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Microsoft Bringing SMB Over QUIC to Windows

Microsoft is working on Server Message Block (SMB) over QUIC technology for use with "Windows, Windows Server, and Azure Files," according to a Monday announcement.

Microsoft To Bring Cortana Changes in Spring Windows 10 Update

Microsoft plans to update the user experience associated with its Cortana personal assistant software with the coming spring feature update of Windows 10, according to a Friday announcement.

Microsoft Ending Three Certifications in June

Microsoft announced plans on Thursday to end three certification programs on June 30, 2020, and that separate exams for Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 won't be available.

New Edge Browser Getting Ability To Block Unwanted Apps

The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is getting the ability to block potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), Microsoft announced on Thursday.

Skytap on Azure Service Adds Options for Apps Running on IBM Systems

Applications that use IBM Power processors in "on-premises" datacenters can now be moved to Microsoft Azure datacenters via a "Skytap on Azure" service, according to Thursday announcements by both Microsoft and Skytap.

Exchange Online Users Get More Caveats on Basic Authentication's End in October

Microsoft on Tuesday offered more details on its plans to end Basic Authentication in Exchange Online, which will cause pain for some organizations.

Microsoft Didn't Remove the SMB1 Protocol from Windows

Microsoft explained in a Wednesday announcement that it didn't actually remove Server Message Block 1 (SMB1) from Windows releases.

Mover SharePoint Migration Tool Now Available to Microsoft 365 Subscribers

Microsoft this month announced that its free Mover cloud-to-cloud migration tool is "now available to Microsoft 365 customers worldwide."

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Microsoft's Azure Sphere for IoT Devices Now Commercially Available

Microsoft announced that its Azure Sphere solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) devices have reached the "general availability" (GA) commercial-release stage.

Google Goes Live with Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory

Google's Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory is now a "generally available" service, according to a Thursday Google announcement.

Dell Sells RSA Assets for $2 Billion

Dell's RSA security solutions businesses, including the RSA Conference, were bought by a consortium of companies for about $2 billion, according to Tuesday announcements.

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Microsoft Preps for RSA Conference with Multiple Security Product Announcements

The announcements included a few "general availability" announcements, product enhancements and some partner collaborations.

Office App for Android and iOS Phones Now Commercially Released

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the worldwide "general availability" of its new Office App for both Android and iOS phones.

Microsoft's February Security Patches Bring Lots of Problems

Microsoft's February security updates came with plenty of technical bumps.

Study Finds IT Inadequacies in Key and Certificate Management

Mismanaged security certificates have resulted in "unplanned downtime and outages," per 73 percent of respondents in a recently published Ponemon Institute study, which polled IT security personnel.

Office 365 Safe Documents and Application Guard Previews Announced

Microsoft on Wednesday announced previews of two new Office document security protections for Office 365 E5 subscribers that aim to block malicious payloads.

Office 365 Improvements Include Fluid Framework Preview Expansion, Visio Co-Authoring and SharePoint Perks

This week, Microsoft announced a bunch of product enhancement milestones for users of Office 365 applications.

Microsoft Alters Windows Extended Security Updates Requirements Yet Again

Participants in Microsoft's Extended Security Updates (ESU) program for out-of-support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 machines faced new installation requirements on Tuesday.

Microsoft's February Security Patches Bringing 12 Critical Fixes

All told, Microsoft is addressing 99 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) in this February security bundle.

Microsoft Backtracks on Plan To Switch Office 365 ProPlus Users to Bing

Microsoft has reversed course on its plan to deliver an extension to Office 365 ProPlus users that would switch their Chrome and Firefox browser search engines to Bing.