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Office 2016 and Office 2019 To Lose Microsoft 365 Connections Next Year

Microsoft on Monday reminded organizations using the Office 2016 and Office 2019 productivity suites that those products will lose connections to Microsoft 365 apps and services, starting in Oct. 2023.

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Microsoft Commercially Releases Azure Active Directory Cross Tenant Access Setting

Microsoft on Thursday announced the "general availability" commercial release of its cross-tenant access settings for external collaborations feature, which is part of its Azure Active Directory External Identities service offering.

Microsoft Ending the Windows Information Protection Service

Microsoft on Thursday announced the gradual end of its Windows Information Protection (WIP) service, which is designed to keep users of Microsoft 365 apps from inadvertently disclosing organizational information.

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Microsoft Once Again Blocks Malicious Macros in Office

Microsoft this week said they are once again reverting back to blocking Visual Basic Application (VBA) macros in Office.

Microsoft Access Fixes Coming Soon To Remedy Patch Tuesday Update Troubles

Microsoft this week indicated that fixes for Microsoft Access problems, which were caused by a botched July 12 "patch Tuesday" security patch release, will be arriving soon.

Microsoft Touts HyperClear Protection Against RETbleed and Other New Side-Channel Attacks

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its HyperClear technology used with its Hyper-V hypervisor offers protections against new speculative execution side-channel attack methods that were disclosed last week by AMD and Intel.

Microsoft Teams Goes Down for 6 Hours

Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft 365 apps went down for some users on Wednesday night, lasting maybe six hours.

Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure Now Available

Microsoft and database maker Oracle announced on Wednesday that their joint Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure is now generally available.

Decentralized Identifiers Finalized as W3C Recommendation

The nonprofit World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on Tuesday announced that its collaborative work on Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) is now a W3C Recommendation, which is at version 1.0.

Microsoft Inspire Event Showcases Collaboration Enhancements

Microsoft on Tuesday touted various collaboration product improvements as part of its Microsoft Inspire event for partners that's ongoing this week.

Microsoft Unveils AI Powered Contact Center Powered by Its Nuance Tech

During the opening day of its Inspire 2022 virtual partner conference on Tuesday, Microsoft revealed its latest intelligent contact center platform

Windows Release Cycle Reportedly Shifting to Once Every 3 Years

Microsoft is planning to release major new Windows client operating system versions every three years, instead of once per year, according to a report.

Thousands of Orgs Hit by Massive AiTM Phishing Campaign

Microsoft disclosed details this week of a large-scale phishing campaign that has targeted more than 10,000 organizations since September 2021.

Microsoft Adds DNS over TLS to Windows 11 Test Release

Microsoft on Wednesday announced features in Windows 11, build 25158, for its Windows Insider Program testers that includes a new Domain Name System (DNS) over Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption option.

Microsoft Defender for Business Adds Server Protections Preview

Microsoft Defender for Business now has the ability to protect servers, which is at the preview stage, according to a Wednesday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft 365 Apps To Lose Support on Windows 8.1 Next Year

Microsoft this week warned that organizations using Microsoft 365 Apps on some of its older Windows operating systems need to upgrade those OSes to a newer version soon or risk losing patch support.

July (Auto) Patch Tuesday: One Zero-Day Flaw Fixed

Microsoft's monthly security patches for July are here and, despite the 86 flaws fixed, it might go smoother for some thanks to Windows Autopatch.

SQL Server 2012 Support Has Reached an End

SQL Server 2012 is no longer a supported product, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Entra Permissions Management Service Now Commercially Available

The Microsoft Permissions Management service, used for ensuring proper access permissions across cloud services, is now commercially available, according to a Thursday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Windows Autopatch

Microsoft on Monday announced that its new Windows Autopatch service is now commercially available.