Calif. county taking 15,000 employees to Microsoft Office 365

County officials are stepping up efforts to transform operations and improve the quality of services to residents while at the same time lower IT management costs.

Can game technology rock the vote?

Microsoft's "Election 2012 on xBox LIVE" aims to lure gamers into the political discourse, but there are reasons why it might not work.

Will Windows 8 work in the government enterprise?

What are agencies looking for in the forthcoming OS, which is designed for both tablets and desktops/laptops? You tell us.

NYPD, Microsoft unveil all-seeing downtown surveillance system

The Domain Awareness System analyzes data from thousands of cameras, sensors and crime databases in real time, delivering a comprehensive view of threats and activity.

Windows 8: A secure OS for government?

Security in the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system beats previous releases by “leaps and bounds,” according to researchers at the Black Hat Briefings.

State is first to allow voter registration via Facebook

Washington developed an app with Facebook and Microsoft that lets users get to online voter registration forms via social media.

Microsoft issues fix for XML flaw targeted in zero-day attacks

The patch for the XML Core Services flaw doesn't yet cover every version, but it does cover the version being attacked.

Patch Tuesday could address XML zero-day flaw

Microsoft will issue nine bulletins in its July 10 security patch release, three of them rated critical. One could be for a vulnerability in XML Core Services that is being actively exploited.

Sykipot variant, exploiting Microsoft vulnerability, targets aerospace industry

The information-stealing Trojan attacks the recently discovered flaw in XML Core Services, as well as Flash Player, and might be coming from China.

Microsoft names 2 alleged leaders of Zeus botnet rings

The company's Digital Crimes Unit, which disabled the botnets after raids in March, will turn over its case to the FBI.

Microsoft unveils Office 365 for Government

Built to the same security standards as Office 365 for Enterprises, the cloud platform includes Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Office Professional Plus.

Smart-grid security could benefit from Microsoft's SDL framework

A major vendor of energy system control and smart metering systems is adopting Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle to help ensure better security.

Can better software make cyberattacks a losing proposition?

A conference on secure software development aims to raise the bar for attackers trying to compromise IT systems.

Tablets with PC power: The Microsoft vs. Apple debate

Apple's CEO doesn't think people want powerful PC/tablet hybrids, but we think they do.

Windows 8 a step forward in security, researcher says

A researcher examining early releases of Microsoft's new operating system says Windows 8 makes it harder to exploit vulnerabilities.

FBI seeks to expand wiretap law to social networks, IM, webmail

The FBI has drafted a proposal that would require social networking, webmail and IM sites, as well as voice-over-IP providers, to make their sites wiretap-ready, and it is asking those companies not to oppose the measure.

Conficker returns, exploiting weak passwords on network systems

Infections by the persistent worm, which takes advantage of weak or shared passwords or stolen login tokens, rose in 2011, Microsoft says.