More “End of Life” extensions

Building on Microsoft’s extensions at the beginning of the month, they have also decided to extend Windows 10 version 1809 Home/Pro edition support along with SharePoint 2010 for an additional six months.

Given the current circumstances, it was most likely inevitable that these announcements were going to be made.

The million dollar question remains (at least to me) is whether Microsoft will extend Office 2010 support which is set to expire in October or would they even entertain the idea of extending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008?

Stay tuned but in the meantime, check out the article here for more info.

Google resurrects FTP

So I suppose the old saying “out with the old, in with the new” is kaput for 2020 (and perhaps for years to come).

Following the recent COVID-19 inspired trend of keeping certain “technologies” from reaching end of service, Google has decided to re-enable FTP support for all of its services for the time being.

Lawrence Abrams at Bleepingcomputer.com reveals the latest details on this move on his post here, check it out and let me know what you think!

Microsoft buys Corp.com?

At last, Microsoft has finally bit the bullet and purchased the corp.com domain.  You may be asking yourself, why is this relevant?  The answer to this goes way back in time, back to a time when computers being networked to one another was a relatively new thing to do.  Long story short, Microsoft used the corp.com name as a default name when creating your own Active Directory based domain.

Ok I admit, I’m probably not as well versed its its history as I should be but kudos goes to Brian Krebs who has kept close track of this as of late.

Check out his post about the topic here for the full scoop!

More useful apps for working from home

Just came across an article by Keith Shaw from Computerworld.com discussing all the video conferencing and screen sharing tools available to us during this time where almost all of Earth is working from home.

Some of them are well known while other lesser known ones may be worth giving a try…check out the article here and let me know which ones you’ve used or plan on using.

Another “End of Life” extension

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, pressure has mounted in the tech industry to extend support for various products and services.  One major announcement having to do with email using Exchange Online is that basic authentication will be phased out in late 2021 instead of its originally scheduled October 2020 date.

Although basic authentication is much less secure than other methods available, it is obvious IT departments around the world are dealing with much more important items (including yours truly) at this time and most likely welcome this news.

Check out the full post from Microsoft here for the full scoop!

Issues with Zoom

Amid all the security and privacy concerns regarding Zoom and the subsequent hacking of it that has randomly taken place, their CEO has responded via a blog post on the company’s website detailing the issue at hand.

Although this doesn’t absolve them at all, it’s definitely a good first step in working towards making the necessary changes to give their 200 or so million users some peace of mind.

Check out the post here for more details!

Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365!

After spending much time learning the differences between the two, now Microsoft has decided to drop this on us!  I’m sure this won’t be confusing at all…(cue the sarcasm).

As shown on Microsoft’s website here

Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365

New name, same great value, same price.

Don’t worry-you don’t need to do a thing. Your product services, apps, and features will stay the same, along with the price. Your subscription name will update automatically in the admin center and your monthly billing statements on or after April 21, 2020.

1) Office 365 Business Essentials    is now   Microsoft 365 Business Basic

2) Office 365 Business Premium     is now   Microsoft 365 Business Standard

3) Microsoft 365 Business is now   Microsoft 365 Business Premium

4) Office 365 Business         is now   Microsoft 365 Apps for business

5) Office 365 ProPlus           is now   Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise

Windows 10 bug affects remote work

According to ZDNet.com, Microsoft has acknowledged that a bug within their Windows 10 operating system is affecting Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook…three major aspects necessary in order to be effective working from home.

They hope to have a fix in place by the beginning of next month if not sooner; hopefully this doesn’t have too much of an effect on remote users which is pretty much everyone at this point!

Check out the full post here for more!

COVID-19 and working from home

 

Just came across a great article by Susan Bradley from Askwoody.com who does an awesome job of explaining the challenges that come with being forced to work from home.  My two main takeaways is 1) how will businesses meet the challenge of making this as convenient as possible for its workers and 2) how will workers be able to balance this new normal given that school-aged children are also home bound as well and need to meet their educational goals?

Check out the full article here for more details!

Verizon joins the free data party! (finally)

In order to help customers impacted by the coronavirus epidemic, the company will be giving an additional 15GB of data for free.

Whether you’re a regular consumer or a small business, you’ll be allowed to take advantage of this offer between March 25 and April 30.  As a Verizon subscriber, I greatly appreciate this however I wish that they would have jumped on the bandwagon much earlier and extend it for a longer period of time.

For more info on this, check out the post from Appleinsider.com here.