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Azure AD Gets Single Sign-On Access Across the Board

Microsoft is enabling free single sign-on access (SSO) to for all of its Azure Active Directory subscribers, among other new features announced last week.

Azure Resource Manager To Integrate with Windows Virtual Desktop

A so-called "spring update" of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) that effectively turns it into an Azure service is now in preview, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Responds to Remote Machine Password Reset Quandary

For organizations whose employees have shifted to working remotely en masse, Microsoft has explained how the machine password reset mechanism for Windows systems works for them.

Microsoft Details Identity and Access Protections in Teams, Exchange Online

The Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE) protocol undergirds certain Office 365 and Azure Active Directory products, providing an additional layer of identity and access protections, Microsoft explained this week.

Pulse Secure VPNs Dogged by Password Vulnerability

Pulse Secure virtual private network (VPN) products have earned another security warning from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Azure AD Users Get MFA and Password Reset Registration

A new Azure Active Directory registration process became generally available (GA) this week, adding multifactor authentication (MFA) and self-service password registration.

Microsoft's April Patch Rollout Tackles Over 110 CVEs

Microsoft's latest security patch bundle, released Tuesday, was another hefty one.

Microsoft Gives IT Tools To Manage Windows 10 Reserved Storage

The spring 2020 update of Windows 10 will give IT pros new tools to better manage Windows 10's Reserved Storage feature, Microsoft announced last week.

Windows 10 To Enable Easier Access to Linux Distro Files

The latest Windows 10 preview build gives users the ability to display Linux distro files using Windows File Explorer, among other new features.

Exchange Online's Basic Authentication Deadline Pushed to 2021

The end date for Basic Authentication on Exchange Online has been postponed to the "second half of 2021" from the originally planned Oct. 13, 2020, Microsoft said on Friday.

Microsoft Delays End of Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1

Microsoft's plan to drop support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols 1.0 and 1.1 in its browsers has been pushed back to the second half (2H) of 2020, the company announced this week.

Researchers Warn of Malware Threat in Excel Read-Only Files

Researchers from Mimecast reported this week that attackers are hiding malicious payloads in Excel files sent by e-mail by using a standard Excel feature.

MCSA, MCSD and MCSE Get 6-Month Extensions

Three Microsoft certification programs that had been slated for retirement this summer are being extended by six more months to account for worldwide disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft Previews Custom Roles for Azure AD

Microsoft this month announced a couple of Azure Active Directory improvements with regard to custom roles and multifactor authentication support that are available now and on the horizon.

Windows Preview Pane Hit with 'Critical' Remote Code Execution Flaw

A "Critical"-rated remote code execution vulnerability in both supported and unsupported Windows systems has been exposed to "limited, targeted attacks," Microsoft warned in a security advisory this week.

Microsoft Slows Pace of Edge Browser Development

Due to "current global circumstances," Microsoft has decided to pause updates to the "Stable" version of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft Extends Life of Some Older Windows 10 Editions

Due to "the public health situation" caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft has extended the service lifetimes of certain editions of Windows 10 version 1709.

Microsoft Recommends Secured-Core PCs for Driver Exploits

Microsoft is touting the use of Secured-core PCs as a defensive measure against possible PC driver exploits, as explained in this announcement from the company's Windows platform security team.

Windows SMB 3 Flaw Gets Out-of-Band Security Patch

Windows systems susceptible to a "Critical"-rated vulnerability in Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1.1 got out-of-band patches from Microsoft this week, according to Microsoft's "out-of-band" security bulletin on Thursday.

Microsoft, CISA Warn of Critical SMB 3 Windows Flaw

A new Microsoft advisory warns of a "Critical"-rated Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1.1 vulnerability in newer supported Windows client and server systems.