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Azure VM Service Gets More Workload Options

Microsoft's Azure Virtual Machine (VM) service now has new size options for workloads that require isolated or GPU-optimized instances.

Microsoft Boosts Azure SQL Database Migration Features

Microsoft recently launched previews of new Azure SQL Database improvements that are aimed at helping organizations move their workloads into the Azure cloud from on-premises database management systems.

Microsoft Pulls Plug on Outlook Web Apps for iOS and Android

Microsoft's Outlook Web App mobile client e-mail applications for Android, iPad and iPhone devices will be phased out over the next few months, the company said this week.

McAfee Extends Its Security Capabilities to Microsoft Azure

The list of major security players extending their offerings to protect Microsoft's cloud is growing.

Microsoft Plans To Fold 'S Mode' into All Windows 10 Editions

The next major Windows 10 update will introduce a built-in "S mode" in all editions, Microsoft announced this week. In addition, users wanting to switch from S mode can do so at no cost.

Microsoft Priming Windows 10 'Redstone 4' for AI Advances

The next major release of Windows 10, code-named "Redstone 4," will feature a new machine learning platform to help developers add artificial intelligence (AI) features in their apps.

Microsoft Touts Active Directory Security, Shares Best Practices

Microsoft this week shared some best practices for Windows Server Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and Azure Active Directory (AD) that are aimed at protecting user identities against "password spray attacks."

Microsoft's VMware-to-Azure VM Migration Tool Goes Live

Organizations can now tap Microsoft's Azure Migrate tool to help migrate their on-premises virtual machines (VMs) and applications to Azure datacenter infrastructure.

Microsoft Releases Azure ATP Security Service

Microsoft this week announced the general availability of Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), its new cloud-based service for detecting and analyzing security incidents.

Microsoft Teams Guest Access Extended to Consumer E-Mails

People with consumer e-mail addresses will soon be able to join an organization's collaboration spaces via an upcoming feature upgrade in Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Launches Solution To Extend StorSimple Data to Azure

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" of StorSimple Data Manager, a solution that converts data stored by StorSimple into a format that can be used with various Azure services.

Microsoft Brings AI-Based Security to Intune with Pradeo Deal

A newly announced pact between Microsoft and mobile security firm Pradeo will bring additional security protections to businesses using Microsoft's Intune mobile device management (MDM) solution for iOS and Android devices.

Windows 10 Enterprise May Be Only Licensing Option for Orgs: Analyst

Businesses may have little choice but to purchase Windows 10 Enterprise edition licensing, according to a recent analyst presentation.

Microsoft Releases New Tools for Compliance, Information Protection

Microsoft 365 product licensees can now take advantage of Microsoft's Compliance Manager dashboard and the Azure Information Protection Scanner, both of which became generally available (GA) this week.

Microsoft Drops Clues About Paid Windows 10 Servicing Option

Microsoft is readying a new "paid supplemental servicing" option for volume licensing customers using the Education or Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 1607, but details are still scarce.

More Hardware Partners, Mobile Operators Back ARM-Based Windows 10

More original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and mobile service providers are throwing their support behind Snapdragon-based Windows 10 PCs, dubbed "Always Connected PCs."

Microsoft Readying Previews of New SharePoint Online WebParts

Office 365 subscribers will begin seeing previews of new and updated SharePoint Online WebParts in about two weeks' time, according to Microsoft.

Study: Azure in 'Dead Heat' with AWS Among New Cloud Adopters

Microsoft's Azure cloud platform still has a lot of ground to make up before it can catch market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS), but a recent report from RightScale Inc. bodes well for the challenger.

Azure Backup Improvements and ExpressRoute Monitoring Go Live

Microsoft greenlit various Azure services this month, including Azure ExpressRoute monitoring, additions to the Azure Storage service and Azure Backup service, and the Azure Redis Cache Geo-Replication service.

Microsoft's Active Directory Team Taps Blockchain for Identity Security

The Microsoft team responsible for Active Directory development has been ramping up its use of blockchain in a bid to improve digital identity security.