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Microsoft has brought together the Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop teams and the pair are in the Windows org now under Panos Panay. (AVD previously was in Azure). Win365 is built on AVD so it makes sense. CRN says @RDS4U is overseeing both: crn.com/news/cloud/mic…
New Directions on Microsoft Briefing podcast is out. I talk with analysts @joshtrupin and @On_MS_Products about upcoming end-of-support dates for several MS products that could catch some off-guard -- and what users can do to lessen the impact: directionsonmicrosoft.com/microsoft-end-…
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So ... it's looking like Microsoft has reversed its decision to drop the SwiftKey keyboard for iOS (?) neowin.net/news/microsoft… Here's what they said about this in September: zdnet.com/article/micros…
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So ... it's looking like Microsoft has reversed its decision to drop the SwiftKey keyboard for iOS (?) neowin.net/news/microsoft… Here's what they said about this in September: zdnet.com/article/micros…
New Directions on Microsoft Briefing podcast is out. I talk with analysts @joshtrupin and @On_MS_Products about upcoming end-of-support dates for several MS products that could catch some off-guard -- and what users can do to lessen the impact: directionsonmicrosoft.com/microsoft-end-…
Microsoft SQL Server 2022 is finally here: redmondmag.com/articles/2022/… (via @jdanton on RedmondMag.com)
Microsoft isn't working only with OpenAI on an Azure-hosted supercomputer. It's got a multi-year deal with NVIDIA for one, as well: techcrunch.com/2022/11/16/mic… (via TechCrunch)
Microsoft bought process-mining vendor Minit earlier this year. Today, it's introducing a preview of new processing mining capabilities in the process advisor in Power Automate: powerautomate.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/mic…
.@Office365 Microsoft is preparing to enter the #Microsoft365 backup and restore market with a new #Syntex service for #Exchange and #SharePoint. Will the new service be successful? Who knows... the code isn't available yet! practical365.com/syntex-backup-…
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In case you forgot (but how could you): It's Patch Tuesday! Microsoft November 2022 Patch Tuesday fixes 6 exploited zero-days, 68 flaws: bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft…
2022-11 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5019980) support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/no… Adds Task Manager to the context menu when you right-click the taskbar
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It's .NET Conf 2022 Day 1 today. Live stream of the event starting at 11 am ET today is here: dotnetconf.net
Interesting Protocol profile of Kai-Fu Lee, who helped established MS Research in Asia and was CVP of interactive services at MS from 2000-2005. After going to Google, he went on to become a renowned AI investor in China: protocol.com/enterprise/kai…
NEW BLOG: Microsoft's CBL-Delridge Linux Distro is 404, long live CBL-Mariner boxofcables.dev/cbl-delridge-i… H/T to @maryjofoley
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Microsoft says it has plans to use the Copilot AI tech that's inside GitHub Copilot in similar programs for things like office work, video-game design, architecture and computer security. Interesting story from @dinabass: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
What's next for Windows: Cloud integration, ad- and subscription-powered devices? zdnet.com/article/whats-… (My last post for ZDNET -- and fitting it has to do with "Deschutes," which also is one of my favorite breweries.) 🍻🍻🍻
Updated the Unofficial Safeguard Hold Database today, up to 107 Safeguards registered. Feel Free to contribute if you find others! github.com/gwblok/garytow… Happy Windows Feature Updating! #Windows11 #PowerShell #SysAdmin #WindowsUpdate @mmsmoa @AdamGrossTX @maryjofoley
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Had some fun looking back on my 16 years of covering Microsoft for ZDNET with Editor @jasonhiner. 3 CEOs, lots of plot twists and turns, and products hatched (and dashed). It's been a wild ride. Here's our convo: zdnet.com/article/mary-j…
Office Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore to leave Microsoft after 32 years: zdnet.com/article/office…
Windows 11 Beta Channel testers are getting 22621.875 and 22623.875 builds tody, too, which include a bunch of fixes: blogs.windows.com/windows-inside…
New Windows 11 Dev Channel test build 25231 is out with a bunch of fixes. Microsoft also is testing with Insiders the ability for certain Samsung phones' hotspots to connect to PCs via the Phone Link app: blogs.windows.com/windows-inside…
Next Windows 10/11 Patch Tuesday fixes Microsoft's botched vulnerable driver blocklist: zdnet.com/article/next-w… (by ZDNET's @LiamT)
New Windows Weekly (and last with me as cohost) is out. We talk about learnings from MSFT Q1 FY'23 earnings, Microsoft and Android; the $600 Project Volterra ARM PC; and lots more. Thanks, all and see you from the TWiT guest chair one of these days! twit.tv/shows/windows-…
Reviewers who got to test Microsoft's latest PCs are posting their thoughts today. Here's ZDNET's Surface Laptop 5 review: zdnet.com/article/micros… and the Surface Pro 9 (Intel) review: zdnet.com/article/micros…
Microsoft starts shipping its $599 Windows on Arm device for developers: Windows Dev Kit 2023 (formerly 'Project Volterra': zdnet.com/article/micros…
My assistant Sorachi Ace will be joining Directions, as well, and is readying his best "It depends" answers for any and all Microsoft product and strategy queries.
Some personal news: After working with ZDNET for 16 years, I am switching gears (a bit). I am joining DirectionsonMicrosoft.com full-time, as of Nov. 1. I'll be working with them on their content strategy as "Editor in Chief," so stay tuned!
New Directions on Microsoft Briefing podcast is out. I talk with analyst @BarryBriggs about lessons learned around the Microsoft Cloud over the past decade-plus: directionsonmicrosoft.com/microsoft-clou…
New Windows Weekly is out. We talk about the Win 11 22H2 update (the missing features) and Windows 10 22H2 (with its missing feature list); macOS vs. Windows; M365vs. O365; Windows on ARM; a white-shirted ScottGu and lots more: twit.tv/shows/windows-…
New Win 11 Dev Channel test build 25227 is out. Lots of fixes plus some update-management changes involving the Update Stack Orchestrator, as well as some other small changes in Widgets, Start Menu badging, clipboard history, voice typing: blogs.windows.com/windows-inside…
Microsoft makes Tabbed File Explorer, right click on taskbar to go to Task Manager and additional Windows 11 22H2 features available as part of its non-security, optional feature updates today: zdnet.com/article/micros…
Also, for those interested in trying out the additional Win 11 features promised last month (tabbed file explorer, suggested actions, taskbar overflow, etc.), you can test drive them now as optional updates: blogs.windows.com/windowsexperie… They go mainstream on Nov. 8
Microsoft starts rolling out the annual Windows 10 feature update, Windows 10 22H2: zdnet.com/article/micros…
Learn all about the latest news from Microsoft Ignite 2022, the Surface Event, #Windows11, Xbox, and more from @leolaporte & Windows Weekly experts @thurrott & @maryjofoley plus Apple Integrations and Microsoft Designer! twit.tv/shows/windows-… #podcast #TWiT
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I had a chance to chat with Microsoft's @scottgu this week about his key take-aways across the cloud, AI, data platform, Dynamics and Power Platform announcements this week at #MSIgnite Here's a transcript of our Q&A: zdnet.com/article/micros…
Microsoft's Kubernetes for IoT and Windows ('Project Haven') work is moving ahead, making container-based app development and management an increasingly important piece of Microsoft's evolving Azure cloud picture: zdnet.com/article/micros… #MSIgnite
Microsoft splits channel chief role between two ahead of annual partner conference: zdnet.com/article/micros… #MSInspire
Google ChromeOS Flex stable release breathes new life to enterprise Windows laptops: zdnet.com/article/google… (by @sjvn)
New Windows Weekly is out. We make our mid-year/FY23 predictions for Windows, Edge, ARM, Surface and more; revisit PC sales falling and the Office VBA macro blocking back-and-forth; talk back-to-school sales and end by making a Deal with the Devil: twit.tv/shows/windows-…
Netflix chooses Microsoft as an ad-tech partner for its coming ad-supported subscription service: zdnet.com/article/netfli…
New Win 11 test build 25158 is out for the Dev Channel with a bunch of fixes, plus notification badging with widgets. It removes 'lightweight interactive content' directly on the Windows desktop; and may (or may not) feature new Search cues on the taskbar: blogs.windows.com/windows-inside…
Forget Prime Tuesday. It's Microsoft Patch Tuesday ... with 84 Windows Vulnerabilities, Including Already-Exploited Zero-Day: securityweek.com/microsoft-patc… (thanks @ryanaraine )
Windows Autopatch for those with E3/E5 licenses is now generally available: techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-… Background on Windows Autopatch: zdnet.com/article/micros…
It's time to pack it up and call it a week says my co-tweeter Sorachi #sorachifanclub
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