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Using Microsoft's Hybrid MDM? Er, not for much longer

Microsoft has warned customers managing mobile devices using hybrid MDM that the clock is now ticking for the service and gently reminded them to consider migrating to Intune on Azure? Hybrid MDM was created to allow System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) users to manage mobile kit using Intune to lob profiles, policies …
Richard Speed, 16 Aug 2018

IoT shouters Chirp get themselves added to Microsoft Azure IoT

Audio IoT networking firm Chirp has convinced Microsoft to integrate its tech into the Azure IoT platform. Chirp’s hookup with Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform comes a few weeks after it rolled out a free tier for SDK access. CTO James Nesfield told us: “We’re able to add a really elegant onboarding capability without adding to …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2018
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Quantiq slurps asset of Profile Enterprise Solutions

Quantiq has snaffled certain assets of fellow Microsoft Dynamics boutique Profile Enterprise Solutions. The trade buy includes support contracts for roughly 40 customers that had projects on the go with PES, the Hemel Hempstead-based biz that has now formally shuttered its Dynamics NAV practice. A small number of staff have …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2018
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Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

Microsoft’s chatbot Xiaoice does a lot more than other bots. She has presented the weather on live TV and now even composed a book of poems. Xiaoice has written 12 million of poems in fact. In a paper on arXiv, researchers from Microsoft, National Taiwan University, and the University of Montreal explained that all text …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2018
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Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

A former Microsoft network engineer will be spending a sojourn behind bars after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Raymond Odigie Uadiale was this week given an 18-month sentence and three years supervised release – after he agreed to a plea deal that saw him cop to a conspiracy charge in exchange for a …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2018

Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

Microsoft and Adobe have teamed up to deliver more than 70 patches with this month's Patch Tuesday batch released today. Microsoft contributed the bulk of the fixes emitted this month, kicking out updates for 60 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products. These should be installed as soon as you're able to test and deploy them …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2018
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Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

In a week when NASA flung a spacecraft into space to touch the Sun, Microsoft has brought darkness to Windows 10, given Skype Classic a mission extension, and continued its efforts to send SMB1 screaming into the heart of our nearest star. Windows Insiders: Dark Mode complete! Kind of... It was a bumper week for Windows …
Richard Speed, 14 Aug 2018
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Microsoft gets edge on AWS with Azure Stack for government

Microsoft has kicked out a build of its Azure Stack on-premise cloud for US government use. The release extends Microsoft's Azure program for the government into the on-prem market, and gives Redmond one more selling point in its battle with AWS to land the lucrative IT service contracts Uncle Sam regularly hands out. By …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2018

Ethernet Alliance plugs and prays so you don't have to, and other networking morsels

Microsoft has said it'll be bringing more "software-defined" capabilities to Windows Server in 2019. It would have been easy to have missed it, though: Redmond didn't offer a product release, it buried the story at seventh place in a "top-10 networking features in Windows Server 2019" list, here. Greg Cusanza and Schumann Ge …
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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

Black Hat Next time you leave things to the last minute, remember this well. Despite having known about the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities for roughly six months, Intel and other chip giants still hadn't warned the US government's cybersecurity nerve-center by the time The Register blew the lid off the design flaws. …
Iain Thomson, 9 Aug 2018
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Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service mucked my cluster!

Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was launched to world+dog in June, however, a few disgruntled customers say the managed container confection isn't fully baked yet. In a blog post published on Monday, Prashant Deva, creator of an app and infrastructure monitoring service called DripStat, savaged AKS, calling it "an …
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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

If you can put up with the slow speed, Microsoft's budget Surface Go offers a cheapskate alternative to the stylish but costly Surface Pro line, effectively reviving the Netbook concept a decade on. The convertible slab is aimed at students and schools, but it's likely to be bought for field workers too. The Surface Go bucks …
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Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft

There was more to Microsoft last week than the launch of a little brother for the Surface Pro. Here are some of the stories you may have missed amid the fondleslab furore. Web Authentication in Edge Microsoft's attempts to get people to use its unloved Edge browser continued with support for the Candidate Recommendation (CR) …
Richard Speed, 6 Aug 2018
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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

Microsoft is emitting a raft of tweaks to its OneDrive offering this month, but has yet to address the elephant in the room. Or rather, the lack of elephantine storage in the room. In its announcement Redmond cheerfully points to all the new toys incoming over August, with Android users being singled out for particular love. …
Richard Speed, 1 Aug 2018
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Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

Microsoft gave us a clue yesterday as to the whereabouts of its Your Phone app, demoed to much fanfare during Build 2018 and conspicuously absent ever since. In an announcement on 7 May, VP of Windows, Joe Belfiore, reckoned the technology would be hitting the Windows Insider program “soon”. Three months later, with the …
Richard Speed, 1 Aug 2018
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Riddle me this: TypeScript's latest data type is literally unknown

Microsoft has rolled out version 3.0 of TypeScript, its open source extension of JavaScript that includes support for static types. For those who love TypeScript – a growing group to judge by language rankings – or hate JavaScript – which often has something to do with its lack of static typing – that's not a bad way to start …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jul 2018
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Span hits F#, LinkedIn gets mumbly, and UWP (yes, it's still clinging on) furnished with new toys

In a week where Outlook went dark, prices crept up and Office Server 2019 emerged, blinking, into the light, here are some tales from Redmond you may have missed. F# version bump Microsoft continued its support for the F# programming language with a preview of version 4.5. The jump from 4.1 is aimed at getting the language …
Richard Speed, 31 Jul 2018
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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

Windows NT has hit an important milestone. Its launch is now closer to the first Moon landing than it is to today. With its debut in July 1993, Windows NT ushered in a gloriously pure 32-bit future, free of the 16-bit shackles of the past. While the majority of PCs at the time were running MS-DOS, often with Microsoft's …
Richard Speed, 30 Jul 2018

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