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Office 365 Network Onboarding Tool Preview Now Can Detect VPNs

Microsoft recently announced an update to a "proof-of-concept" Office 365 Network Onboarding Tool, which is designed to help organizations check the effectiveness of their connections to Office 365 services.

Microsoft Power BI Business Continuity Dashboard Aims To Deliver Insights on Remote Workers

Microsoft last week described a new Business Continuity Dashboard for Power BI users that can be used to gauge how an organization is functioning given the relatively recent shift toward relying on remote workforces.

Microsoft Store Support Goes Online

Microsoft's brick-and-mortar consumer stores temporarily closed back in March as a coronavirus precaution, but many of its employees still continue to work via remote connections from their homes.

Windows 10 Preview Adds Ability To Display Linux Distro Files

Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows 10 preview build 19603, which adds easier access to installed Linux distro files using Windows File Explorer.

Microsoft 365 Business To Get Azure Active Directory Premium P1 Perks

Subscribers to Microsoft 365 Business (which is being renamed this month to "Microsoft 365 Business Premium") will be getting Azure Active Directory Premium P1 licensing at no additional cost.

SameSite Cookie Changes Rolled Back Until Summer

The Chromium Project announced on Friday that it's delaying enforcement of SameSite cookie changes, and is temporarily rolling back those changes, because of the COVID-19 turmoil.

Microsoft Offers Endpoint Configuration Manager Advice for Keeping Remote Clients Patched

Microsoft this week offered advice for organizations using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager with remote Windows systems that need to get patched, and it also announced Update 2002.

Basic Authentication Extended to 2H 2021 for Exchange Online Users

Microsoft is now planning to disable Basic Authentication use with its Exchange Online service sometime in the "second half of 2021," according to a Friday announcement.

Azure Edge Zones Hit Preview

Azure Edge Zones, a new edge computing technology from Microsoft designed to enable new scenarios for developers and partners, emerged as a preview release this week.

Microsoft Browser Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Ending 2H 2020

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its plans to drop support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols 1.0 and 1.1 in its browsers will get delayed by a few months until the second half of this year.

Microsoft Shifts 2020 Events To Be Online Only

Microsoft is shifting its big events this year to be online only, including Ignite 2020.

Attackers Using Excel Read-Only Files To Obscure Malware

Attackers can attempt to hide malicious payloads in Excel files sent by e-mail by using a standard Excel feature, according to a Tuesday post by Mimecast researchers.

Microsoft 365 Personal and Family Products Unveiled

Microsoft on Monday announced two newly renamed consumer products to come on April 21, "Microsoft 365 Personal" and "Microsoft 365 Family," providing access to applications such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

Microsoft Adds 6 More Months to Expiring Certification Programs

Microsoft has announced an extension to the end date of three certification programs slated for retirement.

Microsoft Shifting Away from Office 365 Brand Name in April

Microsoft on Monday announced coming product naming changes, where "Office 365" is mostly getting replaced by the "Microsoft 365" brand.

Microsoft Grows Services Amid COVID-19

Microsoft in a Saturday announcement recapped how its services have been affected by "shelter-in-place" governmental mandates in the last week, providing details on growth stats and prioritizations.

Microsoft Touts Split Tunneling with VPNs To Support Remote Workers

Microsoft this week advocated for the split tunneling networking approach to support remote workers, rather than send all traffic through a corporate virtual private network (VPN).

Microsoft Buying Affirmed Networks To Enhance 5G Mobile Offerings

Microsoft on Thursday announced an agreement to buy Affirmed Networks for an undisclosed price.

Azure Security Center Can Now Monitor Azure Kubernetes Service Containers

Microsoft announced this week that the Azure Security Center management portal now works with the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to ensure the security of Docker containers running on Linux systems or virtual machines.

Azure Active Directory Getting Custom Roles and MFA Improvements

Microsoft this month announced a couple of Azure Active Directory improvements with regard to custom roles and multifactor authentication support that are available now and on the horizon.