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Microsoft Launches Revamped Security Update Guide

Microsoft on Monday described the format of its newly improved "Security Update Guide," which is used to see monthly security patch details.

Microsoft Teams Users Getting Project for the Web Integration

Microsoft 365 subscribers are getting the ability to use Project for the Web and the Project Roadmap app within Microsoft Teams, according to a Microsoft announcement this week.

SharePoint Online Search Analytics Shifts to Microsoft 365 Admin Center Portal Next Month

A more unified Microsoft Search reporting capability for IT pros overseeing SharePoint Online sites will be arriving sometime next month, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Starting To Roll Out New Excel Connected Data Types

Microsoft on Thursday announced some Excel and Power BI enhancements that add "connected data types" on top of the standard strings and numbers options.

Windows 10 Users Getting New Process for Finding Optional Driver Updates

Accessing Windows 10 drivers classified as "optional updates" will be more of a manual seek-and-install type of experience, starting on Nov. 5, 2020, Microsoft explained in a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Changes Privacy Platform Name to SmartNoise

Microsoft Research has changed the name of its "differential privacy" platform from "WhiteNoise" to "SmartNoise," according to a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Starts Delivery of Latest Windows 10 Feature Update to Surface Hub 2S Devices

Microsoft last week announced that users of Surface Hub 2S videoconference screens soon will be getting the latest Windows 10 feature update.

Microsoft Joins MEF To Bolster Azure for Operators Services

Microsoft has joined the MEF, a nonprofit industry association that aims to standardize various software-defined networking (SDN) technologies used by service providers and enterprises.

Microsoft Explains How IT Pros Can View Windows 10 'Safeguard Holds'

Microsoft last week explained that IT pros can use an Update Compliance application addition to the Azure Portal to tell when Windows 10 feature updates get blocked.

Microsoft Unveils 'Salesforce for Teams' for Integrated CRM and Chat Capabilities

Microsoft on Thursday announced that some Salesforce.com customers can try a "pilot" of Salesforce for Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Releases Edge Browser Preview for Linux Systems

Microsoft this week announced the availability of the Microsoft Edge browser for Linux systems, which is currently available as a preview for participants in the Microsoft Edge Insider Program.

Microsoft and Partners Continue To Block Trickbot To Protect Elections

Microsoft on Tuesday provided an update about its efforts, along with partners, to take down the Trickbot criminal network, which uses servers and devices to spread ransomware.

Microsoft Adds Modular Datacenter to Azure Space Efforts

Microsoft this week introduced the Microsoft Azure Modular Datacenter as part of its overall Azure Space effort.

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 and Windows Server Versions 20H2

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the "semiannual channel" release of Windows 10 version 20H2, otherwise known as the "October 2020 Update," and it also released Windows Server version 20H2.

Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Security Patches for the Window Codec Library and Visual Studio Code

Microsoft issued two "out-of-band" security updates late last week.

Microsoft Publishes Documents on Implementing Zero-Trust Networks

Microsoft this week described the launch of a so-called "Zero Trust Deployment Center," which essentially is a Web page landing point for accessing Microsoft documents on its zero-trust security approach.

IT Services and Cloud Markets Predicted To Rebound Next Year

Worldwide revenue in the IT and business services sector decreased 1.9 percent in the first half of 2020 in comparison with the same period last year, according to updated stats announced this week by research and consulting firm IDC.

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Microsoft Bolsters Microsoft 365 Tooling as Support Ends for Office 2010 and Office for Mac 2016

Microsoft on Monday noted the end of support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac, which are "perpetual-license" versions of Microsoft's productivity suite software.

Microsoft Addressing 87 Vulnerabilities in October Security Patch Bundle

Microsoft's October bundle of security patches, released on Tuesday, brings fixes for just 87 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) across Windows, Office, SharePoint and many other software products.

Microsoft Used Its Patents To Take Down Trickbot Network

Microsoft described its years-long effort working with the courts, software security firms and telcos to eliminate the Trickbot criminal network.