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Microsoft’s week: First taste of Hyper-V Containers

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Microsoft has kept a fairly low profile this week, but among the stories enjoyed by V3 readers was the release of the fourth technical preview for Windows Server 2016, which includes the first public showing for Hyper-V Containers, a more secure way of running containerised applications on Windows.

The firm also flagged up a reminder to Windows users that it is to withdraw support for many versions of Internet Explorer from January. Only the most recent version of IE available for each supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates in future.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has drawn some flak over the Windows 10 November Update, which was removed from the firm’s download site after it was discovered that performing a clean installation undid any existing choices the user had made about privacy.

Microsoft offers first taste of Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

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Microsoft has released the fourth technical preview of the upcoming Windows Server 2016 platform, showcasing for the first time Hyper-V Containers, a technology designed to support containerised applications with a greater degree of security and isolation.

Microsoft warns of looming Internet Explorer support cut-off in January

Internet Explorer icon

Microsoft has issued a reminder that many versions of the Internet Explorer browser will shortly become unsupported, and that most Windows users will need to be running IE 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

The company will make changes in its support policy for IE from 12 January 2016 so that only the most recent version of IE available for each supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.

Microsoft pulls latest Windows 10 update download

Windows 10 is available now as a free upgrade

Microsoft withdrew the download version of its Windows 10 November Update from its website after some users found that it reset privacy settings.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to partner with Microsoft Azure for public cloud services

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The newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to partner with Microsoft as part of its cloud strategy, with a view to Azure filling the public cloud requirement for HPE customers, replacing its own Helion Public Cloud services in the future.

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