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Microsoft Readies Windows Server 2019 for October Launch

At Day 1 of its 2018 Ignite conference on Monday, Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2019 will reach general availability in October.

Next-Gen Release of Windows Admin Center Now Production-Ready

Microsoft on Thursday announced the general availability of Windows Admin Center version 1809, the latest iteration of its browser-based management portal.

Microsoft Offers To Manage Windows 10 Desktops for Orgs

A new service called Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) lets organizations offload the task of managing their Windows 10 desktops, from the initial provisioning process to routine patching, to Microsoft.

Microsoft Green-Lights Teams for Surface Hub

Organizations can now deploy the Microsoft Teams collaboration app to run on their large-screen Surface Hub devices, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Targets Macro-Borne Malware in Office 365 ProPlus

Microsoft recently introduced a technology called Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) to Office 365 ProPlus, giving subscribers a new layer of protection against malicious macros.

Microsoft's Open Source Shift a 'Profound Cultural Challenge'

At the recent Open Source Virtual Conference, Microsoft open source experts described how the company has changed its position on open source software development over the past two decades.

AWS Launches Competency for Cloud Management Partners

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding its partner competencies to recognize partners focusing on cloud management tools.

Microsoft Updates SharePoint Framework, Explains Site 'Branding'

Microsoft recently announced some SharePoint updates related to intranet management, including the issue of adding "branding" to sites.

'No Code' AI Startup Lobe Joins Microsoft

Microsoft has acquired an artificial intelligence (AI) startup that offers a "no code" approach for developing AI projects.

Microsoft's Cloud Outage Postmortem: What Went Wrong in Texas

Microsoft this week released its report on what went wrong with its cloud on Sept. 4, when a lightning strike at its U.S. South Central datacenter region caused a widespread service outage.

Microsoft Begins Rollout of Project VAST Security Tool

Microsoft recently began offering Project VAST, which stands for "Visual Auditing Security Tool," to its Microsoft Premier customers.

Microsoft's Windows and Office Support Changes Draw Analyst Approval

Microsoft's decision last week to change its Office ProPlus and Windows 10 support terms has garnered mostly positive reactions from industry analysts.

Microsoft Developing Desktop Analytics Tool for App Compatibility

Microsoft this week described an upcoming Desktop Analytics service for ensuring application compatibility, particularly when upgrading Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.

Microsoft Revises Windows and Office Support Plans Again

Microsoft is giving organizations more time to carry out upgrades via some newly announced Windows and Office 365 ProPlus servicing terms.

Microsoft To Funnel Intune Premier Support Requests Toward Azure Portal

Microsoft will soon begin shifting Intune support requests toward the Azure Portal for organizations with Microsoft Premier support accounts, the company announced this week.

Windows Server 2019 'Essentials' Version for Small Business Coming

An upcoming Windows Server 2019 Essentials edition for small businesses is on tap from Microsoft this year. It might the last Essentials edition Microsoft ever ships.

Microsoft Cloud Services Stumble After Outage Hits Texas Datacenter

Various Office 365 and Azure cloud services went down this week after a Sept. 4 lightning strike temporarily disabled Microsoft's datacenters in the South Central U.S. region.

Microsoft Surface Leasing No Longer an Option for Students

As of Aug. 31, Microsoft's Surface Plus Program for students looking to lease Microsoft Surface devices is no longer accepting applications.

Windows Server 2019 Puts an Emphasis on SDN Security

Software-defined networking (SDN) security is one of the top 10 networking features coming to Windows Server 2019, according to details shared by Microsoft this week.

Microsoft Gives Upcoming SharePoint Mobile App an AI Boost

A more streamlined SharePoint Mobile App is arriving next month with new artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, Microsoft announced this week.