“Microsoft Monday” takes a look back at the past week of news related to Microsoft. This week, “Microsoft Monday” includes details about the new Murphy bot, new Office for iPhone features, a freezing issue caused by the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on SSDs, a $ 200,000 reward being offered to prove MS-DOS code was stolen, a rumor about three new Surface AIOs, a change in Windows support policies and more! Meet Microsoft’s New Murphy Bot Microsoft has recently released a new chat bot called “Project Murphy.” Project Murphy is available on Skype, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and it will be headed for Kik and Slack soon. What does Murphy Bot do? Murphy generates images based on what-if scenarios that you provide it with. For example, I asked Murphy Bot what Bill Gates would look like with a beard. Here is the outcome:
Thanks to terrible security, all you need is an SD card with some malware on to ruin a truck fleet, Tulsa researchers warn.
It’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update day!
Sure, news of a war between Instagram and Snapchat and a sexy new Samsung flagship device may have pushed aside this momentous occasion. But for the hundreds of millions of people already running Windows 10, this is kind of a big deal.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update cleans up and reorganizes the operating system, extends Cortana’s reach and intelligence, adds extensions to Microsoft Edge and introduces us to Windows Ink. For all the details and why you want this upgrade, read my review. Read more…
An Adaptiva survey finds businesses of all sizes are slowly migrating to Windows 10, but the update isn’t adding any particular degree of urgency. The survey also found that while many IT professionals like some of the features, moving to the OS isn’t a priority.
While there’s a lot of talk about Windows 10’s new features for consumers, the forthcoming Anniversary Update also adds a pair of advanced security capabilities aimed at helping IT managers better lock down the computers in their organization.
Windows Information Protection aims to make it possible for organizations to compartmentalize business and personal data on the same device. It comes alongside the general release of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a system that uses machine learning and Microsoft’s cloud to better protect businesses after their security has been breached.
After a months-long delay, Microsoft is finally rolling out Window 10 to older handsets.
Windows 10 Mobile, the mobile version of Microsoft’s newest operating system, is beginning to roll out to more than a dozen handsets. Though the update will likely come as welcome news to those who may still have a device running Windows Phone 8.1, there is a catch: not all older Windows Phone devices are supported
The full list of devices includes: Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 (1GB), 638 (1GB), 430, 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q and MCJ Madosma Q501. Microsoft also has a new UpdateAdvisor app that will notify you if you’re eligible for an update. Read more…
Microsoft today launched a new standalone app for scheduling meetings called Invite. Available only for iPhone users in the U.S. and Canada for now, you can download Invite now directly from Apple’s App Store.
Here is how it works. First you suggest times that work for you, and then invite attendees to vote. You can send invites to anyone with an email address — even if they are outside your organization. The recipients select all the times they can attend from the app itself or from a browser, once votes are in, you pick the time that works best.
The best part is that anyone invited can see what options work best for other attendees, and suggest their own times as well. The sender chooses a final date and time whenever they’re ready, hitting Send Calendar Invites to get it on everyone’s calendars.
Here is how Microsoft explains its thinking behind the app:
Invite is designed to overcome the biggest obstacle when scheduling meetings — not being able to see the calendars of attendees outside your organization. As a result, your proposed meeting can be repeatedly declined until you find a time that works.
Certain events and meetings can be moved if something more important comes up, but only each person knows best where they are flexible. By letting attendees pick times that work for them, even when it means moving one of their own meetings, can stop that meeting from being scheduled on a Friday evening.
Invite is mainly designed for users with Office 365 business and school accounts. That said, the app also works with any email account, including Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.
The app’s launch and limitations are very similar to Microsoft’s Send, a lightweight email app that debuted in July. Like Send, Invite is starting out as iPhone-only, available only in two countries, and with the promise of “coming soon” to Android and Windows Phone.
Invite is the latest in a long line of apps to emerge from Microsoft Garage, the software giant’s lab for experimental tinkering. At this rate, Microsoft will soon have more experimental apps than “final” apps.
And that’s okay, as long as some of them are eventually released or integrated into existing products.
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Microsoft is beefing up the security capability of Windows 10 IoT Core, the compact version of Windows intended for Internet-connected devices. Microsoft’s BitLocker data encryption technology and its Secure Boot system for only supporting trusted software will both appear in in an upcoming release of the operating system, Microsoft announced today.
“By building this into IoT Core you can get these highly valuable security features without needing to build your own implementations meaning you can get your project done faster and still be more secure,” Steve Teixeira, director of program Management for the Internet of Things team in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, wrote in a blog post.
The build packing BitLocker and Secure Boot will be available to people participating in the Windows Insider Program, Teixeira wrote.
For those who want to try it out, a new Windows IoT Core Starter Kit might be just the thing. It costs $ 114.95 with a Raspberry Pi 2 and $ 75 without the Pi. An SD card in the kit comes with the OS installed.
Microsoft announces a partnership with China’s Baidu to broaden Windows 10 adoption in the world’s most populated country.
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