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Microsoft Defender bug could fill up disks with thousands of files

Much of today’s modern operating systems are arcane black boxes that no one but the most experienced computer users know. Not that most users know where to look or have access to some folders anyway. So when a system app silently fills up a hidden folder with trash files, most users might not know where to look. This recent incident … Continue reading

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Should You Disable “Antimalware Service Executable” Process in Windows?

should-you-disable-antimalware-service-e If your computer is sluggish, you may notice the antimalware service executable, or MsMpEng.exe, process in Task Manager hogging your resources. While you can disable it, it’s a good idea to understand the purpose of this process and how disabling it may affect the security of your PC. What Is Antimalware Service Executable? As the name implies, the antimalware service executable helps to defend your computer against malware and other virus threats. It appears in Task Manager as MsMpEng.exe and is the background process for the built-in Microsoft Defender antivirus tool. Microsoft Defender was formerly known as… Read more14459584.gif

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How to Check How Much OneDrive Storage You Have Left

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Microsoft OneDrive is a popular cloud storage service that boasts deep integration with Windows 10. If you’re a OneDrive user, you probably want to keep tabs on how much storage you’re using. We’ll show you how to check.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/714430/how-to-check-how-much-onedrive-storage-you-have-left/
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Goodbye again, Flash—Microsoft makes removal from Windows 10 mandatory

Microsoft rings yet another bell in the dirge for Flash—the KB that removes it from Windows 10 will become mandatory this July.

Microsoft rings yet another bell in the dirge for Flash—the KB that removes it from Windows 10 will become mandatory this July. (credit: Adobe)

Microsoft, Apple, Google, Mozilla, and even Adobe itself have all deprecated Adobe Flash technology, which reached end of life on January 1 of this year. This July, Microsoft is taking things one step further—KB4577586, aka Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player, will become mandatory for all versions of Windows 10.

The update in question won’t remove third-party installations of the Flash player—only versions that have been bundled with Windows itself. The change seems unlikely to significantly impact most people—Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari each ended Flash support by January 1, 2021.

Although Internet Explorer 11 (and the IE mode in Microsoft Edge) supports direct installation of downloaded Flash players as a plug-in, the Adobe Flash Player itself has a built-in “kill-switch” causing it to refuse to play Flash content if the system date is later than January 12, 2021.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/microsoft-will-remove-adobe-flash-from-windows-10-this-summer/
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How to Make Microsoft Edge the Default Browser on iPhone or iPad

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The iPhone and iPad come with Apple’s own Safari web browser. Microsoft Edge is also available for these devices, and you can even set it to be the default browser. We’ll show you how to do it.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/714260/how-to-make-microsoft-edge-the-default-browser-on-iphone/
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Microsoft Launches Webcam Without Windows Hello Support

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Microsoft announced a new line of “Modern” PC accessories, including the company’s first desktop webcam since 2011’s LifeCam HD 3000. Meet the $70 Microsoft Modern Webcam, a versatile device with HDR support, True Look retouching, a privacy shutter, and … wait, where’s the Windows Hello support?

Windows Hello uses your webcam to verify your identity, saving you the trouble of typing in a password every time you log in to your Windows account. Anyone who uses a Microsoft Surface device should be familiar with Windows Hello, and several laptops and third-party webcams support the protocol. Given the new “Modern” accessories slant toward productivity and Teams, the lack of Windows Hello is a bit odd.

That said, the lack of Windows Hello is likely a cost-cutting measure (along with the use of USB-A instead of USB-C). With HDR and True Look support, the Modern Webcam should capture higher quality video than similarly-priced alternatives, like the Logitech C920. That said, if Windows Hello is your priority, it’s featured in several webcams at this price.

The Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker and Headset.The Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker and Headset. Microsoft

Other new devices in Microsoft’s “Modern” lineup include a USB-C speaker, a wireless headset, and a USB headset. All three of these audio devices feature built-in Teams controls, making it easy to join meetings or mute your microphone without using your mouse.

All of these devices, including the Microsoft Modern Webcam, are relatively affordable. They seem like stellar options for students, or for schools and businesses who need to buy a ton of Teams-compatible video chat equipment. The new Modern accessories go on sale this June, according to Microsoft’s product page.

Source: Microsoft via Engadget

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How to Stop Windows 10’s Antivirus from Sending Files to Microsoft

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By default, Windows 10’s built-in antivirus automatically sends samples of suspicious files from your computer to Microsoft. While this helps boost security, you can choose to disable this option, if you like. Here, we’ll show you how to turn this option off on your PC.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/719825/how-to-stop-windows-10s-antivirus-from-sending-files-to-microsoft/
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Microsoft outage knocks sites and services offline

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Microsoft is experiencing a major outage, so that’s why you can’t get any work done.

Besides its homepage, Microsoft services are down, log-in pages aren’t loading and even the company’s status pages were kaput. Worse, Microsoft’s cloud service Azure appeared to also be offline, causing outages to any sites and services that rely on it.

It’s looking like a networking issue, according to the status page — when it loaded. Microsoft also tweeted that it was related to DNS, the internet system that translates web addresses to computer-readable internet numbers. It’s an important function of how the internet works, so not ideal when it suddenly breaks.

We’ve reached out for comment, and we’ll follow up when we know more.

⚠️We are aware of an issue affecting the Azure Portal and Azure services, please visit our alternate Status Page here https://t.co/vGS3TQ8shs for more information and updates.

— Azure Support (@AzureSupport) April 1, 2021

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/01/microsoft-outage-knocks-sites-and-services-offline/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29
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Microsoft lands $21 billion contract to arm US soldiers with futuristic augmented-reality headsets

The Pentagon will pay Microsoft billions of dollars to build augmented-reality headsets for its soldiers. The devices will be backed by the tech firm’s Azure cloud computing services, which was compromised by hackers last year.

The contract was announced on Wednesday and could earn Microsoft up to $21.88 billion over 10 years. Back in 2018, the US Army gave Microsoft $480 million to develop a prototype headset built around the company’s HoloLens technology. Based on its performance, Microsoft will now provide up to 120,000 of the headsets, dubbed the Integrated Visual Augmented System, or IVAS.

The IVAS can project holographic video-game style maps, thermal and night imaging, and target-identification information to soldiers. It can also show where the soldier’s weapon is aimed, and monitor vital statistics like their heart rate.

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However, the project is not without its problems. A CNBC reporter tested the prototype headset in 2019 and described it as “a bit buggy,” saying that it needed to be restarted during a demonstration session. Several months later, the military was still reporting glitches with the devices, including GPS and imaging errors, and “poor low light and thermal sensor performance.”

While Microsoft will have a decade and more than $20 billion to iron these issues out, there could be more potential snafus on the horizon. The headsets will be linked to Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, a service that the company said was hacked last December, leaving 911 emergency lines down in multiple US states. Even before that particular breach, security researchers were finding flaws with Azure, with one branding it a “cloud security nightmare.”

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Despite this, the US military seems confident. Microsoft was awarded a $10 billion cloud computing contract by the Pentagon last October, beating out rivals Amazon and Google in the competition. Amazon has since filed a lawsuit, arguing that former President Donald Trump – a fierce critic of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – intervened to land Microsoft the deal.

Back in 2018, Microsoft President Brad Smith pledged the company would “provide the US military with access to the best technology… all the technology we create. Full stop.” However, not all of his employees felt as enthusiastic.

While Smith described the military as “ethical and honorable,” more than 90 Microsoft employees signed a letter in early 2019 protesting the development of the IVAS headsets. 

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© AFP / Justin SullivanMicrosoft staff protest over Pentagon contract for augmented reality tech ‘designed to kill people’

“The application of HoloLens within the IVAS system is designed to help people kill,” they wrote. “It will be deployed on the battlefield, and works by turning warfare into a simulated ‘video game,’ further distancing soldiers from the grim stakes of war and the reality of bloodshed.”

The employees said that they “did not sign up to develop weapons,” and demanded more control over “how our work is used.”

Whether Microsoft persuaded or ignored these disgruntled employees, the IVAS project is now a reality, and worth 44 times as much money as the prototype. Yet as Big Tech and the military grow ever closer, similar campaigns within Microsoft’s competitors have been more successful. Google dropped out of an AI contract with the Pentagon in 2019 after employees spoke out against their software being used to help target drone strikes. Employees at Apple and Amazon have also pressured their bosses not to help the US military.

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How to Get the Word Count of Your PowerPoint Presentation

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Knowing the word count of your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes can give you a rough idea of how long it may take to present the slideshow and where you may need to cut back. Here’s how to find out.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/703787/how-to-get-the-word-count-of-your-powerpoint-presentation/
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