Microsoft Announces Release Candidate of PowerShell 7

PowerShell 7 is now available as a "release candidate" version, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Delivering New Edge Browser via Automatic Updates

End users will likely begin receiving Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser in January via the Automatic Updates service.

Microsoft Adds Extensions, Security Baseline Support to Edge Browser

The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, based on Chromium Projects technologies largely fostered by Google, is poised to become commercially available in January.

Microsoft Adds Attachment Support to Office 365 Attack Simulator

Microsoft's Office 365 Attack Simulator tool now has the ability to include message attachments in targeted campaigns.

PowerShell To Get Faster in Windows Server 20H1

The next release of Windows Server will have improved PowerShell performance and a smaller container size, according to details released by Microsoft this week.

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Linux Users Get a Shot at Microsoft Teams

Teams, Microsoft's "collaboration workspace" app for organizations, is "the first Microsoft 365 app that is coming to Linux desktops," the company announced this week.

Microsoft's December Patch Rollout Targets 36 Vulnerabilities

Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Skype for Business, SQL Server and Visual Studio are all affected by Microsoft's December bundle of security patches, released Tuesday.

Microsoft Enables Azure AD Connect To Join Unconnected AD Forests

To bridge scattered Active Directory "forests," Microsoft is introducing a preview of a new "Cloud Provisioning" feature for the Azure Active Directory Connect service.

MacOS Investigation Support Added to Microsoft Defender ATP

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the "general availability" of the endpoint and detection response feature in its Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) product for macOS.

Endpoint Configuration Manager Update 1910 Starts Rolling Out

Update 1910 for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, formerly known as "System Center Configuration Manager" (SCCM), began rolling out to users last week, according to Microsoft.

Azure AD B2B Now Accepts Google IDs for Log-In

In preview since last year, a feature that lets users of the Google identity and access service use their personal log-in IDs with Microsoft's Azure Active Directory B2B service is now generally available.

Microsoft's Kubernetes Changes Include Confidential Computing Boost

Microsoft now offers "confidential computing" data protections for Kubernetes workloads in conjunction with Intel's hardware-based Software Guard Extensions solutions on Azure DC-Series virtual machines.

Microsoft Talks Up Windows Support for Encrypted DNS

The Windows operating system will be getting support for an encrypted DNS option, Microsoft announced this week, adding greater privacy protections for Internet connections.

Microsoft 'Refreshes' Azure Active Directory ID Protection

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the general availability (GA) of new enhancements to its Azure Active Directory Identity Protection service.

Microsoft Releases 'Windows 10 November 2019 Update'

Microsoft released version 1909 of both Windows Server and Windows 10 (also known as the "Windows 10 November 2019 Update") on Tuesday.

Microsoft Targets 75 Vulnerabilities with November Security Patches

Microsoft's November security update rollout addresses an estimated 75 vulnerabilities in total, including 13 rated "Critical" and 62 rated "Important."

Microsoft Connects BlueKeep to Coin-Mining Attacks

Microsoft reports that hackers may be using the so-called "BlueKeep" Remote Desktop Services vulnerability in older Windows systems to install coin miners.

Microsoft Extends Multifactor Authentication with Azure AD Update

Microsoft announced several Azure Active Directory enhancements at its Ignite conference this week, including Microsoft Authenticator use with the free Azure AD plan and a new Azure AD Cloud Provisioning capability.

SCCM and Intune Rebranded To Form Microsoft Endpoint Manager

A new service called "Microsoft Endpoint Manager" brings together System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the Microsoft Intune mobile management service.

Microsoft Replacing TechNet and MSDN Forums by 'Mid-2020'

A new site called "Microsoft Q&A" is expected to launch in "mid-2020" as a replacement for Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN forums.

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