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    Microsoft is Ending its Support for Adobe Flash Player and User's are Upset

    Microsoft is Ending its Support for Adobe Flash Player and User's are Upset

    Microsoft has been updating its browser with cool stuff aiding online work-from-home necessities. However, one update upsets its users of new Edge browsers since the company is pursuing the removal of Adobe Flash.

    It was in 2017 when Microsoft, along with Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Mozilla, and Google - planned that they would end the support for Flash by December 2020.

    Now, Microsoft has announced that the reported plan three years ago is in progress.

    “Microsoft is ending support for Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge (both the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge Legacy) and Internet Explorer 11 at the end of 2020,” stated by the company on the Microsoft Edge blog.

    Moreover, the company has clarified that by January 2021 that it will be removing Flash from Chromium-based Edge. It will also cut updates for its Windows users concerning the Player.

    “After December 2020, you will no longer receive Security Update for Adobe Flash Player from Microsoft that applies to Microsoft Edge Legacy,” the company said.

    Microsoft also added that in January 2021, it would be disabling the Adobe Flash by default as well as blocked all versions of it. Furthermore, resources that are related to the software hosted on Microsoft websites will no longer be available.

    There will an update to be released that will permanently delete the software on Windows. Microsoft will be launching the update called “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” to be accessed on Microsoft Update Catalog. Once available, users can download it manually in Autumn 2020.

    The update will run in early 2020 as optional on Windows Update and WSUS. However, Microsoft will mandate users to download the Flash removal update later on.

    “In the Summer of 2021, all the APIs, group policies, and user interfaces that specifically govern the behavior of Adobe Flash Player will be removed from Microsoft Edge (legacy) and Internet Explorer 11,” Microsoft added.

    “It will be via the latest ‘Cumulative Update’ on Windows 10 and via ‘Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 11’ or ‘Monthly Rollup” on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.”

     

    Microsoft Rolls out an Upgrade for Windows 10 Touch Keyboard including New Voice Typing

    Microsoft Rolls out an Upgrade for Windows 10 Touch Keyboard including New Voice Typing

    Recently, Microsoft added a new feature on its Word, allowing users to transcribe voice records and live conversations. It also allows users to edit text formatting through voice commands. However, such tools are only available in the United States for now, but it is still subjected to change.

    After Microsoft Word, the tech giant is working to upgrading its Windows 10 for users with touch screen devices. The update provides significant changes on the touch keyboard, voice typing, emoji picker, and other exciting features specific for Windows Insiders.

    Windows Insiders will experience the new look of Windows 10 touch keyboard such as updated key sizes and layouts. The company also adds the latest keypress animations and sounds as well as Child keys optimization.

    Image courtesy: Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview

    A toggle to undock keyboard is also included in the update along with improvements in the setting menu, search support for GIF, and emoji. Moreover, users will be able to navigate the cursor through the keyboard’s spacebar by sliding their fingers on the spacebar.

    The new keyboard layout for Windows 10 also includes a new button for voice typing that can be utilized to type using just its users’ voices. The design for the latest Voice Typing feature is modernized to optimize touch keyboards. It also includes support for auto-punctuation along with an updated back end for a more reliable voice typing experience.

    To use the Voice Typing tool, you can either toggle the updated microphone button or use the shortcut key, Win+H on the keyboard. Microsoft has provided a list of supported voice commands that users can try to experience the feature.

    Moreover, the voice typing service will automatically select the language you’re using on your keyboard since it is available in 14 languages. But, the auto-punctuation will still not be available in Japan.

    • English (US)
    • English (Australia)
    • English (India)
    • English (Canada)
    • English (United Kingdom)
    • French (France)
    • French (Canada)
    • Portuguese (Brazilian)
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Spanish (Mexico)
    • Spanish (Spanish)
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese


    Image courtesy: Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview


    Emoji are already part of every conversation to convey more realistic feelings and expressions, and that is what Microsoft has recently acknowledged. The tech giants' keyboard emoji picker is now available in more languages, along with new symbols and kaomoji. Its update is primarily focused on the Emoji and GIF search tool along with new GIF support - that will be experienced by a small group of Insiders.

    There are lots of other features and tools added to the latest Window 10 Insider Preview that are notable as well as improvements for its software. However, before updating to the new version, check some known issues encountered first.

     

    Walmart Joins Hand with Microsoft to Close the Deal with TikTok

    Walmart Joins Hand with Microsoft to Close the Deal with TikTok

    Now that Microsoft got the blessing from Trump with regards to the acquisition of TikTok, Walmart decided to team up with the tech company.

    Microsoft is reported to be nearing in closing a deal with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company. Since the report, companies are trying to bind a relationship with Microsoft, but Walmart got the upper hand. According to the retail corporation, the partnership is for its advertising business and third-party marketplace to expand and grow.

    In a statement of Walmart to CNBC, the company said that it “believes a potential relationship with TikTok US in partnership with Microsoft could add a key functionality and provide Walmart with an important way for us to reach and serve omnichannel customers as well as grow our third-party market place and advertising businesses.”

    “We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of the US TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of US government regulators,” the corporation added.

    The talks about the acquisition of the popular video app have made its CEO, Kevin Mayer to abandon its post and due to some political turmoil.

    Recently, the Trump administration has been pressuring the TikTok app to sell its U.S. business to keep trading within the States. He then issued an executive order that banned the company from doing business with American investors for 90 days.

    In response, ByteDance filed a lawsuit against the government claiming that the administration has denied it to have a due process.

    However, the dispute between TikTok and Trump might end very soon. For some unknown reason, Microsoft has been permitted to do business with ByteDance.

    Even before the executive order, Microsoft has been reported to make a deal with TikTok. Although other companies such as Oracle and Netflix were also eyeing to close a deal with the app, Microsoft showed the most persistence between competing firms.

    Walmart joining hands with Microsoft could be a lot more advantageous to defeat other competitors to acquire TikTok. In the past years, two companies also used the same tactic to take on Amazon.

     

    Microsoft Released a Declaration Supporting Epic on its Dispute Against Apple

    Microsoft Released a Declaration Supporting Epic on its Dispute Against Apple

    The continuous battle between Apple and Epic is getting wider on its range as the Fortnite developer pushes another filing on Sunday. It is against the tech giant’s threat with regards to Epic’s Unreal Engine, used for creating 3D graphics.

    Recently, Apple responded to the game maker’s lawsuit with a warning that Epic should fix the problem until August 28. The iPhone maker added that Unreal Engine might be banished as well in the Apple’s developer tool system unless Epic resolves the issue.

    Unreal Engine has been utilized by most of the games and applications to create 3D graphics. If Apple would remove its access to the iOS developer system, other developers will be impacted.

    In support of Epic’s battle with Apple, Microsoft backed up the developer through a declaration that emphasizes the impact of revoking the access of Epic's Engine to iOS developers' tools. It will be a huge problem as well to Microsoft since its Forza is also using the Engine.

    “Denying Epic access to Apple’s SDK and other development tools will prevent Epic from supporting Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS," Kevin Gammill stated, Microsoft’s general manager for third-party developers on the Xbox, "and will place Unreal Engine and game creators that have built, are building and may build games on it at a substantial disadvantage.”

    Apple and Epic’s dispute started when Fortnite’s developer issued its own payment system discrediting the 30% fee of the App Store. The commission charge of Apple is part of its policies in which, according to the tech giant is to “protect its users.”

    Apple claimed that Epic has violated its Store’s policies and resulted in its app, Fortnite, to be banned in the Store. The tech giant's decision triggered the developer to file a lawsuit.

    Other than the lawsuit, the developer made a video mocking Apple and encouraging the Fortnite’s fans to battle along with Epic.

    However, in response to Epic’s filings, Apple asked the court to deny the motion filed by the developer. The tech giant claims that Epic violated Apple’s rules by creating a false “emergency” through the direct payment system made using Fortnite.

    Meanwhile, Microsoft’s declaration statement in support of Epic is based on its firsthand experience with the tech giant’s App Store.

    Microsoft is launching a game streaming service, but it could not fully realize its vision of cloud gaming since Apple has denied its app. It is supposed to be launched in September, but due to the circumstance, it will not be available in iOS.