Microsft has been busy in the last couple of days. The company has been extensively working on the Intel chip flaw and has been rolling out updates for Windows OS users. And now it looks like the company has few more announcements to make. This time though, the company is focused on making the user experience more subtle on its platform and the services it provides.
Having said that, Microsoft has now stated that it will block and no longer allow misleading applications like system optimization tools, malware cleaners, or registry cleaners to deceive users. The applications reportedly asked users to pay for a license to complete the cleaning process.
Besides, Softpedia has reported that the company has labeled these apps as "unwanted behaviors [using] coercive messaging." The new architecture will be up starting March 1 and it will detect and remove any such programs.
Barak Shein, Windows Defender Security Research, has said that this update's main role is to keep customers from being deceived by programs that display misleading, exaggerated, or threatening messages about a system's health. Additionally, applications that urge users to sign up for a newsletter in order to fix errors will also be blocked, the company has said.
Microsoft has laid out guidelines for developers and they can refer to it in the Windows Defender Security Intelligence portal. Further, the new protection system will automatically be updated in Windows 10 with updates for Windows Defender and the other security products.
Apart from this, Microsoft has also announced new updates for iOS devices. As such Microsoft Office suite of productivity apps is being updated and it comes with new capabilities. Some of the new features include a real-time co-authoring feature on Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Further iOS users using Office and OneDrive apps get support for drag and drop for files and documents. OneDrive also adds support for Files app available in iOS 11, OneDrive gets a UI overhaul.
The Outlook app also gets advanced search capabilities where it "leverages the Microsoft Graph to surface results from your top contacts, upcoming travel itineraries, package deliveries, recent attachments, and more. Together with proactive search suggestions and a unified design, it now provides consistent, personalized results."