Update 1: 2015/12/21 11:21am PST Microsoft explains Update 2: 2015/12/21 1:42pm PST Cyanogen OS Microsoft has been branching out recently to make its previously exclusive apps and services available on more platforms. Cortana just became publicly available after a lengthy beta test, and now there's a big update. Not because it added big things, but because it took one away. In v1.2 of the Cortana app, you can't use the "Hey Cortana" hotword in the US anymore. Here's the changelog. Notice how the feature removal is the last item? Like they hope no one will notice. Improved app stability. Enhanced call and text features. Removed “Hey Cortana” feature for US market There are several reasons this might have happened. Perhaps someone decided the hotword feature should be exclusive to Windows 10 devices in the US. It might also have been buggy or confusing for users (it only worked on the home screen and in the Cortana app, after all). But then, why … [Read more...] about Microsoft Updates Cortana To v1.2 And Removes “Hey Cortana” Feature In The US [Update]
The spotlight has been on the Windows Insider program since the October 2018 update fiasco, but is it really a "fiasco"? In October, Microsoft revealed that less than one one-hundredth of one percent of users, in very specific conditions, had lost some of their files. Data loss sucks, even if it's affecting just a small subset of users, but the ramifications for Microsoft were fairly broad. Mainstream media covered the issues, which put a target on Microsoft's back, specifically the Windows Insider Program. Microsoft has philosophically been at odds a bit with users over how it handles Windows 10 updates. Those updates are incredibly crucial for the OS to remain secure given the modern-day hacking arms race. The way Microsoft updates Windows might seem inconvenient at times, but it's crucial for the health of the OS, particularly since Redmond seems to have done away with big packaged Windows updates it can sell every few years. It's that sense of inconvenience that leads many of us to … [Read more...] about Should Microsoft brag about Windows Insider Program success after its October Update mess?
Microsoft’s multi-factor authentication (MFA) service suffered another outage, locking out many customers of Microsoft's Azure Active Directory service, as well as Office 365 customers. Microsoft’s MFA service saw its first outage, which lasted for 14 hours straight, last week. Microsoft MFA Locks Customers Out Last week, Office 365 and Azure Active Directory customers were locked out of the services for 14 hours due to an unexplained issue with the MFA service. MFA enables Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Office 365 customers to authenticate using an additional authentication factor other than their passwords. This could include a SMS code, a fingerprint or face scan, as well as another trusted device, such as a smartphone or security key. At first Microsoft implemented a hotfix to solve the issue for the majority of those having trouble logging into their accounts, but eventually it learned that some customers weren’t even receiving the authentication codes they … [Read more...] about Multi-Factor Authentication Issues Emphasize Microsoft’s Update Problem
Microsoft has released a new update for Outlook 2010 that should plug its critical security flaws without causing crashes. Microsoft earlier this week warned that the 64-bit version of the security update KB 4461529 from its November Patch Tuesday was causing Outlook 2010 crashes. Despite the crashes, Microsoft warned users not to remove the update, which plugged four remote code execution flaws that it said were more likely be exploited. Until a new update was released Microsoft recommended users try Outlook Web Access instead. As spotted by Woody Leonhard, Microsoft this week released KB 4461585 for Outlook 2010, which includes patches for the four flaws and shouldn't trigger crashes. Microsoft confirmed it does fix the crash issues caused by KB 4461529. The fixed update can be downloaded from Microsoft's download center and not the Microsoft Update Catalog. Microsoft cautions the update is only for the .msi edition of Office 2010 and not for Office 365 Home."Be aware that the … [Read more...] about Microsoft: Crash-causing Outlook 2010 security patches are now fixed
Every month or so, Microsoft updates the Xbox One software to add new features. A few weeks ago, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer promised to add mouse and keyboard support for all users soon. Well, that day has arrived, aside from providing bug fixes and some other useful features, mouse and keyboard support is the biggest addition with this patch. You can read about the major changes coming with November's Xbox One update below. Mouse and keyboard support: Developers can now add mouse and keyboard inputs to their games. As we all know, Fortnite and Warframe will be supported at launch, with more titles joining the roster down the line. Right now, it seems like only Razer will offer "Designed for Xbox" mice and keyboards, which feature a dedicated Xbox key and "Xbox Dynamic Lighting." Xbox Skill for Alexa: This Xbox Skill will receive updates based on customer feedback. For example, the ability to close a game or other program is coming soon. Amazon Music: According to a press release … [Read more...] about November Xbox One update with mouse and keyboard support is now available