The Microsoft stories hitting the headlines this week were all about the web, security and open source.
Elsewhere, Microsoft delivered its final Patch Tuesday updates of 2015, and further embraced open source by announcing a certification scheme for IT professionals with both Linux skills and expertise in its Azure cloud.
Microsoft passes 130 security fixes for 2015 with final Patch Tuesday update
Microsoft has issued its final Patch Tuesday update of 2015, taking the total number of security fixes for the year to 135. This is well in excess of the 85 issued in 2014.
Microsoft further embraces Linux with IT professional certification for Azure
Microsoft has announced it is offering a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) qualification for IT professionals working with Linux on its Azure cloud platform, representing a further broadening of the firm's new-found enthusiasm for open source solutions.
Microsoft Edge extensions are imminent as forbidden webpage is found
Microsoft appears to be on the verge of announcing extensions to the Windows 10 next-generation web browser Edge, according to a screengrab of a leaked page announcing their arrival.
Microsoft begins migrating Office 365 SMB customers to new plans
Microsoft has rolled out new Office 365 plans for small to medium business (SMB) customers, which were first detailed late last year, to existing subscribers.
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