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As It Prepares To Reopen HQ, Microsoft Urges More Flexibility in Businesses

Microsoft described plans to reopen its offices and shared the results of its study on the effects of remote work on employees.

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 21H1 for 'Prerelease Validation'

Version 21H1 of Windows 10 isn't officially out yet, but Microsoft is making a prerelease version of it available to organizations for testing.

Microsoft Acquires Industrial IoT Partner Marsden Group

The Marsden Group, a Microsoft partner that helps with industrial automation and safety processes, has been acquired by Microsoft for an undisclosed amount.

What Happened with This Week's Azure AD Outage

Microsoft has released a "preliminary root cause analysis" for Monday's Azure AD issue that took out multiple Microsoft 365 and cloud applications for at least two hours.

Microsoft Lets Orgs Slow Pace of Edge Browser Updates

Organizations that need more time to test Microsoft Edge browser updates will be able to switch to a longer feature release cycle this year.

Microsoft Launches Azure AD External Identities

A new External Identities capability in the Azure Active Directory service became generally available (GA) this week.

Microsoft's Exchange Server Security Problem Is Gaining Steam

The handful of Exchange Server zero-day flaws Microsoft announced earlier this month has snowballed into a much broader problem.

Gartner: 'Days of the Manual Service Desk Are Numbered'

The best managed workplace services providers are automating the heck out of their service desks, Gartner analysts argue in a recent Magic Quadrant report.

Study: Microsoft Gains on AWS as Multicloud Dominates

Today's cloud landscape leans heavily in the direction of multicloud and hybrid, with Amazon Web Services holding an ever-shrinking lead over Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Universal Print Service Now Generally Available

In public preview since last July, Microsoft Universal Print, a multitenant Azure-based print service, became generally available this week.

What We Know About Windows Server 2022

Microsoft released the preview of Window Server 2022 at Ignite, spotlighting improvements to security, portal integration and container support.

Mixed-Reality Platform Microsoft Mesh Unveiled at Ignite

The Ignite virtual conference put much of the spotlight on Microsoft Mesh, a new Azure-based platform for building "cross-platform mixed reality apps."

Azure Active Directory B2C Service Goes Up to 'Four Nines'

Microsoft recently announced an upcoming increase in the Azure Active Directory B2C service-level agreement (SLA).

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Microsoft Leans on Partners for Industry Cloud Efforts

Microsoft is adding three more industry-specific cloud programs to its offerings with help from its partners.

Microsoft Resellers Begin Selling Replacement SSDs for Surface Pro 7+

Microsoft reseller partners are now beginning to sell solid-state drive (SSD) replacement kits for Surface Pro 7+ PCs.

Standalone Microsoft Intune and EMS Getting Price Hike

Starting in July, standalone subscriptions to Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility plus Security (EMS) will each cost $2 more.

Next Windows 10, Office LTSC Releases To Have Shorter Support Lifecycles

The next long-term servicing channel (LTSC) releases of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office, both expected in the second half of 2021, will each have five fewer years of support.

Microsoft Gives Early Look at Windows 10 Version 21H1

Microsoft is readying the first Windows 10 feature update of 2021, dubbed 21H1, for release sometime in the first half of this year.

Confusion Over Microsoft's Planned 'Teams Pro' Rebrand

Microsoft is rebranding its existing Teams product next month, but its messaging has caused confusion over whether it's launching an altogether new product.

Microsoft Azure Goes To Space via HPE Partnership

A partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will bring Microsoft Azure to the International Space Station (ISS) by way of HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2.