Microsoft Releases Exchange Server Updates and Other Improvements

The Microsoft Exchange team got more talkative this week regarding a few improvements and changes, mostly on the server side.

Azure Traffic Analytics Now Available Commercially

Microsoft this week declared the "general availability" of Traffic Analytics, a service that checks network activity across Microsoft Azure public cloud infrastructure.

Microsoft Acquires AI Startup Bonsai

Bonsai, an AI startup that was founded by two former Microsoft employees and partially funded by Microsoft Ventures, is now officially part of Microsoft.

Password Protection and Smart Lockout Previews Now Available for Azure AD Users

Microsoft this week announced the previews of two password security capabilities for organizations using the Azure Active Directory service or Windows Server Active Directory.

Microsoft Releases System Insights Preview for Windows Server 2019

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a preview of System Insights for Windows Server 2019, which promises to put predictive analytical tools into the hands of IT pros.

Microsoft Adding Policy Transfer Support for Hybrid Exchange Scenarios

Microsoft's Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard tool, when used by organizations to move Exchange Server configuration settings to Exchange Online, will be getting the ability to transfer policies, too, by the end of this month.

Microsoft Previews Delegated App Management for Azure Active Directory

Microsoft issued a few Azure Active Directory previews this month, adding role-based access control improvements and the ability to block so-called "legacy" or older authentication approaches.

Intel Issues Advisory on Lazy Floating Point Speculative Execution Flaw

This week, yet another speculative execution processor vulnerability was uncovered, namely "lazy floating point state save/restore."

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Now 'Fully Available'

Microsoft has declared the Windows 10 April 2018 release (version 1803) to be a successful one, at least in terms of its telemetry findings, and is now labeling the release as being "fully available."

Azure Kubernetes Service Now Commercially Available

The Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) reached "general availability" status on Wednesday, and can now be commercially used in 10 Azure regions.

Microsoft Switching Windows Server 2008 SP2 to Monthly Update Rollup Model

Microsoft plans to switch users of Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 to a monthly rollup patch model, starting in September, according to an announcement this week.

Microsoft Teams Coming to Conference Room and Personal Devices This Year

The Microsoft Teams collaboration workspace application is getting added to various Microsoft-certified conference room devices, including the Surface Hub, Microsoft announced late last week.

Microsoft To Drop Community Forums Support for Windows 7 and Office 2013 Next Month

Microsoft plans to stop the active participation of its employees in Microsoft Community forum discussions starting next month for certain older Windows and Office products, plus a few others.

Microsoft Outlines Windows 10 LTSC Shortcomings for Organizations

Microsoft on Monday argued against organizations using Windows 10's long-term servicing channel update option.

Microsoft Expanding Azure Stack Availability to 92 Countries

Microsoft announced this week that it's planning to expand the availability of Azure Stack to 92 countries, along with other Azure news.

Microsoft Previewing Deployment, Reset and Delete Options with Windows AutoPilot

Microsoft is continuing to improve Windows AutoPilot, with a few new previews announced this week.

Study: IT Orgs Bullish on AI and DevOps, Shifting on Cloud, But Challenged by Security

A new study released this week by IT security company BeyondTrust polled opinions about emerging technologies and cloud use, but it also found that traditional security concerns were top of mind for organizations.

Microsoft Announces IoT and Intelligent Edge Solutions for Device Partners at Computex

Microsoft announced enhancements this week at Computex, an IT event in Taipei aimed at hardware partners building Internet of Things and "intelligent edge" devices.

Microsoft Advances Project Natick Undersea Datacenter with Scotland Launch

Microsoft this week described Phase 2 of Project Natick, an immersible datacenter that gets its cooling from being located under ocean waters.

SAP and Microsoft Expand Partnership on ERP Solutions

SAP on Tuesday announced its next CRM product at its Sapphire Now event, while Microsoft recapped its partnership efforts in running SAP ERP solutions on Azure infrastructure.

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