Neowin: Microsoft Translator now includes AI-powered translations for offline users as well . “Just last month, Microsoft added six new text-to-speech languages to its Translator app for Android. Today, in a major announcement, the company has revealed that its Translator app for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire now includes a new capability that allows end-users and third-party app developers to download free AI-powered offline translation packs. In addition, Android developers will now be able to integrate online and offline AI text translations into their apps by making use of the new Translator Local Feature preview with ease.”
TechCrunch: Facebook, Microsoft and others sign anti-cyberattack pledge . “Microsoft, Facebook and Cloudflare are among a group of technology firms that have signed a joint pledge committing publicly not to assist offensive government cyberattacks. The pledge also commits them to work together to enhance security awareness and the resilience of the global tech ecosystem.”
Krebs on Security: Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes. “Adobe and Microsoft each released critical fixes for their products today, a.k.a ‘Patch Tuesday,’ the second Tuesday of every month. Adobe updated its Flash Player program to resolve a half dozen critical security holes. Microsoft issued updates to correct at least 65 security vulnerabilities in Windows and associated software.”
Neowin: Microsoft open sources the File Manager from Windows 3.0 and you can run it on Windows 10 . “Last week, Windows 3.1 turned 26 years old. For many, it was their first version of the OS, and the anniversary might have left some feeling nostalgic. Luckily, Microsoft has open sourced the version of File Manager that shipped on Windows 3.0, and you can even compile it to run on Windows 10 today.” If they open-source Winsock 1.1 I am probably going to need therapy.
PC World: Microsoft adds ransomware protections to make OneDrive and Outlook.com safer. “If your PC is infected with ransomware, it will spread from file to file, encrypting them until you pay the bad guys for the digital key. But ransomware can also spread to your files stored in the cloud—and that’s what Microsoft’s new OneDrive protections are designed to address.”
ZDNet: Microsoft to add new geography, stocks data types to Excel. “Microsoft is bringing new kinds of AI-enabled data types to Excel, starting with geography and stocks. Up next: Companies’ own organizational data.”
The Register: Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix . “Microsoft today issued an emergency security update to correct a security update it issued earlier this month to correct a security update it issued in January and February.”