ZDNet: Microsoft exposes Adrozek, malware that hijacks Chrome, Edge, and Firefox

ZDNet: Microsoft exposes Adrozek, malware that hijacks Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. “Named Adrozek, the malware has been active since at least May 2020 and reached its absolute peak in August this year when it controlled more than 30,000 browsers each day. But in a report today, the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team believes the number of infected users is much, much higher.”

The Verge: Microsoft Teams gets an overhauled calling interface, CarPlay support, and more

The Verge: Microsoft Teams gets an overhauled calling interface, CarPlay support, and more. “Microsoft is overhauling its calling features inside Microsoft Teams today. A new calling interface will now show contacts, voicemail, and calling history in a single location. It’s designed to allow Microsoft Teams to more easily replace your desk phone, with built-in spam call protection, reverse number lookup, and the ability to merge calls.”

The nightmare is real: ‘Excel formulas are the world’s most widely used programming language,’ says Microsoft (The Register)

The Register: The nightmare is real: ‘Excel formulas are the world’s most widely used programming language,’ says Microsoft. “Microsoft will let users create custom functions in Excel using the number wrangler’s own formula language….Dubbed LAMBDA, the feature (currently rolling out to beta customers) will be a lifesaver for anyone charged with maintaining herds of increasingly complicated spreadsheets, who have doubtlessly been wondering how it could be that Excel was missing such a seemingly obvious ability for so many decades.”

Search Engine Land: How DuckDuckGo (and Microsoft) benefit from Google’s sprawling advertising business

Search Engine Land: How DuckDuckGo (and Microsoft) benefit from Google’s sprawling advertising business. “DuckDuckGo is a search engine that was founded in 2008 with a focus on protecting searchers’ privacy, notably showing all searchers the same search results and refraining from building profiles of its users. Its search volume has risen steadily over the years, and in October 2020 was up to nearly 60 million queries daily.”

Reuters: Tech companies tied to U.S. lawsuit against Google get more time to propose protective order

Reuters: Tech companies tied to U.S. lawsuit against Google get more time to propose protective order. ” Microsoft Corp…Oracle Corp…and other companies that have provided information to the U.S. government for its antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google… were granted more time on Wednesday to propose a protective order for their confidential data.”

Bing Blogs: Bing Search APIs are Transitioning

Bing Blogs: Bing Search APIs are Transitioning. “To reach out to wider audiences, Bing Search APIs will be transitioning from Azure Cognitive Services Platform to Azure Marketplace. Beginning October 31st, 2020, provisioning of any new instances of Bing Search APIs will need to be done via Azure Marketplace. All existing instances of Bing Search APIs, provisioned under Azure Cognitive Services, will be supported up to the next three years or till the end of the customer’s enterprise agreement, whichever happens first.”

PCMag UK: Google Calls Out Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability That Remains Unpatched

PCMag UK: Google Calls Out Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability That Remains Unpatched. “Google has revealed the details on a new zero-day Windows bug that it says is currently being exploited by hackers. The vulnerability, which is yet unnamed, has been classified as CVE-2020-17087. Google’s security outfit Project Zero took to its Chromium repository to post the vulnerability, asking Microsoft to resolve the issue in one week. Microsoft failed to do so, and as such the vulnerability has been published for all to see.”

Microsoft: Survey or quiz your friends and family with Microsoft Forms, now available for personal use

Microsoft: Survey or quiz your friends and family with Microsoft Forms, now available for personal use. “Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of Microsoft Forms for personal use. Forms enables you to create a survey or quiz on any topic and works on any device via the web and the Office mobile app– making it easy to capture the information you need anywhere, anytime.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases first build of its Edge browser for Linux

BetaNews: Microsoft releases first build of its Edge browser for Linux . “We’ve known for a while that Microsoft has been working on a Linux version of its new Chromium Edge browser, and today the software giant announces the first build for users to try. Today’s release supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions and Microsoft says going forward it will be releasing new builds on a weekly basis.”

The Verge: Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently

The Verge: Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently. “Microsoft will now allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, or for managers to approve permanent remote work. Employees who opt for the permanent remote work option will give up their assigned office space, but still have options to use touchdown space available at Microsoft’s offices.”

CNN: Microsoft takes down massive hacking operation that could have affected the election

CNN: Microsoft takes down massive hacking operation that could have affected the election. “Microsoft has disrupted a massive hacking operation that it said could have indirectly affected election infrastructure if allowed to continue. The company said Monday it took down the servers behind Trickbot, an enormous malware network that criminals were using to launch other cyberattacks, including a strain of highly potent ransomware.”