Applixure release notes for 2016-03-31

In this release, we brought to you the following new features, changes and enhancements to existing functionality:

  • Device and Software tooltips on dashboard now show more information.

    For Devices and Software main dashboards, we now show more contextual information about the device or software product when placing the cursor over it in the mosaic. This makes it possible to get a quick information about the asset without having the need to go into its individual details screen.

    For software products, Applixure now shows the software icon for product for easier identification, along with the name, manufacturer and usage breakdown across all installations, and produt's deployment statistics:

    For devices, Applixure now shows the device type icon along with the last user's account picture (if set by the user) and name:

  • Device and Software alert event history tooltips now show more information.

    Previously Applixure only listed the summary information about the type, and the number of the issues detected, for a given day in device's or software product's alert event history.

    We have now improved the information displayed, especially in the context of software -related issues, and show more detailed data in the tooltip. For software, this includes information on the actual application that has had the issues, such as individual Microsoft Office applications instead of only knowing that Microsoft Office had some issue(s).

  • Unexpected shutdowns, user-forced shutdowns and crashes (so-called "bluescreens") are now separated.

    We have now made it more clear, both in the alerts/warnings themselves, as well as in the alert events history, which kind of abnormal shutdown has happened for the device.

    Whereas before all the different kinds of out-of-ordinary shutdowns were lumped together under "unexpected shutdowns", Applixure now separately reports on, and treats scoring-wise, situations where it is known that user themselves caused the operating system to quit without shutting down cleanly. This happens when user long-presses the power-button on the device, effectively forcing machine to lose power.

    Those shutdowns, that were known (to Windows) being due machine suddenly losing power without operating system having chance to shut itself down in controlled manner, are reported as "unexpected shutdowns" as before.

    And finally, those shutdowns that were known to be due an actual crash ("bluescreening") due to faulty kernel-level code or from external conditions (faulty hardware etc.) are now separately reported as crashing shutdowns without affecting the reporting of other kinds of abnormal shutdowns.

    We hope that this further refined distinction between different types of abnormal shutdowns makes it even faster to start pinpointing the actual root cause of the issue on machines, and remove ambiguity between user-originated and truly unexpected shutdowns.

    You can read more about events logged about unexpected shutdowns from the Microsoft KB article 2028504 and the differences in error data that Applixure's reporting is also based on.

  • Device and Software listing now shows individual asset scores.

    Displaying devices or software products in list form now displays the individual issues score assigned for that asset.

  • Alert event history now shows starting days instead of week numbers.

    Alert event history found in devices' and software product's details screen now shows the week's starting day's date, instead of the week number. This better translates to countries that are not using week numbers for identifying different weeks.

  • Windows Server 2016 is now reported in the Devices views.

    Machines with Windows Server 2016, which is still in a Technical Preview phase, is now reported both in the Operating systems chart in main Devices dashboard as well as in the information for individual device.

  • Various UI elements have been updated.

  • Fixes for found issues.
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