Microsoft is updating its widely used cloud computing technology to make it easier for millions of us to dump our passwords. The tech giant is making passwordless login a standard feature for Azure Active Directory , a cloud-based service customers can use to handle their employees' login chores, the company said at its Ignite conference on Tuesday. The three-day conference, held online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is geared for IT and other tech staff who use Microsoft's products. Editors' top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos. In another update, Microsoft is smoothing out a potential difficulty of going passwordless with a new technology called Temporary Access Pass , which makes it easier for users to enroll in new services without generating a password. It's a one-time, short-term login code IT managers can send users for their initial login. It's also useful for recovering account access … [Read more...] about Microsoft promises to ease the pains of going passwordless
In a bid to boost the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in India, The National Association of Software and Service Companies ( Nasscom ) along with Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new AI Gamechangers programme. Nasscom and Microsoft will work closely to develop and promote the AI programme to accelerate the adoption of AI across key sectors. It will recognise innovators for their successful AI implementation at Nasscom's virtual 'Xperience AI Summit', one of the largest AI event in India, in July. While the country continues to leap forward to become the global innovation hub, we expect AI to unlock $500 billion of value to India's GDP by 2025," said Debjani Ghosh, President, Nasscom. "Through this programme, we aim to spotlight some of the leading AI-based innovations in the country," she added. The programme aims to serve as a platform for startups, enterprises, academia, governments, and NGOs to showcase their AI-based products … [Read more...] about Nasscom partners with Microsoft, announces ‘AI Gamechangers’ programme
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The NSA is not the only government agency asking tech companies for help in cracking technology to access user data. Sources say the FBI has a history of requesting digital backdoors, which are generally understood as a hidden vulnerability in a program that would, in theory, let the agency peek into suspects' computers and communications. In 2005, when Microsoft was about to launch BitLocker , its Windows software to encrypt and lock hard drives, the company approached the NSA, its British counterpart the GCHQ and the FBI, among other government and law-enforcement agencies. Microsoft's goal was twofold: get feedback from the agencies, and sell BitLocker to them. See also: Is It the Dawn of the Encryption App? But the FBI, concerned about its ability to fight crime — specifically, child pornography — apparently repeatedly asked Microsoft to put a backdoor in the software. A backdoor — or trapdoor — is a secret vulnerability that can be exploited to break or … [Read more...] about Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software?
Microsoft is making its first significant change to the Outlook calendar view in years. A new Outlook calendar board view is coming soon to Outlook for the web, and it works a lot like Trello. It’s a new dynamic view that will let you organize meetings alongside tasks, notes, goals, links, files, and more. It works much like Trello, where you can add new cards of information to help you organize your calendar and meetings. Files can sit alongside this view or even simple notes and goals to help with organization. It’s essentially an ever-expanding board that tries to centralize everything that goes into keeping your calendar clean and up to date. “On average, people use 6 tools to track all the things they need to get done,” says Gabriel Valdez , a product marketing manager for Microsoft’s Outlook team. “That is a lot of context switching, back and forth, and maybe even double tracking.” This new calendar board view is designed to help people cut down on having to switch between … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new Outlook calendar board view looks a lot like Trello