Home of Second World War codebreakers at Bletchley Park to be turned into Institute of Technology

A consortium that includes Microsoft has been awarded Government funding to transform part of Bletchley Park into an Institute of Technology that will teach digital skills.

The eight organisations have been granted £28 million to refurbish Block D at the historic site, which was home to Britain’s codebreakers in the Second World War, including Alan Turing, and the famous Enigma machine.

Around 1,000 students aged 18 and over are expected to attend the Institute every year for technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships and training to help tackle the UK digital skills gap in roles such as cybersecurity.

It is estimated that more than 500,000 highly skilled workers are needed to fill digital roles by 2022. That figure is three times the number of computer science graduates that the UK has produced over the past 10 years.

Derrick McCourt, General Manager of the Customer Success Unit at Microsoft UK, said: “In a world being transformed by technology, many of the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow will require skills and expertise rooted in technical aptitude. This new Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park will offer a much-needed pathway for young people to develop digital skills and practical expertise so vital to building a fulfilling career as well as addressing the digital skills gap across the UK.”

Sir John Dermot Turing (left), Alan Turing’s nephew, views the plans for the Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park

The Government invited consortiums of universities, further education colleges and companies to bid for £170 million of funding to create a network of 12 technology institutes across the country, in a move politicians called the “biggest shake up to technical education in a generation.”

Microsoft’s group is led by Milton Keynes College and also includes KPMG, McAfee, Evidence Talks, VWFS, Activate Learning and Cranfield University, who will also help the institute deliver manufacturing and engineering skills. It is supported by the Bletchley Park Trust.

The consortium will use its funding to create a state-of the-art facility that will build on and complement further and higher education institutions in the Buckinghamshire area. It will contain cutting-edge equipment and have access to the latest research from university partners to anticipate the skills that employers will require in the future. Local employers and partners will contribute additional investment, teaching staff and equipment.

Announcing the plans of the 12 institutes that have received funding, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I firmly believe that education is key to opening up opportunity for everyone – but to give our young people the skills they need to succeed, we need an education and training system which is more flexible and diverse than it is currently.

Derrick McCourt (right) from Microsoft joins other members of the consortium and Sir John Dermot Turing outside Block D at Bletchley Park

“New technologies are transforming the world of work, and to harness the opportunities on offer we must equip our future workforce with the technical skills they need to thrive, and that the economy needs to grow.

“These new Institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people.”

Microsoft, which runs a digital skills initiative and hosts events to encourage girls to consider a career in technology, said the Bletchley Park plan would help young people embark on successful careers.

“Microsoft’s collaborations with Milton Keynes College and Cranfield University are helping to develop the next generation workforce,” McCourt added. “This announcement is a hugely positive step forward in ensuring that students and employers are armed with invaluable skills – both now and in the future.”

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Power and simplicity: new Outlook mobile design helps you get things done faster – Microsoft 365 Blog

Today, we’re rolling out exciting updates to Outlook for iOS with recognizable avatars and optimized swipe and scroll usability that reflects the continuation of our design-driven journey and helps you connect, organize, and get things done. We’ve been meticulously tailoring both Outlook for iOS and Android, making it faster than ever to achieve your goals and maximize your time while on the go.

Design is becoming the heart and soul of Office, something reflected in the Office 365 user experience updates announced this summer and the new icons we revealed last week. Outlook mobile will be among the first app to adopt its new icon, and, much like the entire Office 365 suite, design thinking and craftsmanship have been driving Outlook mobile forward. It’s a key reason why we’ve exceeded more than 100 million iOS and Android devices and our app store ratings are consistently above 4.5.

Great mobile experiences don’t just shrink desktop designs, they rethink the process by understanding mobile’s unique design opportunities and constraints. Unlike a desktop, our phones live with us in our pockets and purses. This proximity and immediacy create the need for more personal, efficient, and even playful experiences that require a mobile-first approach.

Mobile productivity increasingly happens through a series of micro-tasks that take place in seconds, not minutes. This makes it vital to design experiences with less typing and taps, where your attention is brought to what matters most, and where key context is always available at a glance.

By creating resonant experiences that cater to these micro-moments, Outlook mobile offers delightful, simple, and powerful experiences that ensure you get in and out of the app quickly, gracefully, and with ease. We do this by following our core mobile-first design principles:

  • Deliver uncompromised craftsmanship and attention to detail.
  • Create fast and focused experiences.
  • Provide key context at a glance.

Let’s explore these principles in practice.

Quality and delightful craftsmanship

Great experiences are felt as much as they are seen. When we craft them, we pay attention to the details that make Outlook mobile feel faster.

With the new design in Outlook for iOS, we’re introducing new sensory feedback to create a resonant experience with the device cradled in your hand. When you swipe right or left on an email, subtle changes in color, shape, and iconography unfold. The corners of the message transform from hard-edged to soft and round, metaphorically pulling that item away from the message list and sending it where you want it to go—with haptic feedback.

Animated image of a mobile phone showing a user swiping to archive an email in Outlook mobile.

Delight is brought to you through moments that happen within milliseconds, like the new animated calendar icon that fans forward or backward as you scroll through your agenda, or the instant insight provided in your inbox by signaling a potential meeting conflict. This craftsmanship makes Outlook mobile a gratifying, powerful experience as you quickly move on with your day.

Fast and focused

The first thing most will notice as we roll out the Outlook for iOS changes over the next few weeks is the bold color that creates a more vibrant experience. We recognize that people use many apps on their devices and quickly switch between apps to complete tasks.

A strong app header with bold color and typography helps you easily find your way to Outlook while rapidly switching between monochromatic apps to quickly complete your task and get back to what matters. The experience is consistent across mobile email, search, and calendar; and for those who use Outlook on a large screen, the blue header connects you to your familiar inbox and calendar no matter which Outlook you use.

Animated image of a mobile phone, its user swiping between Focused and Other in the Focused Inbox in Outlook.

As a native app, we embrace the native font and use of typography, so Outlook feels perfectly at home on your device of choice. The bolder, larger iOS typography, however, shouldn’t compromise the experience, which is why as you scroll on your iPhone and iPad, the size of the header is dynamically reduced to maximize your message list to view and find what you’re looking for.

Contextually relevant

With the new iOS refresh, we improved the usability of more core experiences. The Focused Inbox toggle and message list filtering experience now orientate you to your content and accounts in a way that provides clarity and confidence.

If you’re a single account user, the app is personalized with your avatar. If you have multiple accounts and calendars added to the app, new account icon cues help you easily switch between them. Bright, bold avatars are also added to your contacts, so you’ll instantly recognize senders in the message, top contacts in search, and attendees in meeting invites.

In addition, did you know you can schedule an event when you know your team’s availability without typing a single letter? When designing the scheduling experience in Outlook mobile, we brought forward all people, dates, and place elements required into context so you could simply slide the options around the calendar to quickly find the time and place that works, no typing required. Through iterations on both iOS and Android, Outlook mobile delivers a powerful experience that helps you achieve your goals and save you time—so you can get back to what matters in your day.

Animated image of a mobile phone showing a user adding brunch to her calendar.

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We’re humbled every day by the support and feedback we receive from our customers that help us improve the app. We’re excited about the new experiences in Outlook for iOS and hope you’ll love them too as we start rolling them out today. Download Outlook mobile so you can experience the updates that will help you get things done faster and save you time. We’re sincerely interested in your feedback as we strive to create the best products to help you achieve your goals. Please don’t hesitate to tell us what you think!

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Healthcare CIO talks innovation in the face of ever-changing regulations

Arthur Harvey’s whole career has been health IT. Today, he leads initiatives and technology strategies as CIO at Boston Medical Center, a 567-bed academic healthcare organization.

As a healthcare CIO, Harvey said he believes taking the time to recognize the successes of his IT staff is critical in building a collaborative, innovative team. That kind of a team is necessary in finding the balance between innovation and compliance — one of the challenges healthcare CIOs face in the midst of rapidly changing regulations.

In this Q&A, Harvey discusses the challenges of making innovative strides in IT, as well as what technologies he believes are valuable and those that aren’t.

Editor’s note: Responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.

What is the role of a healthcare CIO today?

Arthur Harvey: Primarily, the first thing is coach and leader. The most important thing in healthcare IT is people. They’re hard to get, they’re hard to train, and they need encouragement, because it tends to be — not just in healthcare, but everywhere — somewhat of a thankless task. You get noticed more when you screw up than when you do something right. So, it’s building and motivating a team, helping them grow — that’s probably the most important part of the role.

Kind of unique to the CIO role is being a traffic cop. Everyone wants all kinds of cool stuff … so you spend a lot of time saying, ‘Wait a minute, I know the vendor said that, but it isn’t true.’ It’s a lot of time doing that, a lot of time making sure that our work is aligned with the organization’s priorities and not just what’s the flavor du jour.

What are some of the biggest challenges healthcare CIOs face today?

Arthur Harvey, CIO, Boston Medical CenterArthur Harvey

Harvey: Increasing regulation and the pace of regulation. Change is good … but the pace of [change] — you can’t keep up. We’re spending more of our time complying with those requirements that don’t generate innovation and new value and less time innovating.

When I started my career, it was all about blank, empty whiteboards … and thinking up new and interesting things and how were we going to innovate and go forward. These days, it’s more about what do regulations say we have to do this week. That’s genuinely the challenge: How do you find time for innovation and to do the things that can actually make your institution better, rather than just compliant?

When you’re looking to invest in a technology, what do you look for?

Harvey: Being a technologist by background, I love cool stuff. But the reality is, my job is more about weighing the cost and benefit of the technology we’re looking to bring in. In many cases, there’s a lot of benefit, but there’s also high cost — not just [financial], it’s also risk. I’m approached roughly once every five minutes by a neat, new company that has the latest and greatest, cool, new technology — a new customer-focused mobile app that’s going to make everything great. Except it’s going to cost me a ton of money to actually deploy it and integrate it into my highly complex environment and ensure the security of it.

BMC [Boston Medical Center] is a safety-net hospital. I always say that when you look at IT budgets, they’re all about risk and functionality. I can give you functionality for a fixed amount of money, but then I’ve got to take on a lot of risk. In healthcare, we tend to not want any risk. I try and balance that risk and cost versus the benefit. We try and focus on making sure the technology we’re providing benefits our core goals we’re currently working on.

We’re also looking at the real, legitimate problem that all organizations — particularly ours — have in vitality of our provider workforce, particularly primary care doctors who are really under the gun. So, what technologies can I use to make their lives better?

Sometimes, it’s really simple. We just went and replaced all the printers in our ambulatory areas with better printers. It’s not particularly cutting-edge, but it made the doctors’ lives better, so it was worth doing. The fact is, when I look at, ‘What do we do?’ I have to make sure every dollar counts.

How do you introduce new technologies and initiatives at BMC?

The fact is, when I look at, ‘What do we do?’ I have to make sure every dollar counts.
Arthur HarveyCIO, Boston Medical Center

Harvey: We have to be judicious when we decide we want to be on the cutting edge. We have a governance process that determines what we’re working on. If somebody has an idea, whether it’s internal from IT or comes to us externally, they’ll make a proposal. In the case of something like, ‘Hey, I just got a sniff of this. Can you take a look at it?’ we have a small amount of resources available to go out and take what I’ll call sniff tests on what’s out there.

When it gets to a more serious phase and we’re thinking we’ll do a project, we have a governance structure where a sponsoring part of the organization has a committee that evaluates the idea and makes proposals to IT. We then vet those proposals to have some concept of how big the project is and what types of resources are needed. Then, it goes to our portfolio management committee, which is largely IT. This group is about making the various proposals fit together. This committee evaluates what we can and can’t do based on resources and infrastructure — always with the overriding theme of, ‘Does it provide value to one of our stated goals?’

Then, we provide a proposed slate of what we’re going to work on for the next quarter. That goes to the IT governance committee, which I sit on as CIO. But it’s comprised of hospital executives, and I’m the only IT person who gets a vote. The committee will approve the proposed slate or ask us for more information. IT doesn’t control what we’re working on, with the exception of certain infrastructure and security things. We do what the business wants us to do. Ultimately, the hospital executives decide what’s important and what to do. That’s the process for any project that occupies a significant amount of resources. 

What technologies and trends are you paying attention to now?

Harvey: To be fair, I’m pretty skeptical about most of this stuff, because most of the problems in healthcare don’t need some super-duper technology to solve them. It isn’t that technology can’t help, but most of this is really business problems. There’s a lot that I’m a little cynical about.

That being said, AI is an important technology whose time is coming. Currently, there are only a few practical applications, but I believe that will grow. Another is blockchain. I think that is the most overhyped thing in healthcare. Everybody makes it sound like it’s going to revolutionize things, and, in my opinion, it’s not. Although, there will be a few special cases where it’s helpful.

From a technology perspective, connected devices … and the remote use of technology in patients’ homes or other settings, I think there’s a ton of value there, and I think that’s a technology mature enough that it can be put in healthcare and can be successful.

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18875 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are moving the Fast ring forward to 20H1 and merging the small group of Insiders who opted-in to Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring with the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20H1 Build 18875. That means Insiders in the Fast ring and those who opted-in to Skip Ahead will receive the same builds going forward.
IMPORTANT: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you take this flight, you won’t be able to switch Slow or Release Preview rings without doing a clean-install on your PC. If you wish to remain on 19H1, please change your ring settings via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program *before* taking this flight. See this blog post for details.
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle.

East Asian Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) Improvements:
The New Japanese IME is now available to all Insiders in Fast!
During 19H1, we announced we were working on a new Japanese IME. We got a lot of great feedback, and the IME was taken offline for a time while we worked on improving the experience based on what you’d told us. Today the IME – now more secure, more stable, with improved game compatibility, and more – is once again available for all Insiders starting with this build. If you speak Japanese, please take some time to evaluate how it feels to use the IME (with all the improvements) for daily usage, and let us know what you think! If you already were using the Japanese IME, you’ll automatically have the new one when you install this build – if you weren’t already using the Japanese IME, you can add it by going to Languages Settings and adding Japanese to the list.

New IMEs are available for Simplified and Traditional Chinese!
Just like the Japanese IME above, we’ve been working on refining your Chinese typing experience, and are happy to share that we have new versions of the Chinese Simplified IMEs (Pinyin and Wubi), as well as the Chinese Traditional IMEs (Bopomofo, ChangJie and Quick). We’ve improved the security and reliability by redesigning how they work with applications. You’ll also notice we’ve added a cleaner interface for the candidate window and settings pages. Improved and renewed settings of the IMEs are available in the Settings app. If you’re using one of the IMEs and you’d like to check it out, the fastest way there is to right-click the IME mode indicator in the taskbar and select Settings (you can get there from the Language Settings page by clicking the language, and going into options). Looking forward to hearing what you think about it! 

We fixed an issue that could result in a freeze on the lock screen if you interacted with the touch keyboard and then switched keyboard layouts.
We fixed an issue resulting in Settings sporadically crashing in the last few builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders being prompted to setup their device after every reboot.
We fixed an issue resulting in some of the text under Settings > System > Storage > Temporary Files being unexpectedly garbled in Chinese and Japanese.
We’ve made a change in Timeline for keyboard-only users, so if you’re doing a search and haven’t opted in, you’ll no longer have to tab past the opt-in text before you can get to the search results.
We fixed an issue that could cause certain applications to flicker if they were maximized and you launched the touch keyboard.
We fixed an issue where, if the Photos tile was pinned to Start, it could potentially result in unexpected battery drain as the tile animation would trigger even if Start wasn’t open.

There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds, and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. Creative has released updated drivers for some affected X-Fi sound cards. Please refer to Creative’s website for details on your particular hardware and any available updates.
UPDATE: We have received feedback from some Insiders that they are seeing a 0xca00a000 download error for Build 18875. We are investigating. Please upvote feeback item https://aka.ms/AA4qqb2 if you have experienced this issue.

If you install builds from the Fast ring and switch to either the Slow ring or the Release Preview ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

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For Sale – M-ITX Desktop Computer – Intel Atom – 2GB DDR3 Ram – 500GB Hard Drive – Slim DVD – Windows 7 Pro

I have a Mini-ITX build for sale.

The motherboard and case are new, never used before, the ram was taken from another machine, the hard drive has been used before but is in full working order.

Running Windows 7 Professional already activated with a key.

Mini-ITX case
Jetway Mini-ITX NC9KDL-2550 Motherboard
2GB DDR3 Ram
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
Intel Atom 1.86Ghz CPU
Slim DVD Re-writer drive
PS/2 Mouse
PS/2 Keyboard
HDMI
VGA
USB 2.0
2 X Ethernet
SPDIF

Power cable included.

Price and currency: 40
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: paypal or bt
Location: leeds
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Releasing the May 2019 Update to the Release Preview ring | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders,
Last week, we announced how we are improving the Windows 10 update experience with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in a blog post from Mike Fortin. As part of that blog post, Mike outlined how we plan to deploy the May 2019 Update to customers. Right now, the May 2019 Update (Build 18362.30) is being rolled out to the Release Preview ring starting with seekers. The May 2019 Update will remain in the Release Preview ring for an increased amount of time in order give us additional time and signals to detect any issues before broader deployment.

With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update being rolled out to the Release Preview ring today, we’re planning to move Windows Insiders in the Fast ring forward to 20H1. We will also be merging the small group of Insiders who opted-in to Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring. We are looking to make this change in the coming weeks. Now is the time for you to verify your desired Windows Insider Program settings by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to ensure you’re on the ring you want to be on before this change occurs. If you are an Insider who wishes to remain on the May 2019 Update – you will want to switch to the Slow or Release Preview rings.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 20H1 builds are from our development branch (RS_PRERELEASE) and as is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you are in the Fast ring and your PC gets updated to 20H1, you won’t be able to switch your ring to the Slow or Release Preview rings without doing a clean-install on your PC and starting over.
We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring and will talk more about what that will look like in the near future.

For those who are not already in the Slow and Release Preview rings – you can get the May 2019 Update today by joining the Windows Insider Program with your Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory account and joining your PC to the Release Preview using the following steps.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click the “Get started” button.

Step 2: Link your Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory account. This is the email account you used to register for the Windows Insider Program.

Step 3: Choose “Just fixes, apps, and drivers” to join the Release Preview ring and get the May 2019 Update.

Step 4: Confirm the legal stuff.

Step 5: Press “Restart Now” to ensure your PC is now in the Release Preview ring. Without restarting your PC, your PC won’t be fully be joined. A restart is required.

Step 6: After rebooting your PC, double-check your Windows Insider Program settings via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and make sure it shows “Release Preview” under “What pace do you want to get new builds?”.

Step 7: If you go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and press the “Check for updates” button – your PC should receive the May 2019 Update.
Once your PC is on the May 2019 Update, we will continue to release Cumulative Updates over the coming weeks that improves your experience.
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Microsoft Search—cohesive search that intelligently helps you find, discover, command, and navigate – Microsoft 365 Blog

At Ignite last year, we introduced personalized search across Office 365, a way to bring intelligent search and discovery experiences directly to you. Today, we’re delighted to announce that we are expanding that vision to encompass search both inside and outside of Microsoft 365. By applying artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Bing to the deep personalized insights surfaced by the Microsoft Graph, we are able to make search in your organization even more effective.

With Microsoft Search, we’re introducing new organizational search experiences into the apps you use every day, including Bing.com and Windows, and our vision to connect across your organization’s network of data.

We’re also evolving the notion of what search means. Getting pages of results with hyperlinks to other information is simply not enough. Faced with ever decreasing attention spans, and an explosion of data, we recognize that the challenge is to find and deliver answers to your questions, suggest insights, and enable you to take action on your tasks. This makes search a powerful capability that stretches across your work to make you more productive and take advantage of the collective knowledge from your organization.

Our vision is a cohesive and coherent search capability, prominent in every experience, providing the way to search across all your organization’s data—both inside and outside of Microsoft 365.

Over the next few months, you’ll experience these first steps:

  • Search will move to a prominent, consistent place across the apps you work with every day. From Outlook to PowerPoint, Excel to Sway, OneNote to Microsoft Teams, Office.com to SharePoint, the search bar will be in the same place—across desktop, mobile, and web.
  • Personalized results as soon as you click in the search box, such as people you share with the most and documents you were working on recently. No query is required to get suggestions.
  • The search box itself will also command the application where you are working. For example, begin typing “acc” in Word to get list of suggested actions such as Accept Revision or Accessibility Checker. You no longer need to hunt through toolbars to look for a command.
  • Search results will include results from across your organization. For example, within Word, you can find not only other Word documents, but also a presentation you were working on. You can navigate straight to that presentation or you can choose to incorporate slides from that file directly into your document.
  • Extending that same organizational search experience wherever you are working—in Bing.com (when signed in with your Office 365 account), Edge or Windows. Search wherever you want to and get the same experience.
  • Unified administration of your organizational search results, including admin-curated results such as bookmarks.

Experience Microsoft Search today

Key to delivering the Microsoft Search capability is the ability to have consistent scope of results anywhere you are searching. Even if the interface looks different, the goal is to have the same experience, personalized and contextualized for that specific interaction point.

Microsoft Search in Bing.com

Over the last year, 180 companies participated in our private preview, with files, sites, people, locations, and groups based on Microsoft Graph data. Based on the private preview feedback, we’re announcing the ability to search across conversations in both Teams and Yammer simultaneously.

An image shows Microsoft Search in Bing.com.

Searching in Bing returns both your organizational results and web results, making it an easy destination for broad searches to get the best of your work world and secure your web searches. Public preview begins rolling out today. Tenant admins must opt in to the experience for their organization. Visit bing.com/business/explore for details.

Microsoft Search in Office.com

Get back to your work faster with Office.com, surfacing the same search scope across Microsoft 365. Find documents you were recently working on, as well as recommended documents that your colleagues have mentioned you in, and keep up to date with what has been worked on since you last looked at it. Microsoft Search in Office.com goes into targeted release today.

An image shows Microsoft Search in Office.com.

Microsoft Search in SharePoint mobile app

The new version of the SharePoint mobile app includes search as the default experience when you enter the app. It lists common questions, personalized results, and frequent searches that organizations can curate. The new SharePoint mobile app is available for download today.

An image shows a mobile device using the SharePoint mobile app.

Microsoft Search in the Outlook mobile app

The Outlook mobile app also highlights search as an important element of the user experience, providing access to commands, content, and people. With “zero query search,” simply placing your cursor in the search box will bring up recommendations powered by AI and the Microsoft Graph. The Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android are available for download today.

Outlook will also bring zero query, fuzzy search, and top results based on intelligent technology to other endpoints as we drive towards coherence. Enhancements to search in Outlook for Windows, Mac, and on the web started to roll out to targeted release mid-September.

Connect and curate data across your organization’s systems

Boundary-less search is only as good as the sources it has access to. We recognize that organizations have a wealth of data in other third-party services and applications. In 2019, we will build native connectors for popular third-party applications that will surface search results inline with Microsoft data into all the search experiences you have, including Office, Windows, Edge, and Bing.com. Administrators will be able to select which connectors they wish to use for their organizations based on which investments they’ve already made in third-party applications. Further extensibility with APIs will also be possible. Organizations will be able customize the search sources and the display of search results with custom refiners and verticals, and control the display of how sources of information look in result pages.

Coming in the first half of 2019

Microsoft Search in Office

Our new suite-wide search in the ribbon offers the same consistent experience and results across your favorite Office apps—across desktop, mobile, and web. Find, command, navigate, and discover directly from the same search box.

An image shows a laptop open to a PowerPoint deck in which the user is using Microsoft Search.

Microsoft Search in Windows

Right from your taskbar, perform searches that include local and organizational search results; whether that is people, the location of an office, or your files, you can find it all in Windows.

An image shows Microsoft Search used from the Windows start screen.

What’s coming next?

The Microsoft Graph gleans insight from the people, sites, devices, and documents you work with and is the basis for consistent learning across your organization, wherever you and your colleagues work. Microsoft Graph ranks search results relevant to your needs. You can see all the results that satisfy your query, but personalized search prioritizes the results that are most likely to achieve your objective.

Supercharging the Microsoft Graph with advanced AI technology from Bing and its knowledge of the world, we can extend our vision for insightful technology to make it simple to ask natural language questions and get real answers, without manual intervention. For example, a question such as “Can my brother work for me at my company?” means that not only syntactic parsing of the question is necessary but semantic understanding. Your organization’s HR policy probably specifies “close family relationships,” so we use Bing’s knowledge of the world to expand and match “brother” and couple that with searching your organization’s intranet to derive the answer.

Using this machine reading comprehension technology is just one of the many ways we’ll be continuously improving Microsoft Search in the future.

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Radware: DDoS amplification attacks increasing, evolving

DDoS protection service provider Radware says threat actors are employing more types of amplification attacks to bring down networks, while also targeting the application layer to cause enterprises more harm.

Radware recently published research that showed how DDoS attack types are evolving and increasing. For example HTTPS floods, which generate seemingly authentic HTTPS requests at servers and web applications, grew 20% in 2018. DNS amplification attacks, which abuse DNS resolvers and so-called burst attacks that feature massive volumes at short intervals both grew 15%, the report found.

Daniel Smith, head of security research at Radware’s emergency response team, sees DDoS attacks becoming more targeted over time, with attackers using fewer resources and causing more damage.

“The threats from DDoS attacks are evolving in a very interesting way,” Smith said.” When I first got into this industry it was simple DoS attacks and [attack tools like] Low Orbit Ion Cannon. Now we’re looking at huge botnets and massive amplification attacks.

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Smith spoke with us at the recent SecureWorld Boston conference about the evolving threats of amplification attacks and what makes them effective. He also offers pointers on mitigating DDoS attacks, includes measures like network auditing and the use of machine learning and AI.

Editor’s note: This interview was edited for clarity and length.

What are some of the current DDoS attack trends?

Daniel Smith: The big trends at the moment are the obvious ones — we are seeing several IoT botnets such as Mirai and Qbot that are being leveraged across multiple platforms and multiple devices. You have botnets that contain up to 29 exploits; it’s basically opening up the horizon that they can attack.

An amplification attack is very quiet. You don’t know what’s coming because there’s not a lot of preparation for the build-out.
Daniel SmithHead of security research, Radware

One of the bigger attack trends outside of IoT botnets would be amplification attacks. In 2018, we saw several new amplification vectors. An amplification attack is a little different than an IoT botnet attack in the sense that an IoT botnet has 100,000 compromised routers. They are all launching a single message, at a single target. An amplification attack is basically a single person that’s querying information from a service — say DNS or NTP — and that request will be spoofed, so the information request will actually go to the target.

The problem with that is you can get high into bandwidth volume. The world record attack was an amplification attack directed at GitHub [recorded at 1.35 Tbps].

The ultimate problem is that with IoT devices these botnets are very loud and obnoxious and very obvious when they go around a network, while an amplification attack is very quiet. You don’t know what’s coming because there’s not a lot of preparation for the build-out. It’s just an attacker that’s scanning and finding microservices such as memcached and they’re requesting that information and having it directed back to the targets.  

How can companies defend themselves against amplification attacks?

Smith: The same thing as any other type of denial-of-service attack: It’s coming down to mitigation as far as on premise and cloud devices.

A lot of times when the attack traffic comes in, we’re looking to create a signature base of that traffic. We’re looking for specific patterns. We’re also flagging IP addresses through our deception network. We do have a list of IP addresses that we know they’re actively launching attacks or IP addresses for servers and microservices that are actively being abused. That way what we can do would be a simple blacklist saying ‘Don’t receive any traffic from this actual known IP.’ But when those blacklists aren’t there, that’s where we’re actually have to go in and analyze the traffic, create a signature and block it from there.

In general, DDoS attacks are very painful to deal with: [Losing] service availability and having your application not be available is a huge problem. The best practice in dealing with DDoS attacks is you want to audit your network and understand your weak points; you also want to be able to do a little forecasting and understand what your risks are.

For example, if you’re in the e-commerce industry, your main risks from bots in general are going to be in the summertime when traffic is slow. Everybody is competing for price, so there’s going to be a lot of bots out there scraping, trying to get credentials. But when you look at the holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, these are two days in which you see mainly DDoS attacks on applications and service availability where people can’t make purchases.

Once an industry understands what the threat is, they can forecast what kinds of threats are coming; it gives the network operators a chance to prepare. You do need hardware, but you also need threat intelligence, and with that combination, you’ll definitely be able to solve a lot of problems out there.

Can AI and machine learning help stop these attacks?

Smith: I believe machine learning and AI is a double-edged sword: With everything that we do that’s positive, there’s also a negative to go with it. You can use AI and machine learning to stop attacks and it’s very much a necessary thing right now considering the power and the people that are needed to stop these attacks. There is an incredible overhead.

If you can have AI and machine learning come in, of course it’s a great thing, but at the same time for me, as a security researcher, you are losing that human oversight.

At the end of the day you’re still going to have to have AI and machine learning with a human looking over it. An alert, report or notification of a threat can say, ‘this person is a bad actor,’ and everybody might think that person is a bad actor. But when someone like me with threat intelligence specialty comes in, I might be able to tell you that actually that account’s a troll and that this whole thing has been set up to make you think there’s a threat when there’s not.

In the long run we do need AI and machine learning to catch these advanced attacks. But it is just a tool in our monitoring toolkit.

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For Sale – M-ITX Desktop Computer – Intel Atom – 2GB DDR3 Ram – 500GB Hard Drive – Slim DVD – Windows 7 Pro

I have a Mini-ITX build for sale.

The motherboard and case are new, never used before, the ram was taken from another machine, the hard drive has been used before but is in full working order.

Running Windows 7 Professional already activated with a key.

Mini-ITX case
Jetway Mini-ITX NC9KDL-2550 Motherboard
2GB DDR3 Ram
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
Intel Atom 1.86Ghz CPU
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HDMI
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Power cable included.

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Windows 10 Tip: Snip & Sketch | Windows Experience Blog

Did you know easy snipping is just a single step away, thanks to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update?  
Since it’s available in the Microsoft Store, Snip & Sketch (originally introduced as part of the Windows Ink Workspace under the name “Screen Sketch”) can update faster and more frequently. It’s already had four app updates with new features since it was introduced in the fall. 
Unlike Screen Sketch, the Snip & Sketch app will show up on the taskbar and in the task switcher (Alt+tab), which makes it much easier to multi-task. You can also set the window size, and it even supports multiple windows. 
To quickly snip and share a screenshot, press the Windows key + Shift + S to bring up a snipping toolbar – use it to snip a rectangle, something a bit more freeform, or full screen and it will go straight to your clipboard. If that’s all you need, you can take it from there. 
Check it out in action: 

But you may want more. Immediately after taking a snip, you’ll get an invitation to take your snip to the Snip & Sketch app where you can annotate and share. 
If the Windows key + Shift + S keyboard shortcut is too long to remember, there are three easy entry options: 

Just click the pen tail button. If you have a digital pen, go into Pen & Windows Ink Settings – you’ll find Screen Snipping is now an option for single click. This will launch you directly into our snipping experience. 

Press Print Screen. Go to the Settings app and search for “PrtScn”, which will take you to a page with a toggle switch that says “Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping.” Turn on this toggle to start snipping with just a single key press. 

Press the quick action button in Action Center, labelled “Screen snip.” It should be there as soon as you upgrade, but if not, you can always enable it via Notifications & Actions Settings. 

Find out more about the creation of Snip & Sketch and how to use it  over at the Windows Community. 
If you like Snip & Sketch, check out more Windows 10 Tips. 
Updated April 8, 2019 1:50 pm