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Yesterday, on the 22nd September, Microsoft sneakily released Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows. It has been two and a half years since the release of the last version of Office – 2013. Since then Microsoft has released versions of Office for the iPad, iPhone and android based devices. The mobile versions were apparently all based on the same code, so the majority of development since the last release will have been on Office 2016.
What’s new in Microsoft Office 2016?
Microsoft has described it as ‘a perfect pairing with Windows 10’ with ‘security features businesses will love’. However, Office 2016’s big focus is on collaboration. As you can see on the video provided by Microsoft below, they’ve added some pretty nifty features to help you work more effectively in a team.
- Realtime co-authoring – In the Office Web Apps, you’ve been able to collaborate on work in real time since 2013 – but this is now being brought into their offline apps.
- Skype for Business – You can screen share, message colleagues and video chat whilst working within documents now.
- Office 365 Groups – You can now create public or private teams. Each Office 365 group will have a shared inbox, calendar and cloud storage for collaborative files, amongst other things.
And whilst Microsoft have put plenty of effort into delivering cross-platform versions of Office, Microsoft have stated that they see the ‘home’ of Office being Windows. We gather from this that there is to be lots of integration with Windows 10 and Cortana.
How to Download Microsoft Office 2016
- Office 365 comes with Microsoft Office 2016 – you can buy it here.
- If you are using an older version of Microsoft Office along with your 365 subscription, you can find instructions on how to upgrade to Microsoft Office 2016. If you’re a business user, you can follow the guide here or contact us.
- More information on Office 2016.
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The Blackphone is a phone designed to include the functionality of modern smartphone but to incorporate protection against modern privacy concerns.
It runs off its own OS: PrivatOS. This is an Android-based operating system that was adapted by a company called Silent Circle. This OS contains no bloatware (such as system functions that use up disk space or RAM, like you often find on Android and iPhone devices).
Business or Personal Use?
This proprietary operating system comes with a function called ‘spaces’ which allows your device to contain several virtual devices – meaning that you don’t need to compromise sensitive data or allow everyday use to get in the way of your business. The OS comes with a pre-setup Space called ‘Silent Space’ which includes a set of apps developed by Silent circle, along with its own proprietary app store. There’s no limit on the amount of separate partitions that a user can add, though. For example, you may want to have a work space in which frequently used business apps that your IT department can control, allowing them the ability to select which apps and actions can and cannot interact with the business. This is particularly useful for security conscience organisations. You can then add personal or child-friendly spaces that work entirely independently to your work space and therefore will not get in the way.
Apps and 3rd Party Downloads
The App store, called the ‘Silent Store’ tries to put user privacy to the forefront by listing in plain English the different permissions each app will require in order to be installed, unlike Apple’s app store and the Google Play store.
- Blackphone Security Centre is a list of settings so you can control app permissions all in one place.
- Remote Wipe allows you to remove any data on your phone remotely, in case you lose the phone or it is stolen.
- Silent Phone makes private calls and video conferences more secure with an encrypted VoIP service that works internationally over 3G, 4G or WiFi.
- Conference Calling allows you to make conference calls with up to 6 people, all encrypted.
- Silent Text encrypts all text messages. You can also put on a Burn functionality, which destroys selected messages.
What next for the Blackphone?
A year after its release, Blackphone announced the release of the Blackphone 2 aswell as the Blackphone+ tablet. They didn’t give a specific date, however the Blackphone 2 is scheduled to arrive this September, with the Blackphone+ following and releasing before the year comes to a close.
The Spec of the Blackphone 2:
- 5.5 inch screen: same as the iPhone 6.
- Display: 1080p retina display protected by gorilla glass.
- Memory: 3GB Ram.
- Internal Storage: 32GB.
- Camera: 13MP and 5MP.
- 3060mAh battery – much larger than the iPhone 6.
Before the Blackphone was released, most security conscious organisations preferred to operate using BlackBerry handsets. However, the co-founder of Silent Circle, Mike Janke, said at the phones launch: “We’re replacing BlackBerry, we don’t care that BlackBerry’s CEO is throwing nasty things about us onto Twitter. We’re going to dominate them.”.
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