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Microsoft PowerPoint Live Presentations Arrives on the Web

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Microsoft says its Live Presentations feature for PowerPoint is now widely available. The company initially introduced this tool earlier in the year. It is available on Microsoft 365 and Office for the web.

As the name suggests, Live Presentations allows PowerPoint users to set up presentations where users can interact more deeply with details. When giving a presentation online, invitees can zoom in on slides, photos, and details in real-time.

“With Live presentations in PowerPoint, audience members can see a presentation on their devices and read live subtitles in their preferred language while you speak. They can use “pinch to zoom” to see the slides more clearly on mobile devices, give feedback, send live reactions to the presenter, and navigate back to review previous slides.”

All Microsoft 365 subscribers can now use the tool. However, audience members don’t need to be subscribed to be able to see Live Presentations.

Details

During a presentation, audience members can see a transcription of spoken words. Furthermore, Microsoft Translate works behind the scenes to deliver transcriptions of foreign languages. When a presentation is over, members can use a survey to rate the presentation.

“If an audience member would like to have your words translated for them into a different language, they can tap the language indicator and select from one of more than 60 other languages. Once they’ve selected their language your spoken words will be machine translated into that language, and shown to them on their device as subtitles.”

PowerPoint Live Presentations is rolling out now. It is available on Microsoft Edge version 80+, Google Chrome version 72+, Mozilla Firefox version 68+, or Opera version 60+ on Windows or Mac.

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Zoom Announces New Data Center Choice for Paid Customers

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Amidst the multitude of problems Zoom has faced in recent weeks, it’s easy to forget the company is actually riding the crest of a wave. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced hundreds of millions indoors, Zoom has become the go-to video communication tool. So much so, app saw its user-base jump from 10 million to over 200 million within weeks.

In a blog post, Zoom has announced a new tool for its paid customers. Specifically, the app will now allow those users to select which countries their meetings route through. While this is a positive move, it only comes after the app received criticism for routing meeting calls through Chinese data centers, even if the meetings were not hosted in China.

Of course, that situation raised some security concerns and prompted companies like Google to ban Zoom use amongst its staff. Zoom has responded with the new feature that will be available from April 18.

Paid users can “opt in or out of a specific data center region.” However, the company explains default regions will remain locked: Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan/Hong Kong, Latin America, and the U.S.

Further Measures

Additionally, Zoom now says not non-Chinese meetings will be passed through China. It seems this new ability is not part of the feature freeze the company imposed late last month. Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said the company was not developing any new features for 90 days to help teams keep up with demand.

Yuan also admitted the company was not prepared for its rapid growth.

“We did not design the product with the foresight that, in a matter of weeks, every person in the world would suddenly be working, studying, and socializing from home. We now have a much broader set of users who are utilizing our product in a myriad of unexpected ways, presenting us with challenges we did not anticipate when the platform was conceived.”

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Windows 10: How to Enable the Windows Sandbox Feature

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Microsoft has taken pains to secure Windows 10, but there are still many malicious applications out there. It’s in these cases you’ll wonder how to enable the Windows Sandbox, but there are situations outside of security where the feature can also be useful.

recent times, for example, Microsoft released a Power Shell script for Windows Sandbox that lets users help fight corona-virus. It uses an open-source app to simulate protein dynamics, all inside Windows 10’s new safety feature.

Enabling the hardware virtualization add-on is very easy compared to a traditional virtual machine and the tiny version of the company’s OS only takes up 100MB. Windows Sandbox also deletes everything from the session after you close it, so there’s no need for time-consuming cleanup.

With this guide, we’ll walk you through exactly how to enable the Sandbox, but know that it isn’t possible on Windows 10 Home. You’ll need the following requirements:

  • Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise
  • Version 18305 (Windows 10 May 2019 update) or higher
  • A CPU with hardware virtualization enabled
  • At least two processor cores
  • 4 GB of RAM

Though the Sandbox itself only takes up 100MB, Microsoft also recommends you have 1GB or hardware space, just to ensure your main OS will run smoothly in the background. With that said, let’s jump into the first step.

Enable the Windows 10 Sandbox via Optional Features

  1. Press “Windows + R” to open the Run box and type “optional features”.  Press OK.
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Windows 10 – Run – Optional Features

2. As expected, the Windows Features pop-up will appear, asking which you’d like to enable. A bit of scrolling and you’ll find the correct entry. Tick it and press OK. You may be prompted to restart your PC.

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Windows 10 – optional features

3. You can then run the Windows 10 Sandbox by searching for “Sandbox” in the Start menu.

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Windows 10 – Search – Sandbox

4. The application will open a new window with a virtual system. In it, you can copy the setup files of a potentially dangerous application, install it inside the Sandbox and then test it without risk. Once you close the Windows 10 sandbox, all files you have placed and changes you have made there will be automatically removed.

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YOU ARE HERE: HOME / EXCHANGE ONLINE / DATA CONSISTENCY SCORING FOR EXCHANGE ONLINE MAILBOX MIGRATIONS Data Consistency Scoring for Exchange Online Mailbox Migrations

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In January this year, Microsoft completed a roll-out of Data Consistency Scoring to help Mailbox Migrations leveraging the Mailbox Replication Service (MRS). As the Director of Enterprise Migrations at Quadrotech, to say I’m a bit too excited for this update is an understatement. We’ve integrated these changes into the latest release of our Office 365 mailbox migration software.

The problem with Mailbox Migrations before the new Data Consistency Scoring

Data corruption is a prominent issue Admins were facing daily with mailbox migrations initially before the new Data Consistency Scoring was introduced. Although now this is notably much less of an issue than it has been in the past, it’s still a reality of some of the complications which can occur during Office 365 migrations. Over the years, as Exchange has matured, the data issues have become less arduous. However, there are still some which can hinder a migration.

Previously, during a migration, the admin could set an acceptable BadItemLimit. Most administrators picked between 25 and 50 items. As the migration occurred, the system would tally the bad items that it found. If the number of bad items found was under this limit, the migration would continue. If it exceeded this limit, or no limit was defined and items were found, then the migration would not complete until the administrator raised the limit.

But, what exactly is a bad item? Bad items are those which have failed, and are unable, to move from the source account to the target during the migration. Most commonly people think of this as actual email, however it can also be non-item data like Folder Level Permissions that can’t migrate. With the latter being the larger annoyance.

The main challenge here was that these all lacked differentiation and migration projects would appear to have a high number of ‘bad items’ when actually these were common low priority inconsistencies, for example, folder level permissions mentioned above that can’t migrate. This also meant that if there was a high-risk bad item, and an admin ran a migration by default, they would not be aware of it. From experience, I know folder permissions will fail and for me and my clients, and this isn’t a cause for concern. However, if actual messages fail, this is a more pressing matter, I’ll want to know more and document it.

It should be noted that you can remove these problem permissions in some cases, however, as we will read next, this new system negates this need.

What is the new system?

The new DCS solves this ongoing problem because it allows us to focus on the issues we care about. What we will be able to see with this new solution is each mailbox we migrate will be allocated a score, also referred to as a ‘grade’.

For simplicity, there are now four possible grades which have been presented in the latest Microsoft documentation:

During an Office 365 migration project there will be a lot you will have to oversee as an admin, so what makes this really useful is using the Data Consistency score because you’ll only be alerted to actual data loss or major issues that need attention. However, this still begs the question, what is the remedy if the score highlights corrupt items during your project? From experience, in almost all scenarios, I’d document it, raise the limit, add -acceptlargedatalossmaybe cry a little, and move on.

In the table above, you can see Investigate. In relation to this, I fear that during a mailbox migration this would be the same situation as mentioned prior. In this scenario, you’d have to move the mailbox. Your first option is to accept the situation and move on. The second option is to give the user a blank new mailbox. For the sake of simplicity, I think we can all agree that here, we are going to use option one.

The good news is, I’m not really seeing many Investigate from the DataConsistencyScore and my unofficial pooling of migration admins have only found two. Again, this is due to the stability of Exchange and enhancements to storage.

How do I use it?

The good news is that this feature has been rolled out to all tenants and is GA. If you want to see the scores of batches you are running, you can simply pop into the Migration UI in the Exchange admin center and view them. This will help you understand your scoring and understand your current situation.

If you’re using the admin center UI to submit batches, then you simply leave the BadItemLimit and LargeItemLimits blank in the new batch wizard.

PowerShell

If you’re submitting user and batches via PowerShell, simply stop using the -BadItemLimit and -LargeItemLimit switches in your scripts. This will default to the new scoring. You will need to approve any pairs that hit the Investigate stage, which depending on the source system, should be rare.
Can I use this for cross-forest moves with on-prem versions of Exchange?
No, so keep your scripts handy if you run into a Merger, Acquisition, Divestiture and/or have some accounts on-premises.

Can I use the old method?

For now, yes you can. However, the documentation warns that this is going to be turned off in the near future, so don’t incorporate this into any of your future migration plans.

What do I do with poor scores?

Again, I am not seeing these, but I’m sure there are some out there. The only remedy offered is to open a case with Microsoft for guidance.

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Microsoft’s Grammarly-killer Microsoft Editor is now available to download for Chrome and Edge

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Last week Microsoft announced a new service called Microsoft Editor, an AI-powered writing assistant that takes on Grammarly. Microsoft Editor helps you write with confidence in 20+ languages. Since it is a browser add-on, it will help you whenever you are on the web, right from writing emails to posting your story on Facebook.
Microsoft Editor has two different tiers. The free edition includes basic features such as spelling and basic grammar across Word, Outlook.com and the web. But with Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscription, you can have advanced grammar and style refinements such as clarity, conciseness, formal language, vocabulary suggestions, and much more.

Last week Microsoft announced a new service called Microsoft Editor, an AI-powered writing assistant that takes on Grammarly. Microsoft Editor helps you write with confidence in 20+ languages. Since it is a browser add-on, it will help you whenever you are on the web, right from writing emails to posting your story on Facebook.Microsoft Editor has two different tiers. The free edition includes basic features such as spelling and basic grammar across Word, Outlook.com and the web. But with Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscription, you can have advanced grammar and style refinements such as clarity, conciseness, formal language, vocabulary suggestions, and much more.

Some exclusive feature available for Microsoft 365 subscribers are listed below:

  • When you know what you want to say but can’t seem to find the “right” way to say it, just highlight a sentence and right-click for Rewrite Suggestions. Rewrite Suggestions in Word can offer ideas to help you rephrase sentences for more impact or clarity while staying true to your original meaning.
  • For the first time ever in Word, Editor’s similarity checker leverages plagiarism-checking capabilities to support writers in creating original content and, when necessary, insert relevant citations right into their document with just a click. This tool allows writers to focus less on the mechanics of writing and more on the content. And teachers love that similarity checker helps students learn how to appropriately cite content.
  • Additional style critiques including clarity, conciseness, formality, and inclusiveness assist Microsoft 365 subscribers to write with more confidence across documents, email, and the web. For example, the inclusive language critique can suggest refinements to help a writer avoid unintentional bias by suggesting a writer may want to try a term like “police officer” in place of “policeman.”

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Windows 10: How to Sync Time with an Atomic Clock World Time Server

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If Windows 10 does not show the correct time, you can synchronize it automatically with an atomic clock time server.

Problems with a wrong system time actually should be a thing of the past with Windows 10 – in theory.

If your clock is still not working correctly, you can solve this with a just a few clicks.
Once you have permanently synced your system´s time with an atomic clock time server, it will be super precise as long as long as you connect frequently with the internet.
Before playing around with windows time servers, please check the currently active time zone of your PC. If minutes are shown correctly but the current hour isn´t, this is usually just a problem of a wrong time zone setting.
If your system is set to the correct time zone and still out of sync, you can connect Windows 10 with an atomic clock time server.

We show you where to change/control both time settings using the Windows 10 control panel.

Windows 10: Changing Time Zone

Press the hotkey “Windows + R” for the run dialog and execute the command “timedate.cpl”. This opens the settings for date and time.

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Windows 10 – run – timedate.cpl

There you click on “Change time zone”.

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Windows 10 – Date and Time – Change time zone

In “Time Zone Settings” you can select the correct time zone for your location. You should also check the box “Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time” so you don´t have to bother for seasonal changes.

Windows 10: Synchronizing with Atomic Clock World Time Server

In the main window of “Date and Time”, switch to “Internet Time”.

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Windows 10 – Date and Time – Internet Time

There click on “Change settings”. [Figure 02.2]

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Windows 10 – Date and Time – Internet Time – Change settings

In “Internet time settings” check the box “Synchronize with an Internet time server” and enter the address “ptbtime1.ptb.de”. This is an atomic clock time server of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), a world renowned research institution in Braunschweig, Germany.

Its clock deviates in one year by just a 25 billionths of a second. This means you will be using one of the world’s most accurate clocks for your Windows 10-System. After clicking on “Update now” your system time should be extremely correct.

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Windows 10 – Internet Time Settings – Synchronize with Internet time server
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Microsoft Will Shut down UWP App’s Ad Monetization Platform

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After a significant cool down towards UWP over the past couple of years, Microsoft is shutting down the Ad Monetization platform. The service will sunset entirely on June 1, 2020, with some underperforming ad networking ending before them.

“This decision was made primarily because it is no longer viable for us to continue operating the product at the current levels,” said Microsoft of the changes.

Developers will continue to receive their regular payouts up until the closure date, with no changes to the schedule. From June 8, they’ll be able to download of all their historical ad performance data as analytics pages are taken offline.

For UWP developers who will struggle, Microsoft recommends switching to another ad platform.

“While this transition may be painful for developers who rely on the Ad Monetization platform today, we want to provide adequate time to make the transition to another ad platform,” it said. “Our recommendation is to begin initiating a switch over immediately by evaluating alternate options for ad monetization for your Windows apps.”

With this move, the future of UWP is even more uncertain. On January 16, the company seemingly removed a 95% revenue split agreement it made with developers less than a year ago. A day earlier, it had shuttered the Microsoft Store for business and education.
Last year, the company made the decision to allow Win32 games on its store and laid out a roadmap for XAML Islands v1, which essentially lets .NET and Win32 apps use UWP features like Inking and Fluent Design controls.
Still, research from UWP dev Arlo seems to indicate that most of the UWP cash comes through in-app purchases or donations. If that’s the case, it’s unlikely to have a wide-reaching effect on UWP development, but it’s unlikely to garner a feeling of trust and stability.

Unfortunately, it’ll be the developers who jumped on UWP early who are likely to be hit first, but the current model clearly wasn’t working. Until the landscape becomes clearer, devs of free UWP apps can also explore optional subscriptions and other monetization forms.

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Facebook Introduces A Trio Of New Privacy-Focused Tools

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Whether Facebook is just playing the game or looking to change, the company has committed to improving privacy over the next 10 years. In an effort to restore its tarnished reputation, Facebook has announced several new solutions surrounding privacy.

The three new tools are a Privacy Checkup tool, Off-Facebook Activity tool, and alerts for third-party logins.

Let’s start with the Privacy Checkup, which is an update for an existing solution. Now, Facebook users can boost their profile security by having more control over how their personal information is shared.
Facebook says it will send notifications to 2 billion users advising them to review their privacy settings. The network says the notification will roll out next month and will appear in the News Feed.
“This makes it even easier to adjust who can see your posts and profile information, strengthen your account security by turning on login alerts”
More New Tools
Moving on, the company also announced a new feature that allows you to monitor and control your activity away from Facebook. Users can view a summary of apps and websites that pass information about their activity to Facebook.
The company says this tool is now already available to all its users.
“Off-Facebook Activity marks a new level of transparency and control. We’ve been working on this for a while because we had to rebuild some of our systems to make this possible.”
Finally, the company has created a new notification system for Facebook Logins. Logins already allows users to sign into third-party apps and services but it will now send you a notification when you use the service to log into a third-party.

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Microsoft M12 Invests in SuperAwesome Safe Internet Platform

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Microsoft has been confirmed as a backer of SuperAwesome, a platform that aims to deliver safe content to children. Microsoft’s M12 venture fund has been announced as a new investor in the London-based startup, although the level of investment has not been revealed.

“In our first meeting with M12, we instantly realized that they shared our perspective and values on both privacy and responsibility by design for children.”

SuperAwesome has enjoyed a strong growth patterns as it secured major clients such as Lego, NBC, Hasbro, and Mattel. Now reaching 500 million, the platform is a major investment opportunity.
Enter M12, which has recently opened its first European office alongside locations in Seattle, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, and Bengaluru.
SuperAwesome is seeking to corner an area of the market focused on “zero-data internet”. This proprietary term allows children to leverage the company’s solutions to ensure they are not tracked online.
“In 2013, we started as a handful of people in a room, mostly being turned down by investors,” SuperAwesome cofounder and CEO Dylan Collins said. “Today our kid tech platform enables over 12 billion kid-safe transactions every month, ranging from advertising and video to community and parental consent.”
SuperAwesome has several apps and services. Among them is AwesomeAds, which allows companies to send contextual ads that don’t rely on user data. Elsewhere there’s Kidfluencer, which provides a content creation platform for YouTube. Finally, there’s also Kids Web Services, which gives developers tools to add verifiable parental consent (VPC) features into the apps.
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Some people may know M12 better has Microsoft Ventures. The company decided to change the branding of its venture capital in April.
Launched two years ago as Microsoft Ventures, the initial branding caused some confusion. That’s because Ventures was originally the name of Microsoft’s startup accelerator. That accelerator later became Microsoft ScaleUp, but the company was worried people would be confused.

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Google Details Apple Safari Vulnerability That Allows Third-Parties to Spy on Users

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Google security researchers have disclosed vulnerabilities that are currently in Apple’s Safari web browser. Specifically, the company says there are issues in the Intelligent Tracking Protection technology Apple uses to protect users from third party tracking.

In a case of irony, Google has found Intelligent Tracking Protection could be doing the exact opposite of its remit. Researchers say the service is actually allowing third parties to track Safari users. In a report published in the Financial Times (FT), Google said the details of the research will be published soon.

According to the research, there are five ways an attacker could exploit the vulnerabilities in ITP. Each of the methods would allow third parties to get “sensitive private information about the user’s browsing habits”.
It’s an interesting situation because Apple has long boasted about its relative user security compared to other companies.
One feature within the ITP technology is designed to store website data when a user visits the site. A problem in this feature could allow hackers to “create a persistent fingerprint that will follow the user around the web,” according to the report.
Apple Response
As mentioned, Apple has built user trust by claiming to be different from other companies. While vulnerabilities like this question the quality of the company’s efforts, the problems may not through into question the validity.
There may be a vulnerability, but Apple’s ethos of wanting to protect user privacy seems to be intact.
Either way, the company says it has already fixed this problem and was aware of them already.
This was confirmed in a blog post by Apple privacy engineer John Wilander, who thanked Google researchers “for sending us a report in which they explore both the ability to detect when web content is treated differently by tracking prevention and the bad things that are possible with such detection,” he wrote.

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