The hacker collective Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the hacks and posted fake messages warning that Microsoft is spying on users' e-mail accounts.
After April 8, option to download Microsoft's free antimalware software for XP systems won't be available.
Plus: The security agency is actively researching encryption-breaking quantum computing technology.
Migrating to new platforms such as mobile devices and the cloud, boosting security and new usage models such as social networking and analyzing big data in real time, will drive this year's IT initiatives.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Plus: Attackers setting sights on the newly released Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Microsoft today described two changes coming to its Forefront product line.
Today's ruling may lead to the U.S. Supreme Court eventually taking up the case.
Cloud providers will look to answer for data privacy issues while attackers focus on Windows XP and non-traditional connected devices.
The company finishes 2013 with a total of 106 security bulletins.
While the message sent by a coalition of online companies outlines changes needed to be made by the government, does it go far enough to address the issue?
Microsoft's December patch will also arrive with 6 "important" bulletin items.
Microsoft rolled out a "preview" of two group management capabilities in Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) this week.
It will also make code more transparent in hopes to ease customers of fears of hidden backdoors.
Plus: Microsoft takes steps to stop government censorship of Skype calls in China.
Microsoft says SharePoint customers are moving online but security, privacy and app compatibility are key barriers. A Redmond magazine reader survey suggests the transition will take time. Find out why.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Microsoft on Thursday announced that Office 365 Message Encryption -- a service that will encrypt e-mails being sent to an outside source -- will go live early next year.
Yahoo said that all data traveling through its datacenters will be encrypted by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Microsoft announced late last week that it is now offering its Rights Management Service commercially.
Microsoft on Tuesday released an update that will disable the compromised RC4 stream cipher on Windows systems.
Microsoft's monthly Security Update arrived today with three "critical" bulletin items and five "important" fixes -- all addressing 19 flaws in a number of Microsoft products and services.