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Microsoft Blames Ubuntu Update DNS Problems for Azure Services Outage

Microsoft this week issued an alert noting that domain name system (DNS) problems are occurring for Azure customers who had upgraded Canonical Ubuntu on Azure virtual machines.

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Microsoft Ending Kaizala Messaging Service Next Year

Microsoft is planning to end its Kaizala messaging service next year, as described in a Friday lifecycle announcement and partner announcement.

SQL Server 2022 Release Candidate 0 Now Available

Microsoft last week announced the release of SQL Server 2022 Release Candidate (RC) 0.

Microsoft Adoption Score Product Replaces Productivity Score for Tracking Microsoft 365 Apps Use

Microsoft on Thursday announced the rollout of Adoption Score, a service that tracks Microsoft 365 use in organizations that was formerly called "Productivity Score."

Microsoft Reminds PC Partners About UEFI Mitigation Requirements Coming in November

Microsoft this week reminded developer partners about certain "memory mitigation requirements" to be met for PCs and software that use the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

Microsoft Describes 'MagicWeb' Attacks Using Active Directory Federation Services

Microsoft on Wednesday described "MagicWeb" attacks by an advanced persistent threat group called "Nobelium," advising organizations using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to take hardening steps.

Microsoft Viva Engage Commercially Released

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the Viva Engage app is now "generally available for customers worldwide."

Azure Communication Services Adds Microsoft Teams Support for App Developers

Microsoft announced on Monday that Azure Communication Services now supports the Microsoft Teams collaboration service at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft Previews Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance of Windows Devices

Microsoft this week announced a public preview of Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance, which gives organizations a dashboard view on the status of Windows updates and drivers in client devices.

Network and Web Protections in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Now Available at Preview for Linux and macOS Devices

Microsoft this week announced public previews of Network Protection and Web Protection capabilities for Linux and macOS devices in its Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solution.

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Canonical and Microsoft Add .NET 6 Support to Ubuntu Linux

Developers using the Ubuntu 22.04 ("Jammy") operating system can now install .NET 6, Canonical and Microsoft announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Disrupts Major Russian Phishing Group

Microsoft this week announced it had taken actions to cripple the Russia-based SEABORGIUM cybercriminal group.

Microsoft Dev Box Preview Now Available

Microsoft this week announced a public preview of Microsoft Dev Box, which lets developers create provisioned workspaces for specific projects.

Microsoft Floats Uncertain Plans for Skype for Business Server 'VNext'

Microsoft announced on Monday that it had no details to share about Skype for Business Server "vNext," which is a "subscription-only" version of the product designed for customer premises installations.

Microsoft Awards $13.7 Million in Bug Bounty Program

Microsoft announced last week that it has paid out $13.7 million to 335 researchers in the last year through Microsoft Bug Bounty Programs.

Microsoft's Delay in Patching 'Dogwalk' Flaw Baffles Security Researchers

Microsoft took more than two years after disclosure to patch a vulnerability in the Windows Support Diagnostic Tool, dubbed "Dogwalk," which was described this week as being under active exploit.

Microsoft Sentinel Can Now Detect 'Low and Slow' Password Spray Attacks

Microsoft has created a new "guided hunting notebook" for Microsoft Sentinel users that's designed to detect so-called "low and slow" password spray attacks, according to a Thursday announcement.

New Yammer Role and Experience Insights Dashboard Available at Preview for Microsoft 365 Users

Microsoft this week announced a couple of perks at the preview stage for IT pros overseeing Microsoft 365 apps in organizations.

August Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Plugs 121 Flaws

After a lighter-than-usual past few months, Microsoft is back in the triple digits for its monthly security update, with 121 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) fixes.

Windows 11 To Block Brute Force Ransomware Attacks by Default

Microsoft recently rolled out a new security policy for Windows 11 that aims to curb the growing ransomware threat by blocking some brute-force attacks.