Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

HPE StoreOnce backup adds capacity, protection capabilities

Hewlett Packard Enterprise this week moved to modernize its secondary storage capabilities with a higher-capacity StoreOnce backup hardware system and expanded integration for cloud-based object tiering.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) also said it will extend its Recovery Manager Central copy data management to Nimble Storage hybrid SANs, with general availability expected in December.

The upgraded HPE StoreOnce backup appliances are based on Gen10 HPE ProLiant servers. Usable capacities start at 15.5 TB and scale to 1.7 PB. Customers can obtain StoreOnce as a physical disk-based appliance or a virtual storage appliance (VSA).

“Historically, data on an HPE StoreOnce backup appliance has gone to physical tape. We still have a healthy tape business, but a growing number of customers want to use disk for long-term retention. We think an object-based model is the best place to do that,” said Neil Fleming, HPE product manager for StoreOnce and Recovery Manager Central.

The latest StorOnce rollout allows customers to federate up to 100 physical or virtual HPE StoreOnce backup instances as a single managed system. Local capacity per StoreOnce VSA is boosted to 500 TB — 10 times more capacity than existing versions. Customers can attach up to 1 PB of HPE Cloud Bank object storage to any StorOnce instance.

Cloud Bank can run StoreOnce deduplication in the public cloud or locally. Data hashing occurs on HPE StoreOnce backup hardware and writes deduplicated blocks to an object store.

HPE StoreOnce backup bolsters ‘ first line of defense’

They’ve devised something that allows you to back up and serve data quickly.
Christophe Bertrandsenior analyst for data protection, Enterprise Strategy Group

With the latest changes, HPE has made a strong effort to buttress tiered data movement without sacrificing storage performance, said Christophe Bertrand, a senior analyst for data protection at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.

“You can go directly from storage  system to StoreOnce as your first line of defense for a recovery. They’ve devised something that allows you to back up and serve data quickly,” Bertrand said.

HPE also deepened the integration of the StoreOnce Catalyst catalog in the Commvault Backup and Recovery stack . This integration allows Commvault customers to deploy StoreOnce source-side deduplication at the media agent as part of cloud backup.

Fleming said the StoreOnce-Commvault integration will appeal to service providers and private clouds that use the consumption-based HPE GreenLake Backup service, which is managed by HPE Pointnext .

HPE Recovery Manager Central software ties together the vendor’s primary and secondary storage. Fleming said RMC will be available on Nimble Storage all-flash and hybrid arrays starting in December.

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Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.
We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.
Ease of Access Updates
You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.
We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.
Narrator Improvements
We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.
We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.

Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.
o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.
Reading and Writing Improvements
In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.
Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.
We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.
Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.
Thanks and keep the feedback coming
Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.
Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.
Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

Get to know the Hyper-V processor compatibility mode feature

Hyper-V processor compatibility mode enables you to migrate VMs between hosts with different CPU versions, but you need to make sure you understand the feature’s limitations before using it.

One of the most useful capabilities found in hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V is the ability to move a running VM to a different host without causing any downtime. These live migrations are useful for everything from balancing the host workload to taking a host offline for maintenance.

In a perfect world, every Hyper-V host in the data center would be 100% identical. In the real world, hosts can vary considerably from one another. Fortunately, Hyper-V contains a processor compatibility setting you can use to move a running VM to a dissimilar host.

You can access Hyper-V processor compatibility settings by opening Hyper-V Manager, right-clicking on the VM whose CPU settings you wish to change and selecting the Settings command from the shortcut menu. Hyper-V Manager then displays the VM’s settings. If you expand the Processor container, you’ll see a Compatibility container beneath it. Select the Compatibility container. Then, enable processor compatibility mode for the VM by selecting the Migrate to a physical computer with a different processor version checkbox, as shown in Figure A below.

Enable processor compatibility
Figure A. Select the Migrate to a physical computer with a different processor version checkbox.

The text next to the checkbox in Figure A above is key to understanding what you can use the Hyper-V processor compatibility feature for. The interface indicates that you can use the processor compatibility feature to move the VM to a physical computer with a different processor version.

Notice that Microsoft uses the word version, not architecture. In other words, you won’t be able to use the processor compatibility feature to move a VM from an Intel-based system to an AMD-based system. There are internet posts from people who claim to have made such a move work, but cross-architecture live migrations or quick migrations aren’t officially supported and are unlikely to work correctly.

Instead, the CPU compatibility feature is designed to help you move a running VM to another Hyper-V host equipped with an older or a newer CPU that uses the same architecture as the host on which the VM is currently running. For example, you might move a VM from a host equipped with a sixth-generation Intel processor to a host equipped with an eighth-generation Intel processor.

Processor compatibility mode limitations

The Hyper-V processor compatibility feature is very straightforward. Even so, there are a few things you need to know about it.

First, the processor compatibility feature works by disabling some of the more advanced CPU features, leaving the VM to rely on a more standard set of CPU capabilities. Microsoft hasn’t published an official list of the features the processor compatibility mode disables, but it usually has little to no negative performance effect on business workloads unless they are graphically intensive.

Also, processor compatibility mode is only intended for temporary use. Enable processor compatibility mode just prior to performing a live migration or a quick migration and then turn processor compatibility mode off once the migration is complete. Disabling processor compatibility mode enables the VM to use any advanced CPU features that might be available on the destination host server.

Finally, you only need to use Hyper-V processor compatibility mode under very specific circumstances; for example, if you’re performing a live migration or a quick migration between two Hyper-V hosts with similar CPU architectures but dissimilar CPU versions. You don’t need to use processor compatibility mode if you’re shutting down the VM prior to migrating it. A shutdown is required if you’re moving the VM to a different CPU architecture, but it is optional for other migrations. Compatibility mode also isn’t required if the hosts have similar CPU versions.

Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

IBM pushes automation, NLP in Cognos Analytics 11.1 update

IBM has added a host of AI-powered tools to its BI platform, Cognos Analytics, to enable more advanced analytics, while at the same time making the platform easier for consumers to use, the company said.

The new Cognos Analytics 11.1 platform features include an AI assistant, pattern detection, visualization recommendations, enhanced storytelling tools, and more advanced analytics and predictive analytics capabilities.

The update, revealed in a Sept. 27 IBM blog post, represents a “big investment,” said Greg Adams, vice president of IBM Business Analytics, in an interview. The new tools, beyond adding more advanced capabilities, also make the platform easier to use for nondata-oriented employees and citizen data scientists — a class of users that has been growing rapidly.

Following a trend

The new features in Cognos Analytics 11.1 make “the platform much easier to use to generate insights, especially the natural language search, which allows users to have real conversations with the data,” said Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group.

IBM is [in the] middle of the pack, which is a tad surprising, given their Watson heritage.
Wayne Eckerson, Eckerson Group

“It automates data preparation and data modeling tasks, so analysts can focus more on insights. It also auto-generates insights based on a field of interest selected by a user, using algorithms to tease out key drivers of a metric, for instance,” he continued.

Still, Eckerson noted, these are features that “all the BI vendors are racing to incorporate.”

“Some are a little bit ahead of others, but most will end up in the same place in 18 months. IBM is [in the] middle of the pack, which is a tad surprising, given their Watson heritage,” he said.

Earlier this year, BI software vendor Alteryx Inc. released Alteryx 2018.3, which added enhanced visualization capabilities and set the stage for future updates that are said to increase the platform’s augmented intelligence and smart capabilities.

Tableau also made a move to add more automation to its platforms this year with the acquisition of MIT startup Empirical Systems. The startup worked on a platform to automatically model data for analysis, and it provides predictive insights into that data — features that Tableau noted it will work to add into its own platforms.

Cognos Analytics 11.1
Cognos Analytics 11.1 enables quick comparisons of two visualizations in a new exploration tool.

Easier to use

Greg Adams, vice president of IBM Business AnalyticsGreg Adams

According to Adams, at IBM, “we know to really help people find insights, to really be self-service means people need to be automatically given insights, automatically have things brought to their attention, and we have to have things be really approachable.”

That approach is reflected in the new AI Assistant. Taking advantage of new natural language processing (NLP) capabilities, the assistant in Cognos Analytics 11.1 enables users to type in questions and commands, such as a command to join data sets.

“The key with the conversation technology, it’s not something that we wanted to bolt onto the side,” Adams said. “We really tried to inject it, so it’s part of your typical flow.”

Advanced analytics

The new AI technologies in Cognos Analytics 11.1 work well with the newly introduced advanced analytics tools, Adams said.

The platform now has pattern detection, which can automatically discover and present relationships in data that’s being explored.

Looking at a certain visualization, for example, the platform will automatically find related visualizations that could be used, Adams said. When selecting data, the system will also provide recommendations for visualizations.

With a new exploration tool in Cognos Analytics 11.1, users can drag and drop two visualizations for a “quick side-by-side comparison” that will automatically search for relationships, Adams said.

The update also includes enhanced predictive analytics capabilities; more data storytelling options, with the ability to create interactive narratives with sequenced visualizations and media; and easier-to-use reporting tools.

Setting apart and looking ahead

While Adams acknowledged other BI platforms have recently incorporated similar features, he claimed IBM’s attention to data governance sets Cognos Analytics 11.1 apart.

“One of the nice things about Cognos is its enterprise-grade, trusted environment,” he said, adding that IBM has also introduced a system to automatically detect AI bias.

In addition to the update, IBM has released a new subscription pricing model for the platform. The model sets the platform into three tiers: lite, premium and enterprise. The Cognos Analytics 11.1 update is available for the highest tier as of Sept. 28, and it will be available on the other tiers by the end of the year, according to IBM.

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Start developing on Windows 10 October 2018 Update today – Windows Developer Blog

We’re excited to announce that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 17763) and SDK is now available. You may also know this as Windows 10, version 1809.

Every update of Windows 10 is loaded with new APIs but don’t worry, Windows Dev Center has a full list of what is new for developers. Here are a few of my favorites.

WinUI Library: This is the way to get new controls! We are shipping new controls out-of-band such as Menu Bar and Navigation View. Head to https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.UI.Xaml for the latest package.
Density UI improvements: We’re making the default spacing and sizing about 20% tighter compared to the old standard.
MSIX packaging tool: The new packaging tool also makes upgrading existing applications a breeze to the new packaging format. It works both in an interactive UI or commandline! If you want to learn more about MSIX, head over to Docs.

Update your system to Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
Get Visual Studio 2017 with the updated tooling and Windows 10 SDK.

How to update your device to Windows 10 October 2018 Update
There are multiple ways you can update, but the easiest way is to go to Windows Update in your settings and click “check for updates.” It’s that simple!
Acquire the Windows 10 SDK and Visual Studio 2017
Now that your system is on Windows 10 October 2018 Update, install Visual Studio and the new SDK.

Currently with Visual Studio 2017, version 15.8:

Run the installer or go to https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/ and download it.
Go to “Individual Components”
Go to “SDKs, libraries, and frameworks” section
Check “Windows 10 SDK (10.0.17763)”
Click “Install”

In the near future with Visual Studio 2017, version 15.9:

Run the installer or go to https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/ and download it.
Select “Universal Windows Platform development” under Workloads, Windows 10 SDK (10.0.17763) will be included by default
Click “Install.”

More useful tips
Do you want tools for C++ desktop or game development for UWP? Be sure one of these two are selected:

C++ Universal Windows Platform tools in the UWP Workload section

Desktop development with C++ Workload and the Windows SDK 10 (10.0.17763)

If you want the Universal Windows Platform tools:

Select the Universal Windows Platform tools workload.

Once your systems are updated and recompiled and your app is tested, submit your app to Dev Center.

Tell us what crazy things you’ve been working on with the new Update by tweeting @WindowsDev or @ClintRutkas.
Updated October 2, 2018 5:01 pm