Microsoft warns: You’ve only got six months to move from Skype for Business Online to Teams

Get ready to wave goodbye to Skype for Business Online.


Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Microsoft’s Skype for Business Online is going away on July 31, 2021 and the company has issued a reminder for customers to start the migration now if they haven’t already. 

Microsoft announced the Skype for Business Online deadline on July 30, 2019, giving two years for customers to move to Teams.

Today’s alert from the Redmond company is a reminder that Skype for Business Online retires in six months’ time. Microsoft acknowledges that customers are at varying points of their migration to Teams and that the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused delays to migration, but it isn’t extending the deadline beyond July 31, 2021. 

SEE: Cheat sheet: Windows 10 PowerToys (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

“Regardless of where you are on the journey from Skype for Business to Teams, this is an important checkpoint to make sure your

Read More

Agent Tesla ramps up its game in bypassing security walls, attacks endpoint protection

Agent Tesla malware variants are now using new techniques to try and eradicate endpoint antivirus security. 

On Tuesday, Sophos researchers said that two new variants of the Remote Access Trojan (RAT) are targeting Microsoft Anti-Malware Software Interface (AMSI), scanning and analysis software designed to prevent malware infections from taking hold. 

Agent Tesla operators will now attempt to tamper with AMSI to degrade its defenses and remove endpoint protection at the point of execution. If successful, this allows the malware to deploy its full payload. 

First discovered in 2014, Agent Tesla is a commercial RAT written in .NET and includes and is a well-known information stealer. The malware is often spread through phishing campaigns and malicious email attachments and is used to harvest account credentials, steal system data, and provide remote access to a compromised PC to attackers. 

Phishing email samples include package delivery notices, attachments claiming to be catalogs, PPE

Read More

Latency higher priority than speed as IT leaders look to gain edge

With distributed workforces making connectivity more business-critical than ever, and with a growing number of internet of things (IoT) devices to support, controlling latency has never been more important, says research from Lumen Technologies and Intel.

The study reinforces the basic premise that distance neutralises speed, causing latency or a delay between an action and an application’s response, so low latency is critical to help ensure smooth transport of data and for optimising application experiences.

The upshot of this is that business executives are increasingly looking to move technology resources closer to where data is produced and consumed, with two-thirds of global IT leaders now in the process of implementing edge computing, said the study, carried out by IDC for the two tech firms.

The report, Edge computing solutions powering the fourth industrial revolution, surveyed 800 IT and operational technology decision-makers (director level or above) split equally across seven

Read More

Divvy, which buys and rents homes while setting aside ~25% of monthly payments toward the renter's future down payment on the house, raises $110M Series C (Mary Ann Azevedo/TechCrunch)


Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:

Divvy, which buys and rents homes while setting aside ~25% of monthly payments toward the renter’s future down payment on the house, raises $110M Series C  —  Despite all the headaches that come with it, homeownership is still the American dream for many.  —  Divvy Homes – a startup … … Read More