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Windows 11 Will Offer a New Experience for Dell Users

Windows 11 Will Offer a New Experience for Dell Users. On October 5, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11, bringing a new experience to Dell desktop, notebook and tablet users around the world. Reflecting the changes to workplace of the past 18 months, Windows 11 offers new collaboration, multitasking and development tools, as well as a different screen experience.

“What was so powerful was the shift in the PC from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional,” wrote Panos Panay, chief product officer, Windows + Devices, in a recent blog.

“This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows. To build you a place that feels familiar, where you can create, learn, play and most importantly, connect in all new ways.”

Here’s what members of the Dell Client Community (DCC) can expect from the new operating system. First of all, it’s a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and will be preloaded on future purchases, including the Dell XPS 13 and the Dell Alienware’s X-Series laptops. It is incorporates accessibility improvements that were built for people with disabilities.

For IT managers, the integration of Windows 11 will be similar to a Windows 10 update. Tools like Microsoft Endpoint Manager, cloud configuration, Windows Update for Business and Autopilot will continue to support the new OS. While current applications should run without problems, Microsoft’s App Assure service will help organizations with 150 or more users address any issues at no additional cost.

The Key Highlights

Here are some of the key highlights for DCC members and their organizations.

• A new Start. With Start, Microsoft has put users’ content right at the center of the device experience. It uses Microsoft 365 and the power of the cloud to show users their recent files regardless of the device. That’s a clear benefit for Dell users who switch devices when working from the office, home or on the road.

• Collaboration tools. One productivity-enhancing feature of Windows 11 is the integration of Microsoft Teams’ Chat into the taskbar. This allows users to connect through text, chat, voice or video with their personal contacts, regardless of platform, device or operating system (Windows, Android or iOS). Even if the contact doesn’t have Teams, collaboration is still possible with two-way SMS. Another feature is the ability to instantly mute and unmute through Teams or present directly from the taskbar.

• Security. Windows 11 incorporates new built-in security technologies that add protection from the chip to the cloud. That includes a Zero Trust-ready operating system to protect data and access across Dell devices. Microsoft has worked closely with its OEM partners to raise security baselines in the hybrid work world.

• Touch, pen and voice experiences. Microsoft has improved the touch experience for tablets and increased the space between icons in the taskbar, along with visual cues to make it easier to move windows on the screen. There is also an improved tactile sensation when using a digital pen to write, edit or sketch. Windows 11 also makes it easier to use voice as an input instead of typing on a keyboard. For instance, it can automatically punctuate sentences, and gives users the ability to deliver voice commands.

• Productivity features. Windows 11 offers users tools like Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops that make it easier to multitask and optimize the screen real estate on Dell devices. Another new feature is Widgets, a personalized feed powered by AI, that provides a faster way for users to access information.

• New development opportunities. Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators through the Microsoft Store. There are improved tools for native and web app development that make it easier to refresh the look and feel across Microsoft’s designs and experiences.

A Gradual Rollout

Microsoft expects all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022. IT leaders can also check to see if Windows 11 is ready for a device by going to Settings > Windows Update and select “Check for Updates.”

As Panay said, “Windows is the place people go to create, to connect, to learn and to achieve – a platform over a billion people today rely on. We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity.”

If you would like to learn more about Windows 11, click here.

Originally written by Richard Westlund
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HISTORY OF CI, PART 1: VBLOCK (2009 – 2011)

This article was originally published by Converged User Group. Read more.

You’re likely well-versed in the many technical and business benefits of converged infrastructure (CI) and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)—you work with it every day. Last year, CI hit its 10-year milestone, and some of our members have been around CI for the whole time, helping to transform their IT shops as well as drive the growth of CI and HCI; other members may have only recently dipped their toes in the CI/HCI waters.

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Storytelling + Tech = Creating Emotion

“The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.”

—Fridtjof Nansen, Polar Explorer, 1861-1930

My two favorite subjects in school were math and history, and it is no surprise both have impacted my lifestyle and career each and every day. Mathematics fascinated me and ultimately led me to look at most situations in life as equations—multitudes of constants and variables that lead to a final product. Then, there is the path to quantum theory and beyond, but that is another deeply wild journey.

I had a history teacher that introduced me to the early explorers of unchartered Earth, such as Fridtjof Nansen and Ernest Shackleton, known for their expeditions to Greenland and Antarctica, that resulted in unique exploration innovations and techniques that inspired many explorers decades and centuries later, myself included.

Exploring Turns to Stories

I became fascinated with exploration that quickly led to an obsession to explore the most remote areas of the planet through mountaineering, skiing, and humanitarian and conservation work. The majority of my adult life has been spent exploring our world on major expeditions. My obsession with this lifestyle has taken me on over 85 expeditions across more than 100 countries to some of the most remote areas of the world—from negative 70 degrees in Siberia and Antarctica to the deepest sweltering jungles in Borneo and Guyana to restricted areas in Afghanistan and Yemen, and everyone in-between.

The best part of this lifestyle is being out in the wild places of the planet, but the second best part, and the most important, is bringing the stories home and sharing my experiences through photos and video content. Each expedition is unique and my hope in documenting the smallest details to the largest landscapes is to bring awareness to our world, create emotion, and ultimately to get people to care more for our planet.

Answer to an Equation

Each of my expeditions are all simply mathematical equations to me. I have been working to solve the “first-person view” equation for some time: how can I bring people as close to coming with me without actually going and how can I help them feel the experience from home? I found the answer through technology: capturing and sharing my adventures with and through Virtual Reality. Now people can put on a VR headset and actually see, hear, and feel like they are with me.

Through VR, people can experience standing next to polar bears in the arctic, where many feel the same emotions I felt—awe, wonder, a little fear, excitement. Their emotions leads to caring for our planet and hopefully they will start (or continue) do their part to make the world a better place.

Of course, none of this would be possible without a team to help me capture multiple angles, locations, and making the technology work in the most remote areas. I wouldn’t be able to capture these stories and share them with the world without teamwork and technology. The two Ts that lead to a successful expedition.

Tech that Brings the Stories to Life

Out in the field, I am using the highest quality equipment and tech to capture the stories, as well as at home I am editing on the best technology possible. I use the Dell Rugged devices to view, capture, and download VR footage, 8K content, and we rely 100% on that tech to not only survive, but to perform at the highest level we demand. If there is one theme for all of my equipment it is that it absolutely cannot fail, which would result in losing our storytelling imagery or the expedition not succeeding. In addition, I am also using the Dell Rugged products for satellite communications, GPS, mapping, logistics etc. that not only helps us accurately capture the precise geographical landscapes we’re in, but helps keeps me and the team safe so that people back home know exactly where we are and what we’re doing at all times.

Then of course, once back home there is the editing and creative challenge and journey to put the experience into story. Dell has the technology to enable the type of  editing and creating I need so others can have next-level experiences with these stories. The fast and precise processing wizardry on my Dell Precision suite brings VR and 3D footage to 8K content. This product suite neglects no detail, even down to the monitors and precise color and clarity needed for the best possible final cut.

I owe huge gratitude to the entire Dell team that make all of this possible! I also owe a thank you to my teachers to inspiring my curiosity to explore—without them, my life’s purpose equation “how do I bring the world to a single person through story?” would still only be just a dream.

The time is now! It is not only life, but the quality of this life! Dream big and live those dreams! Why ration passion?

This article originally appeared at Dell Client Community. Learn more. 

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The Silver Lining To Our New Reality? More Empathetic Workplaces

Editor’s note: This blog originally appeared on the Dell Technologies Perspectives blog and can be found here.

By Anna Codrea-Rado, Contributor

Kelli Hodges doesn’t want her employees to talk to her about their work. Since the shelter-in-place order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dell Technologies’ director of commercial product marketing has been holding open video calls for her team at the end of each day. These meetings, however, aren’t status updates, they’re well-being check-ins.

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Trailblazers Special: Walter Isaacson Interviews Michael Dell

Editor’s note: This blog originally appeared on the Dell Technologies Perspectives blog and can be found here.

When challenges arise, we often look to technology for answers. With that in mind, on this special episode of Trailblazers, Walter (virtually) sits down with Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies, for a one-on-one conversation about optimism about what things look like on the other side of a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Can Robotics and the Cloud Rescue Our Recycling Industry?

Editor’s note: This blog originally appeared on the Dell Technologies Perspectives blog and can be found here.

By Stephanie Walden

The novel coronavirus has had a chaotic impact on humanity’s carbon footprint. Transportation-related emissions are down, while home energy usage is likely to go up. With offices, restaurants, and other businesses temporarily shuttered, commercial garbage production in the United States has fallen dramatically—but in the wake of dozens of shelter-in-place mandates, residential waste has risen by as much as 30 percent.

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HCI + Hospitality: A Hospitality Story

When it comes to HCI management, there are few people who have a better sense of the decision-making implications than Chris Stanley. An IT manager for 11 years, Chris worked in a range of industries including macadamia nut farming and IT retail before arriving in hospitality at Celtic Manor Resort. “One thing I’ve learned in hospitality,” Chris says, “is that everything relies on IT. Each department has different needs and it’s our job as an IT department to manage and streamline them all.”

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