Archive for July, 2017

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) out of Beta!

Windows Server Semi-annual Channel Overview

Windows 10 Creators Update fully available for all Windows 10 customers / EOL for Win 10 1511 is October 10, 2017

Microsoft confirmed last week that some Windows 10 devices, with older Intel Atom ‘Clover Trail’ processors, will not be able to install the Creators Update. Those PCs will continue to be supported with security updates until 2023, but they will not be eligible to install any further feature updates to the OS.

CB and CBB are no more. this is replaced by semi-annual Channel

Both feature releases will be serviced for 18 months from the date of release

As a convenience to help organizations that haven’t yet begun this broad deployment, we are updating the Windows 10 1703 packages and ISOs on the Volume License Servicing Center, MSDN, Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, and Windows Server Update Services, integrating the July cumulative update into the original Windows 10 1703 packages.

Windows as a service is an ongoing process:  New releases are deployed while old releases are retired.  Today, many customers are broadly deploying Windows 10 1703 after successful pilot deployments.  And many other customers are in the process of updating the last of their Windows 10 1511 PCs in preparation for the upcoming October 10th, 2017, end of servicing date.


Windows 10 release information:

Windows as a service: Simplified and Aligned:

Windows 10 Creators Update: An overview of its new features and improvements:

Windows Server Semi-annual Channel Overview:


Windows lifecycle fact sheet:

Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 version 1511 in October:

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) – Automate Installation of VM Extensions using PowerShell and JSON

New to Office 365 in July—Microsoft 365, business apps and more

News from Inspire for businesses of all sizes:
   Introducing Microsoft 365
   New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium
      new Office 365 Business center
         Microsoft Connections
         Microsoft Listings
         Microsoft Invoicing

Create and present more effectively with updates to Office apps:
   Turn text into timelines in PowerPoint
   Support for 3D in Office apps
   Read Aloud in Word

Additional updates for Office 365 commercial customers:
Outlook adds a smarter To: line and redesigned conversation view
Enhancements to Microsoft StaffHub

Ultimate Boost for High-End Desktop Market With Aug. 10 Availability of 16- and 12-Core Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors

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GPU: AMD Redefines the Enthusiast Gaming Experience with Radeon™ RX Vega and Radeon™ Packs

  • Radeon Red Pack – Featuring the Radeon RX Vega 56, an air-cooled card priced at $499 SEP.
  • Radeon Black Pack – Featuring the Radeon RX Vega 64, an air-cooled card priced at $599 SEP.
  • Radeon Aqua Pack – Featuring the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, the most powerful of the Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, priced at $699 SEP.

Both the RX Vega range and the Radeon Packs will become available on August 14. AMD also announced the launch of the new AMD Threadripper chips, two of which will go on sale on August 10. The processor comes in three variants, with the entry-level 1900X 8-core option launching with a retail price of $549, and is available a bit later on August 31.

AMD Vega 64, water cooled and 56 revealed:

Radeon RX Vega Unveiled: AMD Announces $499 RX Vega 64 & $399 RX Vega 56, Launching August 14th:

Spotted: AMD’s Radeon RX Vega, Air & Liquid Cooled

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Putin signs VPN ban in Russia, comes into effect from November 1

PowerApps and Power BI, together at last

Update 1707 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

Now Available: Update 1706 for System Center Configuration Manager

What’s new in version 1706 of System Center Configuration Manager:

Update 1706 for System Center Configuration Manager current branch is available as an in-console update for previously installed sites that run version 1606, 1610, or 1702.

Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager:

Azure Information Protection status update – July 2017

Configuration Manager Support Center user guide

Updated Report Viewer control now generally available

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK is now ‘platform-complete’

Windows 10 S ISOs are now available for MSDN subscribers

Fast and Easy Containers: Azure Container Instances

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Workflow Manager 1.0 Now Supported on Windows Server 2016 with CU4

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Cloud Platform Release Announcements for July 26, 2017

  • Azure Container Moment | Containers Moment launch
  • Windows Server Software Defined program partner announcement | general availability
  • Azure Virtual Machines | L and G-series additions to US West 2 + UK South general availability
  • Azure Cosmos DB | Service Organization Controls (SOC) compliance general availability
  • Azure HDInsight | HDInsight Korea South and Central general availability
  • Power BI Desktop | general availability
  • Power BI Service | general availability
  • SQL Server 2017 (Windows, Linux, and Docker) | Release Candidate 1 (RC 1)
  • Azure App Service | App Service Isolated SKU general availability
  • Azure Service Fabric | feature upgrades general availability
  • Azure App Service | App Service Domain Preview
  • Azure App Service | App Service Premium SKU V2 Preview
  • Azure Service Bus | Hybrid Connections in US Government Cloud general availability
  • Azure Multi-Factor Authentication enhancements | Network Policy Server (NPS) Extension for Azure Multi-Factor Authentication general availability
  • Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) releases | general availability
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security | Discovery enhancements, security dashboard
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Introducing Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics v1.8!