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  1. Choosing a wallpaper is an important part of customizing your smartphone. After all, the perception of the user interface often depends on them, and it is not easy to find the ideal image for this. The new Microsoft app should make this task much easier. The Bing Wallpapers app provides access to a huge collection of quality wallpapers. It contains beautiful photographs from around the world, each of which has a small description, which allows you to learn new facts about interesting places. Bing Wallpapers provides the ability to search for desired images using multiple filters, such as colors, countries, categories, and so on. But the main feature was the ability to automatically daily change the wallpaper on the smartphone screen. Thanks to this, the device will constantly look fresh and not get bored with time. A similar feature is also available in the Microsoft company launcher. You can download Bing Wallpapers on Google Play. If the store writes about the inaccessibility of the application, it can be installed manually using the APK-file. It is important to note that the program is completely free and does not contain any advertising.
  2. Microsoft announced the release of several new Surface products at once without any preliminary announcements. In particular, the corporation introduced the third generation of the Surface Book hybrid laptop with a detachable display, the second generation of the Surface Go tablet computer, and an updated version of the Surface Headphones wireless headphones. According to Microsoft, the Surface Book 3 has become 50% more productive than its predecessor. This is achieved through the use of new tenth-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA graphics adapters. The laptop will be available in versions with 13.5 and 15-inch screens. It has up to 32 GB of RAM and a fast 1 or 2 TB SSD M.2 2280. The 13.5-inch version of Surface Book 3 is available with an Intel Core i5-1035G7 processor and integrated Iris Plus graphics or with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. the 15-inch model is equipped with a similar Intel Core i7 chip, but only with an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q or Quadro RTX 3000 video card to choose from. Of the connectors in Surface Book 3, there are two USB Type-A, one USB Type-C with USB Power Delivery 3.0 support, a full-size UHS-II SD card reader, and a Surface Connect port. The stated battery life is 16.5 hours. The price of the Surface Book 3 starts at $1599 for the basic 13.5-inch model (from $1999 for the version with an NVIDIA video card). For the simplest 15-inch version, Microsoft asks from $2299, and if with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 video card - from $3499. Surface Book 3 will go on sale on May 21. The second novelty was the Surface Go 2 tablet computer. Compared to the first generation, it received a 10.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1280 pixels (3:2) and an eighth-generation Intel Core M processor, which provides a 64-percent performance increase. Another important update is support for LTE and stereo microphones to improve audio quality during online conferences. The most affordable version of the Surface Go 2 with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB eMMC drive will cost $399. The version with 8 + 128 GB will cost $549. The variant with Intel Core m3-8100Y, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB is priced at $629, and with LTE support - $729. The tablet is scheduled to start selling on May 21. Along with computers, Microsoft introduced the new wireless headphones Surface Headphones 2. Like the first version, they use active noise reduction with the ability to adjust its effectiveness. The headphones feature 40mm Free Edge drivers and Bluetooth 5.0 with support for the Qualcomm aptX codec. The battery life has increased from 15 to 20 hours. The ear pads in the second version rotate 180 degrees, which allows you to conveniently wear them around your neck or fold them for transport. The Surface Headphones 2 will be available in the United States from May 12 for $249. Finally, Microsoft announced that the fully wireless Surface Earbuds announced last year will go on sale on May 12 at a price of $199.
  3. Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft in 1975, resigned as CEO in 2008 but has since remained on the board of directors of his brainchild. Now he has officially announced his full departure from the company. In his address, Gates spoke about the reasons for the decision and plans for the future. Bill Gates left the board of directors of not only Microsoft but also the Berkshire Hathaway investment fund. The main reason for this decision was the desire to devote himself entirely to charity and philanthropy, including health care, education and the fight against climate change. In particular, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda donated $ 100 million to fight the coronavirus COVID-19. However, Gates noted that Microsoft will remain an important part of his life. He intends to continue to liaise with the current CEO represented by Satya Nadella and other members of the management as a technical consultant to help form a vision for the development of the company and the achievement of ambitious goals.
  4. The operation of the Windows update system has repeatedly been criticized by users. To correct the situation, Microsoft announced a change in the algorithm for getting updates. In particular, the corporation will improve the installation scheme of drivers included in the next patch for desktop operating systems. The new feature will give users more control over the installation of drivers automatically "arriving" on the PC - according to the developers, this will avoid compatibility problems when deploying patches. The "Additional Updates" section will appear in the settings menu of Windows Update, which will separately list different versions of drivers for various devices with the option of manual installation. Although automatic mode will be saved as the main update method, packages that may not be installed automatically will appear on this page of optional updates. The innovation will also allow iron manufacturers to publish drivers so that Microsoft can pre-test them for compatibility with the OS. According to available information, the distribution of the new function has already started - the ability to manually install optional updates will soon be available to users from all regions.
  5. Microsoft's portfolio includes more than just the Windows operating system and Office Suite. One of the software maker's developments is a proprietary antivirus, recognized by AV-Test experts as one of the best on the market. Soon, not only PC owners will be able to use its mobile version - the company will release a mobile version of the app for devices running Android and iOS. The company announced that it is preparing the release of the Defender Advanced Threat Protection software solution for mobile operating systems. The list of app features will include features such as preventing unsafe pages from loading and protecting gadgets from phishing attacks. Microsoft Vice President Rob Lefferts emphasized that "Android and iOS are pretty secure, but malware does exist on these platforms." The Corporation has previously released Defender ATP software for Windows and macOS. The app offers features such as preventive protection, threat detection, and automatic scanning. The date of the mobile version of the Defender in Google Play and App Store will be announced by the developer later.
  6. Almost 5 years have passed since the release of Windows 10, but during this time the system minimally changed visually. Earlier, Microsoft has already started implementing the updated Fluent Design, and at the end of last year announced even more changes. Now they are available to regular users. Participants of the Windows insider program with the latest update received updated icons of pre-installed applications, made in accordance with the principles of Fluent Design. The old ones were just white figures, replaced by multicolored icons. At the moment, new icons have appeared in the applications “Calculator”, “Mail”, “Voice recorder”, “Alarms and Clocks”, “Cinema and TV”, “Calendar” and Groove Music. In the future, Microsoft also promises to update Photos and other programs preinstalled in Windows 10. It is unknown when this change will be available to users of the stable version of Windows 10.
  7. Earlier, Microsoft reported that it considers two separate screens more promising and reliable solution than one flexible one. However, according to the new patent, the software giant still has plans to create a device with a large folding display. The patent was officially registered at the end of January 2020. In the presented drawings, you can see a device with a single large display. Unlike the same Samsung Galaxy Fold or HUAWEI Mate X, this gadget has a more elongated shape with an aspect ratio of 16:9 or so. Unfortunately, the patent does not disclose the name and dimensions of the product, instead offering only a description of the "swivel". Thus, it can be either a clamshell smartphone in the style of Motorola RAZR 2019 and the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip from Samsung, or a large tablet that can be folded for easy transportation. Note that Microsoft in October last year announced folding devices Surface Neo and Surface Duo. Both gadgets are equipped with two screens connected by a hinge.
  8. Back in 2017, it became known that Microsoft was working on another Windows Core OS operating system. Information about it comes from insiders and direct from company employees. So, while studying the profile of Microsoft developers, journalists came across new details about this mysterious OS. The Linkedin profile of Microsoft product Manager Naim Ayat talks about working on Windows Core OS, which is the basis for future versions of Windows 10, the Windows Mixed Reality platform (HoloLens), and the Xbox software. This once again confirms that this OS is being developed with support for a variety of devices, including personal computers, augmented and mixed reality helmets, and game consoles. According to rumors, Windows Core OS will be a modular operating system with an interactive Composable Shell, which, thanks to its versatility, will be able to adapt to literally any type of device. However, at the moment this is all available information. You can also find out from Naim Ayat's profile that he is currently working on Windows 10X, created for devices with two displays like the Surface Neo. Its release is scheduled for the end of 2020.
  9. Although Microsoft has refused to further develop its own mobile operating system, the company is trying to expand the functionality of Windows 10 so that it can be used comfortably by smartphone owners. According to insiders, the Your Phone app will soon get a new feature for working together devices running Windows 10, iOS and Android. On the Corporation's website, the developers managed to find a set of parameters that provides not only the ability to directly send files from your smartphone to your computer in the Your Phone app but also the use of a shared clipboard. Files and text snippets copied from the context menu or using Ctrl-C can be inserted into a mobile app that is connected to the same Microsoft account. Initially, the Your Phone app allowed you not only to view notifications from your smartphone on the screen of a laptop or computer with Windows 10, but also to make calls from your PC. Now, Microsoft is focusing on expanding the app's functionality. The release date for the updated version of the cross-platform app has not yet been announced.
  10. In recent years, billions of usernames and passwords have leaked into the network. Despite this, many users still do not think about the security of their accounts. Microsoft shared disappointing statistics, touching on major Internet security issues. In the analysis of its own cloud services and the level of reliability of user data, Microsoft found out that millions of accounts contain the same passwords. Researchers at Microsoft Threat have checked 3 billion "accounts", of which 44 million were repeated in Microsoft and Azure. In addition, many of these accounts have already appeared in the public domain on the Internet, which has forced the company to forcibly reset passwords. No less critical is the information about the passwords that people use. So, about 30% of passwords can be cracked by a simple search for 10 combinations, as they are repeated. It is this kind of digital incompetence that leads to leaked accounts. In order to protect yourself, Microsoft encourages the use of two-factor authentication. Also, users are encouraged to come up with unique passwords and logins for different services on the Internet.
  11. Task Manager is a popular diagnostic tool in the line of Windows operating systems. Like other system applications, it is constantly being improved by Microsoft developers - in the upcoming major OS update, users are waiting for new useful features for a familiar application. The first change will be the appearance of a column in the "Details" tab, which will display the architecture of a particular process - x86, x64 or Arm32. Currently, this information is limited to specifying the bit depth of the running process (x86 or x64). The new functionality is expected to be added to the Task Manager in the second half of 2020. In the spring of next year, Windows 10 will also have information about the type of disk (HDD, SSD, or other) in the "Performance" section. This will allow you to quickly identify the drive as part of the PC. Also, the operating system will learn to display the temperature of a discrete graphics adapter without third-party utilities. This option will be included in the 20H1 build. Other innovations in the upcoming update will include the Cloud Recovery feature to restore the system from the cloud, an improved voice assistant Cortana and an updated Windows Update service. The start of distribution of the user version of the assembly is expected in the spring of 2020.
  12. One of the most unexpected announcements of the recent presentation of Microsoft was a folding smartphone Surface Duo. Even more unexpected was the use of Android as an operating system instead of Windows. The latter fact caused strong discontent among some developers. It came to the appearance of a petition with demands to the Redmond Corporation. The petition was created by software developers on site Change.org So, they oppose the use of Android on the Surface Duo. Instead, coders are asking Satya Nadella, Microsoft's Chief Executive, and Panos Panay, the company's head of products, for the new device to run on Windows 10X with an emulator to run Android mobile apps. They justify their position by the fact that the software giant previously pointed to the universality of the Windows operating system. That is why the community of programmers wants to develop one UWP-version (Universal Windows Platform) of the application, which will automatically adapt to a particular gadget. At the time of writing, the petition has already gained several thousand signatures. However, Microsoft has not yet responded to the demand of developers. Note that the release of the Surface Duo is scheduled for the end of 2020, and the company has not yet announced its official characteristics.
  13. In the summer of 2019, information appeared that Microsoft plans to replace the right Win button with a special Office icon, which will allow quick access to Microsoft Office office applications. According to Techspot, the Redmond team plans to add another special button to the keyboard. The new button will be made in the form of emoji and will provide quick access to emoticons in Windows 10. According to the received data, the keyboard with an Emoji and an Office icon will be on sale next week, on October 15. The new product will be sold for $59.99. It will be able to connect to the computer via a USB port. A more compact Bluetooth version will cost $49.99. This model has Bluetooth 5.0 support and battery life for up to 3 years. It is unclear whether Microsoft will require two new buttons to appear on all Windows laptops and compatible keyboards.
  14. When Microsoft announced Windows 10 in 2015, it set itself an ambitious goal - 1 billion installations of the new system by the end of 2018. Despite some delay, the company said that it was already close to the target figure, and the number of users of the “top ten” has grown rapidly. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 is now installed on more than 900 million devices. The company noted the high growth rate of the user base of the current desktop OS: in September 2018, the number of its installations reached 700 million, in March 2019 - 800 million. Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of the corporation, noted that over the past 12 months, more users have switched to Windows 10 than ever before. The software giant expects to achieve a billion installations already in 2020. It is worth noting that the statistics of the company fall not only on PCs, laptops, and tablets. Companion devices are also considered, including Xbox One game consoles, HoloLens augmented reality glasses, and Surface Hub interactive whiteboards. Do not forget about the near termination of support for Windows 7, whose users are actively migrating to the new version of the OS.
  15. Microsoft is known not only as a Windows developer - the company has been releasing a series of branded Surface devices for years. Soon the assortment of the company’s line can be replenished with another gadget - according to the new patent application, this time the corporation will try its hand at the market of smart acoustics. Patent documentation describes a device that is positioned as a “portable speaker.” Judging by the attached images, its body is made of plastic, and the upper part is covered with fabric. In many ways, the gadget repeats the functionality of Amazon and Google solutions - as for the voice assistant version, the corporation will probably use its own development of Cortana. The patent indicates the presence of built-in muteable microphones, as well as volume buttons and answer calls. It is assumed that one of the functions of the device will be a speakerphone when paired with a smartphone. Separately, the removable base of the gadget's body is mentioned in the document - this design is probably intended for the convenience of attaching the column to the wall. It is possible that the company will promote such a speaker as an addition to the equipment necessary for arranging conference rooms. The commercial name, announcement date, and price of the mysterious new items have not been announced.
  16. Many companies have already presented their options for folding smartphones, but so far only one model from the Chinese company Royole has gone on sale, and Samsung Galaxy Fold will soon be released. However, all these devices have a number of problems associated with the use of flexible screens. It seems that Microsoft has come up with a way to solve them by developing “liquid” loops. One of the latest patents of the Redmond Corporation describes an unusual design of folding devices. Its peculiarity lies in filling the hinge with liquid or gas, which reduces the load on the folding display and prevents debris from getting inside the mechanism - two of the biggest problems with such devices. As a result, the wear of the gadget during opening and closing is markedly reduced. The network has long been rumored that Microsoft is developing a foldable smartphone or tablet with a flexible screen. The existence of the device was even confirmed by company leaders, but so far there is no reliable information about it. There is a hope that this mysterious gadget will be shown at the upcoming presentation.
  17. Microsoft's Your Phone allows you to combine your Android smartphone and PC running on Windows 10 into a single ecosystem. The updated version of the application received an unusual function: now with the help of the desktop, you can not only view files from your smartphone but also make calls without removing the gadget from your pocket. An insider under the pseudonym shared screenshots of the new version of the application on Twitter. Judging by the published images, a new “Calls” tab will appear in the Windows version of My Phone. From a computer, you can search for contacts, make and receive calls - for this you will need to give the appropriate permission to the Android application. My Phone also allows you to see notifications and text messages arriving on your smartphone on your PC screen. The functionality of the program is available to users of Windows 10, the OS version of the gadget must be at least Android 7.0. The ability to make calls from a computer using My Phone was reported earlier, but the pictures of the new interface appeared on the network now. The version of the application with the new feature is in the stage of insider beta testing, the release date of the update will be announced later.
  18. The main enemy of any gadget is applications, the energy efficiency of which is far from perfect. The browser is recognized as one of such wasters, but Microsoft managed to solve problems with "gluttony" of Blink engine, which is used in all Chromium browsers. Representatives of Microsoft called the main problem of Chromium. It is forced caching of multimedia. In this regard, the laptop disk is in constant operation. Microsoft approached Google and told them about the defect. In response, Google immediately released a new build of Chrome Canary, which forced caching is disabled. The same decision was made in Microsoft, modifying the test version of Edge. In the Assembly Edge 78.0.256.0 in the browser settings, you can disable the item "to Cache streaming media to disk". The developers note that disabling this item will significantly reduce the power consumption of the browser and, as a result, increase the autonomy of the laptop. The only drawback of this method — problems with downloading media when the Internet connection is low speed. In parallel, Microsoft is considering writing the cache not to SSD or HDD-drive, but directly to RAM. But in this case, the user will face the need to increase RAM, which is also understood in Microsoft.
  19. Microsoft is actively developing the market of Android applications: it has already introduced mobile versions of MS Office, Next Lock Screen, and even Microsoft Launcher. The new development of the software giant helps to sort messages, filtering out spam and acts as a smart organizer with a self-learning system. Many settings in the application interface allow you to block messages from individual interlocutors, automatically archive old messages in Google Drive and restore a backup on another device. Machine learning is used to automatically sort messages and organize them into separate folders. Personal correspondence of users, according to the developers, does not get to the Microsoft server and is processed locally. In the list of SMS Organizer functions - sorting incoming messages by their subject. The program analyzes spam, sending it to a separate folder, and sorts the rest of the "correspondence" by type, creating reminders about upcoming concerts, trips and hotel reservations after automatic analysis of correspondence. The app was developed as part of the Microsoft Garage project and debuted in India, but after the first million downloads, the company expanded its regional presence to the US, UK, and Australian markets. The date of the European release of SMS Organizer has not been announced yet.
  20. Microsoft has released a software patch for Windows operating systems, which immediately fixed 93 vulnerabilities. According to the developers, 29 of them are marked as "critical". Another 64 are recommended for installation. Two found gaps that the update closes are marked as particularly dangerous because they are potentially vulnerable to worm viruses. Such "malware" is able to distribute the code in the computer without any user intervention. They can be managed remotely. The problem affected several versions of Windows: Windows 10, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2. The vulnerability is related to the remote desktop service, RDP. By default, this service is disabled in Windows 10, but when it is activated, there is a risk of becoming a victim of hackers. Microsoft strongly recommends that you install the security patch as soon as possible, as it will protect your computer or laptop from hacking. Download links are available on the official Microsoft website.
  21. One of the features of Microsoft Edge is the built-in mode of reading sites aloud: it can save time to get acquainted with the news without being distracted from other things. But not all users liked the robotic voice of the browser, and in the new version of the application, the company has updated the algorithm, making it sound more natural. In addition to the more "human" sound of the new algorithm, the updated version of Edge has got a convenient context menu of the right mouse button. You can use it to quickly pause or switch between paragraphs. In the taskbar of the browser is still available to control the speed of reading the virtual assistant and a drop-down menu to change the language. Microsoft noted that the use of advanced versions of the voice engine requires an active Internet connection. You can try out the new sound in the developer version of Edge, which you can download on the official website. Earlier, the company spoke in detail about other features of the upcoming version of the "default browser".
  22. The competition between Windows and macOS is not the first year: both operating systems are constantly being improved, acquiring new features. The upcoming Windows update is designed to tip the scales in favor of Microsoft: after the update, users of the Redmond OS will have at their disposal one of the popular functions of the "Apple" analog. According to the resource ZDNet, in the planned for the second quarter of 2020, the update with the code number 20H1 Windows 10 will receive the function of cloud system recovery. It is expected that this will be a comprehensive tool that allows you to restore the operating system to the current operating state with all drivers. This approach will get rid of flash drives and DVD-drives with distributions and greatly facilitate the lives of users who find it difficult to reinstall the OS yourself. According to the available information, there will be two recovery options: reinstallation from cloud storage and local reset to factory settings. Technically, this innovation will duplicate the capabilities of the Apple macOS desktop, which has already implemented the ability to download the operating system from the Internet in recovery mode. Apple OS also has the ability to fully restore the OS with saving user data and settings through the Time Machine function. Whether Microsoft implements such an option in Windows is not reported by the source.
  23. Members of the Windows Insider program suddenly received an update to Windows 10 (build 18947), designed for private testing exclusively within the company. Thanks to the error of the Redmond Corporation, users were able to access a completely redesigned start menu. The update was released for owners of 32-bit devices participating in the Windows Insider testing program. And although such people are not many, the patch still managed to fly around the world. One of the main changes to the 18947 build was a completely new start menu, which Microsoft announced at the beginning of the year. One of the differences between the updated "Start" is the complete absence of "live" tiles. It will show all the apps installed on your device, recently launched apps and files, and different recommendations depending on your users ' habits. It is expected that the new Start menu will be included in the major autumn update of Windows 10.
  24. According to The Financial Times, the Israeli company NSO Group, specializing in cybersecurity, has developed advanced spy software Pegasus. With its help, it is supposedly possible to steal from smartphones both local data and stored in the "clouds" of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and other technology giants. The report says that Pegasus can be used to steal any information from cloud storage, including user location data, archived messages, and photos. Once installed on your device, the virus copies authentication keys from various services, including Google Drive, Facebook Messenger, iCloud and others. The remote server then simulates the user's device, including its location, to access the victim's data. The NSO Group itself denies that it sells software capable of hacking "clouds". But it is interesting that in the past it was noticed the introduction OF malware via WhatsApp. The company used a vulnerability in the messenger to install spyware on smartphones with a simple phone call. This allowed her to track calls through the app. After some time, WhatsApp developers have eliminated this gap. Amazon reported that it found no signs of malware on its systems. Microsoft declined to comment. The NSO Group States that it scrutinizes its customers and sells the SOFTWARE only to the authorities to assist in the fight against terrorism or criminal investigation. It was this company at the time commissioned by the FBI hacked iPhone arrow mass murder in San Bernardino when it refused to do Apple.
  25. Official support for Windows 7 will end on January 2020, but research shows that many users are not going to give up this OS. Kollective analyzed the market and came to the conclusion that companies are simply not ready to abandon the system that was released 10 years ago. According to the latest data, about 35% of all computers in the world are still running Windows 7. The company Kollective conducted a study, the results of which 96% of enterprises have already started the transition to Windows 10, but many of them are unlikely to have time to complete this process until January 2020, when the official support of the "seven" will stop. Kollective experts note that there are many factors that slow down the process of transition of companies to the modern version of Windows. One of the most important is the compatibility problem. At the same time, Microsoft claims that 99% of the software for Windows 7 is fully supported by Windows 10. The study also found that 79% of organizations do not install updates immediately after they are released, but instead wait until Microsoft starts to "force" update computers. Companies fear that updates may disrupt their normal operation. In addition, 53% of respondents said they wait at least a month before installing OS updates, even if the patches include critical security fixes. Microsoft promises to continue to offer user support for Windows 7 after January 2020, but this service will already be paid. Companies will have to pay $ 50 for each device on Windows 7 in the first year after the official support, and in the second year, the fee will rise to $100.

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