Azure Active Directory Enables One-Step MDM in Windows 10

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Today's topics include Microsoft's introduction of a one-step mobile device management enrollment feature, the IRS reveals a recent data breach that exposed taxpayer data is more extensive than previously reported, researchers discover flaws in both Chrome and Firefox and a new Windows Phone app helps users create shareable, visual stories.

A few weeks after the Windows 10 launch, Microsoft has enabled a new automatic mobile device management (MDM) enrollment feature for the new operating system powered by Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium and the Intune cloud-based PC management system.

Alex Simons, director of program management at Microsoft's Identity and Security Services Division, says that by combining Azure AD Join and Intune MDM enrollment in one easy step, it's simple and easy to bring devices into a well-managed state that complies with individual corporate policies.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is mailing letters to 220,000 Americans this week to inform them that their information was exposed to theft by hackers in a data breach.

That figure is an expansion of the breach the IRS first reported May 26. The original disclosure estimated that 100,000 American taxpayers were affected due to an attack that breached the Get Transcript service.

The Get Transcript service enables taxpayers to obtain a statement of their tax account transactions, including line-by-line tax return information, as well as income reported to the IRS for a given tax year.

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing earlier this year found 11 previously undiscovered flaws in two of the most widely used Internet browsers—Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

But there is no need to worry. The flaws have long been fixed. The security researchers developed a new cyber-security analysis method that discovered the holes buried deep in the systems.

They were rewarded for their work with the Internet Defense Prize, an award presented by Facebook, in partnership with USENIX, at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium that ended Aug. 14.

A new Windows Phone app from Microsoft Research and Garage, which is a rapid consumer app development group within the software giant, gathers and organizes photos, helping users create sharable visual stories. The free app has simply been named "Photo Story."

In a "Next at Microsoft" blog post, Microsoft content manager George Thomas wrote that Photo story "automatically chooses the best representative photos of an event and organizes them into a themed video, complete with stylized music and editing, allow[ing] you to easily share via email or social media".

The software's goal is to help average users share life's moments without firing up an image or video editor.                                           


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