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    Salesforce acquires Slack for $27.7 billion / ArsTechnica · 2 days ago - 22:37

Slack is evaporating into the Salesforce cloud, you could say.

Enlarge / Slack is evaporating into the Salesforce cloud, you could say. (credit: Aurich Lawson)

Salesforce, a cloud-services company that targets businesses, has announced that it will acquire workplace communication service Slack for $27.7 billion. The announcement follows a week of rumors and a steep bump in Slack's value on the stock market in anticipation of the deal being made official.

Neither company has yet announced in any detail what this will mean for users and customers. Salesforce is sure to include Slack in some of its broader bundles an to more tightly integrate it with its other software services "Slack will be deeply integrated into every Salesforce Cloud," and will become "the new interface for Salesforce Customer 360," the press release says.

But anything else beyond that is speculation at this point. New features and development priorities or adjusted pricing models are possibilities, but we also don't yet know when any user-relevant changes related to this acquisition will actually take place, either.

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    Bethesda games will likely be “first or better” (not “only”) on Xbox / ArsTechnica · Monday, 16 November - 20:15

Following Microsoft's $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda in September , gamers and industry watchers were left to speculate over whether you'd need a Microsoft platform (i.e., an Xbox, a Windows PC, or xCloud streaming ) to play future games in franchises like Doom , The Elder Scrolls , Fallout , Dishonored , and The Evil Within .

Now, Microsoft Xbox CFO Tim Stuart has given the clearest indication yet that future Bethesda Softworks games likely won't be exclusive to Microsoft platforms. Instead, Stuart says he suspects Microsoft will shift to "a first or better or best approach on our platforms" for these kinds of games.

Speaking at the Jeffries Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference last Friday (as transcribed by SeekingAlpha ), Stuart said directly that "in the long run... we don't have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise. But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms."

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    Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review: Goldilocks and the three SKUs / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 7 November - 11:00

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Enlarge / The Surface Laptop Go is made for those who want a smaller and more affordable Surface PC. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

What is the point of a Surface device? The latest model in Microsoft’s line of Windows PCs, the Surface Laptop Go , forces buyers to confront why they want a Surface machine in the first place.

Much like the Surface Go series of two-in-one tablets, the Surface Laptop Go aims for the mainstream side of the market, with a starting price of $550. However, it does so with a more traditional clamshell design.

For that amount, the Surface Laptop Go still provides most of Microsoft’s signatures: an attractive design, high build quality, a comfortable keyboard and trackpad, a display with a taller 3:2 aspect ratio, the proprietary Surface Connect port, and so on.

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    Avec les données dynamiques, Excel va plus loin que les chiffres et le texte / JournalDuGeek · Saturday, 31 October - 12:00 · 1 minute

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Depuis des décennies, Excel permet d’importer, d’organiser et d’analyser des données. Au départ, il s’agissait de données figées, mais Microsoft a ajouté la possibilité d’exploiter des données dynamiques comme des cours de Bourse ou encore des informations géographiques. L’éditeur fait franchir un pas de plus à son logiciel bureautique, avec des données dynamiques personnalisées.

Des données pour tout

Excel permet d’intégrer dans une cellule un ensemble de données structurées ; l’ensemble de la feuille de calcul peut ainsi s’y référer pour procéder à des opérations ou récupérer une donnée individuelle. Par ailleurs, et c’est là le grand intérêt de cette nouveauté, les données peuvent être rafraichies, ce qui mettra à jour les formules et les opérations liées.

Depuis début juillet, Microsoft propose aux utilisateurs Insiders (bêta) de Microsoft 365 Personnel et Famille plus d’une centaine de types de données dynamiques à insérer dans les cellules d’Excel, provenant du service Wolfram Alpha. Il y a un peu de tout : fiches de films, espace (planètes, lunes, satellites…), chimie, universités, géographie, alimentation, etc.

Cet apport de données dynamiques va donner une nouvelle dimension à Excel, qui pourrait bien se transformer en véritable plateforme de développement ! Mais Microsoft vise tout particulièrement les professionnels avec son service Power BI, qui agit comme un « connecteur » pour intégrer des sources de données dynamiques propres aux entreprises. Ces dernières pourront même convertir des cellules existantes en types de données.

Ces nouveaux types de données dynamiques seront disponibles pour les utilisateurs grand public et professionnels d’Excel très bientôt.

Avec les données dynamiques, Excel va plus loin que les chiffres et le texte

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    Google’s Project Zero discloses Windows 0day that’s been under active exploit / ArsTechnica · Friday, 30 October - 19:38

A stylized skull and crossbones made out of ones and zeroes.

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Google’s project zero says that hackers have been actively exploiting a Windows zeroday that isn’t likely to be patched until almost two weeks from now.

In keeping with long-standing policy, Google’s vulnerability research group gave Microsoft a seven-day deadline to fix the security flaw because it’s under active exploit. Normally, Project Zero discloses vulnerabilities after 90 days or when a patch becomes available, whichever comes first.

CVE-2020-117087, as the vulnerability is tracked, allows attackers to escalate system privileges. Attackers were combining an exploit for it with a separate one targeting a recently fixed flaw in Chrome . The former allowed the latter to escape a security sandbox so the latter could execute code on vulnerable machines.

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    Microsoft will give GameStop a share of Xbox’s digital revenues / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 15 October - 17:30

Microsoft will give GameStop a share of Xbox’s digital revenues

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In a seemingly unprecedented deal, GameStop will now share in the lifetime digital sales revenue—including for full game downloads, DLC, and subscription plans—for any Xbox console sold through its stores. How much that arrangement will impact the bottom line for the struggling retailer is still an open and heavily debated question, though.

The first sign of this new revenue sharing arrangement actually came somewhat hidden in a press release GameStop issued last week , trumpeting a "Multi-year Strategic Partnership with Microsoft." That announcement focused heavily on GameStop agreeing to use Microsoft's cloud-based infrastructure for its back-end sales systems, and a deal for store associates to start using Microsoft Surface tablets going forward.

Buried in that press release, though, was a vague sentence that could be much more important to GameStop's future: "GameStop and Microsoft will both benefit from the customer acquisition and lifetime revenue value of each gamer brought into the Xbox ecosystem."

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    Faites-nous confiance : vous allez aimer le design de la Xbox Series X / Numerama · Thursday, 15 October - 15:52

La Xbox Series X repose sur un design atypique, pour le marché des consoles. Elle ressemble à une petite tour de PC. Mais, plus on la voit, plus on l'adore. [Lire la suite]

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    Xbox Series X et Xbox Series S : quels seront les jeux disponibles au lancement ? / Numerama · Thursday, 15 October - 13:02

La Xbox Series S et la Xbox Series X, prochaines consoles de Microsoft, seront disponibles le 10 novembre en France. Avec quel line-up de lancement ? On fait le point avec la liste officielle, communiquée par l'entreprise américaine. [Lire la suite]

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