Microsoft news recap: Delta and General Electric shy away from Microsoft, Microsoft Teams member limit increases to 2,500 and more

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Microsoft (MSFT) news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Delta to move flight crew to Apple devices, while General Electric moves employees to mobile Apple devices and recommends Mac for desktop

As Microsoft has officially put its mobile platform, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows phone, into maintenance mode, it appears that this decision is affecting some of its enterprise customers, as both Delta and General Electric are moving devices away from Windows, instead to Apple’s iOS. Delta is to provide its flight crew with iOS devices, while General Electric will promote Mac as its preferred system, as well as provide iOS and iPad devices to its employees for mobility.

Photo of Windows phones lined up in a Microsoft store

Microsoft Teams bumps the team membership limit from 999 to 2,500

The maximum team membership of a Team in Microsoft’s work communication tool has been increased from 999 to 2,500, allowing larger businesses to make better use of Microsoft Teams by having more of their employees in the same team.

Microsoft pokes Google for its handling of exploits

Microsoft recently discovered a security exploit in Google’s Chrome browser, but rather than taking Google’s stance of publishing details of the exploit before the company has fixed it, Microsoft allowed Google to patch the exploit beforehand, then took a dig at Google in the differences in strategy for handling exploits.

Our strategies may differ, but we believe in collaborating across the security industry in order to help protect customers. This includes disclosing vulnerabilities to vendors through Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD), and partnering throughout the process of delivering security fixes.

Microsoft received 25,367 legal requests from law enforcement for customer information in the first half of 2017

In the first half of 2017, Microsoft received 25,367 legal requests from law enforcement asking for customer information from around the world, with the United States and United Kingdom remaining the top 2 countries to make the most requests. This marks a slight decrease from the previous 6-month period.


That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Microsoft news.