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Past articles by Mary Jo:

Microsoft is shutting down its 'Olympia Corp.' Windows Insider enterprise test bed

Microsoft is shutting down next month one of its programs that looked to help seed Windows in the enterprise. → Read More

Microsoft makes Dev Box virtual workstation available to testers

Microsoft's Dev Box service, which lets developers use pre-configured developer workstations in the cloud, is now available to all interested testers. → Read More

Microsoft adjusts its consumer-strategy priorities (yet again)

Microsoft is still not throwing in the towel on the consumer space. But it is cutting jobs and phasing out some products. → Read More

Microsoft makes its 3D emoji library available on GitHub and Figma

Microsoft is making available more than 1,500 of its 3D emoji to creators via GitHub and Figma. But sorry, Clippy fans: no paperclip for you. → Read More

Office 2016 and 2019 users won't be cut off from Microsoft 365 back-end services next year

Microsoft is warning Office 2016 and 2019 users that they might encounter issues when connecting to Microsoft 365 back-end services starting in October 2023. But they won't be blocked from doing so. → Read More

Microsoft starts rolling out 'Outlook Lite,' optimized for low-end Android devices

The app for Android is meant to work on devices with less RAM. It's available as of this week in a handful of countries. → Read More

Microsoft enters the final test phase for Windows 10 22H2 before rollout

Testers in the Release Preview channel can finally kick the tires of Windows 10 22H2 now. → Read More

Microsoft serves up lots of Teams numbers to demonstrate growth (except the latest number of users)

Microsoft's cloud businesses are continuing to grow during a challenging macro environment, but exactly how much is a bit tricky to determine. → Read More

Microsoft makes sharing Excel workbooks in Teams happen in real-time with 'Excel Live'

Microsoft continues improving real-time collaboration capabilities in its Office apps within Teams. Its latest effort: 'Excel Live.' → Read More

Microsoft fills in more details on its Digital Contact Center Platform featuring Nuance AI

Microsoft's Digital Contact Center combines Teams, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Nuance AI technologies into a bundle which will be available starting this week. → Read More

Microsoft adds Engage, a community-building app, to its Viva employee-experience platform

Microsoft is adding Engage, another new Yammer-based app, to its Viva employee-experience platform. Here's what it is for and how Microsoft is positioning it. → Read More

Microsoft adds 'Cloud for Sovereignty' to its line-up

Microsoft is looking to expand the Microsoft Cloud footprint to worldwide government customers. → Read More

Microsoft unveils Project AirSim for testing drones and other autonomous aircraft through simulation

Microsoft is launching a new rendition of its autonomous aircraft simulation technology, 'Project AirSim,' starting with a limited preview. → Read More

Microsoft splits channel chief role between two ahead of annual partner conference

Following months of unrest among parts of its partner-channel community, Microsoft is divvying up the 'channel chief' role in a new way -- among two existing Microsoft execs. → Read More

Microsoft said to be ready to shake up the Windows update schedule. Again

Microsoft already had been muddying the waters around how and when it planned to bring new features to Windows. Now it sounds as if quarterly new feature 'Moments' updates between 'major' Windows client releases could become the newest servicing roadmap. → Read More

Microsoft updates Windows 11 Camera, Media Player, and Movies & TV apps

Microsoft is updating various Windows 11 apps for Insider testers in the Dev Channel, plus releasing another new test OS build, 25158. → Read More

Netflix chooses Microsoft as an ad-tech partner for its coming ad-supported subscription service

Microsoft's ad platform will serve up all ads on the coming Netflix ad-supported subscription service, the pair have announced. → Read More

Azure's capacity limitations are continuing. What can customers do?

As supply-chain constraints continue to impact Microsoft's cloud capacity, there are some steps customers can take to try to lessen the impact. → Read More

Microsoft is readying a smaller, faster 'Outlook Lite' app for Android

Microsoft is readying a smaller and allegedly better performing Outlook app for low-end Android devices. → Read More

Microsoft seeks testers for its Family Insider program

Microsoft is seeking more participants for various customer-test programs, including its Family Insider, Windows Customer Connection, and Customer Co-Creation groups. → Read More