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Microsoft Words Gets “Review” Sharing Option

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There may be some confusion because Microsoft Word has a “Review” tab in the ribbon. This Review tab is what users click to see editing options such as spelling and grammar corrections. However, the new “Review” option Microsoft is debuting this week has nothing to do with this ribbon option.

Instead, it is a sharing tool. At the moment, sharing a Word document allows users to decide what a receiver can do with the file. For example, they are able to only view the file or also be able to edit it. Microsoft says it is now adding a Review mode where receivers will only be able to review the document.

Users who share a Word document can select the Review options before sending. Under this command, the contacts who receive the file will not be able to edit the document at all. Instead, they can only review and send feedback to the document owner.

How it Works

In other words, it seems to be an option between read-only and edit. Microsoft says Review mode “allows you to share documents with others based on their role in the development of the document.”

Microsoft understands it is possible for the document owner to be overwhelmed by the feedback they get from reviewers. To help offset this, Microsoft Word will have a “Simple markup view” option. In this setting, users can see a more focused view of the document, with feedback suggestions in the background.

Review mode for Word is making its debut for all users on the web. Microsoft says it will soon come to preview in the Beta Channel, Current Channel (Preview), and Current Channel for Word on Windows and Mac.

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Microsoft Rewards Reach 38 New Countries

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Microsoft Rewards is now available in over three dozen new countries following an expansion of the program. Specifically, users in 38 additional nations can now earn points and exchange them for raffle entries, gift cards, and other items.

With this expansion, Microsoft Rewards is available in a total of 58 countries. The additional support was first spotted by Microsoft watch Idle Sloth on Twitter. Microsoft has also confirmed the expansion on the official support page.

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Rewards, the company describes it in the following way:

“Earn rewards for yourself or donations to causes of your choice just by searching, shopping, and gaming with Microsoft,” says the Microsoft Rewards webpage. “It’s a free and fun way to reward yourself and make a difference.”

Formerly known as Bing Rewards, the company transitioned the service to Microsoft Rewards in 2016. Previously the service allowed users to accumulate points through Bing Searches. Under the new platform, users could gain rewards for other things, such as browsing on Edge. Purchases on the Microsoft Store also gain points.

Available Countries

Microsoft confirms the rewards program is now available in the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holy See (Vatican City state)
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino Republic
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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Microsoft Warns of Internet Information Services (IIS) Malware Increase

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Microsoft has issued a warning to customers over a rise in malware the company is finding in its Internet Information Services (IIS) server. Specifically, the company is seeing malware that can create backdoors in IIS and help attackers steal credentials.

According to Microsoft, the malware is hard to detect but can be found and removed:

“Malicious IIS extensions are less frequently encountered in attacks against servers, with attackers often only using script web shells as the first stage payload. This leads to a relatively lower detection rate for malicious IIS extensions than script web shells. IIS backdoors are also harder to detect since they mostly reside in the same directories as legitimate modules used by target applications and follow the same code structure as clean modules.”

The issue was first spotted by security research firm ESET. In 2021, the company found 80 unique malicious IIS modules for a group of 14 malware types. While these were previously known malware families, they were successfully being used to target Microsoft Internet Information Services.

Specifically, threat actors were creating IIS backdoors and installing injectors, info stealers, and proxies.

From March to June 2021, ESET tracked IIS backdoors that were using the Exchange ProxyLogon pre-authentication to remote code execution vulnerabilities  (CVE-2021-26855, CVE-2021-26857, CVE-2021-26858, and CVE-2021-27065).

Extension Attacks

Microsoft points out that IIS extension attacks usually begin with the attacker targeting a critical flaw in hosted applications and exploiting it. They will then add the web shell before next adding the backdoor.

“Once registered with the target application, the backdoor can monitor incoming and outgoing requests and perform additional tasks, such as running remote commands or dumping credentials in the background as the user authenticates to the web application,” Microsoft explains.

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Microsoft President Says the Company May Struggle to Attract Talent in the Future

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Microsoft is often talking about the future and the positive changes its products will make. However, could the company be facing an employment crisis that could stop it from attracting top talent? According to Microsoft President Brad Smith, the company may need to pay over the odds to get the next generation of workers.

Speaking to Reuters, Smith argues that the number of people who want a top-level tech job is dwindling. With a smaller pool to choose from, he believes corporations – not just Microsoft – will need to compete more than ever for talent.

One way to do that is to simply throw money at the problem.

“That helps explain part of why you can have low growth and a labor shortage at the height at the same time. There just aren’t as many people entering the workforce,” laments Smith.

So, why are fewer adults entering the workforce? One of the reasons is because people are having less children so there are generation games in the employee pool. As older workers leave their roles, there are fewer people to replace them.

Automation

It is unclear what the solution to the problem and it is clearly an issue that will not just affect Microsoft. While Smith doesn’t say it, I sense an undercurrent of Microsoft laying the groundwork for excuses when the company eventually automates more and more of its work tasks.

Not just Microsoft too. AI advancements will make employees obsolete in many areas. That may not go over too well when people start losing jobs. At least Microsoft can in the future argue it is better to automate than enter a pay escalation battle with fellow tech giants for employees.

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Microsoft Wins Ukrainian Peace Prize

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Microsoft has been one of the most proactive tech companies in helping Ukraine during the country’s struggle against Russia’s invasion. As well as blocking its services in Russia, Microsoft has been at hand within Ukraine to thwart a Russian-backed cyberattack. To thank Microsoft for its efforts, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has given the company a Peace Prize.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov announced the award, saying:

“Big tech support Ukraine. Microsoft delegation has been awarded today with a “Peace Prize” from the President of Ukraine [Zelenskyy]. We are grateful to have you on the light side of digital. Microsoft stands for truth and for peace.”

Microsoft’s president Brand Smith replied to the tweet confirming the award with the following message:

“We appreciate this recognition. You can count on us for continued support.”

Ongoing Efforts

Over the months since the invasion, Microsoft has taken several significant steps to show support to Ukraine. For example, the company has given tens of millions of dollars towards humanitarian efforts in the country. Employees who pledge money to support organizations also have their donations matched by Microsoft.

“We are also continuing to mobilize our resources to help the people in Ukraine. Our Microsoft Philanthropies and UN Affairs teams are working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and multiple UN agencies to help refugees by providing technology and financial support for key NGOs and, where needed, we are defending these groups from ongoing cyberattacks,” Smith said of Microsoft’s efforts back in March.

“As a company, we are committed to the safety of our employees in Ukraine and we are in constant contact with them to offer support in many forms, including those who have needed to flee for their lives or safety. Like so many others, we stand with Ukraine in calling for the restoration of peace, respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty, and the protection of its people.”

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Goodbye Internet Explorer! Microsoft Ends Support for Legacy Browser

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Back in May 2021, Microsoft confirmed it would finally end support for Internet Explorer (IE), putting a cut-off date of June 15, 2022, for users to migrate to Microsoft Edge. Now that June 15 has come and gone, Microsoft has kept its promise. In a blog post, the company confirms IE has retired and what users need to do next.

Internet Explorer has been a part of Microsoft’s service portfolio for 27 years and through the dot.com boom and the following ten years, it was the most used web browser in the world. Despite its age, Microsoft replacing it with Edge, and then confirming the end of support, plenty of organizations are still clinging to IE.

Microsoft has been trying to make the transition to a modern browser easier for those users. For example, the company has IE Mode available on Microsoft Edge. As an alternative, IE mode is a solid addition to Edge, and you can check our tutorial for using IE Mode in Windows.

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 users still running Internet Explorer will soon receive a message saying, “The future of Internet Explorer is in Microsoft Edge”, which begins the process of leaving IE for Edge.

Moving On

Websites that need Internet Explorer to run can do so on IE Mode in Edge. Users can press “Continue” to see the website load in Edge. This will also result in all passwords, history, cookies, and favorites making the transition too.

“Over the next few months, opening Internet Explorer will progressively redirect users to our new modern browser, Microsoft Edge with IE mode,” explains Sean Lyndersay, general manager for Microsoft Edge enterprise.

“Users will still see the Internet Explorer icon on their devices (such as on the taskbar or in the Start menu) but if they click to open Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge will open instead with easy access to IE mode. Eventually, Internet Explorer will be disabled permanently as part of a future Windows Update, at which point the Internet Explorer icons on users’ devices will be removed.”

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Microsoft Enters Labor Neutrality Agreement with the Communications Workers of America

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Earlier this month, Microsoft broke with the Big Tech convention by saying it was willing to work with employee unions, something many of its rivals has resisted. Building on that groundbreaking announcement, Microsoft has revealed a collaboration with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Microsoft and the CWA are entering a trail-blazing labor neutrality agreement that will also apply to Activision Blizzard once Microsoft closes its acquisition of the company. The goal is to build on the four principles Microsoft detailed earlier this month.

Both the CWA and Microsoft say the aim of the agreement is to give workers at Microsoft and Activision Blizzard freedom and fairness in union representation.

“This agreement provides a pathway for Activision Blizzard workers to exercise their democratic rights to organize and collectively bargain after the close of the Microsoft acquisition and establishes a high road framework for employers in the games industry,” says CWA President Chris Shelton.

“Microsoft’s binding commitments will give employees a seat at the table and ensure that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard benefits the company’s workers and the broader video game labor market. The agreement addresses CWA’s previous concerns regarding the acquisition, and, as a result, we support its approval and look forward to working collaboratively with Microsoft after this deal closes.”

The Agreement

There are five provisions the agreement is built on:

  • Microsoft will take a neutral approach when employees covered by the agreement express interest in joining a union.
  • Covered employees will be able to easily exercise their right to communicate with other employees and union representatives about union membership in a way that encourages information sharing and avoids business disruptions.
  • Employees will have access to an innovative technology-supported and streamlined process for choosing whether to join a union.
  • Employees can maintain confidentiality and privacy of that choice if they wish.
  • If a disagreement arises between the CWA and Microsoft under the agreement, the two organizations will work together promptly to reach an agreement and will turn to an expedited arbitration process if they cannot.

“Earlier this month we announced a set of principles that will guide our approach to labor organizations, and the Activision Blizzard acquisition is our first opportunity to put these principles into practice,” adds Microsoft President and Vice-Chair Brad Smith. “We appreciate CWA’s collaboration in reaching this agreement, and we see today’s partnership as an avenue to innovate and grow together.”

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Microsoft Teams to Get Echo Cancellation and Anti-Interruption Features

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Microsoft Teams will soon be getting some useful features that will improve the overall audio and video experience on the platform. Specifically, Microsoft says it will add echo cancellation and anti-interruption tools to Teams.

“Disruptive echo effects, poor room acoustics, and choppy video are some common issues that hinder the effectiveness of online calls and meetings. Through AI and machine learning, which have become fundamental to our strategy for continual improvement, we’ve identified and are now delivering innovative enhancements in Microsoft Teams that improve such audio and video challenges in ways that are both user-friendly and scalable across environments.”

Echo cancellation is especially interesting and something Microsoft Teams users have requested for some time. In a blog on June 13, Microsoft explains how echo cancellations are important to shut down background noise.

Microsoft Teams will use machine learning AI models to recognize differences in speaker sound and user’s voice. The goal is to reduce the number of errors when a participant has their microphone too close to their speakers. Users report in these situations background noise is common because of a sound loop caused by the mic and speakers.

Machine Learning

Moreover, Microsoft’s machine learning model will also be able to convert audio signals into sound. This will mean less echo and sounding like a user in a case. To achieve accuracy with the model, Microsoft tested the AI for 30,000 hours of speech samples to reduce interruptions during normal conversations.

According to the company, no customer data was used in the dataset that was used to train its AI models.

“Instead, we either used publicly available data or crowdsourcing to collect specific scenarios. We also ensured that we had a balance of female and male speech, as well as 74 different languages,” Microsoft says.

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Microsoft Teams: Every New Feature from April 2022

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Each month, Microsoft Teams gains a bunch of new features across its various offerings. Teams has increasingly become a major product for Microsoft in the enterprise realm. Growing – but facing stiff competition – Teams must be well taken care of with new features to remain a potent option.

April was a particularly busy month for Microsoft Teams, with new abilities lading across devices, education, free Teams, and the standard Teams platforms. So, without out further to do, let’s jump right in and see what is new in Microsoft Teams over the last month.

Meetings

The popular Meetings feature on Teams got some important changes, including the ability to share system audio within a meeting on the web. Microsoft also added new tools for presenters to use, and introduced automatic music detection to combat background noise:

  • “Anonymous meeting join across clouds
  • Usability improvements to notifications in meetings for iOS
  • Share the system audio from meetings on web
  • Presenter mode: Controls to move and resize presenter video
  • Improved meeting support in Firefox browser
  • Detect Music Automatically
  • Support of Live Caption for Teams on VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop and Citrix”

Calling

Calling on Teams will be an even better experience with the introduction of Outlook contact integration. Microsoft also brought an Emergency Calling banner to the product:

  • “Outlook contacts available to select for calling
  • Custom banner for Emergency Calling
  • Administrator configuration of end-user call forwarding settings”

Devices

There was not much happening on the device’s front during April, although Microsoft did add a new options. Specifically, users can now restore the “Present” button in Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows devices.

Certified devices

Microsoft debuted an expansion of certified devices with a bunch of new products dropping last month. Among them were new meeting room products, tabletop hardware, and conference room speakers from OEMs:

  • “Logitech RoomMate
  • Logitech Tap Scheduler Panel
  • Yealink Teams HD IP Conference Phone
  • Huddly L1 and Crestron Flex
  • Sennheiser TeamConnect Intelligent Speaker
  • Yamaha ADECIA Ceiling Solution
  • Extron DMP64 & DMP 128 PLUS C V AT DSP System
  • EPOS ADAPT 361, 461T, and 661 headsets”

Chat and collaboration

Mobile users are finally getting text prediction when writing in chat. This is a feature that has been a long time coming to Teams on iOS and Android. Elsewhere, Microsoft brought its Fluent emojis to Teams chat. Here’s the full changelog:

  • “Text prediction for Teams mobile
  • Power Automate templates to be added to teams templates
  • New Fluent Emoji style coming to Teams emojis and reactions
  • Suggested replies in chats
  • Upload files to your approval request via Power Automate portal
  • Chat filter for non-meeting chats”

Management

Admins have a bunch of new tools to make managing Teams across an organization easier:

  • “Admins can pin message extensions
  • Teams device store in Teams admin center
  • Follow Office preview policy on Mac
  • User request flows for blocked apps”

Teams for Education

There were just a couple of changes to Teams for Education in April, include a Class Notebook notification:

  • “Students and educators get a notification when a new Class Notebook page is distributed
  • Data reports after Teams meeting class”

Frontline workers

Frontline workers using Microsoft Teams now have more integration with Microsoft Bookings and Microsoft Forms:

  • “Virtual appointments through Microsoft Bookings in Teams – Microsoft Forms integration
  • Walkie Talkie app in Teams is available on Kyocera 5G Rugged Smartphones
  • New Tag Management Settings”

Government

Government users are always playing catch-up to commercial versions of Teams dues to the standards that need to be met. Below is the April changelog for Teams Government that highlights features that other versions already have but are new to government users;

  • “Attendance Dashboard
  • Teams webinar capabilities
  • Auto-answer meeting invites with video on for iOS devices
  • Invite-only meeting options
  • Share the system audio from meetings on web
  • Large Gallery and Together Mode in Teams Meetings on Web and VDI
  • Voice enabled channels for GCC H and DoD
  • Roaming bandwidth control for GCC-High and DoD
  • Dynamic Caller ID for Voice enabled channels, now available for GCC High and DoD
  • Up to 25K members per team in DoD

New default for Teams notification style for DoD”

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Microsoft Teams Customer Lockbox Now Available

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Microsoft Teams is receiving interesting new features for its 270+ million active users. Specifically, new search improvements and a “lockbox” for controlling who accesses content on the platform.

According to Microsoft, users should instantly see a difference when they start searching on Teams. Firstly, the search is less messy with summary results providing more instant context. Microsoft is also adding more filters to make it easier to narrow down searches.

Microsoft is putting an increasing focus on search, despite the company not being known as a major search name other than the so-so performance of Bing. As Microsoft Teams becomes increasingly integrated with Windows 11, search across the platform and app is important.

Alongside search improvements, Microsoft is also bringing a new customer “lockbox” in Teams. This new feature allows admins to control when other users can access content and perform tasks. You may remember Microsoft first announced its intention to bring lockbox to Teams.

Lockbox

If you are unfamiliar with Customer Lockbox, it is a tool Microsoft uses on numerous platforms and apps, such as Azure, OneDrive for Business, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online. It prevents Microsoft or other users from accessing information when a customer is troubleshooting or servicing:

“Customer Lockbox provides an interface for customers to review and approve or reject customer data access requests. It is used in cases where a Microsoft engineer needs to access customer data, whether in response to a customer-initiated support ticket or a problem identified by Microsoft.”

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