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Azure AD Outage Linked to Multifactor Authentication Issues

An Azure Active Directory outage that lasted for about 2.5 hours was caused by multifactor authentication challenges not working, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft Launches Desktop Analytics Service for Windows Devices

Now generally available, Desktop Analytics gives organizations dashboard views of their managed Windows "endpoints, applications and drivers."

Microsoft Unveils SQL Server IoT 2019, Other IoT Advances

Microsoft expanded its IoT lineup this week, announcing the general availability of NXP support in Windows 10 IoT Core and the forthcoming release of SQL Server IoT 2019.

Microsoft Partners with NIST To Improve Enterprise Security 'Hygiene'

Microsoft will "soon" kick off an effort to help organizations better patch their software, with help from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Microsoft, Pivotal Collaborate on Azure Spring Cloud

Azure Spring Cloud, a developer service jointly built and operated by Pivotal Software and Microsoft, debuted as a private preview this week.

Microsoft Adds SharePoint 2010 Sites Support to Migration Tool

The SharePoint Migration Tool's ability to move SharePoint Server 2010 sites or file shares to SharePoint Online has reached general availability.

Microsoft Adds 'Personal Vault' Security for Consumer OneDrive Storage

Microsoft announced that its OneDrive cloud-based storage service for consumers now has a new security feature called "Personal Vault" that's available worldwide.

Microsoft Broadens Partnerships with New Microsoft Surface Devices

Microsoft unveiled its coming Surface PC and device innovations on Wednesday, which also showcased partner efforts.

Microsoft Drops Volume Licensing Requirement for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

The change opens Microsoft's patch extension program to smaller and midsize organizations, but only if they are using the Professional or Enterprise editions of Windows 7. 

Microsoft Launches 'True' Desktop VDI with Windows Virtual Desktop

First announced last fall and in preview since March, Microsoft's new Windows Virtual Desktop service is now generally available for commercial use.

How Microsoft Uses Machine Learning To Improve Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft data scientists described how the company uses machine learning algorithms to ensure Windows 10 upgrades are rolled out successfully at organizations.

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Rising IT Budgets Fueled by System Upgrades, Security Worries

A Spiceworks study published this week projects a likely increase in IT spending next year as organizations undertake infrastructure upgrades and tighten their security.

After Partner Feedback, Microsoft Releases Azure Sentinel SIEM Service

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Sentinel, its cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) solution.

Microsoft Readies Raft of Updates to Office 365 and Azure Tools

Organizations using Office 365 and Azure solutions can expect several tooling updates from Microsoft starting this month.

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Microsoft Software Assurance Changes To Favor FastTrack

Some changes coming next year to Microsoft's Software Assurance licensing model will aim to steer organizations toward the FastTrack program for their training.

Microsoft Unveils Service To Keep Azure Connections Private

Azure Private Link, a new service designed to keep Azure service connections off the public Internet, is now available from Microsoft as a preview.

Microsoft Adds 9 Months to Exchange Server 2010's Support Window

Microsoft has changed Exchange Server 2010's end-of-support date to Oct. 13, 2020, about a nine-month extension from the original deadline.

Microsoft Delivers 'Light' September Security Patch Bundle

Microsoft on Tuesday released September security patches for Windows and applications, addressing 85 vulnerabilities.

Satellite Partners Now Connect to Azure ExpressRoute Service

Satellite partners are working with Microsoft to extend Azure ExpressRoute's private Internet connections to organizations in isolated regions.

Microsoft Ending Windows Analytics in January

The Windows Analytics suite of Windows 10 upgrade utilities will "retire" on Jan. 31, 2020, with Desktop Analytics taking its place, Microsoft announced on Friday.

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