What is the Windows 10 Windows Feature Experience Pack?

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As Microsoft continues to expand the pool of people who are getting the Windows 10 May 2020/2004 update automatically, it’s also expanding the group that will have something called the “Windows Feature Experience Pack” installed on their machines. Given this feature pack, which has been known about since at least December 2019, is coming to users’ machines en masse, you’d think Microsoft would be sharing more about what it is and why it’s there. But nope.

I asked again this week about the Feature Experience Pack. A spokesperson provided the official response: “Microsoft has nothing to share.”

So, what about an unofficial response? I’ve been asking around and got some information about the Windows Feature Experience Pack.

You can see the Windows Feature Experience Pack listed as one of the Features on Demand for Windows 10 and Windows Server. This list also includes Internet Explorer, Notepad, the

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Danske Bank to make permanent changes to working practices

Danske Bank is the latest big business to reveal how working practices will change permanently following its Covid-19 experience.

Millions of workers worldwide are currently operating from home as governments attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus through lockdowns, but this could become the norm. Danske Bank, for example, sent around 19,000 staff home to work.

Companies including Barclays Bank and IT services giant Tata consultancy Services have already publicly stated that changes brought in to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 are here to stay.

“The Covid-19 experience of sending [thousands] from the office to work from home will now have a lasting impact on how work is structured and conducted at Danske Bank,” said the bank.

According to Chris Vogelzang, CEO at Danske Bank: “This experience has proven that there is so much untapped potential in the virtual workspace that we need to explore and use to

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Archer looks to commercialisation future with graphene-based biosensor tech

Prototype of portable, battery powered, biosensing device – a few centimetres in size.

Image: Archer Materials

Archer Materials has announced progressing work on its graphene-based biosensor technology.

The Australian company told shareholders on Thursday it has developed a new set of graphene materials that could be applied for enhanced biosensing and to aid in the development of biocompatible inks in water-based solvents.

Archer said doing so could eliminate the use of hazardous and non-biocompatible chemicals, increasing the scope of biomolecules that can be detected.

“There is no doubt that diseases have a devastating effect on economies and there is value in advancing disease diagnosis using simpler, more accurate biosensors,” Archer CEO Dr Mohammad Choucair said. “However, there are only a limited number of materials that can perform [biosensing], and they require innovative development.”

Archer said laboratory synthesis was complemented with computational chemistry to calculate and visualise the materials candidates at

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Ericsson continues 5G roll-out in the UK, writes down Chinese assets

Just as the operator announced a substantial contract win with O2 as it embarked upon a large modernisation programme and extension of its 5G network in the UK, Ericsson is set to take a hit of SEK 1bn in costs related to asset write-downs of pre-commercial product inventory for the Chinese market.

Following the launch of O2’s 5G commercial network in the UK October 2019, the extended partnership with Ericsson includes hardware, software and service upgrades in the west of the UK, bringing greater coverage, voice and data capacity.

The expansion will see products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio deployed in the O2 5G radio access network (RAN) across the UK as part of a substantial network modernisation programme in key cities in the country, including Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff. This will include new multiband and wide-band 5G radios as well as new 5G-optimised basebands to

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