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Potential Issues With Windows 10 You Need To Know About

Potential Issues With Windows 10 You Need To Know About

Windows 10 is out. Microsoft is pushing it as “the last Windows” in the sense that there will be no more major updates life we’ve seen in the past. Instead, MS will issue regular support patches. The system will look a lot more like the service packs they’ve sent out for past versions of Windows than major revisions. Because of this, it’s really important that you know about all the reasons you should be cautious of Windows 10.

It’s a great operating system that has been getting good reviews, and it shows that Microsoft is really invested in a quality product. For example, they are working with Hortonworks to create a Windows-compatible Hadoop BI release for big data analysis, and the security is built to frustrate advanced persistent threats. But before you upgrade, you need to understand there are still major problems with the system. That way you can decide if you want to jump in now or wait until MS fixes or changes the problematic behavior. You might also decide to go for the upgrade now. In that case, we can explain why you might want to turn off some of Windows 10’s features.

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Support: Automatic Updates Cannot Be Stopped

First of all, let’s talk support. One of the constants for Microsoft has been that they tend to implement top-down solutions and force both developers and users to accept their decisions. Support is no exception to this rule.

Windows 10 brings a new feature by which all driver updates are now fully automatic and go through Microsoft. There are some upsides to this: no more hunting around on the web for exactly the right display driver to run a game. In theory this should force vendors to write good drivers. In practice, a bad display driver that made it through the update process has already caused problems by making some Windows 10 computers unusable! The automatic updater features makes it almost impossible to remove the driver. It’s also not clear what happens when there are multiple good drivers for one piece of hardware, as often happens with design and 3D modeling tools.

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Microsoft seems pretty committed to this feature, so it might be a good idea to back off for a while until vendors can start putting out consistently good drivers. Otherwise, you might lose a lot of time if you get a bad driver pushed on you.

Privacy: Vague About Data Collection

Next, privacy. It’s a big issue these days, and Windows 10 is no exception. First of all, Windows 10 comes with a new privacy agreement that has broad language. You can read it yourself- Microsoft is pretty vague about the limitations they place on themselves as to what data they will collect and share.
One area of concern is Cortana. The virtual assistant tracks a lot of your usage habits across apps as well as your browsing history and location info. It’s all done to improve your experience, according to MS, but it is up to you to decide if you want to opt out.

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Information: Automatic Sharing with Your Friends

Even aside from Cortana, Windows 10 does a lot to collect data from you and share it. It has a feature that automatically shares your wifi login information with your friends on Skype and Facebook that are in the range of your wifi. That makes it easy for them to connect if they visit, but you might not want that information out of your direct control. (Note that they never see the plaintext password- this is a computer-to-computer interaction). Still, though, you might want to turn it off if you have a wide social network.

Connection: Downloads May Decrease Your Speed

There’s another issue that might be a problem if you are on a metered connection. Windows 10 uses a torrent-like system to distribute updates, where users seed for each other. This is turned on by default, and if you have a bandwidth cap, you could eat up a lot of capacity without even realizing it because MS issued a download and is using some of your connection to share it with others.

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Windows 10 has a lot going for it, but you really need to be aware of these issues before you make the switch. Think about whether you want to hold off or disable them. They might be deal breakers, but in any case you want to be informed beforehand.

Featured photo credit: Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview/okubax via flic.kr

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

Projects and Tasks Management

1. Monday dot com

    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

    Check out the software here!

    2. Asana

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      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

      Check out the software here!

      3. Trello

        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

        Check out the software here!

        4. Jira

          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

          Check out the software here!

          5. Evernote Business

            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

            Check out the software here!

            Communication

            6. Slack

              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

              Check out the software here!

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              7. Spike

                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                Check out the software here!

                Creation

                8. Office 365

                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                  Check out the software here!

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                  9. Grammarly

                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                    Check out the software here!

                    Team Analytics

                    10. ActivTrak

                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                      Check out the software here!

                      The Bottom Line

                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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