I am All About Microsoft on ZDNet (blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft). Oh, and I am also sometimes (more often than not) all about craft beer.
Microsoft is enabling enterprise features by default in the Dev Channel builds of Chromium-based Edge. Here's what's available to IT pro testers now and what's coming later: https://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-microsofts-updated-roadmap-for-chromium-based-edge-features-for-the-enterprise/
Today's the official start date: Microsoft is starting to automatically update Windows 10 Home and Pro users on versions 1803 to 1903 using Windows Update https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-is-starting-to-auto-update-windows-10-home-pro-users-on-1803-or-older-to-1903/
"Slack isn’t worried about Microsoft’s big Teams push" That's exactly how someone who was worried would respond to a threat.
 
maybe they can hold a Teams funeral on campus...?
RT @RicksterCDN: I am going to be answering YOUR questions while talking with @maryjofoley on the next #MJFChat. Tech, career tips, leaders…
@MSFTMechanics video-tutorial series on how to prepare, deploy, and optimize Windows Virtual Desktop service (which has been in preview since March): https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Windows-Virtual-Desktop-How-to-set-up-your-environment/ba-p/7 57140
Our next #MJFChat is all about career tips and tricks for IT pros. Special guest is @RicksterCDN, Microsoft Cloud Advocate Team Lead, who can talk Win Server, Azure, systems management and more. Here's how to participate: https://www.petri.com/mjfchat-career-tips-and-tricks-for-it-pros
You know it's a whole new world when you see this in your Twitter stream (as a Microsoft reporter)
Microsoft and Adobe's ties keep getting tighter. Microsoft-Accenture joint venture Avanade to launch an Adobe practice: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-accenture-joint-venture-avanade-to-launch-an-adobe-practice/
Microsoft is rolling out a second test build of its Windows 10 19H2 feature update (build 18362.10005) to the Slow Ring, but the new features in it are turned off by default at the moment. Here's what's happening: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-unveils-second-preview-build-of-windows-10-19h2-tests-new-features-being-off-by-default/
Microsoft: Azure is at 99.995 percent uptime but we can do more: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-azure-is-at-99-995-percent-uptime-but-we-can-do-more/
Microsoft is live streaming its #Inspire2019 partner-conference keynotes starting at 11:30 a.m. ET here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xLLJCQl714 Today, it's channel chief @gavriels1 and EVP of worldwide commercial biz @judsonalthoff
RT @thurrottfeed: #MondayPoll: It's Amazon Prime Day, are you planning to buy anything? #PrimeDayAmazon
RT @PetriFeed: #MondayPoll: Are you planning to use Chromium-based Edge in your organization?
Microsoft blocks major Windows 10 update for Surface Book 2 after bug makes GPU vanish: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-blocks-major-windows-10-update-for-1700-flagship-surface-book-2-after-bug-makes- gpu-vanish-techrepublic/ (by TechRepublic's @NickJHeath)
RT @RecastSoftware: Hear from @maryjofoley and guest speaker @bdam555 on keeping up with Windows patches in your enterprise: https://t.co/F…
Another roadblock-- Oracle's legal challenge -- eliminated in the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract bake-off between Microsoft and Amazon: https://www.zdnet.com/article/another-roadblock-eliminated-in-the-10-billion-jedi-bake-off-between-microsoft-and-amazon/
RT @maryjofoley: Microsoft capitulates and agrees to undo planned partner product licensing changes. IUR benefits are back, baby: https://t…
Some thoughts on keeping up with Windows patches in your enterprise -- the latest #MJFChat with @bdam555 (the 'Dam Good Administrator') and yours truly. Audio: https://www.petri.com/mjfchat-how-to-keep-up-with-windows-patches-in-your-enterprise and transcript: https://www.petri.com/forums/topic/how-to-keep-up-with-windows-patches-in-your-enterprise
Microsoft, after the outcry by many of its reseller partners, now says it will not charge them for internal use of the company's products and services (@maryjofoley / ZDNet) https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-capitulates-and-agrees-to-undo-planned-partner-product-licensing-changes / http://www.techmeme.com/190712/p10#a190712p10
Also, for partners asking, the change in the number of net-new tenants for CSPs and the end of free on-prem support incidents also have been revoked as part of Microsoft's announcement today. Updated: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-capitulates-and-agrees-to-undo-planned-partner-product-licensing-changes/
Microsoft capitulates and agrees to undo planned partner product licensing changes. IUR benefits are back, baby: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-capitulates-and-agrees-to-undo-planned-partner-product-licensing-changes/
Microsoft defends planned partner program changes, but many aren't buying it https://zd.net/2LjVuMW via @ZDNet & @maryjofoley
Microsoft's reseller partners are upset with its decision to stop giving them internal use rights for products; source says it costs Microsoft ~$200M per year (@maryjofoley / ZDNet) https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-defends-planned-partner-program-changes-but-many-arent-buying-it/ http://www.techmeme.com/190712/p1#a190712p1
Microsoft has yet to release the promised 'beta' channel for its Chromium-based Edge browser, but it's now telling IT pros the Dev channel is ready for them to start testing it: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-gives-it-pros-the-signal-to-start-testing-chromium-based-edge/
Microsoft now says Teams has 13 million daily active users: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-says-teams-now-has-13-million-daily-active-users/
RT @MSFT365Status: We’re investigating an issue where users are unable to perform various actions across the Microsoft Teams service. Addit…
ICYMI: Microsoft's "security-only" update package for Windows 7 includes an unexpected compatibility/telemetry component that has some skeptical users up in arms: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-stirs-suspicions-by-adding-telemetry-files-to-security-only-update/ (by ZDNet's @edbott_ZDNet)
Microsoft defends planned partner program changes, but many aren't buying it. A Microsoft AMA about the changes didn't seem to help much, either: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-defends-planned-partner-program-changes-but-many-arent-buying-it/
New Windows Weekly is out. We talk about the Microsoft partner uprising over internal use rights; Microsoft sales layoffs; Microsoft 'ads' in Android apps; wigs, costumes and lots more: https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/629
Microsoft adds new 'passwordless' sign-in option with latest Windows 10 20H1 test build (No. 18936): https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-adds-new-passwordless-sign-in-option-with-latest-windows-10-20h1-test-build/
RT @twitlive: Windows Weekly is next on the Live Stream with @maryjofoley @thurrott & @leolaporte. https://twit.tv/live
Microsoft is cutting a number of field sales jobs as part of one of its regular reorgs, specifically ones involving pushing Windows as a key part of their charter: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-is-reorging-its-field-sales-team-laying-off-some-modern-desktop-salespeople/
Today's Patch Tuesday tally: MS patched 77 vulnerabilities including two zero-days: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-july-2019-patch-tuesday-fixes-zero-day-exploited-by-russian-hackers/ (by ZDNet's @campuscodi)
RT @WZorNET: 📢July 9, 2019 #CumulativeUpdate for Windows 10 Ver.'s: 👉1903📋https://support.microsoft.com/help/4507453 👉1809📋https://support.microsoft.com/help/4507469 👉1803📋http…
Reminder: Today's the end of extended support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 (unless you pay for custom support or move workloads to Azure): https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-offers-windows-server-2008-sql-server-2008-users-a-new-way-to-extend-support-for-free/
New Windows Server 20H1 semi-annual channel test build is available (build 18932). No info in the notes as to what's new: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/07/09/announcing-windows-server-vnext-preview-build-18932 (First 20H1 Server test build was released in mid-June: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-releases-first-test-build-of-windows-server-20h1/)
RT @windowsinsider: Hey #WindowsInsiders, we have released the ISOs for 20H1 Build 18932: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewadvanced
ServiceNow says it will run its full SaaS platform on Microsoft's Azure plus its own cloud: https://www.zdnet.com/article/servicenow-says-it-will-run-its-full-saas-platform-on-microsofts-azure-plus-its-own-cloud/
ICYMI: Microsoft admitted to private Linux developer security list: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-admitted-to-private-linux-developer-security-list/ (by @sjvn)
RT @campuscodi: New Astaroth fileless/living-off-the-land campaign spotted by Microsoft: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-warns-about-astaroth-malware-campaign/ Nearly identical to the o…
We're always on the lookout for new #MJFChat guests. Have something you think IT Pros want to (or need to) know about? Pitch me and we'll do the rest. More info on how (and an example): https://www.petri.com/mjfchat-the-five-azure-services-every-it-pro-needs-to-know-about
ICYMI: Microsoft is axing internal use rights for its products for its reseller partners, citing a "refocusing" of its partner investments and programs as the reason: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-is-axing-internal-use-rights-for-its-products-for-its-reseller-partners/
Microsoft's Desktop Analytics service, now in public preview, is designed to help business users check their app-compatibility levels and mitigate issues involving the latest Windows 10 feature updates: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-releases-preview-of-its-desktop-analytics-app-compatibility-assessment-service/
Prepare for disappointment. https://twitter.com/maryjofoley/status/1148263087658668033
 
i had to look up "stranger things"... so i was just clueless more than disappointed :)
If you were wondering what those Microsoft tweets about Windows 1.0 (https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-baffling-new-launch-all-new-windows-1-0-with-ms-dos-executive/) were all about, here's your answer: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/strangerthings3
RT @bdam555: Oh hey, look at that, I came back from the wilderness just in time to have a chat with @maryjofoley tomorrow on all things pat…
RT @TWiT: .@Microsoft's release of its Windows 10 19H2 preview build has @maryjofoley debating if a "major H1/minor H2 update" pattern will…
RT @12Knocksinna: What we hear from people about #Office365 for IT Pros: best quote (from @maryjofoley "If you’re an IT Pro and do anything…
RT @twitlive: Windows Weekly is next on the Live Stream with @maryjofoley @thurrott & Leo Laporte. https://twit.tv/live
RT @PetriFeed: On July 8, the next #MJFChat will be all about keeping up with Windows patches in your enterprise. Our guest is Bryan Dam, S…
New Windows 10 20H1 test build (No. 18932) is available to the Fast Ring. Includes notification-setting tweaks and fixes, updates. More notification settings options for Your Phone Android users are included, as well: https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-windows-10-20h1-test-build-adds-new-notification-settings-options/
Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to market Microsoft 365 -- its subscription bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security -- in a more integrated way. And it's reorganizing internally to try to do so: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-wants-to-start-marketing-microsoft-365-as-a-single-product-in-its-new-fiscal-year/ (bonus buzzword: Foundation)
RT @shanselman: One stop shopping for ALL Microsoft Insiders programs! Free to join https://insider.microsoft.com/?WT.mc_id=-twitter-scottha
Got a couple responses from Microsoft to my questions about Windows 10 19 H2 testing and plans. Don't get too excited, though. They aren't really very helpful. Post updated: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-starts-testing-windows-10-19h2-in-the-slow-ring/
 
 
 
 
 
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