Microsoft for Healthcare: technology and collaboration for better experiences, insights and care

The healthcare industry’s leading minds are getting ready to educate, intrigue, and inspire attendees next week at the HIMSS19 conference—a leading healthcare IT event in the US. We expect to see many innovative ideas and solutions to the most prevalent and persistent challenges in modern health, and we are excited to show new technologies making a real difference in people’s lives and demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to transforming how healthcare is experienced and delivered.

Over the last few years, we have been learning alongside industry experts and making steady progress in helping health organizations navigate complex technology transformations. We have been so pleased by the enthusiastic response of the providers, payors, software developers, device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies we’ve been working with.

But what drives us most is the profound impact on people. As we all look for more personalized and transparent approaches for healthcare services, technology transformation will help providers deliver modern patient experiences that promote patient engagement, satisfaction, and well-being while increasing the chances of more successful treatment.

This year at HIMSS, we will talk about how Microsoft’s technology and partnerships are helping empower care teams, improve clinical and operational outcomes and advance precision healthcare, with a specific focus on putting people’s privacy at the center. To kick things off, today we’re announcing several new innovations supporting the industry’s transformation:

  • Microsoft 365 for health organizations: New capabilities in Microsoft Teams that enable healthcare teams to communicate and collaborate in a secure hub for teamwork.
  • Microsoft Healthcare Bot: Now generally available, this service helps organizations create AI-powered, compliant virtual assistants and chatbots for a variety of healthcare experiences.
  • Azure API for FHIR®: A new tool to help health systems interoperate and share data in the cloud.

Empowering health organizations with secure messaging and AI-powered tools

People are at the heart of healthcare – physicians, nurses, clinicians and of course, their patients. We are committed to empowering care teams with the tools they need to deliver their best care as well as empowering people as they interact with various aspects of the healthcare system.

When it comes to secure communications, many clinicians report having to choose between convenience and compliance. Adhering to compliance has often meant having to wait for critical information at the point of care. Conversely, many clinicians have turned to consumer messaging apps that facilitate communication but can compromise security.

Microsoft is working hard to ensure convenience and compliance are no longer a zero-sum equation. Today, we are announcing new capabilities in Microsoft Teams, a secure hub for teamwork that enables secure messaging and collaboration workflows that tap the wealth of patient information housed in electronic medical records.

Enable secure workflows in Microsoft Teams: The new priority notifications feature in Teams alerts a recipient of an urgent message on their mobile and desktop devices until a response is received, every two minutes for up to 20 minutes; message delegation enables clinical staff members to delegate their messages to another recipient when they are in surgery or otherwise unavailable. We are also announcing the ability to integrate FHIR-enabled electronic health records (EHR) data with Teams. The ability to view EHR data is enabled through partnerships with leading interoperability providers, including Dapasoft, Datica, Infor Cloverleaf, Kno2 and Redox. Clinical or hospital staff can securely access patient records in the same app where they can take notes, message with other team members, and start a video meeting, all in a single place to coordinate care.

For health organizations looking to optimize operational processes or create new experiences for their people and patients, we are also announcing the Microsoft Healthcare Bot general availability.

Microsoft Healthcare Bot: The Microsoft Healthcare Bot service is now generally available after first being introduced as a research project in 2017. It is designed to empower healthcare organizations to build and deploy compliant, AI-powered virtual health assistants and chatbots, and includes important features like healthcare intelligence, medical content and terminology, and a built-in symptom checker. The Microsoft Healthcare Bot service is fully extensible to help organizations adjust the bot to solve their own business problems, and can connect to health systems, like EHRs. In addition to partners like Premera, today we are announcing bots available, or available soon, from Quest Diagnostics, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Clalit Health Services.

Securely connecting data for better clinical and operational outcomes

Our bodies are a lot like complex computers, and each interaction with today’s health system creates a new data point. These data points are often spread across multiple records, with valuable insights somewhat hidden in siloes. Microsoft is committed to helping address this opportunity by developing technology that connects data and surfaces important insights at exactly the right time, with privacy and security at the core.

A better-connected healthcare system would provide clinicians with more complete profiles of their patients, researchers with more complete data to study, and individuals with more information to take ownership over their health. I hear this often from leading experts in the research and care delivery communities.

With this in mind, today we’re announcing the Azure API for FHIR, a tool to help health organizations better connect systems and harness the power of data in the cloud.

Azure API for FHIRThe Azure API for FHIR will provide a method for health systems and data to ‘talk’ – what is known as interoperability – so for example, health records can connect to collaboration tools, pharmacy systems, fitness devices and others far more seamlessly. Data and insights from this more connected system can then be served up when and where they’re needed most.

API is a term for technology that links software programs together. Similar to electrical outlets and plugs, APIs can most easily be compared to the adapters you need to use electronics while traveling in foreign countries. Though technical, its functionality is important to everyone who interacts with today’s healthcare systems, as interoperability is a foundational health technology need.

The Azure API for FHIR is available in public preview, and we have more than 25 technology partners in our early access program that can help health organizations build FHIR-enabled services today.

Advancing precision healthcare

Some of the most exciting breakthroughs at the intersection of science and technology are in precision healthcare. We all stand to gain from a health system that can precisely care for us based on our unique biology, environments and ailments. Cloud and advanced AI are the key tools that will help achieve that future.

To advance precision care, Microsoft continues to invest in a series of services and computational biology projects, including research support tools for next-generation precision healthcare, genomics, immunomics, CRISPR and cellular and molecular biologics.

For example, Microsoft Genomics, which provides accelerated sequencing and secondary analysis, enables research insights for organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the St. Jude Cloud, the world’s largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data.

Earlier this year, we published an update on our partnership with Adaptive Biotechnologies, announcing we’ve opened up our joint research to immunosequence 25,000 individuals, targeting ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes and Lyme disease.

Work also continues on several Microsoft Research projects, including intelligent scribe Project EmpowerMD, medical imaging Project InnerEye, machine reading Project Hanover and metagenomics Project Premonition. These projects are pushing the boundaries of how technology can be applied in healthcare and we are excited to see how they might be used by health organizations in the future.

Working with the experts

Improving healthcare is not a singular or silver bullet effort. Microsoft’s ambition is not to be a healthcare provider, but to enable and empower those who are doing good things for people around the world. We see strategic alliances with leaders like Walgreens Boots Alliance, Allscripts, Hill-Rom, Novarad and others leading the way, with support from our thousands of technology partners. Here are a few examples:

  • Walgreens Boots AllianceWalgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership aimed at transforming health care delivery. Our companies will combine the power of Microsoft’s cloud and AI technologies, health care investments, and retail solutions with WBA’s customer reach, convenient locations, outpatient health care services, and industry expertise with the goal of making health care delivery more personal, affordable and accessible for people around the world.
  • VeradigmVeradigm, an Allscripts company, and Microsoft announced a collaboration focused on implementing an innovative, integrated model for clinical research, aiming to enhance clinical research design, conduct studies more efficiently and improve the research provider and participant experience.
  • Hill-Rom: Hill-Rom and Microsoft announced a collaboration to bring advanced, actionable point-of-care data and solutions to caregivers and healthcare provider organizations. Our collaboration will combine Hill-Rom’s deep clinical knowledge and streaming operational data from medical devices with Microsoft’s cloud, IoT and AI technologies to help drive enhanced patient outcomes.
  • Novarad: Novarad, a healthcare enterprise imaging company, recently obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the OpenSight Augmented Reality System for Microsoft HoloLens. OpenSight received pre-operative clearance for augmented reality usage in surgical planning, giving physicians access to a new solution that can improve surgical procedures by enhancing accuracy and shortening operative times.
  • ThoughtWire: ThoughtWire, is helping save lives with its EarlyWarning application, designed to preempt and prevent patients from suffering cardiac arrest in hospitals. This solution has already reduced code blue calls, which signals a risk of cardiac arrest, by 61 percent at Hamilton Health Sciences, a medical group of seven hospitals and a cancer center. ThoughtWire will deliver the EarlyWarning app, running on Microsoft Azure, to health systems at scale.
  • Innovaccer: Innovaccer is a healthcare data activation platform company working towards solving data interoperability challenges in healthcare and helping health systems enhance their clinical and financial outcomes with a data-first approach. Innovaccer is a portfolio company of M12, Microsoft’s venture fund.

The future is bright – a more connected future to deliver better experiences, insights and care. We are looking forward to meeting many of you next week at HIMSS19 and sharing more about what we are working on. Please be sure to stop by our booth No. 2500 to see our solutions in action, and follow our HIMSS19 story on @Health_IT to learn more.

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How to Download, Sign Up and Play PUBG with your Friend

Are you ready to face-off 99 more players on a shrinking map? The last man standing in the shrinking circle is the winner of the game.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the game which addicts you when you play it for the first time. The game’s graphics controls are really impressive. The game is an online multiplayer player game so you can also invite and play with your friends. One more interesting feature about the PUBG is that you can talk with your squad while playing the battle. There are many more amazing features you’re going to experience in the game. If you also want to experience this amazing viral game first download it on your device.

Here is everything about downloading, sign In and playing with friends,

How to Download PUBG

The good news is that the game PUBG Mobile is free, and it can be easily downloaded from App Store. But the only concern is that your device should support it.

•    Your device should be on iOS 9.0 or later.

•    The game is compatible with iPhone 5S and later.

•    All versions of iPad Pro, iPad Air 1 and 2, and iPad Mini 2, 3 and 4 is also fit for PUBG Mobile.

•    Go to your device’s ‘App Store’.

•    Search ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ and download it.

How to Sign up and Play PUBG Mobile as a Guest

Playing as a guest does not require any account connection such as Facebook or other.

1.    Start ‘PUBG Mobile’ from your device screen.

2.    Touch on ‘GUEST’.

3.    Hit ‘Accept’.

4.    Customize ‘Your Player’ as you like.

5.    Give a ‘Name’ to your player.

6.    Hit ‘Done’.

7.    And then tap ‘Create’.

That’s it! Your player is ready to play as a guest. Alternatively, you can also link your Facebook account to the game and invite and play with your Facebook friends.

How to Sign up and Play PUBG Mobile with the Facebook account

Linking PUBG Mobile with your Facebook account means allowing the game to access your Facebook profile’s information. Your player’s name displays your Facebook name.

1.    Start ‘PUBG Mobile’ from your device screen.

2.    Touch on ‘FACEBOOK’.

3.    Tap on ‘Log in with the Facebook app’ or enter your Facebook account’s login details.

4.    Follow the instructions and permit the game to access your account.

To Add Friends to your PUBG Mobile game

1.    Start ‘PUBG Mobile’ from your device screen.

2.    Tap on the ‘Friends’ tab at the lower left corner of the screen.

3.    Now, tap on ‘Add Friends’ button.

4.    Type the ‘Player’s name’ of the friend you want to add.

5.    And hit ‘Search’.

6.    Tap on the ‘Person’ to add. You can also communicate with the person, just type your message and hit ‘Send’.

Friend request will be sent to the person. Once your friend request is accepted you both can play together.

To Accept a Friend request in PUBG

1.    Start ‘PUBG Mobile’ from your device screen.

2.    Tap on the ‘Friends’ tab at the lower left corner of the screen.

3.    Now, tap on ‘Request’.

4.    Then tap on ‘Accept’.

To send a message to a Friend in PUBG

1.    Start ‘PUBG Mobile’ from your device screen.

2.    Tap on the ‘Friend list’ from the bottom of the screen.

3.    Select a ‘Friend’ to send the message.

4.    Type your message.

5.    Hit ‘Send’.

To play with Friends in PUBG

If you want to play a Duo or Squad game with your friend, then you need to invite them to the lobby.

Here is how to invite and play the game with friends.

1.    Start ‘PUBG Mobile’ from your device screen.

2.    Tap on the ‘Friend list’ from the bottom of the screen.

3.    Now, tap the ‘+’ button of the Friend’s Player name to invite and play with them. All done, now play PUBG Mobile game with your friend. Don’t forget to use PUBG’s voice chat feature to plan your attacks.

Ricky johnson is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

Office.com/setup – How did Instant Messaging Evolve

Over a period of time, people have been coming closer day by day globally. It couldn’t happen within a fraction of seconds. It took several decades to step ahead with the mobile penetration and easy outreach of internet connectivity. In this age of globalization, people come and communicate with each other. They now can share their ideas and journey with someone sitting in the far distant country. In this way, IM (Instant messaging) played a vital role to bring people on a single platform.  

IM has been in an evolutionary phase for a long period. It became advanced with the phased manner. Now you can send messages publicly or privately and from ICQ to AIM or from Google Chat to FB Chat. And, the interesting thing is that time taken to deliver the message is not in terms of days or months, but it is an instantaneous process.

Evolution of Instant Messaging

The concept of IM is not new, it dates back to the time of the 1960s, but it became common in early 1990s. In 1961, Multi-user OS (Operating System) like CTSS (Compatible Time-Sharing System) was built that permitted a maximum 30 users to sign in and personalize the messages with each other. In the 1970s, programmers started to operate protocol on peer-to-peer that set up smooth communication with the users of the single system.

During the age of 1970s and 80s, three instant messaging apps emerged that can be considered as the foundation of present-day IM. First one was the peer-to-peer protocol system only. In the time of 1983, Mark Jenks created a system named as Talk for permitting high school students of Washington High School to send the messages to other users along with accessing the first generation digital bulletin board system. Within a short span of time, users in this system emerged unexpectedly throughout the country.

At the time of 1982, 8-bit computer revolutionized the computer world and became the turning point to the instant messaging things. With the help of PETSCII text system, users could deliver the texts with one another in online mode through a modem or Quantum Link service. In 1988, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) opened multi-user groups called channels in which users can send the messages and transfer the files via the mechanism of data transfer. This IRC became vital for sharing the news in the times of the Gulf War.

Emergence of Market for Instant Messaging

In the age of 1990s, American Online (formerly Quantum Link) assisted the instant messaging feature to grow rapidly. In this race, ICQ became the first one, in 1996, to be launched in the market as a text-based messenger. In 1997, AIM (AOL-IM) started its debut and jumped into the industry of instant messaging. In 1998, Yahoo! released Yahoo! Messenger app then Microsoft launched MSN in 1999a and many more. All this led to attracting the tech-savvy.

Till 2000, IM (instant messaging clients) users had to work on multiple instant messaging apps for accessing friends and family in different networking connections. But, Jabber changed the system as it combined the IMs by serving as a single platform to access many IM featured tools at a time. This system was called as multi-protocol IM. Now in this system, you can talk with friends on Yahoo!, AOL-IM, or simultaneously. In the background of rising social media networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, IM has been evolved strongly. This rise also causes the shifting of usage from computer to mobile devices. FB brought its own Facebook Messenger, not allowing the third party to access instant messaging service. In this direction, web-based technology exclusively on computers advanced further. Nowadays, instant messengers have been with new shapes of communications like VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), phone calls using internet etc.

David Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, David Smith has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

How to share Office Setup Document using Windows OS ?

Microsoft 0ffice setup versions come with enhanced productivity features that perk up presentation manner. From a pile of smart attributes, sharing files and folders is one supreme feature. However, not every user is aware about how to share Office documents using the desktop version.

Regardless of your mode of access, online or desktop version, it is mandatory to have an active account on Office com setup. You will need to access your Office setup account while you share the file or any document.

Please note that the steps below are applicable on the desktop version of Office setup running on Windows-based operating system. The instructions below may not work for other operating systems.

How to share Microsoft Office Document

Steps to share Microsoft Office Word document on Windows computer:

  1. Go to office.com/setup
  2. Sign in/ Sign up
  • Enter you 25-digit activation code if asked
  1. Open the Office setup file/ Word document you want to share
  2. Click Share button available in the top right corner of above the ribbon
  3. Save all the changes of the document in One Drive
  4. Allow permission options for the contacts you want to share with
  5. Add the email address if the person is not already added, or just type names of the people
  6. From One Drive, attach the document with
  7. Click Send

This is all you need to do to share any MS Office setup file. You may fail to complete the process if you do not have licensed account on www.office.com/setup. In order to get a license, select and buy an Office setup plan. Keep the 25-digits Office setup product key and locate it at Office.com/setup. After you complete the activation, you will have the access to share or receive Microsoft documents.

While only using the desktop version, you can share the file with anyone you wish. Moreover, online Office setup users also have the benefit to collaborate in real-time.

Important Points to Consider While Choosing Version of Office 2016 Download

Over the years, Microsoft Corporation has delivered several versions of its famous productivity suite, MS Office. And now it has come up with the latest and the most functional productivity software of all time – Microsoft Office Setup 2016 – for both Windows and Mac PCs. With the new Office 2016 download, Microsoft has established a new high in helping users to work on their documents and presentations more effectively.

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Microsoft Office 2016 download

The giant has introduced significant improvements like real-time co-authoring. The experience of working across multiple devices has been improve, too. The Office 2016 is also compatible with Windows 10 perfectly, with built-in suggestions for the best-in-class experience.

So now that you have a general knowledge of Office 2016, let’s take a look at its sub-versions. While the most common and popular version is the Office 365, which is used for business, Microsoft also caters to individual users with the Office Home & Student 2016. You can install Home and Student 2016 to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote 2016, which means that it is devoid of Outlook, Publisher and Access applications.

Office 2016 download I have product key

First of all, the Home and Student version can be installed on only one PC. With each Home and Student Office 2016 copy, I will get 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage. The Microsoft Office Home and Business 2016 version, however, comes with the extra benefit of Outlook. The Outlook 2016 boasts of being the smartest inbox till date, with specific tools to help in better management of my mailbox.

To conclude, the above points throw light on both the versions of Microsoft Office 2016. Both the versions have their advantages as per the usage, so you can choose wisely what you actually need, to enhance your productivity.

For more information on www.office.com/setup , it is advise to contact Office customer support team. The team will gladly assist you with the best possible solution.

Power Mac Center to Start Selling Microsoft Office 2019

Apple merchandiser Power mac Center, in conjunction with Microsoft, has launched the Microsoft office 2019 product. It permits users to explore advanced tools and functions for school projects and work presentations in less time.

The Microsoft office 2019 puts along a series of cooperative tools and functions that work on multiple devices and offers options that enable users to speak project editing, business information gathering, data distribution via on-line collaboration.

“Whether you’re functioning on a term paper, presentation, or business report, this year’s Microsoft office 2019 got you all covered,” said Joey Alvarez, Power mac Center director of product management and selling.

Microsoft office 365 product are subscription-based software package that provides acquainted Microsoft product like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive either on-line or on-premises. it’s bundles business to varied demands and comes with one TB OneDrive cloud space for storing accessible on multiple devices over a 12-month subscription amount.

Microsoft office 365 Personal consists of a collection of workplace applications together with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access applicable for one user. this can be ideal for college students, freelancers, and alternative digital nomads.

On the opposite hand, growing businesses can profit most from Microsoft office 365 Business Premium, that covers the tools and applications for organizations with up to three hundred folks. extra paid licenses can support a full suite of office apps on multiple iPhones, iPads, and iMacs/MacBooks.

Furthermore, it’s equipped with extra options like Exchange (email syncing), groups (virtual team hangouts), SharePoint (content sharing and management), Skype for Business, Outlook client (customer information management), and Bookings (customer-initiated actions).

For teams of up to 6 users, there’s Microsoft office 365 Home with the total office suite and one TB OneDrive cloud storage per user. It additionally provides ransomware detection which will defend digital assets from cyber-attacks.

Customers even have the choice to install the Classic 2019 version of office applications through Microsoft office 2019 Home and Business or Microsoft office 2019 Home and Student. These embody Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook installed on just one device.

As a special treat, customers who purchase any of the taking part Apple devices get a Microsoft office 365 Personal for free of charge. Promo runs till October 31, 2018.

How to Remove Office for Mac 2011 manually?

Want to uninstall Office for Mac 2011 (that you have downloaded using Office setup from the official website of Microsoft Office) on your own? Here is the stepwise procedure for you:

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  1. Remove the MS Office 2011 folder
    1. Open Applications and drag the Office 2011 folder to Trash
  2. Open Preferences from Library and take out all files with commicrosoft extension
    1. Press Option and Go key together
    2. Hit Home and access Library
    3. Now, simply move all files starting with “com.microsoft” to Trash
    4. Open By Host and move all files starting from com.microsoft to Trash
    5. If you want to keep the custom templates you have created then copy them to a new folder
  3. Take Out com.microsoft.office.licensing files from the Library by accessing Computers
    1. Follow the path- Go -> Computer -> Double-click your hard disk icon (default name: Macintosh HD)
    2. Go to Library and access LaunchDaemons
    3. Move com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper.plist to Trash
    4. Open Library from Preferences and then drag com.microsoft.office.licensing.helper to Trash
    5. Hit Restart from Apple menu
  4. Take out Microsoft Folders along with the Office setup 2011 files
    1. Open Go and the Computers
    2. Double-click your hard disk icon with default name Macintosh HD
    3. Go to Library and access Application Support
    4. Take the Microsoft folder to Dump or Trash
    5. Go to Fonts under Library
    6. Take the Microsoft folder to Trash
    7. Now open Receipts from Library and take any file starting from “Office2011_” to Trash
    8. You can delete all these files from Trash by accessing Finder menu and then hitting Empty Trash
    9. Restart from the Apple menu
  5. Go to Desktop and rename the Microsoft User Data Folder
    1. Click Go and then Computer
    2. Double-click your hard disk icon
    3. Open Application Support from Library
    4. Take the Microsoft folder to Trash and then open Fonts back from Library
    5. Take the Microsoft Folder to Trash and open Receipt to drag Microsoft files that started with Office2011_ to Trash
    6. Restart your device
  6. Take out all Office Application Icons
    1. Hold down the Control key and hit Office application icon in the Dock
    2. Repeat this with every application icon
    3. Hit Options and Remove from Dock
  7. It’s done!

Please note the aforementioned steps implies to Office 2011 for Mac. For further information on uninstalling or removing other office versions or to install any Office setup from office.com/setup, call Office customer support number.

Best Free Adobe Reader Alternatives for Windows

Since the web browsing programs meet basic PDF reading requirements, the necessity for free PDF readers such as Adobe Acrobat is declining. But, at times users need good PDF reading apps. Now, Adobe Reader has been the go-to software to view PDFs for a long time. But, it is also a bit slow and heavy-weight. Also, to use its advanced functions, one needs to pay a massive amount.

A majority of Windows systems come with the free version of Adobe Reader. But, if you do not have it or want to switch to another one, then there is a variety of options to choose from. Without further ado, let’s go through the top five Adobe Reader alternatives for your Windows computer.

Top 5 PDF Readers for Windows

1- SumatraPDF

SumatraPDF is not only open source, but it is also lightweight. You can download and install it on your PC. Apart from being a PDF reader, it also supports other formats such as EPUB, Mobi, XPS, etc. This application is very simplistic and basic. It doesn’t have advanced features or edition options. However, it is incredibly quick and loaded with keyboard shortcuts. Therefore, if you need a PDF reader that is minimalistic but quick, then SumatraPDF is the most suited Adobe Reader alternative for you.

2- Nitro PDF Reader

Nitro PDF reader is one of the most outstanding and powerful PDF readers available for free. It is loaded with useful features and tools. It comes with an array or annotation and text formatting features and functionalities. Users can use it for viewing and printing documents. If you want to share a document with somebody, then you can add comments at the bottom. This makes collaboration easy. Even though the documents cannot be edited, but there are several formatting options which the users can use for highlighting, underlining, and striking through text.  All-in-all, it is a very adaptable PDF reader.

3- Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is another popular alternative to Adobe Reader. What makes Foxit PDF Reader popular is that it can load documents at lightning speed. The users do not have to experience lag from the loading of plug-ins. If you compare it to Adobe reader, then you will notice that Foxit is more lightweight. Not only can users view PDFs, but they can also create them without paying a single dime. Also, users can add their own shortcuts to the Quick Action Toolbar located in the upper left-hand corner.

4- Slim PDF

Developed by Investintech.com, SlimPDF Reader is amongst the most compact and lightweight Adobe Reader alternatives. While it does not support editing and annotating functions, it is primarily created for viewing PDF documents on the go. If you need just to see a document and don’t intend to edit it, then this PDF reader is very convenient for you. Since it barely takes any disk space, it won’t cause your Windows 10 system to work sluggishly. You can rotate pages, change the view, bookmark, and zoom in or zoom-out. The UI of Slim PDF is pretty neat and straightforward. However, in order to use it, you will have to undergo the registration process.

5- PDF-XChange Editor

PDF-XChange Editor is one of the best Adobe Reader alternatives for Windows. It allows users to split PDF documents, convert and edit them, and much more. Users can also highlight, select, and strike out text. In addition to this, it also supports extraction from PDF files. PDF-XChange Editor is an incredible choice to convert documents between different formats. You can also customize the toolbar and change how it looks.

Jack Tucker is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry from last 10 year. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup

How to Troubleshoot SFC is Unable to Fix Corrupt Files Error

SFC Scan is one of the most useful and essential inbuilt tools in Windows operating systems. The System File Checker scan detects the damaged or corrupted files in Windows and is responsible for repairing them. But unfortunately, there are times when the SFC scan doesn’t work properly and shows the scan result with a statement saying that the SFC scan detected corrupted files but was unable to repair some of those files. Well, there are some methods and workarounds to troubleshoot the problem and have SFC begin repairing the damaged files again.

Here is how to troubleshoot SFC is unable to fix corrupt files error

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

  1. First, click the Start menu button and click the power button.
  2. Now, proceed to Restart the system.
  3. Choose the Troubleshoot and go to Advanced options.
  4. Now, go to Startup Settings.
  5. Click the Restart button and select Enable Safe Mode.
  6. Now you have to log into Windows.
  7. Click open the Start menu and type cmd.
  8. Right click on cmd in the search results and select Command Prompt.
  9. Select Admin from the main menu.
  10. Type sfc /scannow and press enter button.
  11. The sfc should bring the desired results.

Try using DISM

  1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Click the Yes button when the User Account Control window appears.
  3. Type the command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth.
  4. Now, press the Enter button.
  5. Restart your computer and log into the Windows system.
  6. Again right click on the Command Prompt and open as Administrator.
  7. Type sfc /scannow and press the Enter button from your keyboard.

Try DISM and Windows 10 ISO Method

  1. Open the web browser in your computer.
  2. Visit the https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/.
  3. Click to Download Tool Now tab from the web page.
  4. Now launch the media creation tool and click Accept.
  5. Select Create Installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another PC.
  6. Click on Next and select the language, edition, and architecture.
  7. Click Next and select ISO file.
  8. Proceed to click Next and select a location to save the Windows.iso file.
  9. Click the Save button.
  10. The media creation will download the Windows 10 iso file which will take some time.
  11. When the download is over, extract or unzip the ISO file in the system.
  12. Open the Sources folder and find install.wim file.
  13. Right click on it and open menu.
  14. Select Copy from the menu.
  15. Go to the desktop and paste the copied file.
  16. Now, create a new folder and rename it as  Mount.
  17. Run the Command Prompt as Administrator.
  18. Click yes when the User Account Control appears.
  19. Now type the command “Dism /mount-wim /wimFile:%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\mount” and press the Enter button.
  20. Now type the command “Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth” and press the Enter button.
  21. Type the command “Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\mount\windows /LimitAccess” and press Enter.
  22. Wait for 10 minutes and the progress will be stuck for 20% which is common and wait until it gets 100% completed.
  23. Now, type the command “Dism /unmount-wim /Mountdir:%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\mount /discard” and press the Enter button.
  24. If you find any error, then type the command “Dism /cleanup-wim” and press enter.
  25. Now type the command sfc /scannow and press the Enter button.

With these methods, you can fix the problem that appears while running an SFC scan in the command prompt of the Windows 10 system. The error will be fixed when you follow the methods to troubleshoot the problem.

James Thomas is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, James has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

How to Change the Default Search Providers in Microsoft Edge

Bing is the default search provider of Microsoft Edge browser. When you search anything on Edge browser, it will search through Bing. Bing also powers many services like Cortana, Siri, and Yahoo. But you are also able to change the default search engine of your Edge browser if you want.

Follow the steps to change search provider in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Press the ‘Windows’ key of your keyboard or click the ‘Start’ button to open the start menu.
  2. Now, click on the search box and type ‘Edge’ into it.
  3. Press ‘Enter’ to start the search.
  4. Click on the ‘Microsoft Edge’ with a big white “e” written on blue background icon at the top of the result to open it.
  5. Visit the ‘Search Engine’ home page to add it to the list. For instance, if you want to use Google then type “google.com” into the search box of the Edge browser.
  6. Now, click on the ‘Three dots’ icon at the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  7. Click on ‘Settings’ from the dropdown menu to open basic browser settings. It is at the bottom of the menu.
  8. Scroll down into the Settings panel, click on ‘View advanced settings’ under Advanced settings.
  9. Scroll down into the Advanced settings panel to ‘Search in the address bar with’ heading.
  10. And click on ‘Change search engine’ under the “search in the address bar with” heading to change the search provider.

How to add search engine into the list?

  • Click on the ‘little down arrow’ at the right of the drop-down box.
  • Click on ‘Add new’ to see the compatible search provider list.
  • Select and click ‘Add’ button.

Only the search engine supports OpenSearch standard can be used as search provider Edge detects it automatically when you visit the homepage of a search provider and add it into the compatible search providers list.

Click and select the search provider from the list of the available search engine (such as Google, Bing, etc.).

Now, click the ‘Set as default’ button at the bottom to set the selected search engine as default.

After changing the service provider, your Edge browser will use the search engine that you’ve selected for browsing.

Lucia Mandela is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Lucia has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.