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Microsoft is slowly bringing Fluent Design to all parts of Windows 10, and the design is evolving with the next update. Microsoft appears to be expanding Fluent Design to the context menu of Windows 10, and the most recent preview build comes with similar changes in this regard. A couple of days ago, Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 17692 to the Windows Insiders enrolled in the Fast and Skip Ahead ring, with SwiftKey and other improvements. The most recent build released earlier this week brings more Fluent Design changes, and it’s likely that Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 Redstone 5 with these changes later this year. It appears that the Fluent Design effect is finally spreading to context menu and flyouts. In release notes published, Microsoft explains that when you will right-click open apps in Task View, you will notice new acrylic backgrounds. “With Build 17692 you will notice new acrylic backgrounds in places on the system using these controls – for example when you right-click open apps in Task View. Apps using the SDK for this build or higher will see this change by default as well,” Microsoft explained in a changelog. Follow this thread on OUR FORUM.

Earlier this week, Microsoft released new June 2018 patches for all supported versions of Windows 10 operating system, including the newly released Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803). At that time, the company acknowledged only one issue in a patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update, but the company has recently updated the support page to include one more issue. Microsoft has acknowledged a new issue in June 2018 patch for Windows 10 April 2018 update, which was released on Tuesday. The updated support page has confirmed a new issue that affects Microsoft Edge. It’s worth mentioning it’s not a critical bug and it should not be a big deal for most of the users. Microsoft Edge could hit glitches where the browser would stop working “when it initializes the download of a font from a malformed (not RFC compliant) URL”. Microsoft hasn’t issued any workaround yet, but the company says that they’re working on a resolution and it would become available later in June. You won’t have to wait until the next Patch Tuesday, as Microsoft plans to release another cumulative update later this month. Microsoft has already confirmed issues with SMBv1 protocol in Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and it can be addressed if you enable SMBv2 or SMBv3 on both the SMB server and the SMB client. The fix will be shipped later this month as well. Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.

After a very long wait, details regarding the next version of the Microsoft HoloLens are slowly starting to solidify. We have already heard the device will be lighter, cheaper and with a larger field of view, and now the processor powering the device has leaked also. According to Engadget’s sources, HoloLens 2 will be powered by the recently announced Qualcomm XR1 processor, which has been designed with the express purpose of delivering a “high quality” VR and AR experience. XR1 integrates Qualcomm Technologies’ heterogeneous computer architecture, including the ARM-based multi-core Central Processing Unit (CPU), a vector processor, Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and Qualcomm® AI Engine. Other key features include an advanced XR software service layer, machine learning, the Snapdragon XR Software Development Kit (SDK) and Qualcomm Technologies connectivity and security technologies. The XR1 platform also provides an AI engine for on-device processing. This engine provides the ability to process AI-use cases and runs high performing, power-efficient machine learning based computer vision algorithms that can help with key AR use cases like better pose prediction, object classification, etc. Want more visit OUR FORUM.

Someone has to create Skynet, and to date, Google appeared to be in the lead, but Microsoft has started ramping up their own efforts to create a cloud-based AI infrastructure based on super-fast, dedicated, custom-designed AI chipsets. Called Project Olympus,  a Microsoft spokesperson described the work as “… server design, silicon, and AI to enable cloud workloads.” “We actually design a lot of our own silicon that goes into the data centers,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president for Azure. Clues to Microsoft’s silicon efforts has been found in 3 recent job postings. Three months ago, Microsoft published at least three job openings within its Azure public cloud division, looking for candidates to work on features for an AI chip. In April Microsoft listed an opening for a silicon program manager, and “an engineer for software/hardware co-design and optimization for AI acceleration.” Microsoft has invested in custom silicon before, using field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips to create Project Brainwave, again to accelerate AI training. This effort is separate from that, however, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed. Microsoft has also talked about their new Holographic Programming Unit for the HoloLens 2 which will feature boosted AI-based capabilities. There's more posted on OUR FORUM.

Cybercriminals are currently developing a new strain of malware targeting Android devices which blends the features of a banking trojan, keylogger, and mobile ransomware. Named MysteryBot, this malware strain is still under development, according to security researchers from ThreatFabric, who recently ran across this new threat. ThreatFabric says MysteryBot appears to be related to the well-known and highly popular LokiBot Android banking trojan. "Based on our analysis of the code of both Trojans, we believe that there is indeed a link between the creator(s) of LokiBot and MysteryBot," a ThreatFabric spokesperson told Bleeping Computer via email today. "This is justified by the fact that MysteryBot is clearly based on the LokiBot bot code," the spokesperson added. Furthermore, according to a report the company published yesterday, the recent MysteryBot malware sends data to the same command and control (C&C) server used in a past LokiBot campaign, clearly suggesting they are being controlled and developed by the same person or group. The reasons why the LokiBot group is now developing MysteryBot are unknown, but they may be related to the fact that the LokiBot source code leaked online a few months back. There's more detailed information on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft today announced its partnership with Thales Group, a leading international electronics, and systems group that provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets to develop cloud solutions for armed forces. The new solution will be based on the Azure Stack, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud platform and the solution will be fully cyber secured and adapted to military resilience constraints by Thales. Since the solution is Azure Stack-based, defense organizations can use it to handle the most sensitive data by hosting at MoDs headquarters or deployed in the field. Further development of this new solution in the future could give them the ability to analyze a large amount of data in real-time for intelligence gathering, to use military IoT applications involving various types of sensors on the field or even to exchange data with mobile applications for augmented soldiers. “We are thrilled to announce our unique partnership with Thales to accelerate digital transformation in the defense sector. Our solution, Microsoft Azure Stack will help armed forces in the analysis of huge volumes of sensitive data in order to make breakthrough developments. Follow this on OUR FORUM.