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Microsoft Previews Tool To Manage Compliance with GDPR

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Microsoft's Compliance Manager dashboard tool is now in preview, helping organizations track the regulatory compliance status of the Microsoft solutions running in their environments, as well as in their customers' environments.



Microsoft Integrates Intune with Google for Android Security

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Intune, Microsoft's mobile management service, can now tap Google Play Protect to deliver security protections to Android devices.



Microsoft Launches Preview of Azure Databricks

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:38:00 GMT

Microsoft this week unveiled a new service that integrates its Azure platform with a globally distributed streaming analytics solution.



Microsoft Adds 6 Months to Windows 10 Version 1511 Support

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:32:00 GMT

Users of the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 version 1511 just got a six-month support reprieve, Microsoft said on Tuesday.



'Skype Professional Account' Service Hits Preview

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

A new Skype service aimed at small businesses that adds scheduling and billing functionality is now in preview, Microsoft announced this week.



Microsoft Launches Preview of Azure ExpressRoute Monitoring

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Microsoft's new monitoring capability for Azure ExpressRoute, a high-bandwidth, low-latency service for establishing private Internet connections to Azure services, is now in preview.



Microsoft Shares Stats on How Orgs Use Azure AD

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week shared some insight into how businesses are using its Azure Active Directory (AD) service.



Microsoft's 'Project Olympus' Hyperscale Spec Now Production-Ready

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Hardware vendors are now implementing Microsoft's "Project Olympus" datacenter specification, the company announced this week.



Microsoft Kicks Off Semiannual Updates for System Center with Preview Release

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:23:00 GMT

Microsoft this week released a preview version of System Center version 1711, which will be the first release under the management suite's new semiannual update model.



Microsoft Taps Security Partners for Windows Defender ATP

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Security software providers Bitdefender, Lookout and Ziften are partnering with Microsoft to integrate the company's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service into their respective threat protection services.



Microsoft Integrates Word and LinkedIn with 'Resume Assistant'

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:05:00 GMT

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the next step in its ongoing effort to integrate its various productivity applications with LinkedIn, which it acquired last year for over $26 billion.



For Orgs Planning Windows 10 Moves, Microsoft Talks Up Analytics Tools

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:01:00 GMT

Organizations preparing to deploy Windows 10 can turn to Microsoft's "free" Windows Analytics tools for help, the company said this week in a Web presentation.



Report: Aging Microsoft Office Editions Rampant Among Orgs

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:47:00 GMT

More than eight out of 10 organizations have not moved away from premises-based Microsoft Office products, according to a study published this week by Spiceworks.



Microsoft Touts New Features in Windows 10 for IoT

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week turned the spotlight on the "Fall Creators Update" edition of Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT), previously known as Windows Embedded.



Microsoft Details 2019 Editions of Office, Server Products

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:46:00 GMT

Microsoft shared some broad plans for its forthcoming Office 2019 productivity suite, as well as Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019 and SharePoint Server 2019, in a Web presentation this week.



Microsoft 365 Business Hits General Availability

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:33:00 GMT

After a three-month beta period, the Business edition of Microsoft 365 is now ready for production use.



AWS Withstands Cloud Surge by Rivals Microsoft, Google

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:49:00 GMT

Despite recording significant increases in their latest earnings reports, neither Microsoft nor Google managed to put a significant dent in Amazon's lead in the cloud infrastructure services market.



LTE-Optimized Surface Pro Devices To Ship Next Month

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week said it will begin shipping its Surface Pro laptop with Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced connectivity in December.



Microsoft Spotlights New Skype Systems from Hardware Partners

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft recently touted its hardware partners' efforts around Skype Room Systems (SRS), even as the Skype for Business platform itself is in flux.



Microsoft Brings Troubleshooting Features to Intune

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Microsoft recently added a new troubleshooting capability to Intune, its mobile device and application management service.



Microsoft Promises Skype Phones Will Work After Teams Transition

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Organizations worried about how the planned transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams will affect their communications received reassurances from Microsoft this week.



Microsoft Earnings Top Expectations as Cloud Exceeds Goals

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:32:00 GMT

Microsoft's new fiscal year got off to a much better start than expected, with the company reporting $24.5 billion in revenues for its first FY18 quarter, more than $1 billion higher than analysts had forecast.



Microsoft Reportedly Ends Production of Kinect Cameras

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

A report on Wednesday citing Microsoft officials indicates that Microsoft is no longer manufacturing Kinect cameras.



Google and Cisco Target Microsoft Azure Stack with Hybrid Cloud Play

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 21:49:00 GMT

Google is partnering with Cisco on a hybrid cloud effort that will enable workloads to run on Cisco's UCS hyperconverged infrastructure hardware and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).



Microsoft Shares Skype-to-Teams Transition Plans

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week outlined its roadmap for bringing Skype for Business capabilities into Microsoft Teams, a decision it first announced at its Ignite event last month.



Microsoft Rolls Out New Azure Container Products

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:23:00 GMT

Microsoft this week unveiled new container management services for its Azure cloud, including those aimed at the Kubernetes open source container orchestration solution.



Microsoft Brings Supercomputing to Azure with Cray Deal

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:46:00 GMT

A strategic partnership announced Monday between Microsoft and Cray will bring the latter's supercomputing capabilities to the Azure public cloud.



Microsoft Approves Azure Stack for Intel 'Purley' Processors

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Microsoft has opened the door for enterprises and service providers to run Azure Stack at much greater scale.



Microsoft Launches Two New Visio Online Subscriptions

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week described a pair of new subscription plans for its Visio Online service, which became available for Office 365 subscribers back in March.



Microsoft Issues First Windows Server Update Under Biannual Model

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:18:00 GMT

Version 1709 of Windows Server 2016 became generally available on Tuesday, marking the operating system's first "semiannual channel" release for businesses that want to receive updates from Microsoft at a faster clip.



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: What's New, What's Improved and What's Gone

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:04:00 GMT

When it rolled out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update earlier this week, Microsoft gave much of the limelight to its support for mixed reality headsets and various user interface improvements. However, Microsoft's latest operating system update offers a vast array of other practical features.



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Rolls Out; New Surface Book Debuts

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:51:00 GMT

Microsoft on Tuesday took the wraps off the new Surface Book 2, in addition to announcing the general availability of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (previously code-named "Redstone 3").



Microsoft Azure Tapped To Run Symantec's Norton Line

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Security software provider Symantec Corp. is using Microsoft's Azure infrastructure to support its Norton line of consumer security products.



U.S. Supreme Court To Review Microsoft's Dublin Datacenter Case

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:40:00 GMT

The years-long dispute over whether Microsoft must submit to government requests for data stored in an offshore datacenter is going to the U.S. Supreme Court.



Windows 10 Runs Afoul of Dutch Privacy Regulations

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Microsoft's privacy features in the Home and Pro editions of the Windows 10 "Anniversary Update" and the "Creators Update" were found to violate privacy laws set forth by the the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA).



Microsoft Brings Console Changes in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

The upcoming Windows 10 "Fall Creators Update," expected to arrive on Oct. 17, will feature some major Windows and Linux Console improvements.



Microsoft Breaks Down Windows 10's 'Dual-Scan' Feature

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:20:00 GMT

Microsoft shed a little more light this week on Windows 10's so-called "dual-scan" behavior, which has been the source of some consternation among organizations.



Dell Announces $1 Billion IoT Effort and Partner Program

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Dell Technologies is investing more of its resources on the booming Internet of Things (IoT) space, this week announcing a new IoT-focused division that includes a partner program, product development, labs, consumption models and ecosystem-building.



Microsoft Confirms It Has Sidelined Windows Mobile Development

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:08:00 GMT

A recent Tweet by Joe Belfiore, the public face of Microsoft's Windows Phone/Windows Mobile business over the past few years, has effectively signaled the end of the company's mobile efforts.



Azure AD Access Control Features Reach Preview

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:57:00 GMT

Microsoft recently released previews of three new Azure Active Directory (AD) features that are designed to control access to network resources.



Microsoft Describes Advanced Threat Protection Progress, Plans

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:55:00 GMT

Microsoft's progress with its various Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) services was a common thread in the myriad security discussions held at the company's recent Ignite conference.



Microsoft Edge Apps for iOS and Android Hit Preview

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:13:00 GMT

Microsoft on Thursday announced previews of its Edge browser for iOS- and Android-based devices, as well as a preview of Microsoft Launcher for Android.



Microsoft, NetApp Partner To Bring NFS to Azure

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

An Azure-native enterprise version of NetApp's Network File System (NFS) will be ready for public preview in early 2018, part of an ongoing partnership between Microsoft and NetApp.



Microsoft Describes Changes to Windows 10 Deployment Model

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft outlined its evolving approach to Windows 10 deployments in an Ignite session last week called "Deploying Windows 10: An Overview of What's New and Future Direction."



SharePoint 2019 'Big Bets' Include InfoPath and PowerApps Support

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT

A few hints about what to expect from the next major release of Microsoft's SharePoint Server product emerged this week.



Microsoft Unveils 'Azure Data Box' for Heavy-Duty Data Transfers

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 18:52:00 GMT

On the heels of rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft is developing an appliance to physically transfer large volumes of data from customer environments to its cloud.



Microsoft Readies New Feature in Cloud App Security Product

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:29:00 GMT

A preview of the updated Cloud App Security solution from Microsoft is expected this month, featuring a new capability that adds conditional access protections to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications.



Microsoft Bringing 'Comanagement' to Intune and SCCM

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Two of Microsoft's client management products, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Intune, got a new "comanagement" capability last week.



SQL Server 2017 To Get Monthly Feature Updates

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:41:00 GMT

Microsoft's new SQL Server 2017 product, which was launched at this week's Ignite conference, will feature a faster update release pace, the company said in an announcement.



Microsoft Throws Its Support Behind Open Source Initiative

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:29:00 GMT

Microsoft this week joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a premium sponsor, the latest move in its ongoing transformation into a more open source-friendly company.



Bing Joins Microsoft's AI Efforts in Bing for Business

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week unveiled Bing for Business, a new deliverable that will put Bing at the center of Microsoft's enterprise search and artificial intelligence efforts.



More Microsoft 365 Options Coming in October

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:46:00 GMT

Microsoft 365 will be a licensing option for a broader swath of potential Microsoft customers starting next week.



SharePoint Server 2019 To See Daylight in Mid-2018

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:42:00 GMT

Microsoft shared some of its future plans for SharePoint and OneDrive, including the forthcoming SharePoint Server 2019 product, at its Ignite conference this week.



Microsoft Aims New Windows 10 S Lineup at 'Firstline Workers'

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:20:00 GMT

Microsoft has unveiled a new line of low-cost Windows 10 S devices designed for those at the very front of the customer service experience.



First 'Semi-Annual' Windows Server Release Coming October

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:22:00 GMT

The first "semi-annual channel" release for Windows Server 2016 (version 1709) will arrive in "early October," Microsoft reiterated this week at Ignite.



Microsoft Readying On-Prem Office 2019 for Release Next Year

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:29:00 GMT

The next generation of the standalone Microsoft Office suite, called "Office 2019," will arrive in the second half of 2018, Microsoft said this week.



Microsoft Confirms Skype for Business Transition to Teams

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:40:00 GMT

Confirming earlier reports, Microsoft indicated this week that the Microsoft Teams client will eventually replace the Skype for Business Online client.



Azure Stack Shipments Begin, While Azure Portal Gets a Boost

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:09:00 GMT

The first Azure Stack appliances are now shipping from OEMs like Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo, Microsoft announced at its Ignite conference on Monday.



At Ignite, Nadella Shines a Spotlight on Quantum Computing

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:30:00 GMT

Quantum computing may be years away from a product perspective, but Microsoft wants customers to start thinking about it and to keep Microsoft in mind as an important actor in the field.



SQL Server 2017 Hits General Availability

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:47:00 GMT

Just 15 months after releasing SQL Server 2016, Microsoft on Monday launched its follow-up, SQL Server 2017, during the Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla.