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StorSimple Data Manager Converts Data into Azure Files

Microsoft has released a solution that converts data stored by StorSimple into a format that can be used with various Azure services.

Azure AD Gets Preview of Office 365 Groups Naming Policy

Microsoft last week announced a preview of new Naming Policy, available with the Azure Active Directory Premium service, that adds some controls over Office 365 groups creation.

Organizations Face Few Options to Windows 10 Enterprise Licensing

Organizations looking at their client operating system futures may find that they'll have little choice except to buy Windows 10 Enterprise edition licensing.

Intel Updates Microcode Guide To Address Meltdown Attacks

Intel has released an updated "Microcode Revision Guidance" document that includes more detailed information about the state of its firmware patches to address potential Meltdown and Spectre attack scenarios.

Compliance Manager and Azure Information Protection Scanner Go Live

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" (GA) status of some compliance and information protection tools for use by Microsoft 365 product licensees.

Always Connected Windows 10 PCs Get Expanded OEM and Mobile Operator Support

Windows 10 PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC processors, which are known as "Always Connected PCs," are seeing some progress.

Microsoft Outlines Paid Supplemental Servicing for Windows 10 Version 1607

Microsoft this week shared minimal information about its new "paid supplemental servicing" option for volume licensing customers using the Enterprise or Education editions of Windows 10.

Report: Azure Has Edge over AWS Among Cloud Newcomers

A recent report from RightScale Inc. sheds further light on the contest between cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure.

Skype Room Systems Users Warned Again About Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft on Friday warned users of Skype Room Systems version 2 that they should not try to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1709.

Microsoft To Deliver New SharePoint Online WebPart Previews Next Month

Microsoft is planning to distribute new and updated SharePoint Online WebParts, with test versions arriving in about two weeks' time for Office 365 subscribers.

Microsoft Goes Live with ExpressRoute Monitoring and Azure Storage and Backup Improvements

Various Microsoft Azure services hit "general availability" status this month, meaning that Microsoft views them as ready for production use.

Office Security Baseline Announced Plus Intune Conditional Access Change

Microsoft issued some security help and advisories for IT pros this month.

Microsoft Identity Division Embracing Blockchain for Decentralized IDs

The Microsoft Identity Division, which is responsible for Active Directory developments, is embracing blockchain technologies to improve digital identity security and increase overall control by end users.

System Center Version 1801 Ushers in Microsoft's Update Channel Model

Microsoft last week announced that its entire System Center suite of management tools now follows a channel-release update model.

Windows Analytics Now Has Tools for Tracking Meltdown and Spectre Progress

Microsoft has added capabilities to its Windows Analytics tools that can help IT pros check on the status of client device Meltdown and Spectre protections, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Office 365 Services Dropping TLS 1.0 Support in October

Microsoft wants Office 365 customers to stop using the old Transport Layer Security 1.0 and 1.1 protocols, and use TLS 1.2 instead.

Windows Defender ATP Service Coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft on Monday indicated that its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) security service soon will be coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients.

Microsoft's Windows Deployment Expert Shifts to Modern Deployment

Microsoft's principal explainer of "Windows as a Service" has a new role, and this time he'll be talking more about Microsoft's so-called "modern deployment" technologies for IT pros.

Skype for Business Server 2019 Will Have a Standard Edition

Microsoft plans to add a Standard edition when it rolls out its Skype for Business Server 2019 product this year, according to a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Intel Releasing Skylake Updates to OEMs To Address Meltdown Attacks

Intel offered a few words about its progress in releasing microcode updates to address Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

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