Microsoft is reassuring the public that it still is focused on mixed-reality products, including Microsoft Mesh and the HoloLens 2 headset.
Microsoft's mixed-reality product commitments were described by Robin Seiler, corporate vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft's Windows and Devices organization, and manager of the company's mixed-reality operations. Seiler offered the following assurances: HoloLens 2 is still getting produced by Microsoft, and it receives monthly software updates.
Microsoft and Adobe have collaborated on "natively embedding" new Adobe Acrobat PDF technology into the Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems, according to a Wednesday Microsoft announcement.
This new Adobe Acrobat PDF engine will start to appear in Edge for unmanaged Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems as early as March. It'll be replacing the current "legacy engine" that's already in the Edge browser. These unmanaged Windows users won't have an opt-out option.
Organizations overseeing managed devices won't get the new engine in March, but they can opt in to get it then, if wanted, according to Microsoft's FAQ announcement. The policy to opt into using the new engine is called "NewPDFReaderOptInEnabled."
Organizations with managed Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices will start getting their rollout of the new Adobe Acrobat PDF engine in September. They'll also have an opt-out policy option at that time. However, this September opt-out policy will just give organizations a six-month reprieve, as Microsoft intends to remove the old engine on March 31, 2024. That's also the date when the opt-out policy will expire for organizations.
This week during the Ignite conference, evidence of Microsoft's plans to kill the Office brand name in favor of "Microsoft 365" has started to emerge.
Also popping up this week during the Microsoft Ignite event is a new "O" logo for Office products, which are now switching to become Microsoft 365 products for the most part.
The source of Office product name-change news is Microsoft itself. It has published this Microsoft365.com landing page for a new and coming Microsoft 365 App and Office.com replacement. The page flatly declares that "Office is becoming Microsoft 365." The actual application products, though, aren't changing with this declaration. It's just a name change.
Network ATC for Azure Stack HCI is Microsoft's "intent-based deployment" solution that lets IT pros set up configurations to apply to "all nodes in the cluster." The meaning of "ATC" doesn't seem to be defined in Microsoft's documentation, but the concept was described in this 2021 Microsoft announcement. The Network ATC feature is now at the GA stage to support Azure Stack HCI (Hyper-Converged Infrastructure), which is Microsoft's "Azure in a box" for use by organizations in their infrastructures. (BoN 2.2.3.)
Azure Arc for SQL Server.
Microsoft has revealed that the company is about to launch GPT-4 and this time it is about more than just text and chat. The next iteration of the AI technology is described as multi-modal, meaning there is support for much more -- including video.
The news came at an event in Germany called KI im Fokus on Thursday. Here, Microsoft Germany's CTO and Lead Data & AI STU, Andreas Braun, said: "We will introduce GPT-4 next week, there we will have multimodal models that will offer completely different possibilities -- for example videos".
Is Microsoft working on the next version of Windows? Will it be Windows 12? If the answer is yes, how will it look like and differ from Windows 11?
There is quite a bit of uncertainty regarding Windows right now. Microsoft ended support for the popular Windows 7 and the not-so popular Windows 8 operating systems in January 2023, and in less than 3 years, Windows 10 is added to the list of operating systems that are no longer supported. This would leave Windows 11 as the sole version of Windows that is available and supported officially.
You probably have a “tool drawer” in your house or apartment with a wrench, a few screwdrivers, and other tools for simple home projects. That’s what PowerToys is—just for Windows.
Microsoft’s PowerToys debuted more than three years ago, evolving from a single utility to sixteen Windows tools that perform specialized tasks to improve your life. Some can be extremely powerful! I will show you a number of ways I use Microsoft’s PowerToys within Windows 10 and 11, as examples for you to accomplish more, too.
Every product reflects the era it’s born into, and Windows 8 was no exception. Launched a year and a half after Apple’s iPad, the successor to Windows 7 was designed to combat the so-called end of the PC.
Part of the fight involved getting Windows 8 on tablets, not just larger laptop-like slates such as the Microsoft Surface. For a handful of years, lightweight eight-inch Windows tablets were a thing. Maybe not ubiquitous, but common enough, and with more powerful hardware than much of their competition. The initiative stretched into the first part of the Windows 10 era—then abruptly burned out.
Microsoft’s latest feature update to Windows 11 arrives today, allowing you to access Bing AI Chat within Windows 11, quickly record a video snapshot of your screen, help lower your power bill, and even eventually control your Apple iPhone (yes, the iPhone!) directly from your PC.
Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 February 2023 feature update is actually more of a “Moment,” the name given to the small feature updates Microsoft tacked on to the Windows 11 2022 Update or 22H2. Microsoft called the October 2022 release of a new tabbed File Explorer and other features a new “experience,” but has called this release “an update.” You’ll probably still see the winver command refer to it as “22H2.”
Either way, there are several new features to talk about. Keep in mind, though, that new Windows 11 features are delivered in two ways: Integrated Windows additions as well as apps. The former updates include the updated Bing AI Chat, controls for Windows Studio Effects, and more usable UI for tablets and 2-in-1 PCs. However, the manufacturer is also providing new or updated apps for Phone Link, an updated Chat app, and a redesigned Widgets and Quick Assist app.
Microsoft's February security patch bundle rolled out on Tuesday to address 56 security vulnerabilities.
Specifically, the patches include 11 common vulnerabilities and exposures deemed "Critical," 43 CVEs considered "Important" and two CVEs assessed as "Moderate" in severity. One vulnerability affecting Windows systems was known to be exploited before Tuesday's patch release. There are also six vulnerabilities that are described as being "publicly known," which represents increased risk for organizations.