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New Yammer Role and Experience Insights Dashboard Available at Preview for Microsoft 365 Users

Microsoft this week announced a couple of perks at the preview stage for IT pros overseeing Microsoft 365 apps in organizations.

Microsoft Entra Verified ID Service Now Available

Microsoft Entra Verified ID, a new service that promises a more deliberate way for individuals and organizations to share identity information, is now released at the "general availability" stage, Microsoft announced on Monday.

Windows 11 To Block Brute Force Ransomware Attacks by Default

Microsoft recently rolled out a new security policy for Windows 11 that aims to curb the growing ransomware threat by blocking some brute-force attacks.

Microsoft Add Windows 10 Universal Print Capabilities

Microsoft on Wednesday declared that some Universal Print capabilities that have been available to Windows 11 users are now also available for certain Windows 10 users.

Microsoft Spreads FUD on Office Connections to Microsoft 365 Services

Microsoft appears to be deliberately trying to confuse the public on Office 2016 and Office 2019 connections to Microsoft 365 services.

Windows Update for Business Deployment Service Will Apply Safeguard Holds Automatically for Suspect Patches

Microsoft this week began further explaining its Windows Update for Business Deployment Service, with a focus on Safeguard Holds.

Microsoft Unveils Alternative to Mitre's Documentation of Azure Attack Methods

Microsoft this week described an Azure Threat Research Matrix for documenting tactics, techniques or procedures (TTPs) used against Azure services, including the Azure Active Directory service.

Microsoft Speeding Up Teams for Mac Devices, Plus Other Improvements

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has optimized a version of Microsoft Teams for Apple Mac devices that are using Apple silicon.

New Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting Service Now Commercially Available

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the "general availability" commercial release of the Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting service.

Microsoft Outlook Lite Released for 'Lightweight' Android Devices

Microsoft on Monday announced the release of a new Outlook Lite application for so-called "lightweight" Android mobile phones.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Viva Goals and Previews Viva Sales

Microsoft on Monday announced the "general availability" commercial released of Viva Goals, plus a preview release of Viva Sales.

Microsoft Releases New Microsoft Defender Security Services, Plus Microsoft Sentinel Solution for SAP

Microsoft on Tuesday announced three new enterprise-grade security products, which are now commercially released.

Attackers Evolve Strategy After Microsoft Office Macro Blocking

Threat actors are adjusting their tactics and moving away from macro-based attacks after Microsoft's policy of blocking VBA macros in Office, according to a report released this week.

Microsoft Store App Management Capabilities Expected To Arrive This Year

Microsoft on Thursday outlined its Microsoft Store on Windows plans, and how its app distribution scheme will work with the various management tools used by organizations.

Windows 10 Version 22H2 Preview Released for Testing by Orgs

Microsoft on Thursday announced the release of its "first preview build" of Windows 10 version 22H2, namely build 19045.1865.

Microsoft's New Commerce Experience Puts Limits on Customers, and Financial Burdens on Partners

Microsoft's New Commerce Experience (NCE) subscription model offers less flexibility for commercial customers by steering them toward annual commitments, but it's maybe even worse for Microsoft's Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) partners.

Microsoft Offers Prep Tips for Viva Engage August Rollout

Microsoft Viva Engage will start appearing for Microsoft Teams subscribers from "the end of August to the end of September," Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft Adds Improvements to Certificate-Based Authentication Preview

Microsoft on Wednesday announced improvements to its Azure Active Directory Certificate-Based Authentication (CBA) preview, which promises to provide an alternative to federated-based authentication methods.

Microsoft's On-Premises Unified Update Platform To Control All Windows Updates in 2023

Microsoft announced last week that a private preview of its Unified Update Platform (UUP) for on-premises environments is available for testing by commercial organizations.

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.