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To get us started today, I’d like to share that PC Connection has posted a simple, yet comprehensive, Windows Server 2003 Vulnerability Assessment on its website.

It’s free, and shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to complete. Please feel free to take the assessment at any time. There’s more on that helpful tool, plus the all the Microsoft news you could possibly handle—including new insights into Windows 10—after the cut.

PC Connection Windows Server 2003 Vulnerability Assessment

Microsoft: Windows 10 on track for latter half of 2015

The company’s chief operating officer elaborates on plans announced in September, saying a “developer preview” will come out the middle of next year.
By Mary Jo Foley
CNET
December 5, 2014

Microsoft may be creating entirely new browser with Windows 10

The software giant is planning to roll out a new browser when it debuts Windows 10, according to sources. But IE isn’t going completely away.
By Mary Jo Foley
CNET
December 29, 2014

Microsoft Increases Support Costs for IT Pros

Microsoft quietly raised the price of its Professional Support services for its U.S. software customers to $499 per incident.
By Kurt Mackie
RedmondMag.com
December 1, 2014

MDOP 2014 R2 Now Available

Today we are delighted to announce the availability of MDOP 2014 R2 for download, which includes significant enhancements to App-V and UE-V solutions.
By Stella Chernyak
Windows Blog
December 8, 2014

First Impressions: Windows Server 10 Hyper-V Preview

Is Microsoft finally preparing a version of Hyper-V that can compete with VMware?
By Brian Posey
RedmondMag.com
December 18, 2014

System Center Technical Preview: What's New and What's Missing

Given the hubbub surrounding the Windows 10 announcements, it can be easy to miss the other two arguably more important releases in this wave: the Windows Server and System Center vNext Technical Previews.
By Greg Shields
RedmondMag.com
December 8, 2014

The Rise of Disaster Recovery as a Service

Microsoft has made a big bet this year that DRaaS will be a killer application for its Cloud OS and Azure service. Numerous players are making similar gambits
By Jeffrey Schwartz
RedmondMag.com
December 4, 2014

Microsoft Bundles Up Azure Active Directory Beta Tools, Releases Public Preview

The combined product, called Azure AD Connect, now combines “a bunch of different tools” for connecting Windows Server to the Azure cloud into an integrated whole, Alex Simons, director of program management for Microsoft’s Security and Services division, said in a blog post Monday.
By Kevin McLaughlin
CRN
December 15, 2014

Microsoft Adds Windows Client Support to Azure Backup

Microsoft’s Azure Backup service is now capable of backing up data from Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 machines, thanks to an update released this week.
By Kurt Mackie
Redmond Channel Partner
December 18, 2014

New Azure Releases by Microsoft Include Active Directory Enhancements

Improvements to Microsoft’s sprawling cloud-based service platform can be hard to follow, especially as the company combines its “general availability” product releases with “preview” test releases in its announcements. Sometimes it's surprising to learn what Azure isn't capable of doing, or its restrictions.
By Kurt Mackie
RedmondMag.com
December 12,2014

Microsoft Enables Lync-to-Skype Video Calling

It’s now possible for organizations using Microsoft’s Lync unified communications solution to establish video calls with users of Microsoft's Skype communications service for consumers—and vice versa.
By Kurt Mackie
RedmondMag.com
December 5, 2014

Microsoft confirms it is dropping Public Website feature from SharePoint Online

As rumors suggested, Microsoft is deprecating Public Websites from SharePoint Online and Office 365 in January 2015. Here’s more on why and what happens next.
By Mary Jo Foley
ZDNet.com
December 19, 2014

Microsoft makes available preview of Skype Translator

Microsoft is rolling out its first public preview of its Skype Translator real-time translation service, which is initially available on devices running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Technical Preview.
By Mary Jo Foley
ZDNet.com
December 15, 2014

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, with Cortana integration, now generally available

Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM 2015 releases, both the cloud and on-premises versions, are generally available as of December 1.
By Mary Jo Foley
ZDNet.com
December 1, 2014

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