Windows and Windows Server: features and differences

On the surface, they may look similar, but Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 are two very different operating systems: that’s why.

One of the greatest advantages of Windows compared to other operating systems is its versatility and the possibility of being used in the most varied environments and situations. The Microsoft operating system easily performs its work in both professional and home settings, running software and applications of all kinds: from productivity platforms to design software; from video games to photo editing programs or to edit video. And where the “long tentacles” of the standard operating platform do not arrive, Redmond’s engineers intervene to adapt it to new needs.

Thus, even if Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 seem virtually identical, the two operating systems are optimized to work in very different environments and situations. The first excel in daily use; the second, instead, is designed and designed to manage networks of various sizes: from that of the small office to larger networks. In short, if you ask Windows Server what it is for, know that the answer is already in the question: it is an operating system optimized for the creation and management of computer networks of every type and size.

Windows 10 and Windows Server share part of the code

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If you put side by side two PCs with “clean” installations of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 you would hardly be able to distinguish one from the other. At first glance, in fact, the two operating systems appear to be identical and the reason is easy to say. Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 share much of the kernel, including the “instructions” that design the graphical interface. The two operating platforms, of course, can also run the same software: if you wish, you could install Chrome and Office on Windows Server 2016 and use them without problems.

The similarities, however, end here . As mentioned, Windows 10 is optimized for everyday home and professional use, while Windows Server is designed to be installed on a server and manage computer networks of various sizes. Although it has a graphical interface – the same as the “twin” for home use – Microsoft recommends disabling it or even not installing it and managing the network via the command line.

Windows Server contains software for managing networks

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Given the purpose for which it was developed, Windows Server natively provides software, applications and utilities necessary for the management of computer networks. Instead of finding software like Edge, Cortana or the Microsoft Store, inside we will find features such as DHCP services, Active Directory Domainservices and many others useful for the remote management of dozens of computer machines. Thanks to Windows Server, for example, it will be possible to distribute software updates among all PCs on the same network, so as to speed up updating operations and avoid wasting download time on each individual machine.

Windows Server supports more powerful hardware

Compared to Windows 10, Windows Server can handle far more powerful hardware. While the “home” operating system can handle up to 2 terabytes of RAM, Windows Server supports up to 24 terabytes of working memory. Similar speech when switching to CPU management and usage. Windows 10 Home version supports only one physical processor and manages up to 32 cores (in the 32 bit version) or 256 cores (in the 64 bit version); Windows Server can manage up to 64 physical CPUs and an infinite number of cores.

Windows Server is “locked”


Being designed and designed for the management of computer networks, Windows Server has more advanced and incisive IT security features and tools compared to Windows 10. Although it can browse normally online, Windows Server does not allow you to visit any URL: if, for example, you try downloading Chrome for web browsing, you will have to add exceptions to the internal firewall so that you can reach Google’s servers without headaches.

At the same time, Windows Server does not support the use of Microsoft accounts: in order to use it, it will be necessary to create a local user, so that the settings of your personal profile – and of the network you manage – cannot be automatically synchronized on other machines or devices.

Google Travel simplifies travel planning

Google Travel, the novelty of Google to organize a trip to the best and with the right tools.

Google has announced an important innovation in its planning tools for travel on the web.
Following the launch of a series of similar mobile tools last year, the company announced the day that Google Travel will allow you to move more easily between flight searches, hotels, packages and have a complete view of the trips made previously.

This will at least group all of Google’s travel services under one roof, which actually took much longer than expected given the prospects at the time of Google’s purchase of ITA 9 years ago.

Google Trips is essentially the page of the site that will gather reservations and information about upcoming destinations. The service will then report the travel info in Google Search and Maps and Google will then use the confirmation e-mails and booking receipts to recreate the history of your trip.

Since both web and mobile versions are now available in parallel, planning a trip is even easier on any device.

It will not yet be possible to make reservations directly through Google’s systems, in fact Google will automatically redirect to airline or hotel reservation systems to complete the operations.

Today, search engines for flights and hotels are always the same, despite Google’s proof of offering the possibility to buy flight + hotel packages directly on its channels, but this operation has gone quietly. “Our goal is to simplify planning operations, helping users to quickly find the most useful information and have a continuity between the devices used so that they do not have to repeat operations unnecessarily. We will continue to plan and organize trips more easily with the help of Google Maps, Google Search and Google Travel, so you can more easily enjoy the beauty of a trip.

Unfortunately, Google has not yet transferred Inbox’s Trip Bundles to Gmail, despite the promise to do so before Inbox closes.
For now, the new Google Travel site, in any case, seems to be a pretty good alternative.

Corrupted partition on macOS, how to recover data

If your Mac’s hard drive is experiencing problems, you can recover the partition data using ad hoc programs: here are the best ones

Apple’s macOS operating system is known for its robustness and reliability, but that doesn’t mean that an iMac or MacBook can’t have problems from time to time. Among the many possible technical failures of an Apple computer, one of the most fearsome is undoubtedly the malfunction of a partition. In this case, it is possible to lose all the data stored on that partition in one fell swoop and for this reason, we always recommend you to make periodic backups of your most important data. When the damage is done, however, there is still some maneuver you can do to try to save at least part of the data of the failed HFS+ partition. Let’s assume, in this case, that the partition is still visible on your Mac, but not accessible, and that it is not the main partition on which the operating system is running. So your Mac starts up and works properly, but the data on the damaged partition is inaccessible.

First rule: don’t touch anything

If you are trying to fix a malfunction of an HFS+ partition on macOS, you should not try repeatedly to make it work: if you find that the data is no longer accessible, do not try to copy new files to the disk or test the disk to correct any errors. You shouldn’t even try disassembling the disk and reassembling it on another Mac. All of these maneuvers may make the situation worse, preventing you from recovering the data. What you should do, however, is to use specialized tools, developed to solve problems of this kind.

Free tools for trying to recover a damaged HFS+ macOS partition include Testdisk and Photorec. These are two open source programs that you can make work in tandem to regain possession of your data. The first thing to do is to download Testdisk, extract the zip file on the working partition. Then you have to open the Terminal and navigate to the Testdisk directory (usually it is /Downloads/testdisk-NUMBER-VERSION). Now run the /testdisk command and create a new log file for recovery. You will be asked to enter your password and, immediately after, to choose the physical disk on which the damaged partition resides. Then select the partition that doesn’t work properly, if Testdisk doesn’t find it by itself.

Now run the Analyze command and press enter. The tool will perform a series of tests trying to access the data on the disk, identifying the type of partition and other technical parameters needed to try to restore the data by recreating the “partition table”, ie the file that contains the basic data on the partition. Select the partition and then choose Write to rewrite the partition table of the damaged partition. Press Y to confirm, then Ok and finally exit Testdisk and restart the Mac.

If all went well, you will have access to the data of the repaired partition again upon reboot. If not, it means that the damage is more severe than expected and you must also use Photorec. The particularity of this free tool is that it completely ignores the file system and tries to access the data directly. In the same directory where you installed Testdisk, also from the Terminal, run the command /photorec. You will be shown a menu similar to the one already seen for Testdisk and you will have to select again the physical disk with the damaged partition. Photorec will do a series of tests on the disk to find the partition that doesn’t work. If the partition is very badly set up, Photorec will find more than one (in practice it will see it in pieces). So you’ll have to choose Search and, immediately afterwards, Photorec will ask you where it will have to copy the files it can find (make sure you have enough space). At this point a long and laborious work will begin, with which Photorec will try to extract one by one the files from the not working partition. It will take a long time, don’t worry and never interrupt the operation.

If Testdisk and Photorec are two tools that require some basic technical knowledge (like knowing how to use the Terminal), there are also tools to recover a damaged partition on easier to use macOS. Like Data Rescue and Disk Drill, two paid tools ($99 and $89 respectively) that perform more or less the same actions, but offer a very intuitive graphical interface. If you don’t feel like using the Terminal and are willing to spend a few dozen dollars to save your data, then Data Rescue and Disk Drill are two choices you should consider.

Scratch, the language for learning programming for children

Scratch is a graphical programming environment designed to teach coding to children and those who are new to the world of computer science: here’s how it works.

The average age at which a person starts programming has decreased more and more. It’s not difficult to find 12-13-year-olds who can develop a video game or animation without asking their parents for help. This is thanks to programming languages that have become increasingly easier to learn. An example is Scratch, a graphical block programming environment: to make an animation you don’t need to know even a line of code: instructions (scripts) are present inside colored blocks that users just have to assemble between them.

Картинки по запросу Scratch

Scratch is a programming language designed for children aged between 8 and 16 years, but also for those who have never coded in their lives. It can be taught to children from primary school onwards, so as to give them the opportunity to develop logic and reasoning. It is no coincidence that Scratch was created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group of the MIT Media Lab, led by Mitchel Resnick. Scratch was created to give everyone (children, young people, adults) the chance to take their first steps in the world of programming.

The programming language allows you to create very simple projects such as colorful animations, but also very elaborate content such as video games or videos. Scratch is an open-source programming language and every day new blocks (scripts) are added that allow you to improve your projects. Here is how it works and how to use Scratch to create colorful animations and to teach programming to children.

Scratch is a graphical programming language with an object-oriented approach, i.e. you don’t need to know strings of code to realize your projects, but just assemble the various colored blocks inside the editor. The environment was created to give children the opportunity to enter the world of coding and create their first projects, such as graphic animations and interactive stories.

Scratch is an open-source programming language and anyone can develop new blocks and add functionality. The programming environment is available both online and offline, allowing the user to work on their project at any time.

To create your first project with Scratch you need to sign up on the platform so you can save the content you created. Registration to Scratch is free and can be done directly on the website of the programming language. Following the wizard, you will complete the registration process in less than five minutes.

Once you have created your account, you can use Scratch online directly from your computer’s browser. The Scratch editor is very simple to use and allows you to create an interactive animation or story in no time. The editor is divided into three parts: on the left we have the characters to insert in our project (called Sprites), in the central column there are colored blocks, ie sounds, backgrounds and any other element that can customize your animation, while on the right we have to insert commands that make move their sprites (the protagonists of the story).

Scratch allows you to customize the project according to your needs: you can add colored backgrounds from the memory of your computer, or record sounds with the microphone and use them to let the characters of our animation speak. The only limit is the user’s imagination.

The programming environment can also be used offline by downloading the appropriate program from the Scratch website. However, you must also install Adobe AIR 20, otherwise Scratch will not work perfectly. There is also an application (Scratch Jr) for the tablet dedicated to children between the ages of 5 and 7 years. In this case, the programming language is even more simplified and allows you to create stories with simple touches on the screen.

The success of Scratch is linked to the ease of use and the ability to create many different things in a few minutes. Scratch is especially designed to create simple projects, such as a colorful animation or a short video. Thanks to the work of the community, however, over time the programming language has been enriched with new blocks and features, also allowing you to develop applications. Scratch has now become a complete programming language that can be used for any type of project.

The advantages of Scratch

“Imagine, program, share.” This is the motto of the Scratch community, one of the most active in the world of programming. The success of the coding environment is linked to the ease with which you can find a solution to your problems: every day new projects are added on the platform from which you can start to develop your own graphics animation. Moreover, being an operating system designed for children, it is very simple to use: it only takes a few minutes to become familiar with the tools in the editor.

In many parts of the world, Scratch has been a part of education since primary school. Learning a programming language not only allows children to develop logic, but also to unleash their creativity. And learning new things becomes even more fun. Especially if you can do it by playing with your children. The many projects on Scratch are proof of the success of the children’s programming language in recent years.

A branch of Facebook dedicated to robotics teaches robots to learn from their mistakes

A branch of Facebook dedicated to robotics teaches robots to learn from their mistakes
In a roof garden at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, a six-legged robot named Daisy makes rough noises while staggering over sandy soil.

Daisy, which looks like a giant robotic spider, is part of a robot science project within Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group. Since last summer, FAIR scientists have helped robots learn how to walk and grab objects. The goal is that they learn to do these actions in the same way that people acquire these skills: exploring the world around them and using trial and error.

Many people may not know that the world’s largest social network is also tinkering with robots. But the work of this group is not intended to appear, for example, in the Facebook news feed. Rather, the hope is that the project will be able to help researchers to make artificial intelligence learn more independently. They also want to make robots learn by using less data, which humans are often required to collect before the AI can function properly.

In theory, this work could eventually help improve the types of AI activities that many technology companies (including Facebook) are working on, such as translating words from one language to another or recognizing people and objects in images.

In addition to Daisy, Facebook researchers are working on robotic arts that consist of multi-jointed arms and robotic hands equipped with tactile sensors on the tips of the fingers. They are using an automatic learning technique called “self-supervised learning”, in which robots have to understand for themselves how to do things, repeatedly trying to perform an action and then using the data collected by the sensors to improve more and more.

Research is still at an early stage: Meier said that robots are just starting to reach objects, but have not yet decided how to collect them. Like children, who must first learn to use their muscles before they can move – not to mention pushing themselves up to stand up – so too, robots must go through that discovery process.

But why force a robot to understand these kinds of tasks?

The robot has to understand what the consequences of his actions are, Franziska Meier, scientific researcher at FAIR, told CNN Business. “As humans we can learn this kind of thing, but we have to be able to teach a robot how to learn it,” she said. Also, she said, researchers were surprised to find that letting robots explore to understand things for themselves can speed up the learning process.

In a demonstration last week, Daisy was operating in demo mode, but through self-supervised learning she was slowly learning to walk. The six-legged robot, which the researchers bought, was chosen for its stability, said research scientist Roberto Calandra. The robot began to feel the various soils on which it was placed, before starting to move (soils that included smooth salt within Facebook and other surfaces). Slowly he learned how to move forward taking into account elements such as balance and the way it is positioned using the sensors on the legs.

The researchers also tested another robot, which consists of an articulated arm with a pincer for grabbing objects. Through coordinates, this analyzed the point in space that the researchers wanted to reach and, taking five hours, reached the object – always making different movements, each time the experience increased the learning data compared to what it felt before.
“Every time, in practice, he looks for something, gets more data, optimizes the model. And that’s just the beginning,” said Meier.

Calandra said that one of the reasons it’s exciting, working on this kind of AI with robots, rather than using the software on a computer, is because it forces the algorithms to use the data efficiently. That is, they have to understand how to do tasks in days or hours since they have to do it in real time, rather than in software simulations that can be accelerated to imitate a longer period of time like months or years.
“If you start out knowing that it’s just a simulation, you’ll cradle yourself with the ability to perform hundreds of risk-free attempts. And this is an approach yes, very interesting scientifically, but it does not apply to the real world,” said the researcher.

Huawei will no longer have a license for the Android operating system

Google has announced the suspension of all commercial activities with Huawei. The Chinese company will not have a license for the Android operating system nor for Google services.

Google’s decision to block the authorization of its Android mobile operating system in Huawei could give a huge blow to the ambitions of the Chinese technology giant to become the leading player in smartphones globally.

The U.S. technology giant has suspended business with Huawei, which means that the transfer of hardware, software and key technical services is blocked. Google has taken this step to comply with Washington’s decision to put Huawei on the so-called “Entity List”, which means that American companies need a special license to sell products to the Chinese company.

Huawei can therefore no longer license Google’s Android operating system and other services that the company offers. The Chinese company is now able to use a public version of the Google operating system through the Open Source Android project. It means that future Huawei phones will not have any of the Google services that users expect from Android devices.

“We’re sticking to the order and reviewing the implications,” said a Google spokesman today. “For users of our services, Google Play and Google Play Protect security protections will continue to work on existing Huawei devices.

A Huawei spokesman told CNBC that the company is “evaluating the possible impact of this U.S. government action on consumers.

“Huawei has made a substantial contribution to the development and growth of Android worldwide. As one of Android’s leading global partners, we have worked closely with their open source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and the industry,” the spokesman said. “Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets to cover those that have been sold or are still available globally. We will continue to build a secure and sustainable software ecosystem in order to provide the best experience to all users globally.

This is a blow to the Chinese company, which relies heavily on Android for the smartphones it sells outside of China. Within China, the company uses a modified version of Android that does not include Google’s pre-installed apps because search engine services are blocked in the country. But in markets outside China, Huawei smartphones use Android with Google apps.

Just over 49% of Huawei’s smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2019 were in international markets outside mainland China, according to Canalys. Huawei was the second largest smartphone manufacturer by global market share in the first quarter. The company has already outlined its ambitions to become the first player in the smartphone market by 2020. But this latest move by Google could put a brake on the company’s projects.

“It’s a kind of “instant switch” for Huawei’s ambitions to outperform Samsung in the global market,” said Nicole Peng, vice president of mobility for Canalys, this morning at CNBC.

Huawei relies on key components from many other U.S. suppliers for everything from smartphones to network equipment. It has more than 30 U.S. companies among its “core suppliers. Some of these vendors, including Qualcomm and Intel, have told employees that they will not sell to Huawei until further notice. This according to a Bloomberg report.

Huawei, for its part, says it is preparing for the kind of situation that it will now face. In March, the company said it had developed its own operating system for its consumer products, in anticipation of when it would no longer be able to use Google or Microsoft. And just last week, the Nikkei Asian Review reported that Huawei would inform some suppliers that it would prepare itself for any problems related to the US-China trade war by developing its own technology.

Although Huawei has been able to reduce dependence on U.S. suppliers for some components, experts said it might not be enough because it still needs other parts from U.S. companies. And analysts also questioned the profitability of Huawei’s operating system.

Neil Shah, director of research at Counterpoint Research, said Huawei will have to rely on third-party Android app stores outside China because Google Play will not be installed by default. And this could be a problem.

“This is a clear disadvantage for your operating system (Huawei) compared to Android provided on Samsung or other phones, primarily in terms of the lack of apps available on the Play Store, as apps (some may be dated), and in terms of security, as they will not be screened by Google,” said Shah.

“As a result, all apps from U.S. companies will not be available and users will be forced to crack them or Huawei will have to make them available through third parties, which will be a huge task for the Chinese company,” he added.

How KaiOS works, the new operating system for mobile phones

We all know Android and we know that this operating system from Google is the unchallenged market leader in the world, with only one competitor that it follows from far away: Apple’s iOS. But there are not only these two OS for smartphones: the list of operating systems for mobile phones is long, even if almost nobody knows them and everyone assumes that you can only choose between the two most famous. A new mobile OS , however, seems to be on the launching pad towards consecration: it is KaiOS, it derives from the deceased FireFoxOS and it is developed today by KaiOS Technologies led by Sebastien Codeville, an engineer with a background in Alcatel, Philips and TCL. Why is KaiOS about to take off? Because it is an operating system for cheap and less powerful mobile phones.

KaiOS: technical characteristics


Technically KaiOS is based on Linux and derives from Boot to Gecko, which in turn is a derivative of the latest version of FireFox OS. According to KaiOS Technologies, this new mobile operating system ” combines the power of a smartphone with the convenience of a feature phone “, that is, a cheap device for a few tens of dollars. KaiOS supports apps based on HTML 5 and normal features for a smartphone like 4G LTE, GPS and Wi-Fi. In its current version it can work with only 256 MB of RAM, thanks to its lightness. Lately, native HTML 5 versions have been developed for this operating system of famous apps like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsAppand there is also an official store, called KaiStore, where users can find all the apps developed for this operating system. There are not many, but the number is growing. Obviously, then, there is no lack of the monetization mechanism of all this for KaiOS Technologies: it’s called KaiADS and it’s the advertising platform for apps that run on KaiOS.

KaiOS: because there will be a boom

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Last year, Google has invested $ 22 million in mobile operating system KAIOSand announced a native version of Google Assistant. This tells us that KaiOS is not just any OS, but it can actually make big market shares. But it will not be the same market as Google Android and Apple iOS : it will be the feature phone market, those devices with low performance and very limited functionality (for example: no touch screen, no camera or a low-resolution lens). In the world, even today, over 3 billion people do not have access to the Internet (ie 54% of the world population). Only 19% of the population does not access the Internet due to infrastructure shortages, while the remaining 35% cannot afford a connection. Or a smartphone, given that in 2018 the average cost of a phone was 120 dollars, a figure that can only spend 10% of the population of emerging markets. The cost problem, therefore, is more than real and lowering the price of devices and services is essential to bring this huge slice of the world’s population into the digital age.

KaiOS: the OS for Smart Feature Phones

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According to a recent research by Counterpoint Research in the next three years a global market of 28 billion dollars could be born : it is the ” Smart Feature Phone ” market. Phones, that is, that are a cross between smartphones and feature phones . In practice, feature phones with Internet access and a few other features necessary to use the basic services of the Web. KaiOS is the ideal candidate for the role of operating system of these Smart Feature Phones , thanks to its lightness (in terms of hardware resources required) ) combined with the fact that it is an operating system that is born with the Web in mind.

The first Smart Feature Phones are a success


From words to deeds: KaiOS has collaborated in the USA with Alcatel to launch Go Flip, a Smart Feature Phone with a 2.8-inch display (320×240 pixels), 5 MP camera, 1.1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. The battery, just 1,350 mAh, offers a 6-hour autonomy in conversation and 11 days in standby. Shortly thereafter, together with the Indian Reliance Industries, KaiOS launched JioPhone: 2.4 inches, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory. KaiOS Technologies has also worked to bring KaiOS to the Nokia 8110 4G, an updated version of the legendary mobile phone launched in 1996 and even seen in the movie Matrix. Today there are over 80 million devices with KaiOS operating system in the world, how many will be in 2020?

Apple TV, the new app comes

If you’ve been waiting patiently for Apple’s redesigned TV app, which was revealed in March, today is your lucky day. The company is now distributing the updated application for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Samsung smart TV compatible, with a new look, the new function Channels and sections edited as “For You” and “Kids”. Apart from the renewed design, which focuses on offering wonderful images for movies and TV shows and a user interface that aims to help you shake less, the most important changes to the TV app are the addition of Channels ( not currently available in Italy) and the complete iTunes library.

Apple says there are over 100,000 movies and TV series on iTunes , including a large collection of HDR 4K content that you can rent or buy. Now all this will be reachable without having to leave his TV app. With Canali, meanwhile, Apple offers users the chance to sign up for a variety of premium networks directly from their TV application, including HBO, Showtime, Starz, Epix, Smithsonian Channel, Tastemade and, later this summer, CBS All- Access. While many of these services already have their apps on Apple TV, the advantage for channels is that Apple controls the whole aspect of your experience, from how you sign up to how content is presented visually.

Moreover, those who subscribe to the channels can download films and programs for offline viewing on the iPhone or iPad. According to Apple, Channel subscriptions work for up to six of your loved ones through family sharing , so everyone can have their own lists. And for the youngest, the new TV app also includes a section dedicated to children, which will present films and shows edited by the editorial team of Appl e.

Of course, as Apple revealed in January, the TV app will be available for the 2019 Samsung smart TVs (in addition to some 2018 models), along with the iTunes app and support for AirPlay 2. The only thing that won’t be in able to do is if, for example, you have connected Prime Video to your TV app, you will not be able to pause your Apple device and then resume watching on your Samsung smart TV. In addition to this, the rest of the features – Channels, For You, Kids and more – are all there. As for the Mac, don’t worry, Apple is still planning to bring the TV app to its laptops and desktops later this fall.

Google Play changes the way you evaluate apps

Even today, app developers will be able to view an average of ratings based on the latest user ratings, rather than on the app’s history.

Two years ago, Apple changed the way app ratings worked in its store, allowing developers to decide whether their ratings could be reset or not with their latest update – a feature that Apple suggested to the developers of use sparingly. Today, Google has also announced that it is changing the operation of app evaluations on Play Store, but instead of giving developers the opportunity to choose when to restore classifications, it will begin to analyze app evaluations to favor those of the most recent versions.

“We think it is more important to give visibility to the evaluations of the latest versions of the app, rather than the older ones,” explained Milena Nikolic, Google Play Console engineer, at the Google I / O developer conference.

Nikolic has explained that soon an average appraisal calculated for the app will be loaded on all the applications present on Google Play . Instead of a cumulative evaluation of the entire history of the app, an average will be calculated to give more weight to the most recent evaluations provided by users.

With this update, users will be able to see, at a glance, the current status of the app, which means that any corrections and changes that have made it a better experience over the years will be taken into account at time to determine the assessment . “It will best reflect the hard work and improvements of the developers,” said Nikolic.

The downside, however, is that once high-quality apps don’t release new updates or bug fixes, they will only show ratings that reflect a current state of decline.

It is not clear how much this change will impact the Google Play Store SEO, where app search results are returned today based on a combination of factors, including app names, descriptions, keywords, downloads, reviews and assessments.

The update of app ratings was one of several changes to Google Play announced today, along with the public launch of dynamic release features, new APIs, updated Google Play Console data, custom lists and even “suggested answers” like those of Gmail, but to respond to reviews from Play Store users.

End users of Google Play Store will not see the new rating recalculated until August, but developers can preview their new vote as early as today in their Play Store console.