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To: Don Green who wrote (19111)8/9/2017 1:04:12 PM
From: Jurgis Bekepuris
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Just get a password vault program (something like KeePass ) and generate truly random 20 char+ passwords.

Pass phrase is fine for your password vault. Pass phrases won't help with 50-100 passwords you need to have across different websites and accounts. How many "whopping galloping galaxy stable" phrases user can remember and associate with correct account?

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To: Jurgis Bekepuris who wrote (19112)8/9/2017 1:24:09 PM
From: Don Green
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I agree I have used Dashlane for 3-4 years and works and syncs with multiple computers and phone and table.


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From: hollyhunter8/17/2017 8:24:38 AM
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Bullish crossover in MACD and Stochastic oscillator.On watch for clear above 74.42.

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From: Glenn Petersen8/30/2017 6:19:16 AM
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An unusual partnership between Amazon and Microsoft:

‘Cortana, Open Alexa,’ Amazon Says. And Microsoft Agrees.

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From: JakeStraw9/1/2017 12:07:05 PM
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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will launch on October 17

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From: hollyhunter9/8/2017 8:44:20 AM
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Bullish crossover in MACD and Stochastic oscillators.On watch for clear above 74.96.

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From: Don Green9/26/2017 2:47:15 PM
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Microsoft Has The Best Competitive Advantage In Cloud
Sep. 26, 2017 2:38 PM ET

Microsoft possesses an incredibly strong competitive advantage.

Microsoft's Office 365, a predecessor of Office, are the de-facto tools for productivity.

This allows Microsoft to seamlessly approach potential customers as Microsoft's product already is a big part of their lives.

Microsoft will dominate the IaaS cloud space through its SaaS offering.

Microsoft ( MSFT) will dominate the IaaS cloud space because it has one unbreakable competitive advantage called Office 365. Its predecessor Office, and now Office 365 – a more enterprise tailored version of Office – are the de-facto tools used for productivity. As such, selling Azure from within an already established infrastructure is only natural. Most importantly, no other IaaS has this advantage. As such, I predict that Azure will become the de-facto IaaS used by enterprises.

Note: Not every cloud is the same. For example, Microsoft Office 365 is a SaaS (Software as a Service) while Azure is IaaS (infrastructure as a Service) and there are other forms of cloud such as PaaS (Platform as a Service).

Microsoft has a tremendous competitive advantage in attempting to cement Azure as the go-to enterprise workload infrastructure. It’s so obvious and simple that you’d almost ignore it. It’s called Microsoft Office which is now transitioning to Microsoft Office 365. This article was first typed on Microsoft Office. Now, if I were an enterprise, I would take considerable measure in making sure that all my devices are protected. In an enterprise, this is called enterprise management.

Microsoft can specifically target these enterprises to sell them Azure. If we look at the numbers, they seem to be doing so and doing so successfully. An impressive 90% of Fortune 500 companies run at least one Microsoft cloud. A further 60% use at least three clouds from Microsoft. That is absolutely incredible. If we approach Microsoft’s cloud endeavors from this angle, it becomes very clear how Azure managed to report a staggering 92% growth rate ($98 adjusted for currency).

There is no company that has access to almost every enterprise in such a very natural way. SoftMaker FreeOffice, LibreOffice, WPS Office, iWork, Google Docs. What do almost all of these have in common? The fact that you probably didn’t know these were alternatives to Microsoft Office.

I would bet good money with every eight of 10 persons I meet that these alternatives are completely unknown, except for Google Docs and iWorks and iWorks is probably not even known but rather recognized to be owned by Apple because of the “I.” As for Google Docs, Microsoft has answered with Office Online.

There is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft is best positioned to penetrate enterprise infrastructure due to the fact that Microsoft is being used in almost every enterprise. It is also the de-facto suite used in smaller companies. This is an incredible competitive advantage that is unmatched by any other company. I predict that Azure will quickly become the industry IaaS leader.

Here’s how Rajesh Jha, executive vice president, explains the natural advantage and flow of Office 365:

“Dynamics and Office 365 we have integration whether it be on our web launch area, how we integrate, or whether it be an outlook. And if you were trying to extend a business process in Dynamics you would use power apps and flow, that's exactly what you would use to extend Office 365. You can go into Share Point and you can create a business process workflow front-end, good power apps that writes data back to Dynamics. And these are not things that we are contriving, these are things that our customers are naturally asking for as they start to use Office 365 that pulls in EMS. As they start using Dynamics 365 they want better integration with Office. So we do you think and the reason that 60% of Fortune 500 customers use at least three clouds from Microsoft because there's a natural synergy.”
Incredibly hard to beat
Even if another company created a much better version of Azure, they would still have to compete with the fact that Microsoft already is integrated into almost any enterprise that said company wishes to sell its product to. For any company, switching its entire enterprise infrastructure is not something taken lightly and would only be done if the benefits far out way the hassle. For example, often times, a lower price is not enough if it means that certain benefits – like an integrated platform – are lost.

This “natural synergy” as the executive vice president calls it, is definitely worth the additional cost and is something that is going to be very hard to replace. That is exactly the reason why it is such a good base from which the company can upsell Azure. It doesn’t appear like a sell, rather it appears like a natural upgrade.

Azure’s is still young and I expect its growth rate to last for at least the next two years. Quite frankly, as IaaS, there seems to be no competitor for Microsoft’s Azure. Of course, it will be a long way before Azure becomes a substantial part of Microsoft’s revenue but the path seems to be open with no competitor in sight for Azure.

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From: Don Green10/2/2017 8:43:56 PM
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OCT 1, 2017

Why Bill Gates Chose Android And Rejected Windows 10 Mobile
Ewan Spence ,
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

As noted earlier this weekend, Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he is now using an Android-powered smartphone, but he made sure to subtly reinforce the importance of Microsoft’s cloud-based services in his day-to-day connected life.

Speaking to Fox News, Gates talked about his switch. Laurent Giret for On MSFT has taken a closer look at the statement, putting it into the context of Microsofot’s positioning in 2017:

The former exec made the confession during an interview with Fox News yesterday, saying that he switched to an Android phone with “lots of Microsoft software” on it. This would have been quite a risky statement to make a few years ago when Microsoft was still trying hard to build an alternative to iOS and Android, but at this point, even Satya Nadella admitting he’s an Android user wouldn’t really be bad PR for the Redmond giant.

The interview managed to avoid the more politically dangerous question of which manufacturer the Android handset he used (although The Verge suggests that Gates might like to try Microsoft’s version of the Galaxy S8 which is pre-loaded with the requisite software from Redmond).

Bill Gates speaks at the Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers event on September 20, 2017 (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Although Windows 10 Mobile continues to be supported by Microsoft and new devices have been recently announced ( such as WileyFox’s reveal at IFA), the real focus is on bringing mobile users, no matter the operating system, into Microsoft’s cloud through the use of apps such as Office365, Outlook, OneNote, and To-Do.

The appointment of Sataya Nadella as CEO allowed the Redmond-based company to move on from trying to sell a rival mobile operating system to iOS and Android. Instead Microsoft switched to trying to rule the next step up from the OS. That was the cloud of personal data that people want to access no matter what device they are on… be it Windows 10, macOS, iOS, Android, or elsewhere Microsoft has a single solution for all. While it might not have the usefulness of a ‘home’ operating system on mobile, the use of Windows 10 on the desktop gives the Microsoft Cloud approach the sort of viability that a company starting from scratch would struggle to achieve.

The use of an iPhone or Android device does effectively mean signing up to Apple’s or Google’s cloud, but those choosing to use Microsoft’s cloud are making an active choice, rather than being dragged along by their smartphone.

In that sense it’s obvious why Gates felt comfortable in anointing himself as #TeamAndroid - Microsoft wants to move the battlefield away from OS and on to Apps and user data.

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From: Don Green10/3/2017 7:56:35 AM
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Windows 10 will overtake Windows 7 before 2017 is out
By Darren Allan Oct 2, 2017

It’s finally going to happen, according to one analyst firm

According to numbers from one analyst firm, Windows 10 is set to overtake Windows 7 before the end of the year, in terms of the amount of PCs these operating systems are installed on across the world.

The latest figures from Statcounter (based on its own website analytics) show that, as of September 2017, Windows 10 is installed on 39.3% of desktop Windows PCs, and Windows 7 is now only just ahead at 43.99%.

Compared to the previous month, Windows 10 gained 1.43% market share (up from 37.87%), whereas Windows 7 dropped 1.11% (down from 45.1%).

If that trend continues and the same gain/loss are made throughout October and November, when the stats are revealed at the start of December, Windows 10 will reach 42.16% compared to Windows 7 on 41.77%.

In other words, before 2017 is over, we’ll likely have a new king of the Windows operating systems, (almost) two and a half years after its release.

Rise after fallThe release of the Fall Creators Update later this month will likely only ensure that Windows 10 has more of a climb, given that new features could tempt some more upgrades.

Meanwhile, rival analytics firm Netmarketshare still has a far greater gap between Windows 10 and Windows 7, with the operating systems at 28.65% and 46.22% market share, respectively.

Although this company’s figures for September appear to have somehow gone awry, considering that Linux has made a massive leap to 4.83%, and is supposedly now more popular than macOS Sierra (10.12), which is on 3.8%. As MS Power User – which spotted these numbers – notes, this certainly appears to be a mistake.

It’s also worth noting that Netmarketshare takes into account all desktop operating systems, whereas Statcounter’s figures are just Windows versions (no Linux or Mac included – although these don’t make a huge impact on the world of PCs, of course, compared to Microsoft’s OS).

The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will begin its big rollout two weeks from tomorrow, on October 17.

Windows 10 is pre-installed on most of our best laptops

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From: JakeStraw10/5/2017 12:13:19 PM
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Microsoft Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Canaccord Genuity from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating. They now have a $86.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $76.00.

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