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Microsoft Stipulates Account Requirement for 'Personal Use' of Windows 11 Pro Edition

Microsoft indicated in a Thursday announcement that it will require the use of Microsoft Accounts (MSAs) for "personal use" of the Windows 11 Pro edition operating system on initial setup.

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention Can Detect Data Theft Attempts

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention is able to detect file transfer utilities used by ransomware attackers, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft, Google and Apple Commit to a Passwordless Future

In a show of solidarity, Microsoft, Google and Apple announced on Thursday a joint commitment to increase support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Microsoft To End Basic Authentication for Exchange Online in October

Microsoft this week again appealed to organizations using Exchange Online to move away from using "Basic Authentication," reminding them that support for it will get dropped, starting on Oct. 1, 2022.

Microsoft Authenticator Now Generates Strong Passwords

Microsoft announced this week that Microsoft Authenticator, its authentication application for Android and iOS mobile devices, can now generate strong passwords.

Update Compliance Service To Require Azure Active Directory in October

Microsoft is changing how its Update Compliance service works with Window 10 or Windows 11 PCs, and gave notice that it will be requiring the use of the Azure Active Directory service before year's end, per a Tuesday announcement.

Built-In VPN Security Coming to Microsoft Edge

Microsoft recently announced that its Edge browser will be receiving support for virtual private networks (VPNs).

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Microsoft Defender for Business Standalone Commercially Released

Microsoft on Monday announced the "general availability" commercial release of the "standalone" edition of Microsoft Defender for Business, a security solution for small-to-medium organizations.

Microsoft 365 Admin Center Now Shows Windows Notices

IT pros using the Microsoft 365 Admin Center management portal can now get Message Center notifications about the Windows operating system, Microsoft announced on Thursday.

Future of the Internet Declaration Issued by 61 Countries

Sixty countries and the United States have endorsed a "Future of the Internet" declaration document, which advocated for an open Internet that respects democratic and human rights.

Microsoft Shifting Some Microsoft 365 Apps Users to Monthly Update Cycles

Microsoft this month notified some organizations using its Microsoft 365 Apps service that it plans to switch them over to a "Monthly Enterprise Channel" update schedule, unless they take action.

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Microsoft 365 Web App Account Switching for Browsers Coming This Month

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it's adding the ability for Microsoft 365 Web app users to switch their accounts within browsers, which will be available in the next few months.

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Microsoft Ukraine Report Warns of Coming Zero-Day Exploits

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a report chronicling cyberattacks on the Ukraine associated with Russia's invasion, and suggested that such attacks soon could spread worldwide.

Microsoft Beats Q3 Financial Estimates

Microsoft reported an 18% jump in revenue for Q3 to $49.4 billion, thanks to strong growth in its Office and Microsoft Cloud divisions.

Microsoft Eases ADFS Shifts with New Azure Active Directory Capabilities

Microsoft on Monday announced some Azure Active Directory enhancements to help organizations shift away from using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).

Microsoft Touts 190,000 Windows 11 Employee Device Upgrades

Microsoft on Friday described its efforts in upgrading its own employees' devices to Windows 11.

Azure DDoS Protection Users Can Validate Compliance via Red Button Attack Services

Microsoft's Azure DDoS Protection customers can launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) test attacks on their use of Azure services via Red Button's services, Microsoft announced on Friday.

Study Highlights IT Concerns When Planning Cloud Migrations

IT leaders at large organizations want tools and automation support for their cloud migrations, according to a 2022 study published this week by Next Pathway.

LinkedIn Is Most Imitated Brand in Phishing Attacks

Microsoft's LinkedIn professional social network platform was the No. 1 mimicked brand by attackers when leveraging phishing attacks, according to security firm Check Point.

Ransomware Targeting Virtualization Platforms on the Rise

Ransomware attacks specifically targeting virtualization platforms is growing, according to threat intelligence firm Mandiant.