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Our Very Existence is Rooted in Empowering Everyone, Says Satya Nadella on George Floyd's Death

File photo of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Image: Getty Images)

File photo of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Image: Getty Images)

In a note to Microsoft employees, Nadella said that every-day racism, bias and hatred in the news today is not new.

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  • Last Updated: June 1, 2020, 11:50 AM IST

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has joined Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in condemning the death of African-American George Floyd, saying our identity, our very existence is rooted in empowering everyone on the planet.

In a note to Microsoft employees, Nadella said that every-day racism, bias and hatred in the news today is not new. “It’s far too often the experience and reality in daily lives, particularly for the Black and African American community,” he said.

“I know it’s not enough to just have empathy for those impacted, for the communities who are experiencing this hate, firsthand, who are scared for their safety, and for their loved ones,” Nadella added. He said that in this moment, people can start by checking in with each other, ask colleagues how they’re doing and what they need, have empathy for what others are feeling.

“It’s incumbent upon us to use our platforms, our resources, to drive that systemic change, right? That’s the real challenge here. It’s not just any one incident, but it’s all the things that have led to the incident that absolutely need to change”. Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the US after a video went viral of Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the Minneapolis on May 25.

Microsoft last year launched the Criminal Justice Reform Initiative. This initiative invests in partnerships and programmes working to drive reforms, focusing on policing. “Have empathy for those who are scared and uncertain, and join me and everyone on the senior leadership team, in advocating for change in our company, in our communities, and in society at large,” said Nadella.




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Be Warned! Windows 10 May 2020 Update Can Potentially Render Your PC Useless

Be Warned! Windows 10 May 2020 Update Can Potentially Render Your PC Useless

Microsoft has confirmed this update may potentially cause some issues with your PC after the update. That risk, in the critical times of work from home, is perhaps not the best idea.

  • Last Updated: May 31, 2020, 10:06 AM IST

There is a lot broken with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. As it is, this latest update, which bumps up your PC to Windows 10 2004 version, does bring significant new features as well as performance tweaks for all compatible PCs. However, you might just want to hold off for a while because Microsoft has confirmed this update may potentially cause some issues with your PC after the update. That risk, in the critical times of work from home, is perhaps not the best idea.

So, here is what it is. The Windows 10 May 2020 Update does reportedly cause issues with certain Nvidia display adapters, breaks the Always On, Always Connected functionality with some network adapters and causes restarts including those in the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, Conexant and Synaptics audio devices may not work well, the ability to connect with more than one Bluetooth device may be broken, variable display refresh rates with Intel graphics may not work and the functionality of certain Thunderbolt docks may be restricted. Microsoft has also confirmed that PCs that take advantage of the Fast Start option, will have trouble installing the Windows 10 May 2020 Update—users will need to manually restart their PCs for the update to be completely installed.

These issues crop up even after Microsoft took additional steps to ensure your PC is compatible with the update and also verify if all functionality will work after the update. Microsoft has also restricted the roll-out of the update to those who manually Check for Updates, instead of installing it automatically to PCs—at least that is for the time being.

The Windows 10 May 2020 Update bundles the new Edge browser, which is well placed to compete with Google Chrome, and rolls it out by default for all users. There are performance improvements across the board, updates to Your Phone and Cortana apps as well as more powerful virtual desktops. The Task Manager gets new features as well, with the GPU Temperature data now available for compatible hardware. The Swift Pair for Bluetooth accessories has been further simplified. The Settings app gets some design changes, while Windows Hello biometric authentication for compatible PCs adds a new layer of security for your data.

Microsoft has also depreciated or reduced the functionality of certain features in Windows 10. This includes the scaled back Cortana virtual assistant, Snipping Tool which is replaced by Snip & Sketch, OneSync Service which now has an alternative built into Outlook, MyPeople app and Windows to Go, to name a few. Some of these features, apps and options might still be around, but the writing seems to be on the wall for most of these and may be removed in subsequent software updates.




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Microsoft Replacing Journalists with AI is Our Nightmare Coming True

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These news production contractors work with Microsoft News, the company’s news content arm that operates MSN.com and other properties

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  • Last Updated: May 30, 2020, 3:29 PM IST

Microsoft is reportedly laying off at least 50 news production workers and replacing them with artificial intelligence (AI)-based algorithms to perform their editorial duties. According to a report in the Seattle Times on Saturday, the roughly 50 employees — contracted through staffing agencies Aquent, IFG and MAQ Consulting — have been notified “that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30”.

These news production contractors work with Microsoft News, the company’s news content arm that operates MSN.com and other properties. A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement that like all companies, they evaluate the business on a regular basis.

“This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic,” said the Microsoft spokesperson. Some employees told Seattle Times that “MSN will use AI to replace the production work they’d been doing”.

The work includes using algorithms to identify trending news stories from dozens of publishing partners, rewrite headlines or adding better photographs or slide shows. Besides the production work, the contract employees also planned content, maintained the editorial calendars of partner news websites and assigned content to them.




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Microsoft Reportedly Lays Off Dozens of Editorial Workers and Replace Them With AI

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These news production contractors work with Microsoft News, the company’s news content arm that operates MSN.com and other properties

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Microsoft is reportedly laying off at least 50 news production workers and replacing them with artificial intelligence (AI)-based algorithms to perform their editorial duties. According to a report in the Seattle Times on Saturday, the roughly 50 employees — contracted through staffing agencies Aquent, IFG and MAQ Consulting — have been notified “that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30”.

These news production contractors work with Microsoft News, the company’s news content arm that operates MSN.com and other properties. A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement that like all companies, they evaluate the business on a regular basis.

“This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic,” said the Microsoft spokesperson. Some employees told Seattle Times that “MSN will use AI to replace the production work they’d been doing”.

The work includes using algorithms to identify trending news stories from dozens of publishing partners, rewrite headlines or adding better photographs or slide shows. Besides the production work, the contract employees also planned content, maintained the editorial calendars of partner news websites and assigned content to them.




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Microsoft, Google Team Up to Launch New Built-In Spellchecker For Edge & Chrome Users

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Pic Source: Microsoft

The new spell-checker will bring out a series of benefits like better support for URLs, acronyms, an improved shared custom dictionary, email addresses and more.

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Google and Microsoft have joined forces to launch a new and improved spellcheck experience for Chrome and Edge users. The new spell-checker, which improves the feature and brings about several new enhancements, replaces the previous Hunspell Spellchecker that was built on open-source proofing tools. According to Microsoft, the new built-in spell-checker brings about a series of benefits that include support for “additional language and dialects, an improved shared custom dictionary, better support for URLs, acronyms, and email addresses.”

“This feature was developed as a collaboration between Google and Microsoft engineers in the Chromium project, enabling all Chromium-based browsers to benefit from Windows Spellcheck integration,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

Microsoft and Google Worked in Tandem

As stated earlier, the Redmond giant worked with Google’s engineers in the Chromium project to launch the new Windows Spellchecker for the browsers. As explained by Microsoft, both the tech giants worked in tandem to make this happen.

“This feature was developed as a collaboration between Google and Microsoft engineers in the Chromium project, enabling all Chromium-based browsers to benefit from Windows Spellcheck integration. Our thanks go out to Guillaume Jenkins and Rouslan Solomakhin (Google), and Bruce Long, Luis Sanchez Padilla, and Siye Liu (Microsoft) for their collaboration on this feature,” Microsoft said.

How To Use Spellcheck in Edge and Chrome

To try your hand at this new feature, you will need to install the Microsoft Edge version 83 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Moreover, if you want to install additional languages in the new spellcheck, you can do that by adding them to the Settings screen of Windows 10 or Edge browser and then enable it from there.

Similarly, if you are a Chrome user and is unable to find the new spellcheck, then you have to enable a flag and get it straight away. You have to head to chrome://flags/ and then search for ‘Use the Windows OS spellchecker.” Once you enable this setting, you have to restart your Chrome browser to see the changes.




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New Xbox Family Settings App Will Allow Parents Manage Their Kid's Gaming Habits

New Xbox Family Settings App Will Allow Parents Manage Their Kid's Gaming Habits

The app is currently available in preview mode on Android and iOS and will be rolled out to end-users later this year.

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  • Last Updated: May 28, 2020, 12:53 PM IST

Microsoft has soft-launched out a new family settings app for the Xbox that will now enable parents to have more control over their children’s’ gaming habits. Known as the Xbox Family Settings App, parents will also have customisable features on the Xbox console to ensure the new family settings app are tailored to their needs.

The Xbox Family Settings app is currently in a preview state. Moreover, users will also have the chance to manage the family settings menu on compatible devices while on the go. According to Microsoft, the app is compatible with Xbox One and is also likely to work with Xbox Series X as well.

Among the key features of the app, parents can screen time limits for each day of the week, which means you will have the ability to reduce time during the child’s school week or examination time. Another interesting feature is that parents can also set content filters based on the age of their child. For instance, for a 10-year-old kid, games that have titled “E” will only be available to them via things option, and the rest will be blocked. Parents will also be able to block all access to play and communicate with other players and also limit-access to friends only or even grant permission for older children to play and chat with everyone. Besides, parents can view daily and weekly reports to keep track of their child’s daily use of the Xbox system.

According to Microsoft, the app will be rolled out to the masses later this year and a few new features, including the child’s friend list, will be available as well. The app is currently available for all Android users to test and can be downloaded via this link.




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Delhi HC Awards Rs 30 Lakh As Damages to Three Tech Giants in Software Privacy Suit

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File photo of Delhi High Court.

The order was passed by a Single Judge bench of Justice V Kameswar Rao.

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The Delhi High Court has awarded Rs 30 lakh as damages to tech giant Microsoft Inc, Adobe Systems and another firm after a company based in the national capital’s Nehru Place used pirated software of the three companies. “This Court is of the view, in the absence of any defence of the defendants and the magnitude of the violation carried out by the defendants, the plaintiffs shall also be entitled to damages. Accordingly, this Court awards damages to the tune of Rs 30 lakhs in favour of the plaintiffs to be shared equally by all of them,” said a single-judge bench of the High Court presided by Justice V. Kameshwar Rao.

The court also restricted Chetu, the Delhi based company from using any software of the three companies (Plaintiffs) illegally. “The defendants, their principal officers, directors, agents, franchisees, servants, and all others acting for and on their behalf are restrained from directly or indirectly using for any kind of computer-related activities or otherwise, pirated/counterfeit/unlicensed software of the Plaintiffs,” the court said. Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems and Quest Software (Plaintiffs) had moved the High Court against the Defendant, a company named ‘Chetu’ which provided IT services and solutions to its clients, and its related parties, after it came to its knowledge that the Defendant was using unlicensed/pirated software programs of the Plaintiffs on its computers.

The plaintiffs had hired an independent investigator to determine the activities of Chetu and its related clients. During the investigation, it was found that there are approximately 300 computer systems at Chetu, which are operating software programs such as Microsoft Office. It is also stated that there is no installation of Open Office on any of the computer systems. It was further revealed that 40 to 50 employees at Chetu work on software programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe CS3 and Adobe Reader.

“There are approximately 200 computer systems in use at Chetu and that all the computer systems operate Microsoft Windows Operating System and have software programs such as Microsoft Office installed upon them. He also divulged the use of software programs such as Adobe Reader 9.0, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash by approximately 60 employees working on computer systems at Chetu,” the petitioner told the court. The plaintiffs claim that in September and October 2010 it conducted a license check within their database which revealed that there were no substantial licenses purchased in the name of the defendants.




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Here is How to Download The Windows 10 May 2020 Update on Your PC, Laptop or Windows Tablet

Here is How to Download The Windows 10 May 2020 Update on Your PC, Laptop or Windows Tablet

In case your Windows Update does not list the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, or the Windows 10 2004 update, you can also manually download this update.

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  • Last Updated: May 28, 2020, 10:38 AM IST

The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is now finally rolling out for PCs globally. This is a pretty major update in the Windows 10 update cycle, with significant changes under-the-hood adding new functionality and performance fixes for apps as well as across the board. The Windows 10 May 2020 update will bump up the Windows 10 version on your PC to 2004. You can download the Windows 10 May 2020 Update in two different ways, on any Windows 10 desktop, laptop, convertible or tablet.

The first method that you should try is the trusted Windows Update. For this, click on the Start Menu on your Windows computer desktop (the Windows icon on the bottom left of the screen) and open the Settings app. Here, click on the Update & Security option and then select Windows Update. Here, you may need to click on Check for Updates, in case Windows 10 hasn’t already done the search for you just yet. The Windows 10 2004 version should be listed here for download. You can go ahead and download this update from here. The installation size varies from PC to PC, and the download time will depend a lot on your internet speeds.

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In case your Windows Update does not list the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, or the Windows 10 2004 update, you can also manually download this file. It can be done by going to Microsoft.com and selecting Windows 10 -> How to Get Windows 10 from the options bar on the top of the screen. You will see the Check for Updates option on the web page, along with other purchase options for Windows 10. Select the former and it will take you to a support page for Windows 10. Here are multiple troubleshooting steps for Windows Update in general, but what stands out is the option to “Get the Windows 10 May 2020 Update”. Click on this and it takes you to another support page which lets you manually download something known as the Update Assistant. Once that assistant is downloaded (it’s around 10MB in size), simply run it and it’ll detect which version of Windows 10 you are running and whether the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, or the Windows 10 2004 update, is compatible with your computing device. If yes, you can proceed to download it from here.

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The Windows 10 May 2020 Update bundles the new Edge browser, which is well placed to compete with Google Chrome, and rolls it out by default for all users. There are performance improvements across the board, updates to Your Phone and Cortana apps as well as more powerful virtual desktops. The Task Manager gets new features as well, with the GPU Temperature data now available for compatible hardware. The Swift Pair for Bluetooth accessories has been further simplified. The Settings app gets some design changes, while Windows Hello biometric authentication for compatible PCs adds a new layer of security for your data.




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Don't Want Windows 10 May 2020 Update For Your PC Just Yet? Here is How to Pause Windows Updates

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That trepidation may be for good reason. The recent history of Windows 10 updates doesn’t exactly infuse a lot of confidence, considering its broken critical functionality, including internet connectivity for a lot of users.

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The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is now finally rolling out for PCs. This is the major update in the Windows 10 update cycle, with significant changes under-the-hood as well as in terms of adding new functionality and performance fixes for apps and in general across the board. The Windows 10 May 2020 update will bump up the Windows 10 version on your PC to 2004. The new Edge browser, which is well placed to compete with Google Chrome, is now being rolled out for all users as part of this update. There are performance improvements across the board, updates to Your Phone and Cortana apps as well as more powerful virtual desktops. The Task Manager gets new features as well, with the GPU Temperature data now available for compatible hardware. The Swift Pair for bluetooth accessories has been further simplified. The Settings app gets some design changes, while Windows Hello biometric authentication for compatible PCs adds a new layer of security for your data.

If however, you are working from home because of the Coronavirus pandemic and don’t want to take any risks with any possible broken functionality on your PC because of a Windows update, there is a way to pause the download and install of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update for a while. And that trepidation may be with good reason. The recent history of Windows 10 updates doesn’t exactly infuse a lot of confidence, considering its broken critical functionality, including internet connectivity for a lot of users. With the new update on the horizon, you might want to hang on for a while and not update—just to see what feedback the new update gets from other users who do. You can pause updates from downloading and installing on your Windows 10 PC for up to 7 days at a time or select a time frame up to 35 days to stay update-free. Here is how to do it.

Click on the Windows 10 icon on the bottom left of the screen to open the start menu. Here, select the Settings menu, which opens a new app window. Here, either scroll down to find Windows Update or search for it. This opens the update page, which shows the list of pending updates if any, and the download as well as install status for each of these. Look a bit further down on this page, and you will see the “Pause Updates for 7 days” option. This is the ticket. You can select this option to pause the automatic download and install of the Windows 10 updates for up to a week at a time, and you need to keep repeating it for the paused situation to continue.

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If you want a bit more freedom in terms of selecting the window in which you don’t want Windows 10 to update, you must scroll a bit further down on the Windows Update page and select the Advanced option. This takes you to a further set of options, and here you can select a date up to 35 days from that time, to keep Windows Update from doing any automatic installations.

Recently, Windows 10 users have had bad luck with the updates rolled out for their PCs. Over the past couple of months, we have had the KB4554364 update and the KB4549951 update for instance, which saw users reporting on Microsoft’s own community forums about errors with the installation, some report serious performance hit, some say critical apps are no longer working while some report the updates broke Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality. This can be a big problem for people working from home right now and have a PC or laptop they rely on extensively right now to get work done.




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Windows 10 May 2020 Update is Now Live: The Big Changes Version 2004 Brings to Your Computer

Windows 10 May 2020 Update is Now Live: The Big Changes Version 2004 Brings to Your Computer

Microsoft Edge web browser, which now runs on Chromium, is being distributed with this update. That means anyone who still hadn’t updated Edge on their PCs will get the new and more powerful web browser by default.

  • Last Updated: May 28, 2020, 9:38 AM IST

The much-awaited Windows 10 May 2020 update is now available for download via the Windows Update on all compatible Windows 10 computing devices. This is a pretty big update, not just in terms of the bug fixes and new features, but also gets significant under-the-hood changes. The Windows 10 May 2020 update will bump up the Windows 10 version on your PC to 2004, from perhaps Windows 10 1909 that you may already be using. Microsoft is also talking about improvements to what they call the ‘go-to’ apps as millions around the world are working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can now check for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update and download from Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update.

Microsoft Edge web browser, which now runs on Chromium, is being distributed with this update. That means anyone who still hadn’t updated Edge on their PCs will get the new and more powerful web browser by default. Microsoft also says that there are memory improvements that land now—the latest version of Edge on the Windows 10 May 2020 update uses up to 27% lesser RAM than before. If nothing else, this is just another nudge to get you to switch from the resource hungry Google Chrome web browser, which is also based on the same Chromium innards.

There are updates across the board. The Task Manager gets new features as well, with the GPU Temperature data now available for compatible hardware. The Swift Pair for bluetooth accessories has been further simplified. The Settings app gets some design changes, while Windows Hello biometric authentication for compatible PCs adds a new layer of security for your data.

The Cortana assistant has been updated with a new chat-based interface where you can either speak or type your requests. The new and updated interface can be accessed from the Windows 10 taskbar and there are now quick searches for weather, news and more.

If you prefer to not pick up your Android phone and respond to calls as well as messages from the PC itself, the Your Phone app has been given the newer powers you probably were waiting for. Microsoft says will now be able to place, receive, or text reply to your incoming phone calls directly on your PC without having your Android phone right next to you. The Your Phone app also lets you send or receive texts, check new notifications and access the photo gallery on your Android phone, for instance, on the PC itself.

The biggest under-the-hood change to the May 2020 Update is the inclusion of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2), with a custom-built Linux kernel. This should help improve the performance of Microsoft’s Linux subsystem in Windows.

If you are someone who juggles with a lot of apps, the updated Virtual Desktops feature should be quite useful in organizing open apps and switching between them. This is very similar to the multiple desktop functionality that Apple macOS Catalina also has for Mac computing devices and allows you to keep certain apps in different windows to reduce the clutter. These virtual desktops can also be renamed in Windows 10.




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