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Microsoft delivers new window update to improve remote work
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Microsoft delivers new window update to improve remote work

The American multinational technology company Microsoft has come up with its new Windows 10 update that is focused on improving remote work for users. Concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, Microsoft's next major update to Windows 10, version 21H1, will be delivered in the first half of 2021 and will focus on improving remote work scenarios, according to The Verge. It is a tradition for the Bill Gates founded company to deliver two updates per year, with a major dropping in spring while smaller in the fall. But this time, Microsoft seems to have reversed its ritual. John Cable, Microsoft's head of Windows Servicing and Delivery explained that "Windows 10, version 21H1 will have a scoped set of features improving security, remote access, and quality." "The features we are releasing i...
Microsoft launches cross-platform password autofill feature on iOS, macOS and Google Chrome
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Microsoft launches cross-platform password autofill feature on iOS, macOS and Google Chrome

Don’t you hate having to memorise multiple passwords for all the different websites, apps, accounts and services that you use? Fortunately, Microsoft has launched its Autofill solution. The Redmond tech giant has made it available to all users through the Microsoft Authenticator app. It is also available via an extension for Google Chrome. Previously, the Redmond-based company announced back in December that it was developing a new multi-platform password manager that was built into the Microsoft Authenticator mobile app. The concept behind Autofill is very similar to Apple’s Keychain feature and many other password managers on the market. With it, you can store and automatically insert account credentials for various websites, apps and services. Once it is set up, passwords ...
Xbox Live Gold price hike withdrawn by Microsoft
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Xbox Live Gold price hike withdrawn by Microsoft

American multinational technology company Microsoft has now backtracked on its controversial Xbox Live Gold price increase, which the company had announced on Friday. The new price hike would have doubled the cost of a yearly subscription to the service, which is required to play games online on Xbox consoles. According to The Verge, Microsoft is now pulling away from an increase in the cost of its subscription service, following online backlash to the proposed changes. The new price bump would have doubled the cost of an annual pass and bring a six-month subscription to sixty dollars, the same price as the current annual membership. In an official statement on Xbox's website, the tech giant said, "We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with frien...
Microsoft ups file sharing limit to 250GB to improve remote working
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Microsoft ups file sharing limit to 250GB to improve remote working

As more and more companies embrace the work from home culture, employees around the world are beginning to rely on technology to fill the gaps that distancing has brought to their daily workflows. One of the most important requirements of effective office productivity is the ability to share files easily and Microsoft’s latest update attempts to make that easier. In a blog post created earlier this week, the company stated that remote work and learning had necessitated the ability to share large files - including 3D models, CAD files, video files, and data sets. It stated that it had worked on feedback from industries like heavy manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and media to improve its storage services. In a major upgrade, Microsoft will now allow users to share large files...
Microsoft xCloud coming to iOS, Windows in spring 2021
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Microsoft xCloud coming to iOS, Windows in spring 2021

Microsoft has announced the launch timeline for its xCloud gaming service to iOS and Windows. Microsoft xCloud will be available on the iPhone, iPad and Windows PCs in spring 2021. Microsoft xCloud will be available at $15 ( ₹1,200 approx) per month with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. On Windows PCs, xCloud will be available through the Xbox app and browser. iPhone and iPad users will be able to access the cloud gaming service through mobile web browser. Microsoft’s cloud gaming service was scheduled to launch for iOS when it launched in beta for Android in September. Apple barred Microsoft and Google from running their cloud gaming services saying that it was in violation of Apple’s App store guidelines. Microsoft has now opted for a mobile web browser experience for xClo...
Hacker is selling Microsoft C-Suite email credentials for $100
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Hacker is selling Microsoft C-Suite email credentials for $100

How much would someone pay for the email credentials of a CEO, a COO or a CFO? Well, according to a hacker, anywhere between $100 ( ₹7,396 approximately) and $1,500 ( ₹1,10,944 approximately). As per a report by ZDNet, a threat actor is selling email and password combinations for Office 365 and Microsoft accounts on an underground for Russian hackers called Exploit.in. These account credentials as per the report by the threat actor belong to various high-level executives including CEO, CFO, COO, CMP, CTO, President, Vice President and Director among others. They are being sold at prices ranging between $100 and $1,500 depending on the company and the role of the executive. While one of the credentials belongs to the CEO of a medium-sized software company based in the US, the other be...
Project Latte: Microsoft is working on a solution to bring Android apps to Windows
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Project Latte: Microsoft is working on a solution to bring Android apps to Windows

Windows 10 users may soon be able to use Android apps on their devices. The functionality is said to be part of a new project ‘Latte’, which could build upon Microsoft’s similar and shelved project codenamed Astoria. What is Project Latte? The project is aimed to allow the Windows operating system to run Google’s Android application. According to Windows Central, Microsoft’s Project Latte will run on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). It will soon get support for GUI Linux apps and GPU apps, which are likely to allow better performance of Android apps on Windows 10 using WSL. The website points out that Project Latte may not have support for Google Play Services as Google does not support Play Services on devices running any software other than Android or Chrome OS. This means...
Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok in US
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Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok in US

Microsoft Corp. is exploring an acquisition of TikTok’s operations in the U.S., according to a people familiar with the matter. A deal would give the software company a popular social-media service and relieve U.S. government pressure on the Chinese owner of the video-sharing app. The Trump administration has been weighing whether to direct China-based ByteDance Ltd. to divest its stake in TikTok’s U.S. operations, according to several people familiar with the issue. The U.S. has been investigating potential national security risks due to the Chinese company’s control of the app. While the administration was prepared to announce an order as soon as Friday, according to three people familiar with the matter, another person said later that the decision was on hold, pending further revi...
Microsoft bans face-recognition sales to police as Big Tech reacts to protests
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Microsoft bans face-recognition sales to police as Big Tech reacts to protests

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would await federal regulation before selling facial recognition technology to police, making it the latest big firm to back away from the business following protests against law enforcement brutality and bias. In a statement, Microsoft said it has worked on enacting principles and legislation for the software's use. "We do not sell our facial recognition technology to U.S. police departments today, and until there is a strong national law grounded in human rights, we will not sell this technology to police," the company said. The Washington Post first reported the news. The death of George Floyd, a black man pinned down by a white officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, prompted worldwide protests against racial inequity. Co...
Reliance Jio may have to pick between Google and Microsoft for its final tranche of investments
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Reliance Jio may have to pick between Google and Microsoft for its final tranche of investments

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has done the unthinkable – it has raised almost ₹1 lakh crore (almost $13 billion) in the middle of a global lockdown with eight investments in seven weeks. And Asia's richest man is not yet done. While the next investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign Public Investment Fund is almost finalised, Reliance Jio gets to pick between Google and Microsoft for the last tranche of investments, two sources in the know told Business Insider. Google is still looking for an investment opportunity with Reliance Jio. Sources tell us that it is still fighting for a spot that is also being considered by Microsoft. “It will be either Google or Microsoft in the last tranche. Reliance Jio will have to reject one. Google or Microsoft will be investing for a 6% stake. It has ...
Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Android now supports music playback control
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Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Android now supports music playback control

Microsoft last month announced it will let Android users control music playback from its Your Phone app. This feature is now available on the app. Microsoft integrated this feature with the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19619. This new feature lets Android users control music from apps like Spotify, YouTube Music and Google Play Music. The audio tracks will be in sync with the Your Phone app, and users will also be able to switch simultaneously between the two devices. This feature supports actions like play, pause and previous/next and users can browse through their music library as well. It also lets users switch between multiple sources from the Your Phone app itself. The Now Playing tab will appear in the Your Phone sidebar with details like the track’s name, album art and...
Microsoft gives credit to developer of AppGet
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Microsoft gives credit to developer of AppGet

Microsoft has finally given an independent app developer due credit for its new Windows Package Manager after he accused the tech giant of "copying the core mechanics" of his product called AppGet. AppGet developer Keivan Beigi came out in the open, detailing about how Microsoft "ghosted" him for months after taking information about his package manager AppGet. He claimed that the "core mechanics, terminology, the manifest format and structure, even the package repository's folder structure" of Microsoft's Windows Package Manager (winget) were heavily inspired by AppGet, reports The Verge. In a latest blog post, Andrew Clinick who is Group Program Manager, Windows, finally gave Beigi credit for the new Windows Package Manager. "Over the past couple of days we've listened and le...
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks up against racism
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks up against racism

Protests against George Floyd’s murder by the Minneapolis Police and against police brutality has gripped America. While Twitter chose to flag US President Donald Trump’s post ‘glorifying violence’, tech heavyweights like Apple, Google, YouTube, Netflix etc have spoken up about racism and have conveyed their stance against it. Hacktivists Anonymous has also warned that they are going to ‘expose’ the Minneapolis Police department. The latest on the list is Microsoft, led by CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella addressed the issue over a Town Hall meeting with his employees and Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer & EVP, Human Resources, Microsoft, shared excerpts of Nadella’s speech on LinkedIn. https://twitter.com/Microsoft/status/1266801914823360512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetemb...
Robots took my job: Microsoft sacks journalists, replaces them with AI software
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Robots took my job: Microsoft sacks journalists, replaces them with AI software

Microsoft has sacked dozens of journalists and has replaced them with artificial intelligence software. The journos who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft’s MSN website and the homepage on the Edge browser have been told that they are no longer needed since robots can do their jobs now. Twenty seven journalists employed by PA Media, earlier known as the Press Association, were told on Thursday that they would be losing their jobs in a month’s time after Microsoft took the decision to stop using humans to select, curate and edit news articles on the MSN and Edge homepages. There 27 employees were told that Microsoft’s decision to end the contract with PA media was taken “at short notice as part of a global shift away from humans in favour of automated updates for news”. “I sp...
Microsoft could invest $2 billion in Reliance’s Jio platforms
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Microsoft could invest $2 billion in Reliance’s Jio platforms

Reliance may bag another big investment for its Jio platforms. According to a Livemint report, Microsoft is negotiating an investment, estimated to be worth $2 billion, for the Jio platforms. Reliance just last week announced it had raised ₹11,367 crore investment from the US equity firm KKR. Before this, Reliance has raised big investments from Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista Equity, and General Atlantic. “Microsoft has been in discussions with several players in the digital payments services space. With Reliance, Microsoft is interested in buying a more than a 2.5% stake in Jio Platforms,” Livemint quotes a source as saying. According to the report, there’s no guarantee the investment will go through though Microsoft has shown an interest in buying a stake. It is worth noting th...