BetaNews: Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 OS leaks in full online, revealing a centered taskbar and Start menu, rounded corners, and widgets!

BetaNews: Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 OS leaks in full online, revealing a centered taskbar and Start menu, rounded corners, and widgets! . “Towards the end of the month, Microsoft is set to reveal the future of Windows. We already reported last week that Windows 10 is coming to an end, and its replacement might be Windows 11, or possibly Windows Sun Valley. Earlier today, some screenshots from the new OS appeared at Baidu, and then an iSO of the full operating system leaked on the web, confirming that it is indeed called Windows 11.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office for Free

MakeUseOf: 6 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office for Free. “Numbers don’t lie. Microsoft Office has a 47.5 percent market share for productivity software. There’s also 1.3 billion Windows 10 devices in use. It stands to reason that a sizeable percentage of these people would rather use Microsoft Office for free – if you’re one, don’t feel alone. Even Microsoft has created many loopholes to help you achieve this goal. Let’s examine all six ways you can use Microsoft Office for free.”

ZDNet: Microsoft adds ‘lightweight’ Visio web app for no extra fee to Microsoft 365 for business plans

ZDNet: Microsoft adds ‘lightweight’ Visio web app for no extra fee to Microsoft 365 for business plans. “Microsoft is adding a new ‘lightweight’ Visio diagramming web app to Microsoft 365 for no additional charge for most business customers, the company announced on June 9. Up until now, Visio has been available only as a standalone app for purchase.”

The Guardian: Microsoft blocks Bing from showing image results for Tiananmen ‘tank man’

The Guardian: Microsoft blocks Bing from showing image results for Tiananmen ‘tank man’. “Microsoft has blamed human error after its search engine, Bing, blocked image and video results for the phrase ‘tank man’ – a reference to the iconic image of a lone protester facing down tanks during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square – on the 32nd anniversary of the military crackdown.”

The Peninsula: NMoQ signs MoU with Microsoft to accelerate Qatar Museums digital transformation

The Peninsula: NMoQ signs MoU with Microsoft to accelerate Qatar Museums digital transformation. “The National Museum of Qatar, part of Qatar Museums, today announced that it has signed an MOU with Microsoft to enhance the Museums digital-transformation plans and deliver state-of-the-art smart exhibits. The agreement will also help foster the development of a dedicated section that will collaborate with Microsoft’s AI digital center to enhance digital learning experiences for schools and families, using technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI).”

The Verge: Microsoft has built an AI-powered autocomplete for code using GPT-3

The Verge: Microsoft has built an AI-powered autocomplete for code using GPT-3. “In September 2020, Microsoft purchased an exclusive license to the underlying technology behind GPT-3, an AI language tool built by OpenAI. Now, the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant has announced its first commercial use case for the program: an assistive feature in the company’s PowerApps software that turns natural language into readymade code.”

BetaNews: Microsoft is finally ready to kill off Internet Explorer once and for all… for most people

BetaNews: Microsoft is finally ready to kill off Internet Explorer once and for all… for most people. “Internet Explorer may be a stalwart of the world of web browsers, but it has also been an object of ridicule and derision for pretty much its entire life. Since the emergence of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, the writing has been on the wall for the browser just about everyone loves to hate, but IE has been lingering for longer than many people would have expected. But now Microsoft is finally ready to pull the plug. Sort of.”

BetaNews: KB5000842 update is causing high-pitched sound problems for some Windows 10 users

BetaNews: KB5000842 update is causing high-pitched sound problems for some Windows 10 users. “It is a few weeks since Microsoft released the KB5000842 update for Windows 10, and it wasn’t long before the optional patch was linked to problems with game performance. These particular issues have been — mostly — resolved, but KB5000842 remains problematic with users of some 5.1 audio setups complaining that it has results in their computers emitting high-pitched noises.”

Bing Blogs: Easy set-up guide for Bing’s Content Submission API (Beta)

Bing Blogs: Easy set-up guide for Bing’s Content Submission API (Beta). “Bing already supports the ability for webmasters to notify Bing about URL changes via its Bing URL submission API (setup guide) but now (under Beta launch) also the ability to notify Bing directly about URL along with content changes via Bing Content Submission API. This will not only help webmasters to reach to more relevant users on Bing but also will reduce BingBot crawl load on their sites. This blog post will provide a generic overview along with step-by-step instruction on adopting the same.”

Neowin: Microsoft announces Counterfit, an automation tool for security testing of AI systems

Neowin: Microsoft announces Counterfit, an automation tool for security testing of AI systems. “Counterfit is an open source tool created by Microsoft to automate the security testing of an organization’s AI systems. The ultimate goal is to give high confidence to companies that their artificial intelligence systems are robust and reliable, given how heavily they are used in various industries. Microsoft notes that out of the 28 organizations it surveyed, 25 felt that they didn’t have the right mechanisms in place to protect AI systems and their security professionals are not well-equipped to handle threats against them.”

BNN Bloomberg: Microsoft’s Brad Smith Renews Attack on Google Over Web Content

BNN Bloomberg: Microsoft’s Brad Smith Renews Attack on Google Over Web Content. “Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith said Google has hurt the concept of the open web and impaired content creators’ ability to make money, continuing an attack the software maker began earlier this year over whether internet companies need to pay news organizations for content they re-share.”

CNN: Microsoft earns contract worth up to $21.9 billion to make AR devices for the US Army

CNN: Microsoft earns contract worth up to $21.9 billion to make AR devices for the US Army. “The Army announced Wednesday that it had awarded Microsoft (MSFT) a contract to produce augmented reality systems based on its HoloLens 2 device called Integrated Visual Augmented Systems (IVAS). The devices are designed to help soldiers, ‘fight, rehearse and train using a single platform,’ the Army said. The deal has a five-year base and a five-year option to extend, and could be worth up to almost $21.9 billion over the full 10 years.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases optional KB5000842 update to fix lots of Windows 10 problems

BetaNews: Microsoft releases optional KB5000842 update to fix lots of Windows 10 problems. “For Microsoft, March was marred by a string of problematic Windows 10 updates that caused a series of problems with printing and more. As we reach the end of the month, the company has released an optional patch which it will almost certainly be hoping proves less problematic.” Again.