Microsoft Azure AD Single Sign-on Now Free to Customers

Microsoft announced any customer using a subscription of a commercial online service can connect all their cloud applications to Azure AD for single sign-on (SSO), and protect this access with multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a security default at no extra cost.  SSO reduces the number of sign-in prompts for employees and enables one-click access to popular apps, and it should […]

Microsoft Sees 775% Spike in Some Areas

Microsoft is experiencing a large increase in Microsoft Teams, Windows Virtual Desktop, and Power BI, which are powered by Microsoft Azure — the second largest cloud services provider behind Amazon Web Services (AWS).  “We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place […]

Microsoft Extends MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD Certifications

Due to current COVID-19 prevention tactics, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications will be retired on January 31, 2021 rather than the June 30, 2020. With testing centers closed, it’s nearly impossible for most to obtain these certifications within the original timeframe. Microsoft has several […]

Microsoft making Teams available for everyone

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced access to Teams for everyone, as COVID-19 continues to impact people and countries around the world.  How Individuals can get started with Microsoft Teams:  If you have an email address through work or school, sign in  using this link. We’ll get you into Teams in no time.  If  you’re using  an […]

PowerShell 7: the latest major update to PowerShell

Powershell 7 is here On March 4, 2020, Microsoft announced the release of Powershell 7. In case you didn’t know, Powershell is the automation platform and scripting language developed by Microsoft for simplifying and automating the management of Windows and Windows Server systems.  In addition to the usual release of new cmdlets/APIs and bug fixes, Microsoft […]

Microsoft’s February Security Patches Deliver 12 “Critical” Fixes Among Others

Microsoft has released a hundred patches to Windows and other Microsoft software, including 12 vulnerabilities flagged as Critical, and 87 flagged as Important. Products such as Microsoft’s browsers, Windows, Office, Exchange Server and even the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool received updates (see Release Notes).  Most of the critical bugs are remote code execution and memory corruption bugs […]

Microsoft Teams is Experiencing Issues—Working to fix

If you’re experiencing issues with Microsoft Teams this morning, don’t worry you’re not alone. Currently, Microsoft teams is going through some glitch & outage in several locations. We’re investigating an issue where users may be unable to access Microsoft Teams. We’re reviewing systems data to determine the cause of the issue. More information can be […]

Microsoft Launches new Edge Chromium Browser

On January 15, 2020, just over a year after Microsoft revealed its plans to switch to Chromium, the new Microsoft Edge Chromium browser was launched across both Windows and macOS. Microsoft is gradually bringing the new Edge to groups of Windows 10 users through Windows Update before it’s fully rolled out to everyone in the summertime. While Microsoft […]

Microsoft’s Retiring Skype for Business Online on July 31, 2021—What to do

Since September 1, 2019, all new Office 365 customers have been on-boarded directly to Microsoft Teams as the default for chats, meetings, and calls. But what about the customers that have been using Skype for Business Online long before this change? Unfortunately, the end is near. Microsoft announced Skype for Business Online will be retired […]