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Microsoft Tries To Clarify Its Windows 10 Patching Model

Microsoft's John Wilcox, a contributor to the Microsoft Tech Community, shared some details of the company's monthly Windows operating system update release process this week.

Microsoft Adding 'Real-Time' Device Querying to SCCM

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) update 1806, the latest "semiannual channel" release of Microsoft's device and server management system, will arrive in the next few weeks, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

Windows Server 2019 Getting Bandwidth and Container Boosts

Windows Insider Program participants got access to the latest test build of Windows Server 2019 (build 17723) this week, including its newly added bandwidth control and Kubernetes features.

Microsoft's Edge Browser Debuts Password Alternative

The Microsoft Edge browser now supports the Web Authentication spec at the preview stage, Microsoft announced on Monday.

Office 365 Update To Bring 'Modern' Improvements to SharePoint

A new Office 365 update will change how SharePoint Online end users create Team Sites and Communication Sites.

Microsoft Releases Previews of SharePoint Server 2019, Project Server 2019

Microsoft continued its streak of product test releases this week, announcing the public previews of SharePoint Server 2019 and Project Server 2019.

Microsoft Issues New System Center 'Semiannual Channel' Release

Version 1807 of System Center, the management suite's latest semiannual channel update, became available from Microsoft on Tuesday.

Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business 2019 Hit Preview Stages

The 2019-branded editions of Microsoft's Exchange Server and Skype for Business products are now available as commercial previews, the company announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Goes Live with Azure File Sync Service

First unveiled at last year's Microsoft Ignite conference, the Azure File Sync service is now ready for commercial use, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Issues Public Preview of Azure Service Fabric Mesh

Azure Service Fabric Mesh, a "serverless" means of hosting applications, is now available as a public preview, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Launches Windows Server Remote Desktop Web Client

In preview since March, Windows Server's Remote Desktop Web client became generally available on Monday.

Microsoft To Discontinue Windows 10 'Delta Updates'

Microsoft plans to end distribution of its monthly Windows 10 "delta updates" starting Feb. 12, 2019, the company announced this week.

Microsoft Replacing 'Premiere Assurance' Support with New Security Plan

Organizations using SQL Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2008/R2 products can add three years of patch support via Microsoft's new Extended Security Updates plans, the company announced Thursday.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Hits Next Release Milestone

Microsoft this week dubbed Windows 10 version 1803 (also known as the April 2018 Update and previously code-named "Redstone 4") as being in the semiannual channel (SAC) release stage, although what that means exactly is a matter of some conjecture.

Report: Microsoft Azure Holds Steady at No. 2, Except in Asia

In an increasingly globalized public cloud market, the runaway leaders remain Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure -- except in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, where newcomer Alibaba continues to disrupt.

Microsoft Readies Update to Teams and Skype for Business Portal

An update to Microsoft's management portal for Teams and Skype for Business will deliver new capabilities related to call analytics and IT management.

Microsoft Puts Dynamics 365 Updates on Semiannual Schedule

Starting this year, Microsoft will update its Dynamics 365 Online products on a twice-yearly basis, with major releases arriving every April and October.

Microsoft Giving Windows Server 2019 a 4PB Storage Boost

Windows Server 2019 will see significant improvements related to Storage Spaces Direct, according to a recent Microsoft announcement.

Windows 10 'Redstone 5' Test Build Missing Sets Feature

Microsoft last week released test build 17704 of Windows 10 "Redstone 5," but missing from the feature lineup was one of the company's most innovative contributions to productivity.

Office 365 Teams Gets Direct Routing Support

Organizations can now make phone calls from the Microsoft Teams client by way of the newly available Direct Routing phone service capability.

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