Some Important Features In Windows 10 And Windows 10 S

Microsoft recently announced a special version of Windows 10 aimed primarily at teachers, students, and for use in educational institutions. Windows 10 S, as the new OS is called, is built from the core of Windows 10 Pro, but is meant to be faster, more secure, lightweight, and with improved battery life over its sibling operating systems. So, if you’re wondering what the differences between these two operating systems are, we pitched Windows 10 S vs Windows 10, and here are the differences you should know:

Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s own take at a “Walled Garden” OS, something that Apple perfected with iOS. Microsoft mentions that laptops running Windows 10 S will not be able to install apps from sources other than the official Windows Store, just like the Windows RT platform. This may be both a good thing, and a bad; and a lot depends on whether major third party developers repackage their apps for the Store or not.

Not allowing installation of apps from other sources will definitely improve the overall security of the system. Plus, app updates will be managed more efficiently, if every app is from the Windows Store only. However, all of these good things will go to waste, if popular third party apps like Chrome, Photoshop, Firefox etc. are not repackaged for the Windows Store.

Recently WhatsApp Beta Introduced A New Feature Pinning

WhatsApp is apparently testing out a brand new feature: chat pinning. The feature has been available on other chat apps like Telegram for quite some time now, so it’s good to see that WhatsApp is finally seeing the usability of such a feature, and is planning on bringing it to the stable version of the app soon.

The new feature is available in the latest version of WhatsApp Beta (v2.17.162), allowing users running the beta version to pin important chats to the top of the screen. What this means, is that if you’ve pinned a chat, it’ll always remain on the top of the list, regardless of any new messages in other chat threads.

The feature works for both individual and group chats, and can definitely help you if you chat with a lot of people, and would like to keep the important chats on top for easier accessibility when you need it.

To pin a chat, you can simply press and hold on the chat thread, and then tap on the pin icon on the top. Unpinning is a similar process: just tap and hold on the chat thread, and tap on the unpin icon on the top.

Since the feature is in beta right now, there is no telling when (or if) it’ll make it to the stable app. I really hope it does, because it can prove very useful to a lot of people. Plus brand new features always get people excited, so it’ll prove useful to WhatsApp itself, as well. When I say “brand new feature”, I mean brand new for the app; chat pinning as a feature has existed for quite some time now, so it’s not like WhatsApp is really innovating. But hey, cool new feature, who am I to complain?

Microsoft teams with big banks to speed development of financial technology

Microsoft has forged a partnership with R3, a consortium of 43 financial institutions, to help make online money transfers and payments faster and more secure using blockchain technologies.

Blockchains, or online ledgers used for recording digital transactions, are touted as tamper resistant but were originally developed outside of the traditional banking system. This newer technology has banks scrambling to find the right technological fit

At Microsoft’s inaugural Envision conference for business leaders yesterday in New Orleans, CEO Satya Nadella told the crowd that R3 was using blockchain technology available on Microsoft Azure. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) will be a preferred vendor, providing “blockchain as a service,” which will let financial institutions access the technology via the cloud. It will also provide services and staff to help R3 to develop new financial products using the blockchain technology.

Amazon’s AWS (Nasdaq: AMZN), Google (Nasdaq: Goog) and IBM(NYSE: IBM) also are racing to find their own answer to blockchain technology.