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Microsoft Isn't Patching Excel Dynamic Data Exchange Attack Vulnerability

The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program, in combination with its Power Query data-fetching component, can be leveraged in so-called "Dynamic Data Exchange" (DDE) types of attacks.

Cloud Services Use on the Rise But Security Concerns Remain

A recently published industry report suggested that use of public cloud services by organizations may nearly double in the next two years.

Cloud Services Starting To Overtake On-Prem Database Management Systems

Database management system (DBMS) growth is happening more on the cloud services side than on the traditional "on-premises" side, according to a report by Gartner Inc.

OneDrive Users To Get Storage Options, Plus New Personal Vault

Microsoft announced a few OneDrive enhancements, including storage-option additions, plus a new "Personal Vault" feature for added security assurance.

Azure Backup for SQL Server 2008 Available at Preview Stage

Microsoft added the option of using the Azure Backup service to provide recovery support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 when those workloads are hosted on Azure virtual machines.

Microsoft Suggests Disabling Old Protocols with Exchange Server 2019

Exchange Server 2019 with Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) can help organizations rid themselves of old authentication protocols, which constitute a potential security risk.

Microsoft Previews New Edge Browser on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft announced this week that it has released previews of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Web browsers for use on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 systems.

Exchange Server June Cumulative Updates Arrive, But with Red Tape

Microsoft released its quarterly cumulative updates (CUs) for Exchange Server 2013, 2016 and 2019 products this week, but added an extra step for IT pros to consider before installing them.

Microsoft Previews Azure Bastion Service for Private VM Access

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a preview of the Azure Bastion service, which lets a user connect to an Azure virtual machine (VM) using a private Internet connection.

Microsoft Deprecating Windows To Go

Microsoft plans to put an end to its Windows To Go product in the near future, according to a Friday support article.

Microsoft Releases Hyper-V Server 2019 After Long Delay

Acknowledging that the release took "way too long," Microsoft has made Hyper-V Server 2019 available for download from the Microsoft Evaluation Center page.

RAMBleed Side-Channel Attack Method Disclosed by Researchers

Academic researchers this week published information about another side-channel attack method, called "RAMBleed," that can expose information from memory chips, including encryption key information.

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Windows 10 Preview Build 18917 Shows Off New Linux Integration

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 "fast-ring" preview release is showcasing a coming Delivery Optimization enhancement, along with the ability to try the newly emerged Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2.

Microsoft 365 Business Tenants Getting Conditional Access and Trouble-Ticket Features

Microsoft added its conditional access security service to Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions, according to a Wednesday announcement, and it also added new trouble-ticket features for Microsoft 365 administrators.

Microsoft Delivers Hefty June Security Patch Bundle

Microsoft has released its monthly bunch of security patches for June, addressing 88 common vulnerabilities and disclosures (CVEs).

Microsoft Announces Wave 2 Plans for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform

Microsoft used the occasion of its Business Applications Summit on Monday to announce its "Wave 2" product release plans for its Dynamics 365 enterprise resource planning solutions, as well as its Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps and Flow).

Microsoft Outlines How To Set Up Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft experts recently showed how to set up the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service, which is currently available at the preview stage.

Office Configurations Can Now Be Saved to Microsoft's Cloud

Microsoft recently added an improvement to its Office Customization Tool for Office 365 users that lets IT pros save configuration files in Microsoft's datacenters (the "cloud") for later use, including access via URL links.

Microsoft and Oracle Expand Offerings with New 'Cross-Cloud' Support

Microsoft and Oracle on Wednesday together announced an expansion of their partnership, with new "cross-cloud" capabilities for larger organizations to tap.

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U.S. National Security Agency Issues Advisory on 'BlueKeep' Windows RDS Flaw

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has issued an advisory urging individuals and organizations to install Microsoft's May security patches.

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