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Microsoft To Pour Millions into Partner Incentives, Azure and Security in FY2025

Microsoft's inaugural MCAPS Start for Partners event took place this week, marking the beginning of its fiscal 2025.

New Microsoft Security Releases Aim To Smooth the Road to Zero Trust

IT teams often juggle multiple tools to monitor and maintain the security of their environments. Two new products released by Microsoft this week aim to consolidate their toolboxes and help organizations achieve zero trust faster.

Antitrust Worries Hound Microsoft Off OpenAI's Board: Report

In a move likely meant to assuage antitrust regulators' concerns, Microsoft on Wednesday stepped down from its role as a non-voting OpenAI board member.

Microsoft, IBM Partner on Enterprise Cloud Security

Another partnership agreement between IBM and Microsoft promises to extend the reach of the latter's cloud security portfolio.

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Microsoft Makes Dynamics 365 Contact Center Generally Available

As promised, Dynamics 365 Contact Center, a standalone contact-center-as-a-service product with Copilot AI capabilities, became generally available on Monday.

Microsoft-OpenAI Deal's Cloud Terms Spark Another EU Antitrust Probe

Competition watchdogs in Europe have begun an inquiry into whether the Microsoft-OpenAI partnership has been structured in such a way as to stifle competition.

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News Publisher Accuses Microsoft, OpenAI of Copyright 'Exploitation'

Microsoft and OpenAI have been sued by the nonprofit publisher of Mother Jones, the latest volley in the ongoing fight between generative AI firms and the news industry.

Copilot Gets Own Category in Microsoft's 2024 Partner of the Year Awards

The results of this year's Microsoft Partner of the Year awards were announced this week with two new categories that signal exactly what Microsoft thinks its partners should be prioritizing.

EU Presses Forward with Microsoft Teams Antitrust Probe Despite Unbundling

Antitrust allegations related to Teams continue to dog Microsoft in the European Union.

Microsoft's Copilot Efforts Propel It to Top of BI Leaderboard

Microsoft is the runaway leader of the analytics/business intelligence (ABI) product space, according to data from research firm Gartner.

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Feds Take a Hammer to Security Software Firm Kaspersky

Starting this fall, sales of all Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity and antivirus software will be banned in the United States.

SharePoint News Connectors Getting the Axe

A capability that enabled admins to make new SharePoint content viewable within Microsoft Teams will be phased out starting next month.

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MSPs Missing Out on 'Continuous Compliance' Benefits: Report

Compliance services are good for partners to have in their portfolio, but "continuous compliance" services would be even better.

Security and ROI Worries Blocking Orgs from Wider AI Adoption

Two recent reports from research firm Gartner indicate that businesses are as wary of generative AI as they are keen to use it.

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Registration Opens for Microsoft's New Summer Partner Event

Microsoft's flagship partner conference, Inspire, may not be taking place as usual this year, but the company is launching a new event in its place.

Oracle Offers Its Cloud To Help Microsoft-OpenAI Partnership

To give generative AI leader OpenAI more room to innovate, Microsoft and Oracle have agreed to combine their respective cloud capacities.

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Microsoft Reverses Even More on Windows Recall

Recall, a new Windows 11 feature designed to "retrace users' steps," won't be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

Microsoft To Wind Down Copilot Pro's 'GPT Builder' Feature

Subscribers of Microsoft's Copilot Pro solution will lose access to a key perk starting next month.

Windows Server 2025 GPU Improvements Promise Major AI Support

Currently in public preview, Windows Server 2025 is shaping up to be a major beneficiary of Microsoft's wide-ranging collaboration with chip giant Nvidia.

High Levels of Customer Unease Around VMware-Broadcom Deal: Report

CloudBolt Software, a Microsoft technical partner and self-described "cloud ROI company," recently commissioned a survey of 300 current VMware customers gauging their outlook on VMware's acquisition by Broadcom.