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Microsoft Unveils New Removal Plans for SMB1 in Windows Systems

Microsoft is ramping up its long-term plans to eventually remove Server Message Block 1 (SMB1) from future Windows operating system releases, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Microsoft Slowing the Pace of Exchange Server Cumulative Update Releases

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the release of its latest cumulative updates (CUs) for Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2019, while also outlining a coming CU release-cycle change from quarterly to biannual releases.

Microsoft Purview Rebrand Promises Unified Data Governance and Compliance

"Microsoft Purview" is new product branding announced on Tuesday by Microsoft, which combines the former Azure Purview data governance service with various Microsoft 365 compliance solutions.

Study Finds Most Organizations Hit by Ransomware

Organizations are beset by ransomware and generally aren't well prepared for the attacks, according to a newly released Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) study.

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Microsoft Enables SQL Server Information Protection Scheme

The Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) service now works with SQL Server data, and can be applied using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), according to a Monday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Previews Dynamic Administrative Units with Azure Active Directory

Microsoft this week announced a preview of dynamic administrative units, which facilitates matters for IT pros overseeing Azure Active Directory.

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Microsoft Offers Cloudy New Advice on Securing Domain Controllers

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it has updated its "best practices" advice for securing domain controllers.

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Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Adds Protection for Priority Accounts

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the "general availability" commercial release of "differentiated protection for priority accounts" for Microsoft Defender for Office 365 users.

New FIDO Certified Professional Program Launched

The Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance now has a certification program for IT professionals.

SQL Server 2022 Public Preview Expected Mid-Year

SQL Server 2022 is nearing a public preview release, Microsoft announced on Monday.

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Now Offers Protections for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016

Microsoft on Monday announced that its Microsoft Defender for Endpoint security solution now supports older Windows Server products, namely Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.

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Microsoft Delivers Massive April Patch Tuesday

It's Patch Tuesday yet again. And Microsoft is making it a memorable one with 128 vulnerability fixes – the most seen since October 2020.

Microsoft Answers Some Windows 11 Security Questions

Microsoft's coming Windows 11 security improvements, announced last week, may be available for Windows 10 machines as well.

CrowdStrike and Mandiant Agree on Security Solutions Partnership

Security solutions companies CrowdStrike and Mandiant have formed a strategic partnership across some of their security products for organizations, per a Thursday CrowdStrike announcement.

Microsoft Outlines New Security Protections Coming to Windows 11

Microsoft on Tuesday described security enhancements coming in "a future release of Windows 11."

Windows Native Update Preview Available for Configuration Manager Users

Microsoft is previewing the ability for IT departments using its Configuration Manager tool to give their Windows users a so-called "native inbox experience" when getting updates, according to a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Offers Detection Guidance on Spring4Shell Vulnerability

Microsoft on Tuesday offered guidance on the so-called "Spring4Shell" vulnerability in the Spring Framework overseen by VMware, while also indicating that its own services were unaffected.

Microsoft Tweaks Windows 11 File Explorer, Adds Inclusivity Options

In an effort to make Windows the "most accessible and inclusive" version of the OS, Microsoft on Tuesday outlined a few new upgrades and features, including a redesigned File Explorer.

Microsoft Describes Coming Windows 365 Improvements To Support Remote Work

Microsoft on Tuesday profiled coming Windows 365 enhancements as part of an overall theme of supporting "hybrid work" scenarios.

New Microsoft Autopatch Service Aims To Patch PCs Automatically

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled Windows Autopatch, which lets Microsoft take over quality and security patching operations in organizations, including Windows operating system feature updates, plus driver updates.