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Microsoft Expands Office 365 Tool for Keeping End Users in the Dark

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a couple of enhancements to an emerging Office 365 management capability that lets IT pros hide certain software features from end users or employees.

Office 365 Users Starting To Get Fluid Framework Preview

Microsoft is starting to deliver an "early preview" of its Fluid Framework to some Office 365 tenancies that have opted to get early update releases, according to a Wednesday announcement.

2020 End-of-Support Milestones for Microsoft's Business Products

The new year is bringing all sorts of end-of-support deadlines for IT pros working with Microsoft's business software.

AI, IoT and Machine Learning To Challenge Traditional Networking

The next phase of networking will depend on IT learning to wrangle modern technologies in ways that simplify operations and help humans make decisions, according to a new report by Cisco.

Coming in 2020: .NET 5, The Next Phase of Microsoft's .NET Framework

.NET 5 (no "Core" and no "Framework") will mark the transition from the aging, proprietary, Windows-only .NET Framework to a modern, open source, cross-platform .NET.

IT Transformation Foreseen in Employment Report

IDC's latest guide on full-time employment for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector has its sights set on IT organizational transformation.

PowerShell 7 Reaches Release Candidate Stage

Microsoft announced earlier this week that PowerShell 7 is now available as a "release candidate" version.

Microsoft Lays Out Project Cortex Private Preview Requirements

Microsoft on Tuesday outlined participation criteria for organizations wanting to get involved with a "private preview" of Project Cortex, its emerging "knowledge network" solution for Microsoft 365 users.

Microsoft CSP Tells How To Get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Some of the mystique surrounding Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) was clarified in a Tuesday chat with Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner MessageOps.

New Edge Browser Arriving via Automatic Updates

Microsoft plans to deliver its new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser to end users via its Automatic Updates service sometime in 2020, likely in January.

New Edge Browser Getting Extensions and Security Baseline Support

Microsoft is gearing up its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser for its commercial product launch next month.

Office 365 Attack Simulator Now Supports Attachments

The Attack Simulator in Office 365 tool has been updated and now has the ability to include message attachments in targeted campaigns, according to a Friday Microsoft announcement.

Windows Server 20H1 Getting Smaller Containers and Faster PowerShell

Microsoft is promising to deliver a smaller container size and improved PowerShell performance with its next release of Windows Server.

Microsoft Previews Windows VM Authentications via Azure Active Directory

Microsoft on Thursday announced a preview of remote authentications into Windows-based Azure virtual machines (VMs) using Azure AD credentials.

Microsoft Previews Microsoft Teams for Linux

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a "limited preview" release of Microsoft Teams for certain Linux desktop operating systems.

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Microsoft Addressing 36 Vulnerabilities in December Security Patch Release

Microsoft on Tuesday delivered its December bundle of security patches, which affect Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Skype for Business, SQL Server and Visual Studio.

Microsoft Nudging Out Classic SharePoint Blogs

So-called "classic" blogs used by SharePoint Online subscribers are on their way toward "retirement," according to a Dec. 4 Microsoft Message Center post.

Office Mobile Apps To End as Microsoft Highlights New Office App

Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile applications on Jan. 12, 2021, according to a Friday announcement.

SQL Server Speed Test: Azure Beats AWS

A comparison of SQL Server's throughput performance on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) gives the edge to Microsoft's cloud.

Azure Active Directory Connect Preview Adds Support for Disconnected AD Forests

Microsoft on Thursday announced a preview of a new "Cloud Provisioning" feature for the Azure Active Directory Connect service that promises to bring together scattered Active Directory "forests."

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