With exclusive pricing from preferred carriers like Regence and Delta Dental, ALLtech provides the most competitive, cost-effective plans available, tailored specifically for small technology businesses. Microsoft presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. Windows Update has been a critical tool for Microsoft’s security since before the TWC memo, when it was first pressed into service during the Code Red attacks of 2001. Pluton is the new chip initiative that Microsoft announced with AMD, Intel and Qualcomm. Every quarter Microsoft delivers hundreds of products, either as new releases, services, or enhancements to current products and services. The movement of the TPM into the CPU can also counter bus-based attacks against the TPM and its communications with the CPU, which we’ve seen since 2019 in particular. 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The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. | Microsoft News Center. Terms apply. In 2020, Windows 10 Education usage is up nearly 40%.