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Windows 11 Preview Available for Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop

Microsoft this week announced support for Windows 11 in its Windows 365 Enterprise and Azure Virtual Desktop desktop-as-a-service offerings.

Microsoft Brings 'Mission Alignment' to Viva with Ally.io Acquisition

Microsoft this week purchased a three-year-old startup in the growing OKR (objectives and key results) market with plans to incorporate it into the Microsoft Viva platform.

Windows 11 Is Commercially Released and So Are Most of the Tools

Most of the configuration and deployment tools for Windows 11 are now released for IT pro use, with a few exceptions, Microsoft indicated this week.

Windows 11: Made for a Hybrid Workforce

Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 11, is now officially available as a free upgrade for some Windows 10 users.

Microsoft Unveils Office 2021 and Office 365 Prices

Microsoft shared prices for its "perpetual-license" Office 2021 products and its subscription-based Microsoft 365 products for consumers and small businesses in a Friday announcement.

Microsoft Responds to Exchange Emergency Mitigation Service Feedback

Improvements to the Microsoft Exchange Emergency Mitigation service are under consideration, Microsoft's Exchange team announced on Friday.

New Microsoft Teams Perks Coming for Surface Hub and Phones Users

Microsoft described various improvements for Microsoft Teams users this week, including perks for users of Teams Phones, Teams Display devices and the Microsoft Surface Hub videoconferencing device.

Microsoft and At-Bay Partner on Security Insurance for Office 365 Customers

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a multiyear partnership with San Francisco-based At-Bay, an insurance company focusing on mitigating risks associated with data breaches.

Microsoft Outlines CloudKnox Multicloud Security Product Plans

Microsoft indicated on Thursday that CloudKnox security solutions, and their multicloud capabilities, are continuing under Microsoft's ownership.

New Microsoft Store App Repository To Launch on Oct. 5

Microsoft announced this week that its new Microsoft Store site will launch on Oct. 5, alongside new Windows 11 and Office 2021 product releases.

Growth of Remote Work Bringing Increased Security Risks  

According to a recent study, almost three-quarters of organizations point to the shift to remote work during the pandemic as being the main driver in specific cybersecurity attacks.

Microsoft Viva Touted To Address 'Dynamic' Jobs Market

Microsoft on Tuesday touted Microsoft Viva, its "employee experience platform," in the context of the shift toward remote work and Microsoft's work trends findings.

Report: IT Was the 'Great Enabler' for Businesses During Pandemic

Organizations are prioritizing their IT investments in the coming year -- which makes sense, because that's what kept many of them afloat in the previous year-and-a-half.

Progress Buys Kemp Technologies

Progress Software on Thursday announced the acquisition of load balancer solutions company Kemp Technologies.

Microsoft Exchange Emergency Mitigation Service Coming Sept. 28

Organizations using Exchange Server will get a new automated emergency mitigation tool after installing Microsoft's September cumulative updates.

Exchange Security Hole, Delayed Updates and Basic Authentication End Date Announced

This week brings Exchange Online news regarding Basic Authentication, plus a September cumulative update delay for Exchange Server.

Microsoft Highlights Windows Server 2022 Integration with Azure Services in Summit Talk

Microsoft had a lot to say about Windows Server 2022 in its 1.5-hour Windows Server Summit online event.

Next-Generation Surface Hardware Available Oct. 5

Microsoft aims to further blur the line between the tablet and PC with its updated and expanded line of Surface hardware, shown off Wednesday during a live virtual event.

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Microsoft Gets Behind Eclipse Data Connector for B2B Collaborations

Microsoft recently described Eclipse Data Connector (EDC) progress, along with its efforts to align cross-organizational data-sharing needs with Europe-based privacy and security laws.

Microsoft Releases PowerShell Script To Check Windows 11 Upgrade Readiness

Microsoft announced the release of a PowerShell script for checking hardware readiness for Windows 11 upgrades, and promised an Endpoint Analytics tool will be arriving "over the next few days."