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New Exchange Admin Center Management Portal Commercially Released

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" commercial release of the "new" Exchange Admin Center management portal, a browser-based means for managing Exchange Online environments.

FireEye Explains Nobelium Exploit of Active Directory Federation Services

Security solutions firm FireEye on Tuesday described how Active Directory Federation Services could have been exploited to gain access to Microsoft 365 e-mails during the Nobelium ("Solorigate") attacks used for espionage purposes.

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Microsoft Previews Office for Windows and Office 2021 for Mac Perpetual-License Products

Microsoft announced that "commercial preview" versions of the new Microsoft Office long-term servicing channel (LTSC) for Windows product and the Office 2021 for Mac product were released.

Microsoft Ending Support for .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6 and 4.6.1

Microsoft this week gave users of older .NET Framework versions about a year's advance notice that product support is running out.

Microsoft Viva Learning Preview Available to Teams Subscribers

Microsoft Teams paid business subscribers can now opt into getting access to a "public preview" release of the Microsoft Viva Learning application, according to a Monday announcement.

Microsoft Outlook and Viva Insights Getting Meeting Breaks and Worker Feelings Features

Microsoft this week announced new personal work enhancement features for Microsoft 365 subscribers that are now available at the preview stage in Microsoft Outlook and Viva Insights applications.

Windows 10 Preview Release Adds Linux Apps Graphics Support

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the release of Windows 10 preview build 21364 for Windows Insider Program Dev Channel testers, which notably adds support for running graphical user interface (GUI)-based Linux applications.

Liquidware Explains Windows Virtual Desktop Monitoring Options

Chicago-based Liquidware suggests it has a cheaper and better solution for monitoring Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) service than even Microsoft's own Azure Monitor product.

Pulse Connect Secure VPN Gateway Has New 'Critical' Vulnerability Under Exploit

Ivanti's Pulse Secure on Tuesday noted that a new security vulnerability has been found in its Pulse Connect Secure VPN appliances.

Microsoft 365 Defender Portal Now Combines Security Signals from End Points and E-Mails

Microsoft announced on Monday that its Microsoft 365 Defender console now combines information from three of its enterprise security solutions at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft IT Tools Get Support for Surface Laptop 4 Devices

Microsoft on Thursday released an updated Surface Tools for IT version 1.0 bundle, which typically now includes support for the new Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 devices, according to an announcement.

U.S. Security Agencies Warn Russia Actively Exploiting 5 Software Security Flaws

U.S. government security agencies on Thursday issued a joint advisory (PDF) regarding five software security vulnerabilities that are currently getting exploited by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

U.S. Sanctions Imposed on Positive Technologies and Others for Russian Spying

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday announced sanctions on Russia for its cyberactivities, along with six organizations for enabling it, including the well-known security solutions firm Positive Technologies.

Microsoft Software and Services Switching to SHA-2 Security Next Month

Microsoft plans to stop trusting Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1) certificates next month for "all major Microsoft processes and services," according to a Wednesday announcement.

FBI Reached into Exchange Servers To Delete Hafnium Webshells

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has deleted Webshells on Hafnium-compromised Exchange Server installations across the country, and is now sending notices to victim organizations, according to a Tuesday announcement.

April Microsoft Security Patches Released, Bringing More Critical Exchange Server Fixes

Microsoft released security updates for 114 common vulnerabilities and exposures in its software products, while also publishing a supplementary note urging organizations to apply the new April Exchange Server "Critical" patches "as soon as possible."

Microsoft Data Loss Prevention Alerts Dashboard Now Generally Available

Microsoft has commercially released its Data Loss Prevention Alerts Dashboard, which is used for viewing data loss prevention (DLP) policy violations in organizations, per a Monday announcement.

IT Pros To Get Visual Studio Administrator Updates This Month

Microsoft soon will let IT pros apply updates to installed Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2019 products using so-called "administrator updates," according to a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Releases Preview of 64-Bit OneDrive Client for Windows Systems

Microsoft announced on Thursday that a 64-bit OneDrive storage service sync client at the preview stage is now available for Windows 10 systems with x64-based processors.

Microsoft Shows Off Its First Azure Orbital Ground Station

Microsoft is advancing its Azure Space efforts by starting to add Azure Orbital "ground station as a service" units to its datacenters, according to a Tuesday announcement.