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Microsoft: “massive” PC hacking campaign used COVID-19, Excel files

Microsoft: “massive” PC hacking campaign used COVID-19, Excel files

Microsoft delivered a news alert today tipping a "massive" phishing campaign using COVID-19 and Excel files to hook in unsuspecting users. Much like MOST phishing campaigns, users could avoid any harmful nonsense by avoiding downloading attached files or entering personal information prompted by email. This email campaign began on May 12, 2020, and posed as the Johns Hopkins Center to deliver a so-called "WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT."

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If Microsoft Fluid Framework works, Google has some catching up to do

If Microsoft Fluid Framework works, Google has some catching up to do

We've known about Microsoft's Fluid Framework since Build 2019, but now it seems the company build out its feature set. As part of its Build 2020 announcements today, Microsoft announced that new Fluid Framework integrations will be made in Office 365, specifically in Outlook and Office.com. On top of these new integrations, Microsoft also made a big announcement today regarding making Fluid Framework open source.

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Outlook is getting Gmail-style text predictions and email scheduling

Outlook is getting Gmail-style text predictions and email scheduling

Microsoft 365 is getting new text predictions, echoing Gmail's Smart Compose by adding easier ways to compose replies in Outlook. The new feature will suggest words and phrases as users write messages in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web, based on predictions as to what they're likely to want to say.

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Office 365 now blocks Reply-All email storms

Office 365 now blocks Reply-All email storms

Despite numerous attempts to kill it, the venerable email still remains one of the most-used forms of digital communication today, especially in businesses. Although relatively more secure than that other ancient messaging technology, SMS, email has its own set of flaws that are triggered even by well-intentioned users. One such problem is known as a Reply-All Storm and Microsoft Office 365 is now implementing a way to prevent that from taking down the company's email servers.

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Office for iPad cursor support roadmap revealed

Office for iPad cursor support roadmap revealed

Microsoft is hard at work getting Office for iPad up to speed with Apple's latest iPadOS release, with plans to add cursor support for trackpad and mouse in the apps. Apple introduced the cursor to its iPad and iPad Pro line-up in iPadOS 13.4, alongside the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro that for the first time includes a trackpad.

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Microsoft Word, PowerPoint on iPad to soon support multi-window mode

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint on iPad to soon support multi-window mode

It may have been late to the split-screen party but the iPad has slowly and very surely become the mobile worker's dream come true. Its list of features, thanks to the newly-branded iPadOS, and accessories have made it a productivity and creativity machine you can easily carry around. That is unless you make heavy use of Microsoft's Office apps which are still a few steps shy of perfect on iPads. Fortunately, Microsoft is taking one step closer with an upcoming update that will finally let you view two Word or PowerPoint documents side-by-side.

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Google puts G Suite Less Secure Apps policy changes on hold

Google puts G Suite Less Secure Apps policy changes on hold

For the past few weeks, the world has become more reliant on the Internet, both for play and especially for work. The latter is why many software and platform developers have been adjusting their features and even their policies to account for the sudden change in work habits. Unsurprisingly, Google is making some changes to its G Suite platform, suspending its earlier move to cut off the access of what it considers "Less Secure Apps".

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Microsoft Office app reunified in major update: And why it’s my new default

Microsoft Office app reunified in major update: And why it’s my new default

Five years ago, Microsoft suggested we "try the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps", as the lot replaced the "Office Mobile" app. This week, Microsoft decided they were better off pushing those apps back into a single app, now re-named "Office." If you never deleted the Office Mobile app from your phone back then, all you need to do now is hit the update button. Easy as pie!

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Microsoft Office all-in-one Android app snubs tablets

Microsoft Office all-in-one Android app snubs tablets

Microsoft is doing more than putting a new coat of Fluid paint on its apps and services across different platforms. It has, for better or worse, started to merge three of its core Office apps into one app to rule them all. After going in and out of private testing, that unified Microsoft Office app is now available for all on Android. For some reason, however, Microsoft has chosen to ignore the one or two places where this app could have the most beneficial impact.

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Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint on iOS get a minor facelift

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint on iOS get a minor facelift

Microsoft has been pushing a new design language that will unify its apps and experiences across all platforms. While it might want all its users to just grab its own Surface devices, especially the upcoming Surface Duo and Surface Neo, there's no helping the fact that not everyone can nor will. Some will always prefer Apple's products even if they have to begrudgingly use Microsoft Office, which is why Redmond is trying to meet them halfway with a new and improved trio of Office apps for iOS devices.

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Microsoft Teams was down this morning for Office 365

Microsoft Teams was down this morning for Office 365

This morning Microsoft Office 365's own Microsoft Teams was indeed down this morning due to an authentication issue. The service was interrupted and/or completely down and out (for users attempting to access during the period of interruption) for approximately two hours. This issue occurred at around 8:30 AM Central Time, and was rectified approximately two hours later.

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Windows 10 Mobile Office apps end-of-life dated

Windows 10 Mobile Office apps end-of-life dated

With official support for Windows 10 Mobile ending tomorrow, we've now learned when Microsoft plans to pull the plug on its Office apps for the ill-fated mobile OS. Those of you who still rely on Windows 10 Mobile's Office apps can breathe a sigh of relief - support for those isn't ending alongside support for the OS tomorrow. In fact, it'll be quite some time before Microsoft washes its hands of Office on Windows 10 Mobile.

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