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.

Microsoft's March Security Rollout Targets 26 Critical Flaws

Microsoft addressed about 115 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) in its March security patches, which mostly affect Windows systems and Microsoft's browsers, plus a bunch of developer components.

Potential Security Flaw in AMD Chips Identified by Researchers

Researchers have discovered a flaw in AMD processors that potentially make them susceptible to cache side-channel attacks.

Microsoft Releases PowerShell 7

PowerShell 7 has reached the "general availability" (GA) stage, Microsoft announced this week, after being in the "release candidate" stage since December.

Microsoft Killing Off MCSA, MCSD and MCSE Certs in June

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it'll be "retiring" certain certification educational programs in June, and it notably won't have future separate exams available for Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019.

Microsoft To Let Edge Browser Block Unsafe Apps

Microsoft this week announced a forthcoming feature in its Chromium-based Edge browser that will block potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) from getting installed.

Microsoft Explains the Fate of SMB1

Microsoft has not completely scrubbed Windows of Server Message Block 1 (SMB1), the company said this week, counter to its previously stated plans.

Microsoft Details Plan to End Basic Authentication for Exchange Online

With Basic Authentication in Exchange Online set to lose support this fall, Microsoft on Tuesday shared details about the transition and highlighted potential hurdles for organizations.

Microsoft Security Products Hit GA Stage Ahead of RSA

Microsoft's barrage of announcements ahead of the 2020 RSA Conference, which starts Feb. 24, includes multiple enterprise security solutions reaching general availability, various product enhancements and new partner collaborations.

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