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Microsoft Warns Skype for Business Online Ends in August

Microsoft on Thursday issued yet another reminder to organizations that Skype for Business Online will be ending on July 31, 2021, and they should be moving to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Previews New Full 'Server' Container Image for Windows Server 2022

Microsoft on Thursday announced a preview of a new full "Server" container image option for Windows Server 2022 when it uses the "desktop experience."

Microsoft Previews Graph API Support in Windows Update for Business Deployment Service

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a preview of Microsoft Graph application programming interfaces (APIs) for use with the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service.

Microsoft Buys Kinvolk To Bolster Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure Arc

Microsoft on Thursday announced the acquisition of Kinvolk, a maker of open source Kubernetes solutions and tools.

New Exchange Admin Center Management Portal Commercially Released

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" commercial release of the "new" Exchange Admin Center management portal, a browser-based means for managing Exchange Online environments.

FireEye Explains Nobelium Exploit of Active Directory Federation Services

Security solutions firm FireEye on Tuesday described how Active Directory Federation Services could have been exploited to gain access to Microsoft 365 e-mails during the Nobelium ("Solorigate") attacks used for espionage purposes.

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Microsoft Previews Office for Windows and Office 2021 for Mac Perpetual-License Products

Microsoft announced that "commercial preview" versions of the new Microsoft Office long-term servicing channel (LTSC) for Windows product and the Office 2021 for Mac product were released.

Microsoft Ending Support for .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6 and 4.6.1

Microsoft this week gave users of older .NET Framework versions about a year's advance notice that product support is running out.

Microsoft Viva Learning Preview Available to Teams Subscribers

Microsoft Teams paid business subscribers can now opt into getting access to a "public preview" release of the Microsoft Viva Learning application, according to a Monday announcement.

Microsoft Outlook and Viva Insights Getting Meeting Breaks and Worker Feelings Features

Microsoft this week announced new personal work enhancement features for Microsoft 365 subscribers that are now available at the preview stage in Microsoft Outlook and Viva Insights applications.

Windows 10 Preview Release Adds Linux Apps Graphics Support

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the release of Windows 10 preview build 21364 for Windows Insider Program Dev Channel testers, which notably adds support for running graphical user interface (GUI)-based Linux applications.

Liquidware Explains Windows Virtual Desktop Monitoring Options

Chicago-based Liquidware suggests it has a cheaper and better solution for monitoring Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) service than even Microsoft's own Azure Monitor product.

Pulse Connect Secure VPN Gateway Has New 'Critical' Vulnerability Under Exploit

Ivanti's Pulse Secure on Tuesday noted that a new security vulnerability has been found in its Pulse Connect Secure VPN appliances.

Microsoft 365 Defender Portal Now Combines Security Signals from End Points and E-Mails

Microsoft announced on Monday that its Microsoft 365 Defender console now combines information from three of its enterprise security solutions at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft IT Tools Get Support for Surface Laptop 4 Devices

Microsoft on Thursday released an updated Surface Tools for IT version 1.0 bundle, which typically now includes support for the new Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 devices, according to an announcement.

U.S. Security Agencies Warn Russia Actively Exploiting 5 Software Security Flaws

U.S. government security agencies on Thursday issued a joint advisory (PDF) regarding five software security vulnerabilities that are currently getting exploited by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

U.S. Sanctions Imposed on Positive Technologies and Others for Russian Spying

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday announced sanctions on Russia for its cyberactivities, along with six organizations for enabling it, including the well-known security solutions firm Positive Technologies.

Microsoft Software and Services Switching to SHA-2 Security Next Month

Microsoft plans to stop trusting Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1) certificates next month for "all major Microsoft processes and services," according to a Wednesday announcement.

FBI Reached into Exchange Servers To Delete Hafnium Webshells

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has deleted Webshells on Hafnium-compromised Exchange Server installations across the country, and is now sending notices to victim organizations, according to a Tuesday announcement.

April Microsoft Security Patches Released, Bringing More Critical Exchange Server Fixes

Microsoft released security updates for 114 common vulnerabilities and exposures in its software products, while also publishing a supplementary note urging organizations to apply the new April Exchange Server "Critical" patches "as soon as possible."