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Microsoft Now Offering Surface Leasing Programs

Microsoft this week unveiled two leasing programs for its various Surface devices -- one for students and one for SMBs -- that both have plenty of fine print to consider.

Microsoft Updates FastTrack for Dynamics 365

Microsoft this week announced some additions to its FastTrack for Dynamics 365 program aimed at driving more active usage of the cloud-based CRM/ERP suite.

Microsoft Gives SCCM Management Boost with Update

Microsoft recently released the new "current branch" version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Microsoft Readies Windows Subsystem for Linux for Fall

Microsoft will make its Windows Subsystem for Linux generally available this fall to coincide with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Analyst Gives Tips for Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls in Microsoft's Cloud

To sidestep potential compliance issues associated with Microsoft's cloud services, an analysts suggests organizations with Enterprise Agreements (EA) should negotiate protections or special discounts upfront.

Microsoft Refines Its Windows 10 Update Release Model

Microsoft this week described its Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) as being "fully available" for commercial deployments worldwide.

Microsoft Refreshes Its Machine Learning Security Tool

Microsoft this week released version 1.8 of its Advanced Threat Analytics forensic security solution.

Microsoft Debuts On-Demand Azure Container Service

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a technical preview of its new Azure Container Instances (ACI) service, enabling Azure customers to deploy containers on the fly.

Adobe, Browser Makers Pulling Plug on Flash by 2020

The Flash Player plug-in will be phased out by the end of 2020, according to its maker, Adobe, as well as a chorus of browser providers on Tuesday.

To Explain Microsoft's Cloud Stacks, Partners Use Periodic Tables

It's elementary.

PowerShell 2.0, Other Features Get Cut from Fall Windows 10 Update

Microsoft recently posted a list of features that will get removed or deprecated in the Windows 10 "Fall Creators Update" that's expected to arrive in September or October.

Microsoft Dropping Support for PBX Connections Using SBCs

Microsoft recently announced that it will no longer provide session border controller (SBC) support for PBX systems accessing Office 365.

Some Intel PCs Can't Support Windows 10 Creators Update

PCs running Intel's "Clover Trail" Atom processors are effectively blocked from running the Windows 10 "Creators Update."

Microsoft Tops Forecasts on Strong Cloud Growth

Strong Azure revenue growth once again helped Microsoft post a strong quarter, as the company beat analyst forecasts during Q4 of its 2017 fiscal year.

Microsoft Unveils Software-Defined Datacenter Partner Program

Microsoft this week took the wraps off a new software-defined datacenter certification program for storage and hyper-converged systems running Windows Server 2016.

Microsoft Enables Windows 10 Virtualization Through CSP

Microsoft recently announced several licensing and product changes affecting Software Assurance benefits, App-V deployments, Exchange Online Unified Messaging and even Microsoft Office and Nano Server.

SQL Server 2017 Hits Release Candidate Stage

SQL Server 2017, Microsoft's next-generation relational database platform, is inching closer to general availability with this week's Release Candidate 1 (RC1) rollout.

Microsoft Taps GE Exec To Lead U.S. Operations

Amid a major internal reorganization to realign its sales and marketing units, Microsoft this week announced an addition to its leadership ranks.

First Windows Server 2016 Test Build Released to 'Insiders'

Members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program recently received access to the first preview build of Windows Server 2016, dubbed build 16237.

Microsoft Launches Rural Broadband Plan, But Critics Call 'Nonsense'

Microsoft's recently unveiled plan to expand rural broadband access in the United States using white space has been criticized by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as being "the height of arrogance."