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Emby Server 4.0.0.2

Stream media from your PC to just about any device over your network

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server
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Windows 7 SP1 or later.

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 17 January 2019
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Developer: Emby LLC
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Emby Server 4.0
Emby provides you with your own personal Netflix-like library

Making your digital media accessible throughout your home involves two things: a media server for managing the files via a media library, and a home theatre app for browsing and playing your media on other devices, from tablets and phones to smart TVs and set-top boxes. The concept is nothing new, as veteran users of XBMC and Plex will attest.

Emby offers a compelling alternative to Plex, and packages some unique features. There's a similar web-based interface to Plex, although the setup wizard is more user-friendly. It offers a polished user interface, adds lots of useful detail to your media by downloading metadata and artwork via internet “scrapers” and includes extra features such as multi-user access, playback on a wide range of devices and – if you upgrade to the Emby Premiere option (prices start from $4.99 a month) – lots more too, including live TV and DVR facilities.

The most notable unique feature is multi-user support – this allows you to set up family and friends with their own customised (and restricted in the case of children) access to your library, with the ability to tweak certain playback settings to their personal tastes.

Configuration and management is remarkably simple - after the user-friendly setup wizard you'll find yourself at the Emby Server dashboard. From here, configuring and fine-tuning your media server is simplicity itself: set up those user accounts, download and install plugins to add extra functionality and tweak DLNA settings, all while you wait for the initial library scan to complete.

Click the Home button in the top left-hand corner, and you can browse your library for material to view and watch directly from your web browser. More importantly, your server will also be visible to any DLNA device, but for best results seek out the Media Browser mobile app for Android, iPhone, iPad or Windows 8, or install Emby Theater for your Windows PC. You’ll also find plugins for Windows Media Center, Media Portal and XBMC if you’re wedded to those devices.

And that’s it – all of your media, accessible from just about any device in your home.

What’s new in Emby Server 4.0?
+ New Live TV Guide data for US, Canada and UK (Premiere subscribers only)
+ Upgraded database promises improved scan performance
+ Rebuilt hardware acceleration with better support across all major GPU platforms
+ Transcode throttling reinstated
+ Telemetry and Anonymous Usage reporting removed
+ Improved Search
+ Multi-resolution TV shows

Verdict:

A decent alternative to Plex, and while Emby is a tad less user-friendly once it's up and running, you do get infinitely more options for managing your libraries and sharing them with others.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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