Microsoft has had an eventful week with the news that another widely deployed 'old faithful' product has reached the end of its lifecycle, this time in the shape of SQL Server 2005, an ageing version of the firm's relational database platform.
Meanwhile, on the Windows 10 front, Microsoft finally announced that last year's November Update has had enough time and testing to be considered stable enough to be the official Current Build for Business. Microsoft has also published a site detailing its roadmap for Windows 10 features, showing which are in preview now, and which are still under development.
Microsoft is developing a new management tool for small businesses to integrate with Office 365. It's codenamed Project Madeira and currently available to preview only in the US.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 reaches end-of-life
Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 has reached the end of its lifecycle. Although dwindling in popularity, it still accounts for a relatively large installed base in use by customers.
Microsoft endorses Windows 10 November Update as the official current build for businesses
Microsoft has officially declared the Windows 10 November Update delivered late last year as its Current Build for Business release of the operating system, meaning that it is the most up to date officially sanctioned stable build for business use.
Microsoft roadmap site details upcoming business features for Windows 10
A new Microsoft website offers details of the Windows 10 Roadmap for business, allowing corporate customers to see capabilities under development or almost ready to implement, as well as features already delivered in the release code.
Microsoft readies business management tool for SMBs that integrates with Office 365
Microsoft has made available a public preview of a "completely reinvented" business management solution for SMBs that links business processes with productivity tools in Office 365.
Microsoft backs EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer framework
Microsoft has given its backing to Privacy Shield, lauding the Safe Harbour replacement as a "step in the right direction" for transatlantic transfers of personal data.
Microsoft showcases updates to Cortana and Edge in Windows 10 Mobile Build 14322
Microsoft has released a new preview build for the Windows 10 Mobile platform, showcasing features coming to Windows phones when the upcoming Redstone release of Windows 10 is delivered.
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