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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.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Add-In Deployment Feature

The Office 365 Centralized Deployment service, which lets IT organizations centrally deploy Office add-ins to end users, became generally available on Wednesday.

Microsoft Surface Hub Gets Windows 10 'Creators Update'

Microsoft's Surface Hub collaboration devices began receiving the new Windows 10 "Creators Update" this week, according to the company.

Microsoft Tests Disaster Recovery Option for Azure VMs

Microsoft on Wednesday released a technical preview of a new disaster recovery feature for its Azure Site Recovery (ASR) service, enabling customers to restore virtual machines (VMs) running on the Azure IaaS platform.

IDC Touts 'Patch Independence' Approach After WannaCry

To protect against security attacks like the recent "WannaCry" outbreak, analyst firm IDC suggests that organizations take a somewhat contrarian approach.

Microsoft Readies Its Cloud for New EU Privacy Law

As the European Union prepares to enforce its recently updated data privacy laws, Microsoft and other providers are retrofitting their services to ensure their customers are compliant with the new regulations.

Microsoft Improves Azure AD Identity Protection Service

Microsoft's Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management service is getting two new features, now in preview.

Report: Microsoft Acquiring Security Firm for $100 Million

Microsoft is in the midst of acquiring 3-year-old software security firm Hexadite for $100 million, according to reports.