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  • Microsoft had been planning to remove its popular Paint app from Windows 10, but the company has now reversed course. The software maker had been warning Windows 10 users for months that Paint would be removed, and those warnings vanished in the latest May 2019 Update (1903). “Yes, MSPaint will be included in 1903,” says Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager for Windows at Microsoft. “It’ll remain included in Windows 10 for now.” LeBlanc didn’t reveal why Microsoft had removed its warnings, but it’s clear Paint will no longer be removed from Windows 10 in the immediate future. Microsoft previously marked Paint as “deprecated,” meaning it wasn’t in active development and could be removed in future releases of Windows. The company had planned to remove it from Windows 10 and include it as a free optional download from the Microsoft Store. Most of the main MS Paint functions were to be integrated into the more modern Paint 3D app, as part of a broader push to entice creators to use Windows 10. It’s not clear if Microsoft still remains committed to Paint 3D, or why there will continue to be two paint apps included with Windows 10 in the future. Via The Verge
  • Several weeks ago we added a new Microsoft 365 Roadmap item announcing our intent to add ability to migrate Google G Suite calendars and contacts to the ability to migrate mail to Office 365 using our native migration tools.  We’re excited to say that this functionality has started rolling out!  You can expect to see the new features light up for your tenant in the coming weeks. Since this is a new flavor of migration to Office 365, let’s take a look at what is now becoming available and answer some frequently asked questions about it.  Before diving into any migration project, it is important to answer some basic questions about it: What is the size of the organization you are trying to migrate? Based on your business requirements, would you like to migrate using a “cutover” (everyone at once) or “staged” (longer-term coexistence) approach? What is the (approximate) average mailbox size that you’d be migrating? What kind of data do you need to migrate – like mail, calendar and contacts? Given the answers to the above questions, does this migration tool fit my needs? Answering these questions will give you some idea of the scope of your project. Then you just need to find out how to get started. And you can read all about that here. Before you actually start clicking though, let’s cover some of the terms you’ll need to understand and an overview of how the new G Suite migration flow will work: Via Microsoft
  • SiriusXM hasn’t wasted any time in capitalizing on its acquisition of streaming service Pandora. Following an exec shakeup and the launch of a Pandora-powered music station across both services, SiriusXM is today bringing some of its top talk shows to Pandora, where they’ll be listed as “podcasts.” At launch, content from nearly two dozen SiriusXM shows will make the jump to Pandora, including those hosted by Andy Cohen, Ricky Gervais, Kevin Hart, Hoda Kotb, Jenny McCarthy, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Sway and others. The shows won’t necessarily be offered in their entirety, but instead will bring their top moments and highlights to Pandora listeners. Via Techcrunch
  • Last year, Microsoft announced when it would be killing app updates and distribution in the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8.x. At the time, the blog post stated that Windows Phone 8.x devices would stop receiving app updates after July 1, 2019, while Windows 8.x devices would get app updates through July 1, 2023. However, it seems as though plans have changed a little bit, as the blog post has quietly been updated earlier this month. As spotted by Nawzil on Twitter, Microsoft has changed the wording in the post to state that Windows 8 devices will stop getting updates for their apps at the same time as Windows Phone 8.x, that is, July 1 of this year. Windows 8.1 devices will continue to receive updates through the previously announced date in 2023. This isn’t exactly surprising since Windows 8.1 was a free update for Windows 8, and the latter quickly became unsupported because of that. What’s more interesting is the fact that Microsoft only separated Windows 8 from 8.1 now and not when the announcement was first made. The amount of users still running Windows 8 is likely negligible, but those still running it likely can’t update to Windows 8.1 since it seems the upgrade path which was available through the Windows Store will be killed as well. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for clarification and will update this post with any new information. Via Neowin
  • Sonos today announced that you can now use your voice to control Apple Music through your Sonos device. This feature will work with various Sonos devices including Sonos One, Beam, or Echo device. To use this feature, you need to just add the Apple Music skill in your Alexa app. This feature is available only for users in the US, UK, and Ireland for now. Via MSPowerUser
  • I’m not sure when this happened, but Microsoft’s Home Use Program has quietly added support for Office 365 Home and Personal. As you may know, the Home Use Program (HUP) allows Microsoft’s Software Assurance (SA) customers to offer various versions of the Office suite, and now Office 365, to their employees to use at home at a steep discount. Previously, HUP provided Office 365 ProPlus, Office Professional Plus 2019, or Office Home and Business 2019 as options at a cost of just $15 each. But as of a recent change, you can now pick between Office 365 Home and Personal as well. The cost isn’t listed on the website unless you sign-in, but I’m told its $69.99 for Office 365 Home and $48.99 for Personal. Note, of course, that Office 365 Home and Personal are subscriptions, so you’ll need to pay for it again each year. And yes, it supports stacking: If you already have an active Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscription, your HUP benefit will add an additional year. Via Thurrott
  • Since our Beta Program announcement last year, we’ve been testing an enterprise-ready version of Google Voice. Over the next seven days, Google Voice will become available as a core G Suite service for all eligible* G Suite customers (additional fees apply to this new, managed version of Google Voice). This email will help you understand the transition details but you can also refer to the Voice webpage for more information. What’s changing: Managed Google Voice is available in 3 tiers and will become a core G Suite service for your domain after subscribing to a service tier. Managed Voice accounts will be covered under your existing G Suite agreement and additional Google Voice service specific terms. Support for managed Voice accounts will be the same as other G Suite core services. What’s not changing: The Google Voice service will remain “on” by default. If users in your domain signed up for Voice prior to this launch, they will be able to maintain their legacy unmanaged Voice subscriptions without additional cost, and will remain subject to the Google Voice consumer terms of service. You can add a Voice subscription and upgrade these users to managed Voice users in your Admin console. Hangouts Meet (also a core G Suite service) is integrated with Google Voice, allowing meeting participants to dial in or be added by phone. What do I need to do? If you did not participate in the Google Voice Beta Program and would like to use Google Voice for your organization, follow these steps to add a Voice subscription.
  • The official YouTube apps will be available on Fire TV in the coming months, giving users seamless access to a world of entertainment – including music videos, their favorite creators, movies, shows, news, live sports and more Prime members streaming to Chromecast and on Android TV devices will have unlimited access, in the coming months, to thousands of titles and Amazon Originals including Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Homecoming, Hanna and The Widow SEATTLE & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 18, 2019– Today, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) announced that in the coming months, the two companies will launch the official YouTube app on Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, as well as the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. In addition, Prime Video will be broadly available across Android TV device partners, and the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year. About Amazon
  • Given that the launch is just a few weeks away and that those marketing images line up perfectly with previous rumors, chances are this is the real deal. As you can see on WinFuture’s images, it looks exactly like an Xbox One S without the disc slot. The console is called Xbox One S All Digital and comes with a 1TB hard drive — most standard Xbox One S consoles currently also feature a 1TB hard drive. Microsoft states clearly that this console is only for digital games. If you already have physical Xbox One games, you won’t be able to insert them in the console. Customers get three games for free with the console through download codes — Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3. You can then buy more games in the online store or subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass to access a library of games. This model should cost €229 in Germany, but you might be able to buy it for less. For instance, an Xbox One S officially costs €299 on Microsoft’s website, but you can easily buy it for €200 on Amazon and through other retailers. Microsoft usually uses the same price points in USD, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Xbox One S All Digital officially costs $229 in the U.S. It’s clear that Microsoft is testing the market with this console. The company has been pivoting to a subscription model. The Xbox brand is evolving from a gaming console brand to a service brand. This should be Microsoft’s key differentiating factor with the next generation of consoles. Via TechCrunch