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  1. Over the last few weeks, there have been lots of leaks around Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser. First, we reported on screenshots that were leaked, then there were support documents, an extensions page, and even an installer that didn't work. But now, the full browser has leaked for anyone to try out. Spotted by Aggiornamenti Lumia, the PCBeta forum has a link to a ZIP file with the browser. If you run the Setup.exe file that's included, the browser will install. Naturally, we've installed it, and we'll have a hands-on video later on today. The browsing experience is exactly the same as in Chrome, but with a layer of Microsoft on top of it. You can choose to install extensions from either the Microsoft Store or the Google Store, and you'll want to sign in with your Microsoft account. Note that if you install this app, you're doing it at your own risk. Obviously, it's coming from a third-party, so you should always be skeptical of executable files from untrusted sources. There are still bits of Edge that are missing, such as the ability to write on webpages. Clearly, this isn't done, and Microsoft still has a long way to do. A public preview should be coming soon though.
  2. Microsoft has released a new Insider extension for the Edge Chromium browser that anyone can install from the app store using the leaked Chromium-based version of the browser that became available over the weekend. The extension appears to be a way for Microsoft to remotely set tasks for Insiders to try out known issues or other features that the company wants to test. The store page states that the extension is available to Insider build channels "canary", "dev", and "beta" only, which at least confirms it will have a similar development roadmap to Google's Chrome browser, of which anyone can opt in or out of each channel. The extension even installs on the 'old Edge', although doing that won't display the current version number, allow you to change channel, or obviously test any of the tasks that appear within it in relation to the Chromium version. It's possible that a future version of the extension will be blocked from installing in the older version of Edge, but that's just a reasoned guess. For those that haven't checked out Edgium Chrodge Edge on Chromium, you can get the download link here, or check out our hands-on video. Although Microsoft has not yet commented when the browser will become widely available, the leaks and Insider extension seem to suggest it isn't far off.
  3. By now, you might be familiar with Nintendo's Direct and Nindies Showcase streams, where the company highlights some of the games which are making their way to the Switch, with the latter of the two being focused on games from independent developers. Now, both Sony and Microsoft seem to be taking some inspiration from the Japanese rival, as both companies have announced their own streams dedicated to highlighting new and upcoming titles. Hot on the heels of this week's presentation from Nintendo, Microsoft has announced its own indie-focused presentation called ID@Xbox Game Pass. As you can probably infer from the name, this stream isn't just focused on indie games for Microsoft's console; it's specifically for those that are coming to Xbox Game Pass, the company's subscription service for games. It's also clearly a part of Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, which has been helping indie developers get their games on the platform for quite some time now. The first episode of ID@Xbox Game Pass will air on March 26 at 9AM Pacific Time, and it will focus on titles including Afterparty, Void Bastards, Supermarket Shriek, and more. Many of these were previously showcased at events like E3 or X018, so the presentation isn't as focused on new announcements as Nintendo's variant. Instead, it will offer more of a deep dive into those games, and it will also feature talks with the studios behind the games, including a visit to the studio behind Afterparty. Sony, on the other hand, is starting a more broad gaming series called State of Play, which will highlight upcoming titles for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. The company didn't reveal details about what will be in its own presentation, but it will be taking place on Monday, March 25, at 2PM Pacific Time. State of Play will be the stage for new trailer and gameplay footage, as well as announcements for new games, according to Sony. Nintendo has been using its Direct presentations - and with the Switch, variants such as the Nindies Showcase - since 2011, when it hosted the first stream dedicated to Nintendo 3DS software. After almost eight years, it's certainly interesting to see its rivals take a similar approach to game announcements.
  4. Updated Windows 7 holdouts have been warned to expect a notification suggesting that perhaps an upgrade might be in order. Matt Barlow, corporate veep for Windows, has promised Windows 7 users are to receive a "courtesy reminder" that support is running out for the venerable OS as 14 January 2020 looms large. Barlow also noted that Office 2010 ends its support run shortly thereafter, but for now the focus is on Windows 7. The helpful notifications will doubtless send a shiver of déjà vu down the spines of users who found themselves on the receiving end of Microsoft's increasingly shrill exhortations to switch to Windows 10 for free during the operating system's first year. The "free upgrade" notification back in the day was a bit confusing, and some users reported Windows 10 sidling up to their systems without permission. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/13/windows_10_update_windows_7/
  5. A funny thing has happened on the way to 19H1: an Azure OS kernel engineer tweaked Windows 10 to make the operating system considerably more KVM-friendly. Reg reader Waseem drew our attention to a GitHub thread, which consisted mostly of FOSS fans working on the drivers needed to get the Arm version of Windows 10 up and running on a variety of hardware (including Android phones). This, in itself, is nothing too new. Since Windows 10 on Arm first appeared, an army of tinkerers have been attempting to run the thing on hardware other than the first wave of Snapdragon-based notebooks. A lot of effort has been focused on the Quick EMUlator (QEMU), the Linux incarnation of which has seen some success in getting the OS running. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/11/windows_10_on_kvm/
  6. Microsoft started rolling out a new software update for Windows 10 systems to apply mitigations against the Spectre attacks. Over the weekend, Microsoft started distributing software updates for Windows 10 systems to enable the Retpoline mitigations. https://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/category/security
  7. Microsoft's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service is now available for PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The decision to add devices powered by those operating systems was first announced a year ago. At the time, Microsoft said ATP's Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality would be available for the older OSes by summer 2018. https://www.itworld.com/article/3342215/microsoft-windows/microsoft-opens-top-tier-defender-atp-security-to-windows-7-pcs.html
  8. Microsoft first launched its Windows 10 Timeline feature a year ago, allowing users to sync browsing and app history between Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices. Unfortunately, it was limited to Microsoft’s Edge browser on the browsing history side, but now Microsoft has released its own official Chrome extension for Windows Timeline. Dubbed Web Activities, the extension will sync and show your Chrome browsing history across Windows 10 devices so you can use the built-in Timeline viewer. That does mean a copy of your browsing history will be sent to Microsoft’s servers, opening up potential privacy concerns. Google does have its own way to sync browsing history between Chrome sessions, including the ability to view tabs on other devices. Microsoft’s Chrome extension simplifies this by building it directly into the Task View feature of Windows 10 that’s accessible from the taskbar or by using winkey + tab. https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/19/18231226/microsoft-google-chrome-extension-timeline-support
  9. Microsoft on Friday took the unprecedented step of skipping one of its Windows 10 feature upgrades when it began distributing a preview of the first 2020 update to the most daring testing volunteers. Usually, as one feature upgrade nears release, Microsoft starts giving some Windows Insider participants - those who opted for the "Skip Ahead" channel - a look at the following feature upgrade. Currently, Microsoft is getting close to wrapping up 2019's first upgrade, which will almost certainly be labeled "Windows 10 April 2019 Update" and carry the numeric tag of 1903. In its now-standard practice, https://www.itworld.com/article/3340825/microsoft-windows/microsoft-shoves-some-windows-10-testers-into-next-year-with-early-look-at-2020-feature-upgrade.html
  10. Oddly enough, for the second time this week, Microsoft has been spotted telling the world that its software is, er, not very good. While Redmond's marketing orifice suggested Office 2019 was old and busted compared to its 365 brother, deep within Microsoft's Experiences and Devices Group, principal program manager Chris Jackson dropped the bombshell that Internet Explorer is just a big old pile of "technical debt". A pile of something, for sure. Jackson went further, pointing out that IE isn't really a browser any more. Instead, he described it as little more than a "compatibility solution". Microsoft has, after all, been trying to kill it stone dead for some time by skipping the implementation of new web standards and directing users to a more modern browser. Like Edge. But even with the love and resources lavished upon it, Edge has failed to set the world alight. A quick look at Statcounter shows it still trails Internet Explorer at 4.4 per cent desktop share compared to the mighty 5.7 per cent of IE (a share that actually grew last month). In a mea culpa, Jackson accepted that Microsoft's obsession with backwards compatibility led to a situation where many enterprises simply found it easier to run IE with compatibility mode as a default for corporate intranets. Jackson used the example of IE8, where the browser would fall back to IE7 standards for intranet sites unless told otherwise – handy for those creaking corporate intranets, but not so good for future admins shovelling their way through piles of technical debt. 2014's IE11 introduced the concept of legacy by exception, meaning admins had to think a bit harder about their old intranets, and consider bringing legacy web apps up to date for more modern browsers rather than simply flinging a wildcard at the compatibility list. One wag pointed out to Jackson that if defaults are the problem, perhaps Microsoft might consider stopping the likes of Windows 10 using the browser as a default for a number of file types. As for Jackson himself, he didn't make any recommendations on what to use instead. In fact, he said Microsoft was happy for customers to keep using IE for sites that absolutely must have it. But only for those sites. Just please, please, please stop using the thing as an easy default for everything, because that way lies madness. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/08/internet_explorer/
  11. How Microsoft lost the web

    Through a series of missteps and outright neglect, Microsoft essentially handed over the fate of its web browser – and its ability to shape the online world – to rival Chrome. The white flag of surrender was raised this month. https://www.computerworld.com/article/3330239/web-browsers/how-microsoft-lost-the-web.html
  12. Still reeling from The Great Azure Outage Of September 2018? Fear not – new builds, new apps and some slightly flaky Android integration were the order of week. Windows 10 October 2018 Update creeps ever closerWhile developers relying on Visual Studio Team Services (aka Azure DevOps) enjoyed an unexpected day off, the army of engineers working on Windows prepared to fling out a selection of builds to the delight of Insiders. Still missing the build number watermark and thus keeping the fanboys fevered up with "is this the final one?" speculation, there was little of note in build 17754 as it arrived in the Windows Update of those brave souls on the fast ring. Insiders would not have long to wait until the next build, 17755, arrived in time for the weekend. While the list of known issues remained unchanged, with just two seemingly innocuous ease-of-access problems still hanging around, Microsoft dropped in a surprise update to the Your Phone app and added the promised SMS functionality. SMS arrives on Your PhoneThe much-vaunted Your Phone app finally made an appearance on Windows 10 after months of speculation to a collective "meh" a few weeks ago. The promised integration of SMS was conspicuously absent and users willing to do battle with the setup were rewarded with, er, just their last few photos taken on their Android phone popping up in Windows 10. A cynic might point out that the same could have been achieved by plugging in a USB cable. The app appeared first for Windows Insiders and later became available for users of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. With the latest fast ring Windows Insider build, 17755, Android users willing to spray their phones with Microsoft's wares can, in theory, now receive and send messages thanks to a refresh of the application. Your Phone or mine?The Register took the update out for a spin to see how well it works. The answer is... OK. Kind of. The setup experience remains a little touch and go, and of course you need to go all-in with Microsoft on your Android device (version 7 and onwards only). The Windows 10 interface for messaging is familiar and, as long the phone is on the same Wi-Fi network as the PC, the integration is stable (once the thing starts up). Microsoft is quick to proclaim that as well as boring old keyboard entry, inking is also possible. For our part, we found the experience quite similar to a very early version of iMessage on macOS. This is no bad thing, and even in preview form, the functionality is a welcome addition to Windows 10. Assuming a user can live with the requirements. Users in China are sadly blocked from using the functionality for the time being and, of course, this all remains Android-only. Microsoft promises that iOS devices will see similar toys in the future, but don't hold your breath. Perhaps next week's Apple event will see an announcement on the matter (spoiler: it won't). Skipping Ahead into a glorious 19H1 future after three-week snoozeIt has been a while (around three weeks to be exact) but after some teasing, the team at Redmond dropped a fresh build of next year's Windows, codenamed 19H1. As over-eager fanboys clamoured for a refresh, the team urged restraint while they took some time to ensure nothing too nasty and crashy was lurking within the preview code.
  13. “Microsoft Monday" is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about an update about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, new features coming to Windows 10, the return of Bitcoin payment support and much more! Microsoft Is Testing An Improved Quiet Hours Feature In Windows 10 According to eWeek, Microsoft is now testing a feature that is similar to Do Not Disturb on mobile devices. The already existing Quiet Hours feature silences notifications currently just supports on or off. But in the preview build 17074, there is an improvement in the Quiet Hours feature. In Windows 10 Insider preview build 17074, there is a setting that automatically enables Quiet Hours when users mirror a display. This feature is especially useful for users that are giving a presentation in front of a group of colleagues. And the Quiet Hours feature will automatically be enabled if a full-screen DirectX game is running to prevent gaming sessions from being interrupted. Users can also designate a schedule for Quiet Hours. And Cortana can be used to turn the Quiet Hours feature on or off when the user arrives at home. The Windows 10 Insider preview build also contains several Microsoft Edge improvements as well as a redesigned Hub interface. The Hub pane highlights your reading list, bookmarks, history, downloads and e-books. And Edge can automatically fill out credit card information since it can store the information (except for the CVV number for security purposes). Updates About The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation At the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Microsoft Co-Founder and Technology Advisor Bill Gates gave a candid interview about his philanthropic initiatives with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested billions of dollars in vaccinations to cure deadly diseases around the world like malaria and HIV. Investments made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped cut child mortality rates and prevented people living in poverty from dying out of hunger. According to Business Insider, Gates said that his investments in philanthropy tend to be based on “low-hanging fruit” that few others have addressed. "If you're smart," said Gates in a discussion with moderator Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how he finds potential philanthropic investments via Business Insider. “You find the thing that is risky and hopefully before you do a phase I or phase II test.” One of the biggest examples for this is malaria. Gates told Dr. Gupta that the current process for finding malaria treatments is by conducting in-house human challenge trials. People volunteer to take a pill for alleviating malaria and then allow themselves to get bitten by an infected mosquito. "If we can get the latest tools involved we can have a good chance at success,"  Gates pointed out via Business Insider. To handle malaria around the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative and the Medicines for Malaria Venture. And the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has also invested in several companies that are focused on eradicating malaria and other diseases that are prevalent in developing companies such as CureVac and Moderna. The good news is that malaria death rates in Africa have dropped by 57% since 2000. Gates said that this was “one of the greatest success stories in the history of global health.” In the keynote, Gates also said that he is confident the world will develop cancer therapies that can “control all infectious diseases.” Gates pointed out that this would be a “huge victory for humanity.” Immunocore, a company that developed technology which can stimulate the immune system of a patient, is an example of a company focused on this initiative that received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Immunocore’s technology utilizes the immune cells within the bodies of every patient (known as T-cells). The T-cells are essentially reprogrammed and personalized to fight cancer within each patient. “Initially, Immunocore's 'T-cell receptor' technology targeted cancers, but it could also be applied against infectious diseases,” added Gates via Business Insider. In related news, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is paying off a $76 million loan that Nigeria borrowed from Japan to help fight against polio. Nigeria took the loan in 2014 and the repayments were due to begin this year. A spokesperson with the Gates Foundation confirmed the arrangement to Quartz. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it agreed to repay the loan after Nigeria met the condition of achieving over 80% vaccination coverage in at least one round each year in high risk areas across 80% of local government areas. The loan will be repaid over a period of 20 years. Fortunately, there were no new polio cases recorded in 2017. Back in 2012, Nigeria accounted for over half of all polio cases worldwide. Microsoft Rolls Out Xbox One Update For Insiders With A Do Not Disturb Mode And Several Other Features Microsoft has released an update for Xbox One testers that has several new exciting features. For example, there is an option that allows users to mute notifications while they are playing a game or watching TV shows/movies (known as Do Not Disturb mode) — which will also show an away status so your friends will know you are not available for messages or party chat invites. Plus Microsoft is adding mini-game hubs to the Xbox One dashboard. This makes it easier to access content within a game, see who else is currently playing and check out achievements. There is also a "next achievements" feature that shows an organized list of upcoming achievements. And Microsoft added display customization options. You can make the dashboard white during the day and darker in the evening. And there are new automatic shutdown options that can be expanded to have consoles automatically turned off after two, three, four and five hours instead of only one or six. Currently, these features will show up for alpha ring testers first and it should be rolled out to all console owners after that. And additional experimental features are being provided to a group of testers. Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Becomes Fastest Windows 10 Version To Hit 100 Million Devices Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) was the fastest Windows 10 version to hit 100 million devices. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is the fourth update to Windows 10 after the November Update, Anniversary Update and the Creators Update. Microsoft plans to release two major versions of Windows 10 per year as of right now. It’s also worth pointing out that the Fall Creators Update is “fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide.” The Fall Creators Update had launched on October 17, but it took about three months of testing and bug fixing to ensure it works well on compatible devices. “When a new feature update is released, we begin by targeting a select set of devices that we believe will have the best update experience based on device characteristics and testing done by us and our device partners,” said Microsoft’s Director of Program Management of the Windows Servicing and Delivery in the blog post. “We then monitor feedback for issues around application and device compatibility and make adjustments along the way, if necessary.  Actively listening for and responding to issues as they emerge helps us confidently expand the release to additional devices while maintaining a quality experience.” Later this week, devices with Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise editions installed are expected to be automatically updated to the Fall Creators Update via Windows Update as well.