Posts by Nigel Howle

Interactive new features planned for Microsoft Teams

New features are planned that will give Microsoft Team users more interactive meeting experiences. Fluid components are expected to start rolling out in mid-August, according to a report on the Tech Radar website. They will allow users to create dynamic components, such as tables or tasks lists, within Microsoft Teams, which can be edited, in real-time, by all other participants. Users will be able to copy these widgets to other chats or Outlook’s calendar, without desyncing the data. And Teams users will be able to pin individual messages to the top of the chat, and quote different messages in replies,
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British Airways settles with victims of 2018 data breach

We all need to be ever more vigilant to avoid people’s data being  leaked via a security breach. In September 2018, British Airways  revealed that the names, debit and credit card numbers, addresses and email addresses of over 420,000 people had been accessed in a security breach. Now it’s been announced that BA has reached a settlement with thousands of claimants. Earlier this year, it was reported that 16,000 people were seeking compensation for the incident, the largest opt-in group action for a data breach in UK history. Law firm PGMBM has announced that the case had been settled on
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Windows 11 launch – what’s new?

Microsoft has launched Windows 11 and there’s some big changes to the long-standing operating system. New features include the ability to download and run Android Apps on a Windows PC, an update for Microsoft Teams and a new look start up menu. Experts say the new interface looks more “Mac like” and there’s new “widgets”, desk top gadgets that can be accessed from the taskbar. Teams will also be integrated into the taskbar for the first time and  users will be able to access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS. Windows 11 will also get features from Xbox gaming
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Windows 10 to be retired in 2025

Microsoft says it will stop supporting Windows 10 in 2025. When Windows 10 was launched, Microsoft said it was intended to be the final version of the operating system. But from 14 October 2025, there will be no new updates or security fixes for either the Home or Pro versions. Microsoft says the successor to Windows 10 will represent one of the “most significant updates” to the OS in the past decade. Its predecessor, Windows 7, was retired in 2020. Windows 10 was released in July 2015 and dubbed “Windows as a service”, which meant the software was gradually updated
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Pandemic accelerated UK’s shift online – Ofcom

UK adults spent an average of three hours and 47 minutes online every day during the pandemic, an annual survey of media habits by regulator Ofcom has found. In addition, online shopping sales in the UK rose by 48% to £113bn, with food and drink sales rising the most. Ofcom said the Online Nation 2021 report revealed how the pandemic had accelerated a shift to online. With many people working from home, due to Coronavirus, more of us than ever before rely on digital technology. Video communication tools, such as Teams and Zoom, helped scores of companies get through the
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Microsoft Teams to add speed dial function

Microsoft Teams is going back to the future with its latest update. Teams has proved hugely popular as a meetings tool during the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people relying on online meetings. Now Microsoft is looking to add a speed dial function for mobile devices, first popularised on phones in the 1980s. “This feature makes your most used calling contacts easy to access with one tap dialling,” says Microsoft. The speed dial feature looks to be coming to all mobile clients, but likely to iOS first. The update is still under development, but should begin to roll out very soon.
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Meetings via video links set to continue post-pandemic

A survey of customers in the financial services sector has shown that more people than ever before are embracing online video meetings. Only 13% of  customers below the age of 45  felt it is important to meet with an adviser in person and there’s a potential for lower fees thanks to the growing use of technology. According to a report on the Money Marketing website, Boring Money’s 2021 Advice Report reveals 40% of investors would favour paying a lower fee for digital advice, while 29% said they would prefer face-to-face advice even if it would mean higher fees. Almost half (49%)
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Irish health service hit by cyber attack

Ireland’s health service has temporarily shut down its IT system after what it described as a “significant ransomware attack”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it had taken the precaution of closing down its systems to further protect them, and to allow it to assess the situation. Irish broadcaster RTÉ said Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital has cancelled most outpatients visits on Friday. All gynaecology clinics are cancelled. However, it said those with any urgent concerns should attend as normal. The maternity hospital says all outpatient visits are cancelled, unless expectant mothers are at 36 weeks pregnant or later. Computer viruses that
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Microsoft Edge unveils a rainbow of colour customisations

Microsoft is bringing a new batch of customisation options to Edge, allowing you to totally customize the look of your browser. According to a report published by techradar, Microsoft is getting more colourful with Edge. In future versions of the browser is will be possible to choose from a wide range of themes to help create a personalised look. The new options let you choose from 14 colour-based themes and download even more styles from the Chrome Web Store. The similarity in approach is a result of Edge now being based on the same Chromium engine as Google’s Chrome browser. The
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New resources to help scam victims

New landing page resources will replace .uk domains suspended for criminal activity to help members of the public access appropriate guidance, says a report by Computer Weekly. Nominet, the UK’s domain registrar, is launching law enforcement landing pages for suspended domains related to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA), extending an existing pilot programme. In future, when such domains are suspended because of criminal activity, the new landing pages will redirect web users who access them to secure, Nominet-hosted sites containing further advice and guidance. Until now, users
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