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The Microsoft Surface Pro has spent years on our best laptops and best 2-in-1s lists. The Surface Pro 8, which represented the most significant revision to the tablet in years, maintained that spot.

Microsoft has introduced the Surface Pro 9, which retains the same basic design while updating the internals. Read on to find out if the newest Surface Pro is worth an upgrade.


  Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Microsoft Surface Pro 9
Dimensions 11.3 inches by 8.2 inches by 0.37 inches 11.3 inches by 8.2 inches by 0.37 inches
Weight 1.96 pounds (tablet only) 1.94 pounds
Processor Core i5-1135G7
Core i7-1185G7
Intel Core i5-1235U
Intel Core i7-1255U
Microsoft SQ 3 (5G models)
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Intel Iris Xe
Microsoft SQ 3 Adreno (5G models)
8GB to 32GB LPDDR5
8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x (5G model)
Display 13-inch 3:2 IPS 3K (2880 x 1920) 13-inch PixelSense 2880 x 1920 IPS display up to 120Hz
Storage 128GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD)
128GB to 1TB removable SSD
128GB to 512GB removable SSD (5G models)
Touch Yes Yes
Ports 2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x Surface Connect
1 x Surface Keyboard port
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
MicroSD Card reader
2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x Surface Connect port
1 x Surface Keyboard port
1 x nano SIM (5G models)
2 x USB-C 3.2 (5G models)
Wireless Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1
Optional 5GB WWAN
Webcam 1080p with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello
10MP rear-facing
1080p with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello
10MP rear-facing
Operating system Windows 11 Windows 11
Battery 51.5 watt-hour 60 watt-hour
Price $800+ $1,000
Rating 4 out of 5 stars Not yet reviewed

Price and configurations

The Surface Pro 9 will start at $1,000 for the Intel Core i5 configuration, which comes with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD. The cheapest SQ3 configuration will start $1,100, while you’ll need to pay $1,400 to get the entry-level 5G model. The Surface Pro 8 had a starting price of $1,100 for a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. At the high end, the Surface Pro 8 was originally priced at $2,600 for a Core i7, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. Currently, the Surface Pro 8 is on sale from $800 to $2,200.

As usual, the $130 Signature Type Covers and the $130 Surface Pen 2 are optional add-ons that increase the cost of a fully configured tablet.


Microsoft Surface Pro 9 front view with Type Cover and Pen.

The Surface Pro 8 was a significant revision from earlier Surface Pro models. It incorporated a larger 13.0-inch display, up from 12.3 inches, with smaller side bezels and a more rounded chassis. It maintained the full-friction kickstand built into the back cover, which flips out from the center to provide a wide range of motion. It’s one of the better kickstands available on detachable tablet 2-in-1s. The Surface Pro 8 also switched to an all-aluminum chassis from the magnesium alloy used on previous models, which gave it an even more solid feel and added a small amount of weight. As is the case with every Surface machine, the Surface Pro 8 has an incredibly solid and quality build that rivals the best laptops available.

The Surface Pro 9 maintains the same design and thus benefits from the same qualities. The only change is the addition of two new colors, with Sapphire and Forest joining Platinum and Graphite (the 5G model, discussed below, is limited to Platinum). There’s also a Liberty Special Addition with its own engraved design. All the chassis colors are matched with Signature Type Covers to maintain a cohesive color scheme.

Speaking of the Type Covers, they enjoy the same design as before. That means they have light, snappy switches with plenty of travel and a comforting bottoming action. They’re as good a typing experience as you’ll find on the best clamshell laptops, except for some bounce when the keyboards are magnetically propped up at an angle. The touchpads are small but functional, with comfortable swiping surfaces, reasonably quiet clicks, and support for Windows 11’s multitouch gestures. Both displays support touch, of course, along with the Microsoft Surface Pen 2 with its haptic feedback that more closely mimics pen on paper.

The Surface Pro 9 Intel version’s connectivity mimics the Surface Pro 8 with one exception, with two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, and a Surface Connect port. Microsoft doesn’t list a microSD card reader in the Surface Pro 9 specs, so that might be a loss over the Surface Pro 8, and there’s definitely no 3.5mm audio jack leaving users with the choice of either Bluetooth headsets or a USB-C to audio adapter. The 5G version of the new machine is limited to USB-C 3.2 without Thunderbolt 4 and adds in a nano SIM slot for the 5G WWAN connectivity. It, too, doesn’t have an audio jack. Both tablets offer Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1.


The Intel version of the Surface Pro 9 uses Intel 12th-generation CPUs running at 15 watts and sporting 10 cores (two Performance and one Efficient) and 12 threads. That compares to the Surface Pro 8 that used 28-watt Intel 11th-gen CPUs with four cores and eight threads. There are significant platform differences between the CPUs, but in our testing, the Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U have been faster than the equivalent 11th-gen Intel part in our suite of benchmarks. The Surface Pro 9 also benefits from an upgrade to faster LPDDR5 RAM, up from the LPDDR4 memory in the Surface Pro 8.

We’ll have to wait for our review to be certain, but the Intel Surface Pro 9 is likely to provide a significant boost in productivity performance. The integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics haven’t changed much, though, so creativity and gaming performance isn’t likely to have improved much.

The 5G Surface Pro 9 is a different story entirely. It uses Microsoft’s SQ 3 CPU, which is a custom version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 ARM processor. In our experience, that’s a CPU that’s competent at typical Windows productivity workflows but won’t keep up with the Intel options. The Qualcomm Adreno graphics also won’t be as fast as the Intel version. One advantage of the 5G version is that it will run cooler and therefore doesn’t need the Intel version’s active cooling.


The display of the Surface Pro 8.

Surface devices almost universally enjoy reasonably bright IPS displays with excellent contrast and high resolutions. They don’t usually have better-than-average color saturation. That describes the display on the Surface Pro 8 perfectly, and it’s likely that the Surface Pro 9 display will perform the same way. According to its specifications, the new model enjoys the same 120Hz refresh rate for an ultra-smooth Windows 11 experience and superior inking, which combines with the haptic feedback in the Surface Pen 2 for more realistic inking.

That’s not to say that the Surface Pro 9 brings no display improvements. Microsoft has adapted a few technologies, such as Auto Color Management and Adaptive Color, along with Dolby Vision IQ for enhanced high dynamic range (HDR) images. We’ll have to confirm the benefit of these new features in our review, but on paper, the Surface Pro 9 is an improvement.


Microsoft Surface Pro 9 top down showing tablet and Type Cover.

Also unchanged is the Surface Pro 9’s size, which is identical to the Surface Pro 8. It’s not the lightest nor thinnest tablet you can buy, but both are still highly portable and easy to toss into a backpack. Adding a Type Cover increases thickness and weight, but even then, the combination is similar to other 13-inch laptops.

We haven’t tested battery life yet, but the Intel version is likely to get higher battery life thanks to 12th-gen efficiencies and the Surface Pro 9’s larger battery. That would result in excellent battery life for a detachable tablet, at around nine hours of web browsing and 11 hours of local video. The 5G version should have considerably longer battery life than the Intel Surface Pro 9 and the Surface Pro 8. ARM processors are significantly more efficient and made for all-day use, and we expect that to be the case with the 5G Surface Pro 9.

Intel or ARM, the Surface Pro 9 is a meaningful update

The Surface Pro 9 adds some color and a choice of fast and more efficient Intel 12th-gen CPUs or a longer-lasting ARM processor with always-connected 5G internet. If prices remain the same, the Surface Pro 9 will have taken what’s great about the Surface Pro 8 and made it better.

We’ll have to conduct our review to be sure, but if you’re looking for your first detachable tablet, then it’s worth the wait until the Surface Pro 9 officially ships. If you already have a Surface Pro 8, then you’ll have to decide if the extra performance or always-connected internet and long battery life are worth the investment.

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Wed, 12 Oct 2022 02:11:00 -0500 Mark Coppock en text/html
Killexams : Score a major deal on a lifetime license to Microsoft Office

Whether you’re writing a resume, tallying your household budget, or sending an email, some of the most basic, essential tasks you do on your computer probably fall to a few Microsoft Office programs. And whether you’re a Mac or Windows user, you may be able to get those fundamental programs for a steal. 

Deal Days is our version of Amazon Prime Day, and it’s running until Oct. 12. In that time, you could grab a lifetime license to Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows or Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac 2021 for $36 each—no coupon code needed. You can also check out our full Deal Days collection for more awesome discounts that’ll help you kick off the holiday shopping season. 

A lifetime of Microsoft Office for Mac or Windows 

If you’re the proud owner of a new or new-to-you Mac and needed any one set of programs to get it ready for work or school, you’d want to grab this MS Office license. That lifetime license includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams (Basic only), and OneNote. You may have used these before, but having them there for life – including updates – means you can explore some of the advanced features. 

You may have written papers with Word, but it also has hundreds of document templates. Excel is great for managing numbers, but it’s also an awesome data visualization tool, and PowerPoint is actually often used to make presentation posters, not just slideshows, and you could keep your notes on OneNote or share everything in your office with Teams. 

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The Windows Microsoft Office License gives you the same six programs as the Mac License – including a full version of Teams – plus Publisher and Access. Publisher is another great design tool for data visualization and marketing or presentation materials. And if you need somewhere to store all your business or personal data, then try Access for your own personal database. 

Some of the best productivity software in the world is on sale now 

Get a Lifetime License to Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows or Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac 2021 for just $55 to $60 during our Deal Days sale. These great prices aren’t sticking around forever, so get them before Oct. 12 at 11:59 p.m., and don’t forget to take a look at the full Deal Days collection for more discounts! 

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 01:59:00 -0500 en-US text/html Killexams : Microsoft warns of password attacks against Exchange Online, here's what you need to do
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Microsoft's Exchange team is warning Exchange Online users that many of its customers are being targeted by password spray attacks using its basic authentication. 

The warning comes as Microsoft begins turning off Basic Authentication, or "Basic Auth", in Exchange Online tenants worldwide from October 1, 2022. Microsoft's explains here why it is deprecating Basic Auth for Exchange Online. The process will also prevent the use of passwords in apps that don't support two-step verification.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned organizations in June about the upcoming move. Basic Auth doesn't support multi-factor authentication (MFA), which would prevent most password-spraying and password-guessing attacks. 

Also: The biggest cybercrime threat is also the one that nobody wants to talk about

Microsoft first warned organizations about the Basic Auth plan in 2019. It originally planned to switch off Basic Auth in the second half of 2021, but in February 2021 delayed this plan due to the pandemic – and eventually set a deadline for October 2022. 

"The only reason we're turning off basic auth in Exchange Online is to protect your users and data. The evidence I see every day clearly indicates that password spray attacks are becoming more frequent," says Greg Taylor of Microsoft's Exchange Team

Password spraying involves an attacker trying to crack a range of user accounts by using a list of common and weak passwords. Some of the guessed combinations work. It's also cunning because the style of attack keeps changing usernames, which means the targeted accounts constantly change too, so accounts don't get automatically locked down. Also, attackers can keep changing their source IP address to conceal that an attack is taking place.

"It's a numbers game essentially, and computers are quite good at numbers. And as attacks go, it works," says Taylor. By far the most commonly attacked messaging protocols are SMTP and IMAP, followed by a distant-third protocol, POP.

Microsoft will gradually shut down Basic Auth by the end of 2022 and will do so by randomly selecting tenants; it will send a seven-day warning before doing so. Microsoft has already turned off SMTP AUTH for millions of tenants not using it, but has opted not to touch SMTP AUTH if the customer has it enabled in their tenant. It does, however, recommend customers disable it at the tenant level and re-enable it only for user accounts that still need it.

Taylor says customers should immediately set up Exchange Online Authentication Policies to "ensure only the accounts that you know should be using basic auth with specific protocols, can use basic auth with these protocols." 

Also: The scary future of the internet: How the tech of tomorrow will pose even bigger cybersecurity threats

He adds that customers should start with SMTP and IMAP immediately. There are several more protocols Microsoft is disabling Basic Auth for, including MAPI, RPC, Offline Address Book (OAB), Exchange Web Services (EWS), POP, IMAP, Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), and Remote PowerShell.

The Exchange Team's blogpost provides links to documentation and third-party community expert resources. They also outline the strategy customers should use via policies to lock down Exchange Online in a way that prevents password-spraying attacks. The team notes, however, that apps like Outlook use multiple protocols, and might require a combination of policies.

"Because we are not disabling SMTP Auth, and SMTP is one of the most frequently attacked protocols, you should make it a priority to set up an Authentication Policy for SMTP and limit your attack surface," the Exchange Team notes.   

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Killexams : Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 lets you pick from two different processors


Microsoft will let you choose between basic WiFi connectivity and 5G with the new processor options.

Microsoft continues to Strengthen and evolve its Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet. This year, the company is giving users a choice between two different processors for the Microsoft Surface Pro 9.

Your choices include Intel’s latest 12th-gen processor, a huge improvement over the surface 8’s processor options. Or you could go with Microsoft’s own SQ 3 Arm chip.

The difference between the two comes down to internet connection options. With Intel’s 12th-gen processor, the Surface 9 Pro will only be able to connect to the internet via WiFi.

However, if you go with the SQ 3 Arm chip, you’ll have cellular 5G capabilities on your Surface 9 Pro, making it much more versatile.

Of course, this comes with a tradeoff. Intel’s processors are more established and work seamlessly with Windows. The SQ chips, on the other hand, have had a history of not playing well with some Windows apps.

In addition to the new processor upgrades, the Surface Pro 9 features a few additional improvements over its predecessor.

The 1080P webcam has been improved, and you have more colors to choose from, including Sapphire, Forest, Platinum, and Graphite.

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Image: Microsoft

When it comes to price, there’s a lot of variation between different versions. The tablet with a base-level, Intel i5 12th-generation processor starts at $999 with 128GB of storage.

The 5G equipped model with the SQ 3 Arm processor starts at $1,300 with similar specs. You can preorder the new Surface Pro 9 starting today, and they will begin shipping on October 25.

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Killexams : Microsoft Surface Studio 2 Plus All-in-One Gets Resuscitated Lori Grunin/CNET © Provided by CNET Lori Grunin/CNET

I really thought Microsoft had given up on the full-size Surface Studio all-in-ones: The Surface Studio 2 was released in the fall of 2018, and we've heard crickets ever since. But after four years, Microsoft's surprised us with a refresh during Wednesday's Surface event. Unsurprisingly, the updates are minimal -- Microsoft seemed to do the least it needed to in order to make it 2022-ready. It hasn't changed enough to earn a "3," merely a "Plus," as in Surface Studio 2 Plus.

It's shipping on Oct. 25 for a relatively whopping $4,500.

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The upgrades amount to a Core i7-11370H (a low-power, gaming-targeted mobile processor from 2021), the mobile version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 (a better-than-basic discrete graphics processor), dropped two USB-A ports and the SD card reader in favor of three USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, updated the wireless to Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 and... that's it. The company says it has enhanced the camera and mics, but it's mostly the processing improvements made in Windows 11. So little has changed that it barely got a mention during Wednesday's announcements. 

The 28-inch, pressure-sensitive 3:2 aspect ratio display (resolution between 4K and 5K) with the smart hinge design still ranks up there with newer models even after all these years, though I'd hardly still be calling it "strikingly large." And in another marketing-speak coup, referring to the CPU as "up to 50% faster" than the earlier model is laughable given that the former CPU was seventh-generation. And even if the display is bright with good color accuracy, there's still no HDR.

I can see reasons for not just whacking it on the head. For instance, Microsoft has commercial customers who are fans of the system but who've justifiably complained how creaky the internals have gotten. They may also have custom applications they're dependent on for the generally unloved Microsoft Dial input device. (Which Microsoft hasn't touched since it launched in 2016.)

Plus, the Surface Studio is a pro system line, and those don't get updated or replaced as frequently as consumer models. But that's also why you shouldn't skimp on the power up front, though in this case it probably would have required some redesign to accommodate higher-power components. And the price is really high. 

And it's not like there are any competitors. The HP Envy 34 is one of the only big-screen all-in-ones left, and it doesn't have the stylus-friendly screen or hinge. Plus all-in-ones tend to favor form over function, which means they usually have disappointing CPU and GPU specs (to minimize heat in those tiny, sleek designs). 

But it all just reaffirms my desire for Microsoft to make the display a standalone product so you can connect it to the system of your choice, or even two of them.

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Killexams : 6 Tips to Get Started with Compliance in Microsoft 365 Shared

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NYC area Microsoft 365 expert shares tips to get started with compliance in Microsoft 365, including guided setup, alert configuration, and sensitivity labels--in a new article from Messaging Architects

HOBOKEN, N.J., Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Messaging Architects, an eMazzanti Technologies Company and Microsoft 365 expert, shares six tips to get started with compliance in Microsoft 365 in a new article. The informative article first urges readers to conduct a compliance audit and to visit the Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager centralized dashboard.

The author then lists the Compliance Manager Setup Guide as a valuable resource. He encourages readers to configure alerts for potential compliance issues and protect critical data with sensitivity labels. Additional tips include steps to define retention policies and to cover security basics for remote work.

"Microsoft provides a host of tools for managing risks, governing sensitive data, and maintaining regulatory compliance," stated Greg Smith, Vice President of Services Delivery at Messaging Architects. "When properly set up, the Microsoft Purview compliance portal provides powerful insights and solutions."

Below are a few excerpts from the article, "6 Tips to Get Started with Compliance in Microsoft 365."

Know Your Starting Point

"To outline a roadmap for achieving compliance, you first need to determine the current state of compliance in the organization. Conducting a proactive compliance audit can provide a starting point by highlighting risks and identifying areas for improvement."

Get Expert Advice with Guided Setup for Purview

"Microsoft offers setup guides to help organizations configure Microsoft 365 productivity tools and security policies and set up device management. The library of setup guides now includes a guide specific to the Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager."

Configure Alerts for Potential Compliance Issues

"The Compliance Manager dashboard displays a summary of active alerts. By default, Microsoft includes built-in alert policies for malware activity, possible admin permissions abuse, data lifecycle management problems and potential threats. Additionally, you can define custom alerts specific to your organization."

Protect Critical Data with Sensitivity Labels

"A key aspect of Microsoft 365 compliance allows the organization to apply sensitivity labels to protected data. Administrators can then create policies to monitor and govern that data. For instance, by applying a sensitivity label to protected health information, the organization can ensure against improper sharing or deletion."

Get Started with Compliance in Microsoft 365

It's often difficult for organizations to get started with compliance. They can take a proactive approach to compliance and data governance by joining forces with Messaging Architects. With a detailed understanding of the controls and options available, its compliance experts help business leaders take compliance to the next level.

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Killexams : Microsoft Previews Azure Firewall Basic for Small-Medium Businesses

Microsoft recently released the public preview of Azure Firewall Basic for small-medium businesses (SMBs), providing enterprise-grade security at an affordable price. The company offers the Basic SKU as it sees SMBs as particularly vulnerable to budget constraints and gaps in specialized security skills.

Azure Firewall Basic is a new SKU of Azure Firewall, a cloud-native and intelligent network firewall security service – already offering a standard and premium SKU (previewed last year and generally available later in July). The new basic SKU includes Layer 3–Layer 7 filtering and alerts on malicious traffic with built-in threat intelligence from Microsoft Threat Intelligence. Furthermore, it has tight integration with other Azure services, such as Azure Monitor, Azure Events Hub, Microsoft Sentinel, and Microsoft Defender for Cloud


With the basic SKU, Azure Firewall offers three SKUs for different use cases and needs of customers. Premium is suitable for organizations needing to secure highly sensitive applications (such as payment processing), with scalability needs of up to 100 Gbps. The standard SKU is for organizations requiring automatic scaling for peak traffic periods of up to 30 Gbps, and finally, basic for SMBs with throughput needs of less than 250 Mbps. 

Dean Cefola explains in an Azure Academy video:

Basic is also built upon a VM Scale set, so it is highly available, but to control the cost, the SKU is limited to only two virtual machines under the hood.

Furthermore, note that the basic lacks the Premium edition's "advanced threat protection capabilities," which include threat-intelligence filtering, inbound and outbound TLS termination, a fully-managed intrusion detection and prevention system (IDPS), and URL filtering. 


Azure MVP Aidin Finn concluded in his recent blog post on Azure Basic Firewall:

The new SKU of Azure Firewall should add new customers to this service. I also expect that larger enterprises will also be interested – not every deployment needs the full-blown Standard/Premium deployment, but some form of firewall is still required.

In addition, Alan Kilane, an Azure technical lead at MicroWarehouse, tweeted:

I've been waiting on the release of this new Azure Firewall Basic SKU for a while.  Badly needed for the SMB space; it will be interesting to see the uptake on this.

Lastly, more details on Azure Firewall are available on the documentation landing page. Furthermore, Azure Firewall Basic pricing, like the Standard and Premium SKUs, includes both deployment and data processing charges. More details on pricing are available on the pricing page.

Thu, 13 Oct 2022 15:11:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Microsoft is bringing DALL-E 2’s fantastical AI art to Windows and Edge © PC World

Microsoft said it will “soon” bring DALL-E 2-powered AI art to Windows with a new Microsoft Designer app and a separate, related Microsoft Image Creator toolset to Bing and Microsoft Edge.

AI art is all the rage right now, with various tools such as Craiyon providing basic ways of creating AI art. Midjourney is a more advanced AI art service that provides a step up in functionality. Meanwhile, the godfather of AI art, DALL-E, is now free to try as well.

What’s interesting, though, is that OpenAI, the developers of DALL-E, have moved on to the more sophisticated DALL-E 2 algorithm, which is locked behind beta access right now. It’s this algorithm that Microsoft is promising access to, via the Microsoft Designer app. DALL-E, like other AI art engines, generates images based on text prompts you write, so that a text prompt like “a sunrise over an alien world, populated with dinosaurs” can give you a custom, potentially unique illustration.

DreamStudio.AI, with the prompt: “a sunrise over an alien world, populated with dinosaurs.” © PC World DreamStudio.AI, with the prompt: “a sunrise over an alien world, populated with dinosaurs.”

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“Designer helps you create from your own content or ideas and makes it easy to design social media posts, invitations, and much more, fast,” chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog post, while announcing new Surface hardware like the Surface Pro 9, Surface Laptop 5, and the Surface Studio 2+. “It also automatically helps you get a variety of unique images and designs that are generated just for you. I’m so excited for this app, it’s going to be a game changer for me personally.”

That Microsoft joined the AI art revolution isn’t surprising in the least. AI art demands substantial computational power and memory, whether it be on your own PC via tools like Stable Diffusion, or in the cloud. Most cloud services either charge for membership or use a credit-based system. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft Designer will be part of Microsoft 365, which is paid for by an annual subscription, anyway. Tapping into Microsoft’s Azure cloud as a part of the Microsoft 365 subscription seems like a natural fit.

Microsoft hasn’t said whether it will make Designer available on an a la carte basis, or whether it will allow unlimited Microsoft Designer creations as part of the Microsoft 365 subscription. It’s also unclear how Designer will interact with Image Creator, and whether Microsoft will require a Microsoft 365 subscription for that, too. We also don’t know what size of the finished images Microsoft will allow, whether it provide suggested prompts or styles, or allows for outpainting (editing part of an image), image-to-image prompts, and more.

Still, Microsoft seems to understand that AI art is a viable creative pursuit, and the wave of the future. “The integration of Microsoft AI and DALL∙E 2 in our new Microsoft Designer app is an amazing example of AI assistance blurring the lines between the platform, the device, and the cloud, all so you can express yourself even better,” Panay wrote. “Saving time and improving creative outcomes, regardless of your level of expertise.”

We didn’t have immediate access to what Microsoft Designer looks like, so we just asked an AI (DreamStudio) what it might look like. We’ll have to see how it did!

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Killexams : Netflix Basic With Ads Plan Pricing, Launch Date Revealed

Ads may be annoying, but at $6.99, the new basic with ads package is the cheapest rate the company has ever offered in the United States. It's essentially the same settings as the current basic package, but $3 cheaper and includes an "average of 4 to 5 minutes of ads per hour" according to a statement issued by the streaming service. Pricing details for other locations are yet to be released, but the company has said basic with ads will be an option in 11 other countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain and the UK.

The ads themselves will be "between 15 and 30 seconds in length" and "play before and during" the streaming service's shows and movies. There are also a few restrictions with the plan. Netflix says that some movies and TV shows available on the ad-free plans aren't available on the new package because of "licensing restrictions." However, it also says it's working on fixing that problem. Basic with ads users will not be able to get shows to view offline. The company has also noted that "the basic with ads plan may not be available through all third-party billing partners and packages. Please check with your provider to confirm availability." Netflix's latest subscription model is due to launch on November 3 at 9 a.m. PST. There's a possibility the streaming service sees it as an opportunity to regain some subscribers and give its prospects a boost after its share price took a major dive earlier this year.

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