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Microsoft Inspire Event Showcases Collaboration Enhancements

Microsoft on Tuesday touted various collaboration product improvements as part of its Microsoft Inspire event for partners that's ongoing this week.

Microsoft Unveils AI Powered Contact Center Powered by Its Nuance Tech

During the opening day of its Inspire 2022 virtual partner conference on Tuesday, Microsoft revealed its latest intelligent contact center platform

Windows Release Cycle Reportedly Shifting to Once Every 3 Years

Microsoft is planning to release major new Windows client operating system versions every three years, instead of once per year, according to a report.

Microsoft Adds DNS over TLS to Windows 11 Test Release

Microsoft on Wednesday announced features in Windows 11, build 25158, for its Windows Insider Program testers that includes a new Domain Name System (DNS) over Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption option.

Thousands of Orgs Hit by Massive AiTM Phishing Campaign

Microsoft disclosed details this week of a large-scale phishing campaign that has targeted more than 10,000 organizations since September 2021.

Microsoft Defender for Business Adds Server Protections Preview

Microsoft Defender for Business now has the ability to protect servers, which is at the preview stage, according to a Wednesday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft 365 Apps To Lose Support on Windows 8.1 Next Year

Microsoft this week warned that organizations using Microsoft 365 Apps on some of its older Windows operating systems need to upgrade those OSes to a newer version soon or risk losing patch support.

July (Auto) Patch Tuesday: One Zero-Day Flaw Fixed

Microsoft's monthly security patches for July are here and, despite the 86 flaws fixed, it might go smoother for some thanks to Windows Autopatch.

SQL Server 2012 Support Has Reached an End

SQL Server 2012 is no longer a supported product, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Entra Permissions Management Service Now Commercially Available

The Microsoft Permissions Management service, used for ensuring proper access permissions across cloud services, is now commercially available, according to a Thursday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Windows Autopatch

Microsoft on Monday announced that its new Windows Autopatch service is now commercially available.

Microsoft Reverses Office Macro Blocking Decision

Microsoft has quietly reversed an earlier decision to block Internet macros by default in Office.

UK Investigators Scrutinize Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Acquisition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom announced on Wednesday that it is investigating Microsoft's pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc.

Microsoft Splits Windows 11 Test Build into Two

Microsoft on Monday announced that it has created two distinct testing paths for its next preview versions of Windows 11, available to Windows Insider Beta users.

Nonprofit Advocacy Group Software Freedom Conservancy Recommends Ditching Github

The nonprofit organization Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) recommends users stop using the Microsoft-owned GitHub source code repository platform and its newly released Github Copilot.

Microsoft Highlights Protections Against NTLM Relay Attack Variant DFSCoerce

Microsoft on Friday noted that a new "PetitPotam" NT LAN Manager (NTLM) relay attack variant called "DFSCoerce" is addressed if organizations followed its earlier advice in Knowledge Base article KB5005413.

AMD Data Held by Cyber Criminal Group RansomHouse

According to claims made by the cybercriminal group RansomHouse, the group is in possession of data stolen from Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker AMD.

PowerShell Creator Snover Stepping Down from Microsoft

The "father of PowerShell," Jeffrey Snover, announced this week that he'll be leaving Microsoft on July 1.

W3C Steers Course To Become a Nonprofit Organization

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) announced on Tuesday that it's planning to launch as a nonprofit organization, kicking off in January 2023.

Microsoft Drops Plans To Bar Automatic Monthly Renewals of Cloud Services Accounts

Microsoft has changed course somewhat and won't block automatic renewals of existing monthly cloud services accounts offered under an older plan overseen by Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) partners.