Microsoft Monday: Windows Sandbox Security Feature, New Office App, Next Generation Xbox Rumors – Forbes

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“Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week “Microsoft Monday” features news about the new Office app, Windows Sandbox, the next generation Xbox rumors and much more!

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Rolls Out

Originally, Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update in October and pulled it after a bug started causing files to get deleted. And last month, Microsoft released the update for certain PCs and blocked it on others due to incompatible drivers. 

Whenever a Windows 10 update rolls out, it has to work on more than 700 million machines. And many of those devices have different software applications, drivers, and components — which makes it challenging to ship products bug-free.

But now Microsoft is fully rolling out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update again after fixing a number of bugs. “Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select ‘Check for updates’ via Windows Update,” wrote Microsoft in a support page last week.

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox featureMicrosoft

According to BetaNews, Microsoft has announced a security feature called Windows Sandbox. Windows Sandbox is a lightweight desktop environment designed for safely running applications in isolation. This helps alleviate concerns about running unknown executable files.

Any software that is installed in Windows Sandbox stays only in the sandbox and does not affect your host. And once Windows Sandbox is closed, all of the software with all its files and state are deleted permanently.

In order to use Windows Sandbox, you will need to have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider build 18305 or later, AMD64 architecture, virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS, 4GB of RAM at least, 1GB of free disk space at least (SSD recommended) and at least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthreading recommended.)

Next Xbox Expected To Support 4K, 240 FPS And VR

Wedbush Securities video game analyst Michael Pachter has made some predictions about the features that the next-generation Xbox console is expected to have. Pachter believes that the next generation of the Xbox — which goes by the codenames Scarlett, Anaconda and Lockhart — will have two variations. The first variation will have a lower cost as it will be disc-free and rely on streaming services. And the other variation is expected to be more expensive with 4K support, 240 frames per second and virtual reality.

“I expect a dumbed down console, like the Steam console, where it’s download only, and there’s no hard drive or disc drive,” said Pachter via GamingBolt. “So I think there will be a streaming device, like a $100 Xbox console that doesn’t run in 4K or 240 frames per second. And then I think there will be a more expensive $400 console that supports 4K, 240 FPS, virtual reality. I don’t know if there will be ‘models’. I don’t think you’re going to get completely different devices.”

Anaconda is expected to be similar to the Xbox One X with better hardware, SSD storage and graphics from AMD. Lockhart is reportedly going to be a more affordable Xbox like the Xbox One S. There are also rumors that may announce a cheaper Xbox next month followed by a release in spring 2019.

ZestFinance Partnership

Microsoft has made a strategic partnership with fintech company ZestFinance, according to Forbes associate editor Alex Knapp. Through the partnership with ZestFinance, Microsoft is aiming to make it easier for financial services customers to adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

Microsoft is working with ZestFinance around fraud detection and algorithmic trading. And ZestFinance’s artificial intelligence tools will be integrated with Microsoft’s products like Azure. 

Last year ZestFinance also partnered with Ford Credit to measure the effectiveness of machine learning to predict risk and expand auto financing for millennials and Americans with limited credit histories.

Office App For Windows 10

Office app for Windows 10Microsoft

Microsoft has announced a new Office app for Windows 10, which is simply called Office. This app is now available to Windows Insiders (Fast) and it is going to roll out to all Windows 10 users soon. The Office app is free and it can be used with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016 or Office Online.

With the new Office app, you can quickly switch between apps, jump to most recently used documents, apply company branding and integrate other lines of business applications and quickly find apps, documents, people and sites with Microsoft Search.

The new Office app will be replacing the My Office app. And if you already have the My Office app, you will get the new Office app through an automatic update in the coming months.

4K Webcam Rumor

Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to release its own 4K webcams next year with Windows Hello facial recognition support, according to Thurrott’s sources. The 4K cameras would work on Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One gaming console. The webcam may be branded with the Surface name and also add Kinect elements to the Xbox One.

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The Microsoft logo displayed outside the Microsoft Technology Center near Times Square (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week “Microsoft Monday” features news about the new Office app, Windows Sandbox, the next generation Xbox rumors and much more!

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Rolls Out

Originally, Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update in October and pulled it after a bug started causing files to get deleted. And last month, Microsoft released the update for certain PCs and blocked it on others due to incompatible drivers. 

Whenever a Windows 10 update rolls out, it has to work on more than 700 million machines. And many of those devices have different software applications, drivers, and components — which makes it challenging to ship products bug-free.

But now Microsoft is fully rolling out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update again after fixing a number of bugs. “Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select ‘Check for updates’ via Windows Update,” wrote Microsoft in a support page last week.

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox featureMicrosoft

According to BetaNews, Microsoft has announced a security feature called Windows Sandbox. Windows Sandbox is a lightweight desktop environment designed for safely running applications in isolation. This helps alleviate concerns about running unknown executable files.

Any software that is installed in Windows Sandbox stays only in the sandbox and does not affect your host. And once Windows Sandbox is closed, all of the software with all its files and state are deleted permanently.

In order to use Windows Sandbox, you will need to have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider build 18305 or later, AMD64 architecture, virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS, 4GB of RAM at least, 1GB of free disk space at least (SSD recommended) and at least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthreading recommended.)

Next Xbox Expected To Support 4K, 240 FPS And VR

Wedbush Securities video game analyst Michael Pachter has made some predictions about the features that the next-generation Xbox console is expected to have. Pachter believes that the next generation of the Xbox — which goes by the codenames Scarlett, Anaconda and Lockhart — will have two variations. The first variation will have a lower cost as it will be disc-free and rely on streaming services. And the other variation is expected to be more expensive with 4K support, 240 frames per second and virtual reality.

“I expect a dumbed down console, like the Steam console, where it’s download only, and there’s no hard drive or disc drive,” said Pachter via GamingBolt. “So I think there will be a streaming device, like a $100 Xbox console that doesn’t run in 4K or 240 frames per second. And then I think there will be a more expensive $400 console that supports 4K, 240 FPS, virtual reality. I don’t know if there will be ‘models’. I don’t think you’re going to get completely different devices.”

Anaconda is expected to be similar to the Xbox One X with better hardware, SSD storage and graphics from AMD. Lockhart is reportedly going to be a more affordable Xbox like the Xbox One S. There are also rumors that may announce a cheaper Xbox next month followed by a release in spring 2019.

ZestFinance Partnership

Microsoft has made a strategic partnership with fintech company ZestFinance, according to Forbes associate editor Alex Knapp. Through the partnership with ZestFinance, Microsoft is aiming to make it easier for financial services customers to adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

Microsoft is working with ZestFinance around fraud detection and algorithmic trading. And ZestFinance’s artificial intelligence tools will be integrated with Microsoft’s products like Azure. 

Last year ZestFinance also partnered with Ford Credit to measure the effectiveness of machine learning to predict risk and expand auto financing for millennials and Americans with limited credit histories.

Office App For Windows 10

Office app for Windows 10Microsoft

Microsoft has announced a new Office app for Windows 10, which is simply called Office. This app is now available to Windows Insiders (Fast) and it is going to roll out to all Windows 10 users soon. The Office app is free and it can be used with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016 or Office Online.

With the new Office app, you can quickly switch between apps, jump to most recently used documents, apply company branding and integrate other lines of business applications and quickly find apps, documents, people and sites with Microsoft Search.

The new Office app will be replacing the My Office app. And if you already have the My Office app, you will get the new Office app through an automatic update in the coming months.

4K Webcam Rumor

Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to release its own 4K webcams next year with Windows Hello facial recognition support, according to Thurrott’s sources. The 4K cameras would work on Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One gaming console. The webcam may be branded with the Surface name and also add Kinect elements to the Xbox One.

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