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CERN Ditching Microsoft as Licensing Costs Shoot up

The multi-year project will begin with a pilot mail service for the IT department and volunteers this summer

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

CERN — the famous scientific lab where the web was born — is ditching Microsoft as the latter has revoked CERN’s academic status, thus, increasing the licensing costs by over tenfold.

A prime example is that CERN has enjoyed special conditions for the use of Microsoft products for the last 20 years, by virtue of its status as an “academic institution”. Although CERN has negotiated a ramp-up profile over ten years to give the necessary time to adapt, such costs are not sustainable, read a recent CERN blog post.

The multi-year project will begin with a pilot mail service for the IT department and volunteers this summer.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company’s annual conference for software developers. VOA

If that goes well, CERN will migrate all of its staff to the new mail service. It also plans to move Skype for Business clients and analogue phones to a softphone pilot.

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Many other products and services are being worked on: evaluations of alternative solutions for various software packages used for IT core services, prototypes and pilots will emerge along the course of the next few years, the blog post added. (IANS)

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Microsoft to Unveil November Update of Windows 10

Those looking to install the update can open their Windows Update settings and select Check for updates

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The Microsoft Windows update is available for users seeking to install the latest release. Pixabay

Microsoft has begun rolling out its latest Windows 10 November 2019 Update to compatible devices.

It is pertinent to note that unlike most of the company’s significant Windows 10 updates, this update is more like the service packs found with previous versions of Windows operating system (OS).

“Today, we are announcing that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available for users on the most recent versions of Windows 10 who seek the new update via Windows Update,” John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“We have worked to make this a great experience for all devices, and an exceptionally fast update process for devices running the May 2019 Update,” Cable added.

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Microsoft has begun rolling out its latest Windows 10 November 2019 Update to compatible devices. Pixabay

The Windows update is available for users seeking to install the latest release.

Those looking to install the update can open their Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates.

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After the update appears, they can select Download and install now option. (IANS)

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