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A couple of decades ago, Microsoft was the kaiju of network computing. First came MS-DOS, and Windows soon followed. Each simply took over business desktops. Before Novell knew what hit it, Windows was then infused with the DNA of OS/2 and became Windows NT and in turn NT Server. Novell had dominated the early PC networking market, but by the end of the 1990s the company was a shadow of its former self.
Microsoft this week at its Ignite 2016 conference in Atlanta released details of a new cloud-based service for rooting out software bugs.
The so-called Project Springfield tool is a fuzzing service that the software giant has been testing with some customers as well as in-house. Fuzzing is a form of testing that sends random inputs to software programs to spot security holes.
testing looks for vulnerabilities that could open the door for bad actors to launch malicious attacks or simply crash the system, causing delays and other problems.
Microsoft has announced that the next major update to Windows 10 will run its Edge browser in a lightweight virtual machine. Running the update in a virtual machine will make exploiting the browser and attacking the operating system or compromising user data more challenging.
At its Ignite conference today, Microsoft's Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for cloud and enterprise, explained that the company wants IT professionals to feel empowered and digitally transform their organizations. Accordingly, Microsoft is focusing on three areas to do this: security, intelligence, and the cloud.
Microsoft may be aiming to deliver a beta version of its Skype Teams service -- its intended Slack competitor -- by November, according to a new report.
Brad Sams of Petri.com provided an update this week from his sources on what's happening with Skype Teams. Sams said Skype Teams has been under development for 18 months and that it's currently in private testing. An expanded beta may be coming in November, with a full release planned for January, Sams said, while noting roadmap "plans could change at any time".