Big data applications

Richard J Self, Research Fellow – Big Data Lab, University of Derby, examines the role of software testing in the achievement of effective information and corporate governance.

As a reminder, software testing is about both verifying that software meets the specification and also validating that the software system meets the business requirements. Most of the activity of the software testing teams attempts to verify that the code meets the specification. A small amount of validation occurs during user acceptance testing, at which point it is normal to discover many issues where the system does not do what the user needs or wants.

It is only too clear that current approaches to software testing do not, so far, guarantee successful systems development and implementation.

IT project success

The Standish Group have been reporting annually on the success and failure of IT related projects since the original CHAOS report of 1994, using major surveys of projects of all sizes. They use three simple definitions of project successful, failed and challenged projects, as follows:

Project successful:

The project is completed on time and on budget, with all features and functions as initially specified.

Project challenged:

The project is completed and operational but over‑budget, over the time estimate, and offers fewer features and functions than originally specified.

Project failed:

The project is cancelled at some point during the development cycle.

Due to significant disquiet amongst CIOs about the definition of success requiring meeting the contracted functionality in a globalised and rapidly changing world, Standish Group changed the definition in 2013 to:

Project successful:

The project is completed on time and on budget, with a satisfactory result; which is, in some ways, a lower bar.

As the graph in Figure 1 shows, the levels of project success, challenge and failure have remained remarkably stable over time.

It is clear that, as an industry, IT is remarkably unsuccessful in delivering satisfactory products. There is a range of estimates of the resultant costs of challenged and failed projects which range from approximately US$500 billion to US$6 trillion, which compares to the annual ICT spend of US$3 trillion in a world GDP of approximately US$65 trillion.

Clearly something needs to be done.

The list of types of systems and software failures is too long to include here but a few examples include the recent announcements by YAHOO of the loss of between 500 and 700 million sets of personal data in 2012 and 2014, the loss of 75 million sets of personal and financial data by Target in 2012 and regular failures of operating system updates for iOS and Windows etc.

Common themes, verification and validation

Evaluating some of the primary causes of the long list of failures suggests some common themes and causes ranging from incomplete requirements capture, unit testing failures, volume test failures due to using too small an environment and too small sets of data, inappropriate HCI factors and the inability to effectively understand what machine learning is doing.

Using the waterfall process as a way of understanding the fundamentals of what is happening, even in agile and DevOps approaches, we can see that software verification is happening close to the end of the process just before implementation.

As professionals we recognise that there is little effective verification and validation activity happening earlier in the process.

The fundamental question for systems developers is, therefore, whether there is any way that the skills and processes of software testing can be brought forward to earlier stages of the systems development cycle in order to more effectively ensure fully verified and validated requirements specifications, architectures and designs, software, data structures, interfaces, APIs etc.

Impact of big data

As we move into the world of big data and the internet of things, the problems become ever more complex and important. We have the three traditional Vs of big data: velocity, volume and variety which stress the infrastructures, cause problems with ensuring data dictionaries are consistent between the various siloes of databases, the ability to guarantee valid and correct connections between corporate master data and data being found in other databases and social media.

Improved project governance

If the IT industry is to become more successful, stronger information and project governance is required that is based on a holistic approach to the overall project, ensures a more effectively validated requirement specification, far more effectively verified and validated non‑functional requirements, especially in the areas of security by design and the human‑to‑computer interfaces.

It is also vital to ensure that adequate contingencies are added to the project estimates. The 2001 Extreme Chaos report observed that for many of the successful projects, the IT executives took the best estimates multiplied by 2 and added another 50%. This is in direct contrast to most modern projects where the best and most informed estimates are reduced by some large percentage and a ‘challenging target’ is presented to the project team. Inevitably, the result is a challenged or failed project.

If we can achieve more effective project governance, with effective verification and validation of all aspects from the beginning of the project, the rewards are very large in terms of much more successful software that truly meets the needs of all the involved stakeholders.

12 Vs of project governance and big data

One effective approach is to develop a set of questions that can be asked of the various stakeholders, the requirements, the designs, the data, the technologies and the processing logic.

In the field of information security, ISO 27002 provides a very wide range of questions that can help an organisation of any size to identify the most important aspects that need to be solved. By analogy, a set of 12 Vs have been developed at the University of Derby which pose 12 critical questions which can be used both with big data and IoT projects and also for more traditional projects as the ‘12 Vs of IT Project Governance’.

The 12 Vs are:

Volume (size).

Velocity (speed).

Variety (sources/format/type).

Variability (temporal).

Value (what/whom/when?).

Veracity (truth).

Validity (applicable).

Volatility (temporal).

Verbosity (text).

Vulnerability (security/reputation).

Verification (trust/accuracy).

Visualisation (presentation).

As an example, the Value question leads towards topics such as:

Is the project really business focused? What are the questions that can be answered by the project and will they really add value to the organisation and who will get the benefit and what is the benefit? Is it monetary? Is it usability? Is it tangible or intangible?

What is the value that can be found in the data? Is the data of good enough quality?

The Vulnerability question leads towards: Is security designed into the system, or added as an afterthought? Major consequences could result in significant reputation damage.

Incorrect processing leads to reputation damage.

The Veracity question is developed from the observation by J Easton2 that 80% of all data is of uncertain veracity, we cannot be certain which data are correct or incorrect, nor by how much the incorrect data are incorrect (the magnitude of the errors).

Data sourced from social media is of highly uncertain veracity, it is difficult to detect irony, humans lie, change their likes and dislikes, etc. Data from sensor networks suffer from sensor calibration drift of random levels over time, smart device location services using assisted GPS have very variable levels of accuracy. A fundamental question that needs to be asked of all these data, is how can our ETL processes detect the anomalies? A second question is to what extend do undetected errors affect the Value of the analyses and decisions being made?

Formal testing of BI and analytics

One further fundamental issue (identified by the attendees at The Software Testing Conference North 2016)3 was that the formal software testing teams are very infrequently involved in any of the big data analytics projects. The data scientists, apparently, ‘do their own thing’ and the business makes many business critical decisions based on their ‘untested’ work. In one comment, the models developed by the data scientists produced different results depending on the order in which the data were presented, when the result should have been independent of the sequence.

In conclusion, the fundamental challenge to the testing profession is to determine how their skills, knowledge, experience, processes and procedures and be applied earlier in the development lifecycle in order to deliver better validated and verified projects which can be delivered as a ‘successful project’ (in Standish Group terms)? Are there opportunities to ensure more comprehensive and correct requirements specifications?

This article is based on the presentation delivered on the 28th September 2016 at The Software Testing Conference North 2016. Video can be found here. 

This article first appeared in the November 2016 issue of TEST Magazine. Edited for web by Jordan Platt.

 

 

[Source:- softwaretestingnews]

FACEBOOK IS PLANNING TO BET BIG ON VR IN THE NEXT DECADE

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The lawsuit

Oculus is facing a $2 billion lawsuit from ZeniMax over the creation of the technology that went into their VR headset. ZeniMax is a game publisher, and while you may not have heard of them, you may have heard of some of their games, like Fallout or Elder Scrolls. Some parts of this technology may have come from a former employee of the game publisher, and ZeniMax was never compensated for it. Zuckerberg went to the trial yesterday to testify for Oculus, which Facebook had acquired back in March 2014 for $2 billion plus another $1 billion more for milestones and employee retention. Zuckerberg, of course, denied the accusations and issued this sick burn after being asked by a ZeniMax lawyer about his reaction to the suit:

“It is pretty common when you announce a big deal or do something that all kinds of people just kind of come out of the woodwork and claim that they just own some portion of the deal. Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before.”

Zuckerberg’s vision for VR

Zuckerberg gave us some strong hints about his vision for VR during the trial, and it seems to me that his plan for the technology involves three key components:

1. Improve quality of the VR experience

While he doesn’t think that “good virtual reality is fully there yet,” he does seem hopeful for the future, and more importantly, seems like he has a plan. He projected it would take five to 10 more years of development in order to “get to where we all want to go.”

2. Commit to long-term efforts

But, why will it take so long? He said, “These things end up being more complex than you think up front.” So it seems that the company knows it will have to make a larger long-term investment to reach its technical and adoption goals than it had initially planned.

3. Make a large monetary investment

Zuckerberg said during the trial that Facebook will probably have to invest over $3 billion in the next 10 years in order to give hundreds of millions of people a good virtual reality experience, which is the primary goal.

 

[Source:- AP]

 

The big interview: Jon von Tzetchner talks Vivaldi

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Vivaldi is a browser that’s an alternative to better-known browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Launched only earlier this year, it has a long way to go before it claims a fair share of the browser market, but that’s not stopping Vivaldi founder Jon von Tzetchner from telling people what’s so exciting and unique about his new project. I recently had the chance to speak to him about everything Vivaldi.

In an in-depth interview, we talk about everything from why Vivaldi is good for web designers to how many users it has and if the Internet of Things is something the company will focus on, going forward.

WebdesignerDepot: Our readers are web designers who are interested in the best or an alternative browser to help with their work and projects. How can Vivaldi benefit web designers?

Jon von Tzetchner: The special thing about Vivaldi is that we designed the browser in the browser, so the user interface of the browser is actually web-based. For all practical purposes, we’re using the same tools as any web designer is using to make webpages. The difference is that we’re making a user interface instead, so we’re using technologies like React, HTML, CSS, and the like; I mean, that’s what we’re using to build the browser. We’re also working on the C++ side of the equation, so we can do things on either side to get the best possible results, but most of the work on our side actually is being done on the HTML side.

The special thing about Vivaldi is that we designed the browser in the browser, so the user interface of the browser is actually web-based

WDD: I’d like to ask you about support for emerging technologies like CSS Grids, for instance. Does Vivaldi currently support that? If not, any plans to?

JvT: I think you just asked a question that I don’t feel comfortable with answering (laughs)—and that’s embarrassing. In general, code-wise, we’re built on Chromium. You’re asking about a standard that Chrome already supports, and we do as well. That’s the standard answer to that. Whether we’re using it in the browser in our own designs, I’m not sure about that at this time.

WDD: A CNET article from earlier this year quotes you as saying Vivaldi has almost a million users per month. Has that number grown? How many use Vivaldi as we close out 2016?

JvT: What I was saying and what I’ve been saying is that we’re well on the way toward a million. People write that in different ways, so that’s the current situation. We’re well on our way toward the first million, but we’re not totally there yet. We’ve had about 5 million downloads so far and an active user base well on its way—between 700,000 and a million is where we are.

WDD: In terms of Vivaldi expansion, what are your projections for the number of users hitting the 5-million mark, which you said was about the number need for profitability? How’s that coming along?

JvT: It’s going well. We need between 3 and 5 million users to break even, and I think that’s a reasonable goal for us to reach in the not-too-distant future. It’s going to take a little bit of time, but that’s the way it works when you’re growing the browser kind of through word of mouth. As an example of that that I’ve mentioned to people: With Opera, my last browser company, it took us 15 years to get our 100 million users, and then 18 months later, we had double that. So it’s kind of exponential growth, but we’re still early days. It’s been 6 months or thereabouts since we launched 1.0, and we continue to come up with new versions, and I think 3 to 5 million is a realistic, relatively short term target, and then we take it from there.

WDD: I’d like to talk about the uptake of Vivaldi. Are these Vivaldi users leaving other browsers permanently and moving full-time to Vivaldi?

JvT: Clearly, anyone that’s coming to Vivaldi has been using other browsers before. We don’t have any statistics that tell us what other browsers are using and things like that. We don’t really have much information, but we know that everyone that comes to Vivaldi has been using other browsers before, and then they make the decision to make the switch. We see the enthusiasm that we see on our website and our communities, and they seem to be extremely happy about the direction we’re going. That’s a very positive thing, but we don’t really have the numbers to say to what extent they’re using other browsers besides Vivaldi, but the impression is that there’s a gradual improvement in the number of people that are using it significantly.

WDD: What are the demographics like of those who are shifting to Vivaldi full-time…? Are there more people perhaps in a certain age group or part of the world who are moving to Vivaldi more than others?

We have a very high Linux usage. I think you’ll find among our users that there’s 10 times more Linux users than what you’ll find on average

JvT: We don’t track anything, and that’s one of the things that we are very…kind of…the only thing—we do know where people are in the world. The number one country for us is Japan, and number two is the U.S., and after that there is Russia and Germany. What you’re already seeing is that it’s already quite distributed, so we can’t really say that there’s one country taking it. It’s distributed, and we’re getting people all across the world. There’s one thing that we’ve seen that’s a bit different, probably: We have a very high Linux usage. I think you’ll find among our users that there’s 10 times more Linux users than what you’ll find on average. Which kind of makes sense: Linux users are more likely to download new software…given that they’ve already taken the steps to move over to a new operating system.

WDD: The latest update of Vivaldi actually lets users control the lights in their home, thanks to integration with Philips Hue color lights. This is a move toward the Internet of Things. Is this a path that Vivaldi will continue to explore and make progress toward?

JvT: Definitely. In some ways, the way this started, we described it in a blog entry—how Henrik kind of had this idea of going…bought himself this Hue, and that’s how it started. The idea of going in the direction of the Internet of Things is clearly interesting to us. I think there’s a lot of potential in the Internet of Things; I think it’s being held back in many ways by proprietary solutions. Personally, I would like to see that we go for open solutions where you find APIs, so that developers can build systems that make use of all the different units out there in a standardized manner. I think that’s something we should expect to see happening, and I think that will open up the floodgates of innovation. For us, obviously, we want to be part of that. We are geeks. We love playing with new technology, and, clearly, the Internet of Things is one of those technologies that 1) is very early days in many ways compared to what you can expect to happen, and 2) it’s just very interesting technology.

WDD: Do you have any ideas of maybe moving to integration with vehicles or other parts of the home, besides just lighting?

JvT: We start in one corner. I think the primary purpose in the short term is to be running toward home items. I think that’s natural.

WDD: As we’re ending the year, we want to get your thoughts on what Vivaldi wants to do in 2017. For example, do you have any plans for 2017, a vision for where you want to take the browser next year?

JvT: I mean, we want to continue to evolve the browser and stretch the limit of what you can expect from the browser. We’re playing around with that a little bit, and there are a lot of details, right?

You see that in some of the latest builds that we’ve been sending out. We have a build where we look outside of the machine—kind of. We change the color of your lights in your home based on your browsing, so this is thinking kind of outside the box. At the same time, we’re also paying attention to details.

In a late build now, there’s a lot of people that like the fact that we’re now showing how many “unreads” you have on sites. So, if you have Facebook up on a tab, we’ll have a clear indicator that indicates how many unread notes you have there, and you can do that even if it’s pages. And that’s the kind of detail that a lot of people get excited about, so we’ll continue in that direction—just focusing on what people want.

Then we have some of the bigger things, which are things like email, which we promised. We’re working on a mobile browser…sync, but what exactly we’ll come up with during the year…it’s really hard to say because, the way we work, we just do things.

WDD: So it seems to me that you listen to your community of users quite a bit, and I guess that informs the process of what new features you want to add into Vivaldi. Is there anything that your user community at this moment is asking for the most…some kind of a theme or pattern that they have always talked about and that they would want to see, perhaps, in Vivaldi in the future?

JvT: Very high on the list for our users have been things like email and sync, so that’s getting the sync functionality in, so that it’s very clearly there. We get a lot of requests from the users, and think most of the requests we get from the users are evolution, and then we try to think out of the box every now and then.

WDD: I’d like to switch gears a little bit to features. What would you say is Vivaldi’s biggest selling point? If there’s one feature that makes Vivaldi better than other browsers, what would that be?

JvT: Well, I think the biggest selling point is that it’s personal. I mean, all the other browsers they just say, “Okay. Here’s a browser—use it.” There’s not much more to it! We adapt to you as a user, and that’s unique. There’s a lot of details to that. There’s a lot of functions to that and saying that one is more important than another—in some ways, you could say that it’s our tab handling, it’s our callers, it’s our zoom handling, keyboard shortcuts. I mean there’s a lot of different things.

The core to all of this—how we’re different—is we see every user as being different, and we see their requirements, and their requirements differ. It’s our job to adapt to your requirements, so whatever your requirements are. Some people—latest one—signal a starting point, like with the speed dials. Others, they have a lot of tabs, and the tab handling becomes extremely important, so there’s really an individual answer to that question.

We’re not a single-feature browser. Our approach is singular. It’s really about every single user and acknowledging that we’re all different. We all have different requirements, and they’re all equally valuable.

That was something that we really didn’t want to be: a single-feature browser. We’re not a single-feature browser. Our approach is singular. It’s really about every single user and acknowledging that we’re all different. We all have different requirements, and they’re all equally valuable.

WDD: Vivaldi’s big draw for our web-design community is that it’s very friendly for designers and developers, but is it geared specifically to that community, or would you say that even just ordinary users could get a lot out of Vivaldi as well?

JvT: I frankly believe—I mean—in many ways, Vivaldi is the best for everyone. The kind of people that find Vivaldi is the people that are spending more time online. That’s definitely the development community. They like the fact that they can play around and change settings and things like that, but that’s also the group of people that tells others what to do. It’s the influencers, and we’re seeing that.

You install it first on your computer, and the next thing that happens is that you install it on your parents’ computer and your brother’s and sister’s and friends’ and all those that are asking for your advice because you’re the person in the know. It’s just like all of us: We have friends that have certain—maybe we have a friend that’s a car mechanic. We go to him, that person, whenever we have a question around cars, but similarly with technology, we’ll ask the people that are in the know and that spend time, and that’s the kind of users we are attracting, and then they go and tell their friends.

WDD: It seems that there’s a big word-of-mouth component to Vivaldi in the sense of trying to get more people to hear about it, to get it advertised. To that extent, I just want to ask if you think there’s one big thing—like one big piece of media coverage maybe or one big announcement—you think that Vivaldi needs in order to kind of put it on the map more, so that it goes beyond the designer or the developer community?

JvT: We’ve been gradually getting a bigger and bigger reach, but obviously the more media coverage, in some ways, the more often it is. The way this works: We get to a certain group of people, and once you have one guy in the group, and that influences the others. Once you have two or three, the group may all turn and start using us because it’s kind of more and more people are seeing what other people are seeing. Obviously, the bigger stakes, the better it is for us, but we see this as a process that we gradually reach out to people.

I think we already have quite a lot of very high-profile articles. If you look both in the tech community…also some of the larger magazines have covered us. I mean, Guardian in the UK, Boston Globe here…and others, so we’re seeing more and more magazines that think it’s a worthwhile story to cover, but obviously it’s only one article, and we over time need more articles to reach. It’s a process, and it’s a process we saw at Opera as well where we would have growth every year and gradually that got us to the number—we said 350 million (reference to Opera users).

 

[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

 

PC Games Summer Sale Offers Big Price Cut on The Division & Thousands More

PC Games Summer Sale Offers Big Price Cut on The Division & Thousands More

The GMG Summer sale has come to an end. While those deals are over, you may be interested in a few new deals in the GamesPlanet PC Gaming Summer Sale. Full sale breakdown hereor below are our best picks in US Dollars.

If you enjoy window shopping, we’ve got a treat for you today. Earlier this morning we entered the “encore phase” of GMG’s 2016 Summer Sale. For the next 48 hours a little over a thousand of PC games were added to the discount menu. A breakdown of the sale in terms of top editor’s pick can also be found here. You’ll also find a similar, more succinct list below.

Perhaps the best deal in the sale is a new low on Tom Clancy’s The Division – seeing its first price break under $40. Since its March 7th debut, the MMO has rarely come below $50, but is now 36% off falling to $38.29. Other notable discounts include 43% off the February released Street Fighter V and 42% off the Grand Theft Auto V. Finally, Warhammer Vermintide at only $13 is also a great pick. you might say this GMG sale is not a bad way to pick up recent co-op titles on the cheap.

GMG is a little tricky on displaying discounts. For everyone they will display a public discount, but in order to see the best discount you’ll need to be logged into an account (or just create one). Logging in or creating a new account will display member prices, which we’re listing below for some of their best deals today:

 

[Source: Gamerant]

Sun shades of Superfish: Lenovo begs customers to uninstall its very own software program because of big protection flaws

closing year, protection researchers observed Lenovo changed into shipping laptops with the worst protection flaw because the notorious Sony rootkit debacle of 2005. Lenovo initially promised that it would avoid transport all such programs with home windows 10, and declared it’d make changes to its personal assessment method to make sure it simplest shipped cleaner, safer desktops (Emphasis authentic).

It hasn’t taken the employer very long to break that promise. Lenovo has released a high precedence protection update, informing customers that one software it ships, the Lenovo utility Accelerator, has a vital flaw. The notification states:

A vulnerability turned into diagnosed in the Lenovo Accelerator application software program that can result in exploitation by an attacker with man-in-the-center abilities. The vulnerability is living in the update mechanism wherein a Lenovo server is queried to identify if utility updates are available.

The Lenovo Accelerator utility is used to speed up the release of Lenovo packages and changed into set up in some customer notebook and laptop systems preloaded with the windows 10 working system. Lenovo is calling for users to do away with the software because of a Duo Labs research that observed that the replace mechanism used in the Lenovo software Accelerator is basically broken, without a protection towards man-in-the-middle attacks. It also consists of a flaw that lets in for arbitrary code execution at the goal gadget .

OEM-sellerissues

the full file by way of Duo Labs notes that whilst one of the Lenovo replace retailers become certainly hardened towards assaults, the complete loss of protection around the other “exemplifies the incoherent mess that is the OEM software program environment.”

The document maintains:

Lenovo’s UpdateAgent turned into one of the worst updaters we checked out, imparting no security features whatsoever. Executables and manifests are transmitted inside the clear and no code signing checks are enforced… Lenovo UpdateAgent does not validate signatures of applications it downloads and executes. No tries are made to put in force the authenticity or writer for executables retrieved through the updater… Lenovo UpdateAgent does no longer make use of TLS for the transmission of the occur or any ultimately retrieved executable files. Executables and manifests can without difficulty be modified in transit.

The file additionally notes that Lenovo’s answers middle is one of the high-quality updaters from a main OEM. sadly, each were transport out on Lenovo systems for quite a while; Lenovo’s listing of affected structures contains seventy eight computer versions (although a few are in the equal product line) and 39 computer systems.
Why unmarried out Lenovo?

One point we want to hit head-on is why we’re specializing in Lenovo whilst each producer had extreme flaws. more or less 15 months ago, Lenovo pledged itself to constructing cleanser, safer desktops. It declared that the ones desktops could be geared up for home windows 10. It similarly promised to solicit remarks from “our person community and industry experts to make sure we’ve the proper programs and exceptional consumer revel in. We view these moves as a start line. We accept as true with that these steps will make our era higher, more secure and greater at ease.”

right here’s the in reality telling line from Lenovo’s protection declaration: The Lenovo Accelerator utility turned into in no way set up on ThinkPad or ThinkStation gadgets. In different words, it wasn’t installed on the company’s enterprisemagnificence product strains; most effective its clientmagnificence lines like Yoga and IdeaPad. That’s precisely the same protection Lenovo offered with Superfish. last year, I said i might never suggest every other Lenovo device till the company presented evidence that it had cleaned up its act and glued its software assessment system. The fully hardened Lenovo solution middle proven above? Lenovo’s own website describes it as: “LSC comes preloaded on structures with home windows 7, home windows 8, home windows 8.1 and home windows 10, 32- and 64-bit, including ThinkPad, ThinkPad pill, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation, IdeaCentre, and choose IdeaPads. (Emphasis brought).

in case you own a suppose-branded commercial enterprise machine, Lenovo takes your security critically. if you don’t, it doesn’t supply a shit. moves speak louder than phrases, and the reality that the company is still selling substandard software program greater than a 12 months after it pledged to improve its safety is evidence that nothing has modified.

No, the hassle isn’t precise to Lenovo. Acer, Asus, Dell, and HP all want to easy their own homes and relaxed their software, as soon as and for all. opening users to assaults thru mounted software have to by no means be taken into consideration a fee of doing enterprise. as the Duo record notes, those programs are all taken into consideration straightforward, due to the fact that they arrive immediately from the manufacturers themselves, meaning they’re included — even on “Signature” laptop variants sold by using the Microsoft shop. This isn’t only a Lenovo problem, and the security file makes that clean. nonetheless, Lenovo is the only laptop company still throwing its consumers under the bus 15 months after a critical security breach. if you’re looking for a laptop, we nonetheless advocate searching some other place. simply due to the fact those flaws aren’t present on assume-branded systems doesn’t imply Lenovo have to be rewarded for shipping substandard purchaser products.

Windows 10’s big Anniversary Update puts Ink to screen

Windows 10's big Anniversary Update puts Ink to screen

As part of the big Anniversary (formally known as Redstone) Update for Windows 10, Microsoft has branded a new Windows 10 feature called Ink, putting further emphasis into pen and stylus usage.

The new feature levels up the interaction of any hand writing users put to the screen. For example, users can make a reminder to call their mom tomorrow, and Windows 10 will intelligently recognize you’ve written a date and transform it into object you can tap and setup a reminder through Cortana.

Alternatively, users will be able to drop a dot on a map to mark it as a point of interest. In another new use case, users will be able to strike out a sentence by simply drawing a line through it. You’ll even be able hold a stencil against the screen and drawing along its edges.

Microsoft wants ink to be as intuitive and natural as using real paper. As such Ink is also being given its own work space built into the lock screen, so you don’t have to unlock the device to start sketching and taking notes.

Beyond Ink, Microsoft promised more Universal Windows apps including Starbucks, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger will come to the Windows 10 store soon.

Coratana also becomes more conversational though the Anniversary Update to the point of imitating the 1960s Batman theme. Beyond fun and games, Cortana is also more helpful with managing your work schedule by automatically adding your flight itinerary or automatically sending over a Powerpoint document to your coworker before a big meeting.

When setting up a lunch appointment, the Windows 10 digital assistant will also intelligently offering choices for booking a tablet, take out options and other things to do.

Of course the Anniversary Update isn’t just limited to the Windows 10 operating system.Xbox One will be getting Windows 10 apps and a developer mode as part of Redstone.

Microsoft also announced the enhancements will also come the Hololens, but the software company didn’t highlight what these would include.

While on stage, Executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson boasted are now more than 270 million Windows 10 devices worldwide. According to Microsoft, and the platform is being adopted 145 faster than Windows 7 and 4 times faster Windows 8.

The Anniversary Update should come to all Windows 10 users in late summer.

 

[Source:- Techrader]