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Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: Microsoft Earnings Special Edition (April 2021)

Last Update: May 29, 2024

Because Microsoft announced its quarterly earnings this week, this edition of Short Takes looks exclusively at the results across all of the software giant’s major business units.

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Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: November 22 2019

Last Update: May 29, 2024

Because millennials always have the answers, this week’s edition of Short Takes looks at Slack’s response to a Microsoft rip-off, Amazon suing over Microsoft’s JEDI contract, Salesforce’s unlikely Microsoft partnership, and so much more.

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Cloud Computing

Build 2024: Microsoft Announces New Azure Virtual Machines for AI and Cloud-Native Workloads

Microsoft announced this morning the public preview of the Cobalt 100 Arm-based virtual machine (VM). The company has also announced the general availability of the new Azure ND MI300X v5 VM series. Microsoft first unveiled its Arm-powered chip Cobalt 100 chip for general-purpose and cloud-native workloads in November last year. The Azure Cobalt CPU is…

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Network Security

Build 2024: Microsoft Expands Copilot for Azure Preview to All Customers

Microsoft is broadening access to Copilot for Azure preview to all customers, promising enhanced cloud management capabilities. This expansion comes with a host of new features designed to streamline operations, optimize IT environments, and bolster security. Microsoft Copilot for Azure enables customers to ask questions, write commands, and design and configure services. It leverages data…

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Microsoft Azure

Microsoft to Enforce MFA for All Azure Customers in July

Microsoft is stepping up its security game for Azure customers by mandating multi-factor authentication (MFA) starting in July 2024. This move aims to bolster account protection by requiring users to verify their identity through multiple methods, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security feature that requires…

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Protecting the Different Types of Microsoft 365 Data

Last Update: Apr 17, 2024

Microsoft 365 is an indispensable collection of tools for businesses. While Microsoft is responsible for the availability and ongoing functionality of all the Microsoft 365 apps, the responsibility for protecting Microsoft 365 data is the customer’s obligation. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of Microsoft 365 data and the kind of protection…

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How Azure AD and a Load Balancer Can Simplify App Delivery

Last Update: Apr 16, 2024

This post was sponsored by Kemp Microsoft’s offering in the single sign-on space for several years has been Azure Active Directory, which serves as the underlying directory service for Microsoft 365. This service is also widely used as the SSO and provisioning service compatible with most third-party SaaS applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce, Atlassian, and many more.   In a surprising turnaround from…

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Security

How to Set Up (Microsoft Entra) Azure AD Domain Services

Last Update: Apr 16, 2024

How to set up Azure Active Directory Domain Services

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Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure Joins AWS and Google in Scrapping Egress Fees

Microsoft has announced that business customers will no longer need to pay an egress fee to remove data from its Azure cloud infrastructure. This decision aligns with similar actions taken by competitors, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. Google announced in January that it will no longer charge businesses for transferring their data…

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Cybercriminals Compromise Senior Executives’ Azure Accounts – Everything You Need to Know

Cybersecurity researchers have revealed an ongoing campaign targeting Microsoft Azure corporate accounts. The malicious campaign is leading to the theft of sensitive corporate data and financial assets from numerous organizations. Specifically, Proofpoint researchers first spotted the ongoing activity back in November 2023. The threat actors used malicious emails with shared documents to target employees with…

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