Microsoft Kills Office 365 Project Osaka, But Did Not Provide Details About Its Action

#MicrosoftOffice #Office365 – Microsoft Kills Office 365 Project Osaka, But Did Not Provide Details About Its Action : Microsoft reportedly developed this new tool, which it called Project Osaka, for its cloud-based productivity software suite, Microsoft Office 365. The new Office 365 app seems to focus on helping IT teams to organize data in tables in a more collaborative way. Unfortunately, not much information was given about this new Office 365 tool.

What is Project Osaka

There’s not much information about this mysterious tool. Project Osaka, which currently in private preview, seems to have some roots with the Microsoft Access, according to ZDnet.

According to Petri, Project Osaka is a tool that allows anyone to organize information in a smarter way and also collaborate in real time.

Other speculated that this new tool may work similar to Microsoft’s main competitor, Google Sheets, which is used to organize information and collaborate in real time.

The software giant has not provided much information about the existence of this new tool, nor for which kind of customer is it being designed. The closest the crowd can get is from the recently published works made by Twitter user WalkingCat, a well-known reliable Microsoft source.

According to WalkingCat, Project Osaka could be very well the same with CollabDB which was also in private testing for the last two years. WalkingCat said that Microsoft CollabDB was just some sort of an Office Lists App, where it focused more on creating and sharing lists with the team. Microsoft has decided to change its plans for this project after the Wunderlist acquisition in 2015.

Microsoft Drops Project Osaka With Not Much Detailed Information

Microsoft is making some big news today. The Redmond-based software company has just dropped any works about Microsoft Office 365’s Project Osaka before it ever launched in the market.

Unfortunately, the reason for this announcement was not revealed to the public. Microsoft remained tight-lipped about this matter.

Microsoft CollabDB – Create and share lists to stay in sync with your team http://t.co/4l5FxGO5ly aka Office Lists App

— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) July 17, 2015

Source : Universityherald

BBC iPlayer is dropping Windows Phone support

#BBCiPlayer #WindowsPhone – BBC iPlayer is dropping Windows Phone support : If you’re a Windows Phone user, there’s another kick in the teeth today as the BBC has announced it’s dropping support for the platform from April this year.

A specific date for when the service will stop hasn’t been announced, but the BBC has no intention of offering an alternative app for the platform.

Instead it encourages you to update to Windows 10 Mobile and watch BBC content through the Edge browser.

Downloading programs to your phone won’t be possible through Edge, so you’ll need to just grab it on the go and stream it directly to your Windows Phone device.

No more Poldark

The BBC said in a statement, “When the BBC iPlayer app was originally created it was not technically possible to playback BBC programmes via the browser.

“As it’s now possible to playback via the browser it’s no longer cost effective for the BBC to maintain a BBC iPlayer app for Windows mobile devices.”

Back in May last year, it was revealed Windows Phone’s market share dropped below 1%. With an install base so low, most companies don’t find it financially viable to create and support apps for the platform.

The BBC has never developed a BBC News app for Windows Phone, and considering Microsoft’s platform is missing apps such as Snapchat, Tinder and even Gmail it’s a difficult sell to get people on board.

Source : techradar

Windows 10 Creators Update Comes With Interesting Interface Changes

#Windows10 #Windows10Update – Windows 10 Creators Update Comes With Interesting Interface Changes : The biggest update to hit Windows 10 operating deices dubbed the Creators Update will be issues somewhere in April and it will add a whole lot of programs which will enable users to create content such as music composing and painting apps but the main points which should be taken into account are new ways of interacting with the operating system. We’ve tackled some of these additions which enhance the way in which one interacts with the system as well as those which will make our lives a whole lot easier.

Automatic Lock

Notwithstanding the Windows Hello security feature, users will be able to automatically lock their device just by moving away from the screen. An official name has not been issued for this feature but it is rumored it will be named either Windows Goodbye or Dynamic Lock.

Windows 10 will sense that the users has stepped away and popular to general belief, the system will use the device’s webcam but one should be able to pair their smartphone to de device as well via Bluetooth. When stepping away with your smartphone the Bluetooth range will automatically tell the desktop that you’ve moved away from the device.

Blue Light Mode

Windows 10 Creators Update will come with a blue light mode which will adjust the color temperature of the device in order to improve everyone’s sleep by automatically dimming down as evening approaches.

Swipe Controls

If the device you are sporting comes with a Precision Touchpad, the new Windows update will enable everyone to come up with gesture controls in order to conveniently enhance the way you are controlling the device. These commands are customizable and for example one can swipe down with two fingers in order to open Cortana or check emails.

Virtual Touchpad

This tool will enable those who own a Windows 10 tablet to connect to an external display. If one does not have a mouse or touchpad connected to the tablet, this feature will enable you to pop up a virtual touch bar on the tablet screen which will control the content operated on the paired screen.

Source : Neurogadget

Windows 10 Build 15019 Dismays Due To Several Bugs

#MicrosoftWindows #Windows10 – Windows 10 Build 15019 Dismays Due To Several Bugs : Microsoft starts rolling out the gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build that the company promised. Allegedly it comes with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming and other features. It is officially known as Build 15019 for the Insider Fast Ring, and apparently, it also includes a number of wide-ranging improvements, that includes a version of Edge that will read ebooks aloud.

According to windowsreport, Windows 10 build 15019 did roll with the much-expected Game Mode but it also carries substantial bugs that probably will create an impact on the gaming experience of some game users. It is also reported that a new section called Gaming can be found in the Settings app. where users can find settings for Game Mode, GameDVR, Game bar and broadcasting and streaming. Ostensibly in this Windows Insider build, not all elements of the Gaming section will be visible. Nevertheless, it is reported that Microsoft will continue to deploy various Gaming settings over time. But apparently despite the fact that there’s a long list of bug fixes in this build, it is seemingly disappointing that there are still many bugs left.

As reported by pcworld,  Microsoft warned that some unnamed popular games may experience crashes or black screens when loading. Apparently, clicking on certain elements in a Win32 game may cause the screen to be minimized and cannot be played. Accordingly, the new Game Mode will show up as OFF though it is enabled by default. Reports also warned to be aware of one download anomaly, the problem Microsoft had with its progress bar is still there, wherein the download will show 0% completed even when it is actually still downloading.

It is also rumored that according to Microsoft, while the company recognizes the agony of clients wanting to try out the gaming features and also deliberated on releasing this build to Insiders, Microsoft decided to go ahead as the company needs feedback from Insiders on other areas of the OS.

Source : enstarz

Microsoft .NET Announces Great News, More To Come As Big .NET Event Comes Next Month

#MicrosoftNET #BingNET – Microsoft .NET Announces Great News, More To Come As Big .NET Event Comes Next Month : Microsoft is encouraging developers to update their .NET framework to take advantage of the major improvements made in the garbage collections. Microsoft made the huge announcement this week.

According to IT World, Microsoft has been encouraging developers to move to the 4.6.2 version of the Microsoft Dev tool, so that they can benefit from the enhancement made in the garbage collection side, which now provides automatic memory management.

According to the company, the newly refreshed feature will now provide automatic memory management, which has received some great improvements.

For a starter, Microsoft.NET Framework is a software framework developed by Microsoft Corporation that runs primarily on Windows-based computers.

First introduced in 2002, the Microsoft Dev tool has led to a family of application development tool targeting a range of computing platforms which include mobile computing, embedded devices, alternative operating systems and even browser plugins.

Introduced New Features, More Expected To Come Next Month

Among the big highlights is the garbage collector, which said to be more efficient now. The garbage collector allows developers to build new applications without having to free up new memory.

In addition to the collection, the new version also features more efficient and more adept at managing free space. In the previous version, it used only a first-fit approach when compacting gen1 survivors into the gen2 free list, which meant garbage collection-discarded spaces could not be used, thus leading to wasted spaces.

Fortunately, Microsoft is working hard to address the issue. The latest version introduced a new approach, a bucketed free list-style where leftover free spaces are threaded into their respective bucket.

In other Microsoft news, the Microsoft .NET framework will celebrate its 15th anniversary on February 13, according to Tech Target. So expect some big development in the coming days as the Redmond-based company announced plans to continue upgrading their framework.

Source : Universityherald

Windows 10 Cloud Expected to Compete With Chrome OS

#Windows10 #ChromeOS – Windows 10 Cloud Expected to Compete With Chrome OS : Microsoft wants and needs Windows to dominate as many mobile sectors of computing as possible. That includes the very low end where Chromebooks exist right up to the high end of the MacBook Pro $1,699.00 at Amazon. And it looks as though the low end is going to be catered for with a new version of Microsoft’s operating system called Windows 10 Cloud.

We don’t know exactly what Windows 10 Cloud is yet, and Microsoft is taking the line that “we have nothing to share.” But ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley believes, based on her sources, that it’s a new version of Windows 10 restricted to only running Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps.

Such a restricted version could certainly be offered to manufacturers for a lower license fee, or even for free. But why call it Cloud? Well, that’s likely because you’ll be relying on Microsoft’s cloud services when using whatever hardware the OS ships with. That means Bing for search, Office 365 for productivity, OneDrive for storage, and Cortana for help.

There’s no shortage of cheap laptops running Windows 10 Home on the market. You can pick on up for around $200 if you don’t mind an 11-inch display that isn’t Full HD, RAM limited to 2GB (4GB if you’re lucky), and 32GB storage. But those laptops still have to factor a Windows license into the price.

Windows 10 Cloud could remove the license fee, meaning $200 laptops can ship with a larger display or more RAM. Or we could get the same products $20-$30 cheaper. In return, end users will have to deal with restrictions, for example, you may not be able to change the search engine away from Bing.

Whether this is what Microsoft plans has yet to be seen. We shouldn’t expect to hear anything official about Windows 10 Cloud until April when the Windows 10 Creators Update is set to be released.

Source : PCmag

Windows 10 Mobile Start Screen vs. iOS Home Screen: Beauty and the Beast

#Windows10Mobile #iOS – Windows 10 Mobile Start Screen vs. iOS Home Screen: Beauty and the Beast : The home screen is one of the essential UI parts of every mobile platform, pretty much because, just like its name suggests, it is the home of everything on the device, so you get to see it quite often.

As mobile operating systems evolved, developers attempted to improve home screens too, and Apple and Microsoft make no exception to this. Both iOS and Windows 10 Mobile come with their own styles for the home screen, and today we’re going to discuss both to see their main features.

iOS home screen

Long-time iPhone users can’t help but admit that the iOS home screen has barely changed over the years and it looks almost exactly the same as nearly 10 years ago when Apple launched the first iPhone.

Truth be told, Apple did implement some small improvements here and there, including new icons, but overall, the look of the home screen is pretty much the same.

One of the most criticized things about iOS is the lack of customization, and the home screen itself perfectly aligns with this. The only thing you can configure about the home screen is the wallpaper and… that’s basically it. No option to change colors, no settings for icons, nothing. Just change the background and then you’re supposed to be super-excited with your “new” iPhone.

The only good thing about the wallpaper is that Apple supports both dynamic and static photos, so if you wish, you can use an animated photo as your background. But other than that, this is the only thing you can change on your iPhone home screen.

Windows 10 Mobile Start screen

If iOS is super-limited when it comes to home screen customization, not the same thing can be said about Windows 10 Mobile.

First and foremost, Windows 10 Mobile has the really awesome live tiles, which are animated tiles that can display essential information without the need for opening apps, such as weather forecast, email senders and subjects, the song you’re listening to and so on.

But there’s so much to configure about the Start screen. Just head over to Settings > Personalization > Start and you can find several useful options, including background settings, and additional controls for style (tile picture or full screen picture). You can also adjust tile transparency and show more tiles on the Start. Additionally, you can also configure the accent color used in the operating system and on Start, but also toggle between dark and light.

As compared to iOS, Windows 10 Mobile does not come with support for dynamic wallpapers, but just look how many other things you can configure.

In the end, it looks like we have a clear winner, even though judging from a market share perspective, the iPhone is a much more successful product, even with its boring home screen. Which one do you like more?

Source : Softpedia

Microsoft Office 365 Announces Amazing New Features, Latest Update Targets Phishing And Malware

#MicrosoftOffice #Office365 – Microsoft Office 365 Announces Amazing New Features, Latest Update Targets Phishing And Malware : Microsoft Office 365 is about to get even safer. The software giant has just rolled out two new security capabilities for its Microsoft Office 365, which is designed to defeat phishing and other techniques used by advanced hackers.

According to RedmondMag, the company’s latest security updates to its Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection email security service can neutralize almost all common techniques used by hackers or malware creators.

The first security feature, the URL Detonation service, will help mitigate phishing attack by scanning links in emails and checks for potentially malicious behavior associated with those links. The security feature has already been released to some users last year as part of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and on Thursday, the feature was finally made available to all Office 365 users.

The second new security feature, which is currently released as a public preview, is the Dynamic Delivery with Safe Attachments. It is designed to minimize disruptions and malware infection while scanning email attachments as well as checking for malicious contents.

In addition, Microsoft has also provided a walkthrough for IT admins who want to enable the two newly added security features. Using the Office 365 management portal settings, IT admins can now turn on both features. The URL Detonation can be turned on by checking a box labeled, “Use Safe Attachments to scan downloadable content.”

Microsoft said that the Dynamic Delivery preview is an option that can be found in the “Safe Attachments” admin control window. The full details on how to enable the two new security features can be read at the official Microsoft Office Blog site.

Latest Updates Target Phishing And Other Form of Malicious Acts

The email system has been considered a vector for malware distribution and phishing scam. Fortunately, Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to protect users with the introduction of two new capabilities to its optional Advanced Threat Protection subscription, according to MS Power Users.

The goal is to prevent phishing and other forms of malicious attacks. The URL Detonation helps prevent users from being compromised by attachments files that linked to malicious URLs or contents.

The Dynamic Delivery prevents disruption in the user side while working. The tool allows the recipients to read and respond to email while the attachment is being scanned.

Source : universityherald

Microsoft Delays Windows 10’s Upcoming ‘My People’ Experience

#MicrosoftWindows #Windows10 – Microsoft Delays Windows 10’s Upcoming ‘My People’ Experience : For no known reasons, Microsoft has pulled the ‘My People’ include until the arrival of Windows 10 Redstone 3 this Fall. The feature was a standout amongst the most expected in the Creators Update. The feature being referred to is MyPeople, another taskbar range that would permit you in a split second communicate with your favourite contacts, share reports, send emoji’s and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

As a major aspect of its announcement about another Windows 10 Insider Preview build today, Microsoft uncovered that the My People feature will be deferred. In the event that you were looking brazen to some-more basically pity data with your loved ones in Windows 10, you’ll need to hold up a little more. It is currently anticipated to make a big appearance in the arrival of Windows 10 that will deliver in late 2017, Windows Central reported.

The Update is currently codenamed Redstone 3. ‘My People’ was originally expected in Redstone 2, which is branded as the Creators Update.

After a month, Microsoft affirmed the feature for release with the Windows 10 Creators Update. My People will consolidate Mail, Skype, and social networking into a taskbar symbol for every individual. Clients will have the capacity to drag and drop files to the taskbar, get novel notifications, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Sadly, it will be a while until we see this usefulness.

Sources propose this isn’t the first delay for the My People highlight. In the previous leak, Windows Central was told the component has been in progress since 2015. Obviously it’s a ton greater than it appears at first glance. Despite the fact that a straightforward taskbar symbol may appear to be simple, Microsoft needs to make a considerable measure of in the engine changes to make it work.

When it does arrive, My People will put an ability to bond with pivotal people on a taskbar, supplement contacts to a app-sharing discourse to make it easier to send calm to specific users, and harmonize calm discussions in a singular place in Windows 10. Filtering collection will also be supposing to safeguard that information overkill is kept to a minimum, Digitaltrends reported.

Norway Giving Up on Windows Phone for Android Due to Lack of Devices

#WindowsPhone #WindowsMobile – Norway Giving Up on Windows Phone for Android Due to Lack of Devices : Authorities in Norway are getting ready to abandon Windows Phone for Android because of a very simple reason: the existing models available on the market do not meet their requirements, so jumping ship seems to be the only option.

A report from local site Digi.no (via MSPU) reveals that 100 Norway municipalities which are currently using Windows phones for healthcare are planning the transition to Android and working with their partners to develop software solutions to run on this platform.

Many of these departments decided to use Windows phones thanks to their security, but now that they need to change devices because they’re outdated, the available options simply do not meet their requirements. Some are too expensive, and the low-end models are too underpowered, so moving to Android is their only alternative.

“Now it starts to get hard to get hold of Windows Phones. Microsoft has sold mobile their division, and there is little availability of handsets in the market,” sales manager Snorre Johansen of Tieto, a company that provides medical solutions to Norway authorities, was quoted as saying.

Microsoft not really keen on keeping customers on its platform

Surprisingly, Norway officials have already contacted Microsoft to discuss the transition to new devices, but the Redmond-based software giant has shown a somewhat lack of interest in keeping customers on the platform.

“We have an ongoing dialogue with Microsoft. They are trying to reassure the market that 3-4 producers have plans to create Windows-based smartphones,” Johansen said.

“Our customers use the phone as a tool in home care. It is then in your pocket with everything they need equipment for wound care and so on. It provides, among other wear and devices do not last as long. Our customers usually buys Windows Phones to around 1,500 to 2,000 krone ($170 to $240).”

The decision to make the switch to Android is not yet final, and the existing Windows phones are still under evaluation, but it’s hard to believe that Norwegian municipalities would remain on Windows 10 Mobile for too long.

At the same time, officials are also discussing with software companies about building Android alternatives to their solutions, so it might after all be just a matter of time until the transition is complete.

Source : Softpedia