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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.

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 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.

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 Touts 190,000 Windows 11 Employee Device Upgrades

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

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).

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.

Microsoft Announces Free Online Sales Consultations for Small Businesses

The sales support of Microsoft Stores, which largely went online a couple of years ago, is now being presented as a new and free consultation service for small businesses, according to a Wednesday UK Microsoft announcement.

Ransomware Targeting Virtualization Platforms on the Rise

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

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.

Microsoft Unveils New Removal Plans for SMB1 in Windows Systems

Microsoft is ramping up its long-term plans to eventually remove Server Message Block 1 (SMB1) from future Windows operating system releases, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Microsoft Slowing the Pace of Exchange Server Cumulative Update Releases

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the release of its latest cumulative updates (CUs) for Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2019, while also outlining a coming CU release-cycle change from quarterly to biannual releases.

Microsoft Purview Rebrand Promises Unified Data Governance and Compliance

"Microsoft Purview" is new product branding announced on Tuesday by Microsoft, which combines the former Azure Purview data governance service with various Microsoft 365 compliance solutions.

Study Finds Most Organizations Hit by Ransomware

Organizations are beset by ransomware and generally aren't well prepared for the attacks, according to a newly released Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) study.

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Microsoft Enables SQL Server Information Protection Scheme

The Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) service now works with SQL Server data, and can be applied using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), according to a Monday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Previews Dynamic Administrative Units with Azure Active Directory

Microsoft this week announced a preview of dynamic administrative units, which facilitates matters for IT pros overseeing Azure Active Directory.