublesome Windows versions to date have been those that have attempted to reinvent the wheel. Windows ME, Windows Vista, and Windows 8 are among them. 

Of all, it’s not as if Microsoft could have simply stopped at Windows 95. OSes require regular upgrades for a variety of reasons, including usability, hardware compatibility, software optimization, and security. Furthermore, certain Windows innovations, like as the search bar and the graphical Documents folder, have made the OS truly better with time. Connecting to the Internet, adding a second display, connecting a printer, and taking a screenshot are all easier now than they were in 1995. 

Nonetheless, I believe it is fair to state that Windows 95 was a forerunner in terms of the present look and functioning of the Windows operating system. Over the years, this method has required minor adjustments, but never a complete overhaul. 

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Now is the time to update your Mac to avoid this major security flaw

You can update your Mac right now if you haven’t already. According to new research, a recently patched zero-day vulnerability in macOS operating systems has enabled hackers to circumvent most of Apple’s security protocols and instal malware on an undisclosed number of computers.

A malicious script may have been copied into “all new versions of macOS,” including macOS versions 10.15 to 11.2, thanks to a flaw found by security researcher Cedric Owens in March. Thankfully, the latest macOS 11.3 provides a security update that closes the gap.

The loophole, according to researchers, provided a workaround for core macOS protection features such as Gatekeeper, File Quarantine, and the company’s Notarization security scan, which are both intended to detect and prevent malicious programmes from being downloaded from the internet.

A hacker might theoretically use the security loophole to slip a malicious programme into a device, according to Owens. Owens conducted his own testing, writing a prototype programme that he was able to conceal inside a seemingly harmless text and bypass authentication programmes designed to ensure that a programme originated from a recognised creator.

In a technical blog post about the bug, another security researcher, Patrick Wardle, said, “This bug trivially bypasses several key Apple security protocols, putting Mac users at grave risk.”

He later told Vice News, “This is definitely the worst or probably the most impactful bug to daily macOS users.”

Hackers have been deliberately leveraging the flaw as well, but the intrusion techniques that have been discovered seem to be somewhat sloppy, requiring a user to download and execute an unfamiliar internet application.

The security loophole was reportedly exploited in the wild earlier this year by hackers using Shlayer malware, a malicious adware that is one of the most prevalent types of malware known to attack macOS systems, according to Jamf Secure, an iOS endpoint defence firm.

In most scenarios, the poor pages will prompt a consumer to download an unsolicited software kit, which, if the user is stupid enough to want to instal it, might infect their machine with a slew of malware.

An Apple representative said the firm had taken prompt steps to patch the flaw when contacted by email.

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