Friday, January 15

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Business, Facebook, General, Google, microsoft, Twitter

Microsoft, Google and Facebook stop their political contributions after the attack on the Capitol

Microsoft, Google and Facebook have said they will halt some political contributions after the deadly siege of the US Capitol. A Microsoft spokesperson has said the tech giant is pausing its political spending until after considering the implications of the attack. "The PAC (political action committee) regularly pauses its donations in the first quarter of a new Congress, but this year it will take additional steps to consider these recent events and consult with employees," the spokesperson said. The Verge. Additionally, Facebook has said that it is halting its contributions to the PAC for at least the first quarter of the year. It's worth noting that the freeze only affects PAC contributions and not all of the social media ...
How-to's, microsoft, Resources, windows, windows package manager, winget, winstall

This tool can help to install software in bulk, making it easy to set up a new PC

A web tool called Winstall can make it a breeze to set up a new PC by helping you create a list of software to be mass-installed via Windows Package Manager. If you read that and find it a bit confusing, you are not alone. I'll break it down for you, but that means you'll have to put up with me through some hardcore nerds. In summary, we will see what a package manager is, how to get Windows Package Manager, and how to use the Winstall tool to bulk install applications on your PC. If you are already familiar with package managers, skip to the section on how to configure Windows Package Manager. For starters, a package manager is a collection of software tools that automates the process of installing, updating, or removing computer programs. For most people, downloading a program...
Apps & Games, microsoft, Microsoft Teams, News

Microsoft Teams will get a new ‘Dynamic View’ mode in March

Microsoft is rolling out a new 'Dynamic View' mode for Teams soon, according to the tech giant product roadmap. The new display mode will allow users to share content with participants. This mode will be ideal for meetings where someone is presenting slides or if users are watching an event together. “Dynamic view automatically optimizes shared content and video participants in Teams meetings. The new controls allow you to customize the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to display shared content and specific participants side by side, ”Microsoft notes. At the moment, the video streams of the participants appear quite small when people present or share their screen. The product roadmap notes that dynami...
Apps & Games, duracell, microsoft, News, Xbox controllers

Microsoft Says Xbox Controllers Don’t Need To Use Batteries Due To Duracell

Recent comments from a Duracell manager suggested that Microsoft's controllers still use batteries due to an association with Duracell. However, a new report from Eurogamer says otherwise. Duracell UK Marketing Manager Luke Anderson had the following to say in an interview with the Gfinity blog Stealth Optional: "There has always been this partnership with Duracell and Xbox ... it's an ongoing agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have." "[The deal is] for the OEM to supply the battery product for Xbox consoles and also the battery for controllers. So that [deal is] it's going to go on for a while ... it's been going on for a while, and i think it should for a while [more]. " So while it is true that the company's controllers us...
Apps & Games, gaming, microsoft, News, nintendo, xbox

Microsoft executives once laughed at a room after trying to buy Nintendo

For nearly two decades, there have been three major console hardware manufacturers: Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. However, there is a world where there may be only two major console makers if former Microsoft executives had their way. Talking to Bloomberg As part of a larger oral history of the creation of the Xbox, Kevin Bachus, Microsoft's former director of third-party relations, revealed that prior to the launch of the Xbox in 2001, the company had tried without success to acquire Nintendo. "Steve [Ballmer, Microsoft’s former CEO] he made us go meet with Nintendo to see if they would consider being acquired, "said Bachus. “They just laughed out loud. Like, imagine an hour when someone laughs at you. That's how that meeting was. " Bachus also revealed that Microsoft had mee...
Azure, Business, courses, General, microsoft, RBC, seneca

Microsoft, RBC and Seneca Partner to Offer Free Azure Courses Through June

Seneca College partnered with Microsoft Canada and RBC to offer free Microsoft Azure Fundamentals workshops for up to 6,000 Canadian students, graduates and professionals. The free workshops aim to help improve the digital experience and develop skills in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and productivity tools. The free courses will be available from January and will run until the end of June. There will be 30 short courses of two days and eight hours that will teach data analysis, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Microsoft says these courses will equip students with the skills most in demand worldwide. Additionally, Microsoft says these skills will be even more important coming out of the pandemic. M...
Apps & Games, microsoft, Minecraft, Minecraft Earth, mobile gaming, News, xbox

Microsoft to shutdown mobile AR game Minecraft Earth on June 30

Microsoft has announced that it will close its Minecraft Earth mobile augmented reality game on June 30. In a statement about the official Minecraft website, Microsoft-owned developer Mojang noted that land is closing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Minecraft Earth it was designed around freedom of movement and collaborative play, two things that have become almost impossible in the current global situation, ”Mojang wrote. “As a result, we have made the difficult decision to reallocate our resources to other areas that provide value to the Minecraft community and to end support for Minecraft Earth in June 2021. " The game will no longer be playable or available for download starting June 30. Also, Mojang says that he will ...
Apps & Games, leak, microsoft, News, one outlook, outlook

Microsoft develops a new universal application ‘One Outlook’ for Windows, macOS and web

Microsoft is building and testing a new Outlook app with plans to eventually replace the existing mail and calendar apps in Windows 10, as well as the Outlook desktop app for Windows and Mac and the Outlook Web Access (OWA) app. Currently, the Outlook application in development is named 'One Outlook' or codenamed 'Monarch' and will be available as a desktop application and on the web (web version is available here, but the page shows an error if you access it).Plus… pic.twitter.com/rfpOl9YhwT - Richard Hay (@WinObs) January 4, 2021Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer for ITPro today, shared some screenshots of the new Outlook app On twitter. One of the images shows a description of the application: "One Outlook (or 'Monarch') ...
Apps & Games, microsoft, News, windows, Windows 10

Microsoft Reportedly Planning Major Windows Redesign

It seems like Microsoft plans to revamp Windows 10 at some point. The tech giant has posted a job listing requesting someone to help work on the company's "key platform, Surface, and OEM partners to orchestrate and deliver a radical visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences ..." Since the job listing was published, Microsoft removed the keywords "radical eye rejuvenation." This makes things unclear, but based on the era of Windows 10, Apple's recent macOS Big Sur update, and previous Windows updates, it seems highly likely that Microsoft is planning to give its operating system a fresh coat of paint. . Windows 10 was released in 2015 and since then a number of things have been changed regarding its appearance, including a recent s...
Business, hack, microsoft, Privacy & Cloud, Security, solarwinds, source code

Microsoft Says SolarWinds Hackers Could See Some of Your Source Code

Microsoft says the hackers at SolarWinds were able to view some of the company's source code. The news comes as Microsoft continues to investigate the massive SolarWinds attack, in which hackers corrupted downloads of data management software called SolarWinds. The move resulted in the installation of malicious code at various US government agencies and technology companies, which malicious code may have allowed hackers to monitor operations for up to nine months before being detected. It is worth noting that the Canadian government says that despite using SolarWinds products in various government agencies and departments, did not find any compromised security related to the attack. In a update shared by Microsoft Security Response Center, the company explained that it discovered t...
Apps & Games, flight simulator, microsoft, News, VR, xbox

Virtual reality support and snow come to Microsoft Flight Simulator

Although I was skeptical that it could be done, Asobo Studios has made the new Flight simulator even better with virtual reality support. The latest free update for the title adds support for Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets, Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and even Oculus Quest if you use a link cable to connect it to your PC. Although I have not been able to spend so much time with Flight simulator In virtual reality, I gave it an incredibly brief twist, and being able to look out the windows of your plane while flying and looking around or at the controls is pretty immersive. That said, unless you are a stalwart Flight simulator fan and you know exactly where each control is in your settings, you have to remove your headphon...
Business, Facebook, Google, microsoft, nso group, Privacy & Cloud, Security

Microsoft and Google back Facebook’s legal action against spyware company

A group of tech giants, including Microsoft, Google and Cisco, have backed Facebook's legal action against spyware company NSO Group. WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, sued the NSO Group last year, claiming that the company's software was used to hack 1,400 devices through a vulnerability in its service. NSO Group had argued that it should receive sovereign immunity, as its services are sold to federal governments and are aimed at having the lawsuit set aside. However, a judge denied the request to dismiss the lawsuit. The spyware company is now taking legal action to overturn the ruling, which is what Microsoft and the other tech giant are taking action against. Other companies featured in the presentation include the Internet and ...