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By Hamza Jawad
Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation gets a host of bug fixes in latest update
by Hamza Jawad
Microsoft unveiled 74 new features for Dynamics 365 in early access as part of its 2019 release wave 2 last week. Some of the updates to the product line of services in recent days include new capacity-related settings for Power BI, support for 39 more languages for Customer Service Insights, and Dynamics NAV being integrated with Business Central as a more modular solution.
Now, the tech giant has rolled out a new update to Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation (PSA). For those unaware, the application enables organizations to deliver project-based services with better and more efficient planning and management.
The latest update bumps PSA to version 18.104.22.168 and brings performance upgrades, improvements to its quality, and usability enhancements in the form of bug fixes. The following list showcases these fixes, divided based on the sections in which they've been applied.
This update is compatible with all releases in Dynamics 365 version 9, and can be downloaded by visiting the solutions page in the Admin Center for Dynamics 365 online. Notably, a minor update has also been rolled out for PSA legacy channel 2.x, which includes a single bug fix. However, Microsoft has reminded customers of the fact that legacy versions of both Field Service and PSA solutions will reach end of life in February next year. Those who want to upgrade before the deadline can do so through the help of this quick start guide.
By Steven P.
Just over a week ago, we enabled an anti-adblock solution to Neowin because according to measured stats, 51% block ads on the site that costs money to run to try and bring you a service that doesn't go down every five minutes and is properly hosted on multiple servers that we have purchased on hosting that isn't cheap.
All of our advertising is inline, no popups! And while we do show larger and more ads to guests, it is even fewer and smaller ads if you create a free member account. All we are asking is to help a little bit toward the running costs of the site. This is why we have advertisements in the first place, and even sponsored posts that members suggested we do to try and offset advertising (but it only accounts for a small portion of revenue) can be hidden by members.
Members can hide sponsored posts (you have to be signed in to see the option).
So I really feel we do a lot to appease members with the different amount of ads vs guests and being able to block sponsored posts, but of course people still whine about this without offering a viable alternative, you will always have those people 😛
For this reason, and following a week of testing there's now an option to watch a 30sec video ad which disables the popup for 24 hours, meaning even those members can continue adblocking, with a slight twist. If you decide to "continue with adblocker" the first two page views are "free" after that the popup will return after every page.
The popup with all the options, including a way to subscribe for $28 a year for an adfree experience (including blocking of all trackers).
Of course the alternative is to whitelist us, stop visiting Neowin or brag about this in one of the two threads in the "Soapbox" forum, those who brag about blocking ads and post workarounds to add to their adblockers are moved to a "special" member group so that those members use less of our resources, which cost money.
I wish everything was free or that we could rely solely on subscriptions and the kindness of hosts and server manufacturers, but that isn't reality. If you want us to stick around for another 19 years we have to have the means to be able to grow, and with over half of our readers blocking that revenue stream, I can only tell you that it is getting harder and harder to do.
By Hamza Jawad
Free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends today
by Hamza Jawad
Today, the offer to upgrade Windows 10 for free for assistive technology users has ended. Microsoft officially ended the free upgrade offer on July 29, 2016. However, it was later clarified that this offer would remain available for customers using assistive technologies.
Although this offer was initially supposed to expire on December 31, the page regarding the status of the free upgrade provided users the ability to access the offer even after the day in question. This led to rumors that the offer might have been extended definitely. However, Microsoft later announced that the deadline had in fact been moved to January 16.
Interestingly, as is quite well known by now, Microsoft refrained from introducing any proper verifications to check whether the user attempting to upgrade for free was actually using assistive technologies or not. This enabled many users to take advantage of the unofficial loophole to upgrade their systems. In any case, it can be safely assumed that the tech giant possessed knowledge about this obvious flaw in the verification system.
Today onwards, upgrading to Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro will cost $119.99 and $199.99 respectively. Both versions of the OS are available for purchase on the Microsoft Store.
PSA: Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus support ends on Saturday
by Paul Hill
Support for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus will be coming to an end this Saturday, nine months after being pushed out. The end of life applies to all systems no matter whether you’re running it on a desktop or a server. Once the end of life date arrives, you should have a plan to move to Ubuntu 17.10 or downgrade to Ubuntu 16.04.
If you’re looking to do a clean install of Ubuntu 17.10, you’ll have to wait until Thursday when Canonical reinstates the download option which it had to disable several weeks ago due to an issue which corrupted some PCs’ BIOS.
Zesty Zapus was quite a notable release for two reasons; firstly, it was the last release to ship with Unity 7, which Canonical had been bundling with Ubuntu since 2011; secondly, it was the last release before Canonical had to reset the alphabet in the codename system. Other than that, the release was a bit lackluster. Zapus did stop creating swap partitions on systems with enough RAM and shipped with Linux Kernel 4.10, updated packages, and a new wallpaper, but not a lot else.
The new version of Ubuntu will be released in April and it’ll also be a Long Term Support edition. Canonical plans to support Ubuntu 18.04 until 2023 and it'll likely boast the lion's share of Ubuntu usage among the supported versions as people move over from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10.
Source: OMG Ubuntu
PSA: Free upgrade offer for Windows 10 is still available for 10 more days
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
While we previously informed users that the free Windows 10 upgrade for users of assistive technologies on older versions of the operating software would end on December 31, Microsoft is yet to remove the page.
This initially led to some confusion as we were unsure if Microsoft was going to extend the offer indefinitely, though the company has now clarified the status of the offer. The page has now been updated to indicate the offer will expire on January 16, 2018, leaving users with 10 more days to upgrade to Microsoft's latest operating system for free. After this, an upgrade will cost $119.
As before though, the company isn't verifying if those who apply for the upgrade are actually eligible and use assistive technologies, leaving the offer as a bit of an unofficial loophole among the community members who missed the July 29, 2016 deadline marking the one year since the release of Windows 10.
Perhaps as a gesture of respect, Microsoft is refusing to make those with disabilities go through hoops in order to verify they actually use assistive technologies. Indeed, the company has been making big strides in adding various technologies aimed at helping users with disabilities navigate its products with greater ease, and was the recipient of the Helen Keller award for its work in this regard late last year.
Source: Microsoft via MSPoweruser