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Microsoft and Amazon sync AI voice assistants Alexa, Cortana

Microsoft and Amazon have launched the first phase of a long-awaited integration between Alexa and Cortana. Although currently targeted at consumers, the partnership could boost adoption eventually of AI voice assistants in the workplace.

The link between the two platforms lets users access some basic Cortana features through Alexa-enabled devices, and vice versa. The public preview works on Amazon Echo speakers, Windows 10 computers, and Harman Kardon Invoke speakers.

Both vendors appear poised to benefit from the partnership, which brings together Amazon Alexa’s large footprint in the consumer market with Microsoft Cortana’s link to office productivity tools, said Werner Goertz, analyst at Gartner.

“Alexa and Cortana can address my needs as a private individual and as a professional knowledge worker,” Goertz said. “That is a very important and winning combination.”

If Microsoft and Amazon decide to pursue a long-term partnership, the deal could pose a challenge to Google and Apple, the two other big players in the market for AI voice assistants.

But Microsoft and Amazon will likely approach the relationship cautiously given that they compete against each other on many fronts, said Jon Arnold, principal analyst of Toronto-based research and analysis firm J Arnold & Associates.

“They will know in time if it’s a good idea or not,” Arnold said. “And if they get the synergies, then they will do more of it. And if not, then they will put the walls back up.”

One possible stumbling block is Alexa for Business, which is excluded from the integration with Cortana launched this week. Released by Amazon in late 2017, the platform connects Echo speakers to enterprise messaging and meetings software.

The absence of a link between Cortana and Alexa for Business — at least for now — suggests their creators are targeting the partnership primarily at consumers, said Juan Gonzalez, analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

“While it may seem that both companies can gain and benefit from this agreement, it’s still not clear who will grab the lion’s share of it,” Gonzalez said. “Will this initiative be the beginning of a long-standing partnership where both companies can combine forces against Apple and Google? Only time will tell.”

Cortana-Alexa integration starts off small  

For now, users need to command their smart devices to open the alternative AI voice assistant software: “Hey Cortana, open Alexa,” or “Alexa, open Cortana.” The two vendors said they were planning for a more seamless link between the two platforms in the future.

Until then, office workers could use an Echo speaker to have Cortana check their morning emails and meetings. At work, they could access Alexa through a Windows 10 work computer to monitor package shipments or control smart home devices.

But many advanced functions, such as music streaming, are not yet available across platforms, as Microsoft and Amazon seek customer feedback during the public trial. The two tech giants first announced plans to sync their AI voice assistants in August 2017, initially promising a paring by the end of last year.

“It’s still very clunky. … In the end game, that should look a little bit different,” Goertz said. “There should be some intelligent mechanism that determines which of the two personal assistants would be the ideal one in any given circumstance to respond to the user’s command.”

August Patch Tuesday closes CPU bug, two zero-day exploits

Microsoft closed two zero-day vulnerabilities and released a fix for a new exploit for Intel processors on August Patch Tuesday.

Microsoft released an advisory (ADV-180018) on the latest speculative execution side channel vulnerability in Intel Core and Xeon processors called L1 Terminal Fault. Dubbed Foreshadow by security researchers, the vulnerability lets an attacker read data as it passes between a host and a virtual machine and a hypervisor.

The earlier Spectre and Meltdown variants allowed process-to-process interactions, but this latest hardware exploit allows a guest system to retrieve data from another guest system, said Brian Secrist, content manager at Ivanti, based in South Jordan, Utah.  

Once again, we have a bunch of hoops to jump through to get to full remediation… 2018 is keeping us real busy.
Brian Secristcontent manager, Ivanti

Full protection from Foreshadow (CVE-2018-3615, CVE-2018-3620 and CVE-2018-3646) on Windows requires a registry change, Microsoft patch and Intel firmware update to close the vulnerability.

“Once again, we have a bunch of hoops to jump through to get to full remediation,” Secrist said. “2018 is keeping us real busy.”

Microsoft addresses two zero-day exploits

Microsoft also closed a pair of zero-day remote code execution vulnerabilities. The first (CVE-2018-8373), in the Microsoft Scripting Engine with known exploits that affect all versions of Internet Explorer, allows an attacker to run arbitrary code on unpatched machines in the context of users who visit a specially crafted website. Depending on the user’s rights, the attacker could install programs or view and delete data. The patch changes how the scripting engine handles objects in memory. This CVE is critical for Windows desktop systems and important for server versions.

Rated important, the second zero-day (CVE-2018-8414) uses a Windows Shell bug in Windows 10 and Windows Server SAC Server Core for remote-code execution attacks. This vulnerability requires the user to run a malicious file either from email or a web site, after which an attacker can run code at the privilege level of the current user. The patch makes Windows Shell validate file paths properly.

August Patch Tuesday closes more than 60 vulnerabilities

More than half of the 60 vulnerabilities disclosed in August Patch Tuesday affect browsers or the scripting engine. Administrators should prioritize patching workstations and servers for a critical remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2018-8345) that triggers when viewed by a user. Microsoft resolved this exploit by correcting the processing of shortcut .LNK references.

“Because the user doesn’t have to click on the malicious .LNK file to actually exploit the vulnerability, compared to browser vulnerability, it’s more likely for a server admin to be browsing through files. If they see this shortcut and the system renders it, then that’s when the exploit runs,” said Jimmy Graham, director of product management at Qualys, based in Foster City, Calif.

Jimmy Graham, QualysJimmy Graham, Qualys

Almost every major third-party vendor released patches and updates between the July and August Patch Tuesday, said Secrist. Adobe released four updates, including fixes for Adobe Flash and Acrobat. Google Chrome released version 68, and Firefox released updates for Thunderbird.

“We haven’t seen any increase in attacks or anything, just an example of better research and better coverage of vulnerabilities,” Secrist said.

July Patch Tuesday issues anger IT workers

After the July Patch Tuesday releases, Microsoft warned customers of potential SQL Server startup problems on Windows desktop (7 and 8.1) and server (2008 R2 and 2012 R2) versions on July 26. The company released several hotfixes and recommended uninstalling the July patches. Such rollbacks of faulty Microsoft updates have become a recurring headache for administrators.

Microsoft security updates for July also caused problems for the .NET Framework. On July 16, Microsoft posted a blog that “encouraged” Exchange customers to delay applying the July 10 updates to avoid disruptions with mail delivery. Hotfixes for affected systems — all supported versions of Windows Server — did not arrive until July 17. Up until that point, the only remedy was to uninstall the .NET Framework 4.7.2 update.

“Clearly there is a quality assurance issue of some kind,” Secrist said. “There’s another .NET release this month. Hopefully they spend more time on this one. We always strongly recommend you run [patches] through a test group and make sure they are stable before you push them out.”

Jeff Guillet, CEO of EXPTA Consulting in Pacifica, Calif., reached out to the Exchange product group for more information when the disruptions first occurred and said it was a two-fold problem of “really bad patches and bad communication.”

“Nobody even acknowledged that there was a problem and then all of a sudden they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we fixed this.’ [Administrators] had to troubleshoot it themselves because there was no communication from Microsoft saying this was a problem,” said Guillet.

While the intent of Patch Tuesday is to protect systems from vulnerabilities, the recent spate of patching issues concerns some IT administrators.

“Everybody’s kind of come to terms with [monthly patching], but the expectation was that a patch isn’t going to break stuff,” said Guillet. “So if it’s going to start breaking things, now I need to worry about testing it and I don’t have time because the next patches are coming up next Tuesday.”

Getting Started with Microsoft in the Classroom |

Want to get started with Microsoft in the classroom? We’ve pulled together a list of upcoming training sessions hosted by Microsoft Learning Design Specialists Troy Waller & Megan Townes. In these session you will get to know how you can make the most of Microsoft in your classroom.

Tuesday 4th September 2018, 8:00-9.30PM AEST

This online workshop is aimed at educators for whom Office 365 is relatively new and who are looking to implement solutions to classroom problems right away. It is designed to give educators an understanding of how Office 365 can provide the right environment for better learning outcomes. Educators will learn to become more innovative with cloud-based tools, regardless of the device they use. We will explore Office 365 through hands-on activities that will introduce educators to Office Online and OneDrive.

This workshop will be facilitated by Microsoft Learning Design Specialist Troy Waller.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/getting-started-with-office-365-registration-48795432452

Monday 17th September 2018, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEST

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Students can play in a secure environment along with their classmates, collaborate on projects, and record and reflect on their learning within the game. This workshop is designed specifically for K-12 teachers who would like to introduce Minecraft: Education Edition into their classroom. Learning objectives: Participants will learn why Minecraft enhances learning experiences for both students and educators. Explore digital resources available to educators. Learn about the unique features of Minecraft: Education Edition. Tour through a world demonstrating curriculum applications of the game.

This workshop will be facilitated by Microsoft Learning Design Specialist Megan Townes.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/getting-started-with-minecraft-registration-48796774466  

Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEST

Microsoft’s mission is to empower all people and all organisations to achieve more. The classroom is no different. Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications like Office, together with other assistive technologies, offer features that make computers easier to use for everyone – giving teachers the opportunity to provide personalised learning, and students an improved experience and equal opportunity in the classroom. Join our session to see how Windows 10 and Office 365 can transform students’ educational experience and personalise learning.

This workshop will be facilitated by Microsoft Learning Design Specialist Troy Waller.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/creating-an-inclusive-classroom-with-microsoft-technologies-registration-48796816592

Monday 15th October 2018, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEDT

Learning is more powerful and dynamic with tools that are already right in front of you – and it’s up to educators to impress this on students in the classroom. With Microsoft OneNote, educators can create digital notebooks that support academic standards and education outcomes across disciplines and tasks, such as writing, reading, mathematics, science, history, CTE, and elective courses. Students may use OneNote across content areas and grade levels, and use OneNote to compile and organize unstructured information, research, and content. OneNote also supports research, collaboration, information management, communication, note taking, journaling, reflective writing, and academic requirements. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Microsoft Learning Design Specialist Megan Townes.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/getting-started-with-onenote-registration-48796971054

Monday 15th October 2018, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEDT

OneNote Class Notebooks have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. It is designed to help teachers and lecturers save time and be even more efficient with their classes. This workshop will introduce teachers to the basic features of Class Notebook and allow time for exploration to get hands-on with ideas and examples for classroom use.

This workshop will be facilitated by Microsoft Learning Design Specialist Troy Waller.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/getting-started-with-class-notebook-registration-48797026219

Monday 12th November 2018, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEDT

How do we support teachers and students who are challenged to learn in an increasingly collaborative and mobile environment? Microsoft Teams creates an ideal digital hub for teachers to deliver instruction, enhance learning, and interact in a rich and engaging online space. Participants will engage in a series of immersive learning activities that will build a strong understanding of how to use Microsoft Teams to improve collaboration with colleagues and meet the learning needs of their students. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Microsoft Learning Design Specialist Megan Townes.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/getting-started-with-teams-registration-48797109468

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Register Now for the Fifth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House – Xbox Wire

For the fifth year in a row, ID@Xbox is hosting a Pre-PAX Open House on the Microsoft campus. Register here (the event is free) to start your PAX party a day early!

This event has become a favorite tradition for our team. We love inviting everyone to spend time on our home turf and enjoy some of the most exciting new ID@Xbox games. We hope you’ll join us on August 30 (the Thursday before PAX) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to play games, meet the wonderful developers who made ‘em, and maybe even win a prize in our raffle!

Not only will you have the chance to check out more than 50 games releasing on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, you can also plan for the following:

  • Meet and chat with other teams at Microsoft.
  • Say hello to the Xbox Ambassadors and spin their prize wheel to win some swag!
  • Head to the Mixer area to try out the latest MixPlay experiences and get a glimpse at the future of interactive gaming.
  • Chat with the Microsoft User Research team to share your personal feedback and help them make better products for you and everyone.

But what about the games?

The following eight games haven’t previously been announced for Xbox One. We’re thrilled to reveal for the first time that they’re coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program and you can try them out at this event:

  • Bot Rods (Holy Cow Productions)
  • La-Mulana2 (Active Gaming Media)
  • Museum of Simulation Technology (Pillow Castle)
  • Orphan (2Dimensions)
  • Revenant Dogma (KEMCO)
  • Super Retro Maker (Digital Dominion)
  • Thunder Rally (Typical Entertainment)
  • Where the Bees Make Honey (Whitethorn Digital)

In addition to those, we’ve pulled together a great variety of ID@Xbox titles for fans to try out:

  • Aftercharge (Chainsawesome Games)
  • Ashen (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Bad North (Raw Fury)
  • Below (Capybara)
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine (Rooster Teeth Games)
  • Black Desert (Pearl Abyss)
  • Children of Morta (11 bit studios)
  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Deathgarden (Behaviour)
  • Desert Child (Akupara Games)
  • Epitasis (Epitasis Games)
  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn (1C Publishing)
  • Exception (Traxmaster Software)
  • FAR: Lone Sails (Mixtvision)
  • For the King (Curve Digital)
  • Generation Zero (Avalanche Studios)
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Kingdom Two Crowns (Raw Fury)
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Klei)
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (Funcom)
  • My Time at Portia (Team17)
  • Nippon Marathon (PQube)
  • Outer Wilds (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Projection : First Light (Blowfish Studios)
  • RAZED (PQube)
  • RemiLore (Nicalis)
  • Revenant Dogma (KEMCO)
  • Rival Megagun (Degica)
  • SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption (Another Indie)
  • Starbound (Chucklefish)
  • Strange Brigade (Rebellion)
  • Super Meat Boy Forever (Team Meat)
  • Supermarket Shriek (Billy Goat Entertainment)
  • Superweights (Pompaduo)
  • Swimsanity (Decoy Games)
  • The Blackout Club (Question)
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (Jackbox Games)
  • The Occupation (Humble Bundle)
  • The Videokid (Chorus Worldwide Games Limites)
  • Tunic (Finji)
  • Vigor (Bohemia Interactive)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)
  • Yuppie Psycho (Another Indie)

And as if that weren’t enough, you’ll also get a chance to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Forza Horizon 4, from Microsoft Studios, and The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories, from Arc System Works.

Open to Everyone

Not only is this a free event, you don’t even need a PAX ticket! Though if you’re under 18, please come with a parent or guardian.

ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

Microsoft Conference Center

16070 NE 36th Way, Bldg 33 – McKinley

Redmond, WA 98052

If you’re driving in, there’s free parking available. There will also be buses taking attendees directly to and from the event from the Washington State Convention Center. These buses pick up at the motor coach and shuttle bus loading area every 15-30 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m., running every 15-30 minutes through 9:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to RSVP!

Microsoft Movies & TV Now Supports Movies Anywhere – Xbox Wire

Today we are excited to announce that the Microsoft Movies & TV app for Xbox and Windows 10 devices now supports Movies Anywhere, which brings your favorite film libraries together in one place.

When you connect your Microsoft account with your Movies Anywhere account, all of your eligible movies from Microsoft can be enjoyed across your favorite screens at no extra cost. This includes Xbox and Windows, iOS and Android, smart TVs, and streaming devices.

In addition, eligible movies you previously purchased from other participating digital retailers will now be viewable through the Movies & TV app on Xbox and Windows 10.

As part of our launch, we have a limited time offer for anyone who connects his or her Microsoft account to Movies Anywhere for the first time. Once you connect, you will receive X-Men Days of Future Past in your digital collection on us. This offer begins today and only runs for a limited time, so head here to connect your accounts today or visit this page for complete details.

Microsoft Movies & TV allows you to watch the newest movies and TV shows across your favorite devices, before streaming services or disc, and without subscription or membership fees. You can download for offline viewing and take it on the go, or watch the latest episode of a show the day after it airs on TV. There are weekly deals in Sales & Specials to grow your collection, and all of your purchases earn you credits through Microsoft Rewards.

We have been working to bring you the best viewing experience on Xbox and Windows 10 for your favorite movies. Thank you for sharing your feedback and happy movie watching!

4 steps to engage employees with new live events in Microsoft 365 – Microsoft 365 Blog

Earlier this month, we announced new intelligent event capabilities in Microsoft 365 that enable anyone to create live and on-demand events for teams and across the organization. Today, we invite you to use the public preview of live events in Microsoft 365 and discover new ways to foster connection and engagement between leaders and employees at every level in your organization.

More than ever before, employees in the modern workplace seek work environments that unlock creativity, make their lives more productive and fulfilling, and foster a sense of connection with their organization’s mission and purpose.

A critical first step for your organization to thrive in this new culture of work is to drive alignment of your people around shared purpose and goals. Leaders realize that organizations who do this well have an advantage in attracting and retaining an engaged workforce.

Here are four ways your organization can enable leaders and employees to connect with new live events in Microsoft 365:

1—Use live events to kickstart interactive discussions across your organization

Today, executives at Microsoft—including CEO Satya Nadella—use Microsoft 365 to connect and communicate with employees around the globe. Now, any company or organization with Microsoft 365 can create these moments of high engagement, where people are focused on leaders and their messages and ask questions to clarify or reinforce conversations in the community.

Using Microsoft Stream, Teams, or Yammer, you can create a live event wherever your audience, team, or community resides. Attendees receive notifications and can participate in real-time, with high-definition video and interactive discussion using web, mobile, or desktop.

Following an event, it’s easy to make the recording available on an event page, allowing you to watch the event on your own schedule and catch up quickly with powerful AI features that unlock the content of the event recording. The recording is automatically transcribed and detects changes in speakers—making it simple to search for content later.

For employees who are in different time zones or unable to attend live, the conversation keeps going, so they still feel connected to leaders and peers—helping to overcome geographical or organizational boundaries.

The event and recordings are powered by Microsoft Stream, the intelligent video service in Office 365.

Image of a laptop open to display a live event in Microsoft 365.

2—Foster sustained dialogue in open communities

Give everyone a voice—before, during, and after a live event in Microsoft 365—with Yammer communities that span functions or the entire organization. Providing a forum for employees to be heard is an important piece of transforming a culture. These communities are where people can come any time to raise ideas, concerns, or questions, and where leaders can reply in an authentic way.

An active Yammer community builds trust and a sense of connection and belonging. And it provides a forum where employees who might not feel comfortable speaking out during a live event can connect directly with leaders.

With inline message translation, live events in Microsoft 365 empowers people to express themselves in their own language.

3—Create an intranet site for leaders to share events, blogs, video, news, and resources

Communicate at scale as a leader with a continuous, online presence using content, conversation, and video channels within a SharePoint communications site. You can optimize for news distribution and blogs, and deepen engagement with related content, polls and surveys, and readership analytics.

This is also a great spot to share recorded events for later viewing. Simply create a dedicated page for each event where employees can submit questions and comments in advance. Leaders and organizers can then use this input to craft the messaging and content of the events.

4—Plan corporate communications and measure impact

Executive and internal communications may be managed by a team of one or a team of many—but it takes careful planning and execution to ensure success. Microsoft Teams—the hub for teamwork in Office 365—is ideally suited to work together in the creation and production of events and other executive communications. It provides an effective backstage for your live event, giving you a shared space to work with speakers and approve content before sharing with a broader audience.

Once you have begun engaging your audience, every message within a Yammer community has a visible count of how many people your post has reached. This helps both community organizers and employees understand what is being read. Group insights demonstrate how the knowledge and information created in the community benefit people—regardless of their membership status in the group. For example, passive visitors may gain value from group conversations and apply the information elsewhere in their daily work. You can also see the number of views for an event recording and across a channel, and how many people liked the video. Pages and news articles also have statistics to understand readership.

Empowering all leaders across an organization

Leadership, of course, does not just refer to organizational leaders. Leaders of communities may be subject matter experts, functional managers, or passionate individuals who are leading areas of expertise, practices, or interest groups. These same capabilities in Microsoft 365 can enable leaders at any level to create and sustain connection with their communities.

Patrick Yates, manager of Diversity and Inclusion at TDS Telecom, considers community connections and engagement an important part of the employee experience, and a boon to recruiting talent. “Younger generations entering the workforce especially want a modern, inclusive environment—to be part of something that’s larger than themselves.”

Connect your employees and leaders today

Experience the public preview of live events in Microsoft 365, and get started on connecting your leaders and employees today. We will be adding additional features and functionality based on your feedback in the Tech Community.

To create a live event, you will need an Office 365 E3 or E5 license and your admin must give you permission to do so. To attend a live event, you need an Office 365 license for authenticated users. Public (anonymous) access is possible in specific configurations.

For more information on the intelligent event capabilities, visit the Microsoft 365 live events post on Tech Community.

JDA Partners with Microsoft to Power Data-Driven Digital Transformations in the Cloud

JDA to build cognitive SaaS solutions on Microsoft Azure to deliver an intelligent, Autonomous Supply Chain to customers


Scottsdale, Ariz.
August 01, 2018

JDA Software, Inc., today announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to enable JDA to build cognitive SaaS solutions on the market-leading Microsoft Azure cloud platform. This will, in turn, accelerate JDA’s vision to deliver an Autonomous Supply ChainTM through an infusion of advanced, intelligent cloud platform capabilities. This partnership further advances JDA’s innovation initiatives along with its recently announced definitive agreement to acquire Blue Yonder.  Blue Yonder is a market leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions for retail and supply chain. These announcements support JDA’s strategy to develop more cognitive and connected solutions to power digital transformations and create competitive advantage for its customers.

“JDA’s supply chain solutions provide a faster response to demand signals from consumers, cognitive insights, and intelligent decisions based on edge sensors. Microsoft Azure will fuel our ongoing SaaS momentum as JDA applications deliver seamless customer experiences across cloud, on-premise, and edge solutions,” said Girish Rishi, chief executive officer, JDA. “Our strategic partnership with Microsoft accelerates JDA ‘s mission as the supply chain platform company, enabling our broad ecosystem of joint partners and developers to further leverage our AI/ML-based solutions.”

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group, Microsoft said, “Microsoft Azure is driving new levels of organizational productivity and intelligent data-driven experiences, making it the ideal platform to bring JDA’s vision of an Autonomous Supply Chain to life. The powerful combination of JDA’s proven applications with Azure will empower customers to take advantage of real-time insights for smarter business decisions and profitable business growth.”

Victoria Brown, research manager, IDC said, “This partnership between established, trusted providers, uniting cloud services via Microsoft Azure, and supply chain via JDA addresses a gap in the supply chain ecosystem as cloud becomes a prerequisite for enterprises today as they embark on their digital supply chain transformations. Cloud-based supply chain deployments account for only about 40 percent of deployments today, and this new, trusted partnership could send that on an upward trajectory quite quickly.”

JDA’s solutions optimize the entire supply chain from end to end – from supplier to factory, transportation network to warehouse, store to consumer – through its market-leading solutions offerings. JDA is the only company named a leader by Gartner across all five Magic Quadrants that cover supply chain and retail merchandising solutions.  Joining forces with Microsoft for go-to-market and the development of forthcoming JDA SaaS solutions on the Azure platform will reap a number of immediate benefits to JDA’s more than 4,000 customers, including in the following key areas.

JDA to build cognitive, connected SaaS solutions on Azure

  • This partnership accelerates JDA’s SaaS solutions roadmap including those next generation solutions built on JDA LuminateTM, JDA’s next generation cognitive, connected supply chain platform
  • JDA’s customers will be able to tap into Microsoft’s large global footprint and global alliances network, while leveraging Azure’s large compliance portfolio, embedded security, enterprise-grade service level agreements, and industry-leading support.

JDA and Microsoft go to market together to digitally transform supply chain and retail operations

  • The companies will join forces in the market to drive digital transformations across key verticals such as retail, manufacturing and logistics with their combined solution portfolios
  • JDA’s leading supply chain and retail solutions highly complement Microsoft’s enterprise business application solutions and will now serve as the cornerstone to Microsoft’s supply chain practice offerings

JDA Luminate ControlTower TM is  the first solution built on Azure

  • JDA’s SaaS roadmap includes a first-of-its-kind digital control tower — JDA Luminate ControlTower – a virtual decision center that provides real-time, 24/7 end-to-end visibility into global supply chains that will serve as the nerve center of their operations and identify bottlenecks and propose resolutions before they occur
  • Using Azure as the development platform for JDA Luminate ControlTower will accelerate JDA’s ability to deliver this key component of the autonomous supply chain.

Additional Resources:

 

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About JDA Software, Inc.

JDA Software is the leading supply chain software provider powering today’s digital transformations. We help companies optimize delivery to customers by enabling them to predict and shape demand, fulfill faster and more intelligently, and improve customer experiences and loyalty.  More than 4,000 global customers use our unmatched end-to-end software and SaaS solutions to unify and shorten their supply chains, increase speed of execution, and profitably deliver to their customers.  Our world-class client roster includes 75 of the top 100 retailers, 77 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 8 of the top 10 global 3PLs.  Running JDA, you can plan to deliverwww.jda.com

 

Social Networks:

Web: https://jda.com

Blog: https://blog.jda.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JDASoftwareGroup

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdasoftware/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jda-software

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JDASoftware

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JDASoftware

 

“JDA” is a trademark or registered trademark of JDA Software Group, Inc. Any trade, product or service name referenced in this document using the name “JDA” is a trademark and/or property of JDA Software Group, Inc.

 

JDA Software, Inc.
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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Introducing Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge – Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

Today, we are happy to introduce support for the Web Authentication specification in Microsoft Edge, enabling better, more secure user experiences and a passwordless experience on the web.

With Web Authentication, Microsoft Edge users can sign in with their face, fingerprint, PIN, or portable FIDO2 devices, leveraging strong public-key credentials instead of passwords.

Staying secure on the web is more important than ever. We trust web sites to process credit card numbers, save addresses and personal information, and even to handle sensitive records like medical information. All this data is protected by an ancient security model—the password. But passwords are difficult to remember, and are fundamentally insecure—often re-used, and vulnerable to phishing and cracking.

For these reasons, Microsoft has been leading the charge towards a world without passwords, with innovations like Windows Hello biometrics and pioneering work with the FIDO Alliance to create an open standard for passwordless authentication – Web Authentication.

We started this journey in 2016, when we shipped the industry’s first preview implementation of the Web Authentication API in Microsoft Edge. Since then, we have been updating our implementation to as we worked with other vendors and the FIDO alliance to develop the standard. In March, the FIDO Alliance announced that the Web Authentication APIs have reached Candidate Recommendation (CR) status in the W3C, a major milestone for the maturity and interoperability of the specification.

Beginning with build 17723, Microsoft Edge supports the CR version of Web Authentication. Our implementation provides the most complete support for Web Authentication to date, with support for a wider variety of authenticators than other browsers.

Windows Hello allows users to authenticate without a password on any Windows 10 device, using biometrics—face and fingerprint recognition—or a PIN number to sign in to web sites. With Windows Hello face recognition, users can log in to sites that support Web Authentication in seconds, with just a glance.

Animation showing a purchase using Web Authentication via Windows Hello

Users can also use external FIDO2 security keys to authenticate with a removable device and your biometrics or PIN. For websites that are not ready to move to a completely passwordless model, backwards compatibility with FIDO U2F devices can provide a strong second factor in addition to a password.

We’re working with industry partners on lighting up the first passwordless experiences around the web. At RSA 2018, we shared a sneak peak of how these APIs could be used to approve a payment on the web with your face. Passwordless authentication experiences like this are the foundation of a world without passwords.

We’re excited to get implementation into the hands of more developers to see what you build. To get started with Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge, check out more information on our implementation in the Web Authentication dev guide, or install Windows Insider Preview build 17723 or higher to try it out for yourself!

– Angelo Liao, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge
– Ibrahim Damlaj, Program Manager, Windows Security

Updated July 30, 2018 10:12 am