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.

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.

Idle Session Timeout Settings Now Available Across Microsoft 365 Web Apps

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the "general availability" commercial release of idle session timeout settings for Microsoft 365 Web apps.

Microsoft 2013 Branded Servers To Reach End of Support Next Year

Microsoft will be ending support for its 2013-branded server products in about nine months, with the typical end date planned for April 11, 2023.

Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management Now Reports CVEs Lacking Fixes

Microsoft is previewing the ability for organizations to see when software lacks fixes for common vulnerability and exposures (CVEs), as described in a Monday announcement.

Microsoft's Temporary Access Pass Now Deemed Ready for Orgs

Microsoft this week announced that a Temporary Access Pass capability in the Azure Portal is now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft Defender for Identity Will Check for Insecure Domain Configurations

Microsoft Defender for Identity is getting the ability to detect insecure domain configurations, even when they are Microsoft's defaults.

CISA, NSA and Other Agencies Recommend Hardening PowerShell

Government cybersecurity organizations on Tuesday announced guidelines for using Microsoft's built-in PowerShell scripting language with Windows, without having it also be leveraged by attackers.

Microsoft Adds New Capabilities to Verified ID Preview

Microsoft on Tuesday announced improvements to the preview of the Microsoft Entra Verified ID service.

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Major Tech Firms Create Metaverse Standards Forum

The Metaverse Standards Forum, made up of 30 tech organizations, has formed to foster cooperation in creating requirements and resources for the future of the metaverse industry.


Microsoft To Screen Its Azure Customers on Facial Recognition Use Cases

Microsoft on Tuesday announced version 2 of its "Responsible AI Standard" document, and disclosed a use-case approval process for its Azure Face API, Computer Vision, and Video Indexer customers.

Microsoft Secured-Core IoT and Edge Devices Now Available

Microsoft has brought its Secured-core security design to Internet of Things (IoT) and edge devices, according to a Monday announcement.

Exchange Tenancies Should Prep for iOS Device 'Modern Authentication' Shift

Microsoft and Apple are working together to eliminate Basic Authentication use with the Mail app for organizations using the Microsoft Exchange Online e-mail service, according to a Thursday Microsoft announcement.

New Microsoft Viva Sales Product Coming This Year

Microsoft on Thursday announced Viva Sales, a coming new product for salespersons that pulls information together from various Microsoft 365 applications.

Microsoft Defender for Individuals App Released to Consumer Users

Microsoft has released a new security application for consumer subscribers to the Microsoft 365 Personal or Microsoft 365 Family product suites, as described in a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft Announces Azure Arc Multicloud Management Perks

Microsoft on Wednesday announced enhancements to its Azure Arc multicloud management solution as used with its Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Azure Machine Learning (ML) services.

Orca Security Discloses How It Breached Azure Synapse Customer Accounts

Orca Security on Tuesday published its findings on a security hole in Azure Synapse, as well as Azure Data Factory, that permitted access to customer tenancy accounts on Microsoft's shared "cloud" infrastructure.

'Follina' Fix Issued in Microsoft's June Patch Tuesday

Microsoft on Tuesday released 55 patches for its monthly security update release.

Microsoft Buying Foreign Attack Research Firm Miburo

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Miburo, a research firm that specializes in detecting and responding to foreign cyberattacks.

Internet Explorer 11 To Live On as 'IE Mode' After June 15

The venerable Internet Explorer 11 browser will fall out of support on June 15, 2022, but just for certain Windows 10 operating system versions that follow the semiannual channel release update cycle.

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