Microsoft Viva Gets Skills and Amplify Apps

Microsoft highlighted multiple Viva product enhancements this week in an announcement.

Report Finds No Joy in 2023 IT Jobs Market

The 2023 IT jobs market has remained rocky, per recent analysis by IT consulting firm Janco Associates, with AI possibly affecting the numbers.

ESU Support Commences for Windows Server 2012

Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 products have exited "Extended" support, kicking off Extended Security Update sales.

New AvePoint Opus Offers Foundation for AI Data Models

AvePoint introduced Opus, its new artificial intelligence-based "information lifecycle management" solution.

Microsoft Begins ESU Sales for SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2014 is still a supported product into mid-2024, but Microsoft has opened partner sales of Extended Security Updates for it this month.

New OneDrive Bringing Copilot AI

Microsoft unveiled "the third generation of OneDrive," bringing Copilot artificial intelligence and more.

Business Connectivity Services Ending for Microsoft 365

Microsoft plans to block Business Connectivity Services used by Microsoft 365 customers next year, steering them to Power Apps instead.

Microsoft Mesh for Teams Coming in October Preview

A public preview of Microsoft Mesh for Microsoft Teams will arrive next month.

Azure Database for MariaDB Ending in 2025

Microsoft will "retire" its Azure Database for MariaDB service on Sept. 19, 2025.

Orgs Now Getting the New Outlook for Windows

The new Outlook for Windows 11 app is now at the "general availability" release stage for personal users, but it's also "enterprise ready."

Four New Microsoft Surface Devices Unveiled at Event

Four new Surface devices for businesses were announced during Microsoft's fall hardware event.

Cisco To Buy Splunk for $28B

Cisco announced it is acquiring security and IT solutions provider Splunk for about "$28 billion in equity value."

Copilot for Windows 11 Available September 26

Microsoft Also announced new Copilot features coming to Bing, Edge and Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Entra ID Name Switch To Get Finalized Next Year

Microsoft described timeline plans for switching the Azure Active Directory brand to "Entra ID."

Azure Update Manager Now Generally Available

Azure Update Manager has reached "general availability," or commercial rollout status.

Azure Arc ESUs for Windows Server 2012 Now Generally Available

Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, as managed using Azure Arc, have reached the commercial-release stage.

Chief Product Officer Panos Panay Departing Microsoft

Microsoft has announced a handful of organizational changes, including Yusuf Mehdi stepping into Panay's vacated role.

Google Offers Longest Update Support with Chromebooks

Google Chromebooks computers will get 10 years of updates automatically, the company announced this week.

Microsoft and Oracle Partner on New Azure Service Offering

Microsoft and Oracle announced "Oracle Database@Azure," a new collaborative infrastructure-as-a-service offering.

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Microsoft Releases SharePoint Server Subscription Edition 23H2

Microsoft released "feature update" 23H2 for SharePoint Server Subscription Edition (SE) on Tuesday.