Q&A: The Microsoft Cloud Partner Program Is Here

This week, Microsoft officially flipped the switch on its new partner program. As of Oct. 3, the old Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) is gone, and in its place is the new Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (MCPP).

Microsoft 365 Commercial Users Getting Identity Theft Monitoring

U.S. subscribers of Microsoft 365 Personal or Microsoft 365 Family editions are now eligible for a new Identity Theft Monitoring service, the company announced this week.

Report: IT Budgets To Increase Despite Slowdown in Hiring

A newly published annual report found that 51 percent of IT departments are planning to increase their IT spending next year, even in the face of a possible recession.

Microsoft Bolsters 'Employee Experience' with Latest Viva Apps

Microsoft's Viva suite is getting new apps and enhancements, according to an announcement made on Thursday.

Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Version 22H2

The latest version of Windows 11, known as "version 22H2," officially has been released.

Microsoft Cites Partner Support with Azure Orbital Ground Station Release

Microsoft described Azure Space advancements, plus multiple partner support efforts, in a Wednesday announcement.

Google Completes Mandiant Buy

Google has competed its acquisition of security solutions company Mandiant, per a Monday announcement .

Microsoft Teams Rooms To Rely on Partner Support with New Pro Plan

Microsoft this week announced licensing changes to Microsoft Teams Rooms devices.

Microsoft eCDN Service Now Available for Video Streaming Needs

Microsoft has released an new "standalone" eCDN (Enterprise Content Delivery Network) product, which aims to optimize live video streaming in organizations, per a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Unveils CSP Licensing Changes To Address EU Cloud Concerns

New licensing and hosting rules will take effect on Oct. 1, 2022, for Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners and their customers.

Microsoft: Azure Outage Caused by Ubuntu Update Issue

According to Microsoft, Azure customers who had upgraded Canonical Ubuntu on Azure virtual machines may be running into domain name system (DNS) problems.

Microsoft To Sunset Kaizala Messaging Service in 2023

Microsoft announced that it will be ending its Kaizala messaging service next year.

Microsoft Readies SQL Server 2022 for Release

Microsoft last week announced that its upcoming SQL Server 2022 Release Candidate (RC) 0 is now available.

Reminder: UEFI Migration Requirements for Dev Partners Coming Soon

Certain "memory mitigation requirements" for PCs and software that use the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) are coming in November, Microsoft reminded developer partners this week.

Microsoft Releases Viva Engage App

The commercial release of Microsoft's Viva Engage app is now available, according to an announcement made on Tuesday.

Microsoft Releases Dev Box Preview

Microsoft Dev Box, which lets developers create provisioned workspaces for specific projects, has now hit the preview stage, according to an announcement made this week.

.NET 6 Support Comes to Linux

Canonical and Microsoft announced on Tuesday that devs using Ubuntu 22.04 ("Jammy") operating system can now install .NET 6,

Microsoft Releases Entra Verified ID Service

Microsoft announced on Monday the "general availability" of Microsoft Entra Verified ID, a new service that promises a more deliberate way for individuals and organizations to share identity information.

Microsoft Muddies Water with Microsoft 365 Services and Office Connection

Microsoft has gone out of its way to making the Office 2016 and Office 2019 connections to Microsoft 365 services unclear and confusing.

Microsoft Enhances Teams Experience on Apple Devices

Mac devices that are using Apple silicon now have their own Microsoft Teams version, optimized for the hardware.