Microsoft announced the cloud-based Windows 365 last month, and the operating system is now available to users today. The new service provides access to the familiar Windows environment from any device – Android smartphone, iPad, old laptop or Linux computer. There is a monthly fee for using Windows 365, which depends on the service version and server configuration.
It was today that Microsoft officially published the price list for Windows 365, and, I must admit, it is shocking: the price reaches $ 162 per month! That’s how much it would cost to use Windows 365 Business with a CPU with eight vCore, 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage space. Windows 365 Enterprise with a server part of the same configuration will cost a little less – $ 158. The difference between Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise is that the former is aimed at companies with up to 300 employees, while the latter is for businesses with a large number of employees. It is not difficult to calculate that in a year, owning the most expensive version of Windows 365 Business will cost $ 2,000 per employee: buying a licensed Windows 10 with a powerful laptop or PC will be cheaper.
However, the basic version using Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise is much cheaper – only $ 20-24. True, the capacities are much more modest here: one virtual core, 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of space for storing files. Windows 365 is accessed through a browser or the Microsoft Remote Desktop app. At the same time, users are not limited in any way in launching applications – any programs compatible with Windows 10 or Windows 11 are supported.
Apple released macOS 12 Monterey – the new OS for Mac
Apple today released the stable version of its new Mac operating system, macOS 12 Monterey, which has been tested since the summer following the announcement in June at WWDC 2021.
MacOS 12 Monterey has a lot of innovations in its arsenal. FaceTime has support for spatial audio, the SharePlay function for sharing video and listening to music, two new microphone modes – in the “Voice isolation” mode, background noise is muffled and the voice sounds clearer, and in the “Wide spectrum” mode, the interlocutors can hear everything that Goes Around, Portrait mode, which makes the user stand out and blurs the background, and Grid mode, where call participants are displayed in cells of the same size.
The functions “Online Text” and “Visual Search” use the new capabilities of artificial intelligence to find information.
The Safari browser now has the ability to combine tabs into groups. Tab groups sync between Mac, iPhone and iPad. And on the Mac, Siri Shortcuts have become available to automate various actions, just like in iOS.
Also noteworthy is the Universal Control function. It allows you to easily switch between Mac and iPad using the same mouse and keyboard, without any additional setup. You can enter text using the keyboard on any device, drag and drop content between devices, draw on iPad with Apple Pencil, and then add artwork directly to apps on Mac, and more.
AirPlay broadcasts allow you to play, show or send content from iPhone or iPad to Mac – broadcast movies, games, photos and presentations, music.
The Focus feature lets you filter notifications from apps and people based on what the user is currently doing. Focus settings set on a Mac are automatically applied to all of the user’s devices in the Apple ecosystem. In Focus mode, Messages and other supported applications such as Slack automatically display the corresponding status. And that’s not all of the innovations in macOS 12 Monterey.
MacOS 12 Monterey is available as a free software update on Apple-based Macs and Intel-based Macs:
- iMac – Late 2015 and newer
- Mac Pro – Late 2013 and newer
- iMac Pro – 2017 and newer
- Mac mini – Late 2014 and newer
- MacBook Air – Early 2015 and newer
- MacBook – Early 2016 and newer
- MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and newer.
Note that SharePlay and Universal Control are not available at the time of release, to activate them Apple will release a separate macOS 12 Monterey update before the end of the fall.
Modular computer in the form of a vegetable dryer. Gigabyte showed Aorus Project Cielo
Gigabyte has unveiled the Aorus Project Cielo concept modular PC. The name, as well as the lack of details, do not allow us to say so far that such a serial product will be released. But the opposite cannot be said either.
Project Cielo is another attempt at a modular desktop PC. So far, none of the attempts have been successful, which is understandable by the specifics of the market.
Be that as it may, in this case, we know that the upper block of this computer, which looks like a dehydrator, is a PC itself, on average there can be a battery, and the lower one is a speaker system. That being said, Gigabyte is also talking about built-in 5G antennas. That is, it is also a potentially conditionally portable PC.
For the first time in 11 years of history: Instagram allowed publishing from computers
The Instagram team, part of Facebook, is launching a number of long-awaited features for users. The most anticipated of these is the ability to post to Instagram from computers.
At the moment, on computers, you can view content in Instagram through a browser, but publication is not possible. However, from Thursday, October 21, users will be able to upload photos and small videos no more than a minute in length in the web interface in desktop browsers. Instagram tested the innovation in June and now the release will take place.
From today on Instagram, two users will be able to jointly publish content to the feed or Reels. Collabs will have shared comments, views and likes.
Starting tomorrow, October 20, Instagram will also begin testing a new, simplified way to raise money for nonprofits. A couple of new music features are coming to Reels on Thursday, including 3D lyrics.
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