Microsoft 365 Apps Users Get Update Channel Changes

The Microsoft 365 Apps service, formerly known as "Office 365 ProPlus," is getting a new monthly update channel and existing update channels are getting renamed, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Security Release for May Delivers Patches for 111 Flaws

This month's security patch bundle from Microsoft continued the hefty "Update Tuesday" trend, delivering fixes for approximately 111 common vulnerabilities and exposures.

Microsoft 365 Security Center Users To Get Microsoft Threat Protection

Starting June 1, eligible customers that "visit" or use the Microsoft 365 Security Center portal will be able to access certain Microsoft Threat Protection capabilities.

Azure AD Conditional Access Adds Features for Settings Management

Three new features for assessing policy settings on Azure AD Conditional Access became generally available (GA) this week.

Microsoft Readies Enterprises for Microsoft 365 Bing Switch Option

Microsoft recently shared more details about its plan to offer Microsoft 365 enterprise subscribers the ability to opt into using Microsoft Search in Bing.

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.