This week was relatively quiet for Microsoft, but the software firm still managed to add extra capabilities to the recently released Azure Stack preview, and push out updates to the Windows 10 Mobile preview software for phones.
Elsewhere, Microsoft rebutted claims that changes to licensing for Windows Server 2016 would adversely affect customers, while this month's Patch Tuesday saw a number of fixes covering Windows, Edge and Internet Explorer.
Microsoft extends Azure Stack Technical Preview release with DevOps tools
Microsoft has moved swiftly to add more features to the Azure Stack cloud platform, providing enterprise customers with early previews of platform-as-a-service and DevOps tools that can be deployed onto it to deliver Azure-like services from their own data centre.
Microsoft: 'Large majority' of customers won't be affected by Windows Server 2016 licensing plans
Microsoft has hit back at criticism of its new licensing plans for Windows Server 2016, which will feature a per-core, as opposed to per-socket, model, insisting that "the large majority of customers will not be affected" by the changes.
Microsoft adds Release Preview Ring as it rolls out Build 10586.107 for Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft pushed out a fresh update to the preview version of Windows 10 Mobile to testers this week which comprises mostly bug fixes, while at the same time adding a new Release Preview Ring aimed at testers who want to see updates before they hit general availability, but with minimal risk to stability.
Microsoft issues 13 fixes in Patch Tuesday release covering Windows, Edge and IE
Microsoft has issued its latest Patch Tuesday release, fixing 13 flaws covering key products including Windows, the Edge browser and, of course, Internet Explorer.
This month's package is not as bad as the one before it when there were a lot of serious vulnerabilities to deal with, but it still contains enough patches to be of note to IT teams, especially the four 'critical' fixes.
Microsoft plays John Connor to destroy the T9000 Skype Terminator
Microsoft has announced details of how to patch Skype against the latest form of cyber nasty affecting its users.
New light-guiding nanoscale device can control and monitor a nanoparticle trapped in a laser beam with high sensitivity
Optical traps are scientific instruments in which a focused laser beam is used to exert an attractive or repulsive force on a microscopic object to hold it in place
Scientists estimate that the exoplanet has already lost up to 35 per cent of its mass over its lifetime
The observations were made using the Atacama Array in the Chilean desert
J1043+2408 was observed for more than 10 years, and its radio light curve exhibited a periodic signal repeating in about 563 days