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Secure Productive Enterprise Evolves to Microsoft 365

Microsoft on Monday unveiled a marketing and substance overhaul to its Secure Productive Enterprise package that will be called Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Partners Taking Pre-Orders on Azure Stack

Microsoft's launch hardware partners will begin taking orders Monday for Azure Stack, a parallel version of the software that powers the Microsoft Azure public cloud and that customers will run in their own datacenters for hybrid cloud scenarios.

For IoT Partners, Smart Homes Are an Underrated Opportunity

It's boom times for Internet of Things (IoT) spending and, by extension, for the partners that are able to develop strong IoT practices.

FastTrack for Azure Hitting Preview Next Month

Microsoft has expanded its FastTrack program again, this time to cover customer migrations to the Azure cloud platform.

Major Microsoft Reorg Comes into Focus

The long-rumored, cloud-oriented sales and marketing reorganization at Microsoft is taking shape this week with a companywide e-mail and all-hands meeting on Monday, along with region-specific detail meetings going on for the rest of this week.

Microsoft Mega-Partner Accenture Plans Largest Windows 10 Migration

Accenture, the world's largest independent global IT consulting and systems integration firm, is also set to become the world's largest adopter of Windows 10.

Microsoft Unveils PC Provisioning Service for Windows 10

Microsoft last week took the wraps off the Windows AutoPilot service, which is designed to help end users easily provision new Windows 10 PCs.

Researchers: 'Wiper' Malware at Root of Petya Attacks

Security researchers investigating the recent "Petya" ransomware outbreak have identified its cause to be "wiper" malware that was possibly unleashed by a state actor.

SharePoint Online Communication Site Feature Hits Preview

Microsoft this week released a preview of the SharePoint Communication Site feature to Office 365 "first release" subscribers.

Microsoft Resurrecting EMET for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The upcoming Windows 10 "Fall Creators Update" will include the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), which had been slated for the chopping block not long ago.

Microsoft Acquires Cloud Monitoring Firm Cloudyn

Microsoft on Thursday said it plans to acquire Acton, Mass.-based Cloudyn, which provides public cloud monitoring services for MSPs, cloud solution providers and enterprises.

Windows Systems Hit by New Ransomware Wave

Just over a month after the WannaCry/WannaCrypt outbreak, a new ransomware attack has reportedly crippled Windows systems worldwide, according to an article by Reuters on Tuesday.

Survey: Windows 10 Migrations Are on Right Track

A recent survey by Adaptiva indicates that organizations are generally receptive to migrating their environments to Windows 10.

Office 365 'Forms' Service Hits Preview Stage

Microsoft recently launched a preview release of the new Forms service for business users of Office 365.

Microsoft Expands Teams Integrations but Delays Access Feature

Microsoft recently delivered a mixed bag of news to organizations either using or considering the use of its Teams chat service.

Microsoft Spotlights Open Source Partners in Azure Event

Open source Azure tools were on center stage Wednesday, as Microsoft and some of its open source partners conducted an online presentation aimed at courting developers.

Lenovo Makes Major Datacenter Play with Portfolio Revamp

Lenovo this week launched its most expansive portfolio of new datacenter products, over two years after acquiring IBM's x86 server business at the peak of the market.

Microsoft Updates Outlook 2016 for Mac

Microsoft on Monday began rolling out some minor improvements to Office 365 users of Outlook 2016 for Mac.

In Wake of Kaspersky Suit, Microsoft Explains Windows 10 Security Approach

In an apparent response to recent allegations made by security software vendor Kaspersky Lab, Microsoft on Tuesday detailed its approach to third-party anti-virus software, particularly in Windows 10.

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Security Compliance Manager

Microsoft has pulled the plug on its long-running Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool, the company recently announced.