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Microsoft Adds Software Assurance to Products and Services Agreement

Microsoft on Tuesday added the Software Assurance licensing option to its new Product and Services Agreement for midsize customers.

Microsoft Releases Flawed Cumulative Update 6 for Exchange 2013

Microsoft released Cumulative Update 6 for Exchange Server 2013 late last month, but it isn't problem free.

Microsoft Issues Hotfix for Windows Server 2003 Migration Problem

Microsoft issued a hotfix late last month for a log-in problem that has affected some organizations moving from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2.

'Windows 9' Might Come with a New Software Update Policy

Microsoft's rumored "Windows 9" next-generation operating system might kick off a more regular update release cycle from Microsoft.

Microsoft's Support Policies Have Changed with Faster Windows Releases

Microsoft's new faster software release cycles have affected its product lifecycle support polices as well, in unusual ways.

Microsoft Promises Limited IE Compatibility Support with Enterprise Mode

Microsoft has an evolving plan to help organizations address their legacy Internet Explorer support problems, but it only goes so far.

Microsoft Azure Gets Database and Search Services Additions

Microsoft announced a few Azure improvements today that may be of interest for data analysts or developers needing to connect applications to databases or search services.

PowerShell Seen as Key to Azure Automation

Microsoft is on its way toward enabling full automation of Azure tasks via PowerShell workflow scripts.

Microsoft Clarifies SharePoint 2013 Patch Process and New 'Uber Packages'

Microsoft offered clarification about its patch process for SharePoint Server 2013 this week.

Ballmer Resigns from Microsoft Board of Directors

Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer will no longer be a part of the company's board of directors.

Microsoft Might Release 'Windows 9' Preview This Fall

Microsoft might be planning to release a "technology preview" test version of its next OS under development, possibly sometime this fall.

Old IPv4 Router Settings May Be Causing Internet Slowdowns This Week

Internet performance degradations may occur this week and the next due to settings on some IPv4 routers that are used across the Internet.

Windows Phone Market Share Drops to 2.5 Percent

While the overall smartphone market continues to grow on the back of Google and Apple's mobile platforms, others, including Windows Phone, are underperforming.

Report Urges Orgs To Plan Now for Migrations off Windows 7

Should IT pros be making plans now for moving off Windows 7? The answer is, "Yes," according to Gartner Inc.

Gartner: Chromebooks Rising but Still in a Niche

Chromebooks are mostly being used today in North American educational markets, but sales are set to triple by 2017, according to a new report from Gartner Inc.

Older .NET Versions Losing Support in 2016

The .NET Fundamentals team announced in a blog post last week that support for .NET Framework 4.5.1 and older will be ending in 2016.

Microsoft Holds Back on Out-of-Date ActiveX Blocking Until September

Microsoft's new security protection feature for Internet Explorer that blocks older installations of ActiveX will now start to take effect on Sept. 9, instead of the earlier announced Aug. 12 date, and it will only block Oracle Java ActiveX for now.

IT Pros Face August 12 Deadline on Updates to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

August 12 will be a big milestone day for IT pros managing Microsoft's latest Windows operating systems.

Microsoft Announces New Support Policy for Internet Explorer

Microsoft wants organizations and individuals to use the latest Internet Explorer versions, so much so that it announced some new policy changes today.

Windows 9 Rumored to Have 'Virtual Desktops' Interface

So-called "Windows 9" rumors are continuing to flow this week.

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