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    • By Usama Jawad96
      Microsoft will soon begin throttling Exchange mailboxes
      by Usama Jawad

      Microsoft's proprietary email hosting service Exchange Online - typically utilized by Outlook - has had an upper limit for emails received by "hot recipients" for quite some time. This term encompasses users who receive over 3,600 messages in their mailbox per hour. So far, this has been a soft-limit that Microsoft has not really enforced, but starting from April, this situation will change.

      Microsoft has stated that in order to optimize email flow across mailboxes and to ensure capacity across the Exchange services, it will begin enforcing its existing limit of being able to receive 3,600 messages per hour. The company says that when tenants and mailboxes go beyond this limit, services for other customers are disrupted as well, causing delays in emails being received due to network resources being utilized by "hot recipients".

      The Redmond tech giant says that once it begins to throttle tenants, emails sent to full mailboxes will receive a non-delivery report. The threshold will be automatically reset every hour. According to the dedicated webpage, this limit applies to all of the following subscriptions:

      Microsoft 365 Business Basic Microsoft 365 Business Standard Office Office 365 Enterprise E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3 Office 365 Enterprise E5 Office 365 Enterprise F3 As Microsoft begins to enforce this limit starting in April 2021, it has encouraged admins to keep an eye on activity across mailboxes. The firm will start with a higher threshold and keep lowering it incrementally until it reaches the official limit of 3,600 messages per hour so organizations have time to adapt to the change.

      Admins will also receive new insights and reports about the process in the Exchange Admin Center, allowing them to track mailboxes going over the threshold. Microsoft does not expect a significant number of mailboxes to be affected by this change.

    • By Usama Jawad96
      YouTube announces changes to its monetization policy
      by Usama Jawad

      Following the Logan Paul suicide forest controversy a couple of weeks ago, YouTube has come under fire for improperly vetting its content. While Google severed ties with the popular content creator, it was also reported that the firm would be manually scrutinizing its most popular channels for offensive content, among other things.

      Now, some of these changes have come to light, courtesy of a blog post from Google.

      Google notes that while 2017 was a tough year in many aspects, there was a 40% year-over-year increase in the number of content creators earning money in six figures from the site. In 2018, in an effort to ensure that "bad actors" do not harm their audience, and that worthy content creators continue to be rewarded, the firm is changing its monetization policy.

      Starting from today, only those channels will earn ad money through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) which have over 4,000 hours of watchtime in the past 12 months, and at least 1,000 subscribers. This is a considerably higher threshold than the previous one, which allowed monetization based only on the requirement that the channel has 10,000 lifetime views.

      While these changes currently apply only to newcomers, they will be implemented for existing channels from February 20, 2018 as well. Channels that reach this threshold will now also be manually screened for potentially offensive before they are inducted into the YPP.

      Google hopes that through these changes, it'll be able to divert money from bad actors and prevent offensive content from being monetized. The company went on to say that:

      Although the new threshold may potentially affect a large number of content creators, Google says that these channels can utilize the Creator Academy, Help Center, and Creator Site to grow their audience. The firm also noted that 99% of the channels falling below this threshold were making less than $100 per year in 2017, and 90% earned less than $2.50 in the last month.

    • By gcaw
      Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10586.36 rolls out to Fast and Slow rings
      by Andy Weir

      Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out its latest Windows 10 Insider Preview for PCs, build 11082 - the first build for those on the preview program to come from the Redstone (RS1) development branch. Today, the company is pushing out a new Mobile build - but this new release is an incremental Cumulative Update to the Threshold (TH2) branch, rather than a new Redstone-based build.

      Significantly, Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.36 is rolling out today to Insiders on both the Fast and Slow rings. Microsoft's Gabe Aul said in a blog post today:

      Gabe Aul said that this will be the last announcement of a Cumulative Update preview to be published on the Windows Blog. In the future, this type of update will instead be detailed via the Insider Hub app on Windows 10, although Gabe will also notify his followers of such updates via his Twitter feed.

      Anticipating the need for some much-needed (and well-earned) peace and quiet over the rest of the holiday season - both for himself and his colleagues - Gabe made it clear that there will be no further Insider Preview releases, for PCs or Mobile, until the new year.

    • By Ian S.
      Windows Technical Preview Discussion Thread
      With September 30th coming up, Windows 9 (or just "Windows"), codenamed Threshold, has leaked. I think its time to start a thread specifically for the Technical Preview and leaks.

    • By +Frank B.
      Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th
      Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft?s plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed "Threshold." This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30th or shortly afterwards. The date follows recent reports from ZDNet that suggested Microsoft is planning to release a preview version of Windows 9 in late September or early October.
      The early technology preview will give developers a first look at the new mini Start Menu in Windows 9, alongside the removal of the Charms bar feature and several UI changes. Microsoft is currently compiling builds of Threshold ready for the preview that include an early version of Cortana, but it?s not clear if this particular feature will be made available as part of the technology preview.
      While Threshold is likely to be named Windows 9, it?s unlikely that Microsoft will name its upcoming Windows release at its press event. Instead, Microsoft is said to be planning an overview of key new features of the upcoming operating system, with a technical preview ready for developers and enthusiasts. Microsoft is also building a separate combined version of Windows RT and Windows Phone, and the company may take the time to detail this work during its press event. Either way, Microsoft?s next version of Windows is nearing completion and the company will be ready to talk more about it next month.
      Source: The Verge