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Microsoft Bolsters Its 5G Chops with Affirmed Networks Acquisition

Microsoft has acquired Affirmed Networks, buttressing its software-defined networking services just as mobile operators start rolling out 5G wireless technologies.

Microsoft Axes SharePoint Events as COVID-19 Precaution

Multiple SharePoint-related events this year have been cancelled, postponed or made virtual as a consequence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

How Microsoft Is Managing Higher Microsoft 365 User Demand

As businesses transition their employees to remote work en masse, Microsoft is adjusting the availability of some Microsoft 365 features.

Microsoft Hardware Partners Expand Teams Device Options

Microsoft recently described some devices that hardware partners have developed for the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform, which turned 3 years old this month.

Microsoft's Cloud and AI Services Tapped in Coronavirus Fight

Microsoft recently described how its Azure, AI and machine learning offerings are being used by researchers responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Upcoming Microsoft Teams Features Include Offline Support, Telephony Option

Microsoft recently announced several enhancements to the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform that will be "available later this year."

Some Windows 10 Versions Get Service Extensions Due to Coronavirus

Microsoft has extended the service lifetimes of certain editions of Windows 10 version 1709 due to "the public health situation" caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft Finally Reaches 1 Billion Mark for Windows 10

Though it missed its target date by nearly three years, Microsoft has finally reached its goal of putting Windows 10 on over 1 billion "monthly active devices."

Bill Gates Steps Down as Member of Microsoft's Board

Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has stepped down from his position in Microsoft's board of directors, the company announced on Friday.

IT Vendors Tout Resources To Support Rise in Remote Workers

As coronavirus concerns urge orgs to enable teleworking for employees, technical support for remote workers is emerging as a marketing opportunity for solutions vendors.

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Microsoft Plugs App To Stay Connected with Employees

To help organizations weather the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Microsoft this week launched a new Crisis Communication App to help keep track of employees.

Microsoft Launches Preview of Backup Reports in Azure

A new Azure feature called Backup Reports is now available as a public preview, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft, Cisco Integrate Their Cloud and IoT Services

Microsoft and Cisco this week announced the "seamless integration" of the two companies' IoT and cloud products, enabling more edge computing scenarios.

Microsoft Launches Private Preview of 'Universal Print' Service

Aiming to eliminate the need to maintain print servers on-premises or install printer drivers, Microsoft on Monday announced a private preview of its Universal Print service.

Microsoft Makes Cortana More Productive for Next Windows 10 Update

The forthcoming spring update of Windows 10 will include changes to the Cortana digital assistant aimed at making it a better productivity tool.

Skytap Launches Azure Migration Service for IBM-Based Apps

A new service from Microsoft partner Skytap aims to smooth the way for organizations to move on-premises applications based on IBM Power processors to Microsoft Azure datacenters.

Microsoft Extends Mover Tool to Microsoft 365 Users

Mover, Microsoft's free cloud-to-cloud migration tool, is "now available to Microsoft 365 customers worldwide," Microsoft announced earlier this month.

Google's Managed Active Directory Service Goes Live

Google last week announced the general availability of its Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory product after being in development for about two years.

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Azure Sphere, Microsoft's Linux-Powered IoT Security Service, Launches

Microsoft's Azure Sphere security solution for Internet of Things (IoT) devices became generally available on Monday, roughly two years after it was first introduced.

Consortium Buys RSA Portfolio from Dell for $2 Billion

A consortium of companies has purchased Dell's RSA security solutions businesses, including the RSA Conference, in an all-cash deal valued at $2 billion.