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Microsoft has patched a vulnerability in its Teams software that could have allowed an attacker to infiltrate compromised systems, steal data, and even take control of an entire organization's accounts. What makes the security flaw somewhat unique is that all of the dastardly deeds could have been accomplished with a just an animated GIF. Users within the organization wouldn't even need to share the infected GIF—just viewing it would be enough for it to work its malicious mojo. The attack itself was leveraged in a subdomain takeover vulnerability in Teams, and prior to being patched, would have affected every user who users the Teams desktop or web browser version. "Without getting into... Read more...
Microsoft has offered its latest work from home trend report that looks at how much time people are spending using Microsoft Teams each day. Microsoft reports that it reached a new daily record of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in a single day, which is a 200 percent increase from the 900 million meeting minutes recorded on March 16. The report also shows that 183,000 tenants in 175 countries are using Teams for Education as students and teachers embrace distance learning. Another interesting statistic shows that total video calls in Teams has grown by over 1000 percent in March. As for the countries with the most active Teams users, the report found that Norway and the Netherlands turn on video... Read more...
In some ways, these are unprecedented times, resulting in a dramatic rise in the use of video conferencing software. Many people working from (or stuck at) home have turned to Zoom, and the sudden influx exposed some security and privacy issues. In the wake of it all, Microsoft is reminding users of its Teams software, while emphasizing its "commitment to privacy and security." Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, wrote a blog post on the subject, assuring users that "privacy and security are never an afterthought" at Microsoft. Some may view that as a subtle (or maybe not-so-subtle) dig at Zoom. I'm not entirely sure if that is how it was meant to come across, but it's... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has been plagued with numerous bugs recently, but one issue in particular is frustrating a large segment of its customer base. As we all well now, COVID-19/coronavirus has necessitated that many Americans work from home to adhere with quarantine guidelines. However, this particular Windows 10 bug is preventing some users from connecting to the internet with the apps they need most. For those that are working from home, and need to access their work system using a virtual private network (VPN), a recent cumulative update, KB4535996, is making those connections unstable. "Devices using a manual or auto-configured proxy, especially with a virtual... Read more...
Companies all around the country have sent employees home to work amid the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak to help prevent the spread of the virus. Many of those people who are working from home are communicating with teams and coworkers using Microsoft Teams, which just so happened to turn three years old this week. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Microsoft has seen unprecedented use of Teams, noting that it now has more than 44 million daily users. That figure has grown by 12 million users in the last seven days alone. Microsoft says those 44 million daily users have generated over 900 million meeting and calling minutes on Teams each day this week. Microsoft says that it has become "very clear"... Read more...
As the world continues to fear the coronavirus outbreak, more and more businesses and schools are looking for alternatives to in-person meetings and classroom time. Google has announced that it is committed to helping students and teachers continue to learn no matter where they are. Google plans to leverage its G Suite and G Suite for Education productivity apps and starting this week it plans to roll out free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capability to these customers globally. The new capabilities that Google will offer at no cost include support for larger meetings of up to 250 participants per call. Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability... Read more...
Microsoft is really looking to take the fight to Slack with its Teams collaboration tool. For those not in the know, Microsoft Teams is a platform for chatting, file sharing and video/audio calls (among other things) aimed at business users. In addition, Teams offers excellent integration with other Microsoft products including the ever-popular Office suite and Skype.  However, one area where Teams has come up short compared to Slack is when it comes to a free option. A free tier is critical for Teams to gain acceptance with small businesses, and it is a way to give customers a small "taste" of what to expect with the platform and entice to them with a larger feature-set with the paid options.... Read more...