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Windows 10: Microsoft Really Pushing Its Edge Browser

Windows 10: Microsoft Really Pushing Its Edge Browser

Although long available on tablet PCs, Windows 10 has generally been ignored in favor of iOS and Android tablets for many reasons.

If you are in the Skip Ahead ring and receiving Redstone 5 builds (176xx), you're in luck as Microsoft has just released a new build, version 17627.

It is clear Microsoft needs to do something to stimulate use of Edge, but the change is likely to be extremely unpopular with both testers and regular users, if it is not altered before becoming default for all versions of Windows 10 going forwards. "We will provide more details when available", Redmond warned.

Windows Server 2016 supports HCI and customers may use the Windows Server Software Defined program to find appropriate solutions.

However, it appeared that customers in the Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel - which was only introduced for Windows Server last June - were supposed to be getting an update this March, based on comments last year that Microsoft was committing to a twice-a-year update scheduled for Semi-Annual Channel customers as of September 2017. Detailed in a new Windows Insider Blog post, this profile is accessible and editable through the Notebook of Cortana, within the Start menu.

With Windows Server 2019, it will be easy to integrate Microsoft cloud services like Azure File Sync, Azure Backup, and disaster recovery.

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In a nod to the popularity of hyperconverged infrastructure, which merges compute and storage systems, Microsoft noted that with Windows Server 16, it worked with hardware providers on validated HCI designs for customers. The Shielded Virtual Machines capability that's already present in Windows Server 2016 will be extended in the new product to support Linux virtual machines (VMs), in addition to Windows VMs.

HCI is improved in Windows Server 2019 significantly. Microsoft charges licensing costs for the ability to connect to Windows Server, which are called "CALs".

Microsoft is also adding the capability to manage hyperconverged infrastructure deployments using Project Honolulu.

In general, Microsoft wants testers to validate in-place upgrades from Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. Microsoft is also adding Encrypted Networks allowing admins to encrypt network segments.

Container and converged infrastructure support is also being improved, with the size of a Server Core base container image being reduced from about 5GB to under 2GB, a move that "will reduce download time of the image by 72 percent, further optimizing the development time and performance".