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Ahead of Inspire, Microsoft Promotes Dezen to Chief Partner Officer

Microsoft on Thursday announced a small reorg of its partner executive ranks, culminating a process that began when former channel chief Rodney Clark announced his departure two months ago.

Server Protections Preview and Partner Security Alerts Added to Microsoft Defender for Business

Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview of its server protection capabilities for Microsoft Defender for Business.

Microsoft Ends SQL Server 2012 Support

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it will no longer be supporting SQL Server 2012

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Deal Encounters UK Watchdog Scrutiny

The U.K.'s leading consumer regulatory organization, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), announced on Wednesday that it's looking into the pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc by Microsoft.

PowerShell Head Jeffrey Snover Departs Microsoft

The creator of PowerShell Jeffrey Snover is leaving Microsoft at the end of the week.

W3C Announces Plans To Launch as Nonprofit Org

Starting in January 2023 the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) will be shifting gears and launching as a nonprofit organization.

Microsoft Pivots on New Commerce Experience Auto-Renewals

Microsoft announced it won't block automatic renewals of monthly cloud services accounts for those with an older plan overseen by Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) partners.

Security Gets Its Own Category in Microsoft's 2022 Partner of the Year Awards

High-achieving security partners are getting a spotlight of their own at this year's Microsoft Partner of the Year awards.

Datto Goes Private as Its Acquisition by Kaseya Is Finalized

Kaseya's $6.2 billion acquisition of Datto, in the works for two years, is now complete, taking Datto from a publicly traded company to a private one.

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Metaverse Standards Forum Created in the Spirit of Cooperation

More than 30 tech organizations have come together to form the Metaverse Standards Forum, which will work towards standardizing requirements for future metaverse tech.

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Microsoft Expands on AI Face Standardization Rules and Guidelines

Microsoft on Tuesday announced Version 2 of Microsoft's "Responsible AI Standard" document, which includes a disclosed a use-case approval process for its Azure Face API, Computer Vision, and Video Indexer customers, was released this week.

Microsoft Announces Secured-Core Edge and IoT Devices

Microsoft announced on Monday new Internet of Things (IoT) and edge devices that will feature the company's Secured-core security design.

Microsoft Announces Upcoming Microsoft Viva Sales Product

Microsoft's newest Viva product, Viva Sales, is aimed at salespersons using Microsoft 365 applications and will be available later this year.

Microsoft Releases Consumer-Aimed 'Defender for Individuals'

Microsoft's latest Defender release is targeted at Microsoft 365 Personal or Microsoft 365 Family subscribers.

Multicloud Management Perks Added to Azure Arc

Microsoft's Azure Arc multicloud management solution is getting a handful of enhancements, according to Microsoft on Wednesday.

Microsoft Targets Foreign Cyberattacks with Miburo Acquisition

Microsoft is acquiring a government-connected research firm to bolster its existing cybersecurity capabilities with tools to fight foreign cyberattacks.

'IE Mode' for Internet Explorer 11 Coming Soon

June 15, 2022 marks the end for Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft Tweaks Its Metaverse Team as HoloLens Chief Kipman Leaves

Internal documents indicate Microsoft is significantly restructuring its metaverse team in the wake of allegations of inappropriate conduct against HoloLens co-creator Alex Kipman.

Microsoft Spotlights Top Security MSPs and ISVs

With just over a month to go before its Inspire partner mega-conference, Microsoft this week turned the spotlight on partners making big waves in security.

Latest Windows 11 Preview Now Available

Windows 11 version 22H2, build 22621,is now available for organizational testing, the company announced on Tuesday.