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Microsoft Teams reaches 20 million users, threatening Slack

More than 20 million people now use Microsoft Teams daily — up from 13 million in July. The product’s impressive growth has many analysts and investors worried about the long-term prospects of rival collaboration vendor Slack. 

Slack’s stock was down more than 8% Tuesday in apparent reaction to Microsoft’s announcement. The company’s value has been steadily declining since June as more and more financial analysts have voiced concerns about the rise of Microsoft Teams.

Unlike Slack, Microsoft has a massive base of existing customers to target. More than 200 million people use Office 365 every month, and those customers usually have access to Microsoft Teams at no additional cost.

“Microsoft has the advantage of including Teams collaboration with a lot of their Office 365 packages,” said Rob Arnold, analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “And that literally gets it in front of more users than Slack can ever hope to.”

Microsoft also has a vast network of partners worldwide that provide services and support to businesses using its software. Slack launched its partner program last week, but so far has only recruited small and midsize firms.

Slack has attempted to undercut Microsoft’s growing user count by focusing on user engagement. Among paid customers, Slack users spend nine hours connected to the app and 90 minutes actively using it each day, the company said.

“As we’ve said before, you can’t transform a workplace if people aren’t actually using your product,” a Slack spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday.

There is, however, no evidence to suggest Teams users are less engaged with the app, as Microsoft has not released comparable statistics on the subject. Microsoft said Tuesday that users conducted 27 million voice and video calls in Teams last month, and interacted with documents stored in Teams 220 million times.

More than 12 million people used Slack daily in September. Use of the app has more than tripled over the past three years, making the vendor a leader in the market for team-based workplace communications software.

Slack often leads larger rivals Microsoft and Cisco in adding innovative features. For example, Slack developed a way to export emails to Slack in a few clicks earlier this year, while Microsoft won’t launch a similar feature until early 2020.

But Slack has never made a profit, losing nearly $139 million on $400 million in revenue last year. Attaining profitability will require selling to more businesses with thousands, if not tens of thousands, of employees. Many of those companies already use Office 365.

In an interview last month with the Wall Street Journal, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said 70% of its 50 largest customers were using Office 365. He also pointed out that many of the top Google Search trends for Microsoft Teams were related to uninstalling the app.

Over the past year, Slack has been redesigning aspects of its user interface to be friendlier to the average office worker. The company launched the tool originally for software engineers, which led to quirks in the way users interact with bots and integrations.

This month, Slack is in the process of rolling out a new toolbar for writing messages that resembles what users are accustomed to when using apps like Microsoft Word. The toolbar lets users bold, underline and italicize text, and create numbered and bulleted lists. Previously, users had to do unintuitive things like put asterisks on either side of a word to make it bold.  

But Microsoft has also been investing heavily in Teams, naming it the successor to Skype for Business. Just last week, Microsoft announced a partnership with Salesforce to integrate that vendor’s online sales and service platforms with Teams. The move could further boost the adoption of Microsoft’s product.

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Merger and acquisition activity is altering the BI landscape

From Qlik’s acquisition of Podium Data in July 2018 through Salesforce’s purchase of Tableau Software in June 2019, the last year in BI has been characterized by a wave of consolidation.

Merger and acquisition activity is altering the BI landscape

Capped by Salesforce’s $15.7 billion acquisition of Tableau Software on June 10, 2019, and Google’s $2.6 billion purchase of Looker just four days earlier, the BI market over the last year has been marked by a wave of merger and acquisition activity.

Qlik kicked off the surge with its acquisition of Podium Data in July 2018, and, subsequently, made two more purchases.

“To survive, you’re going to have to reach some kind of scale,” said Rick Sherman, founder and managing partner of Athena IT Solutions, in a SearchBusinessAnalytics story in July 2019. “Small vendors are going to be bought or merge with more focused niche companies to build a more complete product.”

It was a little more than a decade ago that a similar wave of merger and activity reshaped the BI landscape, highlighted by IBM buying Cognos Analytics and SAP acquiring Business Objects.

After the flurry of deals in the spring ending with the premium Salesforce paid for Tableau, the pace of mergers and acquisition activity has slowed since the start of the summer, but more could be coming soon as more vendors with a specialized purpose seek partners with complementary capabilities in an attempt to keep pace with competitors that have already filled out their analytics stack.

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Microsoft patches two Windows zero-days in July Patch Tuesday

The July 2019 Patch Tuesday release included fixes for 77 vulnerabilities, two of which were Windows zero-days that were actively exploited in the wild.

The two Windows zero-days are both local escalation-of-privilege flaws that cannot be used alone to perform an attack. One zero-day, CVE-2019-0880, is a flaw in how splwow64.exe handles certain calls. The issue affects Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2016 and 2019.

“This vulnerability by itself does not allow arbitrary code execution; however, it could allow arbitrary code to be run if the attacker uses it in combination with another vulnerability that is capable of leveraging the elevated privileges when code execution is attempted,” according to Microsoft.

The other Windows zero-day the vendor patched was CVE-2019-1132, which caused the Win32k component to improperly handle objects in memory. This issue affects Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

“To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would first have to log on to the system,” Microsoft noted. “An attacker could then run a specially crafted application that could exploit the vulnerability and take control of an affected system.”

This zero-day was reported to Microsoft by ESET. Anton Cherepanov, senior malware researcher for ESET, detailed a highly targeted attack in Eastern Europe and recommended upgrading systems as the best remediation against attacks.

“The exploit only works against older versions of Windows, because since Windows 8 a user process is not allowed to map the NULL page. Microsoft back-ported this mitigation to Windows 7 for x64-based systems,” Cherepanov wrote in a blog post. “People who still use Windows 7 for 32-bit systems Service Pack 1 should consider updating to newer operating systems, since extended support of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ends on January 14th, 2020. Which means that Windows 7 users won’t receive critical security updates. Thus, vulnerabilities like this one will stay unpatched forever.”

Other patches

Beyond the two Windows zero-days patched this month, there were six vulnerabilities patched that had been publicly disclosed, but no attacks were seen in the wild. The disclosures could potentially aid attackers in exploiting the issues faster, so enterprises should prioritize the following:

  • CVE-2018-15664, a Docker flaw in the Azure Kubernetes Service;
  • CVE-2019-0962, an Azure Automation escalation-of-privilege flaw;
  • CVE-2019-0865, a denial-of-service flaw in SymCrypt;
  • CVE-2019-0887, a remote code execution (RCE) flaw in Remote Desktop Services;
  • CVE-2019-1068, an RCE flaw in Microsoft SQL Server; and
  • CVE-2019-1129, a Windows escalation-of-privilege flaw.

The Patch Tuesday release also included 15 vulnerabilities rated critical by Microsoft. Some standout patches in that group included CVE-2019-0785, a DHCP Server RCE issue, and four RCE issues affecting Microsoft browsers, which Trend Micro labeled as noteworthy — CVE-2019-1004, CVE-2019-1063, CVE-2019-1104 and CVE-2019-1107.

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For Sale – Custom gaming PC (i7 7700k 4.2GHz, GTX 1070, 16gb RAM, 500gb SSD)

PCpartpicker link for full specs and the cost now to build new. I built this PC around July last year for £1500-£1600. It comes with all the original boxes, extras included with the components such as PSU cables, brackets etc, sleeved white extension cables and led strips with a remote. I was in my final year of university and rarely got to use it let alone game on it so everything is in impeccable condition, and I maintained it by dusting and staring at it lovingly when required.

Couple things to note: no OS and no WiFi card, but I can throw in a wireless adapter as well as a LAN cable. Pictures here but will post more detailed ones soon.

Price wise I want to be transparent and fair – is asking for 75% of the built new costs, £1100, reasonable? I am open to discussion. I’m not in a rush to get rid of it and didn’t get much use out of it, hence wanting a good price. Mostly selling to save up for my gap year.

I live in London and can deliver within London and the South if it’s not too far, and viewing and collecting are also options too. Can post my ebay account where I sold games/peripherals if you want to check reviews on me. Thank you for looking and please feel free to ask me questions.

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Price and currency: £1100
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Location: London
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For Sale – Custom gaming PC (i7 7700k 4.2GHz, GTX 1070, 16gb RAM, 500gb SSD)

PCpartpicker link for full specs and the cost now to build new. I built this PC around July last year for £1500-£1600. It comes with all the original boxes, extras included with the components such as PSU cables, brackets etc, sleeved white extension cables and led strips with a remote. I was in my final year of university and rarely got to use it let alone game on it so everything is in impeccable condition, and I maintained it by dusting and staring at it lovingly when required.

Couple things to note: no OS and no WiFi card, but I can throw in a wireless adapter as well as a LAN cable. Pictures here but will post more detailed ones soon.

Price wise I want to be transparent and fair – is asking for 75% of the built new costs, £1100, reasonable? I am open to discussion. I’m not in a rush to get rid of it and didn’t get much use out of it, hence wanting a good price. Mostly selling to save up for my gap year.

I live in London and can deliver within London and the South if it’s not too far, and viewing and collecting are also options too. Can post my ebay account where I sold games/peripherals if you want to check reviews on me. Thank you for looking and please feel free to ask me questions.

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Price and currency: £1100
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or PayPal
Location: London
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – 2017 27″ 5K iMac i7 4.2Ghz 1TB SSD 64GB Ram Applecare

As header, bought in July 2017 custom built from apple rather than off the shelf. boxed in excellent condition

27″ iMac 2017 with 5K Display
1TB internal SSD
64GB Ram
i7 4.2ghz processor
Radeon pro 580 8192MB
AppleCare until July 2020
Includes Magic Mouse 2 and apple keyboard with the keypad

Selling as I’m now using a MacBook Pro and external monitor for photo editing.

£2850 delivered.

Price and currency: £2850
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bathgate
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 2017 27″ 5K iMac i7 4.2Ghz 1TB SSD 64GB Ram Applecare

As header, bought in July 2017 custom built from apple rather than off the shelf. boxed in excellent condition

27″ iMac 2017 with 5K Display
1TB internal SSD
64GB Ram
i7 4.2ghz processor
Radeon pro 580 8192MB
AppleCare until July 2020
Includes Magic Mouse 2 and apple keyboard with the keypad

Selling as I’m now using a MacBook Pro and external monitor for photo editing.

£2850 delivered.

Price and currency: £2850
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Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bathgate
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 2017 27″ 5K iMac i7 4.2Ghz 1TB SSD 64GB Ram Applecare

As header, bought in July 2017 custom built from apple rather than off the shelf. boxed in excellent condition

27″ iMac 2017 with 5K Display
1TB internal SSD
64GB Ram
i7 4.2ghz processor
Radeon pro 580 8192MB
AppleCare until July 2020
Includes Magic Mouse 2 and apple keyboard with the keypad

Selling as I’m now using a MacBook Pro and external monitor for photo editing.

£2850 delivered.

Price and currency: £2850
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bathgate
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 2017 27″ 5K iMac i7 4.2Ghz 1TB SSD 64GB Ram Applecare

As header, bought in July 2017 custom built from apple rather than off the shelf. boxed in excellent condition

27″ iMac 2017 with 5K Display
1TB internal SSD
64GB Ram
i7 4.2ghz processor
Radeon pro 580 8192MB
AppleCare until July 2020
Includes Magic Mouse 2 and apple keyboard with the keypad

Selling as I’m now using a MacBook Pro and external monitor for photo editing.

£2850 delivered.

Price and currency: £2850
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bathgate
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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