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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Patch Again Tuesday Brings New GPO Setting

Microsoft today has rolled out new updates for Windows 10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607. Among the slew of fixes included in the updates, Microsoft has also developed a new Group Policy setting that should help customers with PCs that have difficulty with network connections. New setting… Adds a new Group Policy setting called “Enable Windows to soft-disconnect a computer from a networ...

Join the Microsoft Launcher for Android Beta, Test 5.3.0 When Ready

Microsoft Launcher 5.3.0 is close to being on its way to testers and will include some new features and loads of fixes. Want to join the beta?  Go here: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.microsoft.launcher Here’s what 5.3.0 will bring: Time/Weather widget redesign- Now you can have multiple widgets in multiple sizes in multiple styles for multiple locations! Also, check out the update...

Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machines

Microsoft has just announced the availability for Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machines. Azure Backup is an enterprise scale, zero- infrastructure solution, that eliminates the need to deploy and manage backup infrastructure while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups on standalone SQL instances and Always On Availability Groups. Details: A...

Office 365 Groups Gains the Ability to Enforce Company-consistent Group Names

Microsoft is rolling out a new function for Office 365 Groups to allow companies to help make sense of the group names being created by end-users. Office 365 Groups is a valuable feature that gives users the ability to connect with like-minded or collaborative partners for corporate projects, business, and community. But, due to the ability to generate groups, the group names can become unruly. Az...

Microsoft Delivers Forms Pro to Public Preview

Microsoft Forms Pro is a new app/service take on its Forms application. The new offering is powered by both Office 365 and Dynamics 365 platforms and allows corporate customers to generate surveys, quizzes, and polls that are company branded and part of business workflows. The Microsoft Forms Pro Public Preview starts today. Sign up here: www.formspro.microsoft.com Microsoft has yet to announce pr...

Adaptive Network Hardening in Azure Security Center Now in Public Preview

Microsoft has now delivered adaptive network hardening capability into a public preview. What does it do? Adaptive Network Hardening uses intelligence to learn the network traffic and connectivity patterns of the Azure workloads and provide network security recommendations for rule configuration for your internet-facing virtual machines. To find this, in the Azure Portal go to Security Center sele...

Microsoft Clarifies the Delivery Date for Its Upcoming Auto-uninstall Feature for Bad Updates

Microsoft’s bad updates abound and apparently, the company is giving up trying to fix the updates itself. There’s just too many variables and PC variances to ensure that a single update will be successful for every configuration. So, to give the company time to resolve issues introduced by supposedly “bad” updates, a new strategy is being introduced. Announced through a KB ...

Alexa Finally Gets a Good Wake On Lan Skill, But with Caveats

In November 2018, Amazon announced Alexa functionality that would allow developers to programmatically give control over network “magic packets.”  It’s taken this long, but now a formidable skill for Alexa brings the Wake On Lan capability to PCs. The skill: Wake on Lan (WoL) There is a potential gotcha with this implementation, though. You need to enter the devices you want to b...

Microsoft Updates the Timeline a Bit for When Teams will Install by Default for Office 365 ProPlus

Earlier this year, Microsoft made the announcement that its Teams product would soon begin installing as part of the Office 365 ProPlus installation. The original target date was March 2019. And, while the integration is on track, Microsoft has updated the timeline a bit to include the various branches of deployment. Here’s the current timeline (note the SAC change): Monthly Channel Version ...

Microsoft Opens Up Office Document Sharing Directly to LinkedIn Contacts

Microsoft is gearing up to begin the rollout of a significant new feature for Office customers that also have LinkedIn accounts, bringing the company’s job placement network further into the Office suite. Essentially, customers can interact directly with their LinkedIn contacts to share and co-author documents. The feature works for OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Online. W...

SHA-2 Support for WSUS 3.0 SP2 Released, Required by July

Microsoft today has released its SHA-2 support update for Windows Server Update Services. This update is available now and is required to be installed by July 2019. To align with industry standards, Microsoft is moving away from using SHA-1 signatures for future updates and moving to SHA-2 signatures (see KB4472027 for more details). Without applying this SHA-2 update, beginning July 2019, WSUS 3....

Microsoft Office Security Updates for March 2019

Microsoft Office received its fair share of updates the first Tuesday of the month during the regularly scheduled non-security Office update event. But, that wasn’t enough to push off much-needed security updates for Microsoft’s Office servers. Here is what’s available today…   Microsoft SharePoint Server 2019 Product Knowledge Base article title and number SharePoint ...