The discovery of phishing attacks recently on Azure AD and Microsoft 365 sign-in pages has brought Microsoft Experts under the weather. In the realm of modern Microsoft technologies, Microsoft this comes out as a surprise for Microsoft users out there (and experts too!)
The news has come with a big blow to Microsoft Experts and developers. Microsoft, being a Tech Giant in the industry, offers secured systems and updates with the most advanced security protocols and development procedures to combat cyber-attacks like phishing and eavesdropping from its applications.
However, recently, Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) showed results that phishing and spoofing attempts have been successfully carried out through the new Azure AD sign-in page.
The new Sign-in Page was rolled out three months ago and the initial release dates back to the first week of April this year. Major changes that Microsoft made to the old Azure AD sign-in page include bandwidth requirements for the new updates. The attackers found a vulnerability in the new page and got their hands on the phishing tools to carry out the attack.
The phishing emails are impersonated as official emails by adding subject titles like: ‘Business Document Received’ with a PDF attachment which is a malicious attachment. The attachment asks the recipients to get access to the Document via the Access Document button. Clicking on this button directs the recipient of the email to a sign-in page (similar in design to the Azure AD sign-in page) so that the users enter sensitive information which is stored at the hackers’ systems.
During the course of the pandemic, there have been days when there was a drastic need for ventilators each day. To cater to the merging needs of the pandemic, we have seen many rival companies come together while their higher management personnel remained cool-headed under crises.
Companies like Ford, BAE, McLaren, Unilever, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, and Airbus came together to integrate their technology and expertise together to cater for the merging needs of making ventilators for the NHS.
For better collaboration amongst the rival companies, Microsoft Teams has played its part during this pandemic. According to Leila Martine, Product Marketing Director for Mixed Reality at Microsoft, apart from Teams other Microsoft Technologies utilized for building ventilators were the Azure cloud platform, Microsoft HoloLens, Dynamics 365 and Power BI to the consortium.”
Each tool had a set of features to cater to fast-paced communication including hands-free video-calls, virtual screens, live streaming while approaching ventilator experts from around the world.
In all these months during the pandemic, Communication and better decision making was the key to achieve accurate targets.
With the wide-spread pandemic COVID-19 all over the news, healthcare providers are figuring out ways to find a cure to the disease. Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced that they will utilize their partnership together to work towards an advanced solution that caters for population-wide adaptive immune responses. This is done to promote the treatment and prevention of the disease and on-going research on the biology of the virus.
In a virtual clinic, managed by Covance, immune response data is generated by collecting de-identified blood samples from people diagnosed with COVID-19 via LabCorp-enabled mobile phlebotomy service. Both the companies are seeking additional participation from other research labs and groups to further enhance the research and carry out studies on an extended data set.
Ultimately, the solution to COVID-19 problems is not likely to come from one person or group. Several labs and research groups powered by companies like Microsoft have to work together to find the solution to COVID-19 testing needs.
To facilitate first-line workers, Microsoft has been eager in introducing new Microsoft 365 plans. With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, Firstline workers have been facilitated from various ends in order to pave their way through any hurdles while at work.
The New Microsoft 365 plan for Frontline workers, called Microsoft 365 F1, was rolled out on the First of April 2020. The following products are included in this plan:
- Microsoft Teams
- Enterprise Security + Management
The plan costs $4 per user for a month. This plan brings forward secure and integrated experience for Firstline Workers making them collaborate better. With a Single Sign-On and Multi-Factor Authentication, the Firstline Workers are kept secure with the collaborative solutions effectively.
The Microsoft 365 F3 updated plan for first-line workers
Microsoft 365 F3 is also an updated version of the previously mentioned F1 plan. With this plan, the workers can get additional capabilities of Forms, Power Automate/Power Apps, and take advantage of Windows 10 E3 with only $10 per month per user.
Microsoft Mixed reality is a very progressive technology involving holographic technology. Airbus has put this technology into practice and adopted mixed reality to achieve its goal of building 20,000 new aircrafts in the next 20 years (previously, it took 40 years to build 10,000 aircrafts)
With increasing air traffic, the aerospace giant has set its high goals which they are planning to achieve by utilizing multiple use cases already defined by Airbus. The plan to work with Microsoft on mixed reality had been initiated four years ago and during the trials with mixed reality, impressive results have been achieved so far. The HoloLens headset has the potential to break barriers and hurdles in the way of development. Users of HoloLens 2 can manipulate objects in a much similar manner as they manipulate physical hardware. Airbus has built off-the-shelf solutions for customers.
The future is getting exciting.
Microsoft has recently announced that Azure is available in the new cloud regions in Germany. There has been much needed customer demand and hence Microsoft has catered for the needs of customers in Germany. The services are scalable, highly available and resilient. I this way, enterprises am able to meet security and compliance needs.
To meet security requirements is becoming a challenge and Microsoft is helping its customers and enterprises take up the challenge and fulfill basic security requirements efficiently. Customers in Germany have been eager to adopt revolutionary frameworks. The German-specific compliance requirements include Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5) attestation and enable German companies to take benefit from containers, IoT, and AI.
Customers like Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, SAP and Arvato Systems are committed to work with Azure and Microsoft official states that we are committed to serve our customers to the best. This helps customers in elevating businesses and transforms them into better businesses with the adaptability and scalability of Azure cloud platform.
Microsoft has been keen in facilitating all areas of life. This time it’s Healthcare. The demand of technology in healthcare is ever increasing. Microsoft has been learning throughout the years alongside industry experts regarding demands of health organizations to have a deep impact on people. In this regard, Microsoft Teams has been played an important role There have been three core innovations to facilitate healthcare IT industry:
- Microsoft 365 for health organizations: this introduces capabilities in Microsoft Teams that provides a secure hub for teams communications
- Azure API for FHIR®: This is a tool to share information in the cloud.
- Microsoft Healthcare Bot: It provides chatbots and AI bots which serve as virtual assistants to help healthcare organizations attain a diverse healthcare experience.
Many other benefits include enabling secure workflows in Microsoft Teams to protect patient data. Setting priority-based notifications, message delegation, ability to integrate FHIR-enabled electronic health records (EHR) data with Teams and many others.
In a recent announcement from Microsoft, an enterprise-variant of the Ethereum blockchain, Quorum, is to be powered by Microsoft Azure. Earlier this month, J.P. Morgan and Microsoft Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to partner together in order to increase adoption of enterprise blockchain. With this announcement, Quorum, that is J.P. Morgan’s platform for enterprise blockchain will be officially the first distributed ledger platform utilizing Azure Blockchain service. In this way, both partners will be able to scale blockchain networks in the cloud. This partnership also highlights that both partners will continue to work together for development of common enterprise, independent software vendor along with addressing developer needs.
Microsoft executive vice president of Business Development, Peggy Johnson, said: “Together, we’re taking a truly transformative technology like Quorum and making it available through the Azure platform to accelerate innovation for our customers.”
Quorum will continue to power Microsoft blockchain programs and first-party apps along with J.P. Morgan.
In order to facilitate AI-driven collaboration and hybrid-cloud innovations, Microsoft has showcased a set of new tools to create innovative and intelligent solutions earlier this month at Microsoft Build 2019, Microsoft Corp.’s annual developer conference. Many of Microsoft Partners showcased their new solutions that revolve around the latest approach for development: Intelligent and customer-centric. The advancements are seen for collaboration amongst Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure to make customers and developers come up with innovation and productive solutions.
Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft mentioned in the event: “As computing becomes embedded in every aspect of our lives, the choices developers make will define the world we live in, Microsoft is committed to providing developers with trusted tools and platforms spanning every layer of the modern technology stack to build magical experiences that create new opportunity for everyone.”
Some of the tools showcased included the general availability of Microsoft Graph data connect, Microsoft Edge, and Fluid Framework.
Attention Mac Users! Microsoft has made Office 365 available on the Mac App Store. Now, Mac users can download Office 365 and stay cloud-connected and updated with the latest versions of the Apps. The complete Office Suite includes full installs of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, OneDrive and Outlook. In addition to this, there are features like providing user experience to Mac users especially tailored for macOS and the Mac. The combo of Office 365 and the user experience for Mac on all platforms like Mac, iPad, and iPhone is totally exciting.
Now, Mac users can stay connected to their storage and other Office Apps through their smart devices. In addition to accessing content, users can coauthor docs in real-time, utilize AI to create better content.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing says:
“We are excited to welcome Microsoft Office 365 to the all-new Mac App Store in macOS Mojave. Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning. Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.”
How cool is that!