Microsoft has apparently issued a fix for ongoing Cortana and Start Menu critical error issues in the form of update KB 3093266. Some users, however, are having trouble installing the update.
Source: Windows 10 Update Fixes Cortana Problem And Start Menu Issues; Users Report Failure To Install : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times
I experienced this issue two days ago, and have tried all sorts of fixes along with the powershell command suggested by some forums, but have had no luck, I plan to try this fix tonight to see if it sorts out the issue for me, I spent a lot of time setting up my profile for development, and would be a shame if I have to format my machine or have to create a new profile to get this issue sorted.
Microsoft has let me down again :( I am glad that I use a Mac laptop at work. My next personal laptop will be a Mac as well.
After some more research I have come to know that this issue is very much specific to Windows 10 technology preview version, and the version does not automatically update any patches, so what I ended up doing is download the iso for Windows 10 and deployed it on top of the technology preview version and it has sort out the issue for me, I did not loose any data or applications and the upgrade successfully sorted out my Start Menu issue. So it seems that I was to be partly blamed for installing a technology preview version without realising it.
Downloading past purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store
For some strange reason my past purchases were not being displayed in my itunes, after a little bit of searching I found this support article which explains what to do in order to show your past purchases and download them.
In my case I has to enable the “Show itunes in the cloud purchases” option in iTunes -> Preferences .
Hope this link helps you to avoid frustration and download your favourite music. Christmas Music in my case as Christmas is less than a month away :)
OS X Mavericks: Finder closes and restarts
I upgraded to Mac OSX Mavericks yesterday. After the upgrade the finder window keeps on closing and restarting. It is quite annoying as it happens almost every one minute. After a quick google I came to know that other users have been having the same issue. The quick solution after going through the linked post is to disable google drive integration with finder, which is not working well and crashing causing finder to get restarted.
Amazon launches Kindle Fire HDX quad-core tablet range – Tablets – News – HEXUS.net. After Apple I personally think that Amazon is making all the right decisions in the Tablet market. The new additions to the tablet range are impressive. I bough a kindle fire HD for my daughter few months back, and it has become her all in one device, for reading books, playing games and studying online. Taking into account that it is half the price to a similar size Apple device I am happy with my decision.
SharePoint is great as a framework, and developers find it great to develop on top of it. However the share lack of business specific focus makes it a very difficult application to work with when it comes to using it to meet a specific business need.
Although each business has its unique requirements, however there are industry specific norms that are common, and an application that can address industry specific needs makes it a easier win.
IT teams find it a challenge to use the sharepoint framework capabilities to meet the specific business needs, but in doing so it ends up being a bigger job then it would have been to develop a custom application to meet the needs. Hence a customisation which ends up taking a year or so, is already outdated, and possibility is that Microsoft might already be coming out with a newer version with capabilities that the IT team has custom developed over a long time.
SharePoint provides capabilities in the form of Widgets, however the built in templates do a very poor job bringing together these widgets to provide a solution. Most of the templates are focused towards technical needs rather than business specific needs.
In my view what can make a huge difference in SharePoint adoption is to provide business specific templates to address specific business need. SharePoint team now needs to eat their own dog food and use their framework to provide business applications. This can be a set of templates that provide a starting point for say a law firm or a financial institute.
The learning from desperate efforts of various organisation within the same business line need to be harnessed to provide industry specific solution which is a superset of these desperte implementations.
There is no build in capability which allows related contents to be displayed in context of a specific document
However there are commercial products / web parts that allows you to do that
One of the commercial web part suit is
SharePoint Related Contents Webparts
The webpart uses the categorisation and tags for the content to show related contents within sharepoint.
Related contents can also be managed by developing a custom implementation using the capabilities of Managed Metadata Service in SharePoint 2010 as specified in this article