This week was a busy one for Microsoft, but not necessarily for good reasons. On the plus side, the firm announced general availability of the long-awaited SQL Server 2016 database platform, which brings new capabilities including the integration of analytics with transaction processing function.
The company also detailed how it is developing an open source identity verification system based on the Ethereum blockchain technology that can be used with the Azure cloud platform.
However, Microsoft had to fix problems with the Outlook.com and Hotmail spam filters that saw users inundated with junk emails, while a Windows zero-day vulnerability went on sale that reportedly affects all versions of the platform since Windows 2000.
Elsewhere, Microsoft announced a new Windows Insider Preview Build of Windows 10 Mobile for its smartphone devices, and did a deal with Xiaomi to put Office and Skype apps onto the firm's Android smartphones.
Microsoft pushes analytics capabilities of SQL Server 2016 as it hits general availability
Microsoft has released the long awaited SQL Server 2016 database platform with an emphasis on enhanced analytics capabilities, greater performance and closer integration with Azure cloud services.
Microsoft announces open source blockchain-based identity platform for Azure
Microsoft has entered a partnership with Blockstack and ConsenSys to develop an open source identity verification system based on the Ethereum blockchain.
Microsoft fixes spam problem that saw Outlook and Hotmail users deluged
Microsoft has fixed a fault with its Outlook and Hotmail spam filters that saw users across the globe inundated with spam.
Microsoft confirmed the problem on Tuesday evening with a vague message on its Service Status page: "Some users may be receiving excessive spam mail."
Windows zero-day flaw on sale for $90,000
A cyber crook is offering a Windows zero-day vulnerability for $90,000 that they claim works on all versions of Microsoft's OS from Windows 2000 to freshly patched Windows 10.
Windows Phone 10 Insider Build 14356 brings Cortana syncing between phones and PC
Microsoft has released another Insider Preview Build of Windows 10 Mobile. The update includes a number of enhancements, the most notable of which is that Cortana can now push phone notifications to a linked Windows 10 machine.
Microsoft does deal with Xiaomi to put Office and Skype apps on its Android smartphones
Microsoft has reached an agreement with Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi to put Skype and Office on to the firm's Android smartphones sold in countries including China and India.
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