Microsoft’s Metaverse Ambitions Grow as Teams Platform to Include 3D Avatars & Immersive XR Meetings

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Microsoft is making a strong bid to bolster its version of the metaverse as it looks to roll out 3D avatars and immersive meetings for its Microsoft Teams communication platform. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft reveals the brand new look of the Windows 11 Snipping Tool

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Microsoft offers a tease at the new Snipping Tool in Windows 11, which has a brand new look and feel. Computing News Microsoft Microsoft Windows 10 snipping tool Windows 11 Windows Insider

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Microsoft Edge courts holiday shoppers with price alerts and price history tools

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Microsoft wants the Edge browser to be your home for holiday shopping with features like price change alerts and a price history tool. Computing News holiday shopping Microsoft Microsoft Edge Web Browsers Windows Windows 10 Windows 11

Microsoft’s SharePoint Spaces Collaborative Tool Is Coming This Year, Including Quest Support

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Microsoft has revealed that its file sharing and digital collaborative work platform, SharePoint, is getting a VR Maker Tool later this year, dubbed SharePoint Spaces.

How Microsoft Is Leading A War On Deepfakes

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Microsoft’s new tool detects digital manipulation in real-time based on nearly invisible imperfections. That’s exactly what Microsoft is worried about leading up to this year’s monumental 2020 election. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft’s VR Maker Tool ‘SharePoint Spaces’ to Launch in First Half of 2020

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Back at Microsoft’s annual SharePoint Virtual Summit in May 2018, the company announced it was getting ready to ship a new VR maker tool set called Spaces for SharePoint, the web-based collaborative platform for enterprise customers.

Mark Zuckerberg's First Friend in the Metaverse Is Microsoft

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That company you once knew as Facebook is partnering with enterprise rival Microsoft to integrate its Workplace tool with Teams in a potential foreshadowing of future metaverse collaboration.

Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat. Despite popping up out of nowhere, the tool looks like a quite polished first attempt even though it’s initially launching as a closed beta.

Microsoft Says SolarWinds Hackers Exploited Its Own Customer Support Tools

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Microsoft says the cybercriminals behind the SolarWinds attack compromised a Microsoft customer service agent’s device to launch hacking attempts against its customers.

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Microsoft waters down 'productivity score' surveillance tool after backlash

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Even in a world of ever-increasing employee tracking , Microsoft knows it went too far. The company announced Tuesday that, following widespread backlash, it will scale back recently announced additions to its suite of Microsoft 365 products. Microsoft Privacy Tech Big Tech Companies

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Microsoft Announces Mesh, a Foundation for Building Multi-user XR Applications

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Today during the Microsoft Ignite developer conference, the company announced Mesh, a new cloud-based service which Microsoft says will streamline the creation of multi-user XR applications. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

A Misused Microsoft Tool Leaked Troves of Data From 47 Organizations

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New research shows that misconfigurations of a widely used web tool have led to the leaking of tens of millions of data records. microsoft portmanteaus upguard email jb hunt computer companies technology internet technology american airlines windows xp computing

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),

XR Announcements and Themes Fresh From Microsoft Ignite

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The second edition of Ignite, Microsoft’s annual software event, took place this week (November 2-4) virtually once again – hosted in Teams, naturally. Insights From Microsoft’s CEO Himself. The New Tool for Building Digital Twins.

Slack vs. Microsoft Teams

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Slack vs. Microsoft Teams: Which collaboration tool is best for your needs? Computing Small Business Microsoft Teams Slack Tier 4 versusOur comparison addresses pricing, features, app integration, storage, and more.

Microsoft Updates Apps With Collaborative Features for Our Hybrid Work Future

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In order to address the challenges of people working from home, in the office, or a blend of the two, Microsoft is updating Teams, Office 365, and more with a slew of new features.

Microsoft Launches PC Check Tool For VR Headsets

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Planning to pick up one of Microsoft’s new virtual reality headsets when partners start rolling them out next month? Fortunately, Microsoft has a new tool that will help you with that. Microsoft will also be releasing a line of certified PCs for these headsets in two categories. Microsoft VR Industry NewsYou’ll want to make sure you’ve got a PC powerful enough to run them. Windows Mixed Reality PC Check is now available in the Windows Store.

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Umm, this AI tool can.smell for you — Future Blink

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Inspired by COVID-induced smell loss , a principal programmer at Microsoft created a fake nose that uses artificial intelligence to smell. More about Microsoft , Mashable Video , Ai , Smell , and Tech. Microsoft Mashable Video Ai Smell Tech

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Hands-On: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Is A Serious Improvement, Pre-Orders Now Shipping

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has officially begun shipping to pre-order customers at the cost of $3,500. It’s not perfect, but Microsoft’s next-gen MR headset has set a new standard for MR headsets. However, the HoloLens 2 and all of its improvements is a dream tool for industry professionals. While an excellent tool for major companies, the HoloLens 2 can prove just as useful for solo operators. Image Credit: Microsoft. Image Credit: Microsoft.

U.S. Army To Receive 100,000 Microsoft HoloLens Headsets

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Microsoft lands $479M contract to put the MR headsets into the hands of soldiers in active combat zones. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft. According to a Bloomberg article, Microsoft HoloLens technology will be used to increase the lethality of soldiers by enhancing their ability to detect, decide, and engage the enemy. Army would expect all 100,000 HoloLens devices from Microsoft.

Zoom's New Attendance Tool Will Snitch on Attendees Who Are Late to a Meeting

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The new “ Attendance Status ” tool, first spotted by TechRadar, allows Zoom hosts and co-hosts to use calendar integration from Google and Microsoft to easily see whether or not… Read more.

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Toyota Looks To Improve Their Kaizen Philosophy With Microsoft HoloLens

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Toyota plans on using Microsoft’s HoloLens and AR technology as part of their kaizen philosophy in hopes of giving themselves a boost in efficiency and assistance them overall in how they operate as a company. Using the Microsoft HoloLens, an employee could complete the same task on their own in just about two hours. Along with the HoloLens, Toyota is also testing Microsoft’s Dynamic 365 suite, which combines VR and AR tools Microsoft Layout and Microsoft’s Remote Assist.

Here are all the helpful new features coming to Microsoft Teams soon

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Microsoft is adding new well-being tools for employees, calling enhancements, and a whole lot of other features to Microsoft Teams. Computing News Ignite 2020 Microsoft Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Employees Aren’t Happy About $479M HoloLens Military Contract

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Last week a collection of Microsoft employees penned a letter to the companies CEO, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith, expressing their open discontent regarding a $479M contract with the United States military that would introduce roughly 100,000 HoloLens MR headsets to the battlefield. If you're a Microsoft employee you can sign at: [link] pic.twitter.com/uUZ5P4FJ7X. — Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@MsWorkers4) February 22, 2019.

Microsoft Teams gets 3D animated avatars, because metaverse

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Microsoft wants a piece of the metaverse, too, so at its Ignite conference today, the company announced 3D avatars for those Teams meetings where you don’t want to be on camera. Image Credits: Microsoft. ” Accenture has been testing some of this together with Microsoft.

How to make your tablet a better tool for work

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Computing Microsoft Tablets Windows Windows 10 workOwning a tablet is an awesome feat of technology, and if you play your cards right, you can end up using it for work. Here are a few tips on how.

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A Closer Look At What Microsoft’s SeeingVR Offers The Visually Impaired

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Microsoft Reseach, in partnership with Cornell University, developed a range of techniques to make virtual reality accessible to the visually impaired. The researchers came up with 14 specific tools to tackle this problem. Of these tools, 9 do not require specific developer effort. If Microsoft plans to release these tools as engine plugins, it could make a huge difference in these user’s ability to use virtual reality. Automatic Tools.

The U.S. Blacklists Makers of Cops' Favorite iPhone Hacking Tool

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Microsoft Mesh Brings Incredible AR Multiplayer To HoloLens

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With Microsoft Mesh, HoloLens finally goes fully online. If you have any experience in VRChat, Spatial, Rec Room, AltspaceVR or other social and collaborative VR platforms, the core of Microsoft Mesh might not seem immediately exciting to you.

Microsoft Wows Inspire Crowd With Language-translating HoloLens Hologram

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Microsoft’s on-stage HoloLens demonstrations haven’t always been impressive , but a new one at the company’s Inspire event (via The Verge ) is nothing short of amazing. Using a combination of body and voice capture technologies, Azure AI , and HoloLens, Microsoft created a nearly photorealistic hologram of executive Julia White , then had the hologram deliver part of White’s keynote in Japanese — a language the real person can’t speak.

Microsoft: The Path To Consumer AR Is ‘Measured In Years’

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 reveal event last week made one thing clear: this is an enterprise-driven device. According to Greg Sullivan, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, it could still be years. ” I did ask Sullivan if Microsoft might be planning any type of consumer stop-gap for HoloLens. Microsoft did launch the original HoloLens with some gaming applications. AR Experiences Hardware HoloLens 2 Microsoft VR Industry News

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Players Report Performance Issues Even On High-End Hardware

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First, the good news: Microsoft Flight Simulator’s VR support arrived today! On the Microsoft Store listing the listed requirements are presumably for the non-VR version only since the recommended tier only calls for an i5-8400 and GTX 970.

Windows 10 classifies the popular tool CCleaner an ‘unwanted application’

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Computing News anti-malware antivirus defender Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Windows DefenderCCleaner was hacked in 2017, spreading a virus to large tech companies.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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Microsoft has acquired Zenimax for $7.5B. In-between the console wars, Microsoft has bought Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax, for $7.5B. Microsoft has not announced a VR headset for the Xbox, but could it be interested in creating more VR games for PC? Happy Autumn everyone!

Microsoft Aims to Improve VR for Users with Vision Problems

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Microsoft researchers have created a tool that could make VR more accessible to users with impaired vision. Called SeeingVR, the tool kit is designed to address a problem that affects users with low vision, or vision that can’t be corrected by prescription glasses. As reported by Engadget , Microsoft researchers teamed up with Cornell Tech and Cornell University to create SeeingVR, a kit intended for Unity developers to integrate into their VR projects.

Microsoft might be working on an Nvidia DLSS competitor for Xbox and Windows

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Two new job postings hint that Microsoft is working on an upscaling tool to rival Nvidia DLSS and AMD Super Resolution for Xbox and Windows. Computing News DLSS FidelityFX Super Resolution Microsoft xbox