Microsoft product milestones and updates dominated our most popular news articles of the year.
Here are the year's most popular explainers and how-to columns -- along with some plain, old "Why did Microsoft do that?" musings thrown in.
Microsoft expects organizations using its Delivery Optimization peer-to-peer update scheme will optimally see 60 percent to 70 percent improvements in terms of network bandwidth use.
Microsoft this week highlighted some emerging efforts to improve both the scalability and governance of the open source Kubernetes container orchestration service.
Microsoft gave notice earlier this month that it will be ending its Azure Container Service on Jan. 31, 2020.
Microsoft released a new tool, Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business, earlier this month, providing a means for IT pros to find and troubleshoot problems on Microsoft Surface devices.
Microsoft ended the patch year on Tuesday with a whimper of sorts, releasing an estimated 39 security fixes in its December bundle plus one security advisory, according to a count by Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative.
Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the OpenSSH solution used for remote management is now a supported "Features on Demand" addition in both Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019.
Microsoft isn't exactly killing off its EdgeHTML rendering engine, even after declaring plans to use Chromium open source technologies in its Edge browser.
Microsoft offered yet another explanation of its monthly Windows update process as part of its transparency-in-communications blog series.
Microsoft has started a new Microsoft 365 Insider Program for organizations to test its software, but the program's name and scope could be changing.
Microsoft plans to align its Microsoft Edge browser production efforts with the open source Chromium Web platform for the desktop version of the browser, the company announced on Thursday.
A Tuesday broadcast by Microsoft President Brad Smith served as a reminder that Microsoft is still proceeding with its efforts to expand broadband Internet access in rural and underserved areas of the United States.
Kubernetes deployments have "Critical" flaws that could permit information disclosures, according to a Kubernetes announcement.
Microsoft and Docker on Tuesday announced a new specification and a new tool for organizations and developers managing distributed applications.
Microsoft is open sourcing some of the most popular Windows-centric .NET Framework components, particularly Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms and Windows UI XAML Library.
Intel announced late last month that it has started introducing "Windows Modern Drivers" for its processors on Windows 10 version 1809-based machines.
Microsoft this week highlighted new and coming improvements for Office 365 users.
Microsoft apparently has addressed an Azure multifactor authentication (MFA) service outage for the second time in as many weeks.
Microsoft is planning to expand the availability of its new "account manager" multiple sign-in capability, which will be available across various Microsoft online services sometime next year.