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Microsoft 365 Services Getting Root Certificate Authority Switch in 2025

Microsoft gave notice this week that currently used Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates associated with Microsoft 365 services and Azure Communication Services "will expire in May 2025."

Microsoft Ending Support of SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters

Microsoft announced late last month that it'll be ending support for two SQL Server capabilities, with cloud services and SQL Server 2022 typically proposed as replacements.

Microsoft Packs 71 Flaw Fixes in March Patch Tuesday

Microsoft on Tuesday released its monthly patch rollout, addressing 71 vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs), three of those tackling "critical" flaws.

Google To Acquire Security Firm Mandiant for $5.4 Billion

Google announced on Tuesday it's going big on security with the purchase of Virginia-based security firm Mandiant.

Microsoft Halts Sales in Russia

In further response to the invasion of Ukraine, Microsoft on Friday announced that it is halting hardware and software sales of new products and services to Russia.

Microsoft Finalizes Its Nuance Purchase, Bringing AI and Speech Perks to Industry Cloud Services

Microsoft on Friday announced the completion of its acquisition of Nuance Communications Inc., a former partner.

Azure Active Directory Custom Roles for Apps Capability Released

Azure Active Directory now permits delegating administrative privileges for particular applications, which can be an IT personnel assignment perk for organizations.

Defender for Azure Cosmos DB Preview Announced by Microsoft

Microsoft Defender for Cloud users are getting a preview of Microsoft Defender for Azure Cosmos DB, per a Tuesday Microsoft announcement.

Azure Active Directory Getting Multi-Stage Access Reviews Capability, Plus Change Management Cycle

Microsoft this week announced coming Azure Active Directory management improvements designed to make things a little easier for IT pros.

Microsoft Grows Azure for Operators Services and Partnerships

Microsoft this week described new efforts stemming from its two-year-old Azure for Operators telecom services launch.

New Defender for Business Product Now Getting Released to Some Microsoft 365 Subscribers

Microsoft Defender for Business, a new security solution for small-to-medium organizations, is now at the "general availability" commercial-release stage for Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscribers, per a Tuesday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft IDs FoxBlade Malware Attack Hours Before Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Microsoft is not only voicing support for the Ukrainian people, it's also supplying what aid it can to the European country.

Report Suggests Every Organization Has Exploitable Identity Risks

Identity security company Illusive this week announced a new identity risk management platform and an annual report on the state of identity-based security risks for organizations.

Microsoft Defender for IoT Version 22.1 Commercially Released

Microsoft this week announced Microsoft Defender for IoT version 22.1 at the "general availability" (GA) commercial-release stage.

Azure Monitor Gets Log Analytics Data Export Capability

Microsoft this week announced that a data export capability for Log Analytics in Azure Monitor is now commercially released, having reached at the "general availability" (GA) stage.

Report: 76% of Orgs Faced Ransomware Attacks in 2021

More than two thirds of enterprises experienced at least one ransomware incident last year, according to security vender Veeam.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud adds Google Cloud Protection

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a bunch of security product enhancements at the preview stage.

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Nerdio Manager for MSP Product Now Integrated with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

The Nerdio Manager for MSP (Managed Service Provider) 3.0 solution is now integrated with Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM), supporting the central management of customers' virtual and physical desktops by MSPs, according to a Tuesday Nerdio announcement.

New Windows 11 Pro Edition Installs May Require Microsoft Accounts

Microsoft this week offered a hint that it plans to impose a Microsoft account requirement on new installations of the Windows 11 Pro edition.

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Microsoft Cautions of Growing 'Ice Phishing' Threat on the Blockchain

This week Microsoft released a warning that it's seeing an increased number of phishing attempts aimed at web3 -- a term used to describe the decentralized environment created on the blockchain.