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SharePoint Migration Tool and Other Improvements Released

Microsoft announced a few SharePoint improvements last week, including the "general availability" of the SharePoint Migration Tool.

Analysts Deliver Mixed Prognosis for Worldwide PC Market

What's the current state of the global PC market? It depends on who you ask.

Windows OEMs Focus on Mobility, Connectivity at CES 2018

Microsoft's OEMs showcased a raft of new Windows 10 devices at CES aimed at helping users stay productive and connected wherever they are. Here are some of the highlights.

Windows 10 Update 1709 Ready for Deployment

Microsoft on Thursday announced the release of the "semiannual channel" version of Windows 10 update 1709, which is otherwise known as the "Fall Creators Update."

PowerShell Core 6.0 Now Commercially Available

PowerShell Core 6.0 is now at released at the "generally availability" stage and is ready for use in production environments, Microsoft announced today.

Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run Preview Now Available

Microsoft this week announced that it has broadened the availability of a preview of its Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run solution.

Microsoft Blocks Windows Fixes After Reports of 'Bricked' AMD PCs

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that some computers with AMD chipsets were put into an unbootable state after receiving Jan. 3 Windows updates designed to address the Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

Microsoft Confirms System Slowdowns from Fixes to Meltdown and Spectre Attack Methods

Microsoft on Tuesday affirmed that Windows operating system updates released on Jan. 3 to address the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security issues will have noticeable system slowdown effects in some instances.

Apple Releases Security Patches for Meltdown and Spectre Attacks

Apple released updates today for some of its products to address the potential security threats posed by two recently disclosed CPU attack methods.

Datacenter, IT Hardware Spending Continues Apace Despite Cloud Growth

The cloud market grew faster than any other IT category in 2017, but it wasn't enough to unseat traditional infrastructure hardware.

Accelerated Networking for Azure Virtual Machines Now 'Generally Available'

Microsoft today announced the "general availability" of its Accelerated Networking technology for Azure virtual machines, which is available for use with both Linux- and Windows-based VMs.

Updates Addressing CPU Security Problem Starting To Arrive

Information about a general CPU security problem, along with some updates, was unleashed this week by researchers, chip makers, OS vendors and anti-malware software providers.

With Avere Systems, Microsoft Acquires Hybrid Storage Tech

Microsoft is kicking off its year in acquisitions with a Pittsburgh-based provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions.

VMware Talking with Microsoft on VMware Virtualization on Azure

VMware isn't planning to work directly with Microsoft on the technical details of its emerging VMware virtualization on Azure solution, but the company has dropped some of its initially condemnatory language about it.

Exchange Online Getting E-Mail Internationalization Support

Microsoft plans to add limited support for e-mail internationalization sometime this quarter for Office 365 Exchange Online Enterprise plan users.

Cloud Demand Drives Up Worldwide Server Revenue by 16 Percent

Higher demand for "infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations" has meant increased revenue for the world's top server manufacturers, according to recent data from Gartner.

Report: 'Direct Match' Migrations to Cloud Miss the Mark

Most organizations end up overpaying for cloud services when they migrate their on-premises workloads to the cloud using a "direct match" philosophy, according to a recent study by migration analytics firm TSO Logic.

Oracle Bolsters Its Cloud with $1.2 Billion Aconex Buy

Oracle recently announced its intent to acquire Australian software company Aconex in an effort to boost its industry-focused cloud offerings.

Azure Migrate Tool Will Be Production-Ready in Next 6 Months

The Azure Migrate solution is expected to be a production-ready product for organizations in the first half of 2018, Microsoft indicated this week.

Microsoft Killing Live Meeting Service, Adding Skype for Business Mac Features

Microsoft offered some good news and bad news this week for users of its unified communications products.

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