Feb 26, 2024   |   Lukas Velush

Seamless and secure cloud printing with Universal Print

There are few office tasks that are as ubiquitous—or potentially as frustrating—as needing to print a document. Whatever your role and wherever you are, it’s likely that you’ll need to utilize the shared office printer next time you’re on site. In fact, maybe the sole reason you’re visiting the office is to print something. Office...

Jan 11, 2024   |   Inside Track staff

Enhancing VPN performance at Microsoft

Modern workers are increasingly mobile and require the flexibility to get work done outside of the office. Here at Microsoft headquarters in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, every weekday an average of 45,000 to 55,000 Microsoft employees use a virtual private network (VPN) connection to remotely connect to the corporate network. As part...

Dec 5, 2023   |   Preet Kaur

Deploying global remote VWAN connectivity with Azure VWAN and Azure VPN

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in an ongoing series on moving our network to the cloud internally at Microsoft. Tap here to read the full series. In the modern workplace, Microsoft employees access their work from diverse locations. To ensure secure and efficient connectivity to cloud and on-premises resources for our global workforce, we’re...

Nov 6, 2023   |   Inside Track staff

Sharing Microsoft’s Zero Trust networking lessons for leaders

Today we want to share the lessons we’re learning from deploying Zero Trust networking across Microsoft. In many enterprises, network security has traditionally focused on strictly secured and monitored corporate network perimeters. Today, in a mobile-first and cloud-first world, business network traffic exists outside the corporate network as much as it does within. The rate...

Aug 2, 2023   |   Lukas Velush

Running on VPN: How Microsoft is keeping its remote workforce connected

To ensure that employees had a reliable hybrid work experience at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve Means, principal cloud network engineering manager in Microsoft Digital Employee Experience, and his team set out to make sure that the company’s internal network would hold up. They were cautiously optimistic—the team had just rebuilt the entire...

Jul 20, 2023   |   Aleenah Ansari

Using a Zero Trust strategy to secure Microsoft’s network during remote work

Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy enables most Microsoft employees to directly access applications and services via the internet, but remote workers still use the company’s virtual private network (VPN) to access some corporate resources and applications when they’re outside of the office. This became increasingly apparent when Microsoft prepared for its employees to work remotely in response...