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MSIX Packaging Tool Available in the Microsoft Store

Microsoft released its MSIX Packaging Tool via the Microsoft Store this week, according to an announcement.

Microsoft Promising Windows 10 Language Pack Perks with Coming Unified Update Platform

Microsoft's Unified Update Platform may soon see light of day, based on a Thursday Microsoft announcement.

Microsoft Floats New Approach for Updating Drivers and Firmware in Windows Systems

Microsoft on Wednesday described its Component Firmware Update (CFU) effort, which is a new open source protocol that Windows developers can leverage to keep their drivers and firmware properly updated.

Microsoft Previews Ability To Disable Basic Authentication in Exchange Online

Microsoft has released a public preview of a new capability that allows IT pros to disable "basic authentication" when using the Exchange Online service.

Azure Active Directory Connect Health Can Now Fix Sync Errors

Microsoft last week announced a new Azure Active Directory Connect Health feature for IT pros that resolves duplicate attribute sync errors with an organization's local Active Directory.

Microsoft Claims Azure Active Directory B2C Not Affected by Facebook Hack

Microsoft indicated on Thursday that its Azure Active Directory B2C service wasn't affected by the Facebook hack last month that potentially exposed the access tokens of about 50 million Facebook users.

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1809

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the release of Windows 10 version 1809, otherwise known as the "October 2018 Update" release.

Microsoft's Modern Marketing Puts the Crosshairs on IT Pros

IT pros likely are too busy addressing failed Windows patches to focus on the latest marketing push from Microsoft, but "modern desktop" and even "managed desktop" seem to be the latest things.

Microsoft Highlights Coming Intune, Configuration Manager and Autopilot Improvements

Microsoft this week announced a few coming improvements for its various configuration, deployment and management tools.

How To Validate Input in PowerShell Functions, Part 2

As Brien demonstrates, string validation is not the only type of input validation that PowerShell can perform.

Windows 10 Feature Update File Sizes Halved for x64 Systems on WSUS

Microsoft announced a new approach on Thursday to reduce the download size of Windows 10 feature updates, but it only affects organizations upgrading x64 systems using Windows Server Update Services.

How To Validate Input in PowerShell Functions, Part 1

If your automated script takes action based on a value, it's critical to make sure the value is correct. Good thing PowerShell has ways to validate the values that are passed to a function.

Microsoft To Change How Windows Servicing Stack Updates Get Released Next Month

Microsoft plans to release future Windows servicing stack updates as part of its monthly update rollups to avoid issues that have affected some Windows 7 users in recent months.

Microsoft Kicks Off Managed Desktop Service

Microsoft is initiating a new service for organizations in which it'll take over managing Windows 10 desktops, from the initial provisioning process to routine patching.

Microsoft Releases PowerShell Core 6.1

Microsoft announced on Thursday that its open source PowerShell Core 6.1 product is now available.

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