FTC Files Microsoft Complaint over Activision Blizzard Layoffs

Despite Microsoft's $68.7 billion purchase of video game company Activision Blizzard closing last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is renewing its scrutiny of the biggest acquisition deal in U.S. history.

CISPE and Microsoft in Talks To Address European Cloud Competition Complaints

The Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe organization and Microsoft are in discussions to resolve "unfair software licensing for cloud infrastructure providers and their customers in Europe," according to a Wednesday CISPE announcement.

Microsoft Previews Face Check Verifications Using Entra Verified ID

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a preview of Face Check in Microsoft Entra Verified ID, providing a means for organizations to verify the identities of individuals.

Microsoft Adds Three New Capabilities to the Intune Suite

Microsoft announced this month that its Intune Suite is now at "general availability" with three new product additions.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Copilot for Sales and Copilot for Service

Microsoft this week announced that its Copilot for Sales and Copilot for Service "role-specific" generative artificial intelligence products are now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

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Microsoft 365 Apps Coming to Apple Vision Pro

Microsoft announced this week that Microsoft 365 apps, including Microsoft Teams, will be available for use on the Apple Vision Pro headset, starting on Feb. 2.

SharePoint Embedded Preview Available in Visual Studio Code

Microsoft on Wednesday introduced a Visual Studio Code extension for the SharePoint Embedded preview.

Windows Update for Business Deployment Service Adds Expedite Readiness Report

The Windows Update for Business Deployment Service now lets organizations check if an expedited Windows quality update would meet all device prerequisites before rolling it out, per a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Previews Advanced Customizations for Certificate-Based Authentications

The Microsoft Entra ID Conditional Access service is now previewing more "granular" controls over certificate-based authentication methods, per a Tuesday announcement.

Conditional Access Policies Getting Activated Next Month for Microsoft 365 Tenancies

Microsoft this month gave renewed notice that it is soon plans to activate Microsoft Entra ID Conditional Access policies that it set in November for certain Microsoft 365 licensees.

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Windows Server 2025 Insider Preview Now Released

Microsoft on Friday revealed the new name of its next Windows Server product, namely "Windows Server 2025."

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FTC Investigating Five AI Companies in Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission this week announced an investigation into the finances of five influential artificial intelligence companies, including Microsoft, to head off possible anticompetitive practices.

Hewlett Packard Tapped for Months by Midnight Blizzard

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's company e-mail was tapped for several months last year by "the threat actor Midnight Blizzard, the state-sponsored actor also known as Cozy Bear," per its latest Form 8-K SEC filing.

Report: AI Will Lead to Increase in Ransomware

With the growth of AI-based technologies, cybersecurity experts are warning about the upcoming increase in attack attempts and complexity, as cybercriminals increase their use of available tools.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Mesh in Teams

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Microsoft Mesh in Microsoft Teams is now released at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft Adds Vulnerable Components Preview to Defender Vulnerability Management

Microsoft this week announced a preview of a new Vulnerable Components Inventory feature in its Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management service.

Russian Espionage Group Tapped Microsoft Corporate E-Mails

Microsoft on Friday announced that it was the victim of password spray attacks by "Midnight Blizzard," a Russian state-sponsored actor, formerly called "Nobelium."

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Adds Agentless Virtual Machine Malware Scanning

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has added agentless malware scanning for servers hosting virtual machines.

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Microsoft Announces Education AI Enhancements

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a handful of AI initiatives aimed at educators and students, including new and enhanced features in Microsoft Copilot and Microsoft Loop.

Microsoft Previews Copilots for Viva Engage and Power BI

Microsoft this week released new Copilot generative artificial intelligence previews, this time for Viva Engage and for Power BI.

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