Microsoft: Now PowerShell’s secrets tool preview supports Linux and macOS

Microsoft has released the SecretManagement Preview 3 module for its PowerShell scripting language and command-line shell to help developers manage secrets with a set of cmdlets.  

The SecretManagement Preview 3 release follows a second preview Microsoft released in March and a first preview in February. The tool is designed to help users securely manage secrets in heterogeneous cloud environments. 

However, the third preview of the SecretManagement module does contain breaking changes, so users of earlier previews will need to migrate their secrets before updating. 

SecretManagement helps users store and retrieve secrets locally in an operating system’s built-in vault, such as the Windows Credential Manager. It’s also an “orchestrator for extension vaults which perform the actual secret storage and encryption”. 

“SecretManagement is valuable in heterogeneous environments where you may want to separate the specifics of the vault from a common script which needs secrets,” explains Sydney Smith, a program manager on

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Android handset makers need to stop doing this

It’s fair to say that I have a love/hate relationship with Android handsets. There’s stuff I adore about the ecosystem, and things I loathe entirely.

But here’s one thing that I hate with the white-hot fury of a billion stars.

That that’s handset makers putting watermarks on the photos I take.

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Here’s an example from the other day.


It’s not that big in real life, but it’s big enough to be a real annoyance.

Here's now much of the photo the watermark takes up

Here’s now much of the photo the watermark takes up


This doesn’t catch me out often, and sometimes I can salvage the photo with careful cropping and judicious use of Photoshop. But sometimes it means having to recreate a shot, or living with the dumb watermark on it.

I get it that not much differentiates one

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UK government reveals more insight into imminent contact-tracing app

It may have arrived four months later than originally proposed, but the much-delayed and much-criticised UK contact-tracing app will provide a real spur to the nation’s NHS Test and Trace apparatus, the programme’s head Dido Harding assured a UK Parliamentary committee.

After nearly two hours of grilling by the Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee about the perilous state of the UK’s Covid-19 testing infrastructure for which she is ultimately responsible, Harding attempted to assure that after missing its first scheduled launch in mid-May, followed by further delays due to a number of technology issues, the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app was now set to launch across England and Wales on 24 September.

Harding was accompanied by James Bethell, Parliamentary under-secretary of state for the Department for Health and Social Care; and Simon Thompson, managing director of NHS app Test and Trace, at the meeting.

Ongoing trials in Newham, on

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An inside look at how Microsoft tried and failed in creating a version of Windows for dual-screen devices like Surface Duo, and eventually picked Android (Zac Bowden/Windows Central)

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:

An inside look at how Microsoft tried and failed in creating a version of Windows for dual-screen devices like Surface Duo, and eventually picked Android  —  Curious what Surface Duo was like when it was a Windows device?  Wonder no more.  —  Here at Windows Central … … Read More