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Microsoft Adds Modular Datacenter to Azure Space Efforts

Microsoft this week introduced the Microsoft Azure Modular Datacenter as part of its overall Azure Space effort.

Microsoft and Partners Continue To Block Trickbot To Protect Elections

Microsoft on Tuesday provided an update about its efforts, along with partners, to take down the Trickbot criminal network, which uses servers and devices to spread ransomware.

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 and Windows Server Versions 20H2

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the "semiannual channel" release of Windows 10 version 20H2, otherwise known as the "October 2020 Update," and it also released Windows Server version 20H2.

Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Security Patches for the Window Codec Library and Visual Studio Code

Microsoft issued two "out-of-band" security updates late last week.

Microsoft Publishes Documents on Implementing Zero-Trust Networks

Microsoft this week described the launch of a so-called "Zero Trust Deployment Center," which essentially is a Web page landing point for accessing Microsoft documents on its zero-trust security approach.

IT Services and Cloud Markets Predicted To Rebound Next Year

Worldwide revenue in the IT and business services sector decreased 1.9 percent in the first half of 2020 in comparison with the same period last year, according to updated stats announced this week by research and consulting firm IDC.

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Microsoft Bolsters Microsoft 365 Tooling as Support Ends for Office 2010 and Office for Mac 2016

Microsoft on Monday noted the end of support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac, which are "perpetual-license" versions of Microsoft's productivity suite software.

Microsoft Used Its Patents To Take Down Trickbot Network

Microsoft described its years-long effort working with the courts, software security firms and telcos to eliminate the Trickbot criminal network.

Microsoft Addressing 87 Vulnerabilities in October Security Patch Bundle

Microsoft's October bundle of security patches, released on Tuesday, brings fixes for just 87 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) across Windows, Office, SharePoint and many other software products.

Microsoft Previews Continuous Access Evaluation for Azure AD Conditional Access Users

A preview of Microsoft's Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE) security solution is now available for Azure Active Directory users that have configured Conditional Access policies, Microsoft announced on Friday.

Microsoft Highlights Arm Partnership on Edge Devices and Azure Dev Tools

Microsoft issued a Thursday announcement promising to deliver improved Azure-based tools to developers working on "intelligent edge devices" that use Arm-based processors and artificial intelligence solutions.

With Infrastructure Spin-Off, IBM Goes 'All In' on Hybrid and AI

Big Blue announced a major restructuring move on Thursday that would split its operations between its managed infrastructure business and its hybrid cloud and AI solutions.

Conditional Access for Office 365 Apps Now Commercially Released

Azure Active Directory Conditional Access support for the Office 365 suite of applications is now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage, Microsoft announced on Thursday.

Microsoft 365 Admin Center Getting Multitenant Management Capabilities

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its new "All Tenants" feature in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center portal is starting to arrive for partners that work with cloud service providers and multiple customers.

Microsoft Turning on Azure Active Directory Publisher Verification Next Month

Microsoft plans to turn on a new Azure Active Directory "Publisher Verification" security feature that will block end user consent to unverified app publishers starting next month.

Microsoft Rang Up Over $370K in Azure Sphere Bug Bounties

Microsoft has shelled out $374,300 in security bounties as part of its Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, the company said this week.

Veeam Buys Kasten To Add Native Kubernetes Backup Support

Cloud data management and backup solutions company Veeam has bought its partner Kasten, a provider of Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery solutions.

Microsoft Sums Up Azure Active Directory Progress in Talk

Microsoft highlighted a few Azure Active Directory improvements during last week's Ignite event.

Nintex Buys K2, Bolstering Process Automation Offerings

Nintex announced a "definitive agreement" on Thursday to acquire kindred process management and automation firm K2 Software Inc.

Microsoft Ending Its Open License Program in 2022

Microsoft announced on Monday that it's planning to end its 20-year-old Open License program for small and midsize organizations, starting on Jan. 1, 2022.