Adobe is finally planning to kill off Flash media player once and for all. 2020 will mark an end of an era for Flash. The news doesn’t come as a surprise to most as the internet has already started shrinking Flash’s reach in favor of HTML5 and other open standards like WebGL and web assembly.
Various web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have all been blocking Flash over the past year, but Adobe is now planning to remove support for it. Adobe has said that the company will stop updating and distributing Flash at the end of 2020.
“We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” the company said in a blog post.
A number of gaming, education, and video sites still use Flash, and Adobe says it remains committed to supporting the technology until 2020 by taking help of its partners including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla. Also, they would be motivating developers to switch to open web standards as soon as possible.
Google will continue phasing out Flash over the next few years, while Mozilla says Firefox users will be able to choose which websites are able to run Flash next month and allow Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) users to keep using Flash until the end of 2020. Microsoft says it plans to disable Flash by default in Edge and Internet Explorer in mid to late 2019, with a full removal from all supported versions of Windows by the end of 2020.
HTML5 standards have been implemented across all modern web browsers, and the need for Flash just isn’t there anymore. Today only 17% (this number was 80% around three years ago) desktop Chrome users visit Flash-based websites. And an end to Flash will likely result in more secure experiences, fewer browser crashes and longer battery life.
Windows’ Fall Creators Update will add a pack of new features to the platform, but it could also mark the beginning of the end for MS Paint.
Microsoft has revealed in a list of removed and deprecated features that it will stop actively developing the iconic application. No more future updates or new features for the painting program it launched with its operating system in 1985. That’s usually the first step of killing an app, and a Windows update down the line could remove it altogether. Microsoft denied Paint’s demise in the statement it sent The New York Times, but it also took the chance to remind people that Paint 3D can do most of what the original application can: “MS Paint is not going away. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing and 2D creation are in Paint 3D — the new app for creativity, available for free with the Windows 10 Creators update.”
The tech titan is also tossing unused Outlook Express code in the trash and integrating Reader app and list into MS Edge when the Creators Update drops. In addition, it’s paring down the screensaver feature by disabling it in Themes and stopping its development for Group Policies, Control Panel and Sysprep. Update: Microsoft clarified where Paint is going with a follow-up post: “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.”
Microsoft is expanding its partnership with BMW to enable Skype for Business in cars that use BMW’s iDrive system. BMW was one of the first car makers to enable Office 365 services in its cars, and this latest feature will let owners take Skype meetings in their cars through the built-in entertainment system.
The system will work by triggering notifications for meetings, allowing drivers to dial-in without having to enter the conference number details manually. BMW will also enable tighter integration with calendars, contacts, and to-do lists all from Microsoft’s Exchange service. BMW is planning to enable the Skype for Business feature in France, Germany, and the UK initially before it expanding it to other countries.
BMW also revealed earlier this year that it plans to integrate Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant into some cars as part of Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle vision. BMW is planning to let drivers access Cortana through a dashboard screen, with the ability to easily access to-do lists, reminders, news, events, and other Cortana features.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of cloud infrastructure: improved productivity, cost savings, efficiency, agility and a host of other buzzwords that paint cloud as the be all, end all for IT.
Most organisations today either already run workloads in the cloud or plan to experiment with cloud in the very near future. And it’s up to businesses to decide whether they choose cloud infrastructure provided by public cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, or cloud infrastructure maintained by their organisation’s IT team.
In compliance heavy businesses, such as financial institutions, a new trend has emerged: organisations are running an isolated virtual private environment on public cloud infrastructure.
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You already know that positive thinking leads to a more fulfilling life.
That much is clear.
But how do you actually think positive when your mind is consistently stuck on the negative?
And how can you do it naturally…without using medication or alcohol?
Well…that’s exactly what Alison Ledgerwood talks about in this Article from her blog.
As a professional people watcher (social psychologist) Alison Ledgerwood always wondered why the human mind swayed to the negative.
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We may come across major things in our day to day life. Most of the times we fail to notice the strange thing in it. ATM machines are not new to us. We are very familiar with the usage of ATM’s. After the invention of ATM machine, the major task of drawing the money from our bank account became so simple. It’s very convenient for us to carry ATM-cum-Debit cards with us. You can withdraw from your account with a simple swipe of you debit card at the ATM’s. ATM machines were installed all over the world in every street of the cities. There is no wonder that even the extremely remote areas got installed with ATM machines.
But there is an interesting theory behind the development of the ATM as we know it now.
Read more to know it…
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We are in a digital world now and computers have become our basic need in our lives. And the primary thing we need to operate this machine is a keyboard. Every time I see my keyboard, a question comes into my mind – why are the keys not arranged in the alphabetical order? Why are they MIXED up like this? Is there any reason behind this?
Have you also ever thought of this? If so, here we are going to tell you some facts about the arrangement of letters on Keyboard. Check out why!Read TO find out..
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