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Windows 10 release date finally confirmed

Windows 10 release date finally confirmed

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available from July 29th globally.

AMD’s president and CEO Dr. Lisa Su recently revealed that Windows 10 will launch at the end of July, and it seems she was correct.

The operating system (OS) will launch in 190 countries as a free upgrade to customers using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

The Start menu returns with Windows 10, as well as support for Windows Defender providing users with free anti-malware protection.

On Microsoft’s blog, the company stated: “With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms.“

Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana is also available with Windows 10, along with a new web browser called Microsoft Edge. The browser offers users content based on their interests with a built-in commenting system.

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Half of UK IT businesses say skills gap is negatively affecting staff productivity

Half of UK IT businesses say skills gap is negatively affecting staff productivity

The IT skills gap is still impacting businesses, according to a new report from IT trade association CompTIA.

When asked what the consequences of the skills gap are for their businesses, 44 per cent of UK respondents said staff productivity was negatively affected, and 30 per cent said that customer services suffered from insufficient skills.

A further 27 per cent said that it slowed speed to market, and 26 per cent reported a detriment to innovation and new product development.

However, the gap – between current IT workplace knowledge and the expertise actually required for new technologies and trends – is closing. 55 per cent said they are exactly or close to where they want to be, compared to 48 per cent of firms two years ago.

Also, despite the skills gap, 62 per cent of UK executives expect 2015 business conditions to be better than last year. More UK firms plan to hire staff this year.

CompTIA’s International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends Study, which surveyed 1,507 IT executives across the world, found that more than three quarters of UK firms plan to increase IT spending this year by an average of 4.2 per cent.

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Candy Crush Saga to come bundled with Redmond’s new OS

Candy Crush Saga

Redmond has revealed a deal with the game’s developer, King, to bring the mega-hit to its new operating system. Other King games will also appear on the platform.

That’s good news for King, which is finding it hard to satisfy investors.

It’s bad news for the rest of us, because the game is notoriously addictive. Exhibit A for CCS addiction is UK MP Nigel Mills , who landed in trouble for playing the game during a Parliamentary committee meeting.

Read More by Simon Sharwood

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