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Microsoft announces Teams for consumers, Skype daily active users up 70% to 40 million | VentureBeat
As part of its Microsoft 365 for consumers news today, the company announced Microsoft Teams for consumers and new Skype metrics. Skype has passed 40 million daily active users, an increase of 70% month over month. Furthermore, Skype to Skype calling minutes are up 220% month over month. Less than two weeks ago, Microsoft shared that Teams usage exploded 110% in the past four months. Many of today’s new Office feature announcements have tie-ins with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and working from home trend. But Skype and Microsoft Teams are arguably the most relevant as people look to connect online.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Microsoft 365 bundles Office 365 with AI and cloud-powered features | VentureBeat
Microsoft today announced that on April 21, Office 365 will become Microsoft 365, or “the subscription for your life.” The new suite builds on Office 365 with “new AI, rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences.” On April 21, Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions (up to six people) will replace Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home. The pricing will remain the same: $7 per month and $10 per month, respectively. The Microsoft 365 plans include everything already in Office 365, including desktop Office apps, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage per person, 60 Skype minutes, security features, technical support, plus the new Office features also announced today. Those features are spread across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams. (Even Edge is getting new consumer features, though the browser doesn’t require a Microsoft 365 subscription, of course.)
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug | TechCrunch
Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

But the software giant said there is currently no patch for the vulnerability.

The security flaw, which Microsoft deems “critical” — its highest severity rating — is found in how Windows handles and renders fonts, according to the advisory posted Monday. The bug can be exploited by tricking a victim into opening a malicious document. Once the document is opened — or viewed in Windows Preview — an attacker can remotely run malware, such as ransomware, on a vulnerable device.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
PlayStation 5 backward compatibility: Almost 100 PS4 games available at launch - Polygon
Cerny said the internal logic of the PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles is present in the PlayStation 5, but that’s not without challenges; some game code “just can’t handle” the boosted frequencies of the PlayStation 5, he said. Cerny said that boost is “truly massive,” so games must be tested on a “title-by-title basis.” But, that testing is going well, Cerny said.
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20 days ago by leolaporte
Microsoft Is Adding DNS-Over-HTTPS (DoH) to Windows 10
Microsoft announced that it's working on adding support for the privacy-focused DNS over HTTPS (DoH) protocol in a future Windows 10 release, while also keeping the addition of DNS over TLS (DoT) on the table.
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26 days ago by leolaporte
Microsoft orchestrates coordinated takedown of Necurs botnet | ZDNet
"We were then able to accurately predict over six million unique domains that would be created in the next 25 months," said today Tom Burt, Microsoft Vice President for Customer Security & Trust.

Breaking the DGA allowed Microsoft and its industry partners to create a comprehensive list of future Necurs C&C server domains that they can now block and prevent the Necurs team from registering.

Furthermore, Microsoft's legal team also intervened and obtained a court order last week, on March 5, granting Microsoft control over existing Necurs domains that were being hosted in the US.
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27 days ago by leolaporte
New AMD Side Channel Attacks Discovered, Impacts Zen Architecture (AMD Responds) | Tom's Hardware
AMD responded for our request for more information and says there are no new mitigations required, as this issue is covered by the existing side channel attack mitigations.

The researchers do not agree, stating that this vulnerability is still active. Until the two sides agree it isn't possible to ascertain which viewpoint is more accurate. We'll update as necessary and keep an eye out for a CVE.
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29 days ago by leolaporte
A major new Intel processor flaw could defeat encryption and DRM protections - The Verge
Security researchers are warning of a major new security flaw inside Intel processors, and it could defeat hardware-based encryption and DRM protections. The flaw exists at the hardware level of modern Intel processors released in the last five years, and could allow attackers to create special malware (like keyloggers) that runs at the hardware level and is undetectable by traditional antivirus systems. Intel’s latest 10th Gen processors are not vulnerable, though.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte
Cortana skills are going away as part of the updated Cortana experience | Windows Central
The updated assistant will be able to do things like find information across Microsoft 365, help manage your schedule by giving you insights about your meetings. While Cortana will gain functionality in this update, it will lose support for Cortana skills.

Cortana skills allow you to control things and perform tasks. Some of Microsoft's top picks for skills include Xbox, FitBit, Phillips Hue, Spotify, and SmartThings/Samsung. Following the update to the new Cortana experience, Cortana skills will no longer work. Microsoft states in its announcement post of the upcoming update that "some consumer skills including music, connected home and third-party skills will no longer be available in the updated Cortana experience in Windows 10."
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Google pushes Microsoft Edge users to Chrome w/ pop-ups - 9to5Google
Google has started showing a message on nearly all of its online services to Edge users. This message consistently pushes Edge users to download Chrome by baiting them with extra features.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Microsoft Azure Sphere launches in general availability | VentureBeat
In April 2018, nearly two years ago, Microsoft announced Azure Sphere, a program to better secure the 41.6 billion internet for things (IoT) devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2025. Now, following a lengthy preview, the tech giant is this week launching Azure Sphere in general availability.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming - Xbox Wire
Xbox Series X is our most powerful console ever powered by our custom designed processor leveraging AMD’s latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. Delivering four times the processing power of an Xbox One and enabling developers to leverage 12 TFLOPS of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) performance – twice that of an Xbox One X and more than eight times the original Xbox One.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers | ZDNet
Windows 7 users have been reporting that they are receiving a popup message that reads "You don't have permission to shut down this computer" every time they attempt to shut down or reboot their systems.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Microsoft to combine its Windows client and hardware teams under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay | ZDNet
The biggest and boldest move in the February 5 reorg being announced internally today involves the Windows Experience (client) and the hardware teams. Microsoft is going to roll up these two businesses into a single team, known as Windows + Devices -- reporting to Chief Product Officer Panos Panay, I've confirmed with a person familiar with the changes who asked not to be named. The move takes effect on February 25.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Microsoft Teams goes down after Microsoft forgot to renew a certificate - The Verge
Microsoft confirmed the Teams service was down just after 9AM ET today, and then later revealed the source of the issue. “We’ve determined that an authentication certificate has expired causing users to have issues using the service,” explains Microsoft’s outage notification. Microsoft then started rolling the fix out at 11:20AM ET, and by 12PM ET the service was restored for most affected users. Microsoft confirmed the fix was successfully deployed at 4:27PM ET.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Twitch gaming stars jump ship to Mixer, Facebook Gaming and YouTube - CNN
Mixer is paying Ninja between $20 and $30 million for the multi-year deal, according to Justin Warden, CEO of Ader, a marketing and talent management agency that works with Ninja, who said he had direct knowledge of the deal. Microsoft directed CNN Business to Ninja's agency, Loaded, when asked about the terms of the deal. The agency declined to share numbers.
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
PlayStation will not participate in E3 2020 | GamesIndustry.biz
The firm told GamesIndustry.biz that it does not feel the vision for the event is right for what it has planned for this year. Instead it will attend 'hundreds' of consumer events to showcase upcoming games for PS4 and PS5.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
PC shipments grew in 2019 ahead of bet on 5G and dual-screen devices | VentureBeat
2019 was “the first full year of PC growth since the market grew 1.7% in 2011
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Cryptic Rumblings Ahead of First 2020 Patch Tuesday — Krebs on Security
A critical vulnerability in this Windows component could have wide-ranging security implications for a number of important Windows functions, including authentication on Windows desktops and servers, the protection of sensitive data handled by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer/Edge browsers, as well as a number of third-party applications and tools.

Equally concerning, a flaw in crypt32.dll might also be abused to spoof the digital signature tied to a specific piece of software. Such a weakness could be exploited by attackers to make malware appear to be a benign program that was produced and signed by a legitimate software company.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Xbox Series X: Microsoft’s next Xbox console for 2020 - The Verge
The Xbox Series X will include a custom-designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. Microsoft is also using an NVMe SSD on Xbox Series X, which promises to boost load times. Xbox Series X will also support 8K gaming, frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate support.
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december 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft confirms the departure of Cortana from Android, iOS and Microsoft Launcher - MSPoweruser
According to the support article, January 31st, 2020 will be the last day for Cortana on mobile devices. Microsoft will also be releasing an update to Microsoft Launcher around 31st January to remove Cortana. However, there’s a chance that Cortana won’t be removed from all the regions. We tried looking for support articles but only found articles on Microsoft Australia, Microsoft Canada and Microsoft UK websites. It could be possible that Cortana will work in other regions including the US after 31st January.
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november 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft Defender 'Tamper Protection' reaches general availability | ZDNet
This new feature works by blocking malware from disabling Microsoft Defender (formerly Windows Defender) features behind the user's back.
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october 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft Stops Trusting SSD Makers
KB4516071: "Changes the default setting for BitLocker when encrypting a self-encrypting hard drive. Now, the default is to use software encryption for newly encrypted drives. For existing drives, the type of encryption will not change."
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september 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft makes Windows Virtual Desktop generally available globally | ZDNet
WVD is a new service that provides Windows 10 virtualization, along with multi-session Windows 10 capabilities and support for Windows Server RDS desktop and apps. WVD will allow users to virtualize Windows 7 and 10, Office 365 ProPlus apps and other third-party applications by running them remotely in Azure virtual machines.
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september 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft announces Surface event on October 2nd in New York City - The Verge
Microsoft is holding a special Surface hardware event in New York City in October. The event, which will be held on October 2nd, could serve as the first unveiling of Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface device. Microsoft has been building a new dual-screen device, codenamed “Centaurus,” for more than two years, and it’s designed to be the hero device for a wave of new dual-screen tablet / laptop hybrids that we’re expecting to see throughout 2020.
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august 2019 by leolaporte
Phil Spencer Doesn't Think That Cloud Systems Will Fully Replace Traditional Consoles Just Yet - GameSpot
We are not working on a streaming-only console right now. We are looking at the phone in your pocket as the destination for you to stream, and the console that we have allows you to play the games locally."
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august 2019 by leolaporte
The sleek GLAS smart thermostat is losing Cortana - SlashGear
The GLAS smart thermostat was to be Cortana’s big expansion in the connected home, but the stylish glass HVAC controller is losing Microsoft’s assistant it has quietly warned owners. The unexpected news follows Johnson Controls adding Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant control support to its platform.
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august 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft Cancels Super Duper Graphics Pack for Minecraft - Thurrott.com
Unfortunately, the graphics pack has been canceled and will never be released. Posting on the Minecraft blog, Microsoft has indicated that the update is “too technically demanding to implement as planned” and has been canceled.
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august 2019 by leolaporte
End of an era? Microsoft’s MSDN Magazine is ending its run after more than three decades OnMSFT.com
If you’re an MSDN Magazine reader, you might want to head to docs.microsoft.com for technical resources going forward although all previous issues of the MSDN Magazine will be archived and available online.
august 2019 by leolaporte
Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls - VICE
Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app's translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and audio recordings obtained by Motherboard. Although Skype's website says that the company may analyze audio of phone calls that a user wants to translate in order to improve the chat platform's services, it does not say some of this analysis will be done by humans.
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august 2019 by leolaporte
Ninja, the biggest name in Fortnite, is leaving Twitch for Mixer - The Verge
“I have been holding on to this for quite some time,” Ninja said in a brief follow-up video, “and I’m just super excited to let everyone know. I’ll be streaming on Mixer full-time now and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I’m freaking out in the best ways. I feel like I’m going to get back to the streaming roots.” He goes on to say that his streams will be “the exact same,” so don’t expect Ninja to get away from Fortnite any time soon.
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august 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI to develop AI technologies on Azure | VentureBeat
Microsoft today announced that it would invest $1 billion in OpenAI, the San Francisco-based AI research firm cofounded by CTO Greg Brockman, chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Elon Musk, and others, with backing from luminaries like LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and former Y Combinator president Sam Altman. In a blog post, Brockman said the investment will support the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI) — AI with the capacity to learn any intellectual task that a human can — with “widely distributed” economic benefits.
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july 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM | WIRED
As of April 2, Microsoft halted all ebook sales. And starting as soon as this week, it’s going to remove all purchased books from the libraries of those who bought them.
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june 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft’s Xbox Elite 2 controller arrives on November 4th for $179.99 - The Verge
Microsoft has even included USB-C support and Bluetooth, and a rechargable battery that lasts for up to 40 hours per charge. It looks like the controller design has been updated to include a wrap-around rubberized grip, too. Overall, it looks like a solid update to the existing design, with a lot more customization options and the key connectivity support gamers have been asking for.
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june 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft acquires Psychonauts-maker Double Fine Productions | TechCrunch
Double Fine Productions notably raised around $3 million in a Kickstarter campaign to create a title, later called Broken Age. The idea of crowdfunding a game was pretty novel at the time when they did it 2012. It is of course, more commonplace now.
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june 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft Project Scarlett Xbox: 8K graphics, SSD, and ray-tracing in 2020 - The Verge
Microsoft is including a custom designed CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture, and it’s promising this new console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Microsoft is also using fast GDDR6 RAM, that it claims will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before.”
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june 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft is making Xbox body wash - The Verge
The product line, because it will be exclusive to Australia when it launches in July, is branded under Axe parent company Unilever’s Lynx line, which is just the name for Axe in markets outside the US. According to GameSpot, Microsoft expects gamers to “power up” with Xbox Lynx products before leaving the house, presumably where they will do the absolute minimum required of them before returning home to game.
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june 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft wants a US privacy law that puts the burden on tech companies - CNET
Considering that there are about 1.5 billion Windows devices, that would mean only 1 percent of Microsoft users have actually changed their privacy settings. Similarly, there were about 2.5 billion visits last year to Google's Accounts page, but only about 20 million people viewed their ads settings.
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may 2019 by leolaporte
GDPR’s first anniversary: A year of progress in privacy protection - Microsoft on the Issues
To elevate the importance of privacy and embed it in their operational systems, companies like Microsoft that have fully embraced GDPR have undergone a profound cultural shift that begins at the executive level and reaches across the entire organization. Today, at Microsoft our responsibility to protect our customers’ privacy is the starting point for everything we do. Our commitment to greater user control and empowerment is stronger than ever.
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may 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft and Sony form cloud gaming and AI partnership - The Verge
Microsoft and Sony are announcing an unusual partnership today, allowing the two rivals to partner on cloud-based gaming services. “The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” Microsoft said in a statement. Sony’s existing game and content-streaming services will also be powered by Microsoft Azure in the future.
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may 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft warns of major WannaCry-like Windows security exploit, releases XP patches - The Verge
Microsoft is taking the highly unusual approach of releasing patches for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 even though both operating systems are out of support. Windows XP users will have to manually download the update from Microsoft’s update catalog.
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may 2019 by leolaporte
Windows 10 says Hello to no passwords with FIDO2 certification | ZDNet
Microsoft has passed another milestone on its quest to kill off passwords. The company has now gained official FIDO2 certification for Windows Hello, the Windows 10 biometric authentication system. 

What's new in Chromium-based Edge
Fluid Framework: More collaborative Web?
Azure is the star, Windows is a bit player
'Conversational engine' to make virtual assistants more useful
The data story, in the cloud and at the edge
Microsoft wants us to have conversations with our computers (CNET)
Open-source announcemenrts
Machine learning for .NET devs
Windows 10 May 2019 Update: 10 notable new features (free PDF)
The certification applies to Windows 10 version 1903, aka the May 2019 Update, which is scheduled to be released to the public in late May and means Windows Hello has been approved as a FIDO2 'authenticator'.  
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may 2019 by leolaporte
Windows 10 Is Getting a Built-in Linux Kernel
Microsoft’s Linux kernel will be tuned for WSL 2 and “optimized for size and performance to give an amazing Linux experience on Windows.” The Linux kernel will be updated through Windows Update. Yes, you’ll be getting Linux kernel security updates through Windows Update. The kernel’s full source code will be available online on Github.
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may 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft Paint to remain part of Windows 10 after all - The Verge
Microsoft had been planning to remove its popular Paint app from Windows 10, but the company has now reversed course. The software maker had been warning Windows 10 users for months that Paint would be removed, and those warnings vanished in the latest May 2019 Update (1903). “Yes, MSPaint will be included in 1903,” says Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager for Windows at Microsoft. “It’ll remain included in Windows 10 for now.”
april 2019 by leolaporte
'100 unique exploits and counting' for latest WinRAR security bug | ZDNet
McAfee experts say they've seen "100 unique exploits and counting" that used the WinRAR vulnerability to infect users.

In the grand scheme of things, these attacks are bound to continue because WinRAR is an ideal attack surface --the app has more than 500 million users (according to its vendor), most of which are most likely running an out-of-date version that can be exploited.
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march 2019 by leolaporte
Augmented reality: Microsoft's Satya Nadella defends HoloLens contract with the US military - CNN
The CEO said Monday that while he would continue to engage with employees and consider Microsoft's role as a corporate citizen, the company would not "withhold technology" from democratic governments.
"We made a principled decision that we're not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy," he told CNN Business at Mobile World Congress.
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february 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft is privately testing 'Bali,' a way to give users control of data collected about them | ZDNet
According to the About page, Bali is based on the concept of "Inverse Privacy," the subject of a paper authored in 2014 by Yuri Gurevich, Efim Hudis and Jeannette Wing, who all worked for Microsoft Research at that time. An item of personal information is inversely private if some party has access to it, but the creator/user of it does not. Health providers, police, toll-road operators, grocery chains and employers all create inversely private data, which, in many cases, users could benefit from owning, the authors noted.

The Bali About page says that the Bali project is in "initial stage," meaning the developers are focused on helping users aggregate personal data from various websites and have an ability to view the data." 
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january 2019 by leolaporte
Microsoft Teams is growing ridiculously fast
A report from Spiceworks shows that adoption of Microsoft Teams – the Slack rival from Redmond – is growing rapidly and is set to become the second-biggest workplace chat app by 2020, surpassing both Slack and Google Hangouts.

The findings come from a survey of 900 IT companies distributed across the US and Europe.
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december 2018 by leolaporte
MSEdge/README.md at master · MicrosoftEdge/MSEdge · GitHub
we have been thinking through plans to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web-compatibility for our customers and less-fragmentation of the web for all its developers, and we’re now ready to move forward.

As part of this, we hope and intend to become a significant contributor to Chromium, in a way that can make not just Microsoft Edge—but other browsers as well—better on both PCs and other devices. We’ve written down our “OSS Principles for Microsoft Edge” below and “What Happens Next” to clearly outline our approach to contributions.

Our plan is to engage in a way that embraces the well-established open source model that’s been working effectively for years: meaningful and positive contributions which align with long-standing thoughtfully-designed architecture, collaborative engineering, and keeping in mind that we, together as a community, seek the best outcome for all people who use the web across many devices.
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december 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10 | Windows Central
Because of this, I'm told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, which uses a similar rendering engine first popularized by Google's Chrome browser known as Blink. Codenamed "Anaheim," this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform, according to my sources, who wish to remain anonymous. It's unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface (UI) between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; EdgeHTML in Windows 10's default browser is dead.
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december 2018 by leolaporte
Skype launches real-time captions and subtitles | TechCrunch
Alongside news that PowerPoint is getting real-time captions and subtitles in 2019, Microsoft announced similar technology is now available in Skype. Launching today to coincide with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the new feature allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing to read the words that are spoken during audio or video calls in Skype .
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december 2018 by leolaporte
What is Windows Lite? It's Microsoft's Chrome OS Killer - Petri
Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows that may not actually be Windows. It’s currently called Lite, based on documentation found in the latest build, and I can confirm that this version of the OS is targeting Chromebooks. In fact, there are markings all over the latest release of the insider builds and SDK that help us understand where this OS is headed.

If you have heard this before, it should sound a lot like Windows 10 S and RT; Windows 10 Lite only runs PWAs and UWP apps and strips out everything else. This is finally a truly a lightweight version of Windows that isn’t only in the name. This is not a version of the OS that will run in the enterprise or even small business environments and I don’t think you will be able to ‘buy’ the OS either; OEM only may be the way forward.
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december 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen? - The New York Times
Microsoft has become a case study of how a once-dominant company can build on its strengths and avoid being a prisoner of its past. It has fully embraced cloud computing, abandoned an errant foray into smartphones and returned to its roots as mainly a supplier of technology to business customers.

That strategy was outlined by Satya Nadella shortly after he became chief executive in 2014. Since then, Microsoft’s stock price has nearly tripled.
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december 2018 by leolaporte
That Virus Alert on Your Computer? Scammers in India May Be Behind It - The New York Times
Most people ignore these entreaties, which are invariably scams. But one in five recipients actually talks to the fake tech-support centers, and 6 percent ultimately pay the operators to “fix” the nonexistent problem, according to recent consumer surveys by Microsoft.
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november 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service goes down for second week in a row | ZDNet
Starting around 9:15 a.m. ET, a number of Office 365 customers began reporting on Twitter that they were unable to sign into that service because of an MFA issue. Office 365 is one of a number of Microsoft services that uses Azure Active Directory MFA to authenticate.
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november 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft re-releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update today after pulling it offline - The Verge
Microsoft is releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update again today, after bugs forced the company to pull it offline last month. A number of Windows 10 users reported missing files after the update was released in early October. While Microsoft did re-release the update to beta testers, it has taken the company more than a month to fully test it and release it more generally today.

“In addition to extensive internal validation, we have taken time to closely monitor feedback and diagnostic data from our Windows Insiders and from the millions of devices on the Windows 10 October Update, and we have no further evidence of data loss,” explains Microsoft’s John Cable, director of program management for Windows servicing and delivery.
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november 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it | Ars Technica
The decoupling of development and bugfixing is also an issue: during the development and integration phases the reliability and stability of the software will take a giant nosedive. The features being integrated are fundamentally untested (because testing comes later), and have never been used with each other (because they were all developed separately in their own branches prior to the integration phase). The mess of software is then beaten into an acceptable shape through the testing, bug reporting, and bug fixing of the lengthy stabilization phase. In this process, the product's reliability should start improving once more.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft vows to protect Linux from future patent wars by joining the Open Invention Network – GeekWire
The Open Invention Network was created by IBM, Red Hat, and others back in 2005 as a patent pool in which members agreed to cross-license their patents to each other in exchange for agreeing not to assert those patents against companies working on Linux-based projects. Since then, Oracle, Google, and hundreds of others have joined to create a massive pool of patents that allow members to defend themselves against patent attacks from non-members.

Microsoft’s decision to join the group is yet another sign that the company, which at one point was making more money shaking down Android device makers than from its own mobile strategy, has reversed itself when it comes to open-source technology.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft’s xCloud service streams Xbox games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices - The Verge
Microsoft has built custom hardware for its datacenters, as The Verge previously exclusively reported, so that existing and future Xbox games will be compatible with the services. Games will be streamed to devices, and Microsoft has been testing the xCloud service with Xbox wireless controllers connected to consoles, mobile devices, and PCs. Microsoft says its research teams are “creating ways to combat latency” via advanced network techniques combined with video encoding and decoding. This should make game streaming viable on 4G networks, too.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Skype to move desktop users to version 8 in waves starting in November | Windows Central
The update from version 7 to version 8 allows us to unify the experience of using Skype across all desktop and mobile platforms. Unlike older versions, all version 8 applications are optimized to work in conjunction with our modern, mobile-friendly cloud services architecture, which has allowed us to deliver features such as video messaging and mobile group video calling over the past couple years. With a unified experience and with all applications now no longer having to support legacy architecture, our engineering teams can deliver features and quality improvements to customers much more quickly.
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september 2018 by leolaporte
New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says - The New York Times
In a report scheduled for release on Tuesday, Microsoft Corporation said that it detected and seized websites that were created in recent weeks by hackers linked to the Russian unit formerly known as the G.R.U. The sites appeared meant to trick people into thinking they were clicking through links managed by the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute, but were secretly redirected to web pages created by the hackers to steal passwords and other credentials.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On
The A76 being a 2018 product – and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption. Hercules is said to be the next iteration of the microarchitecture for 2020 products and the first 5nm implementations. This is as far as Arm is willing to project in the future for today’s disclosure, as the Sophia team is working on the next big microarchitecture push, which I suspect will be the successor to Hercules in 2021.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Steam.tv is live -- and it appears to be Valve's Twitch competitor (update) - CNET
Once I logged in, I was able to access my new Steam Chat friends list and group chats -- the interface seems very similar to steamcommunity.com/chat, but with more functionality -- and invite friends to watch videos together while we chat. (hey there @seaniccus!) The interface has room for quite a few tabs up top for additional chat windows, but weirdly the video gets minimized when you invite friends. You have to expand it again.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft joins Movies Anywhere service for Xbox and Windows 10 - The Verge
Microsoft is joining Disney’s Movies Anywhere service this week. The software giant’s Movies & TV app on Xbox and Windows 10 will support Movies Anywhere, allowing you to access digital movies from services like iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, and more. This also means any movies purchased using a Microsoft Account on an Xbox or Windows 10 PC will sync to the Movies Anywhere service and be available on other platforms.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft Backtracks, Classic Skype Lives to See Another Day - Thurrott.com
The team says that this change is based on customer feedback but is ambiguous about the future of the platform. This is an awkward backward step for the Skype team as they previously said that Skype 8 had all the functionality that users needed but clearly that is not the case.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Amazon Foes Walmart and Microsoft Deepen Tech Partnership - WSJ
The five-year deal, to be announced Tuesday, pairs Amazon’s largest retail competitor with its closest challenger in cloud computing. Walmart has warmed recently to working with technology companies, as it fends off Amazon’s retail ambitions and expertise in data.

The shared rivalry with Amazon “is absolutely core to this,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview.

“How do we get more leverage as two organizations that have depth and breadth and investment to be able to outrun our respective competition,” Mr. Nadella said.
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july 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email - The Verge
Microsoft describes its Andromeda project as something the company has quietly incubated internally, and that will create a “new and disruptive” device category to influence the overall Surface roadmap and blur the lines between what’s considered PC and mobile. “It’s a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience,” is exactly how Microsoft describes the device internally. Thurrott originally reported some of Microsoft’s plans earlier this month, and Numerama originally unveiled the Andromeda codename last year. Microsoft declined to comment on Andromeda to The Verge.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Intel and the Danger of Integration – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
It is perhaps simpler to say that Intel, like Microsoft, has been disrupted. The company’s integrated model resulted in incredible margins for years, and every time there was the possibility of a change in approach Intel’s executives chose to keep those margins. In fact, Intel has followed the script of the disrupted even more than Microsoft: while the decline of the PC finally led to The End of Windows, Intel has spent the last several years propping up its earnings by focusing more and more on the high-end, selling Xeon processors to cloud providers. That approach was certainly good for quarterly earnings, but it meant the company was only deepening the hole it was in with regards to basically everything else. And now, most distressingly of all, the company looks to be on the verge of losing its performance advantage even in high-end applications.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
The Xbox One won't support VR, because Microsoft broke its promise - CNET
The software giant told GamesIndustry.biz it isn't working on VR support for its popular Xbox One console, despite the company's original promise (and later confirmation) that it would support the technology. The company also isn't adding support for mixed reality, a hybrid technology that allows digital objects to co-exist with physical ones.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Meet Microsoft News: A new way to stay informed across the Web, Windows 10, iOS and Android - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog
You can experience the best of what Microsoft News has to offer in our newly redesigned Microsoft News app for iOS and Android, available today. The app makes it easy to get news wherever you are, focused on the topics you care about most – like having your own portable newsroom.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design • The Register
Updated Microsoft has ported Windows 10 and Linux to E2, its homegrown processor architecture it has spent years working on mostly in secret.

As well as the two operating systems, the US giant's researchers say they have also ported Busybox and FreeRTOS, plus a collection of toolkits for developing and building applications for the processor: the standard C/C++ and .NET Core runtime libraries, the Windows kernel debugger, Visual C++ 2017's command line tools, and .NET's just-in-time compiler RyuJIT.

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june 2018 by leolaporte
The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room - The Verge
Measuring just over 25 inches across, it’s much smaller than other soundbars. It looks nothing so much like a Dieter Rams-designed digital baguette. In black or white, it’s also less imposing than other soundbars, with rounded edges, subtle design touches like a seamless fabric grille that runs around the entire device, and an IR receiver that’s virtually impossible to see.

As this is Sonos’ second smart speaker (after the Sonos One), it has the necessary microphones for Alexa and, perhaps most intriguingly, just a single HDMI input.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
The Cost of Developers – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That is no longer the case today: Windows remains an important platform in the enterprise and for gaming (although Steam, much to Microsoft’s chagrin, takes a good amount of the platform profit there), but the company has no platform presence in mobile, and is in second place in the cloud. Moreover, that second place is largely predicated on shepherding existing corporate customers to cloud computing; it is not clear why any new company — or developer — would choose Microsoft.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
ASUS stuffed a screen into the ZenBook Pro 15's touchpad
The ZenBook Pro 15 with ScreenPad (UX580) is the first device to get ASUS' new touchscreen/touchpad hybrid. It comes with a 4K UHD, Pantone-validated display that, the company claims, will offer true and accurate color reproduction. The screen itself is surrounded by a bezel that's just 7.3mm thick, and has a maximum brightness of 400 nits with a 1200:1 contrast ratio.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft tops Alphabet Google market cap - Business Insider
Microsoft's market value was $753 billion at end of day Tuesday, surpassing Google's parent company Alphabet in valuation for the first time in three years.
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may 2018 by leolaporte
April 2018 Update Rolling Out Even Faster than Expected - Thurrott.com
So there you go: As promised last week on Windows Weekly, we’d soon get the data to prove that Microsoft is spewing this update out at an unprecedented rate. Why they are doing so is unclear, given the many problems that users have had with this update. (Not to mention the internal issues that delayed the original release.) But there it is, even worse than I had expected. Much worse. Irresponsibly worse.
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may 2018 by leolaporte
What to expect at Microsoft's Build 2018 conference
Take one look at Microsoft's last few earnings reports, and one thing is clear: Its cloud business is booming. So don't be surprised if the company spends a large chunk of time at Build talking about how it can make Azure better for developers. For the most part, that's not something consumers will notice directly. But for brands and businesses, it's yet another way to ensure their apps and online services are stable, secure and can withstand a potential onslaught of demand.
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may 2018 by leolaporte
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