With Windows 11 set to launch on October 5, Microsoft had announced that it would support Android apps, testing for which was scheduled to begin soon. Now, the Amazon App Store available on the Windows Store was spotted by a user WalkingCat. While the app has an “Amazon Confidential – for testing purposes”, it shows that Windows and Amazon are close to launching Android app support for Windows through Amazon Store.
Microsoft users can now completely remove passwords from their account, and log in with alternative methods instead. The decision comes days after Microsoft announced intentions to get rid of passwords as authentication methods, for more reliable newer ways. As passwords are highly susceptible to hacking, newer methods like security keys, verification codes, or the Microsoft Authenticator app will be adopted from now.
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Microsoft and Honor have announced the expansion of their ongoing partnership, under which they will focus on Microsoft’s cloud adoption, and other tech. Honor will use AI speech and translation services based on Microsoft’s Azure cloud for a variety of uses, including its new assistant YOYO. Microsoft will also help Honor improve user experiences for Honor mobiles, laptops, and other devices. The companies will jointly explore innovative mobile experiences.
Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, and Jio are a few of the tech giants aiming to work with the Indian government in its Digital Agriculture project which will technologically transform the sector in the country. Under the project, the government will give access to Agro data collected since 2014, to tech giants in hopes that the private sector will boost agro yields with technology. The agricultural sector employs over half of India’s 1.3B population.
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Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc has appointed Jacqueline Beauchere as the first global head of platform safety. After serving as Microsoft’s Chief Online Safety Officer, her new responsibilities would be to represent Snapchat’s safety work to regulators and partners and to advise on new policies. The move comes amidst increased pressure from US regulators, as well as global scrutiny on Snapchat to increase user safety, especially for young users.
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Microsoft has announced a “multi-year strategic alliance” with India’s hotel chain Oyo, aiming to develop “next-gen” travel and hospitality products. Microsoft invested $5M in Oyo last month, taking the startup’s valuation to $9.6B. Oyo will use Microsoft Azure for its cloud-based needs and develop solutions with help from Microsoft for its small and medium-sized hotel clients.
Microsoft has acquired Australia-based video editing and creation company Clipchamp, for an undisclosed amount. Clipchamp’s technology will be integrated into Microsoft 365 for regular use. Its editing tools work in-browser and were founded in 2014. Clipchamp was already working in a partnership with Google and Microsoft. The Google partnership and Microsoft’s interest in the video-editing community are likely reasons for the acquisition.
Before their release in fall 2021, Microsoft has made available the previews of both Windows 10 21H2 and Windows 11 for commercial testing. Accessible to the organizations enrolled in the Windows Insider Program, the builds are available for download from September 2 onwards. Windows 11 and Windows 10 21H2 are expected to release between October and mid-2022, reports said.