The MAP beta adds an Oracle-to-SQL Server migration readiness assessment; SCM 2 adds a Group Policy Objects Pack feature.
Microsoft said the third service packs are likely to be final ones before products enter "extend support" period next April.
Microsoft renamed one product, and released new test versions of some of its System Center 2012 management applications.
Lawyers for Microsoft have come to an out-of-court settlement with Czech Republic-based Dotfree Group and its owner over involvement in the Kelihos botnet ring.
The Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710, the first two devices running Microsoft's mobile OS, were introduced today.
- By Scott Bekker
Microsoft's fiscal 2012 first quarter were generally upbeat, except for the cloud over its Online Services Division's poor showing.
A Trojan apparently being used to gather information for a future Stuxnet-style attack, was found in European industrial systems, according to Symantec.
- By Kevin McCaney
Microsoft launched the second generation of its cloud-based PC management service.
At the second day of the SQL PASS Summit, Microsoft announced a new SQL Azure release as well as some new features to come later this year.
At the SQL PASS Summit in Seattle this week, Microsoft dropped the Denali code name and called the product SQL Server 2012 officially. Also, the company released some information on its efforts to support Hadoop open source technology.
Microsoft is keeping IT pros busy this week as it issues two security bulletins rated "critical" and another six rated "important," all addressing 23 assorted flaws.
Microsoft's advanced notification lists two critical and six important patches will be delivered in next week's Patch Tuesday update.
- By Jabulani Leffall
NetMarketShare shows IE use still dominates but has lost some ground among competing browsers. Meanwhile, StatCounter shows a rise in Windows 7 use in the U.S.
A Microsoft guide shows that the track itself is slated for general availability in early 2012.
- By Michael Domingo
An industry study of Microsoft SharePoint shows that usage of the collaboration platform is growing, but maintenance costs can be high especially given the lack of trained personnel.
Microsoft is collaborating with team members of the OpenNebula project to add Windows Server Hyper-V support.
In response to a new threat of attack caused by a flaw in the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0 and Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0, Microsoft has issued Security Advisory 2588513, which contains a description and workarounds.
Microsoft this month described how Windows Live will be used as a key element for its codenamed "Windows 8" OS.
Microsoft addressed a claim that Windows 8 will not allow Linux operating systems to coexist in a dual-boot configuration on PCs.
The analysts at Directions on Microsoft highlighted "Windows 8" and "Windows Server 8" roadmap changes from Microsoft's Build event last week.