Early last month, Microsoft Edge 104 rolled out to the Beta Channel. And now, Microsoft has released an updated version which comes in at 104.0.1293.44. The update features some tweaks and the usual reliability fixes. A notable change that also comes with this update is that the basic security enhancements are now turned on by default.
Here's the full details in the changelog:
- Enhance your security on the web. Improvements to Enhance your security on the web in edge://settings/privacy now include Basic as the new default option. With this option, Microsoft Edge will apply added security protection to the less visited sites. This preserves the user experience for the most popular sites on the web.
For those that are unfamiliar with this feature, it aids in making Microsoft Edge more secure as it disables Just-in-time compiler (JIT). In return, it reduces the chances of users being susceptible to security breaches by attackers. In other Edge news, check out the latest Microsoft Edge Dev build that introduced the Narrator announcing 'banner' on 'Learn more' link.
Despite their usefulness, however, macros are often used to deploy malware as well, because they are capable of downloading and executing external software. Because most Office applications can integrate with each other, a macro can grab your Address book from Outlook, for example, and allow whatever malware you may have been infected to send malicious payloads to your contacts. Microsoft's dominance in the productivity and operating systems spaces has made their software rich targets for a very long time, with the angle of attack often bring macros.Microsoft recently issued a patch to most newer versions of Microsoft Office disabling macros if the Office file being opened was flagged as " downloaded from the internet." Initially the flag was automatic and turned on everywhere for all users. However, many small business users who rely on macros asked Microsoft to hold off on such broad sweeping changes, and so the patch was rolled back, unfortunately without much notice. Today system administrators have the ability to have the security flag for online macro detection turned on as a Group Policy, but it's not on for everyone by default. As such, macros can still be an attack vector, however, according to a recent report by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, malware and threat actors are searching for new attack vectors that may circumvent Microsoft's stricter security policies as they relate to macros. How could they do it? By essentially forcing users to take an extra step when downloading attachments. If an Excel file is downloaded from a web browser, or as a direct attachment from an e-mail, it will be flagged as coming from the internet. However, if the file originated from inside a container-style file, such as a zip, rar, iso, img, or other container, the originating location will be the local drive according to Windows. Because the file was extracted from a compressed container, the "from the internet" flag isn't applied.
Microsoft Viva Goals was launched back in May as part of a private preview, but Microsoft is now ready to go public with the new goal-setting and management solution and is announcing general availability.
With the purchase of the Microsoft Viva Goals SKU or Microsoft Viva SKU, interested parties can get started today with it via Microsoft Teams or on the web. Of course, You'll also need a Microsoft 365 F1, F3, E3, A3, E5, A5; Office 365 F3, E1, A1, E3, A3, E5, A5; Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Premium; or Microsoft SharePoint K, Plan 1, or Plan 2 license, too. These are the prerequisites for Viva Goals.
What are some of the benefits of Viva Goals? Well, according to Microsoft, you'll get clarity, focus, and the ability to bring your goals into the flow of your everyday work. You'll also be able to share progress on goals, enjoy custom dashboards, and bring data and actions right into Microsoft Teams, which you're already using.
You can learn more about Viva Goals above, where we chatted with Sunita Khatri, the Senior Director at Microsoft Viva about the Viva platform. Generally speaking, though, you'll get a central hub for goal setting, and the ability to access success across your company.
Thanks to a new Microsoft release, you may never be able to get away from your emails again.
The business has now formally launched a stripped-down version of its Outlook email service that it claims can work seamlessly on even the most basic Android handsets, which was first hinted at earlier this year.
With Outlook Lite, you get all the features of the popular platform, but without the battery drain and system resources depletion for people with low-end phones.
In order to function on devices with as little as 1GB of RAM and on outdated 2G and 3G networks as seen in many developing nations, the Outlook Lite software has been optimised to be as little as possible (5MB).
But Microsoft claims to have crammed Outlook Lite with essential features while still ensuring that the programme performs smoothly and quickly for everyone.
Microsoft senior product manager Pradeep Elavarasan said in a blog post announcing the introduction that “Outlook is used by millions of users everyday for their email and calendaring requirements.” Many smartphones don’t have the features needed to get the most out of Outlook on a smartphone.
It is hoped that the new service would enable more people, schools, institutions, and small enterprises to benefit from an effective and efficient solution for their mobile devices. Elavarasan
Aside from Gmail, the new service will only function with Microsoft’s Outlook.com (Hotmail), Hotmail (Live), MSN (Microsoft 365), and Microsoft Exchange Online (Exchange Online).
A limited number of countries have been chosen for the first release of Outlook Lite – with other nations expected to be included in the near future – but the list is expected to grow.
The debut comes at a time when Microsoft is also working on the future of its desktop Outlook service. The new update, dubbed “One Outlook,” is geared at Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscribers in the corporate and education sectors.
Message reminders, a single display for calendar, email, and task items, as well as the ability to attach cloud files more quickly have all been introduced by Microsoft.
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