Zoho’s New Operating System Zoho One Bundles All Its 35+ Apps, Costs Just $1 A Day Per User

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“At $1 a day, we are licensing not just our apps but peace of mind for our customers,” stated Sridhar Vembu, founder Zoho, at the launch of its new operating system for business, Zoho One.  Zoho One is an all-in-one suite of applications to run an entire business—across every function and organisational group. It includes more than 35 integrated web applications and some 55+ mobile apps. More so, all of this comes with a single sign-on and with centralised administration and provisioning at a price of $30 or INR 1,000 per month, per employee.

With Zoho One, a company has all the applications it needs to acquire and serve its customers (marketing, sales, and support apps) and run operations (finance, recruiting, and related HR apps). Also, it can provide all the tools for its employees to work collaboratively and get their work done (office suite, mail, personal productivity, and collaboration apps). Or, as Sridhar puts it, a whole enterprise can be run on the platform. The best part is that all of this is being offered in a single contract, negating the need for multiple contracts and multiple renewal cycles.

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Sridhar stated, “This is the unravelling of a strategy that has been in the works for 10 years. A suite like this typically costs hundreds of dollars and even then customers have to do software rationing. With Zoho One, not only are we doing away with the problem of rationed software but also making enterprise applications available to SMBs at consumer prices.”

Till now, Zoho has offered application bundles including CRM Plus, Workplace for office productivity and Finance Plus. Zoho One is the first time that it has offered all of its software bundled for one price. In fact, the price of Zoho One is less than what Zoho charges for some of its applications and bundles.

However, Zoho will still license individual apps and offer bundled suites and existing customers will not be forced to update their plans. In total, the company has now the breadth and depth of products from SMBs to large enterprise organisations. The three models—individual app licenses, bundled suites, and an all-in-one package with Zoho One —represent an approach similar to that of Google and Microsoft. In fact, Zoho will now be competing against the two software giants in many of these categories.

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The most noteworthy aspect of Zoho One is that it dispenses with traditional vendor pricing strategies like upgrades, add-ons, and multi-year contracts with one simple invoice for the entire organisation. As Sridhar says, “At Zoho, we fully embrace the consumerisation of IT. We believe that software should be ubiquitously available.”

Zoho One will also be offering hundreds of integration points across its applications. These integrations connect sales, marketing, customer support, accounting, human resources, and other activities, while also fostering communication and collaboration amongst colleagues, customers, and vendors. Contextual integrations bring in relevant information from other apps to improve the effectiveness of any app.

This approach simplifies the “Integration spaghetti” dilemma faced by companies. This is because the traditional approach to integration involves large budgets and armies of expensive IT consultants to integrate application silos from multiple vendors, a privilege restricted to large companies with deep pockets. With Zoho One, sophisticated software will now be available to every business.

Zoho One: Running An Enterprise At $1 A Day

With its disruptive pricing of $1 a day per user, Zoho is setting the benchmarking in software licensing.

Zoho Chief Evangelist, Raju Vegesna stated, “This comes as a welcome change for a market littered with vendors with bloated business models offering individual, overpriced applications. Zoho One changes the game by offering an all-you-can-eat application suite at an unheard of price.”

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Sridhar claims that the product has already signed up hundreds of users even without a formal launch. He adds that they are preparing for a deluge of users, a reason which made them accelerate the launch from September to July 2017. Some of these customers include online publishing platform Notion Press and online financial portal 5paisa.com.

The idea is to dispense with traditional vendor pricing strategies like upgrades, add-ons, multi-year contracts, and usage restrictions. They effectively chain the customer to the vendor and it was something which Sridhar always wanted to attack. He said, “This is how we always wanted the world to be. It is one of the reasons for developing Zoho One as I was personally sick of the tricks salespeople of software vendors play on clients.”

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With this competitive pricing and availability in multiple languages, Zoho is preparing itself for the next years, where it aims to target a billion paying users (Current user base is 30 Mn) as more and more people come online. It will be interesting to see how many organisations will make the switch for Zoho One and how bigger competitors will respond to Zoho’s aggressive pricing.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, a little over one week after seeding the third beta and over a month after introducing the new update at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.

To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 4 features three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual and is perhaps the most significant new feature in the update. There are also new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training and new swimming options.

GymKit, a new technology platform, will let the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app will offer up intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement along with new monthly activity challenges.

Many other small tweaks and changes have been introduced, all of which are outlined in our dedicated watchOS 4 roundup.

watchOS 4 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers, so non-developers will need to wait until the software sees an official release in the fall to try it out.

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There’s Joy And Frustration In Kingsway, The Operating System RPG

If the operating system on the PC I used in the ‘90s was anything like the one in Andrew Morrish’s OS/RPG Kingsway, I would have gotten a lot more “work” done back then.

Out this week on Steam for $9.99, Kingsway is a role-playing game that takes place on the desktop of a retro computer operating system. Your character sheet is a window, with statistics and slots for adding equipment. Your inventory is a window, filled with potions, weapons, armor and magical artifacts. Traveling from point-to-point on the world map (also a window) involves a progress bar. Random monster encounters are moving pop-ups. Quests are delivered by email alerts, and the soundtrack is a series of really catchy electronic tunes housed in a primitive media player.

The idea is for your player, created from a selection of standard fantasy archetypes (warrior, wizard, rogue, beastperson) is attempting to make it to the king’s castle, far to the east. Traveling from point to point, the player character must brave fantastic beasts and perilous traps while completing quests and dealing with other random events (NPCs in need of aid and such). Overcoming obstacles and completing goals rewards experience levels, which leads to stronger weapons and armor and more powerful spells and abilities.

It’s delightful, in a frustrating sort of way. Like any role-playing game, the player is at the mercy of random number generation. Perhaps the path from point A to B is relatively safe, or patrolled by a single, easily-dispatched low-level creature. Or maybe it’s a parade of difficult battles that will surely result in your doom.

Death is permanent in Kingsway. When your character falls, you start over with a new one in a new procedurally-generated continent. The saving grace is that each death generates crystals, which can be used to purchased items or equipment to help make the next journey a bit easier. Or change the color of the desktop. It’s up to you.

I played Kingsway for a little over a half an hour on Facebook earlier today, and while I didn’t get very far, I had a great time. Check out the stream archive below to see the operating system RPG in action.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

Image result for Apple Seeds Third Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to DevelopersApple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, just over three weeks after seeding the second beta and more than a month after introducing the new update at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The new version is build 15R5321h.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.
To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 4 features three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual and is perhaps the most significant new feature in the update. There are also new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training and new swimming options.

Gymkit, a new technology platform, will let the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app will offer up intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement along with new monthly activity challenges.

Many other small tweaks and changes have been introduced, all of which are outlined in our dedicated watchOS 4 roundup.

watchOS 4 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers, so non-developers will need to wait until the software is officially released in the fall to try it out.

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Microsoft cuts support to most Windows Phone operating systems

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Microsoft may have finally called time on its Windows Phone hardware
Microsoft is officially set to pull the plug on its Windows Phone smartphone business.

The company has reportedly signalled that it will be wrapping up its operations in the mobile device market within the next few weeks.

The news was reported on Twitter by ZDNet reporter Mary Jo Foley, who said that a senior Microsoft executive had told her there was almost no money left in the phone business.

Renowned Microsoft commentator Paul Thurrott corroborated Foley’s report, saying that the wind-down of the company’s phone business is, “expected to be completed by the end of the current fiscal year”.

This would mean that Microsoft would halt its operations by the end of June.

Microsoft revealed its latest financial results earlier this week, with company CFO Amy Hood mentioning “negligible revenue from phones.”

The reality was even more stark, however, with phone sales falling $730 million for the current quarter from the same period last year.The announcement may not be too surprising, given the waning power of Windows Phone devices around the world.

Microsoft did not even publish the results of its mobile devices division in its last financial results, with no new devices being released as the company finalised its messy divorce with Nokia.

Windows Phone now makes up just 0.3 per cent of all smartphones sold across the world in the last three months of last year, according to recent Gartner figures.

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The news means no more new Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone devices

The ascension of Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO effectively spelled the end for Windows Phone, as he looked to take the company more towards cloud computing.

The company has also been resizing its Windows Phone workforce in recent years, with tens of thousands of employees being laid off back in July 2015.

Microsoft also effectively wrote off $7.6 billion concerning its 2013 takeover of Nokia, marking one of the company’s biggest ever low points.

The company also recently downgraded work on its Windows 10 Mobile platform in favour of focusing on building other new hardware instead.

The news won’t affect Microsoft’s mobile software rollout, as the company recently revealed more details about the rollout of its most advanced mobile software.

The company finally began rolling out Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update earlier this week, marking the latest generation of its smartphone platform.

However only a certain number of devices are able to download and install the software, including several Lumia smartphones such as the Lumia 640 and 640XL, Lumia 650, and Lumia 950 and 950 XL devices.

The mobile version of Windows 10 Creators Update is available to download now.

The download brings a number of mobile-specific features, including better ebook support for reading on the go, a new “Snooze” function for Microsoft Edge tabs, and a smoother way to many Wi-Fi connections on your device.

There’s also support for full-colour, updated emojis, better Bluetooth connectivity, and improvements to Cortana that allow you to use your voice to control playback and volume of your music.

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New operating system brings iPad into the world of laptops

Apple’s iOS 11 operating system overhauls the use of iPads and ­delivers many value-adds for ­iPhones as well.

I’ve been trialling iOS 11 Beta and, while it’s rough in places for now, there are big changes.

The iPad finds itself at a kind of crossroads. It’s great as a media consumption device, for watching movies, listening to music, reading, and browsing, and for ­creating on the go: drawing, doodling, writing, as well as photo and basic movie editing.

But it’s not the powerhouse that laptops are and, with iOS, doesn’t offer the versatility and flexibility of Mac OS or Microsoft Windows.

But with iOS 11, Apple has sought to vastly improve the iPad user experience. This starts with the extended dock. Having just four apps along the bottom of the screen is gone. Now up to 13 apps can be added, and Apple has included three more frequently used ones.

The dock is easy to access: it slides up from the bottom. I can quickly access and switch between the apps I use regularly.

With the new dock comes new gestures and accessibility. Continuing to slide up from the bottom uncovers a redesigned control centre.

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iOS 11 Beta on iPad.

There’s no need to double-press the home button on iPad. In one sliding action the current app can be minimised and it’s possible to switch to another. Music controls are accessible along with a range of settings, and HomeKit devices. Extra functions can be added in control centre settings.

iOS9 offered “split view” with two apps opened side-by-side. There’s now an additional variation called slide-over, where a column view of an app floats above another app.

While viewing one app, it’s possible to flick up from the bottom and select another from the dock. Drag it upwards and to the left or right edges for split view, or release it just short of the edges to float it.

I could change between slide-over and split view by dragging down on the app.

In control centre, apps are no longer dragged to close. Instead, press down on one of the apps (the RHS bottom of an app worked best), wait for the little “x” to appear on each, and then touch to close. These gestures take practice to get right and persistence is important. But there are keyboard shortcuts, too. Hold down the Cmd key for a list. They include Cmd/Option/D for the dock and Cmd/Tab to switch apps.

iOS 11 also features drag-and-drop within and between apps, but its implementation is limited for now. With Photos open on the left side, and a Note on the right, I could drag images into that Note. But this didn’t work for Pages. There’s work to be done to make these features more universal.

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Sketching with iOS 11.

The new Files app debuts on both iPad and iPhone. It offers what many people have missed with iOS — a file system with folders. You can access files and folders on the iPad, on iCloud Drive and a series of other cloud services such as Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. Dropbox support is on the way.

Don’t expect anything like the experience of macOS Finder or Windows Explorer, at least for now. While I could see files and folders, I couldn’t necessarily open them in the Files app. For example, if I chose a Google Drive Docs file, it wouldn’t open in the iOS Google Docs app although I could edit these files directly in the iOS Google Docs app.

It’s best to fire up the apps that create and write these files, rather than access them this new way. There are exceptions. I could easily access and open PDF files on different cloud services through the Files apps.

Don’t expect to store Apple proprietary files in preferred ­places. For example, Pages documents can’t be dropped into OneDrive through the Files app, nor Notes into Google Drive. It’s a controlled implementation of a file access system.

There’s a major change to the photo and video format on iPhone 7 and newer iPads. They are HEIF and HEVC rather than JPEG and H.264. Apple says the change saves up to 50 per cent of space. Images and video are converted back to regular formats when transferring them to a Mac or PC.

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iOS 11 on iPad.

But this creates an incompatibility issue with third-party apps if and until they adapt to the new format. In Google Photos in iOS, I got the message “too big or unknown type” when I tried to backup an HEIF image. So in Google Photos (which many iOS users have), photos taken on one Apple device don’t appear on another, although it works fine with iOS Photos of course.

In Settings/General/iPhone, there’s a selectable new feature called “Offload Unused Apps”, which purges a phone of unused apps, although data and documents generated by those apps remain. On my iPhone 6 Plus, that amounted to almost 2GB. Apps can be offloaded manually, too.

If you have a friend over and both have iOS devices, you can share your Wi-Fi with them without giving them a password. You respond to a prompt to allow them on to your network.

Other iOS 11 changes include searching handwritten notes, iCloud syncing of iMessages across devices (which should have happened years ago), marking up PDFs and screenshots, and the start of translations with Siri.

A scrolling app drawer at the bottom of iMessages allows the edition of maps, files and other media to messages. That will include person-to-person payments when Apple Pay works here.

The release of SiriKit to developers means Siri will perform tasks within third-party apps as it is implemented. And augmented reality apps with iOS 11 will allow users to superimpose imaginary objects in the real world, as they did with Pokemon Go.

The update rolls out later this year.

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Indus OS becomes first mobile operating system to integrate UPI

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India’s homegrown mobile operating system Indus OS has integrated the United Payments Interface (UPI) interface on its platform, making it the first smartphone operating system to do so. With this integration, 8 million Indus OS users will be able to access the UPI platform on their phones without having to download any external app.

Indus OS has partnered with Yes Bank for this purpose. Incidentally, Yes Bank was also the chosen partner for PhonePe, the Flipkart-owned digital payments platform that launched last year. Consumers can use the UPI platform directly on the SMS/messaging and Dialler interface and even on third-party apps, Indus OS said in a statement. A one-tap interface built within the Indus keyboard will allow users to transfer money by using the rupee symbol across all apps. The OS level AI will also be able to sense the user’s intent to make a payment, and it will contextually suggest payments through UPI directly in the messaging applications. Going ahead, it would be integrated with Aadhaar as well, thus making transactions highly secure. ALSO READ: Digital India: Aadhaar-based Digi Pay app now used by 22,000 village entrepreneurs

Indus OS hopes that UPI transactions will go significantly due to this one-click interface. ”This year, one of our focus areas is to empower the ecosystem with OS-integrated innovations that allow for mass applicability of initiatives launched under the ‘Digital India’ program. Our partnership with Yes Bank, which has already created a success with its existing UPI framework, aims to further drive up the existing growth rate of UPI-based transactions,” said Rakesh Deshmukh, Co-founder and CEO of Indus OS.

UPI transactions crossed the 10-million mark in June, according to data released by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) — creator of the platform. “The transaction volume has risen to 10 million in just 11 months from less than one million in August 2016. UPI volume during last three months were 7.20 million, 9.36 million and 10.35 million in April, May and June 2017 respectively,” the NPCI statement said. And transactions on UPI have received a fillip owing to increasing co-operation from member banks, merchants and consumers.

Yes Bank has been at the forefront of furthering UPI’s cause. It was the first bank in India to actively partner with merchants and is currently responsible for close to 35 percent of all UPI transactions in the country. There are over 10,000 online and offline merchants on Yes Bank’s UPI payments solutions. ALSO READ: UPI now available offline via USSD-based mobile banking; here’s how it works

“As a leader in the UPI ecosystem, we are very excited to partner with Indus OS, the only operating system made for the Indian masses, to make the whole UPI experience more contextual. Integrating UPI into the mobile OS will help in creating multiple use cases for payments and spur the adoption of UPI in our country,” said Ritesh Pai, Chief Digital Officer, Yes Bank.

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Government asks Microsoft for discount on Windows OS

The government has asked global software giant Microsoft to offer a “one-time special” discount to its users in India so that they can move to the latest operating system (OS) and stay protected against malware and ransomware attacks.

“We have asked Microsoft to offer a one-time special pricing, so that people are able to replace their old OS with the latest OS (Windows 10),” National Cyber Security Advisor Gulshan Rai told PTI.

The response from Microsoft has been positive and they have agreed in-principle, he added.

While the pricing discount is still under discussion, the government would like it to be Rs 1,000 or lower, Mr. Rai said adding that the idea is to ensure that people are able to upgrade their systems in the wake of ransomware attacks. Microsoft did not respond to email queries.

Windows 10 Home is currently available for about Rs 8,000, while the Professional version costs about Rs 13,000. Millions of computers in India operate on Windows operating system. However, only a small portion of this is powered by the latest Windows 10 OS.

Piracy is also rampant in the country, which makes users vulnerable to cyberattacks as they do not receive security patches in India.

Earlier this week, ‘Petya’ ramsomware hit one of the terminals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and partially disrupted operations of private port operator APM Terminals Pipavav. In May, another ransomware WannaCry had affected systems in over 100 countries, including India.

Once infected by the ransomware, the systems are locked and a ransom is demanded — usually in cryptocurrency like Bitcoins — to recover the files. However, it is not clear whether the systems are decrypted after the payment is made.

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System76 unveils its own Ubuntu-based Linux distribution called ‘Pop!_OS’

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When Canonical announced the death of the Unity desktop environment, it sent shock waves through the Linux community. After all, Ubuntu is probably the most popular Linux-based desktop operating system and switching to GNOME was changing its trajectory. With Unity, Canonical was promising Ubuntu would be an OS that could scale from smartphone to desktop with a focus on convergence, and then suddenly, it wasn’t. Overnight, Ubuntu became just another desktop distro — not necessarily a bad thing.

While this hit many people hard, computer-seller System76 was probably impacted the most. The company only sells machines running Ubuntu, meaning its entire customer base would be impacted by Canonical’s decision. Not content with simply following Canonical and embracing vanilla GNOME, System76 has decided to take its future into its own hands. Today, the company releases the first alpha of an all-new Linux-based operating system called “Pop!_OS,” which will eventually be the only OS pre-loaded on its computers. While it will still be based on Ubuntu and GNOME, System76 is tweaking it with its own style and included drivers. In other words, the company is better controlling the user experience, and that is smart.

“The Pop!_OS community is in its infancy. This is a fantastic time to engage with and help develop the processes and practices that will govern the future development of the operating system and its community. The team is currently opening up planning for the development roadmap, code of conduct, discussion forums, and the processes surrounding code contribution. Progress made on Pop!_OS has established an inviting, modern, and minimalist look and has improved the first-use experience including streamlining installation and user setup. Work on the first release, scheduled for October 19th, centers on appearance, stability, and overall tightness of the user experience followed by adding new features and greater customization ability,” says System76.

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ALSO READ: System76 Galago Pro is the MacBook Pro alternative the Linux community has been waiting for [Review]

Carl Richell, CEO, System76 explains, “While our operating system and computers are great for any user, the ideas and features we develop for Pop!_OS will be squarely focused on the professionals and makers that use their computers to create. The project’s overarching purpose, by which all work will be measured, is making the Linux desktop as productive as possible for the engineering, devops, and computer science fields where Linux excels.”

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You can check out the project on GitHub here and download the alpha ISO here. The company has even set up a subreddit. If you are worried that System76 will be putting in a lot of effort that won’t benefit the Linux community overall, don’t. The company will be working to get its contributions into the Ubuntu upstream. In other words, everyone wins from Pop!_OS.

emember, folks, this is an alpha release meaning there could be bugs and the possibility of data loss. I would advise against installing this on a production machine (although it is probably fine). Keep in mind, despite the fact that this operating system is intended for System76 computers, it should run fine on any machine compatible with Ubuntu. If you don’t own one of their computers but like their art style, you should give it a go. Heck, maybe you’ll ending up buying a System76 machine as a result.

What do you think of System76’s creation of a new operating system? Is this a smart move or is it further crowding the selection of distributions? Tell me in the comments below.

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