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Microsoft Teams will soon let you restart a live event that accidentally stopped
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft Teams currently doesn't have an option to resume a live event that has been accidentally ended or interrupted. If you've started an event and encountered a technical problem in the middle of it, chances are that you will need to set up a new event.
Fortunately, Microsoft is working to fix that and make it easier to resume a live event after you've unwittingly stopped it. The company has added a new update to its 365 roadmap for an option to restart a live event (via OnMSFT). This means you only need to hit a restart button to get everyone back in your live event again instead of creating an entirely new one.
The feature is currently being developed and will be rolled out on both desktop and web clients globally in July. The ability to start a live event on Teams is a nifty feature that provides convenience to people who used to hold mass gatherings, for example, before the pandemic happened. As more people stay at home due to lockdown orders across many parts of the world, hosting a virtual live event is a practical alternative these days.
It's the latest development that Microsoft is working on for Teams. Two days ago, Teams added two new capabilities including Webinars and PowerPoint Live. In March, Teams introduced live transcription for meetings with speaker attribution.
Microsoft is rolling out its Dolby Vision HDR test on Xbox Series X/S
by Subir Kathuria
Back in September 2020, Dolby announced that Xbox Series X and S will be the world's first game consoles to support both Dolby Vision HDR video and Dolby Atmos surround sound in games when played on a supported TV.
Now Microsoft has announced that is beginning to test of Dolby Vision HDR gaming on Xbox Series X and S and will be available for testers who are a part of the Xbox Insider’s Alpha ring. The company is looking for feedback before it rolls out the Dolby Vision HDR option more broadly, which should be anytime this year.
Xbox’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, posted on his Twitter:
Keep in mind your TV will need to be Dolby Vision-compatible. Notably, Samsung, which is the largest TV manufacturer globally, doesn’t support the format, focusing mostly on HDR10+. You can find out if your TV is compatible with Dolby Vision or not by pressing the Xbox button to open the guide, then selecting Profile & system > Settings > General > TV & display options > 4K TV details.
Source: Major Nelson (Twitter)
Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 21382 with HDR improvements for Photoshop
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft has released another weekly build of Windows 10 to Insiders enrolled in the Dev channel, this time bringing the build number up to 21382. As per usual, this build comes from the co_release branch, not the rs_prerelease branch, and it's part of a future Windows update, not the upcoming version 21H1 that's already available in the Beta and Release Preview channels.
Much like other recent builds, there isn't a whole lot that's new in this release, but there is an improvement that's likely to be welcomed by creative professionals. Apps that use ICC display color profiles will now be able to use the full color gamut of HDR displays and retain color accuracy:
That's pretty much it in terms of new features, but there are some other changes and improvements, like the new Segoe UI Variable font now being available on the touch keyboard:
Of course, the build also comes with the usual array of bug fixes:
And finally, there are still some known issues in this build, though the list has been shrinking significantly with the past few builds. Here's what you need to look out for:
On that note, Microsoft announced earlier this week that it's bringing back its Bug Bash events, so if you'd like to help improve the quality of the next Windows 10 release, you may want to file any issues you find during this period. There are also a number of quests available in the Feedback Hub to help users find specific issues Microsoft may be looking for. The event has already started and it will last until May 17.
Microsoft releases May firmware update for the Surface Studio 2
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released a new firmware update for Surface Studio 2, along with a new driver update for the discrete GPU in the device. The new updates improve system stability and addresses security updates. Recently, the Redmond giant also released firmware updates for a bunch of Surface devices including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Laptop 1, 2 and 4. The updates included general stability and performance improvements as well as device-specific patches for critical vulnerabilities.
You can check out the full changelog for the update below:
Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update
Surface – Firmware – 532.3681.768.0 Surface UEFI - Firmware 532.3681.768.0
Addresses security updates and improves system stability. NVIDIA – Display – 220.127.116.1105 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 – Display adapters
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 – Display adapters
Addresses security updates and improves system stability. As usual, the new firmware update is rolling out to the Surface Studio 2 users in phases so you may not see them right away. Moreover, firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted so it may be best to wait before installing them.
To install the updates manually, you will have to head to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and click "Check for updates" to start downloading them.
Office app on Android now supports voice recordings with transcription
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft's Office app for Android is getting a new feature today - the ability to record voice captures with live transcription. The update only seems to be available for users enrolled in the beta program on the Google Play Store, and it comes with version 16.0.14026.20172 of the app.
Voice capture is a fairly straightforward feature. You can access it from the big "+" icon at the bottom of the app screen, and from there, you can simply start recording by tapping the microphone button. Recordings are transcribed live by default and can then be saved in audio format along with the transcription. The app can also recognize different speakers and separate the dialog for each speaker in the transcription. Should there be any errors in the transcription, it's also possible to edit the text after the fact.
This feature seems to build on the work Microsoft has already done on voice-related features, such as Transcribe for Word, which launched last summer. The Office mobile app has become a hub for many of Microsoft's smart Office features, too, making it an increasingly versatile tool. The app first launched last year and in addition to bringing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint together, it integrates tools like Microsoft Lens (formerly Office Lens), Forms, and local wireless file sharing. It can also access your sticky notes and open PDF files.
If you haven't yet, you can download the Office app for Android here, and there's also an iOS version available on the App Store.