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Microsoft Advocates Zero Trust Security for Hybrid Networks

Microsoft this week highlighted the general trend toward implementing "hybrid" networks, which is the combined use of cloud services plus on-premises software.

CISA and FBI Offer Security Advice After Ransomware Attack on Fuel Pipeline

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an advisory and an alert regarding a recent ransomware attack on a U.S. fuel pipeline company.

Microsoft's Security Patches for May Address 55 Vulnerabilities

Just four CVEs were described as "Critical" in severity. Also included in the May bunch were patches for 50 "Important" vulnerabilities, plus one deemed "Moderate."

Microsoft and Darktrace Partner on Azure and AI Security Solutions

Microsoft and Darktrace announced a partnership on Monday in which Darktrace's artificial intelligence (AI) security solutions are getting integrated with three Microsoft services.

Microsoft Design Changes Include New Azure Icon and New Default Font

Microsoft is changing its Azure icon from its current cluster of four squares to a blue "A" image.

Microsoft Outlines Plans To Meet EU Data Storage Legal Requirements

Microsoft announced on Thursday that its various services are expected to meet European Union (EU) data storage legal requirements by the end of 2022.

'Millions' of Dell Windows PCs Contain 'Critical' Driver Vulnerability

Dell on Tuesday issued a support article describing a "Critical" vulnerability in the Dell dbutil driver affecting most Windows-based Dell computer users.

Microsoft July Update To Remove Flash from Windows Systems

The Adobe Flash Player will get removed from most Windows systems via Microsoft's patch service in July, according to an updated Windows blog post. 

Microsoft Releases Open Source 'Counterfit' Tool for Attacking AI Systems

Microsoft on Monday announced the release of Counterfit as an open source project on GitHub, permitting organizations to test the security of their artificial intelligence (AI) software solutions by attacking them.

Microsoft Previews OneDrive Sync Admin Reports

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a preview of OneDrive Sync Admin Reports for the OneDrive for Business cloud storage service when used with Windows clients.

Patch Issued for Critical Vulnerability in Pulse Connect Secure VPNs

Ivanti Pulse Secure announced a patch on Monday for a "Critical"-rated vulnerability (CVE-2021-22893) in its Pulse Connect Secure VPN appliances.

Microsoft Warns Skype for Business Online Ends in August

Microsoft on Thursday issued yet another reminder to organizations that Skype for Business Online will be ending on July 31, 2021, and they should be moving to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Previews New Full 'Server' Container Image for Windows Server 2022

Microsoft on Thursday announced a preview of a new full "Server" container image option for Windows Server 2022 when it uses the "desktop experience."

Microsoft Previews Graph API Support in Windows Update for Business Deployment Service

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a preview of Microsoft Graph application programming interfaces (APIs) for use with the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service.

Microsoft Buys Kinvolk To Bolster Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure Arc

Microsoft on Thursday announced the acquisition of Kinvolk, a maker of open source Kubernetes solutions and tools.

New Exchange Admin Center Management Portal Commercially Released

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" commercial release of the "new" Exchange Admin Center management portal, a browser-based means for managing Exchange Online environments.

FireEye Explains Nobelium Exploit of Active Directory Federation Services

Security solutions firm FireEye on Tuesday described how Active Directory Federation Services could have been exploited to gain access to Microsoft 365 e-mails during the Nobelium ("Solorigate") attacks used for espionage purposes.

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Microsoft Previews Office for Windows and Office 2021 for Mac Perpetual-License Products

Microsoft announced that "commercial preview" versions of the new Microsoft Office long-term servicing channel (LTSC) for Windows product and the Office 2021 for Mac product were released.

Microsoft Ending Support for .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6 and 4.6.1

Microsoft this week gave users of older .NET Framework versions about a year's advance notice that product support is running out.

Microsoft Viva Learning Preview Available to Teams Subscribers

Microsoft Teams paid business subscribers can now opt into getting access to a "public preview" release of the Microsoft Viva Learning application, according to a Monday announcement.