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This latest news update from Microsoft includes advanced protection for Azure SQL, important SharePoint developments and the emergence of the cloud clipboard.

Microsoft has beefed-up security for Azure SQL with the general availability of SQL Vulnerability Assessment (VA) for Azure SQL Database, which provides a one-stop-shop for discovering, tracking and remediating potential database vulnerabilities. It helps give you visibility into your security state, and includes actionable steps to investigate, manage and resolve security issues.

VA is available for Azure SQL Database customers as well as for on-premises SQL Server customers via SSMS.

And there’s good news if your business is struggling to come to terms with the demands the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as VA can help. Essentially it can simplify the processes and monitor your database protection status.

VA is part of a wider package called SQL Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). In addition to the Vulnerability Assessment component, the package also includes ‘Data Discovery and Classification’ and ‘Threat Detection’ capabilities, though the former is still at the preview stage whilst the latter is already generally available.

On the SharePoint front, Microsoft has announced SharePoint spaces, a new mixed reality experience for enterprise users. This will allow users to view and interact with content from every angle, and visualise and manipulate data and product models in real-time. It will also enable users to create visually compelling spaces that are available to anyone, on any device (for example, allowing colleagues to look at data, content and processes from every angle or view a prototype in 3D).

SharePoint spaces will be available for free to all Office 365 Commercial customers.

Microsoft has also revealed SharePoint Server 2019 which will support customers who maintain SharePoint and OneDrive workloads on-premises. This new version will include several new enhancements such as an improved user interface, modern team sites, communication sites, lists, libraries, pages and news.

Other SharePoint-related news sees the launch of four AI-powered features. These include enhanced features for Office.com which will help to position it as the centralised portal for SharePoint users, and an intelligent search capability in the SharePoint mobile app through a new Find tab which will display instant answers to user’s questions on the move using the power of AI.

And finally, the latest preview of Windows 10, Redstone 5 Build number 17666, includes a new feature that will allow users to copy content across devices. Referred to as the ‘cloud clipboard’, this new cloud-powered technology will let Windows 10 users roam their clipboard contents across devices.

The cloud clipboard allows you to paste from the clipboard history and you can also pin the items you find yourself using all the time. This history is roamed using the same technology as Timeline and Sets, so you can access your clipboard across any PC (providing the build of Windows is high enough) or copy from one PC and paste on another.

Matt Barclay

Solutions Architect, UK Operations

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