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Microsoft Previews Azure Dedicated Host Service for Single-Tenant Users

Microsoft has announced a preview of a new service that gives organizations access to unshared or "dedicated" Azure hardware infrastructure for hosting their workloads on Azure virtual machines.

Skype for Business Online Service Ending in 2 Years

Microsoft is planning to end its Skype for Business Online service on July 31, 2021, encouraging customers to use the Microsoft Teams service instead.

Microsoft Buys BlueTalon To Bolster Azure Data Governance Solutions

Microsoft on Monday announced the acquisition of BlueTalon, a provider of data governance and compliance solutions.

Live Tiles Menu Dropped in Leaked Windows 10 Build 18947

Microsoft on Wednesday "accidentally released" Windows 10 build 18947 to a "limited number of Windows Insiders."

Microsoft Bringing Power BI Changes Plus Service Notifications Preview

Microsoft this week announced the availability of a service availability notifications preview for some Power BI subscribers, as well as coming general Power BI user experience changes.

Hold the 'Web' and 'Online' and Just Call It 'Office,' Microsoft Says

In a linguistic simplification of sorts, Microsoft has jettisoned the object of the preposition, as well as the preposition itself and even the article of the preposition, from its formerly known "Office on the Web" product branding.

Azure Active Directory Application Proxy Service Now Supports SAML Identity

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the Azure Active Directory (AD) Application Proxy service now works with applications that use the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 for user authentications.

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With $1 Billion Investment, Microsoft Sets Sights on 'Artificial General Intelligence'

A $1 billion investment from Microsoft promises to turbocharge the efforts of research outfit OpenAI around artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Office 365 App Activations Getting Streamlined for End Users

Microsoft plans to ease the Office 365 app installation experience for end users, starting as early as next month, for organizations using some monthly subscription plans, according to a Monday announcement.

Remote Desktop Protocol Is a Big Target for Attackers, Study Finds

Remote Desktop Protocol is an easy-to-find and popular target for remote attackers, according to a recent study conducted by Sophos.

Microsoft Previews Prometheus Data in Azure Monitor for Containers

Microsoft has enabled its Azure Monitor for Containers management product to get data from the open source Prometheus monitoring solution.

Office 365 'Private Preview' Adds New Deletion Safeguard for Groups

Microsoft on Thursday announced a "private preview" of a new groups expiration behavior that relies on user activity as a safeguard against inadvertent group deletion.

Microsoft Bringing Enterprise Features to Chromium Edge Browser Preview

Microsoft on Tuesday outlined what's to come with its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, particularly for business and enterprise users.

Microsoft Highlights AT&T Strategic Alliance During Inspire Event

Microsoft and AT&T announced the establishment of a Microsoft 365 business deal, plus a "multiyear" strategic alliance centered on the use of 5G wireless networks to support edge computing and AI.

Windows 10 Version 1903 Will Be Coming Soon, Microsoft Warns

Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.

Microsoft Previews Proximity Placement Groups for Azure-Hosted Apps

Microsoft on Monday announced a preview of Proximity Placement Groups, which add assurances that networking latencies won't be an issue for organizations managing complex applications across Azure infrastructure.

Intune Admin Templates and Security Baselines Now Available

IT pros using Microsoft Intune to manage devices got some polished tools from Microsoft this week.

Microsoft Lists Some Organizational Obstacles to Eliminating Passwords

Organizations wanting a future without passwords will likely face some hurdles getting there, Microsoft admitted in an announcement this week.

Microsoft Touts 13 Million Teams Users Prior to Inspire Partner Event

Microsoft Teams will be getting a few improvements, plus it now has more than "13 million daily active users," according to a Thursday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Previews Azure Active Directory FIDO2 Sign-Ins Without Passwords

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the availability of a public preview of Azure Active Directory's FIDO2 support, which enables user authentications without passwords.

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