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Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager
Special Summer Windows Upgrade service call now $59 for first hour. 4 hour min. Peter Coach Computer Systems Specialist 631-834-4796

Michael Niehaus|Last Updated: 5/27/2016

IN THIS ARTICLE

Applies to

Windows 10

The simplest path to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. You can use a System Center Configuration Manager task sequence to completely automate the process.

Proof-of-concept environment

For the purposes of this topic, we will use four machines: DC01, CM01, and PC0003. DC01 is a domain controller and CM01 is a Windows Server 2012 R2 standard machine, fully patched with the latest security updates, and configured as a member server in the fictional contoso.com domain. PC0003 is a machine with Windows 7 SP1, targeted for the Windows 10 upgrade. For more details on the setup for this topic, please see Deploy Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

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Figure 1. The machines used in this topic.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 adds support to manage and deploy Windows 10. Although it does not include built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, you can build a custom task sequence to perform the necessary tasks.

Create the task sequence
To help with this process, the Configuration Manager team has published a blog that provides a sample task sequence, as well as the original blog that includes the instructions for setting up the task sequence. To summarize, here are the tasks you need to perform:

Download the Windows10Upgrade1506.zip file that contains the sample task sequence and related scripts. Extract the contents onto a network share.

Copy the Windows 10 Enterprise RTM x64 media into the extracted but empty Windows vNext Upgrade Media folder.

Using the Configuration Manager Console, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then choose Import Task Sequence. Select the Windows-vNextUpgradeExport.zip file that you extracted in Step 1.

Distribute the two created packages (one contains the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, the other contains the related scripts) to the Configuration Manager distribution point.

For full details and an explanation of the task sequence steps, review the full details of the two blogs that are referenced above.

Create a device collection

After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the Configuration Manager client installed.

On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:

General

Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade

Limited Collection: All Systems

Membership rules:

Direct rule

Resource Class: System Resource

Attribute Name: Name

Value: PC0003

Select Resources

Select PC0003

Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.

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Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager
Michael Niehaus|Last Updated: 5/27/2016

IN THIS ARTICLE

Applies to
Windows 10

The simplest path to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. You can use a System Center Configuration Manager task sequence to completely automate the process.
Proof-of-concept environment
For the purposes of this topic, we will use four machines: DC01, CM01, and PC0003. DC01 is a domain controller and CM01 is a Windows Server 2012 R2 standard machine, fully patched with the latest security updates, and configured as a member server in the fictional contoso.com domain. PC0003 is a machine with Windows 7 SP1, targeted for the Windows 10 upgrade. For more details on the setup for this topic, please see Deploy Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
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Figure 1. The machines used in this topic.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 adds support to manage and deploy Windows 10. Although it does not include built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, you can build a custom task sequence to perform the necessary tasks.
Create the task sequence
To help with this process, the Configuration Manager team has published a blog that provides a sample task sequence, as well as the original blog that includes the instructions for setting up the task sequence. To summarize, here are the tasks you need to perform:
Download the Windows10Upgrade1506.zip file that contains the sample task sequence and related scripts. Extract the contents onto a network share.

Copy the Windows 10 Enterprise RTM x64 media into the extracted but empty Windows vNext Upgrade Media folder.

Using the Configuration Manager Console, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then choose Import Task Sequence. Select the Windows-vNextUpgradeExport.zip file that you extracted in Step 1.

Distribute the two created packages (one contains the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, the other contains the related scripts) to the Configuration Manager distribution point.

For full details and an explanation of the task sequence steps, review the full details of the two blogs that are referenced above.
Create a device collection
After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the Configuration Manager client installed.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:
General
Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade
Limited Collection: All Systems
Membership rules:
Direct rule
Resource Class: System Resource

Attribute Name: Name
Value: PC0003
Select Resources
Select PC0003
Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.
Deploy the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you create a deployment for the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update application.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then select Deploy.

On the General page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection, and then click Next.

On the Content page, click Next.

On the Deployment Settings page, select the following settings, and then click Next:
Action: Install
Purpose: Available
On the Scheduling page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.
On the User Experience page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Alerts page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Start the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you start the Windows 10 Upgrade task sequence on PC0003 (currently running Windows 7 SP1).
On PC0003, start the Software Center.

Select the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then click Install.

When the task sequence begins, it will automatically initiate the in-place upgrade process by invoking the Windows setup program (Setup.exe) with the necessary command-line parameters to perform an automated upgrade, which preserves all data, settings, apps, and drivers.
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Figure 2. Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Enterprise x64 with a task sequence.
After the task sequence finishes, the computer will be fully upgraded to Windows 10.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with the next version of System Center Configuration Manager
With the next release of System Center Configuration Manager (currently planned for Q4 of 2015), new built-in functionality will be provided to make it even easier to upgrade existing Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 PCs to Windows 10.
Note

For more details about the next version of Configuration Manager, see the Configuration Manager Team blog. An evaluation version is currently available for you to try. The instructions below are specific to the Technical Preview 2 release and may change after the next version of Configuration Manager is released.
Create the OS upgrade package
First, you need to create an operating system upgrade package that contains the full Windows 10 Enterprise x64 installation media.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Operating System Upgrade Packages node, then select Add Operating System Upgrade Package.

On the Data Source page, specify the UNC path to the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, and then click Next.

On the General page, specify Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Right-click the created Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update package, and then select Distribute Content. Choose the CM01 distribution point.

Create the task sequence
To create an upgrade task sequence, perform the following steps:
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then select Create Task Sequence.

On the Create a new task sequence page, select Upgrade an operating system from upgrade package, and then click Next.

On the Task Sequence Information page, specify Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade, and then click Next.

On the Upgrade the Windows operating system page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade operating system upgrade package, and then click Next.

Click Next through the remaining wizard pages, and then click Close.

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Figure 3. The Configuration Manager vNext upgrade task sequence.
Create a device collection
After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the next version of System Center Configuration Manager client installed.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:
General
Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade
Limited Collection: All Systems
Membership rules:
Direct rule
Resource Class: System Resource
Attribute Name: Name
Value: PC0003
Select Resources
Select PC0003
Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.
Deploy the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you create a deployment for the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update application.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then select Deploy.

On the General page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection, and then click Next.

On the Content page, click Next.

On the Deployment Settings page, select the following settings and click Next:
Action: Install
Purpose: Available
On the Scheduling page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.
On the User Experience page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Alerts page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Start the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you start the Windows 10 Upgrade task sequence on PC0003 (currently running Windows 7 SP1).
On PC0003, start the Software Center.

Select the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then click Install.

When the task sequence begins, it automatically initiates the in-place upgrade process by invoking the Windows setup program (Setup.exe) with the necessary command-line parameters to perform an automated upgrade, which preserves all data, settings, apps, and drivers.
After the task sequence completes, the computer will be fully upgraded to Windows 10.

Special Summer Windows Upgrade service call now $59 for first hour. 4 hour min.  Peter Coach Computer Systems Specialist 631-834-4796Microsoft Office 2010
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Microsoft Planner Now Available to Office 365 Cloud Users

Microsoft Planner Now Available to Office 365

The Microsoft Planner service has gone live and is being rolled out gradually to Office 365 business and education subscribers worldwide, starting as early as today.

Microsoft Planner was previously available at the preview stage, where it went by the “Office 365 Planner” product name. It’s now being delivered to organizations with “Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans,” with availability expected in “the next several weeks,” according to Microsoft’s announcement.

This application is designed to let organizations set up collaboration plans for getting projects done with other people. The Microsoft Planner interface has so-called “Cards,” which are used to show assigned tasks within the overall project’s “Board.” There’s also a “Hub” or “Charts” view that graphically shows a plan’s progress, including who’s behind schedule in a color-coded scheme (see screenshot).


[Click on image for larger view.] Overall view of a plan using Microsoft Planner. Source: Office blog post.

A user creates a plan, assigns tasks with dates, sorts the tasks and then assigns people to the tasks, according to Microsoft’s quick-start guide.

Microsoft Planner uses the Office 365 Groups capability. It will automatically create a Group, which shows information about resources and people in an organization. In addition, every Office 365 Group automatically will have Microsoft Planner capabilities.

Microsoft Planner will just arrive by default for Office 365 subscribers, without intervention by IT pros, which might be something for them to consider. The only end users that won’t automatically get this application will be Office 365 Government plan users and organizations subscribing to Office 365 through China’s 21Vianet Group, according to a Microsoft support document for IT pros.

If IT pros want to control the arrival of Microsoft Planner, then they will have to use the Office 365 Admin Center or Office 365 PowerShell to remove access to users, which means revoking the Microsoft Planner license. Exercising control over who can create Groups is done through Azure Active Directory PowerShell cmdlets.

Perfect tool to keep organized…

Get organized quickly

Easy to use

Launch Planner from the Office 365 app launcher with a single click. You can then create a new plan, build a team, assign tasks, and update status—in a few easy steps.Microsoft Office 2010
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Sticky: Office 365 Account Management

Office 365 Account Management
Office 365 Account Management

Account, Group, and Resource Management

Overview

  • NYP Active Directory is synchronized with Office 365
    • This permits for management of users, groups, and resources through tools like ADUC/ADAC
  • Synchronization will push changes from NYP Active Directory to Office 365
  • Processes are being put in place to aid in account and resource provisioning

Synchronization

A process called DirSync copies information to Office 365 roughly every 10 minutes (varies based on workload)

  • Most account changes need to be made in NYP Active Directory and then allow DirSync to push them up to Office 365
  • Changes to the global address list are only processed once a day at 3am, and therefore may not show up to end users until the next day.
  • This is a process controlled by Microsoft across their customer base and is not a process DoT can manually kick off

General Account Changes

  • NYP Active Directory is synchronized with Office 365
  • This permits for management of users, groups, and resources through tools like ADUC/ADAC
  • Synchronization will push changes from NYP Active Directory to Office 365
  • When the following fields are changed in Active Directory the changes will later appear in Office 365
  • First Name (under an automated process)
  • Last Name (under an automated process)
  • Display Name
  • Username
  • Job Title
  • Department
  • Office Phone
  • Mobile Number
  • Fax Number
  • Street Address
  • City
  • State
  • ZIP

Distribution Group Management

  • Distribution Groups are created and managed in Active Directory
  • There are two types of distribution groups
  • A native distribution group which is designed solely for emailing groups of individuals
  • A security group can also be mail enabled allowing emailing of the group members
  • This can reduce need for duplicate group creation if members are the same
  • Distribution Groups can be hidden from the address book (GAL), which DoT can assist in configuring
  • Mail aliases can be created for distribution groups, which DoT can assist in configuring
  • Currently Distribution Groups need to be managed using tools such as ADUC/ADAC

Note Regarding Migration

  • The tools indicated for user and resource provisioning and conversion are designed primarily for new accounts
  • Unless directed by DoT, do not utilize these accounts to assist in the migration process
  • DoT may utilize these tools to rectify account issues with the migration, but only after checking on other settings with the account beforehand
  • Many times accounts that are having problems during migration require specific issue resolution

User Provisioning

  • Provisioning is the process of creating an account in Office 365
  • A SharePoint form allows for LAN staff to provision accounts to Office 365
  • https://collaboration.nyplace.org/sites/resourcecenter/sys/Lists/Account%20Provisioning
  • Enter the username from Active Directory, and select the account type of User
  • Choose whether they should have a G1 or G3 license
  • Select whether their email should forward back to GroupWise/Gmail/Lotus Notes when provisioned
  • If your site HAS NOT been migrated to Outlook, you should select Yes
  • If your site HAS been migrated to Outlook, you should select No
  • Due to dependency on several subsystems the provisioning process can take up to an hour to fully provision an account
  • You can only provision a user account you have rights over in Active Directory
  • An email will be sent to you when an account has been provisioned

Resource Provisioning

  • A resource is a Room, Equipment, or Shared Mailbox
  • Prior to provisioning a resource, an account should be created in Active Directory that represents the resource
  • Resources are provisioned through the same form indicated prior
  • Select the resource account in the form
  • Select whether their email should forward back to GroupWise when provisioned
  • After a resource is provisioned groups are created in Active Directory that provide various access levels to the resource
  • A Room or Equipment Mailbox will have a FC (Full Control) group created
  • A Shared Mailbox will also have a SA (Send As) and SOB (Send On Behalf) group created
  • Populating these groups in Active Directory will provide users the above required permissions
  • Because resource accounts are considered a ‘place holder’ object in Active Directory, the account is disabled by the provisioning process

Account Conversion

  • You can use the provisioning system to perform some forms of account conversion in Office 365
  • You can convert which license is assigned to a user in Office 365
  • You can convert a user mailbox to a shared mailbox
  • To convert you submit them for provisioning
  • The conversion process can still take up to an hour to complete

Troubleshooting

 

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Repair Outlook Data Files (.pst and .ost) – Office 365 Exchange

 

Repair Outlook Data Files (.pst and .ost)

My IT Support Department recommended rebuilding the user Profile for Outlook when the .ost file is damaged.
Outlook working with Office 365 will rebuild .ost file.

Error msg Cannot display the folder.

“Windows Search” exited without properly closing your Outlook data file … .ost “Microsoft Outlook” must be restarted.

Quick fix recommended by IT Support

Go to this folder, replacing USERID with the User’s account name:  C:\Users\USERID\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Delete the Outlook Data File, .ost

Open Outlook, it will rebuild the user’s profile.

If you decide to repair existing file then continue with instructions below.

Repair Outlook Data Files (.pst and .ost)

If your Microsoft Outlook Data File (.pst and .ost) won’t open or you suspect that the data file is damaged, use the Inbox Repair tool (Scanpst.exe) to diagnose and repair errors in the file. The Inbox Repair tool checks the Outlook Data Files on your computer to see if they’re in good shape.

Repair a .pst file

  1. Exit Outlook, and browse to <drive>:\Program Files — or, if you see a Program Files (x86) folder on the same drive, browse to that instead. For example, C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86).
  2. In the Search box, type Scanpst.exe.

If the search doesn’t find Scanpst.exe, try searching in the alternative folder mentioned in step 2, above — Program Files or Program Files (x86).

  1. Double-click Scanpst.exe.
  2. In the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box, enter the name of the .pst file you want the tool to check, or click Browse to select the file.
  3. By default, a new log file is created during the scan. Or, you can click Options and choose not to have a log created, or to have the results appended to an existing log file.
  4. Click Start.

If the scan finds errors, you’re prompted to start the repair process to fix them.

The scan creates a backup file during the repair process. To change the default name or location of this backup file, in the Enter name of backup file box, enter a new name, or click Browse to select the file you want to use.

  1. Click Repair.

    A copy of the log file is saved to the same folder as the .pst file.

  2. Start Outlook with the profile that contains the Outlook Data File that you repaired.
  3. Switch to the Folder List view in the Folder Pane by pressing Ctrl+6.

In the Folder Pane, you might see a folder named Recovered Personal Folders that contains your default Outlook folders or a Lost and Found folder. Although the repair process might recreate some of the folders, they may be empty. The Lost and Found folder contains any folders and items recovered by the repair tool that Outlook can’t place in their original structure.

You can create an Outlook Data File, and drag the items in the Lost and Found folder into the new data file. After you’ve moved all the items, you can remove the Recovered Personal Folders (.pst) file. This includes the Lost and Found folder.

If you can open the original Outlook Data File, you may be able to recover additional items. The Inbox Repair tool creates a backup file with the same name as the original, but with a .bak extension, and saves it in the same folder. You may be able to recover items from the backup file that the Inbox Repair tool couldn’t recover.

To recover items from the backup (.bak) file, make a copy of it and give the copy a new name with a .pst extension, such as bak.pst. Import the bak.pst file into Outlook, and then use the Import and Export Wizard to import any additional recovered items into the newly created .pst file.

See how to import a .pst file by reading Import Outlook items from an Outlook Data File (.pst).

Re-create an offline Outlook Data File (.ost)

Some account types, such as Microsoft Exchange Server, use an offline Outlook Data File (.ost). This type of data file is a copy of information saved on your mail server. If you encounter problems with an offline Outlook Data File (.ost), the file can be re-created by downloading a copy of your items again. We don’t recommend repairing an offline Outlook Data File, so if your offline data file isn’t usable, you should re-create it by doing the following:

  1. Exit Outlook.
  2. In Control Panel, click or double-click Mail.

Where is Mail in Control Panel?

Mail appears in different Control Panel locations depending on the version of the Windows operating system, the Control Panel view selected, and whether a 32- or 64-bit operating system or version of Outlook is installed.

The easiest way to locate Mail is to open Control Panel in Windows and then, in the Search box at the top of the window, type Mail.

Note    The Mail icon appears after Outlook starts for the first time.

The title bar of the Mail Setup dialog box contains the name of the current profile. To select a different existing profile, click Show Profiles, select the profile name, and then click Properties.

  1. In the Mail Setup dialog box, click E-mail Accounts.
  2. Click the Data Files tab, select the Exchange account, and then click Open File Location.

    A file explorer window opens to the location of the data file for the Exchange account. The Account Settings and Mail Setup dialog boxes will remain open, behind the file explorer window.

  3. Close the Account Settings and the Mail Setup dialog boxes, then return to the file explorer window.

    Important   Be sure to close these two dialog boxes before you delete the file. If they aren’t closed, Windows may display an error message about a conflict.

  4. In the file explorer window, right-click the Exchange data file and then click Delete. The next time you start Outlook, a new .ost file is created for the account.

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Create Bootable Windows 10 DVD/ISO How To

Here’s a complete step by step guide on how to create a bootable Windows 10 DVD. You can use the newly created disc for installing Microsoft’s latest OS on a PC that supports a DVD drive.

upgrade windows 7 to windows 10

At this point in time, it’s pretty clear that Microsoft might not push out an official Windows 10 DVD to consumers any time soon, like it did for previous versions of Windows. Instead, the software giant is focusing more on digital downloads and USB drives. And while you have the option to create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive right on the fly, there are users who still prefer to go the old fashioned way of having a DVD lying around for installing an OS on their desktop or notebook. Today, we’ll show you how you can create a bootable Windows 10 DVD right from your PC in a matter of minutes.

Create Bootable Windows 10 DVD

Before we even begin, it’s worth noting that you should have a stable enough Internet connection for the download of the Windows 10 ISO to take place. Apart from that, we recommend that you buy at least two empty DVDs for creating the bootable medium, in case one fails for some reason, or the user gets something wrong during the creation process. With that out of the way, let’s dive right into the process.

1. Download the official Windows 10 media creation tool from here. Grab the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the tool, depending on the currently installed version of Windows on your PC.

2. Launch the tool.

3. Ignoring the ‘Upgrade this PC now’ option, select ‘Create installation media for another PC.’ Once you’ve made your choice, click on the ‘Next’ button to move forward.

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4. Select the language, architecture and edition of Windows 10, then click on ‘Next.’

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5. Select the ‘ISO file’ option and click on ‘Next.’

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6. The tool will now ask you to select a location where you wish to save the Windows 10 ISO file. We recommend saving it on the desktop in a dedicated folder. Hit ‘Save’ to begin the download.

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Depending on the speed of your connection, the process might take a while, but in the end, you’ll be left with the official Windows 10 ISO file in the location of your choice.

Burn Windows 10 ISO To DVD

Once your Windows 10 ISO is done downloading, all you have to do is burn the image file onto a DVD, and here’s how you can do it:

1. Insert an empty DVD into your PC’s DVD drive.

2. Right-click on the Windows 10 ISO you downloaded above.

3. Click on the ‘Burn disc image’ option which will launch the Windows Disc Image Burner tool.

4. Make sure you check the ‘Verify disc after burning burning’ option before clicking on ‘Burn.’

Once the process is complete, the disc will eject and you’ll be left with a bootable Windows 10 DVD.

Windows 10 is currently rolling out to users the world over via Windows Update, and since it’s a phased release, therefore not everyone will be able to get in on the Windows 10 bandwagon immediately. If you want to force the Windows 10 update onto your PC, then be sure to check out: Download and Install Windows 10 Right Now.

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Spreed ® Hands-free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone for Smartphones and Tablets (White)

Spreed ® Hands-free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone for Smartphones and Tablets (White)
Product DescriptionThe Spreed Conference Speaker is a compact wireless speakerphone with built-in microphone. Due to its small size and low weight you can take the Spreed Conference Speaker anywhere. It is compatible with every Bluetooth device such as iOS and Android smartphones/tablets as well as PC, iMac or MacBook. The lithium-ion battery’s lifetime is 8-10 hours, making it easier to stay connected all the time for what matters: Calls, Web meetings or music playback – wherever you are – at home, on the road, during a picnic or in your lunch break.

The digital amplifiers output power of 2 x 3W guarantees a perfect sound quality at an incredible Bluetooth range of up to 10 m. Audio devices that do not support Bluetooth can be connected to the Spreed Conference Speaker using the supplied 3.5 mm audio cable. Also included in this package is a USB power adapter and cable to charge your speaker.

The Spreed speakerphone enables you to easily make or answer calls wherever you may be. There is no better choice for conference rooms as well: Due to the latest echo cancellation technology and automatic sound adjustment for close and wide range, the microphone reduces ambient noise and guarantees perfect sound quality. Your online meeting, Skype call or Google Hangout meeting has never been better.

Spreed ® Hands-free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone

Product parameters:

Bluetooth specifications: Bluetooth V2.1+EDR

Transmission distance: ≤ 10 m

USB recharge voltage: DC 5V

New: High-capacity lithium-ion battery (8-10 hours runtime)

Output power: 3Wx2

Frequency response: 90 Hz – 20 KHz

Sensivity: 80 db ± 2 db

Signal to noise ratio (SNR): ≥ 76 dB

This package includes:

Conference speaker

3.5 mm audio cable

USB power cable

Power adapter (European plug)

User manual

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Logitech UC Solution for Cisco 725-C (Business Product), Cisco Certified Keyboard, Mouse, HD Webcam Desktop Combo

Logitech UC Solution for Cisco 725-C (Business Product), Cisco Certified Keyboard, Mouse, HD Webcam Desktop Combo
Product Description

Logitech UC Solution for Cisco 725-C
Fully-integrated UC desktop combo for Cisco voice and video calls
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Logitech UC Solution For Cisco 725-C

Redefine Cisco Collaboration With One Streamlined Desktop Solution. Enjoy the convenience of Jabber voice, video, and messaging control with the only keyboard/webcam/mouse combo exclusively selected and certified by Cisco. This all-in-one desktop solution delivers seamless integration with Cisco VXC and Jabber, eliminates the clutter of a desk phone, and enables workers to quickly manage both voice and video calls directly from the keyboard. With a full-size keyboard that doubles as a call control center, high-quality HD videoconferencing and precision mouse control, you can easily bring better productivity and collaboration to any desk.

Phone and video controls at your fingertips
See keyboard features
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Phone and video controls at your fingertips

It’s not just a keyboard. It’s a communication control center. With never-before-seen phone and video controls, the desktop Jabber experience is managed directly from the keyboard. Easy-access illuminated control buttons for call answer/end, video call initiation, mute, and volume make it easy to collaborate while staying productive.

Unparalleled HD video conferencing
1080p HD video designed for Jabber
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Unparalleled HD video conferencing

Make a professional impression with crystal-clear face-to-face conversations in full 1080p HD video. Integrated UVC H. 264 encoding frees up PC bandwidth by putting video processing in the webcam. Built-in omni-directional mics with noise reduction ensure callers hear you clearly – even in busy open workspaces.

Streamlined design for the shrinking desktop
Compact setup for a clutter-free workspace

Streamlined design for the shrinking desktop

The corded keyboard replaces the need for a desk phone to save desk space. It’s perfect for small workspaces, hot-desking, cubicles, call centers, and anyone who appreciates a clutter-free workspace. Plus, workers will enjoy comfortable, fluid, whisper-quiet typing thanks to Logitech’s PerfectStroke key system.

Precision wireless mouse
Micro-precise scroll wheel
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Precision wireless mouse

Designed for Cisco Jabber, this mouse delivers micro-precise scrolling and comfort. An ergonomic design with soft rubber grips looks good and feels even better, while advanced optical tracking technology ensures efficient productivity. The included Logitech Unifying receiver plugs into a USB port on the keyboard, saving a computer port for other devices.

Call status display
Displays caller ID like on a desk phone
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Call status display

Just like the display on a desk phone, the keyboard’s LCD screen shows instant notifications of incoming caller IDs, call length, and more. So workers can easily see call status without interrupting on-screen work.

Plug-and-play setup
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Skype Translator For Windows Desktop With Support for 50 Languages!

Skype Translator For Windows Desktop With Support for 50 Languages!

 

Skype Translator

Skype has been doing several experiments to improve the user experience since 2014 by using Skype Translator. Last month, Skype made it easy for the users to download and try Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. And there was a huge response from the users to try this innovative technology from Skype. Right after the removal of sign-up requirement, the popular calling app saw 300% hike in Skype Translator usage.

As per the blog posted on Skype, Skype Translator Preview will be launched for the Windows users (using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10) by the end of August and they can try this translator in 4 different speaking languages. They are English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. Additionally, it will also have 50 written instant messaging languages to translate from one language to other.

Features of Skype Translator:

  • By using this translator, you can call anyone of Skype and your conversation will be translated to the respective language of the opposite person in real time.
  • If somebody talks to you in Spanish language, the conversation will be translated in English on the fly and you can immediately answer back in English which will then converted into Spanish.
  • The transcript of the call will also be displayed on your screen
  • Messages too can be translated in real time with 50 instant messaging languages

How Does the Translator Works?

According to the company, “the training data for speech recognition and translation is fetched from the different sources such as  translated web pages, previous conversations, videos with captions etc. It records the conversations to help the machine teach better and hence, giving the users the best translation in all the four languages during Skype calls.” Same goes with the instant messaging, but it’s not hard as converting the live conversations. You can see the video of how to setup Skype Translator on your windows desktop right here:

Who Will Find it Useful?

Anyone in the world can use the Skype Translator Preview on their windows PC or laptop. However, the ones dealing with clients in different country with different language preferences will find it more immensely useful. There are times someone approaches you with a project, but he/she is unable to speak in English and can only speak the native language. This is the time when you, as a business owner, will find it pretty easy to deal such situations.

Skype is getting better with usage and user feedback. Translation ability will expand as more and more people use application.

Posted by: Harshil Patel in technology June 10, 2015

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for Android phones – News

Microsoft releases free Office apps for Android phones – News

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint up for grabs

Office for Android Phone

24 Jun 2015 at 21:55,

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Redmond’s plan to get its code running everywhere took another step forward on Wednesday when it released free versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones.

Ever since Satya Nadella took the top job at Microsoft he’s been banging on about getting its software on every platform. iOS got it first, then Android fondleslabs, and in May Microsoft issued a preview for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones. That program has now finished and the full code is available for download from the Google Play Store.

“We are so grateful to our preview users, and with their help we were able to test the apps on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services.

“During the preview, we heard from thousands of these users, and over the last few weeks we were able to incorporate a lot of their feedback into the apps we’re launching today. For example, we made it easier to connect to other popular third-party storage offerings like Google Drive and Box, as well as many usability adjustments to make it easier to navigate commands within the apps.”

Only around half of Android users will be able to download the software, however: 51.6 per cent, to be exact. They need Android 4.4 or higher to work – only they won’t work on the preview build of Android M – plus a gig of RAM, and you’d better make sure you’ve got enough space for the software as well.

Word for Android is a 104MB download and takes up 177MB when unpacked, not including documents and other data. The Excel download is 93.27MB and unpacks to 168MB, and PowerPoint downloads as 91.07MB and is 166MB when installed.

That said, you might not need to download the apps in the future. Microsoft says it has partnered with 30 OEMs to get them preloaded on smartphones, including those from LG, Samsung, and Sony.

The free versions of the apps support core functions, including file creation, editing, and sharing. Documents can be stored on OneDrive, but also Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

The new apps are available on the Google Play Store, but that doesn’t operate in China – a massive market for Android users. Instead Microsoft has put the apps on Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, CMCC, and the Samsung Galaxy Store.

Office 365 subscribers, however, get some extra features, detailed here. ®

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/24/microsoft_releases_free_office_apps_for_half_of_android_phones/

New Windows 10 will STAGGER to Platform

Operating system will be released in ‘waves’

“We’ve said that Windows 10 will launch in the summer. Some of you have heard our partners working in the ecosystem speculate about a date, but we have not announced a date,” Belfiore said.

It turns out Microsoft has in mind not so much a release date (though there will be a moment when a release-ready build of Windows 10 is made available to PC makers), but rather a wave of launches.

“We are on track for the summer but you should have in mind this notion of Windows as a service,” he said.

“There are devices and features that will come not on the launch date but following it. Our main focus is to kick off with a great launch on the PC. Other devices, phone, HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub, will be staggered, probably not on the same date as the PC.

“In some cases, phone updates require us to go through mobile operator testing. The way to think about it is a launch wave that will start in the summer with the PC and then fill out over time as more devices come online.”

“That is also true of features,” he added. “There are some features that we’ve talked about that won’t be there on launch day. For example, extension support in the Edge browser won’t be there on launch date. The Win32 app support in the Store won’t be there on launch date. Some enterprise features will also come in the Fall.”

Why does Belfiore include Xbox in this list, given that Xbox One is already available? Users should perhaps expect a significant system update before it supports Microsoft’s new Universal App Platform (UAP).

Windows Phone is behind partly because Microsoft has a PC-first approach. “Our phone builds have been not as far along as our PC builds. In general our app work is happening first on the PC. We’re adapting the phone experiences later,” said Belfiore.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/when_will_windows_10_be_released/