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Microsoft Centers Cloud in Major Partner Program Revamp

Microsoft is planning a major cloud-focused facelift for its partner program this fall that will significantly impact the more than 400,000 organizations in its ranks.

Microsoft Touts Benefits of Flexible Work Hour Trend

According to a recent Microsoft "Work Trend Index" report, the company says that the shift to a remote workforce over the last couple of years has yielded positive returns.

Cloud Growth Not Dampening Hardware Spending

More and more workloads are headed to the cloud, but that hasn't slowed down spending on IT hardware, according to a new report by Spiceworks Ziff Davis.

New Microsoft Teams Enhancements and New Partnerships for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft announced on Tuesday new features for its Teams platform aimed at how health care workers interact and communicate with patients.

Azure Stack Edge Pro 2 Commercially Released

The commercial release of Azure Stack Edge Pro 2 has hit "general availability" this week.

Google Buying Mandiant for $5.4 Billion in Cloud Security Coup

Google's cloud business is set to get a major cybersecurity asset with its planned acquisition of Mandiant for $5.4 billion.

Microsoft's Acquisition of Former Partner Nuance Finalizes

Microsoft's acquisition of Nuance Communications Inc. is now complete, the company announced on Friday.

Microsoft Pauses Hardware and Software Sales to Russia

Microsoft on Friday announced that it will be halting all new sales to Russia due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Microsoft Rolling Out New Defender for Business to Office 365 Subscribers

Microsoft Defender for Business, a new security solution for small-to-medium organizations, is now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage for Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscribers, per a Tuesday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Bolsters Azure's Telecom Services with Partnership Agreements

Azure for Operators is celebrating two years. And Microsoft this week is marking the occasion by detailing a list of new partnerships and efforts for the telecom service.

Orgs Failing at Identifying Exploitable Identity Holes

Organizations generally don't have the means to discover identity risks and therefore need automated tools, according an annual report on the state of identity-based security risks for organizations, according to Identity security company Illusive

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Microsoft Endpoint Manager Gets Nerdio Manager Solution Integration

Nerdio announced on Tuesday that its Nerdio Manager for MSP (Managed Service Provider) 3.0 solution has new integration hooks with Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM).

Microsoft Accounts May Be Required for Windows 11 Pro Edition Installs

Microsoft this week suggested that Windows 11 Pro edition users would need to use Microsoft accounts on new OS installs.

Microsoft Viva Suite To Receive LinkedIn Glint Solution in 2023

LinkedIn's Glint employee feedback and assessment solution will become a part of Microsoft's Viva "employee experience platform" sometime in 2023, Microsoft announced.

IBM Buys Microsoft Gold Partner Neudesic in Cloud-Focused Play

To raise its cloud and multicloud prospects, tech industry stalwart IBM announced its acquisition of Neudesic, a Microsoft National Systems Integrator and gold competency partner, for an undisclosed amount.

Microsoft Opening 2 Campuses as Pandemic Conditions Improve

Microsoft announced on Monday that it now plans to reopen its Washington state campus on Feb. 28, since Covid-19 cases have declined.

Microsoft Changes Direction on ADFS with Certificate-Based Authentication Preview

Microsoft announced a public preview of certificate-based authentication for Azure Active Directory in a Monday announcement.

Microsoft: Losing Google G Suite? Switch to Microsoft 365

Microsoft this week announced a Microsoft 365 Business productivity suite limited-time promotional offer, largely for small businesses, which is targeting "Google G Suite legacy free edition" users.

Microsoft Inspire 2022 Will Be Virtual Again

Microsoft has announced the dates for this year's Inspire partner conference, describing it as a digital event.

Preview of Azure Active Directory Join Capability Coming to Windows 365

Microsoft announced Wednesday that enterprise users of Windows 365 services will soon be able to Azure Active Directory joins for Cloud PCs.