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South Korean Government to Ditch Windows 7 for Linux

Windows 10 is now running on more than 800 million devices

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With Microsoft informing users that it would end free technical support for Windows 7 operating system next year, South Korean government has decided to switch from Windows 7 to open source operating system Linux.

According to Korea Herald, the decision from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety comes amid “concerns about the cost of continuing to maintain Windows”.

The ministry would first test-run Linux on its PCs and if no security issues arise, Linux systems will be introduced more widely within the government.

“The transition to Linux OS and the purchase of new PCs are expected to cost the government about $655 million,” the report said.

Windows 7 support will end on January 14 next year, and that is a huge problem for both governments and enterprises as upgrading to Windows 10 would involve a hefty cost.

According to Choi Jang-hyuk, Service Bureau Chief of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the government is hoping a long-term cost savings by switching its entire workloads to Linux.

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Microsoft, however, has warned people using older Windows versions to urgently apply for a Windows Update in order to protect their systems and data against a potential widespread attack.

The company has already released security patches for Windows 7, XP and Windows Server 2003 despite the fact that XP and Server 2003 are already out of support.

Systems running Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not affected by this vulnerability.

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In March, Microsoft releases a statement: “After 10 years of servicing, January 14, 2020, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates for computers running Windows 7. This update enables reminders about Windows 7 end of support.”

Windows 10 is still edging closer to Microsoft’s goal of having it installed on 1 billion devices and the end of Windows 7 would help promote Windows 10 further, reports The Verge.

Windows 10 is now running on more than 800 million devices. (IANS)

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Microsoft Comes Together with Kano to Introduce Tablet for Kids to Assemble with Help of Storybook

The PC also comes with an app called “How Computers Work” to give them a primer in the making of the machine

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Software giant Microsoft has come together with London-based tech company Kano to introduce an 11.6-inch touch-enabled tablet designed for kids to assemble with the help of a storybook.

The Kano PC is available for pre-order at $300 and 300 euros on Kano’s website and the Microsoft Store in the US and UK on October 21.

The computer appears to have a keyboard cover similar to those in the Microsoft Surface series and is preloaded with Windows 10 in S mode as well as programmes such as Minecraft: Education Edition, CNET reported on Thursday.

The S mode in Windows 10 is streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience.

A Child Using Tablet. VOA

The kid-friendly PC includes 4GB RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, expandable through a microSD card, two USB ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack.

The PC also comes with an app called “How Computers Work” to give them a primer in the making of the machine.

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Kano has a number of kid-friendly computer and coding kits already, which have previously included a Harry Potter-themed coding kit with wand and a computer Running on a Kano operating system (OS). (IANS)