Microsoft Reveals New Surface Devices, Unveils AI Art Hooks

Microsoft kicked off this week's Ignite conference with a Surface presentation on Wednesday morning, detailing refreshed models of its Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio.

Azure Products Reaching 'General Availability' at Microsoft Ignite

A lot of products were announced at the "general availability" (GA) commercial-release stage during this week's Microsoft Ignite event, which kicked off on Wednesday.

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Microsoft 365 and Security Products Reaching General Availability at Microsoft Ignite

A lot of products were announced at the "general availability" (GA) commercial-release stage during this week's Microsoft Ignite event, which kicked off on Wednesday.

Microsoft's October Security Patch Missing Zero-Day Exchange Fix

This month's Microsoft monthly security update, which comes packed with 85 flaw fixes, is notable for what's not included – a fix for last month's publicly disclosed Exchange vulnerabilities, known as "NotProxyShell."

Azure Kubernetes Service Now Supports Windows Server 2022

Microsoft on Monday announced the "general availability" commercial release of Windows Server 2022 on the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Biden Data Privacy Order Triggers European Commission Review

The Biden administration on Friday announced an executive order implementing a "European Union-U.S. Data Privacy Framework" that aims to address privacy and legal due process complaints regarding data sharing.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager Enables AOSP Android Device Management via Premium Add-On

Microsoft this week announced the ability to manage Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices via Microsoft Intune, which is available as a "premium" add-on to Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) subscribers.

Linux Client Device Management Coming to Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune, the mobile management solution that's offered as part of the Microsoft Endpoint Manager suite, is getting the ability to manage Linux desktops with an update that'll be arriving this month, per a Tuesday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Previews Azure Firewall Basic Edition for SMBs

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the release of a Basic edition of the Azure Firewall service, which is available at the preview stage.

What We Can Expect From the Ignite 2022 Keynote

Don't be surprised if Microsoft spends a good amount of time on its Flight Simulator. Yes, you heard that right.

Identity Theft Monitoring Offered to Microsoft 365 Consumer Users

Microsoft this week announced that a new Identity Theft Monitoring service is available to U.S. subscribers to the Microsoft 365 Personal or Microsoft 365 Family editions.

Microsoft Confirms Two Zero Day Exploits of Exchange Server

Exchange Server products are potential subject two newly disclosed "zero-day" vulnerabilities that are under exploit, Microsoft acknowledged, in a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Authenticator Features Can Address 'MFA Fatigue Attacks'

Microsoft is urging organizations using the Microsoft Authenticator app to activate additional security functionality to protect against possible "multifactor authentication fatigue attacks," according to a Wednesday announcement.

Azure Virtual Desktop Gets Tagging and Single Sign-On Previews

Microsoft this week announced a couple of previews for organizations using the Azure Virtual Desktop virtual desktop infrastructure service.

Exchange Online Users Losing Client Access Rules Support Next Year

Microsoft is planning to end support for Client Access Rules used with its Exchange Online service, favoring the use of Continuous Access Evaluation instead, according to a Tuesday announcement.

New Lobbying Group Targets Anticompetitive Software Licensing

A Coalition for Fair Software Licensing lobbying group has launched, aiming to remedy "anticompetitive software licensing practices."

Microsoft Stream Gradually Getting SharePoint Capabilities

The Microsoft Stream video-sharing service for organizations is getting "natively" integrated with SharePoint as a Microsoft 365 product, according to a Monday Microsoft announcement.

IT Budgets Expected To Increase Next Year, but IT Hiring May Decline

About half (51 percent) of IT departments are planning to increase their IT budgets in 2023, compared with a prior-year's sampling, despite concerns about a general economic recession, per a newly published annual report.

Microsoft Sets Sights on 'Productivity Paranoia' with New and Improved Viva Apps

Microsoft on Thursday announced an expansion of its Viva "employee experience" suite, describing new apps to come and enhancements, plus it published another "Work Trend Index" (WTI) report.

Microsoft Enhances Phishing Protections for Windows 11, but Not Windows 10

Microsoft offered more details this week about its enhanced phishing protection technology that kicked off with the newly released Windows 11 version 22H2.

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