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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”

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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.

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.