Microsoft adds initial support for DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in Windows Insiders

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Support for the DNS-over-HTTPS protocol has landed this week in Windows Insiders, Microsoft’s experimental version of Windows, where the company tests new features before making them broadly available.

Current Windows 10 Insiders Fast Ring distributions now include a DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) client.

When activated, this new DoH client will allow the Windows OS to use the DoH protocol instead of classic DNS when connecting to the internet and when resolving web domains.

Work on adding a DoH client in Windows 10 began last year, in November.

Microsoft was responding to a rise in public interest in using DoH instead of DNS. At the time, browsers like Chrome and Firefox had shipped support for DoH.

However, from a software architectural perspective, Mozilla and Google’s DoH rollout were criticized by many engineers and system administrators.

Ever since the early days of operating system design, the OS has been in charge

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Google-powered algorithm set to modernise insurance brokering

A proprietary algorithm, developed in conjunction with the computer science department at UCL, is powering Ki, a standalone business spun out of Brit Insurance.

In collaboration with Google Cloud, Ki has launched what it claims is the first algorithmically driven Lloyd’s of London syndicate.

The new service, which will be accessible anywhere, at any time, aims to redefine the commercial insurance market as a “follow-only” syndicate, launching in 2021.

According to Brit, the creation of a fully digital syndicate is a step-change for an industry that is yet to face the disruption seen across the rest of financial services and other industries.

It said Ki’s goal is to reduce the amount of time and effort taken for brokers to place their follow capacity, creating greater efficiency, responsiveness and competitiveness. The new service will be powered by Google Cloud, which would enable it to scale rapidly, said the company.


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Gartner predicts COVID-19 to slow Australia’s tech spending by 6% in 2020

Gartner’s global IT spending forecast has revealed that tech spending in Australia in 2020 will dip by 6% to just under AU$88.8 billion. 

The forecast revealed the biggest fall would be in devices, such as PCs, tablets, and smartphones, down 14.8% from AU$13 billion in 2019 to just over $11 billion, and data centre technologies are expected to fall 12.8% from AU$3.23 billion to AU$2.81 billion. 

Meanwhile, enterprise software, which was the category that saw the largest growth of nearly 12% last year will backflip, declining by 3.6%. However, on a value basis, the category is expected to decline slightly from AU$17 billion to AU$16.3 billion. 

It comes off the back of Gartner cutting its 2020 worldwide IT spending prediction to $3.4 trillion

The research agency had predicted in January global spending on IT, including devices, data centre equipment, cloud solutions, and enterprise software, would rise from roughly $3.8

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Telcos’ enterprise ambitions at risk from private network operators, private spectrum

With the popularity of private cellular networks growing among enterprises, private cellular network operators are now an increasing threat to what has been a traditional and lucrative profit stream for telcos, a study from ABI Research has warned.

ABI’s Private wireless spectrum tracker found that there are currently initiatives in 15 countries for enterprises to deploy private networks. These include supporting arrangements for enterprises to acquire spectrum directly from the regulator, as well as spectrum assets held by mobile network operators, that focus entirely on providing private cellular networks for enterprises.

Even though the question remains of who will implement and operate private cellular networks for enterprises, the analyst said it is inevitable that the industry will see more and more new network operators enter the stage focusing on providing private cellular networks for enterprises.

“The rising number of these spectrum initiatives underpins the strong momentum for private cellular networks

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