For business customers, Microsoft’s Windows 10 documentation is an unruly mess

One of the unexpected and unwelcome side effects of Microsoft’s push to Windows as a Service is that its documentation has become an unruly mess.

The problem isn’t a lack of information. Microsoft’s generally been doing a good job of describing high-level changes in Windows and then supplying lots of technical detail about those changes in relatively short order. That’s especially true for topics that matter to developers and to people deploying Windows at scale in enterprise shops.

The two options at the bottom of this page were removed without warning in the Windows 10 May 2020 update.

The trouble is finding those details when you need them. Important information is scattered about Microsoft.com like so many puzzle pieces, and it can be a challenge to try to fit those pieces together. For technicians, support specialists, and power users, the move to semi-annual updates is a special challenge. It’s practically

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Surveilling the virus: With unprecedented amounts of genetic data, researchers are tracking how COVID-19 is evolving around the world

A view of the phylogeny of the N protein of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, one of the key parts of the virus, seen as diverging versions, or sequences, that are spread throughout the world. Dumonteil and Herrera use smart software that can make statistical inferences about how one sequence relates to another and therefore how sequences are evolving from the original form of the virus. 


Dumonteil and Herrera 2020

With access to tens of thousands of virus samples, COVID-19 researchers are constructing family trees that show the virus’s rapid spread, an unprecedented view of disease.

The world has been obsessed with surveillance of a particular kind for six months: watching people to see who’s sick.

There is another form of surveillance that is just as important but less well understood, and that is the attempt to track how the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself is changing as it spreads around the world.

COVID-19,

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Huawei gets green light for UK development centre

Huawei has received permission to build a research and development and manufacturing centre in Cambridge, UK.

It acquired the 500-acre site for the centre in 2018 and, days after the company was celebrating its 20th anniversary of working in the UK, the first phase of the new Huawei Campus was approved by the local council.

The approval follows more than three years of work and planning. Huawei began the search for an ideal location back in 2017 and completed its acquisition of the south Cambridgeshire site the following year. It began its planning application process in early 2019.

The site, including over 50 acres of brownfield land, is located at the former Spicers paper mill and production facility to the west of Sawston in the heart of the UK’s Silicon Fen.

Huawei will invest £1bn in the first phase of the project, including construction of 50,000m2 of facilities on

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