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Microsoft Replacing Windows 10 MyOffice with New Office App

A new Windows 10 Office app is set to arrive for business and consumer users in the next few weeks, according to a Microsoft announcement on Wednesday, effectively "replacing" the current MyOffice app that comes preinstalled on Windows 10 systems.

Microsoft To Phase Out Windows 10 'Semiannual Channel Targeted' Soon

The next Windows 10 feature update release, due this spring, will mark a few changes to Microsoft's Windows servicing lingo and management behavior.

Older Windows 10 Versions Get Support for MSIX Format

Windows 10 versions 1803 and 1709 now have support, with some limitations, for Microsoft's MSIX packaging format.

Microsoft's 'Ultimate Browser Strategy' Demotes IE

Organizations shouldn't use Internet Explorer as their default browser for every activity, Microsoft argued this week.

Microsoft Inks Two Partner Deals and an Acquisition

Monday marked a trio of corporate moves for Microsoft involving Accenture, TomTom and BrightBytes.

Security, Compliance Perks on Tap for Microsoft 365 Users

Users of Microsoft 365-licensed products will soon receive a number of security and compliance improvements, Microsoft announced recently.

OneDrive To Become Office 365's Default 'Save' Location

Starting as early as next month, Microsoft plans to change Office 365's default document-saving behavior to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business folder locations.

'One-Time Passcodes' for Azure AD B2B Hits Preview

A new feature in Microsoft's Azure Active Directory Business to Business (B2B) service enables organizations to grant outside partners access to their internal network resources.

Support for IE 10 on Windows Server 2012 Winding Down

Support for Internet Explorer 10 will expire in 2020 for users of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Microsoft warned this week.

Office 365 for Mac Lands on Apple App Store

Microsoft's Office 365 for Mac productivity suite is now available from Apple's Mac App Store.

Microsoft Acquires Open Source PostgreSQL Firm Citus Data

Microsoft this week acquired Citus Data, whose flagship offering is an extension that scales out the open source PostgreSQL relational database management system in datacenters.

Azure DevOps Server 2019 Nears Final Release

Microsoft's Azure DevOps Server 2019 product, which succeeds Team Foundation Server 2018, is now available as Release Candidate 2 (RC2).

Microsoft Announces Rebrand of Skype Room Systems

Skype Room Systems, Microsoft's line of partner-built videoconferencing and meeting room devices, has been renamed "Microsoft Teams Rooms," the company announced Wednesday.

Microsoft Pulling Plug on Windows 10 Mobile This Year

Microsoft's beleaguered Windows 10 Mobile operating system will lose support on Dec. 10, 2019, the company has announced.

Cloud IT Spending Has Outpaced 'Traditional IT' Spending

Revenues from IT infrastructure products sold to cloud service providers have surpassed revenues from traditional IT infrastructure sales "for the first time," according to a recently published report by IDC.

Microsoft Talks Up Its Efforts Around Windows 10 Compatibility

Microsoft this week assured organizations that they're not likely to face application compatibility issues if they move to Windows 10.

Microsoft Nudges SharePoint Online Users Toward 'Modern' UI

An upcoming change to SharePoint Online will effectively push some organizations away from the earlier "classic" user interface (UI) and toward Microsoft's so-called "modern" UI for Lists and Libraries.

Partners Sidelined in New 'Microsoft Customer Agreement' Model for Azure

Microsoft's new approach for getting organizations to purchase Azure services appears to put its partners at a disadvantage.

Key Microsoft Products, Including Windows 7, Losing Support Next Year

Windows 7 entered its final year of support on Jan. 14, as did Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. The two products are due to fall out of "extended support" on Jan. 14, 2020.

Next Windows 10 Release To Include 'Reserved Storage' Feature

Microsoft this week described a new "Reserved Storage" feature coming to Windows 10 that will allocate about 7GB of a PC's storage space for OS updates.