Microsoft Previewing Improvements to Azure Front Door and Azure Firewall

Microsoft this week announced advancements in two Azure services that are used to add security for applications and content that touch the Internet. 

Windows 10 Version 21H1 Now at the Beta Release Stage

Microsoft's next Windows 10 feature update release, version 21H1, will be arriving sometime in the first half of this year, but it'll be a minor update.

Microsoft Ending Azure Information Protection Connections to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Microsoft is planning to end the integration of the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint security solution with the Azure Information Protection service on March 29, 2021, according to a Wednesday announcement.

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Microsoft To Deliver 'Teams Pro' Rebrand in Mid-March

A "Teams Pro" product is expected to appear starting in "mid-March" for organizations with select Microsoft 365 subscriptions, but it's just a rebranding of Microsoft's existing Teams product.

Microsoft Technology Associate Certificate Programs Coming to an End

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exam program will be ending on June 30, 2022, Microsoft explained in a Tuesday announcement.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Password Management Capabilities in Authenticator App

Microsoft this month announced the "general availability" commercial release of the "password management and autofill capability" in the Microsoft Authenticator app for mobile devices.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Azure Attestation Service

Microsoft announced on Friday that its Azure Attestation service is now commercially released, or "generally available."

CISA Outlines IT Precautions After Florida Water Facility Attack

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published advisory AA21-042A regarding the Feb. 5 electronic intrusion into a Florida water treatment facility by an unknown attacker.

HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2 To Tap Microsoft Azure Services

Microsoft on Thursday announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to connect Microsoft Azure services with HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2, which will get used at the International Space Station (ISS).

Bulletins and Milestones Apps Available for Dataverse for Teams Subscribers

Microsoft this week announced two new Teams applications that are built using its Dataverse for Teams service.

Microsoft Addressing Windows Netlogon Flaw by Turning on Enforcement Mode This Month

CISA issued a reminder on Wednesday that Microsoft is implementing a "domain controller enforcement" mode this month to address a "Critical"-rated Windows Netlogon vulnerability that was initially patched last August.

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Microsoft Addresses 56 Vulnerabilities in February Security Patch Bundle

The February patch tally includes 11 CVEs deemed "Critical," 43 CVEs considered "Important" and two CVEs assessed as "Moderate" in severity.

Microsoft Teams Guest Access Getting Activated This Month

Microsoft will begin turning on guest access in Microsoft Teams for new and existing tenancies as early as Monday, Feb. 8, according to an announcement.

Microsoft April Security Patch Will Remove 'Legacy' Edge Browser

Microsoft this week explained that its non-Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser (based on earlier EdgeHTML technology) will get removed when April "update Tuesday" security patches get applied to Windows 10 systems.

Microsoft Rethinks Plans To Block Basic Authentication in Exchange Online

Microsoft on Thursday announced an update to its plans to end "Basic Authentication" when used with the Exchange Online e-mail service.

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Microsoft Unveils 'Viva' Employee Experience Platform for Microsoft Teams

Viva, Microsoft's first "employee experience platform" for use with Microsoft Teams, is designed to bolster human resources capabilities, company communications and employee access to learning materials.

Microsoft Releases Preview of Azure Quantum Service

The Azure Quantum service, notable for breaking with typical binary compute operations in order to solve complex problems, is at the public preview stage.

Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 in Cloud Configuration

Microsoft has announced "Windows 10 in cloud configuration," which is a way of provisioning Windows 10 PCs for end users.

Microsoft Outlines Azure AD Best Practices and Rolls Out Conditional Access and Sync Improvements

Microsoft recently announced some Azure Active Directory improvements, including conditional access policy management enhancements and synchronization service additions.

Google and Microsoft ID Group Targeting Security Researchers

Security researchers are under attack from a group thought to be associated with North Korea, according to announcements this week by Google and Microsoft.

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