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Configuration Glitch Caused Microsoft's Jan. 25 Exchange Online Disruption

Microsoft this week described a five-hour service incident that occurred on Wednesday Jan. 25, which was said to have affected its Exchange Online service, as well as other Microsoft 365 services.

Microsoft 365 and Power BI Services Hit Snag Worldwide

Some Microsoft customers experienced service delays or timeouts on Tuesday, lasting about two hours and 40 minutes, according to a Jan. 25 "Azure Status History" page entry.

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Report Outlines Creation of a $2.6B U.S. National AI Research Capability

The Biden White House on Tuesday announced the release of a final report (PDF download) outlining a three-year plan to build a National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR).

Microsoft Cuts Mixed Reality Toolkit Team and Plans To End AltspaceVR

Some of Microsoft's developer teams involved with the company's mixed reality and augmented reality work have been eliminated.

Microsoft Extends OpenAI Partnership with 'Multibillion' Dollar Investment

Microsoft is expanding its partnership with OpenAI, maker of the AI-based ChatGPT and image generating tool DALL-E, with an influx of cash.

Microsoft Eases Exchange Online License Assignments

Microsoft has simplified the administration of Exchange Online licensing when used with Azure Active Directory, per a Friday announcement.

Windows 10 Download Sales Ending This Month

Microsoft is indicating that the last day to buy a download license of the Windows 10 operating system will be on Jan. 31, 2023.

Microsoft 365 Insider Program Drops the Office Name

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has switched its Office Insider program name to "Microsoft 365 Insider."

Microsoft To Cut 10,000 Jobs Citing Recessionary Pressures

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a coming workforce reduction by 10,000 jobs, representing a "less than five percent" cut of its total employee count.

Azure OpenAI Service Commercially Launched

Microsoft this week announced that its Azure OpenAI service has reached the "general availability" commercial-release stage.

Microsoft Outlines Migration Deadlines for 'Classic' Stream Video-Sharing Service

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it plans to end its "classic" Stream video-sharing service for most customers early next year.

Windows App Shortcuts Deleted on January 13

Microsoft indicated in a Friday Twitter post that it working to address a problem that's caused application shortcut links to be dysfunctional or disappear on the Start Menu and Task Bar on Windows systems.

Microsoft Releasing New Microsoft 365 Basic Product and Apps This Month

Microsoft this week announced Microsoft 365 product news, including a new consumer Basic product offering.

Azure Active Directory To Get IPv6 Support This Year

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will start bringing Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) support to its Azure Active Directory services.

Microsoft Kicks off 2023 with a 98 Flaw Security Patch

The first Patch Tuesday arrived this week, featuring 98 fixes for security issues across Microsoft's wide line of products and services.

0Patch Promises Two More Years of Patch Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft this week ended its patch support for Windows 7 and other venerable Windows products, but one company, 0patch, is saying that it'll provide fixes for "Critical" security issues for another two years.

Microsoft Highlights Perks for Retailers using Teams and Dynamics 365

Microsoft this week announced Microsoft Teams and Dynamics 365 improvements designed to help retailers.

Microsoft Buys Fungible To Bolster Scaled-Out Datacenter Capabilities

Microsoft on Monday announced the acquisition of Fungible Inc., a maker of composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions for datacenters.

Microsoft Adds More User Phishing Details to Attack Simulation Training Service

Microsoft's Attack Simulation Training product now shows more information about how users interacted with simulated phishing attacks, per a Tuesday announcement.

Exchange Online TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Support Ending for POP 3 and IMAP 4 Clients

Microsoft gave notice this week that it's planning to disable the use of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and TLS 1.1 security protocols for Exchange Online customers that use Post Office Protocol 3 (POP 3) and/or Internet Message Access Protocol 4 (IMAP 4) clients, starting next month.