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Microsoft Expands Azure Availability Zones

Microsoft made a few notable Azure announcements this week, including an Azure Availability Zones expansion, plus ExpressRoute support for the Azure DevOps service.

Microsoft Confirms ZIP File Copy Problem in Windows 10 Version 1809

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed a file copy problem with the .ZIP compressed file solution in the Windows 10 "October 2018 Update."

Microsoft Previews Hardware OATH Tokens with Azure Multifactor Authentication

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a preview of the ability to use hardware OATH tokens with the Azure multifactor authentication service.

Microsoft Releases 2019 Server Products for Exchange, SharePoint, Project and Skype for Business

Microsoft on Monday announced the release of its 2019-branded application servers, including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Project Server and Skype for Business Server.

MSIX Packaging Tool Available in the Microsoft Store

Microsoft released its MSIX Packaging Tool via the Microsoft Store this week, according to an announcement.

Microsoft Promising Windows 10 Language Pack Perks with Coming Unified Update Platform

Microsoft's Unified Update Platform may soon see light of day, based on a Thursday Microsoft announcement.

SharePoint Online Labels, Multi-Geo Support and Admin Perks Arriving This Month

Microsoft is starting to clarify some of the SharePoint and OneDrive milestones that were announced during its September Ignite event.

Microsoft Floats New Approach for Updating Drivers and Firmware in Windows Systems

Microsoft on Wednesday described its Component Firmware Update (CFU) effort, which is a new open source protocol that Windows developers can leverage to keep their drivers and firmware properly updated.

Microsoft Previews Ability To Disable Basic Authentication in Exchange Online

Microsoft has released a public preview of a new capability that allows IT pros to disable "basic authentication" when using the Exchange Online service.

Microsoft Previews Azure Digital Twins

The public preview of Azure Digital Twins was released this week, according to a Microsoft announcement.

Azure Active Directory Connect Health Can Now Fix Sync Errors

Microsoft last week announced a new Azure Active Directory Connect Health feature for IT pros that resolves duplicate attribute sync errors with an organization's local Active Directory.

Windows 10 Devices Lose Sound from Faulty Intel Driver

Microsoft noted on Friday that Intel had "unintentionally" released an updated Intel Smart Sound Technology driver through Microsoft's Windows Update service that caused devices running Windows 10 version 1803 or 1809 to lose sound.

Browser Makers To Drop Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in 2020

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla are all moving to disable the use of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols versions 1.0 and 1.1 in their browsers, giving notice that they'll be dropping support within the first half of 2020.

Microsoft Offers Solutions for Blue-Screened HP PCs After Windows 10 Upgrades 1809 and 1803

Microsoft issued a support article on Friday acknowledging "blue screen" issues for users of Hewlett-Packard PCs that were updated to the newly released Windows 10 version 1809, as well as version 1803.

Groove Server 2010 Losing Support in a Couple of Years

Microsoft on Wednesday gave a two years' advance notice that support for its Groove Server 2010 peer-to-peer communications product will be coming to an end on Oct. 13, 2020.

Microsoft Expands Previews of Azure Confidential Computing and DC-Series VMs

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a public preview of Azure confidential computing, which previously had been at the more restricted "Early Access" preview stage about a year ago.

Microsoft Switches To Protecting Linux by Joining the Open Invention Network

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it is joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), an organization that protects its members from patent infringement claims regarding the use of the open source Linux operating system.

Microsoft Fixes and Explains Lost Files Issue with Windows 10 Version 1809

Microsoft on Tuesday offered an explanation, an apology and a future resolution for its flawed Windows 10 version 1809 release last week, which caused files to go missing for some users.

Microsoft Switching SQL Server to Bimonthly Cumulative Updates

Microsoft on Monday announced a couple of SQL Server changes, including a change to the delivery schedule for cumulative updates (CUs), along with a change to how slipstreamed media will work for new deployments.

Windows 10 Version 1809 To Omit Print Drivers

Microsoft has changed the availability of printer and scanner drivers, starting with the release of Windows 10 version 1809.

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