Microsoft to combine Windows 10 IoT Core and IoT Enterprise in 2021

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Microsoft is making some substantial changes to its Windows for IoT platform in the next few months. The company is going to be converging Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise in 2021 and reducing the size of that combined release substantially.

Microsoft is promising the Windows for IoT platform will get a bunch of new features and updates in the coming year. Among these: Silicon support expansion; reduction of up to 40 percent in the size of the OS itself; and over-the-air updates. Users also will get the ability to run Linux workloads via Linux Containers with Azure IoT Edge on Windows. Officials said these updates will be available in preview “soon” and widely available in 2021.

The next long-term supported release of Windows will converge Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. The combined version will be known as Windows 10 IoT

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How Facebook Portal and Workplace are being used by SMBs to connect with customers and employees

Dan Patterson, senior producer for CNET and CBS News, talked with Micah Collins of Facebook about how Facebook Portal is now being used in small- and medium-sized businesses. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Micah Collins: Portal is a product line, and we have multiple screen sizes, and one that turns your existing television into a portal itself. We call that product Portal TV. Portal TV was designed to help people connect with each other and connect with the closest people in their lives from the comfort of their home. What sets Portal hardware apart are, one, we have fairly large vivid displays but like a camera that is designed to really make it simpler, and more immersive, and natural to connect with people. So we call that our smart camera. All our portals have very wide fields of view, and we have a cameraman technology built

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Small firms seize digital lifeline to get back to business

In the battle to stay competitive, one of the key muscles that small firms have been able to flex is flexibility, and research has found that UK small businesses are moving more of their services online for survival as the sector looks to take its first steps towards recovery.

A study by Small Business Britain and BT Skills For Tomorrow polled more than 1,000 firms in Small Business Britain’s UK community and found that many across the sector are actively embracing digital tools to power recovery.

The agility and entrepreneurialism displayed by small businesses across the country has received widespread praise as the sector reacts to the unprecedented crisis of Covid-19. The research revealed that small firms are increasingly prioritising digital skills and tools, with more than one-third now seeing this as a key focus.

According to the study, over half of small businesses (57%) now expect their profits to

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