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Microsoft Outlines Efforts to Protect Azure Users from Denial of Service Attacks

Microsoft on Tuesday offered its own report card on the blocking of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on Azure services customers, as tallied from stats from latter half of 2021.

Excel Subscriptions Getting XLM Macro Blocking by Default

Microsoft is starting to enable the restriction of Excel 4.0 macros (XLM) by default for users of Excel in subscriptions, starting with Excel build 16.0.14427.20000 and newer releases, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Suggests IT Pros Stop Using 25 Dead Windows ADMX Policy Settings

Microsoft on Wednesday listed 25 dead or ineffective administrative template (ADMX) policies for Windows 10 or Windows 11, urging IT pros to stop using them.

Windows 11 ADMX Templates Are Not Backward Compatible

Microsoft this week explained what hoops IT pros must jump through if they plan to use Group Policy with administrative template (ADMX) files to set policies for both Windows 10 and Windows 11 clients.

Microsoft To Buy Gaming Company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 Billion

Microsoft is looking to bolster its gaming and metaverse efforts with the purchase of California-based Activision Blizzard Inc.

Windows 11 SE Devices Starting To Emerge from Microsoft's Hardware Partners

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that Windows 11 SE PCs for the education market are now starting to become available worldwide.

Microsoft Starting to Confirm January Patch Problems Affecting Windows Server

Microsoft's January security patches, released on Tuesday, reportedly are causing multiple problems for organizations, particularly on the Windows Server side.

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Microsoft Touts Teams, Viva and Endpoint Manager Tool Updates for Frontline Workers

Microsoft this week announced product improvements that would benefit so-called "frontline workers," while also publishing new survey results about their work attitudes.

Microsoft Issues January Security Patches Addressing 97 Vulnerabilities

Microsoft on Tuesday released January security patches addressing near 100 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) in various software products.

Microsoft Touts Fixing Security Hole in macOS Privacy Component

Microsoft on Monday shared its proof-of-concept security research efforts in uncovering macOS vulnerabilities in the operating system's Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology.

Continuous Access Evaluation Now Commercially Available for Azure Active Directory Users

Microsoft on Monday announced that a continuous access evaluation (CAE) capability in the Azure Active Directory identity and access management service has reached the commercial-release ("general availability") stage.

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CES 2022 Best Enterprise Hardware

Let's take a look at some of the hardware highlights that aim to increase your productivity, whether in the office or working from home.

Azure Virtual Desktop Service Gets Trusted Launch Protections

Microsoft on Friday announced Azure Virtual Desktop support for virtual machines with "Trusted Launch" protections.

Microsoft Issues 'Out-of-Band' Remote Desktop Patches for Windows Server

Microsoft this week issued unscheduled ("out-of-band") patches for Remote Desktop issues affecting supported Windows Server products.

Microsoft Warns Orgs May Already Be Compromised by Log4Shell Attacks

Microsoft updated its Dec. 11 Log4j vulnerability tools guidance on Monday, offering advice on detecting and addressing possible "Log4Shell" exploits.

Microsoft Announces First Windows 11 Pluton Security Based Devices

New Windows 11 PCs, powered by Microsoft's Pluton security chip, will start releasing this year, Microsoft announced during this week's CES 2022 event.

Microsoft and Qualcomm Partner on Augmented Reality Chip

Microsoft and chip manufacturer Qualcomm are teaming up to bring the metaverse to more consumers and enterprises.

FTC Threatens To Sue Companies over Log4j Data Breaches

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning on Tuesday that it intends to take legal action against companies that disclose customer information because they failed to address an exploited vulnerability in a Log4j software component.

Microsoft Issues Script for "Y2k22 Bug" in Exchange Server 2019 and Exchange Server 2016

Microsoft on Saturday offered a script to fix a so-called "Y2k22 bug" that caused e-mails to build up within Exchange Server 2019 and Exchange Server 2016 transport queues.

Top 10 In-Depth Articles of 2021

Take a look back at the best columns from our experts that broke down some of the bigger Microsoft stories and provided invaluable IT tips and advice.