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Microsoft outlines recent Edge browser improvements

In a new post on the Microsoft Edge blog, the browser’s Principal PM Lead Kim Denny has outlined how the company made it faster and more efficient over the past few months. To help users perform their tasks as quickly as possible, the team rolled out Profile-Guided Optimizations (PGOs) in Edge 81 Stable Channel and Link-Time Optimizations (LTOs) in Edge 83 back in March.



BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: The logo of the Webbrowser Microsoft Edge is shown on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)


BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 22: The logo of the Webbrowser Microsoft Edge is shown on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

PGOs prioritize the most important parts of the code, while LTOs optimize memory usage. The two techniques apparently improved Edge’s speed by as much as 13 percent compared to previous versions, based on Speedometer 2.0 benchmark. Microsoft also introduced improvements to the browser’s scroll animation and enhanced how scrolling looks, feels and

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Microsoft Endpoint Manager Improvements Highlighted at Ignite — Redmondmag.com

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Microsoft Endpoint Manager Improvements Highlighted at Ignite

Improvements in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) management solution were part of Tuesday’s Microsoft Ignite online event.

Remote worker support continued as a big Ignite theme, both in the Nadella CEO keynote talk, as well as in Microsoft’s tech announcements. A few improvements in Microsoft Endpoint Manager (formerly knowns as “System Center Configuration Manager”) fit that theme, although not all of these capabilities are available yet.

Most of the details are covered in this announcement by Corporate Vice Presidents Brad Anderson and Takeshi Numoto.

MEM Virtual Endpoint Support
Perhaps the most interesting MEM feature described is the ability to use it to manage Windows Virtual Desktop endpoints or endpoints that run using “third-party [non-Microsoft] VDI solutions.” It can be done simultaneously with managing “your physical PCs within the same console,” the announcement promised.

MEM support for managing devices using virtual desktop infrastructure

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Patch 1.8.3.0 released, brings CPU and GPU performance improvements

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Microsoft and Asobo have released a new performance patch for Microsoft Flight Simulator. According to the teams, patch 1.8.3.0 brings a number of CPU and GPU performance improvements.

Going into more details, this latest update tweaks CPU thread priorities to reduce interruption of frame critical threads. Furthermore, it optimizes loading system to reduce overall loading times, as well as heavy airport scenes impact on CPU. In addition, it reduces the amount of GPU overdraw to improve GPU performance.

What this basically means is that the game will be less taxing on most PC configurations. So yeah, while these CPU improvements are not up to what we expect to see when Asobo adds support for DX12, they are definitely welcome.

As always, Steam and Microsoft Store will download this update the next time you launch their clients. Below you can also find its performance improvements (you can find the complete changelog

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Microsoft Announces Outlook for Mac Redesign, Improvements to iOS and watchOS Apps

Microsoft has today announced plans to bring a new design to its Outlook for Mac app along with several other improvements and features for Outlook on iOS and watchOS.

In preparation for the public release of macOS Big Sur, Microsoft has been testing a new design for Outlook on Mac. The design includes Microsoft’s Fluent icons and several design cues from Big Sur such as rounded corners. To make the design more simple, Microsoft’s Ribbon interface has been removed. The end product is an amalgam of the design languages of Apple and Microsoft.

Reading and writing emails has been improved with the implementation of a new mail compose UI, single-line views, and an “ignore” feature. Collapsible panels and a compressible message list allow for greater customization of the main view.

Outlook’s contacts system has also been tweaked, with separation of contacts and co-workers within events and emails, detection of frequent

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Dow Jones Sinks as Analyst Warns on Apple and Microsoft Valuations; Home Depot Stock Slumps on Slowdown Fears

The stock market was broadly lower on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) down 0.13% at 12:05 p.m. EDT. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was the worst performer among the major indexes, hurt by an analyst warning about tech stock valuations.

That warning pertained to Dow components Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), which are trading at historically high valuations after months-long rallies. Both stocks slumped on Friday, as did shares of Home Depot (NYSE:HD) following a separate analyst warning.

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Barclays warns about big tech valuations

Mega-technology stocks like Apple and Microsoft have led the way since the market bottomed out earlier this year in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shares of Apple are up around 46% year to date, while shares of Microsoft have gained roughly 26% in the same timeframe.

This rally in tech stocks has pushed valuations to historically high levels.

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The 1.8.3.0 patch for Microsoft Flight Simulator includes lots of fixes



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The expectations for this patch are sky high.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator is a premium, high quality flight simulator that combines powerful hardware with cloud technology.
  • It’s already garnered incredible reviews, but the team is hard at work with constant improvements.
  • The latest patch update, 1.8.3.0, is now available, and includes a rather lofty changelog.
  • The changelog primarily focuses on two things: performance, and simulation, meaning changes to physics, audio, and planes.

The latest patch update for Microsoft Flight Simulator is here, and it brings the version number up to 1.8.3.0. The changelog for this patch update is certainly a long one, and includes a ton of fixes, improvements, and optimizations that are focused in two separate areas. Performance and stability is important here, with several tweaks to improve CPU and GPU usage. The other important area is simulation factors, which

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