Microsoft's Easy Fix and Hotfix Service Get the Axe

Two of Microsoft's Windows patch delivery services are no more.

Group-Based Azure AD Licensing Now Generally Available

Microsoft this month enabled organizations to assign Azure Active Directory licenses according to group.

SQL Server 2014 SP3 Released

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 (SP3) was announced on Wednesday, about two years after the release of SP2.

Microsoft Updates Public Folder Management in Exchange

Users of Microsoft's Exchange messaging service will soon see some improvements concerning public folder management.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Having Issues with ZIP Files

The Windows 10 "October 2018 Update," also known as Windows 10 version 1809, has a problem copying compressed .ZIP files, Microsoft confirmed this week.

Microsoft Releases Its 2019 Servers

The 2019 editions of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Project Server and Skype for Business Server are now generally available, Microsoft announced on Monday.

Microsoft Mulls New Protocol for Updating Windows Firmware

Microsoft recently described its efforts around the Component Firmware Update (CFU) protocol, which is an open source project housed at the GitHub repository.

Exchange Online Now Lets IT Pros Turn Off Basic Authentication

A new capability that allows IT pros to disable "basic authentication" when using the Exchange Online service is now available as a public preview, though there are a few caveats.

Microsoft Enables Azure AD To Correct Sync Errors

A new Azure Active Directory Connect Health feature lets IT pros resolve duplicate attribute sync errors.

Intel Driver Causes Windows 10 Devices To Lose Sound

Devices running Windows 10 version 1803 or 1809 that have lost sound have an updated Intel Smart Sound Technology driver to blame, Microsoft said in a community post last week.

Groove Server 2010 Nears End of Its Support Lifecycle

Microsoft's aging peer-to-peer communications product, Groove Server 2010, will lose support on Oct. 13, 2020, the company warned last week.

Microsoft IDs Cause of Bungled Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Windows 10's "Known Folder Redirection" feature is to blame for the company's flawed Windows 10 version 1809 release last week, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

Microsoft To Issue SQL Server CUs Every Other Month

Microsoft recently unveiled some SQL Server servicing changes affecting SQL Server 2017 and newer editions, including the upcoming SQL Server 2019, which just reached the preview stage last month.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Trims Print Drivers

Last week, Microsoft gave notice that it's planning to no longer include basic printer drivers in Windows 10 feature updates, starting with Windows 10 version 1809 (also known as the "October 2018 Update").

Microsoft Cuts Symantec Security Cert Support from Its Browsers

Certain SSL/TLS certificates issued by former certificate authority company Symantec will soon become unsupported in Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer browsers.

Windows Server 2019 Released, Hardware Coming Early 2019

Microsoft's latest server operating system reached the "general availability" stage this week, though the related hardware will take a few more months to be released by equipment makers.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released

Microsoft's second major Windows 10 release this year, and its sixth for Windows 10 overall, is now available.

Changes Coming to Microsoft's Management, Deployment and Configuration Tools

As Microsoft detailed last week at its Ignite conference, a raft of improvements are coming to its Intune mobile management service, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for client devices and Windows Autopilot for new device provisioning.

Windows 10 Feature Updates Get Smaller for Some Systems

Microsoft last week announced a new method for shrinking the download size of Windows 10 feature updates, but only for those using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to upgrade x64 systems.

Microsoft Announces Bundled Enterprise Security Solution

As part of its 2018 Ignite conference this week, Microsoft announced it is bundling some of its existing security products into a single enterprise-grade solution.

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