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Azure Active Directory Proxy Service Now Supports SAML Identity

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the Azure Active Directory (AD) Proxy service now works with applications that use the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 for user authentications.

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With $1 Billion Investment, Microsoft Sets Sights on 'Artificial General Intelligence'

A $1 billion investment from Microsoft promises to turbocharge the efforts of research outfit OpenAI around artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Office 365 App Activations Getting Streamlined for End Users

Microsoft plans to ease the Office 365 app installation experience for end users, starting as early as next month, for organizations using some monthly subscription plans, according to a Monday announcement.

Remote Desktop Protocol Is a Big Target for Attackers, Study Finds

Remote Desktop Protocol is an easy-to-find and popular target for remote attackers, according to a recent study conducted by Sophos.

Microsoft Previews Prometheus Data in Azure Monitor for Containers

Microsoft has enabled its Azure Monitor for Containers management product to get data from the open source Prometheus monitoring solution.

Office 365 'Private Preview' Adds New Deletion Safeguard for Groups

Microsoft on Thursday announced a "private preview" of a new groups expiration behavior that relies on user activity as a safeguard against inadvertent group deletion.

Microsoft Bringing Enterprise Features to Chromium Edge Browser Preview

Microsoft on Tuesday outlined what's to come with its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, particularly for business and enterprise users.

Microsoft Highlights AT&T Strategic Alliance During Inspire Event

Microsoft and AT&T announced the establishment of a Microsoft 365 business deal, plus a "multiyear" strategic alliance centered on the use of 5G wireless networks to support edge computing and AI.

Windows 10 Version 1903 Will Be Coming Soon, Microsoft Warns

Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.

Microsoft Previews Proximity Placement Groups for Azure-Hosted Apps

Microsoft on Monday announced a preview of Proximity Placement Groups, which add assurances that networking latencies won't be an issue for organizations managing complex applications across Azure infrastructure.

Intune Admin Templates and Security Baselines Now Available

IT pros using Microsoft Intune to manage devices got some polished tools from Microsoft this week.

Microsoft Lists Some Organizational Obstacles to Eliminating Passwords

Organizations wanting a future without passwords will likely face some hurdles getting there, Microsoft admitted in an announcement this week.

Microsoft Touts 13 Million Teams Users Prior to Inspire Partner Event

Microsoft Teams will be getting a few improvements, plus it now has more than "13 million daily active users," according to a Thursday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Previews Azure Active Directory FIDO2 Sign-Ins Without Passwords

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the availability of a public preview of Azure Active Directory's FIDO2 support, which enables user authentications without passwords.

SQL Server 2008/R2 No Longer Getting Security Patch Support

Microsoft issued some reminders this week that July 9, 2019, is the last day of patch support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft July Security Release Addresses 16 Critical Vulnerabilities

Microsoft on Tuesday released its July security patch bundle, which addresses about 77 common vulnerabilities and exposures across various Microsoft products.

Microsoft Now Supports Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019

Microsoft has reversed an earlier position and now plans to support the use of Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019, even for organizations using it in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) scenarios.

Desktop Analytics Preview Now Available for Assessing Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft announced on Monday that a preview of its Desktop Analytics service is now available for testing.

Microsoft Bringing Kaizala Pro Capabilities to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft plans to add Kaizala Pro capabilities into Microsoft Teams over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Turning On Teams for Office 365 Business, ProPlus Subscribers as Early as July

Microsoft plans to activate its Teams collaboration app for organizations with existing Office 365 Business or Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions starting as early as July 9.

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