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Microsoft Support Changes: Good for Windows 10, Bad for Office

Microsoft recently announced some support policy changes that bode well for users running Windows 10, but less so for those running the Office productivity suite.

Office Now Runs on the Same Code Across Multiple Platforms

The Office codebase is now unified across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, Microsoft said this week.

Microsoft Updates Teams with 'Who' App and App Store Search

Microsoft on Monday began rolling out new collaboration capabilities to users of its Office 365 Teams chat service.

Microsoft's Cloud Market Share Rising at Amazon's Expense

Microsoft's Azure public cloud platform is making some inroads against market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS), according to new research.

Microsoft Cuts Azure Support Costs and Response Times

Microsoft is positioning its Azure support services to be more comparable to Amazon Web Services (AWS), lowering plan costs and improving "critical" case response times.

Microsoft Opens Up About What Types of User Data Windows 10 Collects

Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 10 test build this week that gives users some more insights into, and control over, the kind of privacy-related information that Microsoft collects from their PCs.

Microsoft Gives OneDrive Users 30-Day Recovery Window

Microsoft this week rolled out multiple Office 365 enhancements, including a new Files Restore feature for OneDrive for Business, the company's business-focused cloud storage service.

Microsoft Details System Center's Role in Windows 10 Updates

A new video series from Microsoft tries to shed light on how System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) can be used for Windows client management.

Datacenter M&As Surged to $20 Billion in 2017

Significant datacenter mergers and acquisitions (M&As) closed at a rate of nearly one every week in 2017, according to a recent report by Synergy Research Group.

Latest Windows Server Test Build Gets SSD Support

Microsoft this week rolled out the latest test-build preview release of Windows Server, known as "build 17074," adding new enhancements to Storage Spaces Direct (SSD).

Intel Warns of Server Lags from Meltdown and Spectre Fixes

Intel's efforts to patch its CPUs in the wake of the Meltdown and Spectre security attacks could bog down servers, the company warned recently.

Semiannual Channel vs. Full Availability: Microsoft Clarifies Windows 10 Update Lingo

Michael Niehaus, director of product marketing for Microsoft's Windows Commercial group, this week explained Microsoft's communication approach with regard to Windows 10 updates.

Microsoft Rolls Out SharePoint Migration Tool, Other Features

Microsoft recently took the wraps off several enhancements to its SharePoint product, among them the release of the SharePoint Migration Tool.

Microsoft Extends Patent Protections to Azure Stack Users

Microsoft this week announced an extension of its intellectual property (IP) indemnification program in a bid to cover users of its Azure Stack appliances, in addition to Azure cloud customers.

What's the State of the PC Market? Depends on Who You Ask

The prognosis is mixed when it comes to the health of the worldwide PC market, which has been mired in a years-long slump.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Reaches 'Full Availability'

The "semiannual channel" version of Windows 10 update 1709, otherwise known as the "Fall Creators Update," is now in the "full availability" stage.

'Phablets' Overtake Midsized Smartphones in Mobile Market Shift

The so-called "phablet" form factor is being adopted at a faster rate than medium-sized smartphones, according to mobile analytics company Flurry.

Intel CEO Details Patch Plans for Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws

All Intel chips released in the past five years will receive security patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities by the end of January.

Microsoft: Meltdown and Spectre Patches Could Cause Slowdowns

Microsoft this week warned users that its fixes for the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws could slow down their systems.

Microsoft Launches Accelerated Networking for Azure VMs

Microsoft's Accelerated Networking technology for Azure virtual machines (VMs) is now production-ready.