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Kurt Mackie

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.
Cloud & Infrastructure

Microsoft cools data center servers in liquid-filled tanks

As advances in air-cooled computer chip technology have slowed, Microsoft touted its new cooling system that’s running in a production environment.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Window 7 isn't the only product losing support this year

Look for a number of Microsoft business products to reach end-of-support milestones in 2020.

Microsoft pares support for certain Intel PCs

Microsoft has shortened its Windows lifecycle support policies for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on machines with Skylake processors.


As Microsoft support winds down, security risks ratchet up

Security risks will increase when Microsoft stops issuing security patches for some older Internet Explorer browser versions as well as some .NET Framework 4 versions. In April of this year, SQL Server 2005 also will lose extended support.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Microsoft import service helps move files to Office 365

The service can be used to transfer Outlook data files ahead of moving to Office 365's Exchange Online or to transfer files for use with SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business.

The new language of Windows 10

For all the details accompanying Microsoft’s release of Windows 10 last week, industry observers are still seeking clarity on some key points.

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SharePoint 2016 built on cloud foundation

When SharePoint Server 2016 is released next year, Microsoft’s cloud services will be deeply ingrained, creating a more unified end user experience across components.

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Still on Windows Server 2003? Get out your wallet.

Agencies still depending on Windows Server 2003 will be looking at steep costs if they buy into a Microsoft Custom Support Agreement to cover updates to the software that will no longer be supported after July 14, 2015.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Office 365 gets additional email protections

Government agencies running Office 365 can now take advantage of Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection, a new email filtering service that provides additional protection against malicious attachments and links.


Microsoft says start practicing now for Windows 10 update cycle

IT managers should get in shape for the Windows 10 update relay by installing updates more frequently, the company advises.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Nano Server: Microsoft’s cloud OS

Positioned as the future Windows Server, Microsoft’s Nano Server is a remotely administered server operating system optimized for private clouds and data centers.

IE Enterprise Mode gets compatibility tweaks

Government IT managers wrestling with browser compatibility issues can get some help from enhancements to Microsoft’s Enterprise Mode browser compatibility solution and Enterprise Site Discovery Toolkit.

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Office 365 rolls out ‘useful’ bounce-back messages

Improved nondelivery reports will make it easier for users to fix their own email delivery problems.

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Government Office 365 plans get free MDM tools

Government IT managers looking for mobile device management tools will get three new options with their Office 365 subscription plans.

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Microsoft beefs up Azure for Internet of Things

Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite combines the business intelligence capabilities of Power BI using real-time data (Azure Stream Analytics) and Azure Machine Learning capabilities.

Samsung may bundle Office apps into Knox

Reports from the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that Samsung plans to bundle Microsoft’s Office apps – OneDrive, OneNote and Office 365 – into its Knox Workspace enterprise security platform.

Google’s MDM program for putting Android to work

Google’s Android for Work program is designed to give IT departments a consistent approach for mobile device management of Android devices through standardized management APIs.

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Email can be indefinitely recoverable with Office 365

Microsoft’s new policy makes email in the Deleted Items folder accessible indefinitely, or for as long as determined by the email administrator.

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What’s on Microsoft’s 2015 enterprise roadmap

Analysts from Directions on Microsoft provided insights into the firm’s enterprise product plans.