Firstly I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year. I hope you had a great Christmas and good luck to anyone who made a new year’s resolution. Hopefully you haven’t broken your resolution yet, after all, it’s only the first day!
So what do we have to look forward to this month? Well, Brexit, apparently. After what feels like a lifetime, it seems that the start of the end of this torture is finally here. Time will tell of course, but it appears that Boris with his large parliamentary majority will actually now get Brexit done.This is also the year that 5G mobile technology starts to take off. There will be loads of new 5G handsets released this year and the mobile networks will be expanding their coverage. For those of us who don’t live in a capital city, and dream of just getting a reliable and strong 4G signal, we won’t have to worry or even think about 5G for quite some time yet.
It’s still officially holiday time so you will be relieved to hear that this newsletter is a little shorter than normal.
This month also see’s the official end of support of Windows 7. Anyone still using Windows 7 will have seen the pop-up messages from Microsoft explaining exactly what this means and advising users to either upgrade to Windows 10 or buy a new computer. So, for those of you who have been putting this off, now is the time to take action. If you are looking to buy a new computer in the winter sales, I would recommend getting something with an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor (not Atom, Celeron, Pentium, or AMD), a minimum 4GB memory (8GB better) and a minimum 128GB SSD (not hard drive, SSD). If you take that advice you will get a nice, fast machine that will last you for a good few years. If your budget doesn’t stretch to that then contact me and I can upgrade your computer to Windows 10.
This month we will see Microsoft officially launch their all new Edge web browser. Windows 10 users may already be aware of the original Edge browser because it is installed on every Windows 10 device, although many may be using Google Chrome or Firefox instead. Well, this month your computer will automatically get this new Edge browser when it does it’s monthly updates and I would recommend you take a look at it. Firstly, and most importantly, it is really fast compared to other web browsers. The underlying technology this browser uses is exactly the same as Google Chrome, but with one important difference, it does not contain any of the tracking stuff that Google has built into their Chrome browser. The new Microsoft Edge browser is compatible will all Chrome extensions, so your add blockers, translators and what-nots are available to use. When you first run the new Edge it will allow you to import all your bookmarks and stuff from Google Chrome so everything will just be ready for you to use. Edge is also available for android, iOS, Mac and even linux, so you can use it on all your devices, and it will synchronise your bookmarks, favourites and stuff between your devices. It will automatically be rolling out from January 15 (the same date that Windows 7 officially dies) so take a look, I think you will like it.
Well that’s it, I hope you have a great month and I wish you a wonderful 2020.