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Sydney Harbour
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 21 - 26 JANUARY 2019

Hello and Welcome,

 

Meetings This Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Jan 22nd - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

No definite speakers have been arranged for this meeting as yet (Sat, 19th 6pm), but we're pretty sure that Alex will have something interesting to show us, maybe from the recent CES Show in Las Vegas.

At least we'll hear whether it's safe to install the October (yes, October, 2018) Update for Windows 10 yet.

Digital Photography - Friday Jan 25th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Hear about all the newest digital photography topics.

And, of course, there will be the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meeting Next Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday Feb 2nd - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Meetings This Month:

1 2019/01/05 - 14:00-17:00 - 05 Jan, Saturday - Penrith Group
2 2019/01/11 - 09:30-12:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Friday Forum
3 2019/01/11 - 12:30-15:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Communications
4 2019/01/15 - 09:30-12:30 - 15 Jan, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
5 2019/01/19 - 13:30-16:30 - 19 Jan, Saturday - Web Design
6 2019/01/22 - 17:30-20:30 - 22 Jan, Tuesday - Main Meeting
7 2019/01/25 - 09:30-12:30 - 25 Jan, Friday - Digital Photography

8 2019/02/02 - 14:00-17:00 - 02 Feb, Saturday - Penrith Group

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Tech News:

“Microsoft to end Windows 7 support, updates next year”:

See the iTWire article Written by Sam Varghese, 15 January 2019.

Microsoft will end support and updates for Windows 7 on 14 January next year, the company says, advising users to switch to Windows 10 in order to "keep the good times rolling".

The company said Windows 7 users could upgrade to Windows 10 on their existing hardware, and obtain a full licence, if the hardware met certain requirements.

But the company said it would be better to move to a new PC with Windows 10 in order to take advantage of new hardware capabilities in the latest version of its operating system.

Unless a user's existing hardware fails, he or she can continue to use Windows 7 after 14 January 2020, Microsoft said, but there would be no security and feature updates.

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“Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hints at Microsoft 365 consumer subscription”:

See the Windows Central article by DAN THORP-LANCASTER 18 Jan 2019.

Microsoft lends some credence to recent rumors of a consumer Microsoft 365 subscription.

Recently, a couple of Microsoft job postings hinted that the company could be readying a consumer version of Microsoft 365, and now CEO Satya Nadella has lended (sic) some credence to that idea. At a recent press event, CNET reports, Nadella said that Microsoft will "soon be talking about" plans for Microsoft 365 consumer subscriptions.

Nadella's comments came as part of a larger statement on Microsoft's commitment to its consumer business. From Nadella:

It's very fair to say, as I said in the very beginning, that we started after all on the consumer side and then over-indexed to the IT side, and we definitely are very focused on bringing that back.

After touching on the success of its Surface and Bing advertising businesses, Nadella turned to Office 365, making a passing mention of Microsoft 365 for consumers:

So I would say Surface is a brand, what we are doing with Office 365 or what we will soon be talking about as Microsoft 365 consumer subscriptions, those would be again completely consumer businesses.

Currently, Microsoft 365 is a subscription offering aimed at enterprise and education customers, bundling Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. For consumers, it's a little unclear what such a package would offer, but ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley previously reported that it could include Windows 10, Skype, Outlook, Office 365, and other services.

In his comments, Nadella raised the possibility that a Microsoft 365 consumer offering could include Xbox tie-ins as well. From Nadella:

We have a structural position in that we have both a console business as well as a PC business which happens to be in fact bigger than the console business when it comes to gaming, and the idea is to aggregate those sockets with a subscription service.

While details such as the services included and pricing are very much a mystery right now, it sounds like we should hear much more about what Microsoft has planned soon.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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