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Microsoft Extends Service Life of Windows 10 Version 1709

Microsoft on Thursday announced that the service lifetimes of certain editions of Windows 10 version 1709 are now extended for six months due to "the public health situation," meaning the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft Teams Use Spikes in Its Third Year

Microsoft Teams use has greatly accelerated in its third year, coinciding with public reactions to the novel coronavirus disease pandemic.

Microsoft Touts Secured-Core PCs To Block Driver Exploits

The Windows platform security team explained this week in an announcement that PC devices are subject to possible driver exploits, and recommended the use of Secured-core PCs as a defensive measure.

GitHub Buying JavaScript Company npm Inc.

GitHub, part of Microsoft, announced on Monday that it's agreed to acquire open source JavaScript solutions company npm Inc.

Gates Steps Down from Microsoft Board but Stays as Advisor

Microsoft announced on Friday that Bill Gates is no longer part of Microsoft's board.

Windows 10 Use Reaches Microsoft's 1 Billion Goal at Last

Microsoft announced on Monday that Windows 10 is now on more than 1 billion "monthly active devices."

CISA Outlines VPN Best Practices for Supporting Teleworkers

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an alert on Friday outlining virtual private network (VPN) best practices for organizations supporting remote workforces.

Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Security Patches for Windows SMB 3 Flaw

Microsoft on Thursday published an "out-of-band" security bulletin describing patches for newer Windows systems that are subject to a "Critical"-rated vulnerability in Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1.1.

Microsoft Issues Security Advisory on 'Critical' SMB 3 Flaw in Windows Systems

Microsoft issued Security Advisory ADV200005 on late Tuesday about a "Critical"-rated Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1.1 vulnerability.

Researchers Suggest AMD Chips Subject to Cache Side-Channel Attacks

AMD processors have "cache way predictors" that can leak information when subjected to attacks, according a paper (PDF) by university researchers.

March Microsoft Security Patches Address 26 Critical Vulnerabilities

Microsoft released its March security patches on Tuesday, which address about 115 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) in total.

Microsoft Rolls Out Crisis Communication App, Promotes Free Teams Use Amid Coronavirus Fears

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new Crisis Communication App to help keep track of employees and their work status during emergencies.

PowerShell 7 Now Commercially Released

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that PowerShell 7 has reached "general availability" (GA) commercial release.

Backup Reports Preview for Microsoft Azure Now Available

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a public preview of a Backup Reports capability that's accessible from the Azure Portal.

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Microsoft and Cisco Partner on IoT Device Connectivity Solutions

Microsoft and Cisco are claiming Internet of Things (IoT) interoperability between their respective cloud and IoT device networking products.

Microsoft Universal Print Service Now at Private Preview

Microsoft on Monday announced a private preview of its Universal Print service, which eliminates the need to maintain print servers on-premises or install printer drivers.

Microsoft Bringing SMB Over QUIC to Windows

Microsoft is working on Server Message Block (SMB) over QUIC technology for use with "Windows, Windows Server, and Azure Files," according to a Monday announcement.

Microsoft To Bring Cortana Changes in Spring Windows 10 Update

Microsoft plans to update the user experience associated with its Cortana personal assistant software with the coming spring feature update of Windows 10, according to a Friday announcement.

Microsoft Ending Three Certifications in June

Microsoft announced plans on Thursday to end three certification programs on June 30, 2020, and that separate exams for Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 won't be available.

New Edge Browser Getting Ability To Block Unwanted Apps

The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is getting the ability to block potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), Microsoft announced on Thursday.