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By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft Teams adds inline chat message translation on Android
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft rolled out support for chat translation to Teams on iOS in July of last year. Now, that feature has arrived for Teams on Android.
In a message posted on the Microsoft Teams UserVoice page, the software giant confirmed that inline chat message translation is now available on Android. The feature allows you to translate chat messages into your preferred language. Microsoft also promised late last year that the Android version of Teams would get on-demand translation in chats.
The capability allows colleagues to communicate and understand each other even if they speak different languages by translating chat conversations. It's turned on by default and it supports 72 languages at the moment.
To get started, you can simply press and hold a message you want to translate and then tap "Translate". Of course, you'll have to set your preferred translation language first. You can do that by heading to the Settings page and then opening Translation, under which you can select your desired language. You'll also have the option to revert to the original language, if necessary.
The feature's arrival on Android is a welcome development especially for users from different parts of the world who work in virtual environments. Yesterday, Microsoft also unveiled several features for Teams Rooms meant to improve collaboration and the experience for “hybrid” meetings.
Source: Microsoft Teams (UserVoice) via MSPoweruser
By Abhay V
Microsoft is issuing DMCA complaints to take down leaked "Windows 11 ISO" links
by Abhay Venkatesh
Earlier this week, a Windows 11 ISO for build 21996.1 leaked to the web, letting users try out the yet-to-be-announced offering from Microsoft. The build that seems to have been compiled late in May provides a first look at what the Redmond giant is teasing to be the “next generation of Windows”.
As the leaked build does not paint the complete picture of the OS update owing to it being a pre-release version – one that hasn’t even been released to Insiders –, Microsoft seems to want to restrict users from downloading it, which is why it is issuing DMCA complaints to Google (spotted by Fossbytes) in some regions asking the search giant to take down results containing articles from publications with links to the ISO files. Interestingly, in the linked Microsoft Japan complaint, the firm does confirm the Windows 11 name as it is requesting for the removal of “Windows 11” ISOs, claiming that those are leaked copies of “the unreleased Windows 11” OS.
The company is slated to hold a dedicated event to show off Windows 11 on June 24, and it probably (and understandably) wants users and enthusiasts to reserve their judgement about the upcoming update till it is officially unveiled. Components such as the Microsoft Store, which is said to be receiving a major refresh, are yet to be shown off or talked about. Additionally, the leaked version lacks other improvements that will likely be served through the way of Feature Experience Packs that can be delivered without the need for an OS update, something that is currently being targeted only to internal employees.
There is also a lot that is unknown, such as whether there will be a separate update to Windows 10 this fall (version 21H2) and what the update and support lifecycles look like for Windows 11. What seems to be increasingly certain is the ‘Windows 11’ branding, which is present in the About Windows (winver) pop-up, setup process, and even in the DMCA notices.
Microsoft makes Visual Studio 2022 Preview 1 available for Windows
by Paul Hill
Microsoft has announced the availability of the first preview release of Visual Studio 2022, it comes two months after the firm unveiled the new development software. Visual Studio 2022 is the first time that Microsoft has released a 64-bit version of Visual Studio and is eager for people’s feedback.
Microsoft said that the main aim of this first preview is to “test and tune the scalability of the new 64-bit platform”. The new Visual Studio will take full advantage of your system's resources which should improve the reliability of the program, especially when using Visual Studio over a long period of time. The switch to 64-bit is a big change and Microsoft is hoping that developers use this preview to work on projects to uncover any issues with the software so that they can be reported to Microsoft to fix before the final version of Visual Studio is released later on.
Those looking to download Visual Studio will be able to choose from the Community, Pro, and Enterprise editions. Aside from being free to use, they can also be installed alongside older versions of Visual Studio giving testers more flexibility about which version of Visual Studio they want to run at any one time.
While Preview 1 focuses on 64-bit support, Preview 2 will launch with a raft of new features and other performance enhancements. One of the new features that is launching with Preview 1 is code auto-complete with IntelliCode which can suggest completions based on the context. You can see other changes Microsoft has planned in the Visual Studio 2022 roadmap.
If you rely on extensions, this preview is not for you. Microsoft has temporarily stopped extensions from working in this preview while it gives partners time to update them so they work properly. For those on macOS, Microsoft says the first preview of Visual Studio 2022 will be launching soon. The preview for macOS will feature a new modern UI but Microsoft still believes it has refinements to make before it’s confident enough to show it off to the public.
You can download the latest preview of Visual Studio 2022 for Windows from Microsoft's website.
By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft Teams is integrating Headspace to boost personal wellbeing in remote work
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft announced today a several new features coming to the Viva Insights app in Teams that will help employees address the challenges associated with remote work while maintaining their wellbeing. The company is bringing Headspace mindfulness guides, a new focus mode, and quiet time settings to the app.
Starting later this month, you will be able to access guided meditations and mindfulness exercises from Headspace via Viva Insights in order to stay focused and relaxed. Microsoft noted that weekly meeting time on Teams has more than doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began, increasing stress for users.
In addition to stress caused by back-to-back meetings, employees often deal with a flood of alerts and distractions as well. Later this year, Microsoft will launch a new focus mode in Viva Insights to address those challenges. With focus mode, you will be able to plan your break time, set a time during which you'll focus on important tasks, and listen to background music from Headspace.
Viva Insights will also add a quiet time setting later this year to let you mute mobile notifications from Outlook and Teams beyond your working hours. It will essentially give you the time to disconnect and spend time for yourself with no distractions. The option to set quiet time will be available directly from Teams and Outlook mobile apps. IT admins can also set policies to silence notifications after work hours across their organization when these capabilities roll out.
By Abhay V
Microsoft's second event for June 24 is aimed at Windows developers
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft is slated to hold a “What’s next for Windows” event at 11 AM ET on June 24 to unveil Windows 11, a name that has recently been confirmed thanks to the leaked build that made it to the web. However, it turns out that the Windows 11 event might not be the only one to be taking place next Thursday, as the Redmond firm is holding an event for 3 PM ET, which it announced via Twitter today.
As is the case with these event invites, not much in the way of information is being provided. However, the company is rumored to be working on a brand new Microsoft Store with new policies that expand the types of apps that can be distributed through the store. It is possible that that announcement, along with more information on the specifics for developers, will be provided during the event.
During the firm’s Build conference last month, CEO Satya Nadella said that the company will “create more opportunities for every Windows developer” and that it will “welcome every creator who is looking for the most innovative, new, open platform to build[,] distribute[,] and monetize applications”. It is possible that the developer-focused event dives into new app development and monetization capabilities brought by the revamped Microsoft Store policies. It is anybody’s guess if there are any surprise announcements.
The developer event is scheduled for 3 PM ET on June 24, four hours after the live stream for the Windows 11 event begins. The firm will stream the developer event on YouTube here.