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Windows AutoPilot Service Promises 'Zero-Touch' PC Provisioning

Microsoft announced a new Windows AutoPilot service this week that promises to ease the provisioning of new PCs for end users.

Microsoft Previews SharePoint Online Communication Site Feature

A preview of the SharePoint Communication Site feature is getting released to Office 365 "first release" subscribers, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Buying Cloud Optimization Startup Cloudyn

Microsoft today announced an agreement to acquire Cloudyn, a provider of public cloud monitoring services for enterprises, managed service providers and cloud solution providers.

Researchers Claim Petya Outbreak Was Disguised Wiper Attack

The June 27 Petya outbreak may have been instigated by "wiper" malware that was disguised as ransomware, and possibly it was unleashed by a state actor.

EMET and Other Security Tools Coming to Windows 10 'Fall Creators Update'

The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit will be coming back in the Windows 10 "fall creators update," Microsoft announced this week.

New Petya Ransomware Outbreak Tapping SMB 1 Windows Flaw

Another ransomware outbreak was reported today worldwide, although it likely is using other techniques to spread compared with last month's WannaCry ransomware attack.

IT Pro Survey Showing Uptick in Windows 10 Migrations

A newly published industry survey found that IT pros are proceeding apace with Windows 10 migrations.

Microsoft Forms Preview Available for Office 365 Business Users

The Microsoft Forms service became available as a preview test release this month for commercial Office 365 users.

Microsoft and Partners Highlight Open Source Dev Tools for Azure

Microsoft and some of its open source partners conducted an Azure OpenDev online presentation on Wednesday.

Microsoft Defends Disabling Antivirus Solutions Incompatible with Windows 10

Microsoft today explained how it works with its antivirus software vendor partners, offering an oblique rebuff to recent complaints.

Outlook 2016 for Mac Gets Minor Improvements

Office 365 users of Outlook 2016 for Mac are getting some improvements, Microsoft announced today.

Microsoft Ending Security Compliance Manager Tool for Windows

Microsoft announced this week that it is ending future support for its long-running Security Compliance Manager tool.

Microsoft Expands Surface Device Distribution

Microsoft announced increased market availability of its lightweight Surface Laptop and Surface Pro devices today, as well as its Surface Studio desktop computer.

Azure Active Directory plus PingAccess Now Available for Web Apps Access

Microsoft's Azure Active Directory service integrated with Ping Identity's PingAccess is now commercially available, supporting single sign-on access by end users to so-called "legacy" Web applications.

Microsoft Planning Recoverable Items Fix for Exchange Server 2016

Microsoft plans to improve the behavior of the Recoverable Items folder for Exchange Server 2016 users when it releases Cumulative Update 6.

Microsoft Warns Exchange Server Users To Avoid .NET Framework 4.7

Microsoft today issued an announcement warning that current Exchange Server versions don't support the newly released .NET Framework 4.7 and that organizations using the server should block the installation of the new framework for the time being.

Verizon Completes Yahoo Buy

Verizon Communications completed its acquisition of Yahoo today.

Microsoft Adds Nation-State Protections in June Security Patch

Microsoft released June security updates today, but it also included "critical" updates for unsupported Windows systems to address "potential nation-state activity."

Microsoft Touts Windows 10 'Creators Update' Ransomware Protections

Microsoft has published details about how the Windows 10 "creators update" (version 1703, released in April) provides protection against ransomware, including last month's infamous "WannaCrypt" (or "WannaCry") ransomware outbreak.

Intel Raises Patent Infringement Concerns About x86 Emulation Plans

Microsoft and Qualcomm's plans to bring Windows 10 to ARM-based devices could be hitting a snag, namely the intellectual property claims of Intel Corp.

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