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Microsoft Offers Endpoint Configuration Manager Advice for Keeping Remote Clients Patched

Microsoft this week offered advice for organizations using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager with remote Windows systems that need to get patched, and it also announced Update 2002.

Basic Authentication Extended to 2H 2021 for Exchange Online Users

Microsoft is now planning to disable Basic Authentication use with its Exchange Online service sometime in the "second half of 2021," according to a Friday announcement.

Azure Edge Zones Hit Preview

Azure Edge Zones, a new edge computing technology from Microsoft designed to enable new scenarios for developers and partners, emerged as a preview release this week.

Microsoft Browser Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Ending 2H 2020

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its plans to drop support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols 1.0 and 1.1 in its browsers will get delayed by a few months until the second half of this year.

Microsoft Shifts 2020 Events To Be Online Only

Microsoft is shifting its big events this year to be online only, including Ignite 2020.

Microsoft 365 Personal and Family Products Unveiled

Microsoft on Monday announced two newly renamed consumer products to come on April 21, "Microsoft 365 Personal" and "Microsoft 365 Family," providing access to applications such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

Attackers Using Excel Read-Only Files To Obscure Malware

Attackers can attempt to hide malicious payloads in Excel files sent by e-mail by using a standard Excel feature, according to a Tuesday post by Mimecast researchers.

Microsoft Shifting Away from Office 365 Brand Name in April

Microsoft on Monday announced coming product naming changes, where "Office 365" is mostly getting replaced by the "Microsoft 365" brand.

Microsoft Adds 6 More Months to Expiring Certification Programs

Microsoft has announced an extension to the end date of three certification programs slated for retirement.

Microsoft Grows Services Amid COVID-19

Microsoft in a Saturday announcement recapped how its services have been affected by "shelter-in-place" governmental mandates in the last week, providing details on growth stats and prioritizations.

Microsoft Touts Split Tunneling with VPNs To Support Remote Workers

Microsoft this week advocated for the split tunneling networking approach to support remote workers, rather than send all traffic through a corporate virtual private network (VPN).

Microsoft Buying Affirmed Networks To Enhance 5G Mobile Offerings

Microsoft on Thursday announced an agreement to buy Affirmed Networks for an undisclosed price.

Azure Security Center Can Now Monitor Azure Kubernetes Service Containers

Microsoft announced this week that the Azure Security Center management portal now works with the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to ensure the security of Docker containers running on Linux systems or virtual machines.

Azure Active Directory Getting Custom Roles and MFA Improvements

Microsoft this month announced a couple of Azure Active Directory improvements with regard to custom roles and multifactor authentication support that are available now and on the horizon.

Microsoft Extends Project Cortex Private Preview, Pulls Back on SharePoint Events

Microsoft last week announced an expanded private preview of Project Cortex, its emerging knowledge resource solution for users of Microsoft 365 services.

Microsoft 365, Windows Features Temporarily Reduced To Address Service Demands

Microsoft sent a message this week to its customers regarding temporary adjustments to Microsoft 365 features.

Chromium-Based Browser Development Temporarily Slows

Microsoft indicated on Friday that updates to its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser are on hold, but just for the "Stable" version.

Microsoft Warns of 'Critical' Flaw in Windows Preview Pane

Microsoft on Monday issued Security Advisory ADV200006 for a "Critical"-rated remote code execution vulnerability in both supported and unsupported Windows systems.

Adaptive Biotechnologies Using Microsoft Azure To Better Detect COVID-19

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. and Microsoft on Friday described their collaboration on mapping the immune system's response to threats, including the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat.

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.

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