Windows 11 kills drag & drop feature for taskbar, and users are not happy


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There are few constants in life, though death and taxes spring to mind, as does Microsoft forcing its Teams collab platform down the throat of any passing users.

As such, the promised Teams integration has put in an appearance in Windows 11 – for a lucky subset of Windows Insiders, that is.

Our Intel-based Windows 11 Preview machine picked up the update, which currently only does chats (audio and video calling, screen-sharing and meetings remain in the "Coming Soon" category for the time being). And we can report that the experience is only marginally more clunky than the full-fat Teams client. It is also likely to generate a fair few friends-and-family support calls as consumers click the mystery Chat icon in the Taskbar and wonder what to do next.

The app signs in with a user's Microsoft account and will sync with their Skype and Outlook contacts. Popping in someone's email or phone number will either send them an invitation email or ping a notification before chat can begin.

We found a few oddities in our testing – emailed invites to chat attempted to kick off video and audio meetings when pasted into a browser, for example. This is all preview stuff at the moment, although is a clear indicator of Microsoft's direction of travel. Sorry, Skype fans.

However, with Windows 10 support stretching a good few years into the future, those preferring not to join the Teams party in Windows 11 can stick with their existing OS integration.

Fashionably late to the party, our Arm-based Windows 11 device (aka the Raspberry Pi-400 or "Frankenstein's Windows installation") also received the update, and insisted on reminding us how wonderful Microsoft 365 was during its reboot.

We imagine that the ever-tighter integration of Teams with Windows might concern some of the Redmond cloud vendor's messaging rivals. The arrival of the promised code comes almost a year to the day from when Slack slung a sueball at Microsoft over the decision to bundle Teams into Office. ®

The Spanish National Police have, at the request of America, arrested UK citizen Joseph O’Connor in Estepona, Spain, in connection with the July 2020 takeover of more than 130 Twitter accounts.

The US Department of Justice said that, in addition to the alleged Twitter account joyride, O'Connor, 22, has been charged in a federal district court in northern California with computer intrusions tied to the commandeering of TikTok and Snapchat user accounts. He has also been accused of cyberstalking a juvenile, and faces extradition to the United States.

A year ago, the Twitter accounts of various celebrities including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former US president Barack Obama, and others were briefly commandeered to promote a Bitcoin scam.

Microsoft veteran Raymond Chen has addressed a question that has occurred to most Windows users one time or another: why does Windows have a "New" menu?

Right-clicking in an empty space on the desktop or file explorer fires up a context menu in Windows. The menu has a number of actions including a 'New' menu item (or 'New item' in current Windows 11 Preview builds) that pops an empty file with the necessary extension in the desired location.

Rise of The Machines Rampaging cyber hoods will be using compromised machinery and systems to kill humans by 2025, according to cheerfully optimistic new predictions from research company Gartner.

The warning around what Gartner calls "operational technology (OT) environments" – which it described as "hardware and software that detects or causes a change, through the direct monitoring and/or control of industrial equipment, assets, processes and events", so basically industry and infrastructure with moving parts – comes following an increase in assaults on such systems, frequently in connection to ransomware attacks or simple state-sponsored hooliganism.

While such attacks can be dangerous, any threat they currently pose is typically a secondary effect of the avarice of the perpetrators: a ransomware attacker shutting down a water company is not usually trying to cause customers of the affected company to die from dehydration, for example. They just want to inconvenience everyone enough for the company to pay up. There have been exceptions.

Business travel is back – kinda – said SAP as it filed results showing total calendar Q2 revenue down 1 per cent year-on-year to €6.67bn.

The German software giant's reason for optimism on tiny inflight meals and misguided airport shopping was performance of its Concur software business, which had been kiboshed by the pandemic.

SAP said it had seen the "first signs of recovery in travel and expense management with the easing of global travel restrictions, which led to Concur stabilising its sequential performance for the first time since the pandemic began."

Google has introduced a new Intrusion Detection Service together with "Adaptive Protection" for its cloud firewall, but such services make security a costly feature.

The Chocolate Factory's inaugural digital security summit ran yesterday, where the company talked up its notion of "invisible security". CEO Thomas Kurian encouraged businesses to transfer their "digital assets" to the cloud in order to benefit from "cloud-native security." According to GM and VP of Cloud Security Sunil Potti, invisible security means "security technologies are designed in... security operations as a silo disappears."

It was soon apparent that achieving this goal is some distance away. The big announcement at the event was a new service called Google IDS (Intrusion Detection Service), which requires security operation skills to set up and maintain.

A former ad exec is trying to make some cash history by pitting two copies of a job application penned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1973 against each other at auction – one the original physical copy, and the other a cryptocurrency-backed non-fungible token (NFT).

"The Steve Jobs hand-written 1973 job application auction aims to highlight the modern shift in perceived value – the physical or the digital," self-styled "digital entrepreneur" Olly Joshi wrote in the auction's announcement. "Testing this with a piece of history from arguably the most influential tech entrepreneur of our time, is very special."

To quantify that claimed shift, a race of sorts between the auction of a physical item and the auction of its digital twin in the form of an NFT. The physical job application was acquired by Joshi at auction just a few months ago for a whopping $224,750 – a major payout for the previous owner who had stumped up $174,757 in 2018, itself an impressive return on investment for the buyer who picked it up in 2017 for a mere $18,750.

Researchers at chip designer Arm have shown off a prototype microprocessor - dubbed PlasticARM - built on flexible plastic, letting it curve around surfaces and even flex backwards and forwards.

Fabricated using a combination of metal-oxide, thin-film transistors (TFTs) and a flexible plastic substrate, offered commercially by PragmatIC as FlexLogIC, the PlasticARM is more or less a fully functional implementation of Arm's Cortex-M0+ core. The difference: you can bend it without the cracking sound you'd get from a traditional silicon chip.

Flexible circuits aren't new, but Arm claims PlasticARM is a breakthrough: a working 32-bit microprocessor boasting around 12 times the logic gates of its nearest competition. The only snag: all it can do, at the moment, is run through a test program burned into its read-only memory.

Lithography specialist ASML, one of the companies that sells chipmakers the things they need to actually make chips, has announced a barnstorming Q2 with its highest order intake ever - as customers scramble to fill a depleted supply chain eager for parts.

"Our Q2 results were very good," ASML chief executive Peter Wennink claimed in a pre-recorded interview provided to press and investors on the day of its earnings call. "As we indicated last quarter, we ended the second quarter with a sales number of €4bn (£3.45bn/ $4.7bn)." This equates to year-on-year growth of almost 21 per cent.

The UK government looks set to delay the publication of its much-anticipated Hydrogen Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), told MPs this morning.

The milestone report – which is due to outline the government's goals for a hydrogen economy and how it can decarbonise industry, energy, and transport – was expected to be published before Parliament's summer recess to give MPs a chance to scrutinise its findings.

But speaking today during the final oral evidence session of the Science and Technology Committee looking at the role hydrogen could play in achieving Net Zero, Kwarteng admitted that "it may not be possible to publish the strategy, ahead of the recess tomorrow [July 22]."

Somewhat lost in the hubbub over Jeff Bezos' jaunt into space is the 60th anniversary of Virgil "Gus" Grissom's suborbital flight aboard Liberty Bell 7.

The mission was the second Mercury capsule crewed by a human and followed Alan Shepard's flight on 5 May 1961. Both missions were suborbital vertical launches atop a Mercury-Redstone booster (derived from the Redstone ballistic missile).

Grissom's compact Mercury capsule, Spacecraft Number 11, had a few updates over that of Shepard's. Instead of the 10-inch side ports Shepard peered through, Grissom's capsule had a large window affording a 30° horizontal and a 33° vertical field of view. There were better controls and, infamously, a redesigned hatch.

The UK government has refused to commit to sending a letter to 55 million patients in England informing them about its plans to extract their medical data from GP IT systems.

During a one-off session of the Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee, Lord Bethell of Romford, Under Secretary of State for Health, twice refused to agree to write to patients individually explaining how use and distribution of their data would change under government plans, and what their rights would be for opting out.

Lack of communication with patients over their data rights has been one of the key criticisms of the scheme to extract patient data from GP systems and hold it centrally for what the government describes as planning and research purposes under plans first announced in May.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 19044.1149 (21H2)

BetaNews 22 July, 2021 - 04:00am

Although much of the development focus at Microsoft is understandably on Windows 11 at the moment, work is still underway on polishing up the next feature update for Windows 10 -- 21H2 -- and getting it ready for release.

The latest new flight for this, Build 19044.1149 (KB5004296), is now available in the Release Preview Channel.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft brings Teams integration to Windows 11

The team explains "this update will apply to Windows Insiders in Release Preview already on Windows 10, version 21H2 (Build 19044.1147) and Insiders who were moved from the Beta Channel to the Release Preview Channel because their PC did not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11."

Insiders already on Windows 10 21H2 will be able to get the new build via Windows Update. Insiders who aren’t yet running 21H2 can 'seek' it out by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

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