SQL Server 2008/R2 No Longer Getting Security Patch Support

Microsoft issued some reminders this week that July 9, 2019, is the last day of patch support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft July Security Release Addresses 16 Critical Vulnerabilities

Microsoft on Tuesday released its July security patch bundle, which addresses about 77 common vulnerabilities and exposures across various Microsoft products.

Microsoft Now Supports Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019

Microsoft has reversed an earlier position and now plans to support the use of Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019, even for organizations using it in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) scenarios.

Desktop Analytics Preview Now Available for Assessing Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft announced on Monday that a preview of its Desktop Analytics service is now available for testing.

Microsoft Bringing Kaizala Pro Capabilities to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft plans to add Kaizala Pro capabilities into Microsoft Teams over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Turning On Teams for Office 365 Business, ProPlus Subscribers as Early as July

Microsoft plans to activate its Teams collaboration app for organizations with existing Office 365 Business or Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions starting as early as July 9.

Microsoft Isn't Patching Excel Dynamic Data Exchange Attack Vulnerability

The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program, in combination with its Power Query data-fetching component, can be leveraged in so-called "Dynamic Data Exchange" (DDE) types of attacks.

Cloud Services Use on the Rise But Security Concerns Remain

A recently published industry report suggested that use of public cloud services by organizations may nearly double in the next two years.

OneDrive Users To Get Storage Options, Plus New Personal Vault

Microsoft announced a few OneDrive enhancements, including storage-option additions, plus a new "Personal Vault" feature for added security assurance.

Cloud Services Starting To Overtake On-Prem Database Management Systems

Database management system (DBMS) growth is happening more on the cloud services side than on the traditional "on-premises" side, according to a report by Gartner Inc.

Azure Backup for SQL Server 2008 Available at Preview Stage

Microsoft added the option of using the Azure Backup service to provide recovery support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 when those workloads are hosted on Azure virtual machines.

Microsoft Suggests Disabling Old Protocols with Exchange Server 2019

Exchange Server 2019 with Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) can help organizations rid themselves of old authentication protocols, which constitute a potential security risk.

Microsoft Previews New Edge Browser on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft announced this week that it has released previews of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Web browsers for use on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 systems.

Exchange Server June Cumulative Updates Arrive, But with Red Tape

Microsoft released its quarterly cumulative updates (CUs) for Exchange Server 2013, 2016 and 2019 products this week, but added an extra step for IT pros to consider before installing them.

Microsoft Previews Azure Bastion Service for Private VM Access

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a preview of the Azure Bastion service, which lets a user connect to an Azure virtual machine (VM) using a private Internet connection.

Microsoft Deprecating Windows To Go

Microsoft plans to put an end to its Windows To Go product in the near future, according to a Friday support article.

Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Server 2019 After Long Delay

Acknowledging that the release took "way too long," Microsoft has made Hyper-V Server 2019 available for download from the Microsoft Evaluation Center page.

RAMBleed Side-Channel Attack Method Disclosed by Researchers

Academic researchers this week published information about another side-channel attack method, called "RAMBleed," that can expose information from memory chips, including encryption key information.


Windows 10 Preview Build 18917 Shows Off New Linux Integration

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 "fast-ring" preview release is showcasing a coming Delivery Optimization enhancement, along with the ability to try the newly emerged Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2.

Microsoft 365 Business Tenants Getting Conditional Access and Trouble-Ticket Features

Microsoft added its conditional access security service to Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions, according to a Wednesday announcement, and it also added new trouble-ticket features for Microsoft 365 administrators.

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