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Enterprise Tech News: Apple Announces Swift 3.1 Release Plan, Microsoft Enhances Office 365 Accessibility, AWS Releases Enterprise Tier Of Its Quicksight BI Tool

23 Dec 2016

This week’s tech news roundup features: Apple announces release of Swift 3.1, Microsoft simplifies Office 365 accessibility, and AWS launches enterprise tier of its QuickSight BI tool.

Apple Plans to Release Swift 3.1 in Spring 2017


Apple team has announced its plans to release Swift 3.1 in spring 2017. With the limited enhancements to Swift 3.1, the company focuses on making it source compatible with Swift 3.0.


“It is a strong goal that the vast majority of sources that built with the Swift 3.0 compiler continue to build with the Swift 3.1 compiler,” wrote Ted Kremenek, Apple’s release manager for Swift 3.1 in a recent bulletin. “The exception will be bug fixes to the compiler that cause it to reject code that should never have been accepted in the first place. These cases should be relatively rare in practice.”


In addition to the language update, Apple will also make enhancements to Swift Package Manager and Swift on Linux, after which it will shift its focus to Swift 4.


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Microsoft Makes Office 365 More Accessible


Microsoft has added a number of updates to Office 365 on the accessibility front. The update makes Office 365 documents and other content easier-to-read for people with less than perfect eyesight, among other conditions.


One of the updated features is Accessibility Checker which can be easily located by the users. “The Accessibility Checker is now easily discoverable in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Visio, helping you ensure your content can be consumed without barriers by people with varying levels of vision, hearing, cognition and mobility,” wrote Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Office Group in the company’s official blog. “The Accessibility Checker analyzes your material and provides recommendations alongside your document, helping you understand how to fix errors and create more accessible content over time.”


Users can find the Check Accessibility option under Review tab in Word and other Office applications. The feature can also be found in Windows desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Visio, Office Online, and Office for Mac.


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AWS Announces Availability of QuickSight BI Tool’s Enterprise Tier


Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the availability of enterprise tier of its QuickSight business intelligence software. QuickSight’s new enterprise edition connects with Microsoft’s Active Directory identity management software on on-premises data center and on AWS. It provides data encryption at rest using AWS-managed keys.


The cost of new enterprise tier is double the cost of Standard Edition: $18 per user per month if paid annually, or $24 per month if paid monthly. In addition to that, the enterprises will have to pay 38 cents per GB of SPICE capacity if it goes beyond the included 10GB.


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