How to Boost Network Performance Inside China’s Great Firewall

China’s “great firewall” is a well known and hugely discussed obstacle when consuming cloud services like Microsoft Azure and 365 Services from the Chinese mainland. In this post, you’ll learn about some solutions that have been developed to help mitigate its impact. Let’s dig right in!

The Problem with Network Performance and China’s Great Firewall

As we all know, latency is horrible when going directly from the Chinese mainland to any global cloud provider, even when you use the CDN or Frontdoor Services out of China.

That’s because all traffic going directly from China Mainland to global is routed through the “Great Firewall of China” located in Beijing and Shanghai.

But there is a little unknown loophole. Traffic which goes through the free trade and special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau is not routed through the great firewall and ends directly in these cities. Traffic which is then rerouted, for example, through a Cloud or Network Provider Backbone like the Microsoft Global Backbone, is then no longer passing the Great Firewall of China.

Let me try to illustrate that with a picture.

Bypassing the Great Firewall of China

As you may know, not all internet traffic must be terminated on the Chinese mainland. Enterprise traffic, for example, from global organizations, can be routed through private Networks like MPLS to improve performance. Only traffic for things like YouTube, Facebook, Google, etc. needs to be terminated in China.

Traffic flows in China

There are Chinese network providers like China Telecom who offer these dedicated access services to their global customers that are doing business in China.

The Internet Access Points provided by services like this mostly terminate in Hong Kong and are for the business traffic of those customers. There is only one point which is somewhat of a problem for customers. China Telecom is not taking care of the proper routing in these situations. So customers need to set the routing rules themselves and need to route traffic which is forbidden (again things like YouTube, Facebook…etc) for their Chinese employees to their internet breakout in China and the traffic for business purposes to the edge location in Hong Kong.

Now comes the good news. With Software Defined WAN Solutions or SDWAN and some BGP Routing Magic, you can automate the filtering and routing, which makes this process MUCH easier.

First let’s explain SDWAN:

SD-WAN is an acronym for software-defined networking in a wide area network (WAN). SD-WAN simplifies the management and operation of a WAN by decoupling (separating) the networking hardware from its control mechanism. This concept is similar to how software-defined networking implements virtualization technology to improve data center management and operation.
A key application of SD-WAN is to allow companies to build higher-performance WANs using lower-cost and commercially available Internet access, enabling businesses to partially or wholly replace more expensive private WAN connection technologies such as MPLS.

Most of you will know BGP or Border Gateway Protocol Routing:

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a standardized exterior gateway protocol designed to exchange routing and reachability information among autonomous systems (AS) on the Internet. The protocol is classified as a path vector protocol. The Border Gateway Protocol makes routing decisions based on paths, network policies, or rule-sets configured by a network administrator and is involved in making core routing decisions.
BGP may be used for routing within an autonomous system. In this application it is referred to as Interior Border Gateway Protocol, Internal BGP, or iBGP. In contrast, the Internet application of the protocol may be referred to as Exterior Border Gateway Protocol, External BGP, or eBGP. 

What can you do?

First, you need to have an SDWAN Device connected to both of the internet connections and you need an SDWAN Aggregator for Device Management and Route automation for all routes outside of China. How does one easily address this need? Microsoft has made a solution!

Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN

Together with different Partners, Microsoft is offering such an Aggregator which is called the Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN.

Azure Virtual WAN is a networking service that provides optimized and automated branch connectivity to, and through, Azure. Azure regions serve as hubs that you can choose to connect your branches to. Once the branches are connected, you can leverage the Azure backbone to establish branch-to-VNet and branch-to-branch connectivity. For a list of partners and locations that support Virtual WAN VPN, see the Virtual WAN partners and locations article. Azure Virtual WAN brings together many Azure cloud connectivity services such as site-to-site VPN (generally available), ExpressRoute (Preview), point-to-site user VPN (Preview) into a single operational interface. Connectivity to Azure VNets is established by using virtual network connections.

Microsoft currently has an extension for their Azure Virtual WAN offering in a preview that will provide a dedicated internet breakout for Microsoft 365 Services.

With that, you could place a virtual WAN Hub in Hong Kong and go through the dedicated Internet Breakout from China Telecom to your Services in Azure or Microsoft 365 without passing the Great Firewall. The route announcements will be done by the Azure Virtual WAN Hub to the virtual WAN Appliances in China. Everything which is not available via the Hong Kong route will be routed through the Internet Gateway in China. This provides a performance boost for business applications and makes your life easier as a result.

In addition to that, it’s also worth noting that you can set up filters and rules within the virtual WAN Appliance. You should also consider enabling logging traffic as well. That way, if someone from the Chinese government comes around and ask some questions, you’ll be prepared to show them how this works.

Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN

NOTE: Need a primer on some other Azure networking topics? Check out some recent topics like our Introduction to Azure Network Security Groups and The Azure Network Adapter!

Optimizing the Azure/Office Authentication Environment

Looking a bit deeper on Azure and Office 365, you now can start to improve the performance, but at an application layer.

First, you should reduce the latency to your authentication environment. Most of my customers are using ADFS or Azure AD Authentication Passthrough for Single Sign-On. The responding servers are mostly only in the headquarters or in a single Azure Region. You should setup them on a global scale together with Traffic Manager or Azure Front Door to get them GeoIP and GeoDNS aware. let me show it in the example picture below.

Optimizing the Azure/Office Authentication Environment

The next step is to then get your Azure AD to work globally and break down the replication borders. Which means, change your Microsoft Contract so that the support can enable you for Azure AD geo-replication. With that, you can locate your users within other Azure AD regions.

Finally comes the last clue. You may know of Office 365 MultiGeo.

With Office 365 Multi-Geo, your organization can expand its Office 365 presence to multiple geographic regions and/or countries within your existing tenant. Reach out to your Microsoft Account Team to sign up your Multi-National Company for Office 365 Multi-Geo. With Office 365 Multi-Geo, you can provision and store data at rest in the geo locations that you’ve chosen to meet data residency requirements, and at the same time unlock your global roll out of modern productivity experiences to your workforce.

MultiGeo normally is a tool to set the preferred data location for different Office 365 Services like Exchange or SharePoint online to solve compliance issues and questions. Microsoft does not support or praise it for performance improvement because you only move the backend data location.

Note that Office 365 Multi-Geo is not primarily designed for performance optimization, it is designed to meet data residency requirements. For information about performance optimization for Office 365, see Network planning and performance tuning for Office 365 or contact your support group.

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/office-365-multi-geo

But with the changes we spoke about prior in the blog, you can use it to increase performance. You move the Azure AD Account and Office Workspace for the given users to Hong Kong for example. With an authentication environment in that region, all traffic will be handled in Hong Kong and will not be rerouted to other locations. That will also increase the overall user experience and performance for those configured users.

Wrap-Up

This article presents a great way of dealing with the Great Firewall of China and maintaining performance levels within China. This simply gives us a few more tools at our disposal to make performance better for situations with users and infrastructure running from the Chinese mainland, while adhering to the proper laws and regulations with the Government in China.

What about you? Do you have a story to share about ways your organization has been impacted by the Great Firewall? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

Go to Original Article
Author: Florian Klaffenbach

Microsoft at MWC Barcelona: Introducing Microsoft HoloLens 2 – The Official Microsoft Blog

This evening at a press event to kickoff MWC Barcelona, I had the pleasure of joining CEO Satya Nadella and Technical Fellow Alex Kipman onstage to talk in depth about Microsoft’s worldview for the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

As part of today’s press event, we also introduced the world to HoloLens 2.

YouTube Video

This is a tremendously exciting time for Microsoft, our partners, our customers, the computing industry and indeed the world. The virtually limitless computing power and capability of the cloud combined with increasingly intelligent and perceptive edge devices embedded throughout the physical world create experiences we could only imagine a few short years ago.

When intelligent cloud and intelligent edge experiences are infused with mixed reality, we have a framework for achieving amazing things and empowering even more people.

Today represents an important milestone for Microsoft. This moment captures the very best efforts and passion of numerous teams spanning Azure, HoloLens, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Devices — this truly is a moment where the sum is greater than the parts. From cutting-edge hardware design to mixed reality-infused cloud services, today’s announcements represent the collective work of many teams. And none of this would be possible without our passionate community of customers, partners and developers.

On behalf of everyone on the team, it is my privilege to introduce you to HoloLens 2 and all the announcements we made today to kick off MWC Barcelona.

Introducing HoloLens 2

Side view of sleek black HoloLens 2

Since the release of HoloLens in 2016 we have seen mixed reality transform the way work gets done. We have unlocked super-powers for hundreds of thousands of people who go to work every day. From construction sites to factory floors, from operating rooms to classrooms, HoloLens is changing how we work, learn, communicate and get things done.

We are entering a new era of computing, one in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world. This new collaborative computing era will empower us all to achieve more, break boundaries and work together with greater ease and immediacy in 3D.

Today, we are proud to introduce the world to Microsoft HoloLens 2.

Our customers asked us to focus on three key areas to make HoloLens even better. They wanted HoloLens 2 to be even more immersive and more comfortable, and to accelerate the time-to-value.

Immersion is greatly enhanced by advancements across the board, including in the visual display system, making holograms even more vibrant and realistic. We have more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens 2, while maintaining the industry-leading holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight. HoloLens 2 contains a new display system that enables us to achieve these significant advances in performance at low power. We have also completely refreshed the way you interact with holograms in HoloLens 2. Taking advantage of our new time-of-flight depth sensor, combined with built-in AI and semantic understanding, HoloLens 2 enables direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use with physical objects in the real world. In addition to the improvements in the display engine and direct manipulation of holograms, HoloLens 2 contains eye-tracking sensors that make interacting with holograms even more natural. You can log in with Windows Hello enterprise-grade authentication through iris recognition, making it easy for multiple people to quickly and securely share the device.

Comfort is enhanced by a more balanced center of gravity, the use of light carbon-fiber material and a new mechanism for donning the device without readjusting. We’ve improved the thermal management with new vapor chamber technology and accounted for the wide physiological variability in the size and shape of human heads by designing HoloLens 2 to comfortably adjust and fit almost anyone. The new dial-in fit system makes it comfortable to wear for hours on end, and you can keep your glasses on because HoloLens 2 adapts to you by sliding right over them. When it’s time to step out of mixed reality, flip the visor up and switch tasks in seconds. Together, these enhancements have more than tripled the measured comfort and ergonomics of the device.

Time-to-value is accelerated by Microsoft mixed reality applications like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365 Layout and the new Dynamics 365 Guides applications. In addition to the in-box value, our ecosystem of mixed reality partners provides a broad range of offerings built on HoloLens that deliver value across a range of industries and use cases. This partner ecosystem is being supplemented by a new wave of mixed reality entrepreneurs who are realizing the potential of devices like HoloLens 2 and the Azure services that give them the spatial, speech and vision intelligence needed for mixed reality, plus battle-tested cloud services for storage, security and application insights.

Building on the unique capabilities of the original HoloLens, HoloLens 2 is the ultimate intelligent edge device. And when coupled with existing and new Azure services, HoloLens 2 becomes even more capable, right out of the box.

HoloLens 2 will be available this year at a price of $3,500. Bundles including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist start at $125/month. HoloLens 2 will be initially available in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand. Customers can preorder HoloLens 2 starting today at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens/buy.

In addition to HoloLens 2, we were also excited to make the following announcements at MWC Barcelona.

 Azure Kinect Developer Kit (DK)

Front and side view of compact silver Azure Kinect DK device

The Azure Kinect DK is a developer kit that combines our industry-leading AI sensors in a single device. At its core is the time-of-flight depth sensor we developed for HoloLens 2, high-def RGB camera and a 7-microphone circular array that will enable development of advanced computer vision and speech solutions with Azure. It enables solutions that don’t just sense but understand the world — people, places, things around it. A good example of such a solution in the healthcare space is Ocuvera, which is using this technology to prevent patients from falling in hospitals. Every year in the U.S. alone, over 1 million hospital patients fall each year, and 11,000 of those falls are fatal. With Azure Kinect, the environmental precursors to a fall can be determined and a nurse notified to get to patients before they fall. Initially available in the U.S. and China, the Azure Kinect DK is available for preorder today at $399. Visit Azure.com/Kinect for more info.

Dynamics 365 Guides

When we announced Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Dynamics 365 Layout on October 1, we talked about them as the “first” of our mixed reality applications for HoloLens.

Today, we are proud to announce our latest offering: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides.

Dynamics 365 Guides is a new mixed reality app that empowers employees to learn by doing. Guides enhances learning with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real work situations. In addition to the experience of using Guides on HoloLens, a Guides PC app makes it easy to create interactive content, attach photos and videos, import 3D models and customize training to turn institutional knowledge into a repeatable learning tool.

This application will help minimize downtime and increase efficiency for mission-critical equipment and processes and becomes the third Dynamics 365 application that will work on both the previous generation of HoloLens and the new HoloLens 2.

Dynamics 365 Guides is available in preview starting today.

Man wearing HoloLens 2 consults a hologram of a guide as he works on machinery

Azure Mixed Reality Services

Today we also announced two new Azure mixed reality services. These services are designed to help every developer and every business build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications.

 Azure Spatial Anchors enables businesses and developers to create mixed reality apps that map, designate and recall precise points of interest that are accessible across HoloLens, iOS and Android devices. These precise points of interest enable a range of scenarios, from shared mixed reality experiences to wayfinding across connected places. We’re already seeing this service help our customers work and learn with greater speed and ease in manufacturing, architecture, medical education and more.

Azure Remote Rendering helps people experience 3D without compromise to fuel better, faster decisions. Today, to interact with high-quality 3D models on mobile devices and mixed reality headsets, you often need to “decimate,” or simplify, 3D models to run on target hardware. But in scenarios like design reviews and medical planning, every detail matters, and simplifying assets can result in a loss of important detail that is needed for key decisions. This service will render high-quality 3D content in the cloud and stream it to edge devices, all in real time, with every detail intact.

Azure Spatial Anchors is in public preview as of today. Azure Remote Rendering is now in private preview in advance of its public preview.

Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program

HoloLens is being used in a variety of challenging environments, from construction sites and operating rooms to the International Space Station. HoloLens has passed the basic impact tests from several protective eyewear standards used in North America and Europe. It has been tested and found to conform to the basic impact protection requirements of ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.3 and EN 166. With HoloLens 2 we’re introducing the Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program to enable customers and partners to customize HoloLens 2 to fit their environmental needs.

The first to take advantage of the HoloLens Customization Program is our long-standing HoloLens partner Trimble, which last year announced Trimble Connect for HoloLens along with a new hard hat solution that improves the utility of mixed reality for practical field applications. Today it announced the Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2, a new wearable hard hat device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite.

Hard hat incorporates HoloLens 2

Open principles

Finally, as we closed things out, Alex Kipman articulated a set of principles around our open approach with the mixed reality ecosystem.

We believe that for an ecosystem to truly thrive there should be no barriers to innovation or customer choice.

To that end, Alex described how HoloLens embraces the principles of open stores, open browsers and open developer platforms.

To illustrate our dedication to these principles, we announced that our friends at Mozilla are bringing a prototype of the Firefox Reality browser to HoloLens 2, demonstrating our commitment to openness and the immersive web. Alex was also joined by Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, who announced that Unreal Engine 4 support is coming to HoloLens.

In the coming months we will have more announcements and details to share. We look forward to continuing this journey with you all.

Julia

Go to Original Article
Author: Microsoft News Center

GoToRoom video conferencing software uses LogMeIn, Dolby

LogMeIn Inc. and Dolby Laboratories have announced a partnership to support the recent release of GoToRoom video conferencing software, featuring virtual conference rooms based on Dolby hardware and LogMeIn’s GoToMeeting software.

According to LogMeIn, Dolby elevates the GoToRoom experience by delivering lifelike meetings on the road or in the room. GoToRoom uses Dolby Voice, as well as Dolby’s video capabilities.

Dolby has provided its room-as-a-service (RaaS) model to enable businesses to pay an all-inclusive monthly rate for both the hardware and software, which LogMeIn claims eliminates the need for large upfront costs when outfitting multiple rooms.

LogMeIn’s unified communications and collaboration portfolio also offers InRoom Link, which enables users with existing supported video conferencing systems to connect to GoToMeeting for in-room collaboration. Rooms with H.323 or Session Initiation Protocol-enabled equipment can join meetings by entering a code generated by GoToMeeting invites.

Dolby has collaborated with other companies in the past to provide its Dolby Voice Room to subscription RaaS models. In March, BlueJeans Network announced a similar partnership. Dolby provided its hardware for BlueJean’s RaaS Meetings platform, which is a cloud service to connect desktops, mobile devices and room systems in one video meeting.

In May 2018, Dolby won the Network Innovation Award for Dolby Voice Room, a product geared toward meeting rooms. Dolby Voice Room is an audiovisual product that combines Dolby Conference Phone, Dolby Voice Camera and Dolby Voice Hub. It adjusts to lighting, motion, acoustics and voices in different kinds of rooms using a 4K wide-angle camera and high dynamic range video mapping.

Go to Original Article
Author:

For Sale – Ryzen 7 1700 gaming PC / iMac 27″ 2010

hi

i have this pc for sale. very nice rig and suitable for 1440p gaming.

Processor: ryzen 7 1700 8 core processor
Memory: 16 gb of adata premier 2666 mhz ddr4 ram
Motherboard: MSI B450 gaming plus
Hard Drive: 2 x 500 GB
Solid state drive: 240 GB SSD
Power supply: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular
Dedicated graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GB
DVD-RW: No
Case: Aerocool midi tower RGB front lighting
Operating system: Windows 10 pro

2)

i have a repaired imac 27″ for sale, mid 2010. the screen was broken so have replaced it.

Spec is core i7 2nd gen, 8 gb of ram, 2 TB hard drive, osx sierra. good overall condition. no mouse or keyboard, they broke ages back.

£375 inc. prefer collection as not really a suitable box for it.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank t paypal gift
Location: heybridge, cm9
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Go to Original Article
Author:

What’s new in Windows 10 accessibility | Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we’re on a journey to empower every person on the planet, including people with disabilities, to achieve more.
A recent blog post, entitled “Inspired by Insiders: Accessibility,” shared how we are creating experiences that support our users’ needs. We are collecting, analyzing and acting on feedback from users; we are increasingly customer driven, some might even say we’re becoming customer obsessed. If you haven’t read the blog, please do. I highly recommend it.
In this blog post, I am happy to share how our latest update, the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, delivers on our mission by continuing to act on user feedback, in particular feedback from people with low vision or who are blind. We’re continuing to make Windows 10 easier to see and easier to use without a display with Narrator.
Making Windows easier to see
Bigger, brighter mouse pointers
In the previous release, we made it easier to make text larger across Windows. Already, more than 900,000 people are using larger text to make Windows 10 easier to see. Many of the same users indicated that while larger text was great, they were having trouble tracking their mouse pointer especially on high resolution displays. You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of new bigger and brighter mouse pointers. In addition to making the pointer larger, you can choose from a recommended set of bright highlight colors or you can also change the pointer to your favorite color by going to Settings > Ease of Access > Cursor & pointer.

Magnifier improvements
For some users with low vision, the combination of setting larger text and mouse pointers makes Windows easier to use. Others prefer using Magnifier. We made several improvements to Magnifier in this release, including new defaults for Magnifier settings and smoother interactions when you opt in to Keep the mouse pointer… Centered on the screen. Now, Magnifier will follow along with what you type and as you navigate Windows with your keyboard, e.g. navigating up and down a list with arrow keys, by default. And, we’ve reduced jitter when the mouse is centered on the screen, which is an option many people use to make their mouse pointer easier to find by keeping it in a predictable location.
Making Windows easier to use without a display, with Narrator
 Thanks to your feedback, we’ve made another round of improvements to Narrator, which is our built-in screen reader for people or who are blind. We’ve made Narrator easier to learn, more natural and responsive, and easier to use, including with popular applications like the Chrome web browser.
Narrator is easier to learn
 In the previous release, we introduced Narrator Quick Start, which is a built-in tutorial that helps users learn to accomplish common goals like browsing the web or reading and writing email. Many users indicated that while the Narrator Quick Start was great, they were having trouble finding all the Narrator resources. So we made easier to do just that. We consolidated Narrator Settings, which were located in multiple places to make it easier to personalize Narrator and we created the new Narrator Home to make it easier to access the Narrator Quick Start, User Guide and Settings; and to provide feedback to improve the Narrator experience directly to our team. We even made it possible to minimize the Narrator Home page to the Windows System Tray to remove Narrator from the Alt + Tab sequence so you don’t have to hear about Narrator every time you want to switch applications.

Narrator is more natural and responsive
 We improved the way Narrator handles common phrases. For example, phrases like “$2.7 billion dollars” are now read “two point seven billion dollars” instead of “two point seven dollars billion.” And, we reduced the number of times Narrator pauses mid-sentence, which made it difficult to proofread a document in Word or read an article on the web.
We made Narrator more succinct, e.g. with improved URL reading, and we gave users more options to control what Narrator speaks. You can now hear as much or as little detail as you want about application controls and text. For example, if you are reading a digital book or a long paper and all you are interested in is the text content, you can set your Verbosity level to 1 and you will not be bothered by other information that may be present on the page. On the other hand, if you are actively authoring a paper and need to know all of the text formatting and control information, dial up your Verbosity to 5 and you won’t miss anything.
We made it easier to download and install additional voices. Now you can download and install voices without having to install a complete language pack. For example, although I speak and type U.S. English, I often prefer U.K. English text to speech voices. Now I can install these voices without having to install the full U.K. English language pack. Go to Settings > Time & Language > Language and choose Add a preferred language to add specific language features.

And finally, we improved Narrator responsiveness with applications like Word and Outlook.
 Narrator is easier to use, including with popular applications like Chrome
 We’ve added support for Chrome, so Narrator users can have a choice of browsers.
We also added new ways to navigate that users need and expect. You can now move by sentence when navigating text, e.g. in an eBook, document or web page. And, you can now use Narrator reading commands to seamlessly read the contents of the any application, from top to bottom or from bottom to top. For example, you can move by character, word, line, sentence or paragraph from the top of the Windows Settings application to the bottom without interruption.
Finally, we continue to make it easier to consume content with Scan Mode. We made it easier to browse the web and read mail messages by focusing Scan Mode commands in the browsing content area or canvas, and message content area. You no longer have to worry about unintentionally navigating into the browser or mail application frame. And, we improved the way Scan Mode works with some controls. For example, you can now use your left and right arrow keys to adjust a slider control while in Scan Mode and you will be able to correctly identify editable combo edit boxes as Narrator will announce these as Combo Edit controls.
Some of the new Narrator shortcuts introduced in this release include:

Windows logo key + Ctrl + N: Quickly Access Narrator’s Settings
Narrator + 0: Reads the advanced details of the control being focused on, e.g. for a link this will read the entire URL
Narrator + V: Increase verbosity levels
Shift + Narrator + V: Decrease verbosity levels
Narrator + 5 twice quickly: Read current item spelled out

Please keep the feedback coming
Thank you to the many people who have provided feedback — both positive and constructive — to help make Windows accessibility delightful. If you’re interested in providing help or suggestions, we welcome your feedback via the Windows Insider Program. The features referenced in this blog were shared with and shaped by Insiders. Whether you’re using and Insider build, or a generally available version of Windows, Windows 10 makes it easy to share your thoughts and suggestions — just press Windows logo key + F to launch the Feedback hub and share what’s top of mind.
Finally, 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 (800-936-5900) and chat, and in the U.S., we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss (+1 503-427-1234). Please contact us, we are happy to help.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18917 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18917 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
IMPORTANT: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you take this flight, you won’t be able to switch Slow or Release Preview rings without doing a clean-install on your PC. If you wish to remain on 19H1, please change your ring settings via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program *before* taking this flight. See this blog post for details.
If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring, head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle.
Not seeing the features in this build on your device? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re on the Fast ring.

New download throttling options for Delivery Optimization
We’ve heard from our users with very low connection speeds that setting download throttling as a percentage of available bandwidth isn’t providing enough relief in reducing the impact on their network. That’s why we’ve added a new option to throttle the bandwidth used by Delivery Optimization as an absolute value. You can set this separately for Foreground downloads (downloads that you initiate from Windows Store for example) or background downloads. This option already exists for IT Pros who use Group Policies or MDM policies to configure Delivery Optimization. In this build, we’ve made it easier to set via the settings page.
You can access this option via Settings > Update & Security > Delivery Optimization > Advanced Options

Narrator improvements
Data Table Reading Improvements: We’ve optimized the information you hear with Narrator when navigating a table using table navigation commands. Narrator now reads the header data first, followed by the cell data, followed by the row/column position for that cell. Additionally, Narrator only reads the headers when the headers have changed, so you can focus on the content of the cell.
Windows Subsystem for Linux 2
WSL 2 is a new version of the architecture that powers the Windows Subsystem for Linux to run ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows. This new architecture, which uses a real Linux kernel, changes how these Linux binaries interact with Windows and your computer’s hardware, but still provides the same user experience as in WSL 1 (the current widely available version). WSL 2 delivers a much faster file system performance and full system call compatibility, which lets you run more applications like Docker!
Read more about the release of WSL 2.

Windows Ink Workspace Updates
As we mentioned last week, you may notice that Windows Ink Workspace has changed on your PC. That’s because we’re updating the Windows Ink Workspace experience and starting to roll it out to some Insiders.

As part of this, Windows Ink Workspace now takes up less screen real estate, and we’re converging our whiteboarding experiences with a new direct link to our Microsoft Whiteboard app. Microsoft Whiteboard is a freeform digital canvas where ideas, content, and people can come together. It includes an infinite canvas, optional backgrounds (including graph paper and solid dark grey) to choose from, rainbow ink support, multiple pages, and generally addresses much of the feedback you shared with us about Sketchpad. If you used Sketchpad, don’t worry – we saved the sketch you were working on in your Pictures folder.
We heard your feedback, and we’ve streamlined the Windows Ink Workspace for you. Stay tuned as we continue to evolve! Once the new experience arrives on your PC, please take a moment to try it out and share feedback via Feedback Hub under Desktop Environment > Windows Ink Workspace. If the Windows Ink Workspace icon isn’t visible in your taskbar, you can show it by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting “Show Windows Workspace Icon.”

We fixed an issue where some users experienced a 0x8007000E error code while downloading the build due to high RAM consumption.
We fixed an issue where users couldn’t use the desktop Features on Demand “add a feature” option.
We fixed an issue where dragging the emoji and dictation panels was unexpectedly laggy.
We’re in the process of rolling out a change in this build to address an issue where if the taskbar was set to autohide, launching the Start menu would first hide the taskbar before bringing up the Start menu.
We fixed an issue resulting in the Start menu and taskbar going 100% transparent on secondary monitors or after projection.
We’ve updated the new File Explorer search experience to now be dark when used in dark theme. Note – this experience is still in the process of rolling out. Thanks everyone who’s tried it so far and shared feedback, we’ll let you know when the rollout expands.
We fixed an issue where Windows Security would crash if launched from Settings when using an Arabic display language.
We fixed an issue where the audio service might hang on shutdown if spatial audio was turned on.

This update might fail the first time you try to download it with a 0xc0000409 error code.
For Home editions, some devices might not see the “update installed” on the update history page.
For Home editions, some devices might not be able to see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.
There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on.
We are aware of an issue with the Bopomofo IME where the character width is suddenly changed to Full width from Half width and are investigating.
We’re investigating an issue where some users are reporting that File Explorer search is rendering in an unexpectedly small area and clicking it results in a crash.

If you install builds from the Fast ring and switch to either the Slow ring or the Release Preview ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

This month, celebrate Pride! Explore and discover news about Pride month, the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and LGBT activists.
If you want to be among the first to learn about these Bing features, join our Bing Insider Program.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Solodev launches CMS to target medium-sized businesses

Solodev launched Solodev DCX 9.0, its enterprise content management system and customer experience platform for AWS. Designed for the cloud, Solodev DCX 9.0 enables organizations to build, deploy, manage and distribute content.

Solodev, a content management vendor, claims that version 9.0 brings new tools, capabilities and support for developers and marketers that will make it easy to move to the cloud, give more choice to customers and redefine how users design and deploy digital customer experiences.

Updates to Solodev DCX include advanced productivity tools, expanded orchestration for DevOps, a library of new digital marketing integrations, new procurement options backed by AWS and a managed service option. According to the vendor, the Solodev content management system (CMS) will also automate the migration, publishing, launching and operational governance around websites and digital experiences.

New capabilities and features included in Solodev DCX 9.0 include the following, intended to aid development and scaling of digital customer experience applications:

  • Inclusion of essential code, resources and training to design and deploy customer experiences at scale enables Solodev to extend collaboration across an entire organization.
  • Expansion of orchestration for DevOps — including Amazon Linux, AWS CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate and Amazon Elastic Container Service for Docker — facilitate scaling and automation of applications.
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing starts from $1.25 per hour with no long-term contracts.
  • Digital marketing integrations span a variety of brands across different markets, such as Salesforce, Adobe, SEMrush, Siteimprove and GatherContent.
  • A new UI eliminates the need for complex user training.

Solodev markets DCX 9.0 with a focus on scalability and flexible pricing options, in hopes of reaching customers in the gap between SMEs and large enterprises.

Smaller CMS platforms, like WordPress, Wix and HubSpot, are suitable for startups or personal use but lack deeper tracking and analytical features businesses may need as they grow; enterprise-grade systems, like Adobe Experience Manager and Sitecore Experience Platform offer more capabilities but may be too expensive or complex to operate for medium-sized businesses.

In February, Solodev was included in the launch of the AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency. Certified vendors are expected to follow best practices for building secure and efficient cloud infrastructure.

Solodev earlier stated that earning AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency certification was a precursor to using Amazon Personalize, which is only available in preview to some AWS partners.

Go to Original Article
Author:

For Sale – Ryzen 7 1700 gaming PC / iMac 27″ 2010

hi

i have this pc for sale. very nice rig and suitable for 1440p gaming.

Processor: ryzen 7 1700 8 core processor
Memory: 16 gb of adata premier 2666 mhz ddr4 ram
Motherboard: MSI B450 gaming plus
Hard Drive: 2 x 500 GB
Solid state drive: 240 GB SSD
Power supply: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular
Dedicated graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GB
DVD-RW: No
Case: Aerocool midi tower RGB front lighting
Operating system: Windows 10 pro

2)

i have a repaired imac 27″ for sale, mid 2010. the screen was broken so have replaced it.

Spec is core i7 2nd gen, 8 gb of ram, 2 TB hard drive, osx sierra. good overall condition. no mouse or keyboard, they broke ages back.

£375 inc. prefer collection as not really a suitable box for it.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank t paypal gift
Location: heybridge, cm9
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Go to Original Article
Author: