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Welcome to the CDXZipStream June 2015 Newsletter


Beta testing is in progress for the new CDXZipStream that will work with both 32 and 64-bit Excel.  In the meantime we have updated all CDXZipStream templates to be compatible with this version as well as all previous versions of CDXZipStream.


We also provide a brief overview of the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows 10 on July 29.

New 32/64-bit CDXZipStream Update

Last month we talked about the upcoming beta testing and release of CDXZipStream which will be compatible with both 32 and 64-bit Excel.  It will include Microsoft MapPoint functions CDXRouteMP and CDXLocateMP, and allow product registration, upgrades, and data updates from the main toolbar.

A group of client beta testers is now evaluating this new version, and we expect to have final results from the testing in early July.  In the meantime, all CDXZipStream templates have been modified to be compatible with this version as well as previous versions of CDXZipStream.  If you plan to use Excel 64-bit with any of our templates, you will need to download a new template from the website.

In our next newsletter we will be announcing the launch date and pricing for the new CDXZipStream.


Windows 10 is Coming


Microsoft will be formally launching Windows 10 for PC's on July 29, with the upgrade being free to current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.  Launch dates for Enterprise and mobile versions have not been announced, but are expected later this year.  We do not expect any compatibility issues between our software and the new Windows, but we do recommend you make sure you're running the latest versions of CDXZipStream and CDXStreamer.  Click on the "Account" icon on the toolbar to check your version, or just install the downloads from these locations:


CDXZipStream Download


CDXStreamer Download


Besides improved speed and performance, Windows 10 has a variety of new features such as the Cortana digital assistant, traditional Start Menu, multiple desktops for organizing files for a single user, DirectX 12 (for gamers), and a new browser called Edge (so long Internet Explorer!) that allows web page annotation.  New security features include application vetting that can prevent zero-day attacks, and the ability to use biometrics in lieu of passwords. 


Windows 10 is supposed to be the last version of Windows, but expect to see a steady stream of improvements and updates.  Since Windows 10 now allows for individual apps, or even specific operating components like the Start Menu, to be changed independently, there should be no more "big bang" updates every few years.  Even Office for Windows 10 will eventually receive continual updates.  The later release of the Enterprise version will necessarily have a much more controlled process for updating.


Microsoft is calling this "Windows as a Service" and it will be interesting to see if it continues to be a one-time purchase, or will have annual subscription fees like Office 365.  In the meantime, if you are running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1, you will be able to upgrade for free to Windows 10 for one year after the launch, with free updates for the life of the device.  Otherwise, Windows Home will retail for $119 and Windows 10 Pro will sell for $199.


Should you upgrade on July 29?  Beta testing of Windows 10 began in October of 2014, so there are lots of reviews and other resources on the web that can help you make that decision.  In the past, waiting for the first service pack was usually a good strategy.  But with the likely end of service packs with Windows 10, a reasonably conservative approach would be to wait and continue to monitor reviews at reputable websites for a few more months, up until the end of the free upgrade period of one year.  Also, look for the launch date of the Enterprise version, since consumer versions are often de facto test beds for business releases.


Need to do some more research? For a start check out this Microsoft FAQ about the new Windows. (And yes, at least for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, you can rollback to your previous version if you don't like Windows 10).  


Latest Data Updates


Canadian and U.S. data feeds were updated as of June 26.  There were 34 changes made to the U.S. database this month.  If you would like to update your database to reflect these changes, click on the "License Information and Software Updates" icon on the CDXZipStream toolbar, and select "Data Updates" to login to your account.


We hope you find the information here helpful for you and your organization.  You can contact us with your feedback and suggestions by replying to this email.


The Team at CDX Technologies 

June 2015



Map of the World


In This Issue 


New 32/64-bit CDXZipStream Update


Windows 10 is Coming


Data Updates








Microsoft Windows 10 FAQ