How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

Unless you have been living under a rock, or on holiday you could not have failed to notice the launch of Microsoft Windows 10 earlier this month.  The objective is to have the same OS across a myriad of devices and finally have something to compete with and beat Android. At a practical level it’s worth pondering how Windows 10 home is different to Windows 10 pro. This is a key question for enterprise mobility projects with a preference for Windows considering a BYOD deployment.

What version of Windows 10 you are looking at will be optimised for smaller screen sizes allowing apps to look the same and sync across mobile and desktop devices instantly.

In the enterprise this effectively means the end of the .NET based Windows Mobile 6.5 which has for many years been the stalwart line of business OS for the PDA format. Windows 10 mobile is due to be made available at the end of 2015 and will have all the new ingredients of Windows 10 including the Edge browser but not IE. Given the right device hardware you will be able to plug into a display and utilise the Continuum interface.

Upgrade

If you are already on a previous Windows version and upgrade those running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will move to Windows 10 Home Edition. Windows 10 Pro replaces Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 Pro. Even Home Edition gets the Edge browser Cortana voice controlled assistant and biometric login.

Windows 10 Pro will be the OS of choice for those businesses looking for more compatibility and security. Home Edition will be just fine for those looking to leverage the Edge browser managing media and doing rudimentary Office functions.

If you are unsure that your machine is up to it get some advice, read this first or buy a book

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

 

Key Features of Windows 10 Home Edition

  • Focus on the consumer – Lower price to compete with  Android Chrome and iOS.
  • Cortana virtual assistant.
  • Edge browser.
  • Continuum the tablet mode makes the taskbar and the Start menu way simpler than with Windows 8.1.
  • Apps from the App store will run on any Windows 10 device.

Why will some Enterprise Mobility Users adopt Windows 10 Professional Instead.

  • Ability to join a Windows domain.
  • Azure Active Directory for single sign on to cloud services.
  • Hyper-V for virtualisation
  • Enterprise mode Internet Explorer.
  • Remote Desktop.
  • A version of the Windows Store for your own business.
  • Enterprise Data Protection containers – coming at the end of 2015.
  • Company Policy.
  • Security and Management.
  • Bitlocker and EFS for file encryption and protection.
  • Custom applications loading and management.

Other Versions

Windows 10 Enterprise is aimed at larger companies with volume licensing, no free upgrade.

Windows 10 Education aimed at educational establishments and BYOD scenarios.

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

A new OS across a multitude of devices, a perfect companion to our “write once deploy anywhere” mobile apps. Get in touch to learn more.

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Create Write Once Deploy Anywhere Enterprise Apps

Create Write Once Deploy Anywhere Enterprise Apps

Create Write Once Deploy Anywhere Enterprise Apps

MobileWorxs has announced the UK release of MobileFrame version 6.0, the class leading write once deploy anywhere enterprise grade mobility app development environment.

This new version allows users to create, deploy, and manage sophisticated enterprise grade apps across iOS, Android and Windows devices as native, web or hybrid applications.

This platform includes all the tools for a successful fully-integrated mobile deployment such as, application development, device management, data management, robust synchronisation, a fully native client so your users can work even in areas with poor network coverage, GPS tracking, project admin tools, security, an integration wizard, scalable server options and on or off premise hosting.

Andrew Cahill, MobileWorxs MD, saidThis new release of MobileFrame provides all the tools to allow robust enterprise grade solutions for a market steadily moving focus from the traditional Windows Mobile to iOS and Android

“Using proven methods of application development methods, integration into existing ERP systems, and application management apps can be continually created or improved to follow business changes.”

Powered by the patented, code- free “write once deploy anywhere” mobile ERP platform approach, enterprises can design, build, configure test and manage custom apps across the enterprise from a single platform with no coding required.

The scope for apps to automate field based processes is vast both on and off premise and commonly includes field service, delivery, merchandising, inspections, van sales, vehicle inspection and inventory management. But remember! a great enterprise mobility deployment starts with a good management mind set and project plan.

Learn More (22)We can help you come up with an approach to enterprise mobility apps that is well thought through simple to use and has a positive impact on your business.

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Is Enterprise Mobility an App-ocalypse Now ?

Enterprise Mobility an App-ocalypse Now ?

Is Enterprise Mobility an App-ocalypse Now ?

Considering the incredible rates of adoption of smartphones and tablets are you underwhelmed with the progress of Enterprise Mobility Apps in the workplace ? Is it too soon to think of this period in terms of an unfulfilled legacy of enterprise mobility as an app-ocalypse now ?

According to Gartner in the first quarter of 2015 worldwide sales of smartphones reached 336 million units an increase of 19.3 per cent. They go on to estimate that employees use an average of three different devices in their daily routine. This seems to be placing an increasing amount of pressure on IT to develop a larger variety of business process based mobile apps in shorter time frames.

From our own experience it seems that the enterprise mobility clock has stopped for some businesses. An unwillingness to experiment combined with a fundamental lack of understanding has left many line of business or blue collar apps still un-automated years after such things become the norm in retail and logistics.

So Why The CIO Confusion

In spite of all this device adoption and the long history of field based blue collar projects most CIO’s are still unsure of how to approach enterprise mobility. Questions abound about app development; native or HTML 5 apps, hosted bought in or developed in house and if so by whom and using what tools. It can all be very confusing especially where there are plenty of other calls on that budget or as someone said to us in a presentation last month – what budget.

Gartner’s Adrian Leow commented. “Organizations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic,”  “We’re seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging. .”

Gartner Top Tips

  • Prioritize app development.
  • Adopt a bimodal IT approach.
  • Use rapid mobile app development tools.
  • Adopt a mixed-sourcing approach.

Before we build the stocks for MD’s CIO and Ops Directors we should admit that the “mobile” IT industry is not blameless for a lot of this lack of progress. Most enterprise mobility “solutions” are little more than a jumble of desktop “parts” for developers to cobble together an app with custom code leading to expensive time consuming and costly development projects that rarely succeed in terms creating an ROI, which of course was the point in the first place.

Whilst Gartner advocates a “horses for courses” approach for choosing app development environments we have found that for the majority of line of business scenarios constantly come back to using native apps to provide for a local mobile database where a persistent 4G connection is not assured. A write once deploy anywhere approach allows clients to not have to bet the farm on one OS or another whilst taking advantage of ever falling device prices. In these circumstances it seems that HTML5 whilst great in some scenarios, especially for those marooned on Blackberry only provides a partial strategic solution.

A Unique Opportunity

So is Enterprise mobility an App-ocalypse Now ? I don’t think so, more likely it seems a change of attitude is needed.

The real knowledge of business processes come from operations which will lead to more enterprise apps being created by business analysts using codeless tools rather than an IT department commissioning a ground up line by line bespoke solution.

The advent of new devices faster comms and Internet of Things technology means there is a great opportunity to revolutionise the enterprise mobility functions of any organisation. Approaches that were once the preserve of large multi national corporations are now accessible to projects of all sizes.

Enterprise Mobility an App-ocalypse Now ?We build enterprise grade apps using the MobileFrame platform which serves as a strategic write once deploy anywhere approach for businesses looking to automate field based processes.

Apocalypse Now – The Movie

Enterprise Mobility an App-ocalypse Now ?

The Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now was released 36 years ago this week on August 15th 1979.

 

Francis Coppola directed, a typhoon destroyed the set and Martin Sheen had a heart attack all whilst making this epic movie about a journey to find a nut case at the end of a long river. Look out for those then young stars Harrison Ford post Star Wars Laurence Fishburne and Charlie Sheen (uncredited). The cinema release version runs to 153 minutes so stock up on the popcorn. The movie is well worth seeing once and you can be certain by the end you will either love it or hate it…enjoy!

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Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to Any Mobile Device

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Are your staff using smartphones or tablets for day to day apps. If they need to scan significant quantities of bar codes they will face a common challenge.  The camera is great for selfies but not really designed for volume scanning and can be slow and a real pain (literally) If so, its time to add enterprise grade companion scanning to any mobile device.

 

 

Simple

Devices with integral scanning tend to be purpose built rugged and expensive. The need to scan frequently is often the function of a repetitive work process such as parcel delivery. So in a BYOD environment or where the users have devices that do not feature integral scanning products like the Opticon range are a straightforward and economic way to add 1D or 2D bar code scanning without interfering with your app or installing any fiddly drivers.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to Connect to your smartphone or tablet in a few moments using Bluetooth. A scanner like this is about the size and weight of a desktop mouse making it very easy to use pop it in a pocket or use a lanyard.

Colin Foster at Opticon says;

“Companion scanning provides a cost effective, easy to use data capture solution when paired to a smartphone or tablet device. Using the technology is simple; you just point, click and scan. Companion scanners like the OPN-2006 are small, lightweight and ergonomic in design which makes it very simple to carry, use and store the device”

Justification

How many scans a day are too much for a camera on a smartphone or tablet? Tough question the answer is that once the user starts to comment about how ergonomically unpleasant the task has become its time to do something else !

Typical Companion Scanning Applications

  • Inventory management and merchandising
  • Healthcare
  • Field service
  • Order picking
  • Item identification
  • Visitor registration
  • Facilities management

Add Enterprise Grade Companion Scanning to any Mobile Device

Need to scan bar codes – ditch the camera get in touch to add enterprise grade companion scanning to any mobile device.

 

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First Rugged Tablets on Windows 10

First Rugged Tablets on Windows 10

First Rugged Tablets on Windows 10

 

This week Microsoft has been making available its newest operating system Windows 10.  In the rugged tablet sector MobileDemand is introducing the first rugged tablets on Windows 10.

 

The OS combines the strength of Windows 8 adding in new robust security and productivity features. Including the Microsoft Edge browser, Cortana the digital, voice-activated assistant and apps from the Windows Store.

As one of the first rugged tablet providers to go to market MobileDemand is bringing to life Microsoft’s vision to empower all individuals and organizations to do more. The innovative range of rugged tablet designs provide complete mobile computing systems for enterprises seeking to improve operational productivity.

“Millions of people are already using Windows 10, providing feedback to Microsoft on how to improve the usability and functionality of the OS,” said Matt Miller, President of MobileDemand. “It’s proof how dedicated they are to making it the best operating system they’ve ever released and we believe it 100 percent!”

Top 10 Windows 10 Features

Windows 10 MDM from SOTI

Early reviews from the trade press have been very positive.

First Rugged Tablets on Windows 10Get in touch to learn more about Windows 10 on MobileDemand models Flex 8 Flex 10, T1400, T1600 and T1200

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SOTI MobiControl in Education

SOTI MobiControl in Education

Educators continue to choose MobiControl in Education as it has become the leading mobility management solution for the classroom due to its breadth of platform support and industry-leading feature set. MobiControl offers:

  • Advanced security including location based policy enforcement, remote lock/wipe and password enforcement
  • Remote Control for true 1:1 interaction between teacher and students
  • Web filtering technology for responsible web browsing in the classroom
  • Kiosk Mode for primary learners and special education applications
  • Classroom App Catalog for management of educational applications
  • Support for Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices

SOTI MobiControl In Education

SOTI MobiControl v12 is now available now Latest release notes. Get in touch to arrange an evaluation.

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Wordless Wednesday Good Cheap Fast

Wordless Wednesday Good Cheap Fast

Wordless Wednesday Good Cheap Fast

I’m told this picture was taken at a design agency in the South West region of England

 

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Understand How Li-ion Batteries Fail

Understand How Li-ion Batteries Fail

Li-ion batteries are everywhere powering all sorts of devices from e-cigarettes to smartphones computers and electric cars.

But, do we understand how Li-ion batteries fail ?

Tests have showed that failure in a Li-ion battery cell can cause a potentially catastrophic chain reaction and has been attributed as the cause of a number of plane crashes in recent years.

Millions of Li-ion batteries are manufactured every year and understanding what happens when they fail is key to improving their design. In a study published in Nature Communications, scientists believe they now have better insight into how the failure happens.

Paul Shearing from University College London (UCL) said “This new technique will provide a capability for evaluating different batteries, and how they age, degrade and fail”

Using a combination of high-speed X-ray tomography, radiography and thermal imaging, Shearing and a team were able to describe how overheating causes gas pockets to form inside the battery thus deforming its inner layers.

Overheating can happen due to electrical or mechanical abuse or the presence of an external heat source for example failure of adjacent cell in a larger battery pack, said Shearing.

“Depending on the cell design, there are a range of critical temperatures which, when reached, will trigger further exothermic events, which also generate heat,”

“Once the rate of heat generation exceeds the rate of heat dissipation into the environment, the temperature of the cell starts to rise, thereafter a sequence of detrimental events propagates in a process known as thermal runaway.”

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Thankfully Li-ion battery problems are very rare. Get in touch to learn more about enterprise mobility….batteries included !

 

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How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product Key

How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product Key

If you need to re-install Windows 8.1 you will soon find that unlike the good old days your Windows 8.1 product key is not likely to be found printed on a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) label on the back of the unit.

How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product KeySo how do you find this 25 digit gold dust? This is not an exhaustive list of methods, if in doubt consult your systems admin. The key is stored in the Windows registry but in a binary form that is not human readable.

  1. Was it on an Email confirmation when you bought the OS?
  2. Ask the manufacturer of the unit as they will have the product key and product serial number on file. Serial numbers can be anywhere but often on a rating label or in the battery bay on more rugged units.
  3. Ask Microsoft.
  4. Is it printed on documents that were in that box you carefully saved (!) when the device arrived?
  5. Write some VB script. 
  6. Understand the difference between Product ID and Product Key.
  7. Use a 3rd party piece of software. This involves loading a piece of software on the unit to go find the product key. There are many out there. If you would like to try the one we use get in touch.

How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product KeyIt all might be easier on Windows 10….

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Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

 

When you see the term “intrinsic safety” or a description of a mobile computer, tablet laptop or smartphone as “intrinsically safe” followed by a string acronyms – do you have any idea what it all means?

 

Intrinsic Safety What Is It?

Intrinsic safety is a requirement that may be applicable to devices that are being operated in areas with flammable gases combustible dusts ignitable fibers or liquids. The device carrying the description is deemed to have been made in such a way as to be incapable of igniting these.

Why Is it Needed?

Intrinsic safety (IS) is a protection technique for safe operation of electrical equipment in hazardous areas by limiting the energy available for ignition. In signal and control circuits that can operate with low currents and voltages, the intrinsic safety approach simplifies circuits and reduces installation cost over other protection methods.

Getting to grips with intrinsic safety regulations can be a tough assignment as the numbers of intrinsically safe rugged mobile devices continues to increase and the regulations are as complex as ever.

Areas with dangerous concentrations of flammable gases or dust are found in a wide variety of  applications including mining and process manufacturing industries such as petrochemical refining.  Plant maintenance process monitoring and asset management are popular applications. As with non IS zones improving workflow productivity and effectiveness are considered fundamental reasons to undertake  project.

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

All devices that are to be used in an areas zoned as hazardous must carry the correct compliance certification for use in that area. Lab based certification allows a device to be used only in the area it is approved for. It is therefore important to understand which areas in your organisation should be treated in this way as it is not a case that “any rating will do”.

In the EU the standard for intrinsic safety certification is around the ATEX directive. In North America Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and in Canada the Canadian Standards Association. In many other countries around the world the IECEx standards are followed. Standards agencies do engage in harmonization activities so that intrinsically safe equipment manufactured in one country might be approved for use in another without expensive re-testing and documentation. But at this point a  device certified for use in Europe may not be approved for use in the USA and vice versa.

Why Is This Important

Productivity improvements are often the key driver to implementing enterprise mobility solutions for organisations who have intrinsically safe areas. Making sure the most suitable devices are specified for use inside and outside these areas is key to operational safety and project success.

Get In Touch Now (16)Get in touch if you have questions or need to discuss the options available in this area?

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