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Speaking on stage at BUILD, Satya Nadella reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to protecting people’s privacy online, and also to protecting democracy and civil society. He said that privacy is a human right and Microsoft has created an environment that when it collects data it is for the benefit of the user and ensuring that users have control over their data and its use. Discussing the new European Union regulation, GDPR, Nadella called it “sound” and that the firm will have measures in place to comply with the law by the end of the month. In order to become compliant, Microsoft has hundreds of engineers working to build a suitable infrastructure, and the firm wants to help partners become compliant as well. Nadella went on to discuss the CLOUD Act, a law that was enacted this year in the U.S. with the goal of modernising data privacy and governmental surveillance laws to reflect industry cloud computing practices. He said both GPDR and the CLOUD Act are good starting points but that he would like to see the whole world create an intergovernmental framework for ensuring people’s privacy. read more on our Forum

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17672 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring in addition to those who opted in to Skip Ahead. The update includes the following new features:
Windows Security Improvements
The Windows Security Center (WSC) service now requires antivirus products to run as a protected process to register. Products that have not yet implemented this will not appear in the Windows Security UI, and Windows Defender Antivirus will remain enabled side-by-side with these products.
For testing purposes, you can disable this new behavior in Windows Insider builds by creating the following registry key and rebooting the device.  This key will be removed as Microsoft get closer to release.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\Feature
DisableAvCheck (DWORD) = 1
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC read more on our forum

On 6 April 2016 the Council of the European Union has finally published what will most likely be the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now translated in all the official languages of the EU. After a political agreement was reached in December on what has become known as one of the most heavily lobbied texts in the history of the European Union, it took more than three months for linguists and legal experts to translate the final version of the 261-page Regulation. Finally, in an attempt to keep up with the initial deadline for final adoption of the text, the Council has decided to adopt its position via an exceptionally short written procedure, which ends today, 8 April 2016. This, however, is not the end of the journey for the stakeholders involved. On the contrary, now the implementation phase starts: a period in which companies will have to ensure that their organisations will comply with the new set of rules by the time in which the Regulation will enter into force, in the second quarter of 2018. National Data Protection Authorities, as well as the Article 29 Working Party and the European Data Protection Supervisor will be issuing guidelines and opinions in the next months, to assist organisations in their preparation. The approval of the GDPR is also a necessary step before the upcoming revision of the ePrivacy Directive, which will have to be aligned to the provisions in the new Regulation. Download links are available on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft couple of days ago released a new build 17666 for Windows Server 2019. The latest preview build is part of the Redstone 5 development branch and comes with many new features along with known issues which are part of every preview build. The new preview build comes with the performance history of Storage Space Direct and options to delimit volume allocation. The build also includes VHDX archive which can be downloaded in English. The latest Windows Server 2019 preview can be downloaded as an ISO image in 18 different languages. The company has also provided two keys which allow unlimited activations for the Insiders. As is expected from a preview build, it comes with some known issues apart from the new features. The known issues include issues with the Active Directory Domain Controllers which might not be upgraded correctly after installing the preview build. As a precaution, Microsoft requests users to first back up any Active Directory Domain Controllers before starting to download the new preview build. More available on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft has officially announced the successor of Surface Hub which was launched back in 2016. Called Surface Hub 2, the device will come with a 50.5-inch display and 3:2 aspect ratio. With the new Surface Hub, Microsoft plans to redefine the boring conference room meetings.  The Surface Hub 2 will come with 50.5-inch display and 3:2 Aspect Ratio. The device will also support 4K  resolution. Microsoft also made sure to cut on bezels so Surface Hub 2 has a better screen-to-body ratio. Microsoft has also added the same muscle wire technology into the Surface Hub 2 so it can seamlessly change orientation from portrait to landscape and vice-versa. The company has also added 4K cameras that rotate with the device, integrated speakers, and far-field mic arrays. Microsoft has also promised better software support with the new Surface Hub 2. The device will be based on Windows 10 and will take advantage of Windows Hello to allow users to easily login and start working. Apart from this, Microsoft has also optimized the software for productivity apps like Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, and Office 365. Learn more on OUR FORUM.

Australian authorities launched an investigation into Google's massive data harvest from smartphones, which reportedly allows the search giant to track users' movements even with location services turned off. The investigations stem from findings made by the California-based software company Oracle, which revealed that Google was collecting up to one gigabyte of each users' monthly phone data to secretly trace their location. With the number of Android users in Australia around 10 million, if Google were to pay to collect their data, the price tag at current data costs would be somewhere between $432 and $540 million annually. According to experts from Oracle, Google collected this data to help advertisers. Concerned about the impact that both Google and Facebook have had on the advertising market, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) launched an inquiry. In a report recently presented to the ACCC and cited by The Australian, Oracle details the extent of access Google has to smartphone users' data... read more on our Forum