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Microsoft Finishes Integrating Windows Defender ATP with Hexadite Buy

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:56:00 GMT

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will soon be able to fix security issues instead of just detecting them, according to Microsoft this week.

Microsoft Test Drives New Azure AD Log-In Option

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:45:00 GMT

A new "Keep me signed in" Azure Active Directory sign-in experience for end users is now in preview, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Phasing Out Azure AD 'Classic' Portal in November

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:07:00 GMT

The so-called "classic" Azure Portal management experience for Azure Active Directory will be retired on Nov. 30, Microsoft said on Monday.

Microsoft Readies Improved Intune Migration Process

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:00 GMT

A new Microsoft Intune migration process will make it easier for organizations to switch from what Microsoft calls a "hybrid" mobile management approach to a "standalone" mobile management approach.

Microsoft Previews New Azure Security Services

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:13:00 GMT

In a move aimed at reassuring organizations wary of placing their data and code on outside infrastructure, Microsoft this week released previews of two new Azure security solutions.

Microsoft Unveils 'Project Honolulu' for Windows Server Management

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:23:00 GMT

In a sign that it supports the development of graphical user interface (GUI) tools for managing Windows Server, Microsoft this week announced "Project Honolulu."

Microsoft Boosting Container Support in Windows Server 2016

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:00:00 GMT

The next major release of Windows Server 2016 (version 1709) will have added support for running Linux and Windows containers, Microsoft said this week.

Two Years After IE Switch, Microsoft Talks Edge Browser Progress

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Microsoft gave a progress report of its Edge browser, including new security and development improvements, at its third-annual Edge Web Summit event in Seattle this week.

SharePoint Framework Comes to On-Prem SharePoint 2016

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft on Tuesday released Feature Pack 2 of SharePoint Server 2016, delivering with it the SharePoint Framework.

Microsoft Open Sources BizTalk Server Schemas

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:49:00 GMT

Microsoft has released the schemas used with BizTalk Server as open source code, the company announced this week.

Microsoft Teams Gets Guest Access Feature

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:30:00 GMT

Users of Microsoft Teams can now invite guests from outside organizations to join their conversations.

Report: Pace of New Cloud Tech a Top Worry for Execs

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Over 90 percent of IT pros and executives are worried about the rate of innovation among the top cloud providers and their ability to keep pace with it.

Rackspace Shakes Up Managed Services with Datapipe Acquisition

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:07:00 GMT

In a move that combines two major providers of managed hosting and cloud services, Rackspace this week announced it is acquiring rival Datapipe in its biggest acquisition to date.

Microsoft May Transition Skype for Business to Office 365 Teams

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:00:00 GMT

An apparent Microsoft slip-up suggests that the company is planning to switch Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Adding Hyperconvergence Boost to Windows Server 2016

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:51:00 GMT

Microsoft is beginning to share some details about hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) improvements coming to Windows Server 2016.

Microsoft Launches 'Olympia' Test Lab for Windows 10 Enterprise

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:11:00 GMT

Microsoft has launched a Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise (WILE) test network called "Olympia Corp."

Microsoft Extends Windows 10 S Upgrade Offer to March 2018

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:02:00 GMT

Windows 10 S users now have three extra months to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro at no cost.

Microsoft Releases Azure App Service on Linux

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:15:00 GMT

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the "general availability" of the Azure App Service on Linux, adding infrastructure support for Linux Web and mobile application developers.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Gets Release Date

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:10:00 GMT

The Windows 10 "Fall Creators Update" will be released on Oct. 17 with support for next-gen PCs and mixed-reality headsets, according to a recent Microsoft announcement.

Latest Office 365 Update Brings Excel Coauthoring

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Microsoft began rolling out some Office 365 improvements recently as part of its August update.

VMware Extends Its MDM Solution to Windows 10

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:00:00 GMT

VMware now lets organizations connect Windows 10 PCs to their enterprise networks using its AirWatch mobile device management (MDM) system.

Apple Makes Another Enterprise Push with Accenture Pact

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:15:00 GMT

In a bid to increase the iOS platform's presence in the enterprise market, Apple has inked a partnership with global consulting giant Accenture.

Microsoft Makes Windows Debugging More User-Friendly

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:25:00 GMT

A new Windows debug (WinDbg) console that Microsoft touts as being "less intimidating" and "a bit easier for beginners" is now in preview.

Windows Server 2016 To Get SATADOM Support

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:29:00 GMT

Microsoft is priming Windows Server 2016 to support the use of SATADOM boot drives in future updates, according to plans announced Wednesday.

Microsoft Adds Virtual Network Support to Azure AD

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:59:00 GMT

Microsoft has launched a public preview of a new capability within Azure Active Directory (AD) Domain Services that adds support for virtual networks using Azure Resource Manager.

VMware Touts Multicloud Focus at VMworld

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:54:00 GMT

VMware kicked off its annual VMworld conference this week with a multicloud vision that's nevertheless heavy on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Microsoft Replaces Premier Support Program with 'Unified Support'

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:32:00 GMT

Microsoft has launched a new technical support program called "Microsoft Unified Support," its replacement for the current Premier Support program.

Microsoft Unwraps New Management Features for Azure

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:37:00 GMT

Microsoft recently announced several Azure management capabilities related to Azure Log Analytics, Azure Network Watcher, Azure Monitor and Azure Blob Storage.

Microsoft Axes 'Project GigJam' Before It Could Exit Preview

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:21:00 GMT

Microsoft is ending development on "Project GigJam," a productivity and collaboration tool for Office 365 that was first unveiled at the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).

Microsoft Test Drives Conditional Access for macOS

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:26:00 GMT

Microsoft this week launched a preview of "conditional access" restrictions for devices based on Apple's macOS operating system.

Microsoft and Red Hat Deepen Ties Around Containers, Azure Stack

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:00 GMT

Microsoft and Red Hat together issued several announcements this week that signal an extension of their efforts around running Red Hat's open source technologies on Microsoft's Azure infrastructure.

Google Courts Orgs with Chrome Enterprise, VMware Pact

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

In an effort to drive business adoption of its cloud-based Chrome platform, Google this week unveiled a new edition of its Chrome OS operating system for enterprises.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update To Cut ReFS Support

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:23:00 GMT

Some editions of Windows 10 will lose file and disk creation capabilities using the Resilient File System (ReFS) later this year, Microsoft said recently.

Microsoft Ending Team Foundation Support in SharePoint

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:27:00 GMT

Microsoft is taking steps to wind down support for its Team Foundation Server (TFS) product when it's used with SharePoint Server, the company announced Tuesday.

Engineer Makes Case for 'Windows as a Service' in Treatise

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:00:00 GMT

A recent article by a Microsoft engineer attempts to nail down the Windows 10 update process that Microsoft has been explaining in dribs and drabs over the last two years.

Microsoft Previews Just-in-Time VM Access, Other Azure Tools

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:03:00 GMT

Microsoft this week spotlighted some new Azure security and management tools that are currently in preview.

Microsoft's Next Serverless Computing Bid: Azure Event Grid

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:40:00 GMT

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a technical preview of a new service called Azure Event Grid, touting it as the next piece of its serverless computing platform.

Microsoft Adds Role-Based Access Control to Intune

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:58:00 GMT

Microsoft this week announced the addition of role-based access control (RBAC) capabilities to its Intune mobile management service.

Microsoft Gets HPC Boost with Cycle Computing Buy

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:07:00 GMT

Microsoft on Tuesday announced its acquisition of Cycle Computing, a provider of solutions for managing large workloads in the public cloud, as well as in hybrid and on-premises datacenter infrastructures.

Office 365 ProPlus Apps Get Intune Deployment Option

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:13:00 GMT

Intune, Microsoft's mobile management service, now has the ability to launch Office 365 ProPlus productivity applications for end users.

Microsoft Clarifies Its EMET Plans for Windows 10

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:30:00 GMT

Microsoft recently shared more of its plans for its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), which will take a somewhat different form in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft Surface Loses Recommendation from Consumer Reports

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:12:00 GMT

Nonprofit publication Consumer Reports knocked Microsoft's Surface line down a peg last week, retracting its "recommended" designation for the PC and tablet family.

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Edition for Workstations

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:56:00 GMT

A new edition of the Windows 10 client OS, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, is coming this fall for organizations with "mission critical and compute intensive workloads," Microsoft said this week.

Kaspersky Drops Windows 10 Security Antitrust Suit

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:39:00 GMT

Security software vendor Kaspersky Lab on Thursday said it is dropping its antitrust complaints against Microsoft regarding Windows 10's treatment of "third-party" anti-malware products.

Microsoft Adds Auto-Remediation to SaaS Security Tool

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:25:00 GMT

Microsoft this week announced the addition of an auto-remediation capability to its Cloud App Security service, enabling administrators to compel user log-ins and invalidate user sessions in response to certain kinds of security threats.

Office 365 Groups To Get Expiration Feature, Other Improvements

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 22:41:00 GMT

A new expiration capability in Microsoft's Office 365 Groups collaboration service is now available in preview, Microsoft said Wednesday.

Microsoft Releases Preview of Intune Data Warehouse

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Microsoft on Tuesday launched the public preview of a new service for reporting on mobile device and mobile application use.

Report Finds Where Partners Are Falling Short in Cloud

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:53:00 GMT

Most partners are not investing enough resources to take full advantage of the cloud opportunity, despite owing an ever-growing proportion of their revenues to cloud-based sales.

SharePoint Communication Site Feature Gets Mobile App Support

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:08:00 GMT

Microsoft recently announced new improvements coming to SharePoint, including mobile application support for the new Communication Site feature.

Office 365 Teams Getting Client Support, App Controls

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:12:00 GMT

Microsoft is giving Office 365 Teams administrators more control over third-party applications, among other improvements the company announced this week.

Microsoft Testing Office 365 Groups Access Tools

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Microsoft has released an early version of a new Office 365 feature that would let users permit or block guest access to Office 365 groups.

Microsoft Readying Azure AD Sign-In Changes

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:30:00 GMT

Microsoft is changing up how users sign in to Azure Active Directory (AD) and their Microsoft accounts.

Microsoft Now Offering Surface Leasing Programs

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:03:00 GMT

Microsoft this week unveiled two leasing programs for its various Surface devices -- one for students and one for SMBs -- that both have plenty of fine print to consider.

Microsoft Previews Windows 10 Device Health

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Device Health, a new service from Microsoft designed to check Windows 10 client devices for driver issues and crashes, is now in public preview.

Microsoft Updates FastTrack for Dynamics 365

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:04:00 GMT

Microsoft this week announced some additions to its FastTrack for Dynamics 365 program aimed at driving more active usage of the cloud-based CRM/ERP suite.

Microsoft Gives SCCM Management Boost with Update

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:35:00 GMT

Microsoft recently released the new "current branch" version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Analyst Gives Tips for Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls in Microsoft's Cloud

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:44:00 GMT

To sidestep potential compliance issues associated with Microsoft's cloud services, an analysts suggests organizations with Enterprise Agreements (EA) should negotiate protections or special discounts upfront.

Microsoft Readies Windows Subsystem for Linux for Fall

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:30:00 GMT

Microsoft will make its Windows Subsystem for Linux generally available this fall to coincide with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft Refines Its Windows 10 Update Release Model

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week described its Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) as being "fully available" for commercial deployments worldwide.

Microsoft Refreshes Its Machine Learning Security Tool

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:55:00 GMT

Microsoft this week released version 1.8 of its Advanced Threat Analytics forensic security solution.