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April Microsoft Security Patches Released, Bringing More Critical Exchange Server Fixes

Microsoft released security updates for 114 common vulnerabilities and exposures in its software products, while also publishing a supplementary note urging organizations to apply the new April Exchange Server "Critical" patches "as soon as possible."

Microsoft Data Loss Prevention Alerts Dashboard Now Generally Available

Microsoft has commercially released its Data Loss Prevention Alerts Dashboard, which is used for viewing data loss prevention (DLP) policy violations in organizations, per a Monday announcement.

IT Pros To Get Visual Studio Administrator Updates This Month

Microsoft soon will let IT pros apply updates to installed Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2019 products using so-called "administrator updates," according to a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Releases Preview of 64-Bit OneDrive Client for Windows Systems

Microsoft announced on Thursday that a 64-bit OneDrive storage service sync client at the preview stage is now available for Windows 10 systems with x64-based processors.

Microsoft Shows Off Its First Azure Orbital Ground Station

Microsoft is advancing its Azure Space efforts by starting to add Azure Orbital "ground station as a service" units to its datacenters, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Azure Active Directory Staged Rollout Feature Commercially Released

Microsoft this week announced the commercial release of an Azure Active Directory "staged rollout" feature for IT pros.

Microsoft Touts Production Use of New Datacenter Liquid Cooling Solution

Microsoft is experimenting with two-phase liquid immersion cooling tanks, used to run datacenter workloads.

Microsoft Previews Azure Active Directory Verifiable Credentials Service

Microsoft on Monday announced a preview release of Azure Active Directory Verifiable Credentials, a service that is part of its overall decentralized identity efforts.

Azure Monitor for Windows Virtual Desktop Commercially Released

Microsoft announced last week that the ability to use Azure Monitor to monitor Windows Virtual Desktop environments is now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft 365 Licensing Costs Can Spike from Access and Use Limitations

Organizations licensing Microsoft 365 services can easily succumb to cost pitfalls, according to a Thursday talk by the Directions on Microsoft consultancy.

Microsoft To Fully Reopen Headquarters on Sept. 7

Microsoft now plans to fully reopen its Redmond, Wash.-based campus headquarters on Sept. 7, according to a press account.

Microsoft Advances HoloLens Army Contract Valued at $21.9B

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that its work on the U.S. Army's Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), based on the Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality headset technology and Microsoft Azure services, has now moved from the prototype stage to the field deployment stage.

SharePoint Enhancements Bringing App Bar and Page Analytics to Microsoft 365 Subscribers

Microsoft on Wednesday described SharePoint Online capabilities arriving as early as April for Microsoft 365 subscribers that opt to get "targeted release" feature updates.

Microsoft Unveils ION Version 1 for Decentralized Identities

Microsoft last week announced that its open source Identity Overlay Network (ION) decentralized identifier (DID) solution has advanced to version 1.

Microsoft Commercially Releases PowerShell Secret Management Modules

Microsoft last week announced the release of two PowerShell modules that aim to make it easier to invoke scripted processes that require so-called "secrets" or passcodes to work.

Azure Active Directory Gets Oversight Reporting Perks

IT pros are getting a modest bump-up in oversight capabilities with the Azure Active Directory improvements that were announced this month.

Microsoft Offers Exchange Server Webshell Hunting Tips

Microsoft on Thursday published a comprehensive description of the Exchange Server attack methods currently taking advantage of four zero-day flaws in those products, and offered extensive advice.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager 2103 Adds Cloud Configuration and Tunnel Features

Microsoft on Thursday highlighted a few additions this month for users of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, which is used for configuring and managing devices and servers.

Microsoft 365 Admin Center Starting To Get Windows Release Health

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has started delivery of its Windows Release Health service component within the Microsoft 365 Admin Center portal.

Linux Anti-Virus Behavior Monitoring Preview Now Available in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a preview of an enhancement to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Linux's anti-virus solution, adding behavior monitoring, deep scanning and blocking capabilities.