Simpler Policy Options Coming This Summer to Microsoft Defender for Office 365

Organizations using Microsoft Defender for Office 365 will be getting enhancements to preset security policy options, starting this summer, according to a Tuesday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft 365 Frontline Licensees Getting New Default Apps Setup

Microsoft on Monday announced a rollout of a new default prepinned apps policy for users of Microsoft Teams with "frontline worker" types of licensing.

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Microsoft Viva Goals Released at Private Preview Stage

Microsoft on Monday announced the availability of a "private preview" of Microsoft Viva Goals, an objectives and key results (OKR) solution.

Windows Authentication Problems Seen After Applying Microsoft's May Patches

Microsoft this week acknowledged possible authentication problems caused by its May security updates, which were released on Tuesday.

Microsoft Previews Defender Vulnerability Management Service Products

Public previews of two Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management service products were announced on Thursday by Microsoft.

Microsoft Previews Conditional Access Reauthentication Policies

Organizations using Microsoft's Azure Active Directory Conditional Access service can set policies to require reauthentications by end users via a newly announced preview capability.

Microsoft Offers Extensive Advice To Address Human Operated Ransomware Threats

Microsoft on Monday described the human-operated ransomware industry, offering detailed tips for IT pros, plus security product mentions.

Microsoft Patches Zero-Day Flaw in May's Security Patch Rollout

Microsoft on Tuesday released its monthly batch of security fixes, consisting of 74 targeted holes, which may look like a relief for some after last month's massive 128 total.

Microsoft Expands Security Service Offerings for Organizations

Microsoft on Monday announced an expansion of its security services for organizations.

Microsoft Expands Azure Active Directory Verifiable Credentials Preview

Microsoft announced last week that a preview of its Azure Active Directory Verifiable Credentials (VC) attestation solution can now tried by anyone with an Azure AD account.

Microsoft Stipulates Account Requirement for 'Personal Use' of Windows 11 Pro Edition

Microsoft indicated in a Thursday announcement that it will require the use of Microsoft Accounts (MSAs) for "personal use" of the Windows 11 Pro edition operating system on initial setup.

Microsoft Bolsters Passwordless Capabilities in Windows 365, Windows Hello for Business and Microsoft Authenticator

Microsoft on World Password Day described passwordless milestones for a bunch of its products, per a Thursday announcement.

Microsoft, Google and Apple Commit to a Passwordless Future

In a show of solidarity, Microsoft, Google and Apple announced on Thursday a joint commitment to increase support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention Can Detect Data Theft Attempts

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention is able to detect file transfer utilities used by ransomware attackers, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft To End Basic Authentication for Exchange Online in October

Microsoft this week again appealed to organizations using Exchange Online to move away from using "Basic Authentication," reminding them that support for it will get dropped, starting on Oct. 1, 2022.

Microsoft Authenticator Now Generates Strong Passwords

Microsoft announced this week that Microsoft Authenticator, its authentication application for Android and iOS mobile devices, can now generate strong passwords.

Update Compliance Service To Require Azure Active Directory in October

Microsoft is changing how its Update Compliance service works with Window 10 or Windows 11 PCs, and gave notice that it will be requiring the use of the Azure Active Directory service before year's end, per a Tuesday announcement.

Built-In VPN Security Coming to Microsoft Edge

Microsoft recently announced that its Edge browser will be receiving support for virtual private networks (VPNs).

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Microsoft Defender for Business Standalone Commercially Released

Microsoft on Monday announced the "general availability" commercial release of the "standalone" edition of Microsoft Defender for Business, a security solution for small-to-medium organizations.

Microsoft 365 Admin Center Now Shows Windows Notices

IT pros using the Microsoft 365 Admin Center management portal can now get Message Center notifications about the Windows operating system, Microsoft announced on Thursday.

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