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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.

SQL Server 2008/R2 No Longer Getting Security Patch Support

Microsoft issued some reminders this week that July 9, 2019, is the last day of patch support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft July Security Release Addresses 16 Critical Vulnerabilities

Microsoft on Tuesday released its July security patch bundle, which addresses about 77 common vulnerabilities and exposures across various Microsoft products.

Microsoft Now Supports Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019

Microsoft has reversed an earlier position and now plans to support the use of Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019, even for organizations using it in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) scenarios.

Desktop Analytics Preview Now Available for Assessing Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft announced on Monday that a preview of its Desktop Analytics service is now available for testing.

Microsoft Bringing Kaizala Pro Capabilities to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft plans to add Kaizala Pro capabilities into Microsoft Teams over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Turning On Teams for Office 365 Business, ProPlus Subscribers as Early as July

Microsoft plans to activate its Teams collaboration app for organizations with existing Office 365 Business or Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions starting as early as July 9.

Microsoft Isn't Patching Excel Dynamic Data Exchange Attack Vulnerability

The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program, in combination with its Power Query data-fetching component, can be leveraged in so-called "Dynamic Data Exchange" (DDE) types of attacks.

Cloud Services Use on the Rise But Security Concerns Remain

A recently published industry report suggested that use of public cloud services by organizations may nearly double in the next two years.

OneDrive Users To Get Storage Options, Plus New Personal Vault

Microsoft announced a few OneDrive enhancements, including storage-option additions, plus a new "Personal Vault" feature for added security assurance.

Cloud Services Starting To Overtake On-Prem Database Management Systems

Database management system (DBMS) growth is happening more on the cloud services side than on the traditional "on-premises" side, according to a report by Gartner Inc.

Azure Backup for SQL Server 2008 Available at Preview Stage

Microsoft added the option of using the Azure Backup service to provide recovery support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 when those workloads are hosted on Azure virtual machines.

Microsoft Suggests Disabling Old Protocols with Exchange Server 2019

Exchange Server 2019 with Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) can help organizations rid themselves of old authentication protocols, which constitute a potential security risk.

Microsoft Previews New Edge Browser on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft announced this week that it has released previews of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Web browsers for use on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 systems.

Exchange Server June Cumulative Updates Arrive, But with Red Tape

Microsoft released its quarterly cumulative updates (CUs) for Exchange Server 2013, 2016 and 2019 products this week, but added an extra step for IT pros to consider before installing them.

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