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Microsoft Adds Group Policy Controls over Windows 10 Device Installs

Microsoft on Wednesday described a newly added capability for IT pros overseeing Windows 10 machines, permitting them to block or allow device installations via Group Policy settings.

Ivanti Buys RiskSense To Boost Risk Assessment and Patch Intelligence Capabilities

Ivanti on Monday announced the acquisition of risk assessment solutions company RiskSense with the aim of enhancing the Ivanti Neurons for Patch Intelligence product. 

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Windows 365 Desktop-as-a-Service Product Now Commercially Released

Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 365, its newest desktop-as-as-service product, for use by organizations in production environments.

Security Tops IT Pro Concerns with Shift to Remote Work, Study Finds

IT pros were most worried about possible increases in cybersecurity attacks with the shift toward remote work in 2020, according to a survey conducted by Netwrix.

Azure Firewall Premium Becomes Generally Available

Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Premium edition of Azure Firewall, its managed, cloud-based network security service.

Microsoft Buys Suplari To Boost Dynamics 365 Supply-Chain Spend Analytics

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Seattle-based Suplari, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for assessing supply-chain spending.

Semiannual Channel Updates Ending for Windows Server Products

Microsoft has published a timeline signaling an end to its semiannual channel (SAC) updates for its supported Windows Server products.

Now in Public Preview: Active Directory Support for Azure Relay

Microsoft will soon make it possible to use Azure Active Directory to authenticate and authorize an application's access to Azure Relay resources.

Microsoft Releases Safe Links for Teams and Other Security Solutions

Microsoft is continuing to advance its cloud-based security services with a couple of previews announced this week, plus a product release.

Kaseya Using Universal Key to Unlock REvil-Encrypted Customer Data

Kaseya announced this week that it is using a "universal decryptor key" for customers that were affected by a REvil ransomware attack reported on July 2.

Microsoft Stores for Business and Education Ending in 2023

Microsoft on Wednesday announced plans to end the online Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education in the "first quarter of 2023," per a Microsoft document on the topic.

Microsoft Buys CloudKnox Security to Boost Azure Active Directory Service

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the acquisition of CloudKnox Security, a maker of "cloud infrastructure entitlement management" solutions for organizations using various cloud services.

Microsoft Issues Security Advisory on 'SeriousSAM' Elevation of Privilege Flaw in Windows Client Systems

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a security advisory about an elevation-of-privilege vulnerability (CVE-2021-36934) present in Windows 10 client operating systems.

Microsoft Previews SharePoint Server Subscription Edition

Microsoft on Monday released a preview of SharePoint Server Subscription Edition, it's newest server product.

White House Says China's APT40 Responsible for Exchange Hacks, Ransomware Attacks

The Biden administration released a statement on Monday naming the People's Republic of China as responsible for widespread cyberattacks that notably targeted Exchange Server users.

Microsoft Suggests Disabling Windows Print Spooler After New Bug Discovered

Microsoft is investigating a new vulnerability in the Windows print spooler service and is recommending that IT pros disable it, if possible, as an interim measure, although doing so eliminates the ability to print.

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Microsoft Teams and Viva Progress Highlighted at Inspire Event

Microsoft announced improvements to Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Viva apps as part of its Microsoft Inspire event for partners.

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Azure News Roundup: Upgrades and Enhancements Announced at Inspire

Microsoft's Azure cloud platform took center stage during Wednesday's kickoff keynote of the company's annual Inspire partner conference, the second Inspire event to be held online.

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Microsoft Launching New 'Windows 365' VDI Service Next Month

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) service for business users called "Windows 365," enabling remote access to Windows 10 or Windows 11 desktops and applications.

Microsoft Delivers Hefty July Patch Bundle for 117 Vulnerabilities

The July security patch tally seems like a rerun of the hefty bundles that were seen last year.