IT Budgets Expected To Increase Next Year, but IT Hiring May Decline

About half (51 percent) of IT departments are planning to increase their IT budgets in 2023, compared with a prior-year's sampling, despite concerns about a general economic recession, per a newly published annual report.

Microsoft Sets Sights on 'Productivity Paranoia' with New and Improved Viva Apps

Microsoft on Thursday announced an expansion of its Viva "employee experience" suite, describing new apps to come and enhancements, plus it published another "Work Trend Index" (WTI) report.

Microsoft Enhances Phishing Protections for Windows 11, but Not Windows 10

Microsoft offered more details this week about its enhanced phishing protection technology that kicked off with the newly released Windows 11 version 22H2.


Windows 11 Version 22H2 Commercially Released

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the release of the Windows 11 2022 Update, also known as "version 22H2."

Microsoft Switches SharePoint Server Subscription Edition to Biannual Update Model

Microsoft this week announced SharePoint Server Subscription Edition changes, including a switch to biannual "feature update" release model.

Microsoft Suggests Ending IE 11 Before It Gets Disabled

Organizations waiting for Microsoft to "permanently disable" the Internet Explorer 11 browser should just end it beforehand, if possible.

Azure Orbital Ground Station Service Commercially Released

Microsoft announced some Azure Space advances on Wednesday, including an Azure Orbital Ground Station service commercial release.

Microsoft September Patch Bundle Addresses 64 Vulnerabilities

Microsoft has released its September bundle of security patches, addressing about 64 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs).

Google Cloud Now Bolstered by Mandiant Security Services

Google announced on Monday that it has completed its acquisition of security solutions company Mandiant.

Microsoft Switches Teams Rooms Licensing to Basic and Pro Options

Microsoft has changed the licensing options it offers for Microsoft Teams Rooms software and services as of this month, per an announcement.

Microsoft Releases Window Autopatch Improvements

Microsoft this week described Windows Autopatch version 2208 improvements for IT pros, plus some perks to come.

Microsoft Aids Video Streaming Demands with New eCDN Service

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new "standalone" eCDN (Enterprise Content Delivery Network) product for optimizing live video streaming in organizations.

Los Angeles Unified School District Hit by Ransomware Attack

The Los Angeles Unified School District reported on Monday that a ransomware attack had occurred.

Microsoft Adds Azure AD Security and Compliance Perks

Microsoft this week announced Azure Active Directory enhancements for organizations that likely will better address some security and compliance issues.

Microsoft Permits 3-Month Reprieve Before Ending Basic Authentication for Exchange Online Users

Microsoft still intends to turn off Basic Authentication for Exchange Online users on Oct. 1, but it is offering a possible grace period of about three months before ending it altogether.

Microsoft To Ease Cloud Services Options for Partners and Customers in October

Microsoft this week announced licensing and hosting changes for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program partners and their customers, most of which will take effect on Oct. 1, 2022.

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."

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