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Microsoft Addresses 50 Vulnerabilities in February Security Patch Release

Microsoft released February security patches on Tuesday, addressing perhaps around 50 or so common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs).

Microsoft Clarifies MSIX App Installer December Security Issue

Microsoft reiterated on Friday that a flaw in an application installer component used with its MSIX app packager has been abused by malware, and temporary measures should be followed until there's a fix.

Office Macro Blocking by Default Coming This Year for Some Windows Users

Microsoft announced on Monday that it will be bringing a new default for Windows Office users that is said to "block Internet macros by default."

Microsoft Viva Gains Ground After 1 Year

Microsoft Viva hit its one-year anniversary since its debut, and now is used by "more than 10 million monthly active users," according to a Friday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Credits Multifactor Authentication in Blocking Second-Stage Phishing Attacks

Microsoft explained last week that it is seeing multiphase phishing attacks getting tried that could be successful against organizations that haven't implemented multifactor authentication (MFA).

Exchange Online Getting Better E-Mail Tampering Security Protections

Exchange Online users soon will be getting some security enhancements that will enforce the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption for e-mails and ward off so-called "man-in-the-middle" attacks.

Report: 1 in 7 Ransomware Attacks Expose Critical Enterprise Information

A recent security report found that the threat of ransomware attacks aimed at organizations resulting in critical operational technology (OT) information being leaked is on the rise.

Microsoft Sentinel Adds GitHub Code Repository Monitoring

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it's now possible to use Microsoft Sentinel to continuously monitor GitHub developer repositories for possible adverse activities.

Microsoft Teams Gets External Chat Enhancements, Equipment Recycling and New IT Controls

Microsoft recently made a few Teams announcements of note.

Windows Devices Need 2 Hours of Continuous Connectivity for Update Compliance

Microsoft last week informed IT pros that Windows machines need to be powered up for at least two continuous hours, and connected to the Internet, to be maintained in a properly updated state.

Citrix Getting Bought by Vista Equity Partners and Elliott Investment Management for $16.5B

Citrix Systems Inc., long known for its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions, is getting acquired for $16.5 billion in an all cash deal carried out by two investment firms, according to a Monday announcement.

Study Finds Top U.S. Web Sites Aren't Transparent About Data Privacy

Companies running U.S. Web sites aren't really showing much positive spirit on Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28.

Microsoft Priva Commercially Released for Data Privacy Management

Microsoft on Friday announced that Microsoft Priva, a somewhat new privacy management add-on solution for Microsoft 365 or Office 365, is at the "generally available" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Now Supports Android and iOS Devices

Microsoft announced this week that the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint service now has threat and vulnerability management support for "all major device platforms across the organization -- spanning workstations, servers, and mobile devices."

Microsoft Cancels Azure Sphere OS Version 22.01

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has canceled its planned release of the Azure Sphere version 22.01 operating system.

Microsoft Touts Strong Growth in Q2 2022 on Back of Cloud

Microsoft revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 increased 20% over Q2 2021 to $51.7 billion, according to the company during a Tuesday earnings call.

Microsoft Suggests Free Windows 11 Upgrade Offer Could End Early This Year

Microsoft on Wednesday touted Windows 11 as a success since its launch in October, but it also dangled the notion that its free upgrade offer from Windows 10 could disappear sometime early this year.

Microsoft Outlines Efforts to Protect Azure Users from Denial of Service Attacks

Microsoft on Tuesday offered its own report card on the blocking of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on Azure services customers, as tallied from stats from latter half of 2021.

Excel Subscriptions Getting XLM Macro Blocking by Default

Microsoft is starting to enable the restriction of Excel 4.0 macros (XLM) by default for users of Excel in subscriptions, starting with Excel build 16.0.14427.20000 and newer releases, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Suggests IT Pros Stop Using 25 Dead Windows ADMX Policy Settings

Microsoft on Wednesday listed 25 dead or ineffective administrative template (ADMX) policies for Windows 10 or Windows 11, urging IT pros to stop using them.