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Microsoft Releases New Tools for Compliance, Information Protection

Microsoft 365 product licensees can now take advantage of Microsoft's Compliance Manager dashboard and the Azure Information Protection Scanner, both of which became generally available (GA) this week.

Microsoft Drops Clues About Paid Windows 10 Servicing Option

Microsoft is readying a new "paid supplemental servicing" option for volume licensing customers using the Education or Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 1607, but details are still scarce.

More Hardware Partners, Mobile Operators Back ARM-Based Windows 10

More original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and mobile service providers are throwing their support behind Snapdragon-based Windows 10 PCs, dubbed "Always Connected PCs."

Microsoft Readying Previews of New SharePoint Online WebParts

Office 365 subscribers will begin seeing previews of new and updated SharePoint Online WebParts in about two weeks' time, according to Microsoft.

Study: Azure in 'Dead Heat' with AWS Among New Cloud Adopters

Microsoft's Azure cloud platform still has a lot of ground to make up before it can catch market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS), but a recent report from RightScale Inc. bodes well for the challenger.

Azure Backup Improvements and ExpressRoute Monitoring Go Live

Microsoft greenlit various Azure services this month, including Azure ExpressRoute monitoring, additions to the Azure Storage service and Azure Backup service, and the Azure Redis Cache Geo-Replication service.

Microsoft's Active Directory Team Taps Blockchain for Identity Security

The Microsoft team responsible for Active Directory development has been ramping up its use of blockchain in a bid to improve digital identity security.

System Center Joins Microsoft's 'Semiannual Channel' Release Model

Microsoft recently issued System Center version 1801, the first release under the company's "semiannual channel" update framework.

Microsoft Brings Windows 10's Breach-Detection Service to Older OSes

Originally introduced two years ago for Windows 10 clients, Microsoft's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service will soon be available to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines, as well.

Face of 'Windows as a Service' at Microsoft Moves to Deployment Side

Michael Niehaus, the public face of much of Microsoft's "Windows as a Service" effort, is now a principal program manager on the company's "modern deployment team."

Microsoft To Keep Standard Edition for Skype for Business 2019

Microsoft has reportedly walked back its earlier plans to kill the Standard edition of the upcoming Skype for Business Server 2019 product.

After Delay, Dynamics 365 Marketing App Hits Public Preview

Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 for Marketing app is now available for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to test out.

Symantec, Microsoft Partner on Azure and Office 365 Security

As part a collaboration with Microsoft announced Wednesday, Symantec is extending its Web Security Service to Office 365 and the Azure cloud platform.

Microsoft Making Room in Windows 10 for Progressive Web Apps

Microsoft this week announced it is readying its app marketplace for progressive Web apps (PWAs), which are Web pages designed to work like applications, with the ability to work offline.

Microsoft Taps FastTrack To Lure Box, Dropbox Users to OneDrive

Microsoft this week launched a OneDrive for Business switch deal in a bid to steal away customers from some of its biggest online storage competitors, as well as collaborators.

Report: Alibaba Giving Chase to Cloud Leaders AWS and Azure

Cloud upstart Alibaba is edging its way into the leader pack of the global cloud computing market, according to recently released data from Synergy Research Group.

Microsoft Brings Teams Closer to Skype with Call Analytics Preview

Microsoft recently announced a preview of a "Call Analytics" feature for Teams, continuing its plan to bring Skype for Business capabilities to the enterprise chat service.

Kaspersky Launches Office 365 Security Tool for Exchange Online

A new cloud-based security solution to protect Exchange Online users is now available from software security company Kaspersky Lab.

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.