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Microsoft Adds Meltdown and Spectre Features to Windows Analytics

IT pros can now check on the status of their client device Meltdown and Spectre protections using Windows Analytics, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Axing TLS 1.0 Support in Office 365 This Fall

Starting Oct. 31, 2018, Microsoft will drop support for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 protocols in Office 365.

Windows 7, Windows 8.1 To Get Windows Defender ATP Service

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients will soon be able to take advantage of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a post-breach detection service originally associated with Windows 10 clients.

Intel Issues Microcode Updates To Protect Against 'Meltdown'

Intel this week released microcode updates to its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and partners in a bid to curb Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

Proxy and B2C Improvements Arriving in Azure AD

Microsoft delivered another set of improvements to Azure Active Directory (AD) this week, making it easier to publish applications using the Application Proxy service, as well as adding new Business to Consumer (B2C) features.

Microsoft Updates Azure AD with New User and Policy Features

Azure Active Directory (AD) end users and IT pros can now access several new improvements, as recently detailed by Microsoft.

With Microsoft Support Changes, Windows Gets Reprieve but Office Misses Out

Some recently announced support policy changes may prove to be a mixed bag for enterprises running two of Microsoft's staple products.

Microsoft Standardizes Office Code Across Windows, Mac and Android

The most recent round of improvements to Microsoft's Office productivity suite included the news that the Office codebase is now unified across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Microsoft Helps Orgs Block Faulty Intel 'Spectre' Patches

Microsoft recently released resources for organizations grappling with flawed firmware updates from Intel that have resulted in reboot problems in some cases.

Microsoft 'Playbook' Gives SharePoint Patching Guidance

IT pros who update SharePoint Server installations now have some help from Microsoft in the form of a new "SharePoint Build to Build Update Playbook."

Microsoft Gets More Transparent About Windows 10's Data Collection

A new app in the latest Windows 10 test build gives users some insight into the kind of privacy-related information that Microsoft collects from their devices.

Microsoft Adds Support for In-Place Upgrades to Windows Server

The latest test build of Windows Server, known as "build 17074," includes support for in-place upgrades and smaller Server Core base images, Microsoft said this week.

Intel Roots Out Cause of Reboot Problems After Meltdown Patch

Intel has identified the cause of the reboot issues affecting its Haswell and Broadwell processors after being patched against Meltdown and Spectre attack scenarios.

Microsoft Explains SCCM's Role in the Windows Update Model

In a new video series, Microsoft details how administrators can manage Windows clients using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Intel's Meltdown and Spectre Patches Can Slow Down Servers

Intel's firmware updates to address the Meltdown and Spectre attacks could result in slower server performance, the company indicated this week.

Microsoft Adds Storage Spaces Direct Support to Windows Server

The latest test build of Windows Server, known as "build 17074," rolled out this week with some new enhancements to Storage Spaces Direct (SSD).

Microsoft Releases PowerShell Core 6.0

Microsoft last week announced the general availability of PowerShell Core 6.0, which is notable for being a cross-platform DevOps tool for Windows, Linux and macOS.

Microsoft Warns of System Slowdowns from Meltdown and Spectre Patches

Microsoft's fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws will noticeably slow down some users' systems, the company confirmed this week.

Intel Plans Broad Patch Rollout To Tackle Meltdown and Spectre

To address the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affecting most modern processors, Intel will issue security patches for all Intel chips released in the past five years by the end of this month.

Apple Issues Security Fixes for Spectre and Meltdown CPU Flaws

Apple this week took steps to address the potential security threats posed by two recently disclosed CPU attack methods, Meltdown and Spectre.

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