Windows Update for Business Deployment Service Will Apply Safeguard Holds Automatically for Suspect Patches

Microsoft this week began further explaining its Windows Update for Business Deployment Service, with a focus on Safeguard Holds.

Microsoft Speeding Up Teams for Mac Devices, Plus Other Improvements

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has optimized a version of Microsoft Teams for Apple Mac devices that are using Apple silicon.

New Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting Service Now Commercially Available

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the "general availability" commercial release of the Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting service.

Microsoft Outlook Lite Released for 'Lightweight' Android Devices

Microsoft on Monday announced the release of a new Outlook Lite application for so-called "lightweight" Android mobile phones.

Microsoft Releases New Microsoft Defender Security Services, Plus Microsoft Sentinel Solution for SAP

Microsoft on Tuesday announced three new enterprise-grade security products, which are now commercially released.

Microsoft Commercially Releases Viva Goals and Previews Viva Sales

Microsoft on Monday announced the "general availability" commercial released of Viva Goals, plus a preview release of Viva Sales.

Microsoft Store App Management Capabilities Expected To Arrive This Year

Microsoft on Thursday outlined its Microsoft Store on Windows plans, and how its app distribution scheme will work with the various management tools used by organizations.

Attackers Evolve Strategy After Microsoft Office Macro Blocking

Threat actors are adjusting their tactics and moving away from macro-based attacks after Microsoft's policy of blocking VBA macros in Office, according to a report released this week.

Windows 10 Version 22H2 Preview Released for Testing by Orgs

Microsoft on Thursday announced the release of its "first preview build" of Windows 10 version 22H2, namely build 19045.1865.

Microsoft's New Commerce Experience Puts Limits on Customers, and Financial Burdens on Partners

Microsoft's New Commerce Experience (NCE) subscription model offers less flexibility for commercial customers by steering them toward annual commitments, but it's maybe even worse for Microsoft's Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) partners.

Microsoft Offers Prep Tips for Viva Engage August Rollout

Microsoft Viva Engage will start appearing for Microsoft Teams subscribers from "the end of August to the end of September," Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft Adds Improvements to Certificate-Based Authentication Preview

Microsoft on Wednesday announced improvements to its Azure Active Directory Certificate-Based Authentication (CBA) preview, which promises to provide an alternative to federated-based authentication methods.

Microsoft's On-Premises Unified Update Platform To Control All Windows Updates in 2023

Microsoft announced last week that a private preview of its Unified Update Platform (UUP) for on-premises environments is available for testing by commercial organizations.

Office 2016 and Office 2019 To Lose Microsoft 365 Connections Next Year

Microsoft on Monday reminded organizations using the Office 2016 and Office 2019 productivity suites that those products will lose connections to Microsoft 365 apps and services, starting in Oct. 2023.

Microsoft Ending the Windows Information Protection Service

Microsoft on Thursday announced the gradual end of its Windows Information Protection (WIP) service, which is designed to keep users of Microsoft 365 apps from inadvertently disclosing organizational information.

Microsoft Access Fixes Coming Soon To Remedy Patch Tuesday Update Troubles

Microsoft this week indicated that fixes for Microsoft Access problems, which were caused by a botched July 12 "patch Tuesday" security patch release, will be arriving soon.

Man and Arrows

Microsoft Once Again Blocks Malicious Macros in Office

Microsoft this week said they are once again reverting back to blocking Visual Basic Application (VBA) macros in Office.


Microsoft Commercially Releases Azure Active Directory Cross Tenant Access Setting

Microsoft on Thursday announced the "general availability" commercial release of its cross-tenant access settings for external collaborations feature, which is part of its Azure Active Directory External Identities service offering.

Microsoft Teams Goes Down for 6 Hours

Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft 365 apps went down for some users on Wednesday night, lasting maybe six hours.

Microsoft Touts HyperClear Protection Against RETbleed and Other New Side-Channel Attacks

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its HyperClear technology used with its Hyper-V hypervisor offers protections against new speculative execution side-channel attack methods that were disclosed last week by AMD and Intel.

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