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Introducing Evernote for Microsoft Teams

Over the years, Evernote has made teamwork easier by building integrations with a host of powerful apps, including Microsoft Outlook, Salesforce, Google Drive, Slack, and many others. Today we’re pleased to add another big name to that list.

Introducing Evernote for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the communication hub for productive companies, where teams can chat, share messages, and move projects forward. As part of the Office 365 suite, it enables colleagues to share emails, documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and manage the flow of information.

Our latest integration brings Evernote into the context of your conversations in Teams so you can easily reference specific notes within a conversation, and access notes without having to leave the Teams experience.

With Evernote for Microsoft Teams, you can seamlessly share, pin, edit, and search your Evernote content—right from the Microsoft Teams app. This helps you work without interruption and keeps everyone on the same page.

We sat down with Mansoor Malik, Principal Product Manager for Microsoft Teams, and Leo Gong, Senior Product Manager at Evernote, to get their thoughts on this new integration. We asked them why the partnership between Evernote and Microsoft is so exciting, and what it means for customers and the future of teamwork.

Q: What does integrating with Evernote bring to the Microsoft Teams product, and how will users benefit?

Mansoor Malik (Microsoft): Microsoft Teams democratizes information. It makes it available, brings transparency to it, and ensures everyone has access to it.

With this integration, users can now access their Evernote content and share it with the whole team—in one place, and in the same channel. You don’t have to remember a URL or switch back and forth between Teams and Evernote. It’s all right there.

Leo Gong (Evernote): For a lot of our customers, Evernote is their second brain. It’s where they collect all their information and the ideas they’re working on. Combining these two places allows them to easily tap into that knowledge hub and share it with everyone.

Let’s say you’re trying to plan logistics around a product launch in Microsoft Teams. Being able to access Evernote allows you to keep a record of what people are agreeing upon, and what the current plan is—in parallel to the conversation.

Q: What is the problem that this solves for users?

MM: You may have to-dos that you want to add in Evernote, and you may want to start talking about them. You can either share a snippet of it in Teams and start a conversation that way, or you can pin it as a tab and have the conversation around that tab.

What’s cool is that the conversation you have, in context with the note that’s pinned, happens right there. It can also be persistent so it stays within the chat. So anyone from the team can either jump into that conversation in real time or, if they come in later, reply to it in the same thread, with the same context.

LG: Many people use Evernote as a repository for their business’s information. This integration helps them very easily share that information whenever they’re asked.

Also, the same questions often get asked again and again. The Pinned tab allows you to pin a note in the channel with answers to all those frequently asked questions, so it’s easily accessible for others.

Finally, there can often be 10 to 20 different messages that you need to consider when you’re making a decision. It gets unmanageable very quickly. So it’s good to have a tab, one place to keep a list of “What’s the decision we just made, and what are the next steps?”

Q. What do you think people struggle with the most when it comes to sharing information within a team setting?

MM: Before, if you wanted to share something, you’d have to open up your email and attach a Word document or a file, and send it to somebody—even your colleague who’s sitting in the next office. Then you’d have to wait for their reply, then revise it, and so on. This integration means that those conversations, those decisions, can be documented, edited, and captured in real time, so you don’t have to wait for the back and forth.

LG: I think it’s the friction around sharing information. Even beyond this initial launch, we’re interested in making that easier. How can we automate the sharing of information? That’s something we think about.

Q: In your experience, how have workflows evolved over time? Do you find that people are asking for integrations with their favorite tools often?

MM: Employees today are on twice as many teams as they were five years ago. The amount of time that employees spend engaging in collaborative work—in meetings, on phone calls, or answering emails—has increased about 50 percent. It takes up to 80 percent more of employees’ time. Notwithstanding that, productivity experiences are getting fragmented over time, leading to reduced productivity, change fatigue, and reduced employee sentiment and morale. This integration tries to reunify the experience to address these issues.

LG: Workplaces are evolving to include more specialized tools, so more than ever we see a lot of different teams, and a lot of individuals, wanting and expecting choice at work.

Even with note editing, which is a relatively simple use case, there are so many tools out there and each of them has different strengths. Integrations allow customers to use the tools that will make them effective, because they’re able to bring their own tools into their collaborative work.

Evernote integrates with all types of documents and helps people share notes very easily, so that they can choose the tools they need to make them effective. With Microsoft Teams, you don’t have to use a specific database or a specific task management tool. Teams becomes the glue that helps you and your team work together—even if they’re on different systems.

Q: When integrating with another product, is there a typical checklist you go through? What makes this partnership a good fit?

MM: We look at how we can add value to our mutual customers. Specifically, we look at common teamwork productivity scenarios and ways to make it easier for people to get their job done, to make their experience more valuable, and enhance it so that they feel like it’s easy.

Evernote is a great fit for Teams because people are already working together in teams. Having Evernote integrated there just makes sense, to help them get their job done faster.

The other thing we look at is shared vision with our partners around the digital and cultural transformation that’s happening in the modern workplace. We certainly have to snap to that.

LG: It’s the same for us. The top bar that we need to clear is: Is there a natural fit in the users’ workflows? Does this measurably make their lives better? And second, what do we have to offer Microsoft? How does this make Evernote users more successful as well? And lastly, it’s a feasibility consideration, which is: Can we build it and how quickly?

Q: From a strategic product perspective, how do you keep up with the needs of an increasingly demanding customer?

MM: We’re always listening to our customer feedback, whether it’s on Twitter, UserVoice, or within our end product feedback tool. We also look at the way people are working and features they’re asking for, whether it’s apps for mobile, or even desktop.

We’re also trying to envision what the future of work will look like on a longer-term horizon. As the workforce changes, as Millennials get on board, they definitely have new demands. We look into that, we prioritize it, and we put it in the backlog. Whatever is most asked for gets done first, and we go down the stack from there.

LG: One, it’s having an ear to the ground. We spend a lot of time talking to our customers, and often we’ll see opportunities for improvement.

Two, is doing pretty extensive testing with features that we want to launch, and making sure that we’re doing it in a way that’s actually helpful to our users. You don’t want to necessarily implement exactly what the customer is requesting because often it’s a symptom of a greater or undiscovered need. So we think about what they’re really trying to say, and what they’re really struggling with.

Q: I imagine that can be hard at times, like doing a bit of detective work.

LG: Exactly.

MM: Yep, totally agree.

Q: There has been a shift from having competitors to the idea of “playing well with others.” What is your view on adopting this approach from the technology standpoint?

MM: We’re building a product for collaboration, so we have to be collaborative. By working and playing with others, we help our customers and users get the most value. And in this particular case, it really helps increase their productivity, and users love it. So if we can increase productivity, if we can keep the user engaged, even if it’s working with a competitor or a partner, so be it. That’s why we are open and willing to let people use the tools they want to use. Because we believe that tools and technology facilitate productivity and enable customers to get more done faster.

LG: Playing well with others has always been a core value for Evernote. We help you capture your thoughts and information—wherever it comes from.

As to how we adopt it from a technology standpoint, it means building our product in a modular way so we’re not just supporting a single document type. We’re architecting the app in a way where it can accept any document type as a module, so you can plug-and-play additional ones in the future.

It’s a win-win because building a product in a way that supports integrations speeds up your own development. Your developers will thank you because when they’re trying to extend functionality into the product in the future, they will also benefit.

Q: Advancements in technology have made it possible for people to work anywhere, from any device. How can we keep up with the demands of such a highly connected workforce?

MM: Every team is different. Every individual is different, and they have their unique preferences and needs. As a platform, Microsoft Teams enables people to bring anything they want in terms of the apps and services they use the most. By doing so they can customize Microsoft Teams to fit their needs better for their increased productivity.

By allowing these types of integrations, by working well with other partners and competitors, we’re meeting the demands of a highly connected workforce. At the same time, we’re making sure, as Evernote is, that we’re cross-platform, cross-device, multi-screen. We want to make sure that wherever you are, however you’re connected, you can get your work done.

LG: In a way, the causation is a little fuzzy because having integrations enables you to work from anywhere and from any device. At the same time, integrations help you live better in a world like that.

I think where Microsoft Teams is really helpful is that it provides a hub for you to manage a lot of complexity. Because if everybody’s using 20 different apps, it becomes very difficult to manage. But if there’s some way for you to start centralizing your communications, with all of your sharing in one place, it helps people manage the overload of information.

Q: What do you see changing in the next five years with regard to the way people are working? And how are you looking to solve that with new product features and/or updates?

MM: Everybody is looking to get stuff done faster. What we are thinking, with these integrations, is how we can use machine learning or AI to help them do that.

For example, imagine you’re making a note that you need to send marketing materials for review and approval. It’d be cool if, as you’re typing or talking about it, an AI bot senses that this is actually a task that needs to be created and assigned to somebody, and then followed up on. Those are ways that we can improve productivity by doing things for people on their behalf.

Call recording, transcription, and translation is also something that we are looking into. All this stuff can get done automatically.

LG: I see there being two related trends. One is that there’s a rapid acceleration of the amount of information that people are consuming. Number two is that technology has gotten to a point where it’s actually possible to help users manage that overflow of information, so we’re at a really interesting time.

The first thing that will really help people is better aggregation and integrations. I see Evernote being the place that helps you manage your information by integrating with the tools you use to create information, and collecting all of that in one central hub.

The second piece of technology is, as Mansoor mentioned, AI and machine learning. The interesting thing that we’ll be able to do in the next five years is apply machine learning to help users make sense of information that they’re getting. Because it’s really important to be able to sift through it all and figure out what’s important.

The analogy I love to give is: If I walk into your kitchen, it might be really tidy, but I don’t know where anything is kept. Machine learning allows us to surface your items in your kitchen, in a context that makes sense with regard to how I organize and how I think.

Get started

To find out for yourself how much more your team can achieve, simply head over to the Microsoft App Store and install Evernote for Microsoft Teams today. For more information, check out this Quick Start Guide.

Microsoft making progress on quantum computer ‘every day’

Microsoft is “all-in” on building a quantum computer and is making advancements “every day”, according to one of the company’s top experts on the technology.

Julie Love (above), Director of Quantum Computing, called the firm’s push to build the next generation of computer technology “one of the biggest disruptive bets we have made as a company”.

Quantum computing has the potential to help humans tackle some of the world’s biggest problems in areas such as materials science, chemistry, genetics, medicine and the environment. It uses the physics of qubits to create a way of computing that can work on specific kinds of problems that are impossible with today’s computers. In theory, a problem that would take today’s machines billions of years to solve could be completed by a quantum computer in minutes, hours or days.

While Microsoft has noted that no one has yet built a working quantum computer, Love said the company has the right team in place to make progress and eventually create a system and software that can tackle real-world issues. Over the past decade, Microsoft has built a team comprised of some of the greatest minds in quantum physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. It is also working with some of the leading experts in universities across the world.

“Quantum computers could solve a set of problems that are completely intractable to humans at this time, and it could do so in 100 seconds,” she said during a speech at London Tech Week. “Microsoft’s enterprise customers are interested in changing their businesses using this technology, and we have set our sights beyond the hype cycle. We have a good understanding of what’s needed.

“Microsoft is working on the only scalable solution, one that will run seamlessly on the Azure cloud, and be much more immune to errors. The truth is that not all qubits are equal; most are inherently unstable and susceptible to error-creating noise from the environment. Our approach uses topological qubits specifically for their higher accuracy, lower cost and ability to perform long enough to solve complex real-world problems.”

Microsoft is the only major company attempting to build topological qubits, which aims to significantly reduce any interference at a subatomic level that might affect the machine. With this approach, the computational qubits will be “corrected” by the other qubits.

“When we run systems, there are trade-offs in power, because they have to be very cold. However, we get higher compute capabilities,” said Love, who started studying quantum computing in the late-1990s.

Last year, Microsoft released a Quantum Development Kit, which includes its Q# programming language for people who want to start writing applications for a quantum computer. These can be tested in Microsoft’s online simulator. Q# is designed for developers who are keen to learn how to program on these machines whether or not they are experts in the field of quantum physics.

“We have released the Quantum Development Kit so developers can learn to program a quantum computer and join us on this journey,” Love added.

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Microsoft Teams mobile app matures, but interoperability lags

Microsoft has been building out the capabilities of the Microsoft Teams mobile app in recent months, adding features more advanced than those traditionally supported by unified communications mobility clients. Nevertheless, the vendor has more work to do to catch up with rival Cisco and to provide a seamless mobile experience to businesses.

Microsoft is on par with the meeting features in Cisco Webex Teams mobile, but Cisco can give users a more seamless experience for scheduling and joining meetings from their mobile phones. That’s because Cisco Webex Teams and Cisco Webex rely on the same back-end cloud infrastructure, said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst at ZK Research in Westminster, Mass.

“Cisco has been very, very mobile-centric for a long time, so I wouldn’t expect Microsoft to have the same maturity in the mobile client,” Kerravala said. Nevertheless, recent improvements to the Microsoft Teams mobile app are “a good start.”

Microsoft users must juggle multiple UC mobile apps

Microsoft still has separate mobile apps for Teams and Skype for Business that require users to toggle between apps. Users can generally only access Teams meetings from within the Microsoft Teams mobile app, rather than from the mobile apps for Outlook or Skype for Business.

“The ability to schedule and join calls or meetings needs to be a lot more consistent,” Kerravala said. “So, if I’m in Outlook mobile and I can start a Skype for Business meeting, I should be able to start a Teams meeting.”

This gap in interoperability could cause headaches for businesses, as they attempt to migrate users from Skype for Business to Teams in keeping with Microsoft’s directive that it will eventually phase out the former.

Microsoft is encouraging customers that use the cloud version of Skype for Business to begin using Teams simultaneously. The vendor recently gave users the ability to transfer contacts and groups from Skype for Business to Teams and made instant messaging exchanges between the two clients persistent for Teams users.

Recent features added to the Microsoft Teams mobile app included the ability to join audio and video meetings in Teams or request a meeting to call them on their mobile devices. Once in a meeting, the Microsoft Teams mobile app lets users upload files, share their screens and control presentations.

Team collaboration elevates mobile clients

Team collaboration apps like Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex Teams and Slack are growing in popularity because they provide a single platform for communicating synchronously and asynchronously and for getting work done through third-party integrations.

That model for unified communications (UC) has made mobile clients even more significant, as vendors compete to deliver products that help users stay connected to colleagues and data whether they are in the office or working remotely, analysts said.

“The lines between communication, collaboration and conferencing are blurring,” said Alan Lepofsky, a principal analyst at Constellation Research Inc., based in Cupertino, Calif. “One of the biggest challenges for vendors is to create consistent experiences across various device types.”

Traditional UC mobile apps were built primarily around calling and messaging, but mobile phones already provide those same capabilities over cellular networks. The mobile apps for Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams now give users access to nearly all of the files and collaboration tools available to them on the desktop.

“For all the manufacturers in this space, their singular goal should be [the following]: Can the user eradicate the term, ‘I’ll take care of that when I’m back in the office?'” Kerravala said.

Edge computing helps IT execs in managing large data sets

Data was a hot topic at the “Building the Intelligent Enterprise” panel session at the recent MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass. As panelists discussed, changing market trends, increased digitization and the tremendous growth in data usage are demanding a paradigm shift from traditional, centralized enterprise models to decentralized, edge computing models.

All the data required for an intelligent enterprise has to be collected and processed somehow and somewhere — sometimes in real-time, presenting a challenge for companies.

Here, four IT practitioners break down best practices and architectures for managing large data sets and how they’re taking advantage of edge computing. This was in response to a question posed by moderator Ryan Mallory, senior vice president of global solutions enablement at data center provider Equinix.

Here is Mallory’s question to the panel: Having an intelligent enterprise means dealing with a lot of data. Can you provide some best practices for managing large data sets?

Alston Ghafourifar
CEO and co-founder of AI communication company Entefy Inc.

“I think it really depends on the use cases. We live in a multimodal world. Almost everything we do deals with multiple modalities of information. There are lots of different types of information, all being streamed to the same central areas. You can think about it almost like data lake intelligence.

Alston Ghafourifar, CEO and co-founder, EntefyAlston Ghafourifar

“The hardest part of something like this is actually getting yourself ready for the fact that you actually don’t know what information you’re going to need in order to predict what you want to predict. In some cases, you don’t even necessarily know what you want to predict. You just know you want it to be cheaper, faster, safer — serve some cost function at the very end.

“So, what we tend to do is design the infrastructure to pool as much diverse information as possible to a centralized core and then understand when it finds something that predicts something else — and there’s a lot of techniques upon which to do that.

“But when the system is looking through this massively unstructured information, the moment it gets to something where it says, ‘Oh, I think this is reliable, since I’m getting this over and over again,’ it’ll take that and automatically pull it out and put it into production at the edge, because the edge is processing the application of information. [The edge] is processing enterprise information in transit, almost like a bus. It doesn’t have the benefit of you cleaning it properly, or of you knowing exactly what you’re looking for.

The hardest part of something like this is actually getting yourself ready for the fact that you actually don’t know what information you’re going to need in order to predict what you want to predict.
Alston GhafourifarCEO and co-founder, Entefy Inc.

“Making that transaction and that transition automatic and intelligent is what takes an enterprise further. [An enterprise] could have petabytes of information, but could be bottlenecked in their learning by the 50 or 100 data scientists looking at it. Now, it could say, ‘I’m going to create the computing power of 5,000 data scientists to [do] that job for me,’ and just automatically push it out. It’s almost like a different type of cloud orchestration.”

Stephen Taylor
Global head of analytics, reporting, integration and software engineering at oil and natural gas exploration company Devon Energy

Stephen Taylor, global head of analytics, reporting, integration and software engineering at Devon EnergyStephen Taylor

“Let me build on that and say the one thing that we’re starting to do is use more of what the industry calls a Lambda architecture, where we’re both streaming and storing it. It’s having something that’s pulling data out of your stream to store it in that long-term data store.

“What we’re doing in areas like northwest Texas or the panhandle of Oklahoma, where you have extremely limited communication capability, is we’re caching that data locally and streaming the events that you’re detecting back over the network. So, you’re only streaming a very small subset of the data back, caching the data locally and physically moving that data to locations, up to the cloud and doing that big processing, and then sending the small processing models back to the edge.

“One of the things I think you have to do, though, is understand that — to [Ghafourifar’s] point — you don’t know what you don’t know yet. And you don’t even know what questions you’re going to get yet, and you don’t know what business problems you’re going to have to solve yet. The more you can do to capture all of the data — so then when you do your data science work, you have it all — the better. But differentiate what you need for processing versus what you need for storage and for data science work. Those are two different workloads.”

Michael Woods
Vice president of information technology at engineering and construction firm CDM Smith

Michael Woods, vice president of information technology at CDM SmithMichael Woods

“I can use construction as a primary example. We have large streams of data that we want to analyze as part of the construction process, because we want to know what’s happening in real time. We might have remotely operated vehicles driving or flying around doing LIDAR or radar activity, monitoring things from a visualization standpoint, etc., and that data maybe is getting streamed somewhere and kept. But, in real time, we just want to know what’s changing and when it’s changing — like weather patterns and other things going on. We want to analyze all that in real time.

“Now, at the end of the project, that’s when the data scientists might say, ‘We want to improve our construction process. So, what can we do with that data to help us determine what will make our next construction projects be more successful, take less time and be more cost-effective?'”

Hugh Owen
Senior vice president of product marketing at business intelligence software provider MicroStrategy

Hugh Owen, senior vice president of product marketing, MicroStrategyHugh Owen

“In terms of [managing large data sets], we try and push down as much of the processing into the Hadoop data structure — into the database — as possible. So, we’re always pulling as small an amount of data back as possible, rather than push as much data as possible to the edge, which ties into some of the points we’ve already made.

“I think you should always try to optimize and reduce the amount of information that comes back. For us, we’re doing that because we want the response to come back faster.”

HBO Now

The most successful on-demand video streaming services focus on building libraries of quality content. To appeal to wide audiences, these catalogs should include both past classics and compelling original programming. HBO Now, HBO’s on-demand streaming service, features premium on-air originals and an extensive on-demand collection of well-regarded shows and movies. Additionally, HBO Now performs well in our testing and offers an ad-free experience. That said, HBO Now is pricier than its competitors and does not offer HDR or 4K content, nor does it let you download shows for offline viewing. Much like HBO for regular cable, HBO Now works best as an add-on to another service. When it comes to standalone options, we recommend Editors’ Choice Netflix for its larger content library, and Editors’ Choices Hulu and Sling TV, for their live TV components.

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What to Watch
Most people won’t have any trouble finding something to watch on HBO Now. For example, subscribers can watch HBO originals such as Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Silicon Valley, and Westworld. You can also choose to take a deep dive into other beloved series such as Deadwood, Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, and The Wire.

Those shows alone might be enough to convince many people to subscribe. That said, many of HBO’s flagship shows are also available on other platforms. In fact, Deadwood, Oz, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and The Wire are all available in their entirety on Amazon Video. HBO does not stream any animated series, let alone anime, which may be an important consideration for some. Both Netflix and Hulu offer options in those genres.
Other categories of content available on HBO Now include Comedy, Sports, Documentaries, Collections, and Late Night. Most of these categories feature scattered lists of productions that subscribers are free to peruse, but these are not the main appeal of the service. If sports are your primary interest, take a look at either fuboTV (a sports, news, and entertainment streaming behemoth) or ESPN+ (ESPN’s newest streaming service, which focuses on a selection of live sports and on-demand in-house shows).

HBO also has a collection of recent mainstream movies as well as popular films of years past across a wide range of genres, including action, comedy, drama, family, horror/sci-fi, Latino, romance, and suspense. During my testing, HBO Now highlighted Atomic Blonde, Dunkirk, the complete Harry Potter collection, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Logan, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Wonder Woman, for example. In total, scrolling through the alphabetical list of titles revealed a little over 550 movies, which is impressive. I like that these collections include multiple entries in a film series. For example, HBO Now’s collection included three Die Hard movies, three Back to the Future films, and four entries in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Nowadays, HBO Now is most similar to Netflix in that both primarily focus on high-quality originals. It also has parallels with CBS All Access, given that both have extensive back catalogs of high-quality content. Keep in mind that there’s no live component to HBO Now, such as you find with YouTube TV or Philo. As I mentioned, some shows stream simultaneously with the on-air release, including Westworld and Game of Thrones, but this is not the same as the live TV offerings of services like SlingTV or Hulu with Live TV.
Pricing and Platform
HBO Now is pricier than its competitors, at $14.99 per month. Netflix and Hulu both start at $7.99 per month. CBS All Access’ base plan only costs $5.99. Keep in mind that, for Hulu and CBS, those plans include ads in at least some part of the experience, and HBO Now does not. HBO Now is closer in price to Philo ($16 a month) and SlingTV ($20 per month), but both of those include a live TV component.
HBO Now supports an impressive number of platforms. In addition to the web, HBO Now is available on Android, iOS, and Fire OS devices. You can also use the service on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. For smart TV users, HBO works on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, and compatible Samsung TVs. There’s even an app for Google’s Daydream platform. Keep in mind that HBO Now is a US-only (and some US territories) streaming service, so international audiences will need to turn to other solutions, such as getting the regular HBO channel through a local cable provider. You might be able to spoof your location with a virtual private network, or VPN,, but I recommend testing your network setup with HBO Now’s trial before you pay anything, since many video streaming services don’t play nicely with VPNs.

You can sign up for a 30-day free trial of HBO Now, but this option requires a payment method. Oddly, the website directed me to sign up for the trial from my Android device. HBO does not give a hard limit on how many devices can stream simultaneously, but if you exceed a reasonable number of devices, HBO Now might kick everyone off the service for around 30 minutes and then require everyone to sign back in again. In the past, I have experienced some issues when signing on to multiple platforms with the same account, but I did not encounter any such issues in my testing for this review.
What About HBO Go?
To clarify a frequent point of confusion, HBO Now is HBO’s on-demand streaming service and HBO Go is an extension of its cable offering. To use HBO Go, you need to have an existing cable subscription that includes HBO. Both services offer the same content.
Web Interface
HBO Now’s interface on the desktop is clean and elegant with a black backdrop, white text, large thumbnails, and simple menus. Many of the elements are translucent as well, which reminds me a bit of Windows 10’s Fluent visual design. Performance is also quick; I did not experience any lag when searching for shows or navigating through the various sections. Across the top, you can jump directly to Shows, Movies, or More (Comedy, Sports, Documentaries, Collections, Late Night). You can also search for shows directly via the included search interface.
On the right-hand side of the screen, you can access your account settings or your Watchlist. Settings break down into a couple of different categories, including the basic account info, billing, and notification settings, but it also builds in a parental control panel. Here, you can set the maximum rating allowed for both Movies and TV shows and lock down these preferences with a four-digit PIN. I prefer the way Netflix and Hulu allow you to set up separate account profiles for each user, since it would be a pain to unlock and change this setting for every potential user. For example, if you want to watch Westworld, but do not want your child experiencing Delos Inc.’s particular brand of existential violence, there’s no way to set those preferences per viewer with HBO Now.

The default page highlights featured content in a large top-level slider, and a selection of Quick Hits (video snippets related to shows) appears directly below. Horizontal sliders offer another entry point for content categories otherwise accessible via the menu. This page looks a lot like Netflix’s home page, but I do appreciate that HBO Now’s content sliders are directly related to the menus. All of the individual content categories look similar. You can play content directly from any screen or simply add it to your Watchlist. Clicking on a show brings up a brief description, a section for any related video content (such as sneak peaks or interviews), and general information on the cast and crew. HBO Now does not, however, provide any aggregate rating information from Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes, nor does it feature any sort of recommendation engine.
The playback interface is simple and effective with the option to enable subtitles. One drawback to the web version of this player is that it requires you to enable Flash, which is disabled by default on most standard browsers, including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari due to Flash’s frequently targeted security vulnerabilities. Both Netflix and Amazon Video use the HTML5 standard instead. I would also like HBO to implement something similar to Amazon Video’s X-Ray feature, which identifies all actors and actresses in a particular scene, tells you about any music playing, and offers fun facts like continuity errors.
Other Features and Performance
HBO Now does not currently support 4K or HDR content, nor does it allow you to download on-demand episodes for offline viewing. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video offer all of these capabilities. Hulu is reportedly adding ad-supported offline viewing to its service, but that feature is not yet live. Neither 4K nor HDR technologies are new at this point, so it’s disappointing that HBO’s ongoing flagship programming does not support these standards. The vast landscapes of Westworld and the industrialized interiors of the Delos Inc. headquarters would look incredible with greater dynamic ranges and sharper textures.
One other difference involves HBO Now’s premier releases (such as Westworld and Game of Thrones), which, as I mentioned, are available for streaming at the same time as on cable. One drawback to this approach (for the consumer) is that you can’t watch entire seasons at a time unless you wait until the season ends. When Netflix or Amazon Prime Video release a season, the whole thing goes live at once.

On the one hand, it’s nice to not feel the pressure to binge an entire season to avoid spoilers, but the downside is that you need to keep subscribing to HBO Now for the entirety of its release schedule. CBS All Access employs a similar strategy with the way it handles the release of Star Trek: Discovery. I don’t foresee either network switching to the content dump strategy any time soon, given their reliance on conventional cable releases. That doesn’t make it any better for the consumers, though.
I tested HBO Now on my PC connected to my home network (200+ Mbps download speeds via Ethernet). During my tests, I streamed episodes of Westworld’s latest season and Six Feet Under, as well as The Fate of the Furious without any lag or performance dips. The one exception to HBO’s lack of ads I saw in my testing was a brief (and skippable) HBO trailer for some of its other programming at the beginning of the stream. For example, the service showed me promos for its new adaptation of Fahrenheit 451.
HBO Now on Mobile
I tested HBO Now on a Nexus 5X running Android 8.1 and didn’t have any issues signing in to the app. The interface maintains the same visual design as its desktop counterpart. Its simple black-and-white visual scheme and large thumbnails look great, but I wish you could resize the thumbnails to fit more content on the page. Hulu’s app has the same problem; the interface is modern and aesthetically pleasing, but it can be a pain to navigate and discover new shows and movies to watch.

I also downloaded HBO Now on an iPhone 8 running iOS 11. The iOS app is visually and functionally identical to its Android counterpart. Despite the prevalence of poor reviews on the App Store, I had no issue signing in or streaming from the app.
The main app page breaks down into two tabs: Featured (the app displays featured show, movies, and collections) and Quick Hits (video featurettes). You can expand the content categories and access settings from the menu in the upper-left corner. I like that almost all of the options from the web are accessible from the mobile app, but am disappointed that I could not manage my subscription from my phone.
I tested the HBO Now app while connected to PCMag’s Wi-Fi network (50 Mbps download). Given that HBO shows tend to be quite long, make sure to connect to Wi-Fi to avoid outrageous cellular data costs. I launched an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and had no trouble playing back the episode or scrubbing to a new point in the show. In testing, the picture looks sharp and audio sounds crisp.
Pure HBO
HBO Now’s main advantage is its excellent original content, including currently airing shows, (such as Westworld and Game of Thrones) and classics (such as The Wire and Six Feet Under). Furthermore, HBO Now has excellent apps, does not run any ads, and supports a wide range of platforms. However, HBO’s on-demand service lacks the 4K, HDR, and offline viewability you get with Netflix and Amazon Video. HBO Now also costs more than similar services, some of which offer entire HBO series on demand. If watching HBO shows (and especially watching them as they are released) is important to you, you will enjoy HBO Now, but note that HBO Now works best in conjunction with another service. For full-featured alternatives to cable, we recommend Editors’ Choice Netflix for its expansive content library and Editors’ Choices Hulu and SlingTV for live TV consumption.

8Gb (2×4) ddr4 2133/2400 dual channel kit

As in title, building up a budget gaming pc so would like a 8gb kit, not looking to pay too much as on a tight budget

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Hyper-V symbols for debugging

Having access to debugging symbols can be very handy, for example when you are

  • A partner building solutions leveraging Hyper-V,
  • Trying to debug a specific issue, or
  • Searching for bugs to participate in the Microsoft Hyper-V Bounty Program.

Starting with symbols for Windows Server 2016 with an installed April 2018 cumulative update, we are now providing access to most Hyper-V-related symbols through the public symbol servers. Here are some of the symbols that are available right now:

SYMCHK: vmbuspipe.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmbuspipe.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmbuspiper.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmbuspiper.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmbusvdev.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmbusvdev.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmchipset.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: VmChipset.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmcompute.dll [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmcompute.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmcompute.exe [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmcompute.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmconnect.exe [10.0.14393.0 ] PASSED - PDB: vmconnect.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmdebug.dll [10.0.14393.2097 ] PASSED - PDB: vmdebug.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmdynmem.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmdynmem.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmemulateddevices.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: VmEmulatedDevices.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: VmEmulatedNic.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: VmEmulatedNic.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: VmEmulatedStorage.dll [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: VmEmulatedStorage.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmicrdv.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmicrdv.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmictimeprovider.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmictimeprovider.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmicvdev.dll [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmicvdev.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmms.exe [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmms.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmrdvcore.dll [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmrdvcore.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmserial.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmserial.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmsif.dll [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmsif.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmsifproxystub.dll [10.0.14393.82 ] PASSED - PDB: vmsifproxystub.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmsmb.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmsmb.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmsp.exe [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmsp.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmsynthfcvdev.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: VmSynthFcVdev.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: VmSynthNic.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: VmSynthNic.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmsynthstor.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: VmSynthStor.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmtpm.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmtpm.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmuidevices.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: VmUiDevices.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmusrv.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmusrv.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmwp.exe [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vmwp.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vmwpctrl.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: vmwpctrl.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: hvhostsvc.dll [10.0.14393.2007 ] PASSED - PDB: hvhostsvc.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vpcivsp.sys [10.0.14393.2214 ] PASSED - PDB: vpcivsp.pdb DBG:
SYMCHK: vhdmp.sys [10.0.14393.2097 ] PASSED - PDB: vhdmp.pdb DBG:

There is a limited set of virtualization-related symbols that are currently not available: vmprox.pdb, vid.pdb, storvsp.pdb, vhdparser.pdb, passthroughparser.pdb, hvax64.pdb, hvix64.pdb, and hvloader.pdb.

If you have a scenario where you need access to any of these symbols, please let us know in the comments below or through the Feedback Hub app. Please include some detail on the specific scenario which you are looking at. With newer releases, we are evaluating whether we can make even more symbols available.

Alles Gute,
Lars

SSD, H370 Mobo, PC Case

Building up a new system and looking for a few parts to complete the build. Thought I’d see if there were any suitable items people were looking to move on before I go new.

1. An SSD 240GB or more.

2. A H370 motherboard (or would consider a Z370 or B360). Happy to consider any ATX or mATX boards.

3. Looking for a good condition case. Ideally one with good airflow and some soundproofing. Not looking to spend over £50.

What have you got?

Cheers
Matt

Location: Woking/London…

SSD, H370 Mobo, PC Case

SSD, H370 Mobo, PC Case

Building up a new system and looking for a few parts to complete the build. Thought I’d see if there were any suitable items people were looking to move on before I go new.

1. An SSD 240GB or more.

2. A H370 motherboard (or would consider a Z370 or B360). Happy to consider any ATX or mATX boards.

3. Looking for a good condition case. Ideally one with good airflow and some soundproofing. Not looking to spend over £50.

What have you got?

Cheers
Matt

Location: Woking/London…

SSD, H370 Mobo, PC Case