“Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week “Microsoft Monday” features news about the free AI Business School, a Windows 10 upgrade warning, new features on Skype for web and much more!
Windows 10 Upgrade Warning Issued
Last week, Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly published an article about how an upgrade warning was issued for Windows 10. In the latest Windows 10 update (patch KB4482887), it has caused graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming. This applies to machines with both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.
“After installing KB4482887, users may notice graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games (eg: Destiny 2),” said Microsoft in a notice. As a short-term resolution, Microsoft suggest users to uninstall KB4482887 to regain performance. In the meantime, Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
Today Microsoft announced AI Business School, which teaches the fundamentals about where to star, how to adopt AI and how to manage risks and liabilities with AI. The AI Business School provides resources for business leaders like case studies and videos for creating AI strategies and establishing an AI-ready culture across their organizations.
The master class series is available for free online in an on-demand format so business leaders and management teams can focus on content that is relevant to them at the time that works best for them. The AI Business School complements other AI learning initiatives across Microsoft like the AI School and the Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence.
“There is a gap between what people want to do and the reality of what is going on in their organizations today, and the reality of whether their organization is ready,” said Microsoft’s CVP for AI Marketing Mitra Azizirad in a blog post. “Developing a strategy for AI extends beyond the business issues… It goes all the way to the leadership, behaviors and capabilities required to instill an AI-ready culture in your organization.”
New Skype For Web Features
Microsoft has announced new Skype for Web features. These features work from any desktop (Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.12 or higher) along with the latest versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. The new features include HD video calling, call recording, notifications panel, Find within conversations and chat media gallery.
The HD video calling feature works in one-to-one or group video calling and it supports call reactions. The call recording feature, you can capture special moments in a Skype call with loved ones or record important meetings with colleagues. The notifications panels appear when you tap on the bell icon to see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group notifications or if someone quoted you. The Find feature makes it easier to find messages in the current conversation by typing in the word or phrase you want to find in the search box. And the chat media gallery makes it easier to find files, links and photos shared in a conversation.
First Data Centers In Africa
Microsoft opened its first Africa-based data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg last week. This will ensure that people in South Africa will have faster access to Azure Cloud. But it is going to be a while before users in South Africa can utilize some of Microsoft’s biggest cloud-based enterprise products. Office 365 is expected to launch in the third quarter of the year and Dynamics 365 is coming in the fourth quarter in Africa.
“The launch of these regions marks a major milestone for Microsoft as we open our first enterprise-grade data centers in Africa, becoming the first global provider to deliver cloud services from data centers on the continent,” said Microsoft in a blog post. “The new regions provide the latest example of our ongoing investment to help enable digital transformation and advance technologies such as AI, cloud, and edge computing across Africa.”
Yammer Integrates Into Teams
Last week, Microsoft announced it was integrating Yammer into the Teams enterprise communication platform. Now Teams users can add a Yammer tab to their Teams channels that loads groups or topic feeds from Yammer. This allows users to share conversations in Yammer without having to switch away from Teams. And users can also discuss Yammer conversations in Teams before posting a reply to the wider Yammer group.
To add the Yammer integration, go to the Teams channel and tap on + on the tab bar. Then select the Yammer tab and select the Yammer group to show on the tab and click “Install.”
After you install the app, then it has to be configured as a Yammer Group or a Topic Feed. Then type the group name or topic you want to include in the Search box.
Click on Save and then the new Yammer tab will show up in the tab bar for all team members. Note: This functionality is only available on the web and desktop for now.
Windows 10 Hits More Than 800 Million Devices
Windows 10 is now being used on more than 800 million devices. This is up from 700 million this past fall. Windows 10 was originally released in July 2015 so it took about three and a half years to hit this milestone.
The announcement was made by Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi in a tweet. “Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million #Windows10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows,” wrote Mehdi.