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  1. Microsoft readies Power Fx, a new Power Platform low-code language Microsoft is looking to further simplify access to its Power Platform low-code/no-code platform with a new language called Power Fx. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is continuing to try to make its Power Platform collection of low-code tools easier for non-programmers to use. The latest addition to the Power Platform stable looks to be a new low-code language called Power Fx. The Walking Cat dropped a hint earlier this week about something called "Power Fx." I believe Power Fx will be announc
  2. Microsoft launches ‘Group Transcribe,’ a transcription and translation app for in-person meetings A new project from Microsoft’s in-house incubator, Microsoft Garage, introduces a different take on meeting transcriptions. While today there are a number of real-time transcription apps to use on your phone — like Otter.ai or Google’s Recorder app for Pixel devices, for example — Microsoft’s new Group Transcribe app reimagines meeting transcriptions as a more collaborative process, where everyone simultaneously records the meeting on their own device for higher accuracy.
  3. Microsoft's Dream of Decentralized IDs Enters the Real World The company will launch a public preview of its identification platform this spring—and has already tested it at the UK's National Health Service. “Azure Active Directory verifiable credentials” is a mouthful, but it could be the future of how you confirm your identity.Photograph: Paul Linse/Getty Images For years, tech companies have touted blockchain technology as a means to develop identity sys
  4. Windows Admin Center version 2103 is now available with automatic updates and more With the second part of its Ignite event kicking off today, Microsoft has announced that the latest version of Windows Admin Center - 2103 - is now generally available. This release coincides with the launch of the public preview of Windows Admin Center in the Azure portal, and it brings a ton of new features to the table. One of the highlights of this release is that it's now possible to deploy IoT Edge for Linux on Windows. It also comes with support for automatic in-app up
  5. Microsoft previews Windows Server 2022: Someone took a spanner to core plumbing features New Windows Server ahoy - but the company would rather talk about Azure Microsoft has released a preview of Windows Server 2022, with "secured core", improved Windows Containers, and MsQuic protocol support in the kernel. Windows Server can also be deployed using an "as a service" model in the style of Windows 10, though there are important differences. The regularly updated version is simply called Windows Server (plus a release number such as 2004), is in the semi-annual rele
  6. Microsoft Weekly: No more 3D Objects folder, mailbox throttling, and Halo insider flights The week that’s just about to end has brought with it news about one of Windows 10’s special folders, details about productivity solutions Microsoft is planning on implementing, and even some gaming news. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of February 21 –27. No more 3D Objects folder Let us begin our trek up the hillock of news that surfaced this week by talking about one of the default folders in
  7. Microsoft is testing 1080p xCloud streams for Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming One of xCloud's primary limitations is about to go away. What you need to know Right now Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming is limited to 720p. Recently, we were sent evidence that Microsoft is now testing 1080p streams too. Xbox Game Pass cloud infrastructure is getting a big upgrade throughout 2021. Project xCloud is the codename of Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Cloud Gaming Streaming Service™, which brings together Xbox Live Gold, the Xbox Game Pass for console, an
  8. Microsoft slams Amazon’s AWS over Solarwinds silence While testifying in front of the House of Representatives, Microsoft’s President Brad Smith slammed Amazon’s AWS for lack of transparency regarding the Solarwinds attack, which compromised more than 18,000 companies. AWS admitted Thursday the SolarWinds hackers used its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in their attack. “You have other companies, some of the largest companies in our industry, that are well-known to have been involved in this, that still have not spoken publicly about what they felt,” Smit
  9. Users of Microsoft Corp. email services are being targeted by a new phishing scam that sends fake messages pretending to be from FedEx Corp. and DHL International GmbH. Detailed today by security researchers from Armorblox Inc., the phishing attack is known to have targeted at least 10,000 Microsoft email users with fake links that, if followed, steal the victim’s credentials. The fake FedEx messages claim to have a document sent to the victim with the title “you have received FedEx files” while the DHL emails falsely claim that “your parcel has arrived.” In the FedEx p
  10. Microsoft shares CodeQL queries to scan code for SolarWinds-like implants Microsoft has open-sourced CodeQL queries that developers can use to scan source code for malicious implants matching the SolarWinds supply-chain attack. In December, it was disclosed that threat actors hacked SolarWinds to modify the legitimate SolarWinds Orion platform in a supply-chain attack. This attack allowed the threat actors to gain remote access to customers' systems who use the SolarWinds Orion network management platform. Microsoft disclosed that t
  11. Microsoft, Accenture tag team to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint The companies aim to drive change in the utility and energy sector. Microsoft and Accenture have announced a partnership to drive down the United Kingdom's carbon footprint. Revealed on Wednesday, the companies said their collaboration will help the UK make the transition to "net-zero" carbon emissions. Through and in conjunction with Microsoft and Accenture's joint venture, Avanade -- a London-based business solutions group -- the firms aim to work with energy and utility players to ov
  12. Microsoft throws Google under the bus in European news fight Google has blasted "link tax" proposals as antithetical to the open Web. Robert Scoble / Flickr Microsoft is throwing its weight behind a European effort to force Big Tech companies to pay for the right to link to news articles. Google and Facebook have strongly opposed such proposals in both Europe and Australia, describing them as an attack on the open Web. Microsoft disagrees. "Access to fresh, broad, and deep press coverage is critical to the success o
  13. Microsoft’s Game Stack Live is back, you can register for it today Microsoft’s Game Stack Live digital event is back this year. Microsoft claims that this will be the biggest Game Stack Live yet! During the event, you can learn about new tools and middleware, you can get up close and personal with Microsoft’s own game dev experts and more. You can enjoy sessions from Microsoft and Industry experts on topics such as: Accessibility & Inclusion Audio Graphics Multiplayer Publishing & Production Systems and Tools You can register
  14. Microsoft Weekly: Trying Edge, FPS Boost, and Windows 10 21H1 An FPS boost for Backwards Compatible titles on console, an acknowledgement of 21H1, and even some Edge updates at the forefront. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of February 14 – 20. Trying Edge Unlike previous columns, in which Edge news was relegated to the final section, this time we’re switching things around a little. We’ll start with the Canary channel, which now allows testers to open Office files directl
  15. An open-source project that can't handle pull requests isn't a good look Microsoft has open-sourced many of its developer frameworks but the success of these projects is variable, with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) dubbed "a disaster" by one unhappy developer. This week, the company published a survey of developers on GitHub using some of its .NET open-source repositories, including ASP.NET Core, Entity Framework Core, Roslyn (the .NET compiler platform), .NET Runtime, and WPF. While there were only 191 responses overall, it looks
  16. Microsoft says SolarWinds hackers stole source code for 3 products The company said it found no indication the breach allowed customers to be hacked. Enlarge Drew Angerer | Getty Images The hackers behind one of the worst breaches in US history read and downloaded some Microsoft source code, but there’s no evidence they were able to access production servers or customer data, Microsoft said on Thursday. The software maker also said it found no evidence the hackers used the Microsoft compromise to attack customers.
  17. Microsoft Inspire 2021 to be a digital-only event, registration will open in June 2021 Microsoft Inspire is Microsoft’s largest partner event offering many opportunities for you to advance your business by interacting with global partners, industry leaders, and Microsoft experts. Like last year, Microsoft Inspire will be a digital event and the event is scheduled for July 14-15. Registration for Microsoft Inspire will open in June 2021. Microsoft recently announced that partners with competencies (with the exception of the Cloud Business Applications competency)
  18. Microsoft's most useful open-source project for Kubernetes, Dapr hits the 1.0 primetime API now stable, more on the way Microsoft has released version 1.0 of its Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr), aimed at providing building blocks to simplify application development for Kubernetes. Dapr is one of several Microsoft-sponsored open-source projects around Kubernetes, and perhaps the most immediately useful. Others include Open Service Mesh (OSM), which uses Envoy (like Istio) but is lighter weight (like Linkerd); and KEDA, in association with Red Hat, which suppo
  19. The first preview of .NET 6 is now live: Here's what you need to know Microsoft announced .NET 5 a few months ago as the first step in the path to .NET unification. The goal is to have a single set of APIs, languages, and tools that you can utilize across multiple platforms. Today, the firm has unveiled the next stepping stone in this journey, which is .NET 6 Preview 1. The first preview of .NET 6 brings with it a raft of new features and capabilities. However, first and foremost is that it enables the next bits of .NET unification. Under this plan, while y
  20. FPS Boost launches on Xbox with power to double (or quadruple) framerates Far Cry 4 is getting FPS Boost on Xbox Series S/X. Image Credit: Ubisof Backward compatibility is getting even better on Xbox Series X/S. Microsoft is launching FPS Boost starting today with support for a handful of games. This is the magic tech that enables certain Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games to run at a higher framerate than their developers originally intended. FPS Boost can achieve this without forcing developers to update their games. “The backward compatibility team has d
  21. Microsoft Garage releases Journal, a Windows 10 app for those who love to write with a digital pen Microsoft today announced Journal, a Microsoft Garage project. Journal is a Windows 10 app for people who love to journal using their digital pen. In the Journal app, drawings can be sketched, annotations can be freely inserted, and information can be located with search. It’s designed for people who thrive when writing out their ideas, notes, and sketches. Journal app features: An ink-first experience for those who write with a digi
  22. Microsoft starts new program to help make more accessible games Players with disabilities will test games and give feedback Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is expanding its accessibility efforts with a new program for evaluating Xbox and PC games. Today, its gaming accessibility team announced that developers can send their games to be evaluated for accessibility and tested by players with disabilities. The program was announced alongside updates to the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines that were released in early 2020. “Developers no
  23. Microsoft releases Azure Firewall Premium in public preview Microsoft has announced that the new Premium tier for its managed cloud-based network security service Azure Firewall has entered public preview starting today. Azure Firewall requires zero maintenance and it provides customers with protection for their Azure Virtual Network resources, as well as with unrestricted cloud scalability and seamless deployment. The Azure Firewall Premium public preview adds new capabilities required by highly sensitive and regulated environments. "Azure
  24. Microsoft will alert Office 365 admins of Forms phishing attempts Microsoft is adding new security warnings to the Security and Compliance Center (SCC) default alert policies to inform IT admins of detected phishing attempts abusing Microsoft Forms in their tenants. Microsoft Forms is an app that enables web and mobile users to create surveys, polls, and quizzes for collecting feedback and data online. It has recently been made available for personal use to anyone with a Microsoft account after previously being available only to business users with Micros
  25. Microsoft testing browser-based xCloud game streaming Microsoft is working to bring its xCloud game-streaming service to iOS, and is testing a version that works entirely within a web browser. Microsoft xCloud, a cloud-gaming service for playing Xbox titles on other devices, has so far appeared on Android tablets and smartphones, as well as Microsoft-controlled platforms, but not iPhones. That may change in the near future, as Microsoft is reportedly testing out a browser-based version of the service. Employees are shaking down th
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