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Microsoft Releasing Preview of Teams Connect Shared Channels This Month

Microsoft is planning to release a preview of Teams Connect shared channels at the end of this month, which aims to ease collaborations with external parties, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Launches Patient Data Management Platform

Microsoft this week announced the general availability of Azure Health Data Services, a platform for managing and analyzing various forms of patient data.

Microsoft Report Advises Orgs To Support Flexible Work Trends

Microsoft on Wednesday released its latest "Work Trend Index" report, which supports the remote-work trends of the last couple of years.

Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera Now Commercially Released

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera is now commercially available.

Misconfigured Multifactor Authentication Subject to Russian Attackers

Organizations should not only use multifactor authentication (MFA), but they should also ensure that it's not misconfigured to ward off possible Russian state-sponsored attacks.

Microsoft Announces Teams Telemedicine Features for Health Care Workers

Microsoft is bringing a few new features to Teams aimed at improving how health care workers interact and communicate with patients.

IT Hardware Spending Persists Despite Cloud Competition

Hardware still accounted for about almost a third (30 percent) of IT spending in 2021, despite the general cloud market pull, according to a newly published study.

Microsoft's Commitment To Addressing the Gender Gap in Cybersecurity

Women accounted for just 25 percent of the global cybersecurity force in 2021, according to Microsoft.

Cloud Report: Microsoft Azure Usage Surpasses AWS

Microsoft's Azure continues to gain popularity on Amazon's cloud, according to the Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud Report, the 11th annual survey-based project from the specialist in SaaS-based IT management solutions.

Azure Stack Edge Pro 2 Commercially Released by Microsoft

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" commercial release of Azure Stack Edge Pro 2, which expands network edge data processing options for organizations.

Microsoft Commercially Releases PowerShell Crescendo for Wrapping Command-Line Apps

Microsoft on Thursday announced the "general availability" commercial release of PowerShell Crescendo.

Microsoft 365 Services Getting Root Certificate Authority Switch in 2025

Microsoft gave notice this week that currently used Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates associated with Microsoft 365 services and Azure Communication Services "will expire in May 2025."

Microsoft Ending Support of SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters

Microsoft announced late last month that it'll be ending support for two SQL Server capabilities, with cloud services and SQL Server 2022 typically proposed as replacements.

Microsoft Packs 71 Flaw Fixes in March Patch Tuesday

Microsoft on Tuesday released its monthly patch rollout, addressing 71 vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs), three of those tackling "critical" flaws.

Google To Acquire Security Firm Mandiant for $5.4 Billion

Google announced on Tuesday it's going big on security with the purchase of Virginia-based security firm Mandiant.

Microsoft Halts Sales in Russia

In further response to the invasion of Ukraine, Microsoft on Friday announced that it is halting hardware and software sales of new products and services to Russia.

Microsoft Finalizes Its Nuance Purchase, Bringing AI and Speech Perks to Industry Cloud Services

Microsoft on Friday announced the completion of its acquisition of Nuance Communications Inc., a former partner.

Azure Active Directory Custom Roles for Apps Capability Released

Azure Active Directory now permits delegating administrative privileges for particular applications, which can be an IT personnel assignment perk for organizations.

Defender for Azure Cosmos DB Preview Announced by Microsoft

Microsoft Defender for Cloud users are getting a preview of Microsoft Defender for Azure Cosmos DB, per a Tuesday Microsoft announcement.

Azure Active Directory Getting Multi-Stage Access Reviews Capability, Plus Change Management Cycle

Microsoft this week announced coming Azure Active Directory management improvements designed to make things a little easier for IT pros.