In this edition of Microsoft Weekly, there is news of new Windows 11 builds, a bunch of users who can no longer test it on VMs, monthly Patch Tuesday updates, Office 2021 release date, and more.
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Microsoft has formally announced the death of passwords, at least on its services. Starting today, you can completely remove a password from your Microsoft account and use alternate methods instead.
Ever since the first builds of Windows 11 started becoming available back in June, there was a workaround to complete setup without internet, that was later blocked. Here's a new workaround.
Microsoft might be removing the ability to set up a Windows 11 Home install with a local account or without an internet connection altogether, per the leaked build. However, there is a workaround.
Microsoft today announced that the ability to share To Do lists from a personal account to a work accounts is now generally available. The feature can be enabled by organizations' admins.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of email OTP for better B2B collaboration. Guest users will be allowed to access resources without Azure AD, a Microsoft account, or Google federation.
Microsoft Authenticator is adding a new autofill feature for passwords in beta form. The feature currently syncs passwords only via Microsoft accounts across desktop and mobile platforms.
Microsoft Authenticator will soon let iOS users replace the in-built keychain feature for managing passwords. Users will be able to sync credentials across platforms through their Microsoft accounts.
Mojang has announced that, starting next year, those still playing the Java Edition of Minecraft will need to move over to a Microsoft account. New players will need one starting this fall.
After an A/B test in the U.S., Microsoft is expanding the inability to use a local account when installing Windows 10. The option seems to have been removed from the setup at least in Germany.
Microsoft has published a new account activity policy that includes a rule saying that you'll need to sign into your Microsoft account at least once every two years to prevent it from being closed.
Microsoft is updating the Authenticator app on Android and iOS to add security notifications. Sensitive changes such as password changes and unusual logins will trigger a notification on the app.
Microsoft today announced that it is making available a public preview of the Microsoft Authenticator companion app for Apple Watch. You need to be enrolled as a Beta tester to be able to try it out.
Microsoft has announced the Identity Bounty Program, inviting security researchers to find vulnerabilities in identity services, and offering payouts ranging from $500 to $100,000.
While Fluent Design has been confined to Windows 10 and UWP apps written for the operating system, Microsoft is now rolling out a refresh of its online account portal featuring a revised layout.
A glitch in the latest round of patches for Windows 8.1 is causing users to be unable to log on their PC with their Microsoft account with an ETA yet to be provided in terms of a solution.
Microsoft has quietly bumped the Windows Store device limit under the same Microsoft account to 2,000. Previously, Store apps could be installed on up to ten devices under one Microsoft account.
Microsoft has officially announced the public preview of its new login experience for Azure AD and Microsoft Account. It brings a new UI and aims at unifying the sign-in experience across services.
The upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will bring support for recovering your Microsoft account password from the lock screen. While minor, this will definitely make many users happy.
Yesterday, there was an issue that prevented users from signing into their Windows Phone 8.1 devices with a Microsoft account. The problem now appears to have been resolved.
Some users are reporting that upon resetting their devices to Windows Phone 8.1, they are unable to sign into a Microsoft account, leaving them without access to the Windows Store.
Microsoft announced today that its users will soon be able to use their Skype account to log into other Microsoft services, such as OneDrive and Xbox Live. The changes will be live soon.
A blogger based in Beijing has uncovered a vulnerability on how Microsoft account identifiers are retrieved in plain text; meaning when you visit Outlook.com or Calendar you could be tracked.
Microsoft has announced that starting with the next Windows 10 Insider release, you will need to start pairing your Windows 10 preview release with your Microsoft Account.
Microsoft has quietly updated its Account page with a new layout that makes it easier to view the settings on your account. The update should now be live for everyone.
Microsoft has released a new update to Skype for Windows Phone 8, which among other things now requires that user sign in with a Microsoft Account as it does away with Skype usernames.
Microsoft has added new security features for Microsoft Account users, including a way to view any recent activity to make sure that the account has not been used by others.
A new report claims Microsoft is planning to add a number of new features for Microsoft Account members, including new recovery options, a way to review account activity and more.
Microsoft has posted up word that some users of its SkyDrive account may not currently be able to access or modify the files on their account but has not said what may be causing the problems.
Skype has announced it has started rolling out its new account sign up process which will require that users have a Microsoft account before they can use the VoIP service.
Microsoft has confirmed that its online account users who also own a Windows Phone device will have to do a hard reset on the device to accommodate a change in the account's primary alias.
Microsoft has quietly allowed people who have a Microsoft Account to rename their account again, after taking that feature away in December due to some users being unable to access their older content
Skype has updated its iOS port today, adding in support for Microsoft Accounts to allow people to sign into the VoIP app with Microsoft accounts used for Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com.
A new version of the login page for Microsoft Account services has started appearing, which shows a new Metro-like design and deletes references to the old Windows Live ID label.
An anonymous tip off has passed 4 images to us that show Microsoft is testing the transition from Windows Live ID to Microsoft account, the new name also present in Windows 8 Microsoft linked accounts
Subscribers to a number of Microsoft's services, including Windows Phone, Microsoft Office, and Xbox, now have a web site, Microsoft Your Account, that will unify the payments for those services.