Microsoft Cares About Security

In 2002, Bill Gates announced a new direction for Microsoft: A change in culture, process, and a fundemental shift in product design, and this was known as the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative. In this first part of a series I'm going to start on Microsoft's approach to security, I thought I'd take a look back at the great steps Microsoft made to enhance trust and security across it's Office, Windows, and other products.

What is Click-to-Run (C2R)?

In my previous two posts, I described the Microsoft Installer (MSI), as well as Application Virtualization (App-V), and now it's time to talk about Click-to-Run (C2R). Click-to-Run is actually an installer stub, streamer, and command line technology, based on Microsoft's App-V technology, and is currently used for the delivery of Microsoft Office ProPlus products. Traditionally,... Continue Reading →

What is the Microsoft Installer (MSI)?

Long story short, a Microsoft Installer - sometimes referred to as Windows Installer, or just MSI - is a relational database, that contains internal tables that define an installation: And is therefore a software installer, just like the typical 'setup.exe', only far more powerful. As of writing this post, the MSI format is now eighteen (18)... Continue Reading →

Azure AD & Macs: Not for Binding

You've heard of Azure Active Directory (AAD), right? If not, here's the TLDR: It's Microsoft's cloud based directory for users, groups, and devices; It's the back end, that holds all the users, user attributes, and licenses for Office 365 (using AAD Free), and can be scaled up via Azure AD Premium licenses to provide enough... Continue Reading →

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