Microsoft Expands Security Products and Adds Threat Protection for Macs

Microsoft this week announced a bunch of security product enhancements.

Windows Virtual Desktop Preview Now Available

Microsoft on Thursday announced that its Windows Virtual Desktop service is now available as a public preview.

Block Stack

Microsoft Teams Getting Multiple New Capabilities in Its Second Year

Microsoft Teams is now a 2-year-old product, but it's been getting rapid enhancements, including new ones announced this week.

Azure Backup for SQL Server Now Commercially Available

Microsoft on Monday announced that Azure Backup for SQL Server had reached "general availability" status, meaning it's deemed ready for production-environment use.

Insights for MyAnalytics Getting Switched On for Office 365 Users This Month

Microsoft is planning to activate "Insights for MyAnalytics" sometime late this month for most Office 365 users, but the ability of organizations to manage this feature won't be available until possibly mid-May.

SharePoint Framework 1.8 Now Generally Available

Microsoft this week announced that SharePoint Framework 1.8 had reached "general availability" status, although some features are still at the preview stage.

System Center 2019 Reaches General Availability

System Center 2019 has now reached the "general availability" product stage, Microsoft indicated in a Thursday update.

SharePoint Online Users Getting News Improvements This Month

Microsoft plans to roll out new capabilities for SharePoint Online users this month that will add greater control over how News articles appear in SharePoint sites, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Windows 7 Users Getting End-of-Support Notices Next Month

Microsoft plans to issue regular notices starting next month that will inform Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) users that the operating system will reach its end-of-support phase on Jan. 14, 2020.

Microsoft Demos SharePoint Modern Team Site Creation

Microsoft demonstrated how to create a new Teams Site "modern" page using an existing "classic" SharePoint page in a demo presentation late last month.

Microsoft Addresses Zero-Day Flaws in March Security Patch Release

Microsoft released security patches on "update Tuesday" to address 64 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs), which were typically associated with products like Windows, Office services and Microsoft's browsers.

Microsoft Drops System Center Operations Manager for Its Own App Monitoring

Microsoft stopped using its System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) product to address operations support for its own applications back in July, the company noted last week.

Office 365 Groups Naming Policy Now Available for Production Use

Microsoft announced on Friday that its new naming policy for Office 365 Groups has reached "general availability" status.

Google Issues Update for Zero-Day Flaw, But 32-Bit Windows 7 Systems Still Subject to Attack

Google on Thursday described two "zero-day" vulnerabilities affecting both the Google Chrome browser and Windows 7 systems that are being actively used in targeted attacks.

Most Organizations Admitted to GDPR Compliance Gaps in 2018

Most organizations admitted to not being compliant with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after it took effect last year, according to 2018 survey results from Forrester.

System Center 2019 Commercial Release Expected This Month

System Center 2019 will reach "general availability" status sometime this month, Microsoft announced on Thursday.

Azure Sphere 'Guardian Modules' Promise Secure Connections for IoT Devices

Microsoft this week introduced a "Guardian Modules" concept, where Azure Sphere microcontroller units can be used to enable secure connections for older Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Azure DevOps Server 2019 Now Commercially Available

Microsoft announced the release of Azure DevOps Server 2019 on Tuesday.

W3C Affirms WebAuthn Standard for Authentications Without Passwords

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced on Monday that the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification is now considered to be an official W3C standard, which likely will accelerate passwordless authentications for Web transactions.

Microsoft Adds Threat Intelligence to Azure Firewall

Microsoft added a few improvements to Azure Firewall, its firewall-as-a-service security offering for organizations using Azure virtual machines.

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