Outlook for Windows client to store email signature in the cloud

Microsoft plans to release an update for the Outlook for Windows client next month that will add the possibility to configure an email signature and have it saved in the cloud, rather than inside each Outlook installation.

Until today, a big issue with Outlook (and for that matter, all email clients) was the fact that users had to configure an email signature every time they’d install their email client.

When they reinstalled Windows or moved to a new device, users had to reconfigure the email signature, time and time again.

Starting with June 2020, Microsoft says that email signatures will be saved inside the user’s Microsoft 365 account, and loaded from the cloud for every email they send.

The feature will allow users to have a consistent email signature across all devices, and avoid situations where users send emails with outdated signatures.

The new

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Microsoft Teams Rooms: Switch to OAuth 2.0 by Oct 13 or your meetings won’t work

Microsoft has been rushing out new Microsoft Teams features to help 75 million people each day teleworking during the coronavirus pandemic. But one part of the Microsoft Teams portfolio that hasn’t benefited from social distancing is Microsoft Teams Rooms, its conference-room product. 

Conference-room products might never be needed again at some companies, like Twitter and Square, which this week gave employees the option to continue working from home permanently even after offices reopen. 

The two companies, run by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, aren’t alone in that thinking. A recent survey by consultancy PwC found that 49% of chief financial officers intend to make remote work a permanent option for certain roles, presumably mostly office roles where conference rooms are most commonly used.  

While it seems there’d be no pressing need to update Teams Rooms right now, Microsoft has two justifications for its activity. 

“There are still organizations

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Microsoft to combine Windows 10 IoT Core and IoT Enterprise in 2021

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Microsoft is making some substantial changes to its Windows for IoT platform in the next few months. The company is going to be converging Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise in 2021 and reducing the size of that combined release substantially.

Microsoft is promising the Windows for IoT platform will get a bunch of new features and updates in the coming year. Among these: Silicon support expansion; reduction of up to 40 percent in the size of the OS itself; and over-the-air updates. Users also will get the ability to run Linux workloads via Linux Containers with Azure IoT Edge on Windows. Officials said these updates will be available in preview “soon” and widely available in 2021.

The next long-term supported release of Windows will converge Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. The combined version will be known as Windows 10 IoT

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Microsoft: Here’s programming language C# 9 preview for .NET plus full Blazor WebAssembly

Among the .NET news out of Microsoft Build 2020 is a new preview of C#, Microsoft’s programming language from the .NET team, plus a fully supported release of Blazor WebAssembly.

According to Microsoft’s lead C# maintainer Mads Torgersen, C# 9.0 strives for “greater clarity and simplicity in common coding scenarios”. But with this release the language is especially focused on “supporting terse and immutable representation of data shapes”.

C# was released in the early 2000s and was created by Microsoft technical fellow Anders Hejlsberg, who also created Microsoft’s popular extension of JavaScript for big applications, TypeScript

The C# 9 preview comes about a year after C# 8’s release, which came alongside Visual Studio 2019 just ahead of Build 2019. C# 8 and F# 4.7 shipped with .NET Core 3.0.  

The work on supporting terse and immutable representation of data shapes focuses on object initializers, which let users

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Microsoft strengthens its RPA portfolio with Softomotive acquisition

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the planned acquisition of Softomotive, a UK-headquartered robotic process automation (RPA) software company with roots in Greece. With the intended purchase, Microsoft has muscled into the RPA game in a big way and, in doing so, removed any doubts that RPA has really arrived. Expect others to follow suit with a buying spree and resulting shakeout of the weaker players. Given the current recession and focus on projects that reduce cost, the timing could not be better.

Most of Softomotive’s 8,000-plus customers are single users or small work groups. Softomotive’s WinAutomation product has both attended and unattended deployment options and a solid offering that is flexible and easy to use but not exercised generally for complex use cases. Functionally, the acquisition helps in three primary areas.

Microsoft took a cloud-first approach to UI Flows. (Be patient with me here.) Power Automate, formerly

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Coles shuffles data management into the cloud

Machine learning might be high on the agenda for the data science team at Coles, but according to Richard Glew, Coles head of engineering and operations, they are currently limited by the existing on-premise environment.

“Even if we can do something, being able to do something quickly is another matter. We’ve got a lot of issues [like] where is our data, do we have the right hardware, how long does it take to get it … all the usual stuff with an on-prem environment,” he said, speaking as part of the Databricks Data and AI APAC virtual conference.

In a move to expand the possibility of enabling machine learning, advanced analytics, and data exchange, the company is currently developing an electronic data processing platform (EDP) to change the way it manages and stores data.

“Our EDP platform is designed to be a universal data repository for all the data we

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