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Check out Dell’s new Latitude 13 Education Series laptop for classrooms
Dell has announced the new classroom-ready Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, built to meet the needs of any student computing program. This laptop, built with a rubberized LCD and base trim, is designed to be tough and has been subject to military-standard testing. It has a fully sealed keyboard...
7 Mar 2014
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 now a federation option for Office 365 customers
Identity management in Office 365 using federated sign-in through SAML 2.0. Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 was announced Thursday as a federation option for Office 365 customers. “This is part of a set of new features that benefit Office 365 customers who are using...
6 Mar 2014
Life in the digital crosshairs: Experience the untold story
On Saturday, July 13, 2001, Microsoft was alerted to a nasty piece of malware called “Code Red.” In just two weeks, ABC News reported that the Code Red worm had infected more than 300,000 Windows computers around the world. When the news broke, it was like something straight out of a Tom...
5 Mar 2014
Small businesses: Stay safe, get up to date before Windows XP, Office 2003 support ends April 8
The Windows XP standard desktop wallpaper, Bliss. The workplace has changed – we’re all more mobile and more social, and to stay competitive, small businesses need the right tools to compete. If businesses are running Windows XP or Office 2003 after April 8, they not only won’t...
4 Mar 2014
February 2014 security updates now available on MyOEM for Windows XPe SP3 and Standard 2009
The Windows Embedded blog reports that the February 2014 Security Updates are now available on MyOEM for Microsoft Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 3 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009. This download includes cumulative database updates for the Windows XP Embedded and Windows Embedded Standard...
4 Mar 2014
Recent updates to Office 365 Education include rebranded Office Online, improved security and Power BI
Power BI now available to Office 365 Education customers or standalone. If you use Office 365 Education, new updates launched since February bring you a rebranded Office Online, OneDrive, Power BI (Business Intelligence), Office 365 Message Encryption and much more. The Microsoft Education...
4 Mar 2014
Updated Embedded Lockdown Manager for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry now available
The Embedded Lockdown Manager is now updated with configuration support for new lockdown features in Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, writes Scott Johnston on the Windows Embedded blog. The update includes a Windows 8 Application Launcher, which enables a single Windows Store application to start automatically;...
3 Mar 2014
Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) encryption now in Office 365
In an ongoing commitment to protect customer information, Office is expanding encryption across all its services. Earlier this month, Office 365 Message Encryption was introduced as a new service that allows you to send encrypted mail to anyone. And now, Office has announced S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose...
27 Feb 2014
Study: Consumers want to share information online – but they also want to be in control of it
As brands try to forge relationships with consumers through data, while still respecting their privacy, Microsoft Advertising’s research may come in handy, with findings like this: When consumers feel in control, they’re more likely to share their personal data. As the Microsoft Advertising...
27 Feb 2014
Needed: International convention on privacy and government access to data, says Microsoft exec
At Microsoft, establishing and sustaining trust with customers is essential, and with government access to data continuing to be a “hot topic,” Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Trustworthy Computing said Tuesday that one way to address the issue is to have an international convention...
26 Feb 2014
Office 2013 Service Pack 1 brings security enhancements, expanded functionality
Service Pack 1 for the 2013 set of Office products including Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange Server 2013 is now available. SP1 delivers greater stability, expanded functionality, security enhancements and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. If you’re...
25 Feb 2014
Microsoft security experts will speak at RSA Conference USA Feb. 24-28
The annual RSA Conference USA will be held Feb. 24-28 in San Francisco, bringing together many of the brightest minds in IT security. Microsoft is a conference sponsor, and its executives will deliver several of the speeches during the week, writes Jeff Jones, Trustworthy Computing director. Among...
19 Feb 2014
Annual healthcare conference shows how Microsoft technology reduces costs, improves patient care
Microsoft Health staff from around the world will converge on Orlando, Fla., the last week of February for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS). The event will “highlight the achievements of health organizations that have used...
12 Feb 2014
Norway wins bronze … in security
Norway might dominate in cross-country skiing events in Sochi this week, but one thing is already certain: Efforts there in computer security are victorious, and Norway has secured the bronze medal for keeping its systems free of malware. In the second quarter of 2013, 1.6 of every 1,000 computers...
10 Feb 2014
New security papers can help small businesses manage data better
To help more small and medium-sized businesses manage data better, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing has just released two papers that outline data classification processes and benefits. As the Trustworthy Computing blog reports, “ Data Classification for Cloud Readiness ” outlines the risks...
28 Jan 2014
Microsoft makes recommendations to Department of Defense about the role of international standards in Software Assurance
Microsoft filed comments last week with the U.S. Department of Defense in response to a request for information about Software Assurance practices and the governance of Software Assurance programs, writes Paul Nicholas, senior director of Global Security Strategy at Microsoft, on the Microsoft Security...
24 Jan 2014
Time for an international convention on government access to data
The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft . It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues . Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important...
20 Jan 2014
Microsoft US education exec: Commit to respecting student privacy in the cloud
A recently published study by the Fordham Center for Law and Information Policy has prompted Margo Day, vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft, to issue a call to action to school leaders , parent groups, industry groups and policy makers to be better partners with schools. She suggests coming...
17 Jan 2014
Tips for using your own images to personalize Windows 8.1
It’s easy to make Windows 8.1 truly yours by adding your own images to the user interface. One feature for doing that lets you create panoramic backgrounds for dual monitors; another enables you to use your own photo as a picture password for better security. “One nice feature of Windows...
17 Jan 2014
It’s easy – and safer – to set up separate accounts when your family shares a PC
For many, the home computer is an always-on device, with everyone in the family using it during various times of the day. And with hurried lives, not everyone may be signing out when they’re done for the moment. That’s why it’s worth taking a few minutes to set up separate accounts...
16 Jan 2014
New report outlines cybersecurity challenges in developing countries
The following post is from Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy, Microsoft . It was originally published on Microsoft on the Issues . On Thursday, Microsoft released a new study entitled The Cybersecurity Risk Paradox . The new report focuses on specific ways...
16 Jan 2014
4 security bulletins issued on Update Tuesday for January
Four security bulletins, all rated “important,” are being issued to address six common vulnerabilities and exposures in Microsoft Windows, Office and Dynamics AX, reports Dustin Childs on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog. The top deployment priority for this month is MS14-002...
14 Jan 2014
Office 365 and GoDaddy partner to help small businesses
On Monday, GoDaddy and Microsoft announced a long-term strategic partnership to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy’s exclusive core business-class email and productivity service to its small-business customers. As the Office News blog reports, “The partnership will give small businesses access...
13 Jan 2014
Microsoft’s health customers share three things they love about Windows 8.1
The Microsoft in Health blog is learning from its customers about their mobile health needs, and have shared three things those customers love about working with Windows devices: side-by-side apps, classic Windows apps and a bevy of security features. As the blog reports, “More often than not...
10 Jan 2014
Windows Azure whitepaper gives customers insights on security features
Windows Azure networking provides the infrastructure to securely connect customers’ virtual machines to one another, as well as being the bridge between the cloud and customers’ on-premises data centers. A new whitepaper gives customers insights on how they can take advantage of Windows Azure’s...
7 Jan 2014
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