Microsoft updates its Skype clients for Windows 10

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Microsoft is updating its Skype clients across various operating systems to version 8.61. It is replacing the React Native Skype for Windows 10 client with an Electron version, and adding a few new features to it.

“Starting in June 2020, Skype for Windows 10 and Skype for Desktop are “becoming one” in the name of providing a consistent experience, says Microsoft’s support page. But that doesn’t mean there will be just one Skype client app for Windows 10. Microsoft is still continuing to make both versions of Skype for Windows 10 — the Store app and the Desktop app — available, with the Desktop version being downloadable from

As first noted by, the Skype for Windows 10 client is going from version 14 to 15 as of today, June 23. As indicated on a support page, the new client is getting a few

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Google opens first cloud region in Indonesia

Google has opened its first cloud region in Indonesia, offering three cloud zones and its usual suite of services including Cloud SQL, Cloud Spanner, Google Kubernetes Engine, and BigQuery. The launch follows in the footsteps of Chinese cloud competitor Alibaba, which opened its second data centre in the Asian market last year. 

Located in Jakarta, Google’s ninth cloud region in Asia-Pacific, which also comprises Singapore and South Korea, currently supports local customers such as e-commerce platform Tokopedia, telco PT XL Axiata, and Bank Rakyat Indonesia. The new site pushes Google’s global cloud footprint to 24 regions and 73 zones across 17 markets. 

Google added in a blog post Wednesday that it planned to run 150,000 hands-on training labs in Indonesia this year, which would include free Google Cloud Platform training sessions, Cloud OnBoard training, and digital scholarships to help professionals gain certification on the cloud platform. 

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Viavi introduces 3D geolocation for 5G networks

Viavi Solutions has expanded its Nitro Mobile assurance portfolio with two new offerings that it claims “transform” 5G radio access network (RAN) planning and performance engineering.

The two products, GEOperformance 5G and Coverage Assurance 5G, are designed to give operators a 3D view of 5G coverage and subscriber experience, allowing them to make substantial changes to 5G RAN planning and performance engineering.

Combined, said Viavi, they allow mobile operators to move from a position of managing and assuring without visibility to one where comprehensive visibility allows them to attract new vertical markets and drive new revenue streams.

A 2D view will not cut it in 5G network assurance, said Steve Urvik, vice-president and general manager, visibility, intelligence and analytics at Viavi. “In urban areas, which are the first locations to gain 5G, a 2D representation of 5G coverage in a multi-floor office building will be virtually meaningless. Operators wouldn’t

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