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MS-101 Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

Implement modern device services (30-35%)
Implement Mobile Device Management (MDM)
• plan for MDM
• configure MDM integration with Azure AD
• set an MDM authority
• set device enrollment limit for users

Manage device compliance
• plan for device Compliance
• design Conditional Access Policies
• create Conditional Access Policies
• configure device compliance policy
• manage Conditional Access Policies

Plan for devices and apps
• create and configure Microsoft Store for Business
• plan app deployment
• plan device co-management
• plan device monitoring
• plan for device profiles
• plan for Mobile Application Management
• plan mobile device security

Plan Windows 10 deployment
• plan for Windows as a Service (WaaS)
• plan the appropriate Windows 10 Enterprise deployment method
• analyze upgrade readiness for Windows 10
• evaluate and deploy additional Windows 10 Enterprise security features

Implement Microsoft 365 security and threat management (30-35%)
Implement Cloud App Security (CAS)
• configure Cloud App Security (CAS)
• configure Cloud App Security (CAS) policies
• configure Connected apps
• design Cloud App Security (CAS) Solution
• manage Cloud App Security (CAS) alerts
• upload cloud app security (CAS) traffic logs

Implement threat management
• plan a threat management solution
• design Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) implementation
• design Microsoft 365 ATP Policies
• configure Azure ATP
• configure Microsoft 365 ATP Policies
• monitor Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) incidents

Implement Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
• plan Windows Defender ATP Solution
• configure preferences
• implement Windows Defender ATP Policies
• enable and configure security features of Windows 10 Enterprise

Manage security reports and alerts
• manage service assurance dashboard
• manage tracing and reporting on Azure AD Identity Protection
• configure and manage Microsoft 365 security alerts
• configure and manage Azure Identity Protection dashboard and alerts

Manage Microsoft 365 governance and compliance (35-40%)
Configure Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
• configure DLP Policies
• design data retention policies in Microsoft 365
• manage DLP exceptions
• monitor DLP policy matches
• manage DLP policy matches

Implement Azure Information Protection (AIP)
• plan AIP solution
• plan for deployment On-Prem rights management Connector
• plan for Windows information Protection (WIP) implementation
• plan for classification labeling
• configure Information Rights Management (IRM) for Workloads
• configure Super User
• deploy AIP Clients
• implement Azure Information Protection policies
• implement AIP tenant key

Manage data governance
• configure information retention
• plan for Microsoft 365 backup
• plan for restoring deleted content
• plan information Retention Policies

Manage auditing
• configure audit log retention
• configure audit policy
• monitor Unified Audit Logs

Manage eDiscovery
• search content by using Security and Compliance Center
• plan for in-place and legal hold
• configure eDiscovery and create cases

Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security
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Killexams : Microsoft Microsoft history - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/MS-101 Search results Killexams : Microsoft Microsoft history - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/MS-101 https://killexams.com/exam_list/Microsoft Killexams : How to back up your files in Windows 10 and 11 with File History
Lance Whitney

Backing up your documents and other files in Windows is always advisable in case the originals ever get lost or corrupted. That's especially true for files that are important, sensitive, or irreplaceable. But ideally, you want a seamless and automated way to back up your files so that you don't have to keep doing it manually. Though you can turn to a variety of third-party backup programs, a tool built into Windows is worth trying, namely, File History.

Available in Windows 10 and 11, File History will automatically back up files from specific folders on your PC to an external source, such as a USB drive or network location. Your backups run in the background based on the interval you set. And if you ever need to restore a file, just open and browse through your previous backups to find the right version.

By default, File History will back up specific folders under your User account, such as Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop. You can remove and add folders to make sure that all the files you choose are backed up no matter where they reside.

One downside of using File History is that its days may be numbered. I've heard rumors that Microsoft plans to deprecate the feature at some point, forcing users to turn to other backup methods, such as OneDrive.

One clue to File History's future lies in the way it works in Windows 11 versus Windows 10. In Windows 10, the feature is easy to set up and use as you run it from the Settings app. But in Windows 11, Microsoft removed File History from Settings; your only option is to run it from Control Panel, which is clumsy and seems like a clear step backward.

Regardless of Microsoft's plans for File History, the tool remains accessible in both Windows 10 and Windows 11 and functions as a capable backup method. As long as it's still around, it's still worth using. Here's how to take advantage of it in both Windows 10 and 11.

Windows 10 File History Backup

In Windows 10, go to Settings > Update & Security > Backup. Connect the drive or device that you want to use as the backup location. Click the button for "Add a drive," and select the drive you wish to use. This turns on File History (Figure 1).

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Click the link for "More options." At the Backup options screen, click the dropdown menu for Back up my files and set the backup interval, anywhere from every 10 minutes to daily. Next, click the menu for Keep my backups and decide how long you wish to retain each backup, anywhere from "Until space is needed" to Forever (Figure 2).

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Next, you can set which folders to include and exclude in the backup. Review the folders that are already tagged for File History. If any folders that you want backed up are not listed, click the Add a folder button and select that folder (Figure 3).

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If the list displays any folder that you don't want backed up, select it and then click the Remove button (Figure 4).

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To exclude any folder not displayed in the list, such as a subfolder, click the Add a Folder button in the section for Exclude these folders and select that folder (Figure 5).

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Depending on the backup schedule you chose, the File History backup may have already started by itself. If not, scroll to the top of the screen and click the Back up now button (Figure 6).

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The backup will kick off in the background, both now and repeating at the interval you set. You can go about your work as the backup runs. After it's completed, the overview section indicates the date and time of the last backup.

Windows 10 File History Restore

Now let's say one or more of the files backed up through File History goes missing, gets corrupted, or is otherwise unreadable and unusable, and you want to restore that file from the backup. Scroll to the bottom of the File History screen in Settings and click the link for "Restore files from a current backup" (Figure 7).

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Up pops a File History window showing the last backup. If you need a file from a previous backup, click the left arrow icon at the bottom of the screen. Keep clicking the icon to go back in time to each prior backup. Click the right arrow to move ahead. When you find the backup you need, open the folder that contains the file or files you want to restore, select those files, and then click the Restore button at the bottom. The files are restored to their original location (Figure 8).

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Windows 11 File History Backup

To use File History in Windows 11, make sure the drive you want to use as the backup location is connected. Open Control Panel in icon view and select the File History icon (or click the Search icon, type File History, and select the result). The File History window should point to the backup destination under "Copy files to:" (Figure 9).

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If more than one backup drive is connected, click the link on the left for Select drive. Select the drive you wish to use and click OK (Figure 10).

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Next, you can add other folders to the backup beyond the default ones, though the process here is kludgy. By default, File History in Windows 10 backs up all the folders listed under Libraries. To add another folder to the backup, open File Explorer, right-click on the folder and select "Show more options." From the full context menu, select Include in library and then add it to an existing folder or create it as a new library. That folder will then be included in File History (Figure 11).

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To exclude a folder, click the link for Exclude folders. Click the Add button and then select the folder you wish to exclude from the backup (Figure 12).

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Return to the main File History Control Panel window and click the link for Advanced settings. Click the dropdown menu for Save copies of files and set the backup interval. Click the dropdown menu for Keep saved version and set how long File History backups should be retained. When done, click "Save changes" (Figure 13).

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Windows 11 File History Restore

The backup should have already started at this point. If not, click the "Run now" link. If you need to restore a file at some point in the future, return to the File History screen in Control Panel and click the link for "Restore personal files." Search your backups and open the folder that contains the file you wish to restore. Select the file and click the button for "Restore to original location." Your file will be restored to its original spot (Figure 14).

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A blue calendar turned to the month of August
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The month of August sees the births of classic computers, unlikely tech alliances, and the last chapter of the saga of one of Silicon Valley’s most significant leaders. Read on for the details.

August 3, 1977: Radio Shack Releases TRS-80

A TRS-80 computer in a museum
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1977 saw the release of three nascent home computer industry pioneers: The Apple II, Commodore PET, and the TRS-80. The latter was the brainchild of Radio Shack employee Don French when he was inspired to design his own personal computer after buying a kit for the MITS Altair.

French pitched the concept of selling home computers to Radio Shack’s vice president John Roach. The pair then traveled to California to visit National Semiconductor and ended up recruiting one of their unhappy workers, Steve Leininger, onto the project. In February 1977, their prototype received the blessing from Tandy Corporation (Radio Shack’s parent company) CEO Charles Tandy, and the computer was dubbed the “Tandy Radio Shack, Z-80,” shortened to TRS-80.

The TRS-80 succeeded beyond Radio Shack’s highest anticipations. The company only expected to sell the computers in the hundreds. Instead, the TRS-80 sold over 10,000 units in its first month. It went on to sell over 100,000 before the end of 1977. It outsold both the Apple II and the Commodore PET by an enormous margin.

The success of the TRS-80 motivated Radio Shack to launch an entire line of home computers. The company released TRS-80 Model II in 1979 and the Model III in 1980. By the time Radio Shack retired the line in the early 1990s, the company had sold nearly two and a half million units.

August 6, 1997: Microsoft Invests $150 Million in Apple

Apple’s resurrection as a profitable company in the late 1990s wouldn’t have been possible without the help of its long-time rival: Microsoft. After Apple’s board of directors appointed recently re-hired founder Steve Jobs as interim CEO, he instituted sweeping changes company-wide to address deeply rooted problems that were demolishing Apple’s bottom line. But, he needed cash to keep the company afloat. So, he did the previously unthinkable and approached Microsoft CEO Bill Gates for a significant investment.

The deal made sense to Gates, who viewed Apple as more valuable as a partner than a nemesis. As Steve Job put it during the announcement of the investment at the Macworld Expo in 1997, “If we want to move forward and see Apple healthy and prospering again, we have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose.”

In exchange for the 150 million, Microsoft received 150,000 non-voting shares of Apple stock. Gate’s company also agreed to support Microsoft Office for Mac for at least five years. The gambit worked, and Apple became a thriving company again. Microsoft sold all its shares of Apple stock by 2005, netting the company 550 million dollars.

August 12, 1981: IBM Personal Computer Goes on Sale

An IBM 5160 personal computer on a white background
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As its name suggests, International Business Machines sells enterprise-level computers to corporations. However, in the late 1970s, IBM saw its profits flagging in its principal business and turned its eye to the fledgling personal computer market. In 1980, company executives assigned lab director Bill Lowe to build a task force aimed at designing a home computer that would rival Apple, Commodore, and Radio Shack products.

Within a year, the team of 12 delivered the IBM Personal Computer. The machine featured an open architecture, as opposed to the proprietary operating systems in the competition, allowing companies and individuals to design compatible software and peripherals. When the machine went on sale, it was an instant success, selling over four billion dollars worth of computers by 1984.

The sheer number of units sold swamped dominant competitors Apple, Commodore, and Radio Shack. It wasn’t long until the terms “personal computer” and “PC” became shorthand for IBM machines. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, the Personal Computer was the de facto industry standard for home computing machines. Many companies began basing their designs on the IBM PC, giving rise to the terms “IBM compatible” and “IBM clone.”

Unfortunately, IBM’s dominance didn’t last long-term. As early as 1986, its reign began waning in the face of the fiercely competitive atmosphere of Silicon Valley in the 1980s. The decline continued through the 1990s, and the company officially exited the personal computer industry in 2005 when Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC group.

August 16, 1995: Internet Explorer Launches

Microsoft realized the potential of the World Wide Web early on and tasked Thomas Reardon to lead a team of six Microsoft software engineers to develop Internet Explorer in 1994. The first version of the software debuted in the Microsoft Plus! add-on pack for Windows 95 a year later. The company released subsequent versions for Windows 3.1 and Windows NT by the end of 1995.

Although adoption caught on fast, it wasn’t until Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer 3.0 into new copies of Windows in 1996 that Microsoft began to dominate the browser market. The inclusion of Explorer with Windows for free dealt a massive blow to early browsers like Netscape Navigator and led to the browser wars of the late 1990s. Leaving its competitors in the dust, Explorer reached a peak market share of 95% in 2003.

The success of Internet Explorer led competitors to claim that Microsoft violated American anti-trust laws. A subsequent investigation by United States Justice Department resulted in the government attempting to break up the company. After a trial and ensuing appeals, the District Court for the District of Columbia held that Microsoft had, in fact, used its monopoly powers unlawfully. Microsoft agreed to a settlement wherein it would allow users to uninstall Explorer and allow other PC manufacturers to install competing browsers.

The settlement didn’t immediately impact Internet Explorer’s dominance. However, competition from new browsers, including Firefox and Google Chrome, chipped away at Microsoft’s market share. As Internet Explorer usage dropped throughout the 2000s and 2010s, the company developed a new browser, Microsoft Edge, to succeed Explorer. Microsoft officially ended support for the final version of the software on June 15, 2022.

August 18, 1947: Hewlett-Packard Incorporated

A wooden garage that served as the original HP headquarters

One of the world’s oldest and most well-respected IT companies saw its beginnings when Stafford University students Bill Hewlett and David Packard became close friends during a two-week camping trip in 1934. The duo studied engineering professor Frederick Terman, often cited as one of Silicon Valley’s founders. After graduation, Terman mentored Hewlett and Packard during the start-up phase of their new company in the late 1930s.

After deciding the name of their venture via coin-flip, the partners worked to build Hewlett-Packard out of a rented garage near Stanford University. Not only did this constitute the first tech company to be started in a garage, but the National Register of Historic places recognizes the building as the birthplace of Silicon Valley.

One of the company’s first clients was the Walt Disney Company, which bought 12 of HP’s premiere product, an audio oscillator used to test theater sound systems for the release of the film Fantasia. The company went on to develop products for use in the American war effort during the 1940s.

Hewlett-Packard was formally incorporated in 1947, nine years after its founding, and became a publicly traded company in 1957. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the company began manufacturing what it would become best known for, computer technology. And the company would prove itself to be a powerhouse, developing many of the products we take for granted today. The company grew so large by 2015 that it was forced to split into two corporations: HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

August 24, 2011: Steve Jobs Resigns

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple as an advisor in 1997, it wasn’t clear that he intended to orchestrate a boardroom coup to oust then-CEO Gil Amelio and gain control of the company he founded. However, once it was accomplished, Jobs set out on a journey to transform Apple from a near-bankrupt enterprise to one of the greatest corporations the world has ever known.

Under Job’s leadership, the company not only shut down failing product lines but also pioneered multiple new creations that shaped technology in the 21st Century. The introduction of the iMac and Mac OS X returned Apple’s computer business to profitability. iTunes and the iPod revolutionized how the world buys and listens to music. The iPhone redefined what a smartphone was and set the standard that all other manufacturers would soon follow. And the iPad was a crucial development in tablet computers, again establishing a model for other tech companies to emulate.

When Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, he pledged to stay on with the company as long as his health permitted. He initially sought homeopathic treatment for the disease. When that failed to stop the spread of cancer, he underwent surgery in mid-2005. And after years of widespread speculation about the state of his health, he took a six-month leave of absence from Apple to receive a liver transplant in 2009. Then, after a year-long period of seemingly good health, Jobs was granted another leave of absence in early 2011. He resigned from his position as CEO in August of that year, remaining on as chairman of the board of directors, a position he worked at until the day before he passed away six weeks later. He was 56 years old.

His successor as CEO, Tim Cook, carried Apple on Job’s trajectory, and in 2018 Apple became the world’s most valuable company.

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Killexams : Big Tech Earnings: Microsoft And Alphabet Signal Q2 Could Be A Bottom

Big Tech earnings were off to a solid start on Tuesday when Microsoft and Google reported stable revenue growth and margins that are unchanged from latest macro conditions. The strong margins were especially welcomed as many companies have been missing on operating margins and cash flow. Meanwhile, Microsoft delivered free cash flow of $17.8 billion and net profits of $16.7 billion along with upbeat guidance for the year. Similarly, Google reported strong free cash flow of $12.6 billion and net profits of $16 billion in the latest quarter.

The same was not true for Meta, which primarily stumbled on its Q3 guide. The company reported its first decline in revenue in company history and guidance for next quarter missed due to FX headwinds. Analyst expectations for Q3 were for $30.4 billion, or 5% growth. Instead, the company guided for $26 billion to $28.5 billion, or a YoY decline of 6% at the mid-point of the guidance with the current exchange rates creating a 6% headwind.

Alphabet: Search is Resilient

The company reported revenue of 13%, or 16% in constant currency, for a total of $69.7 billion. The operating margin was flat year-over-year, which is a win. Operating expenses grew 24% yet the operating margin was in line with previous quarters at 28% for $19.58 billion in operating income.

The net margin was a bit weaker than previous quarters in 2021 at $16 billion yet in line with last quarter. The company has free cash flow of $12.6 billion. The company has $125 billion in cash and marketable securities. The company reported EPS of $1.21 compared to $1.36 for the same period last year.

Search was stable given the current environment at 13.5% growth to $40 billion and this provided relief that not all ad spend has been paused. Search was strong last quarter at 24% growth to $40 billion, and was flat sequentially in terms of total dollar amount.

The effects of Google’s large R&D department and advances in AI cannot be overstated when it comes to the resiliency of Search in the current environment. We are getting a very slight glimpse of what’s to come for Google in terms of its advertising dominance.

The expectations were that YouTube would weigh on the report yet YouTube provided a bit of growth at 5% year-over-year. The company was adamant that YouTube growth is low because of the tough comps. The tough comps was touched on many times, such as this: “the modest year-on-year growth rate primarily reflects lapping the uniquely strong performance in the second quarter of 2021.”

Notably, Google Cloud slowed to 35.6% growth down from 43.8% growth last quarter. This means Google Cloud is growing slower than Azure on a lower revenue base. This is something to monitor in the future.

Microsoft: Double-Digit Guide for FY2023

Many tech companies are declining to supply guidance while Microsoft’s management provided strong guidance in both Q1 FY2023 and for FY2023. For Q1 FY2023, management provided a 10% guide across product lines for next quarter (this includes FX headwinds) and also provided guidance for fiscal year 2023 ending in June: “We continue to expect double-digit revenue and operating income growth in both constant currency and U.S. dollars. Revenue growth will be driven by continued momentum in our commercial business and a focus on share gains across our portfolio.”

Revenue grew by 12% YoY to $51.9 billion (missed Wall Street analysts' estimates by 0.94%) and EPS came at $2.23 (missed estimates by 2.9%). The strong US dollar negatively impacted the revenue by $595 million and EPS by $0.04. Microsoft Cloud revenue grew by 28% YoY to $25 billion. The company’s results are good considering the various macro uncertainties, China lockdown, and the strong US dollar. FY2022 revenue grew by 18% YoY to $198.3 billion and net income increased by 19% YoY to $72.7 billion.

The company’s gross income increased 10% YoY to $35.4 billion. The gross margin decreased by 147 bps to 68.2% when compared to the same period last year. Excluding the impact from the change in the accounting estimate, the gross margin was relatively unchanged.

The operating income increased by 8% YoY to $20.5 billion. The operating margin decreased by 187 bps to 39.5%. Excluding the impact from the change in the accounting estimate and FX, the operating margin would be relatively unchanged.

The company’s cash flows continued to be strong in the latest quarter. Cash from operations grew by 8% YoY to $24.6 billion (47% of revenue) and free cash flow increased by 9% YoY to $17.8 billion (34% of revenue). The company has cash and investments of $104.8 billion and debt of $49.8 billion.

Despite weakness in PCs, the company’s other segments continue to grow. Intelligent Cloud grew 20% YoY to $20.9 billion and Productivity and Business Processes segment grew 13% YoY to $16.6 billion.

The company also made an accounting change in the useful life for server and network equipment assets from four to six years which will extend the depreciation expenses for the company.

Amy Hood said in the earnings call, “First, effective at the start of FY '23, we are extending the depreciable useful life for server and network equipment assets in our cloud infrastructure from 4 to 6 years, which will apply to the asset balances on our balance sheet as of June 30, 2022, as well as future asset purchases.

As a result, based on the outstanding balances as of June 30, we expect fiscal year '23 operating income to be favorably impacted by approximately $3.7 billion for the full fiscal year and approximately $1.1 billion in the first quarter.”

Meta: Misses Q3 Expectations

The market does not need a perfect quarter for Q2 given the numerous headwinds facing tech companies. What the market does need is a sign that a company may have bottomed and is able to guide growth (even if minimal) from Q2-Q3.

In Q2, Meta’s revenue declined for the first time in history. This was expected. However, what was not expected was the lower guide for the next quarter. The company guided for $26 billion to $28.5 billion, or a YoY decline of 6% at the mid-point of the guidance. The guidance takes into consideration the weak advertising demand the company experienced in the latest quarter and also the foreign exchange headwinds of 6%. The investors were expecting a return of growth in the next quarter.

The company had a slight beat on DAUs at 1.97 billion versus 1.96 billion expected. Monthly users were 2.93 billion slightly missed expectations of 2.94 billion.

Operating expenses rose 22% YoY to $20.4 billion. This led to the drop in the operating margin to 29% in the latest quarter compared to 43% in the same period last year. It also led to the 36% YoY drop in the net income to $6.69 billion. The EPS came at $2.46 compared to $3.61 in Q2 2021.

The company is looking to further reduce the operating expenses for the year to $85 billion to $88 billion from the last quarter guidance of $87 billion to $92 million and the prior estimate of $90 billion to $95 billion.

We discussed why Meta is likely to continue to face headwinds in an in-depth webinar here:

Apple: Strong results despite challenges

Apple released strong results despite the challenging macro environment, strong US dollar, and supply chain issues. Revenue grew by 1.9% YoY to $83 billion, which was in-line with the analysts' estimates. It reported EPS of $1.20, which beat estimates by $0.04 (4% beat).

The product segment revenue declined marginally by 0.9% YoY to $63.4 billion and the services segment revenue grew by 12% YoY to $19.6 billion. The company’s installed base of active devices reached an all-time high. It had more than 860 million of paid subscriptions, up 160 million in the past year.

The company did not supply exact revenue guidance for the next quarter. Tim Cook, CEO of the company, said in the earnings call, “We’re going to accelerate revenues in the September quarter as compared to the June quarter and will decelerate on the Services side.”

The company’s gross margin was 43.26%, compared to 43.75% in the previous quarter and 43.29% in the same period last year. It was above the management’s guidance of 42% to 43%.

Net income was $19.4 billion or $1.20 per share compared to $21.7 billion or $1.30 per share in the same period last year. It beat the analysts' EPS estimates by $0.04.

The company had cash and marketable securities of $179 billion and a debt of $120 billion. The company reported strong operating cash flows of $23 billion (28% of revenue). The company returned over $28 billion to the shareholders in the latest quarter in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Royston Roche, Equity Analyst at the I/O Fund, contributed to this article.

Please note: The I/O Fund conducts research and draws conclusions for the company’s portfolio. We then share that information with our readers and offer real-time trade notifications. This is not a guarantee of a stock’s performance and it is not financial advice. Please consult your personal financial advisor before buying any stock in the companies mentioned in this analysis. Beth Kindig and the I/O Fund own Alphabet and Microsoft at the time of writing.

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Killexams : Microsoft and Unity announce partnership to empower video game creators

Microsoft has announced a brand-new collaboration to support the work of digital creators, 3D artists, game developers, and more through its official blog site. The business giant confirmed this new project alongside Unity through the power of Azure as a cloud partner to build and operate RT3D (real-time 3D) experiences.

This new partnership aims to allow creators to have an accessible RT3D simulator. This will offer an easier way to create digital twins of real-world places and objects! But that’s not it. The Microsoft/Unity partnership will also enable game creators to easily reach their users on Micosoft devices, allowing them to have more successful projects.

Alongside this announcement, Microsoft released an official statement about their partnership with Unity and what this will mean to the gaming industry:

“At Microsoft, we have a profound commitment to empowering creators. Throughout the history of Windows, we’ve nurtured developers and fostered their creative innovations. We do the same on our Xbox-branded platforms, supporting developers large and small in more than 90 countries around the world.

And our Azure cloud assures developers that they can unleash their imaginations and trust that their work is secure and scalable. Our commitment to creators is something we share with our longtime partner, Unity, a global leader in real-time 3D technology. We’re also committed to expanding the creation and distribution of 3D content, to bringing relevant tools and technologies to a wider range of developers, and to making it easier than ever to bring games to players.

That is why today, Unity has selected Azure as its cloud partner for building and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) experiences from the Unity engine. In addition, we’re excited to work together to make it easier for game creators around the world to publish to Xbox consoles and PC so they can reach their communities.

The magic of 3D interactive experiences born in games is quickly moving to non-gaming worlds. Unity is building a platform-agnostic, cloud-native solution that meets the wide-ranging needs of all developers from enterprise through citizen creators. By giving creators easy access to RT3D simulation tools and the ability to create digital twins of real-world places and objects, Unity is offering creators an easy path to production of RT3D assets, whether for games or non-gaming worlds.

To support this evolution, creators require a technical infrastructure that is as dynamic and innovative as they are. Azure is that solution. Built for security and global scalability, Azure already supports some of the world’s largest games and is bringing those battle-tested learnings to power RT3D experiences for all industries. As the need for real-time simulation becomes central to every industry ranging from e-commerce to energy, manufacturing to medical and more, Unity and Microsoft are building the creator cloud that empowers 3D artists to build and run those experiences on Azure.

Our ambition to democratize development of games and game-like experiences around the world and across industries depends on strong partnerships, particularly with game engines like Unity. The partnership between Microsoft and Unity will also enable Made with Unity game creators to more easily reach their players across Windows and Xbox devices and unlock new success opportunities. By engineering improved developer tools, leveraging the latest platform innovation from silicon to cloud, and simplifying the publishing experience, Unity creators will be able to realize their dreams by bringing their games to more gamers around the world.”

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