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Microsoft Priva Commercially Released for Data Privacy Management

Microsoft on Friday announced that Microsoft Priva, a somewhat new privacy management add-on solution for Microsoft 365 or Office 365, is at the "generally available" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Now Supports Android and iOS Devices

Microsoft announced this week that the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint service now has threat and vulnerability management support for "all major device platforms across the organization -- spanning workstations, servers, and mobile devices."

Microsoft Cancels Azure Sphere OS Version 22.01

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has canceled its planned release of the Azure Sphere version 22.01 operating system.

Microsoft Touts Strong Growth in Q2 2022 on Back of Cloud

Microsoft revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 increased 20% over Q2 2021 to $51.7 billion, according to the company during a Tuesday earnings call.

Microsoft Suggests Free Windows 11 Upgrade Offer Could End Early This Year

Microsoft on Wednesday touted Windows 11 as a success since its launch in October, but it also dangled the notion that its free upgrade offer from Windows 10 could disappear sometime early this year.

Microsoft Outlines Efforts to Protect Azure Users from Denial of Service Attacks

Microsoft on Tuesday offered its own report card on the blocking of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on Azure services customers, as tallied from stats from latter half of 2021.

Excel Subscriptions Getting XLM Macro Blocking by Default

Microsoft is starting to enable the restriction of Excel 4.0 macros (XLM) by default for users of Excel in subscriptions, starting with Excel build 16.0.14427.20000 and newer releases, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Suggests IT Pros Stop Using 25 Dead Windows ADMX Policy Settings

Microsoft on Wednesday listed 25 dead or ineffective administrative template (ADMX) policies for Windows 10 or Windows 11, urging IT pros to stop using them.

Windows 11 ADMX Templates Are Not Backward Compatible

Microsoft this week explained what hoops IT pros must jump through if they plan to use Group Policy with administrative template (ADMX) files to set policies for both Windows 10 and Windows 11 clients.

Microsoft To Buy Gaming Company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 Billion

Microsoft is looking to bolster its gaming and metaverse efforts with the purchase of California-based Activision Blizzard Inc.

Windows 11 SE Devices Starting To Emerge from Microsoft's Hardware Partners

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that Windows 11 SE PCs for the education market are now starting to become available worldwide.

Microsoft Starting to Confirm January Patch Problems Affecting Windows Server

Microsoft's January security patches, released on Tuesday, reportedly are causing multiple problems for organizations, particularly on the Windows Server side.

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Microsoft Touts Teams, Viva and Endpoint Manager Tool Updates for Frontline Workers

Microsoft this week announced product improvements that would benefit so-called "frontline workers," while also publishing new survey results about their work attitudes.

Microsoft Issues January Security Patches Addressing 97 Vulnerabilities

Microsoft on Tuesday released January security patches addressing near 100 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) in various software products.

Microsoft Touts Fixing Security Hole in macOS Privacy Component

Microsoft on Monday shared its proof-of-concept security research efforts in uncovering macOS vulnerabilities in the operating system's Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology.

Continuous Access Evaluation Now Commercially Available for Azure Active Directory Users

Microsoft on Monday announced that a continuous access evaluation (CAE) capability in the Azure Active Directory identity and access management service has reached the commercial-release ("general availability") stage.

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CES 2022 Best Enterprise Hardware

Let's take a look at some of the hardware highlights that aim to increase your productivity, whether in the office or working from home.

Azure Virtual Desktop Service Gets Trusted Launch Protections

Microsoft on Friday announced Azure Virtual Desktop support for virtual machines with "Trusted Launch" protections.

Microsoft Issues 'Out-of-Band' Remote Desktop Patches for Windows Server

Microsoft this week issued unscheduled ("out-of-band") patches for Remote Desktop issues affecting supported Windows Server products.

Microsoft Warns Orgs May Already Be Compromised by Log4Shell Attacks

Microsoft updated its Dec. 11 Log4j vulnerability tools guidance on Monday, offering advice on detecting and addressing possible "Log4Shell" exploits.