Quantum goes open and passwords must die in a week of Microsoft fun

Roundup Microsoft went crazy for its new presence in the retail market in London last week, while its resellers were very impressed with the company's advantages in terms of licensing. However, a lot of other things happened in the company while we watched the big things.

The phone's screen opens (if Surface is your thing)

A new version of next year's Windows 10 appeared in the form of compilation 18936, which allowed the phone's display function to apply for your phone will work with more Surface devices (Surface laptops, Surface Books and Pro 4, 5 and 6 tablets join the slow Go in technology support) … This is assuming that, of course, you are one from the brave members of Fast Ring Windows Insiders.

A new Marvell controller did the trick, and it means that users of Android phones with a recent Surface device can now scan their phone's screen on their, er, PC screen. The functionality is useful when it comes to responding to Android notifications that might otherwise require a range for the phone.

The crew also added the ability to enter reminders directly in the calendar pop-up window that appears when you click on the date in the taskbar. The requirement to use administrator privilege when activating Windows Sandbox has also been addressed.

Unfortunately, while the Insider team can give, they also take it away. A compatibility error with a storage controller means that this compilation will simply not be installed on some machines. While a backlash must occur, if you are one of the lucky users who receives the c1900101, the advice is to pause the updates until Microsoft is set to fix the problem.

The screen driver is also recommended to some users, with some of them falling into the lovely retro world of Microsoft's basic screen driver. If you are one of those affected, the advice is, again, to go back and wait for a solution.

Set aside errors

aside, an interesting feature in the latest compilation 20H1 is the account option for "Make your device without a password", which means that the system will change all Microsoft accounts in the device to use Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN authentication.

Microsoft is on a mission to eliminate passwords, and also released a public preview of the compatibility with the FIDO2 security keys to log in without a password in Azure Active Directory (AAD).

Administrators brave enough to use the preview function can allow users to ignore all the annoying thing about the password and log in with a security key FIDO2, the Microsoft Authenticator application or Windows Hello (biometric or PIN ).

The crew has added a blade to the AAD administration portal to allow login without a password for individual users or groups. Practical for some limited tests because, as we said, this is still a preview, although it is the way in which the software giant tries to reach authentication.

Marching towards a future of Microsoft without annoying consumers. Is VR next for the cut?

Visitors to Microsoft's new retail outlet in London would do so, as well as being a little deaf to the music that weighed the bass, and they will wonder if the company already had much of a game for the consumer.

Sure, there was a lot of Xbox hardware and laptops aimed at players. But something of consumption that was not a surface? No, unless you have managed to find the corner of Office 365.

It is true that the company has withdrawn from the phone market, and devices like the Band were crushed under the powerful feet of Azure. But a bit of new hardware indicated that maybe the future of Windows Mixed Reality is not just for HoloLens.

Unfortunately, not only Microsoft's vision of the visor idiot is absent in its main store, but last week. -Windows-prodder that uses the name of Twitter WalkingCat hinted that Remix 3D, a kind of library of 3D images of the community, was for the slice.

Unfortunately for those who still have hopes that there are plans for virtual reality. Redmond outside of a commercial environment, it was soon confirmed that Remix 3D was meant to be locked in the locker marked "it seemed like a good idea at that time" on January 10, 2020. Just before the venerable Windows 7 breathed last time. 19659004] It is an ignoble end to the platform, launched around the update of the creators of Windows 10, when it seemed that Microsoft was willing to incorporate creatives. Now, unfortunately, Remix 3D can join the long list of other platforms, such as Groove, launched with much fanfare and then left to wither as the company moves to more corporate climates.

Virtual reality headsets that are not HoloLens are surely the next in line for that sad-faced Microsoft engineer and her newly sharpened ax.

Quantum open source

While the real hardware is still as vapour as ever, Microsoft has moved on with the whole Quantum computing issue. 19659004] The company introduced the Quantum Development Kit (QDK) 18 months ago and last week introduced the code in GitHub for users to contribute their own applications and algorithms, and also helped the software giant deal with the concepts of mentality behind technology.

The dream of quantum computing is to perform complex operations much faster than traditional computers, but the hardware is still far away. However, this has not stopped Microsoft from relentlessly hitting the drum by technology.

The QDK includes the programming language Q #, simulators and resource estimators for the quantum code. There are also extensions for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, as well as for integration with Jupyter.

Azure Pipelines welcomes Jira and DOM to debug code in Visual Studio

Microsoft continued its efforts to attract developers by associating with Atlassian to inflict Jira on Azure Pipes. The theory says that those who prefer tracking Atlassian problems can start at Jira while Azure Pipelines handles CI / CD.

Integration means that milestones such as compilations and deployments associated with a Jira problem can be followed in Jira

Azure dashboards are fine, but some users just want the goodness of CI / CD.

Users, unfortunately, have been insufficient up to now. Some have commented that only GitHub is supported and that the thing does not work with a repository of Azure DevOps Git. The commitments of meaning are not visible. Oops.

The Azure DevOps team admitted that there was "no official way" to make the link, but promised pipeline traceability "soon".

As a user commented when a review of a star was issued: "When is" soon "?"

However, last week some other useful things were delivered to Visual Studio Code users who do not fear Run the glove of the preview version of Chromium Edge in the form of Elements for Microsoft Edge.

While I was in -dominators- dominators are nothing new, an extension of VS Code that allows a user to inspect and debug the DOM from within the source editor is useful. Changes to the CSS and HTML are updated on the website, which means that a developer can remain in the warm welcome of VS Code. At least for Chromium Edge.

The Edge gang insists that this is not part of any nefarious plan to migrate the Edge DevTools from the browser to the VS Code IDE, but rather is aimed at improving the workflow of the developers.

It's also very, very preview. More so, in our opinion, than the browser itself. Therefore, we recommend caution if you take it for a spin.

The team happily admits that, like an early prototype, "it will not be perfect and we hope to learn a lot along the way". ®

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