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Microsoft, Accenture Partner on Blockchain ID Technology

Microsoft and Accenture on Monday unveiled a prototype of a new technology that lets individuals use biometrics to create digital identities based on the blockchain Ethereum protocol.

Microsoft Expands Availability of Surface Lineup

Microsoft's Surface family of devices -- including the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro and Surface Studio -- is coming to more markets worldwide, the company said this week.

Azure AD with Ping Integration Now Generally Available

Microsoft's Azure Active Directory service now supports single sign-on access to legacy Web applications with this week's release of PingAccess with Azure AD.

Microsoft Moves to Biannual Windows Server Updates

Microsoft on Thursday said it will issue two updates per year for Windows Server starting this fall, mirroring the new update schedule it has adopted for Windows 10, System Center and Office 365 ProPlus.

Microsoft Throws Its Weight Behind Cloud Foundry

Microsoft this week announced it has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation, solidifying its relationship with the popular open source cloud platform.

Verizon's Acquisition of Yahoo Is Now Official

Verizon Communications on Tuesday completed its purchase of Yahoo, a pioneer in search advertising that was once eyed by Microsoft as a potential buy.

Microsoft Phasing Out Parature in Favor of Dynamics 365

As part of its transition to Dynamics 365, Microsoft is preparing to replace its Parature solution with the Dynamics 365 Customer Service application.

Microsoft Addresses Nation-State Attacks in Security Release

Microsoft's latest round of security updates took the unusual step of releasing "critical" updates for older Windows systems to protect against "potential nation-state activity."

Microsoft's Power BI Premium Hits Prime Time

The "Premium" version of Microsoft's Power BI data analytics offering is now generally available.

Microsoft Talks Up Ransomware Defenses in Windows 10

A month after the "WannCry"/"WannaCrypt" outbreak, Microsoft is touting the ways that the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) protects users against ransomware.

Intel Poses Patent Infringement Challenge to Microsoft's ARM Plans

Recent intellectual property claims made by Intel Corp. are posing a potential roadblock to Microsoft and Qualcomm's plans to bring Windows 10 to ARM-based devices.

Microsoft Skype Support Comes to VMware Horizon VDI

Microsoft's Skype for Business unified communications product is now integrated with the VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution, VMware said this week.

Azure AD Gets New Capabilities for Microsoft Teams, Azure Portal

Microsoft has extended Azure Active Directory's conditional access policies to Microsoft Teams and the Azure Portal, the company announced Tuesday.

Microsoft Launches Intune in Azure Portal

Microsoft on Thursday announced the general availability of its Intune mobile device and mobile application management solution as managed through the Azure Portal.

Kaspersky Hits Microsoft with Antitrust Complaints in EU

Security firm Kaspersky Lab has formally filed antitrust complaints against Microsoft with the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission, the company said Tuesday.

SharePoint Framework Extensions Hit Preview

Microsoft this week released a preview of SharePoint Framework Extensions, enabling developers to make additional customizations to SharePoint Modern Pages and Document Libraries.

Microsoft Bringing Metadata Navigation to SharePoint Online

Starting on June 12, Microsoft will roll out metadata navigation capabilities to "modern" SharePoint List and Library pages, the company said recently.

Microsoft Rolls Out Azure AD Improvements

Microsoft recently unveiled several improvements to Azure Active Directory (AD), including enhancements to the Azure AD Application Proxy service that make it easier for organizations to connect remote end users to company-hosted Web applications.

Microsoft Revamps Skype, Rolls Out Android Edition

Microsoft this week took the wraps off a modernized version of its consumer Skype communications platform, which the company says it has rebuilt "from the ground up" to support, among other things, intelligent bots.

Microsoft Pulling Plug on Azure BizTalk Services

Azure BizTalk Services, which is used by organizations to bridge hybrid connections between the Internet and on-premises business applications, will be "retired on May 31, 2018," Microsoft said in a post this week.