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Microsoft Products and Services Agreement Adds Short-Term Options

Microsoft added short-term options this month to its Products and Services Agreement.

Skype for Business Cloud Connector and New Tools Coming This Year

Microsoft announced some Skype for Business additions this week, with availability targeted for this year.

Leveraging the Cloud in Microsoft Contract Negotiations

Microsoft's fiscal year ends on June 30, offering a negotiating opportunity for organizations that license its software.

Microsoft Bringing SQL Server 2016 to Linux

Microsoft on Monday announced that its SQL Server 2016 database system will be coming to the Linux platform.

Next Major Windows 10 Updates Reportedly Coming June 2016 and Spring 2017

Microsoft's traditional fall and summer Windows 10 update release cycle, as seen last year, may not be the pattern for this year, according to reports.

Microsoft Planning Global Rollout of Office 365 Management Portal

Microsoft today announced a worldwide commercial rollout of its Office 365 Admin Center management console, which will start happening in a few weeks' time.

CSA Launches Software Defined Perimeter for IaaS

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a nonprofit organization promoting the use of cloud security best practices, has announced the formation of a new Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) initiative.

Microsoft Releases StorSimple Virtual Array Storage Solution

Microsoft announced the release of its StorSimple Virtual Array product this week.

Microsoft Touts Timely Patching To Address Security Woes

Organizations should keep up to date with Windows updates and they should patch their line-of-business applications, too.

Microsoft Releases Preview of Azure Active Directory Identity Protection

Microsoft today released a preview of its new Azure Active Directory Identity Protection service.

IT Pros Most Challenged by Windows Patching and Security

IT pro concerns about maintaining system security did not diminish in 2015, especially concerning Windows, but mobile was deemed less of a stumbling block.

Microsoft Unveils Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Service

Microsoft announced a new Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service today.

Microsoft Investigating Outlook 2016 Problems Affecting POP3 Users

Microsoft is investigating an issue with Outlook 2016 when used with POP3 accounts that causes e-mail deletions or duplications.

SharePoint 2016 Could Reach RTM Status on March 14

Microsoft reportedly expects its SharePoint Server 2016 "release-to-manufacturing" milestone to happen on March 14.

Microsoft To Buy Mobile Dev Xamarin

Microsoft said this week it intends to acquire Xamarin, the mobile cross-platform development company.

Microsoft Preps for RSA with Azure and Office 365 Security Improvements

Microsoft provided an update on its enterprise security solutions today, just before the RSA security conference, which happens later this month.

Windows PowerShell 5.0 Expected To Add Improved Security

Microsoft is planning to deliver its Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 release-to-manufacturing (RTM) version by the end of this month, which also will bring PowerShell 5.0 with it.

Docker Announces Container Management Datacenter

Docker, Inc. on Tuesday has released its latest datacenter aimed at application development and container management.

Microsoft Truncating Windows Embedded Support on Intel Skylake Devices

Microsoft isn't shortening its Windows Server 2012 product lifecycle support policies for servers using Intel Skylake processors, but it is shortening them for Windows Embedded 7/8.1 devices using those chips.

Hybrid Exchange Server 2013 Environments To Face April 15 Update Deadline

An Exchange security certificate renewal that's set to arrive in mid-April will adversely affect organizations with "hybrid" messaging setups if their servers are not up to date, Microsoft warned late last week.

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