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Monday, November 23, 2020

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‘Microsoft Edge is dropping ActiveX and old-school plugins for better security’ – ‘Mashable’

Christina Warren says, “Little by little, Microsoft is revealing additional information about Microsoft Edge, its upcoming browser replacement for Internet Explorer. Not only does Microsoft Edge have a new look and feel and a new rendering engine — it also has a new take on security, web standards and legacy code. On its Microsoft Edge Dev Blog the the Edge dev team has been busy posting information about what the browser will have — and what it will leave out — for developers“. Microsoft Edge is dropping ActiveX and old-school plugins for better security Mashable  [...]

‘Microsoft targets deceptive ads with SmartScreen Filter update’ – ‘Econsultancy’ Blog

Patricio Robles says, “Deceptive ads that attempt to trick users are a drag for consumers and typically don’t do publishers any long-term favours either. But they could become an even bigger liability for publishers thanks to a new feature Microsoft is adding to Internet Explorer. Starting today, Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen Filter will begin attempting to identify these ads and warning users about their presence. What constitutes a deceptive ad? Ads that attempt to trick users into downloading malicious software are at the top of the list for obvious reasons. So too are ads... [...]

‘Microsoft shows off new visual features in Windows 10, new Windows Store options’ – ‘Mashable’

Christina Warren says, “Aereo Glass is back! At its annual Build conference, Microsoft showed off some new features of Windows 10, including a more transparent look and feel. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, the corporate vice president of the operating system group, showed off a bunch of new Windows 10 features — including updates to Cortana and Microsoft’s new web browser, Microsoft Edge (nee Project Spartan). One of the big visual changes to Windows 10 is the re-addition of the transparent Aero Glass look from Windows Vista and Windows 7. “We’re trying to bring back... [...]

‘Microsoft announces Office plug-ins for Uber, LinkedIn and DocuSign’ – ‘Mashable’

JP Mangalindan says, “Microsoft has revealed a series of extensions for Office 2016 called “add-ins,” which let third-party developers offer services that work in tandem with the company’s software suite. The add-ins will work across different platforms. Among the first companies to take advantage are DocuSign, which now integrates its electronic signatures with Word, and SAP, which runs in Excel. Plug-ins for Outlook, from LinkedIn and Salesforce, will offer more information and context about people who have emailed you pulled from their own data. Microsoft also announced... [...]

‘Not so fast: Internet Explorer isn’t dead just yet’ – ‘Mashable’

Adario Strange says, “Microsoft’s beleaguered web browser gets its fair share of critique from frustrated users, but it seems just as many Windows users love the browser, including actress Zooey Deschanel. Upon hearing news that the browser may be shelved in favor of the as yet unnamed Windows 10 browser, currently codenamed Project Spartan, Deschanel took to Facebook with an emoji mourning IE’s apparent end. The story Deschanel referenced, however, talks about the rise of Microsoft’s new browser — at the time the company had not confirmed IE’s end. The confusion began... [...]

‘Microsoft, McAfee update antivirus software to protect against Superfish’ – ‘Mashable’

Karissa Bell says, “Lenovo is working with Microsoft and McAfee to help protect its users from the security vulnerabilities created by Superfish’s adware. Microsoft’s Windows Defender and McAfee’s antivirus software were both recently updated to remove Superfish’s adware from affected Lenovo PCs, according to the company, SEE ALSO: Lenovo CTO admits Superfish put users at risk, talks damage control The update to Microsoft’s Windows Defender was first spotted by security researcher Filippo Valsorda. It will automatically uninstall Superfish and reset the affected... [...]

‘Change The Interface, Change The World: Microsoft HoloLens Takes Computing’s Next Giant Leap’ – Forrester

Allison Smith says, “Windows 10 comes with holographic computing built into it. And to prove that it’s serious about holography, the company announced Microsoft HoloLens, a headset that lets people interact with holograms in the real world. Wait, what? I know what you’re thinking. Microsoft has a credibility problem when it comes to launches of future tech. Remember that this is the company that tried to launch touch-based tablet computing in 2000. Microsoft launched a smart watch years before anybody else that also came to naught. I’ll spare you a longer list of Microsoft’s mislaunches.... [...]

‘Microsoft’s Windows 10 & HoloLens Will Return Microsoft To Innovation Leadership; Challenge Will Be Drawing New Mobile Customers’ – Forrester

Frank Gillett says, “Microsoft’s event, Windows 10: The Next Chapter, showcased an impressive vision and plan for: 1) transforming Windows, including free upgrades; 2) gaining relevance in mobile; 3) launching a new computing experience with HoloLens; and 4) reinventing group collaboration with Surface Hub. Based on what we saw today and on background conversations, Forrester believes that Microsoft’s Windows 10 will persuade enterprises and consumers to upgrade from Windows 7 (something Windows 8 didn’t do) and be an easy upgrade from Windows 8. Getting the world’s 1.5 billion Windows... [...]

‘It’s The Beginning Of The End For Windows 7’ – ‘ReadWrite’

Adriana Lee says, “So long, Windows 7. After six years, Microsoft has started phasing out this version of its desktop operating system. Independent security analyst Graham Cluley points out that “mainstream support” for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has just ended, according to thisMicrosoft webpage. However, if you bought a PC with this version last October, when the last Windows 7 consumer computers shipped, don’t despair: At least extended support will continue for another five years”. It’s The Beginning Of The End For Windows 7 ReadWrite  [...]

‘Microsoft’s new web browser reported to have Cortana built-in’ – ‘Mashable’

Christina Warren says, “Last week, word leaked that Microsoft is hard at work on a new web browser for Windows 10and that it is not going to be Internet Explorer. More details of that project — codenamedSpartan — started to eke out Thursday. Tom Warren at The Verge, citing sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, says that Spartan will have a host of new features, many of which aren’t found in other browsers. Warren says that the chief feature is support for new “inking support” that will allow Windows 10 users to annotate a web page with notes or diagrams and then... [...]