New Microsoft Endpoint Manager To Combine SCCM and Intune

As part of Ignite, Microsoft announced a rebranding for its main client management tools, Linux support on the Windows Virtual Desktop service and other bits likely of interest to IT pros.

IT Pros Getting Ability To Block Power Platform Self-Service Purchasing

Microsoft has somewhat altered its plans to permit end users to buy Power Platform products outside of IT controls, according to a Thursday update to its self-service purchase FAQ.

Microsoft Adds SQL Server Disaster Recovery Use Rights with Software Assurance

Microsoft announced on Oct. 30 that it expanded SQL Server passive use rights for organizations licensing SQL Server with Software Assurance (SA) coverage.

Microsoft Teams Getting SharePoint File and Sharing Capabilities

The Microsoft Teams collaboration application for Office 365 subscribers is starting to get more file access and sharing capabilities derived from SharePoint Online, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft Q&A To Replace TechNet and MSDN Forums Next Year

Microsoft is replacing its TechNet and MSDN forums with a new site, called "Microsoft Q&A," with completion planned for "mid-2020."

PowerShell 7 Expected to Get Commercially Released in January 2020

Microsoft is planning a "general availability" release of PowerShell 7 for production environments sometime in January.

'Experts on Demand' Now Available in Microsoft Threat Experts Service

Microsoft on Monday announced that its "experts on demand" security consulting service, part of its Threat Experts service, has reached the "general availability" (GA) commercial-release stage.

Microsoft Rolls Out New Policy for Office 365 Groups Automatic Renewals

Microsoft on Monday announced new modified group expiration controls for Office 365, allowing groups to automatically renew if there's been user activity.

Microsoft 365 Licensing Comes with Compliance Perils

Organizations purchasing Microsoft 365 subscription licenses can easily face licensing compliance issues, upping their costs.

Microsoft Bypassing IT Next Month with Power Platform Self-Purchasing

Microsoft on Monday announced that it will permit Power Platform purchasing next month that'll be apart from typical IT departmental controls.

Secured-Core PCs Promise To Stop Malware at the Firmware Level

Microsoft and its hardware partners recently described new "Secured-core" PCs, which add protections against firmware-based attacks.

Mark Hurd, Oracle Co-CEO, Dies at 62

Oracle co-CEO and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Mark Hurd died last Friday at the age of 62 from unspecified causes.

Microsoft, SAP Partner To Increase Azure Migrations

SAP, a major player in the enterprise application software space, is partnering with Microsoft to entice more customers to move their on-premises implementations to the Azure cloud.

Microsoft Buys Mover To Aid Microsoft 365 Shifts

Microsoft announced on Monday that it bought Mover to help organizations migrate data and shift to using Microsoft 365 services.

Microsoft Explains Windows 7 Extended Security Updates Setup Process

Microsoft this week described installation instructions for volume licensing users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to get Extended Security Updates (ESU) activated on PCs.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory Outage Blocks Access for 2.5 Hours

Issues affecting the Azure Active Directory service blocked customers from accessing applications early on the morning of Oct. 18 for about 2.5 hours.

Microsoft and Alibaba Back Open Application Model for Cloud Apps

Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud on Wednesday described an Open Application Model (OAM) for Web applications.

Microsoft's Desktop Analytics Service Now Commercially Available

Desktop Analytics, Microsoft's service for viewing Windows device information, is now deemed ready for use by organizations.

Microsoft Bolsters Windows IoT with NXP and SQL Server Support

Microsoft's Internet of Things (IoT) product line is continuing to grow, with a few new developments highlighted this week.

Tamper Protection Now Available to Microsoft Defender ATP Subscribers

The Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) E5 subscription plan now has an optional "tamper protection" security feature, Microsoft announced on Monday.

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