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Written BySuchithra Gopinath published September 4, 2020 In July 2017, Microsoft, along with Adobe and their industry technology partners, announced that Adobe Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020. The decision to end support for Flash Player was made by Adobe due to the diminished usage of the technology and the availability of better, more secure options such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly.In keeping with this plan, Microsoft is ending support for Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge (both the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge Legacy) and Internet Explorer 11 at the end of 2020.Options for continued support for enterprise customersFor enterprises seeking assistance with moving away from Adobe Flash Player or needing continued support for line of business applications that may be dependent on it after 2020, Adobe is providing some support options. For more details, please visit the blog posted by Adobe.To aid such customers, Microsoft Edge will allow Adob
July 23, 2020 12:00 pm By Microsoft Edge Team Since releasing the new Microsoft Edge, we’ve heard feedback that customers, especially in enterprise environments, need more visibility into our feature roadmap and release schedule so they can plan deployments and prepare for upcoming changes. Today, we are announcing the availability of Microsoft Edge enterprise features on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap portal, and a new Microsoft Edge release schedule for Beta & Stable channel releases. The M365 roadmap portal lets you view upcoming Microsoft Edge enterprise features—you can filter by “Microsoft Edge” in the Products field, or by “Beta channel” and “Stable channel” in the Release Phase field. Developers should continue to reference our Platform Status page for information on supported and upcoming platform features. The Microsoft Edge team plans to push public updates to the Beta and Stable channels every six weeks. The release schedule gives you the target release week for the
July 26, 2020 By Kate O'Flaherty Microsoft has just dropped a bunch of stunning new Edge features as it continues to ramp up the browser wars to beat Chrome. Microsoft has just dropped a bunch of stunning new Edge features as it continues to ramp up the ... [+] SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES Microsoft is throwing all it has at its Chromium based Edge browser, which is already number two in the market behind Google Chrome. Microsoft’s Edge has still got a long way to go to reach anywhere near Chrome’s share, but a set of new features and enhancements announced this week should help. Full Article
Written ByBrandon LeBlanc published September 30, 2020 Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.546 (KB4577063) to the Beta and Release Preview Channels for those Insiders who are on 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update). This update includes all of the fixes included as part of 20H2 Build 19042.541 plus these additional fixes:We fixed an issue that prevents a device from entering Modern Standby. We fixed a reliability issue in Microsoft Edge that occurs when you open multiple windows or tabs.Thanks,BLB https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2020/09/30/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-19042-546-20h2/
MacOS Big Sur Announced with New UI – Screenshots & Features Jun 22, 2020 Apple has announced the next major system software release for Mac; MacOS Big Sur. The release is named after Big Sur, a stunning stretch of coast line in Central California south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Versioned as Mac OS 11 (or 10.16, depending), macOS Big Sur includes a visual overhaul and a variety of new features and capabilities that further blur the lines between Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Full Article
American Payroll Association Announces Data BreachOfficials for the American Payroll Association (APA) have recently revealed a data breach that could stem all the way back to some unauthorized activity at the end of May. The breach could affect upwards of 20,000 members of the association who have entered information into both the login system and the payment card check-out page, as both were infected with data skimmers for at least 2 months prior to being discovered. Following this discovery, the APA has reached out to all affected clients to both reset their compromised passwords, but to also offer credit monitoring services.Staffing Firm Suffers Second Ransomware Attack in 2020It has recently been revealed that Artech Information Systems, a global IT staffing firm has fallen victim to their second ransomware attack of the year. Following the January attack by the REvil ransomware group, which released a small portion of company data after not receiving the ransom payment, Artech ha
MacOS Big Sur beta 5 is now available to download for all users who are registered to participate in the beta testing programs. Typically the developer build comes along first and is quickly followed by the same build as a public beta release. Anyone can download and install the macOS Big Sur public beta on a compatible Mac, but beta system software is best reserved for advanced users on secondary hardware.The release of the fifth beta of macOS Big Sur comes just after iOS 14 beta 5 and iPadOS 14 beta 5 were also released, along with the fifth betas of watchOS 7 and tvOS 14.Full Article
Lightroom iOS users learn a hard lesson in backing up photos, but Adobe doesn't even offer an offline back-up option. August 22, 2020 By Liam Tung Adobe has admitted that a recent update to its popular Lightroom photo-editing app for iOS devices has wiped users' photos and custom preset filters permanently if they didn't pay for a subscription to sync their files to Adobe's cloud. As spotted by PetaPixel, Lightroom users with iPhones and iPads started complaining about lost photos and custom preset filters on the Photoshop feedback forum this week, after affected users installed the Lightroom 5.4 update for iOS. Full Article.
July 13, 2020 8:45 am By Athima Chansanchai / Writer, Windows Blog Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio have announced the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Aug. 18. You can now pre-order on Windows 10* or pre-install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). The game’s features include: detailed landscapes, live traffic, real-time weather, and highly detailed and accurate cockpits with realistic instrumentation. Get all the details at Xbox Wire. *For more information on supported specs, please visit FlightSimulator.com. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/07/13/ready-to-fly-again-microsoft-flight-simulator-scheduled-to-launch-aug-18-for-pc/
August 24, 2020 10:01 am By Brandon LeBlanc / Senior Program Manager, Windows Insider ProgramWindows 95 was launched on August 24, 1995, introducing us to many of the experiences our customers still use to interact with their PCs today such as the Start menu and Taskbar. Over the past 25 years, we have evolved these experiences, building on this rich history of innovation. Join us in looking back at how Windows has changed over the years to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more! In addition to this video looking back at Windows 95, we have also done a special two-part episode of this month’s Windows Insider Podcast where Jason Howard interviews two engineers who worked on Windows 95 and still work at the company:The Start of Something Different, Part 1: In the first part of this month’s two-part episode, Jason is joined by Raymond Chen, a Principle Software Engineer in Windows. He reflects on the history of Windows 95 and the early days of applicat
Hi my last post was answered and thanks for the input from everyone My problem now is that my secure everywhere is expiring soon on my android So I logged on to the site it asked for email and key code fine, but did not accept the newly purchased webroot What happened it reverted back to the old webroot that I just removed to install the new one thanks Tom
Short-form video platform beloved by teens seen as a national security threat.KATE COX - 8/3/2020 After weeks of rumor and speculation, the Trump administration this weekend gave TikTok's parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, 45 days to sell off the social media sensation or else stop operating in the United States—and Microsoft looks to be the buyer.Microsoft on Sunday confirmed what several media outlets had been speculating since Friday, saying it is in talks to buy TikTok's operations in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and may also invite other US investors to take minority stakes in the deal. Full Article.
July 14, 2020 10:54 am By Brandon LeBlanc / Senior Program Manager, Windows Insider Program Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.388 (KB4565503) to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. This Cumulative Update includes quality improvements. Key changes include: We fixed an issue that might prevent you from using PowerShell to change the system locale on Server Core platforms. We fixed an issue that might cause certain games and applications to have visual distortion when resizing in windowed mode or switching from full screen to window mode. We fixed an issue that causes lsass.exe to fail with the following error message, “A critical system process, C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe, failed with status code c0000008. The machine must now be restarted.” We fixed an issue that might prevent some applications from printing documents that contain graphics or large files after installing Windows Updates released June 9, 2020. We fixed an issue that might prev
Steganography Makes Leaps into Industrial Cyberattacks Researchers have been following a new trend of incorporating multiple levels of steganography into cyber attacks that are focusing mainly on large industries. The attacks themselves are highly specified for the victim, including a language localization script to only execute if the local OS is in the right language, and using macros to launch malicious PowerShell scripts that stay hidden from the victim’s view and require no additional input. The scripts, when executed, communicate with imgur.com or other image hosting sites and grab pictures that have malicious code hidden within the pixels, that eventually drops an encrypting payload. Honda Shuts Plants After Ransomware Attack Several Honda plants around the world have recently closed due to a ransomware attack that has targeted several manufacturing systems. The shutdown came only hours after a new Snake ransomware sample was uploaded to Virus Total and was seen attempting
Windows 10 will soon alert users if their SSD is at risk of breaking down, and advise them to back up their data pronto. October 6, 2020 By Owen Hughes We've all been in the unfortunate situation of desperately trying to recover important data from a storage drive that's met an untimely end. Fortunately, Microsoft is now working on a new feature that will help warn users of an impending drive failure before the dreaded event occurs.The new feature comes packaged as part of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20226, and is designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSD and provide a heads-up when it detects a risk of imminent failure. If a problem is detected, Windows will provide a notification recommending that users immediately back up their data – immediately being the key word, here. Full Article.