Windows 10 cheat sheet

Windows 10 is the best operating system that’s come along from Microsoft in a long time. It’s a shape-shifter that changes its interface depending upon whether you’re using a traditional computer or a touch-based one. It undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8, including eliminating the awkward Charms bar and bringing back the long-mourned Start menu. A lot more has changed as well, with a new default browser called Edge, the integration of the Cortana digital assistant, links to Microsoft’s cloud-based OneDrive cloud storage service and plenty more.Share this story: IT pros, we hope you’ll pass this guide on to your users to show them the Windows 10 ropes. Also see our printable PDF of Windows 10 gestures and shortcuts.To read this article in full, please click here

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IDG Contributor Network: Why now is the time for WebRTC

More than six years ago an ambitious, real-time communications project was spearheaded by Google. What emerged was a powerful, open-source tool capable of equipping web browsers with the ability to support voice and video conferencing and data sharing.Aptly named WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), this collection of protocols and interfaces enabled audio and video setup over peer-to-peer connections without the need for expensive or complex back-end software. Most appealing, WebRTC made it possible to deploy click-to-start meetings without downloading a dedicated app or plug-in.Despite this, WebRTC faced hurdles in the early years, including battles over which standards and codecs would be implemented and a lack of support from major browsers and legacy communications providers. But now we’ve reached a tipping point— with more than three billion dollars of investment involved—WebRTC is finally starting to see critical adoption.To read this article in full, please click here

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Think you know web browsers? Take this quiz and prove it.

Test Your KnowledgeImage by Google / Christina Tynan WoodPity the poor web browser. Once the undisputed heavyweight champion of Internet applications, it’s been largely supplanted now by monolithic social media platforms, mobile technologies, and smartphone apps.To read this article in full, please click here

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Cast is a full-service podcasting studio that lives in your browser

default-rss-image0 Traditionally, the largest barrier to podcasting has been the complexity of steps and multitude of programs it takes to go from recording to editing to publishing. Cast is simplifying this process with its web-based podcasting platform that lets you record, edit, and publish all without leaving your browser. Cast Studio, the recording portion of the site, captures hi-fi audio from the user and… Read More

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Firefox 44 adds H.264 video support on desktop, supports cloud printing on Android


Mozilla has released Firefox 44 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox 44 for Android hot on its heels. Like the previous release, the most visible changes are reserved for the mobile build.

Android users gain support for cloud printing and improved search tools, while desktop users can now watch H.264 video on supported systems. Most other changes are under the hood or aimed at developers.

Once again, the Android release is the one that will turn heads. Users can now send pages to their cloud-enabled printer using the Android print service via the new Page > Print command.

Other new features include an improved tab tray on phones, the ability to choose a specific home page (rather than the Top sites panel) when launching Firefox, and a web-based Firefox Accounts page.

Three new search features include the showing of search history suggestions, easier access to search settings when performing a search, and a link to the option for customizing search providers when users tap the search label in the quick search bar.

Users will also now be prompted when in Private Browsing mode if they tap a link that launches an app direct from a web page. The Android build also now supports URIs that use the mms: protocol.

The desktop build will now enable H.264 video if a system decoder is present, or fall back to WebM/VP9 on systems that don’t support it. There are also improved warning pages for certificate errors and untrusted connections.

Developers gain many improvements, including one to the recently introduced Animations view in Page Inspector, with lightning bolt icons signifying those animations running on the compositor thread.

There’s also support adding for the brotli compression format via HTTPS content encoding, which should help speed up web browsing on supported secure sites.

Changes include removed support for the RC4 decipher, a new SHA-256 signing certificate to meet new signing requirements for Windows builds. It also no longer trusts either Equifax Secure Certificate Authority 1024-bit root certificates or UTN-DATACorp SGC when validating secure websites.

One regression is that support for on-screen keyboards in Windows 8 and 8.1 has been temporarily turned off. A bug preventing the disabling of the XP and Vista screensaver when watching videos has — however — been fixed.

Firefox 44 FINAL is available now as a free, open-source download for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’ll soon be joined by Firefox 44 for Android.

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