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Microsoft Opens Third India Research and Development Centre, in Noida

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Microsoft is expanding its footprint in India with a new engineering hub in the National Capital Region. To further tap engineering talent in India, Microsoft on Monday announced the launch of its third India Development Centre (IDC) in Noida, after Bengaluru and Hyderabad and will build on its commitment to tapping India’s engineering talent to create solutions for global impact.

“We have built a strong engineering presence in India over the past two decades and we are excited to be expanding to Noida. Our deep commitment to the region will help us further Microsoft’s mission to empower every individual and every organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations, and the Chairman of the IDC Advisory Board.

The center will be home to Microsoft’s engineering teams across various technology groups, including Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Research Group, Cloud & Enterprise Group, and Experience & Devices Group, along with Core Services Engineering and Operations. It will also house Mixer, Microsoft’s live streaming gaming platform team, becoming the first center to host the gaming team outside the company headquarters in Redmond.

Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Research & Development Pvt. Ltd., said, “The launch of the new IDC center in NCR is a step towards realizing IDC’s vision to be a world class development center and source of innovation for the next billion users. This creates opportunities for engineers to do meaningful work that will have impact across the world. We are excited to tap into the engineering talent available in this part of the country to create a truly pioneering organization that will build innovative solutions for global impact.”

With this addition, the India Development Centre will have teams across all engineering divisions from Microsoft.

First set up in Hyderabad in 1998, the development centre drives Microsoft’s strategy of globally shared development to build products and services.

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Microsoft Teams to Increase Group Call Limit to 250 This Month to Rival Zoom, Google Meet

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As reported by Petri, Microsoft Teams will reportedly increase the maximum people supported on a group chat from the current 100-group limit to 250 participants, and it’ll improve this quantity by way of a replace in mid-May. With this, Teams appears to be like to deal with competitors from Google Meet and Zoom that presently provide up to 100 contributors to take part in a bunch name. The coronavirus pandemic has brought about the use of video conferencing providers to sky-rocket. Recently, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced that Teams now enjoys 75 million customers.

Chatting with so many people on at once can become hectic, so Microsoft is implementing safeguards to keep things flowing. This newly added capacity will come as a welcome addition for large companies with many employees. Users on free plans can currently get on to a group call of up to 20 people. Teams will turn off automatic Outlook replies, typing indicators, video and voice calling and read receipts, to prevent notifications from flooding your screen.

Apart from the extra group calling restrict, paid subscribers to have the advantages of scheduled conferences, assembly recordings, telephone calls, and audio conferencing as properly. The paid model of Microsoft Teams additionally affords 1TB of storage per consumer, whereas customers on free plans get 1GB of storage per customers and 10GB of shared storage.

Microsoft Teams has boomed in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. The company revealed last week that Teams daily active users grew from 44 million earlier in the month to 75 million. The service is still behind rival Zoom and Google Meet.  The Redmond-giant has been introducing new features to Teams, and recently it expanded support for Live Captions to Android and iOS users, after making it available for desktop users first. Additionally, Microsoft Teams has also added the option to view shared content when you join a meeting via phone call. This would help many users who connect with their teams using a cellular call. It also enabled music that PSTN callers will hear while they’re put on hold.

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Windows Notepad Returns to Microsoft Store With New Features and Logo

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Microsoft has introduced its ultra-simple Notepad app in its Microsoft Store with new features and a new logo. The app is interestingly called Windows Notepad instead of Notepad. The Notepad has been a part of the Microsoft Windows platform since 1985 and was pre-installed on Windows computers. The app can be downloaded currently on systems running on Windows 10 version 19541.0 or higher. It is also important to note that the new Windows Notepad app does not update the existing Notepad in the system, but is a new app altogether with new features.

New Windows Notepad Coming to the features, Microsoft mentions in the official description of the app that the Notepad allows “users edit text-based files and source code instantly.”  It also mentions that “multiple encodings including UTF-8, UTF-16, and ANSI” can now be saved using the new app. The new Windows Notepad is also tipped to include an improved find/replace option and Text Zooming feature which was previously rolled out on Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713.

The new app was first spotted by Beta News. This Notepad has appeared in the Microsoft Store before as well. The app was initially released in the Microsoft Store for Windows Insider build users back in August 2019, but it was removed in December.

If you’ve not investigated Notepad for a while, there have been many changes that you may well not be aware of:

Wrap-around find/replace: We’ve made a significant improvement to the find/replace experience in Notepad. We added the option to do wrap-around find/replace to the find dialog and Notepad will now remember previously entered values and the state of checkboxes and automatically populate them the next time you open the find dialog. Additionally, when you have text selected and open the find dialog we will automatically populate the search field with the selected text.

Text zooming: We’ve added options to make it quick and easy to zoom text in Notepad. There is a new menu option under View > Zoom to change the zoom level and we display the current zoom level in the status bar. You can also use Ctrl + Plus, Ctrl + Minus and Ctrl + MouseWheel to zoom in and out and use Ctrl + 0 to restore the zoom level to the default.

Line numbers with word-wrap: A long outstanding request has been to add the ability to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled. This is now possible in Notepad and we’ve made the status bar visible by default. You can still turn the status bar off in the View menu.

Other Improvements:

  • We’ve improved the performance when opening large files in Notepad.
  • Notepad now supports Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word.
  • Arrow keys now correctly unselect text first and then move the cursor.
  • When saving a file in Notepad, the line and column number no longer reset to 1.
  • Notepad now correctly displays lines that don’t fit entirely on the screen.

If you would like to install the Microsoft Store version of Windows Notepad, you can grab it here. To use the app, you need to be running Windows 10 version 19541.0 or higher.

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Microsoft Releases Unified Android App for Word, Excel, PowerPoint

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Microsoft has finally launched a single unified Android app which brings together Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on a single interface for Android smartphones users. The app called Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More is now available on the Play Store. Like before, this lets you edit Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents without having to switch apps. Microsoft has been working on this all-in-one app solution since early 2019 and after privately and publicly testing it, has now made it available in a stable version to the public.

Some of the app’s key features include document creation by allowing users to take a picture of a document and turn it into an editable Word file. Also, the photo of the table can be converted into an Excel spreadsheet. It integrates Office Lens features for creating digital images of documents and whiteboards. Further, PowerPoint can help in designing presentations by just selecting pictures on the phone. Users can now scan QR codes to open links from the Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More app.

There are some catches. As Android Police warned, the current Android app isn’t optimized for tablets or Chromebooks. You can’t even use it in landscape mode. According to the report by Android Police, the app is locked in portrait mode and does not have a dedicated tablet user interface (UI). The iOS equivalent to the app is also nowhere to be seen at this point. We’ve asked Microsoft if it can elaborate on its plans.

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