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Find a bounty of apps pre-integrated with Windows Azure Active Directory
Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) lets organizations connect their on-premises Windows Server AD identities to the cloud. This enables end users to single sign-on into cloud-based applications without needing to log in with multiple passwords. If you’re wondering what apps would work with Windows...
26 Nov 2013
Details emerge for Microsoft Partner Network program’s new timeline
At the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in July, Microsoft made a decision to modify the release timeline for partner program changes. And now, there are more details about it and what you can expect. In a blog post published Monday on the Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 site, Julie Bennani, general...
26 Nov 2013
HarperCollins Publishers deploys new global business intelligence solution in just 2 weeks with Windows Azure and SQL Server
HarperCollins Publishers, one of the world's largest publishing companies, needed to shift control of market research data from third-party firms to in-house in order to provide employees better insight into the ever-changing ways consumers discover and buy their books. Rather than building a traditional...
25 Nov 2013
Microsoft CityNext transforms the ‘digital architecture’ of residents’ everyday lives
In Denmark, where an increasingly aging population is straining the government’s health care resources, preventive care is becoming a must, not just a catch phrase on a white board in a meeting or in a binder on a bureaucrat’s desk. How do you get seniors to make sure they take care of...
15 Nov 2013
Enterprise IT in the cloud: Why going hybrid makes sense
In a first post kicking off a series about Microsoft’s hybrid cloud approach to enterprise IT, and why it makes sense, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Windows Server & System Center, writes that the hybrid approach can accommodate the way any organization grows, organizes and operates...
12 Nov 2013
First round of Windows Azure for Research awards announced
On the Microsoft Research Connections Blog , Microsoft Research announced 35 successful applicants for the first round of Windows Azure for Research awards. As the blog reports, “The selection committee evaluated each submission in terms of its potential to accelerate research and its suitability...
6 Nov 2013
FedRAMP certification process minimizes costs and cuts down duplications
By achieving a certain level of federal compliance, Windows Azure enables government customers to use cloud computing services that adhere to security requirements, meet federal compliance regulations and support government computing initiatives. As Scott Charney, corporate vice president for Microsoft’s...
4 Nov 2013
Want your cloud to rain money? New, free financial tool helps businesses maximize return on investment
Now that the cloud is becoming commonplace for many enterprises and service providers, attention is naturally turning to how to manage clouds from a cost perspective. That is, managing usage, costs, budgets, trends, forecasts, etc., to make sure organizations are taking full advantage of all the cloud...
23 Oct 2013
‘Lots of goodies’ included in Windows Azure SDK 2.2 release
Windows Azure received some big updates on Tuesday, and in conjunction, there also was the release of Windows Azure SDK 2.2, which adds “a lot of goodies” to the enterprise cloud platform, says Scott Guthrie, Windows Azure corporate vice president, on ScottGu’s Blog . Visual Studio...
22 Oct 2013
The new SQL Server backup to Windows Azure is secure, durable and cost-effective
As the SQL Server Blog reports , Microsoft recently announced several new ways to back up and recover SQL Server databases with Windows Azure . These features, now available in SQL Server 2014 CTP2 and as a standalone tool for prior versions, provide an easy path to cloud backup and disaster recovery...
22 Oct 2013
Open-tech enthusiasts team up to offer an app that connects kids with local activities
School is well underway by now and that means there’s a world of kids who have a few hours to kill every afternoon. What’s a parent to do? The Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) in Ontario’s Peel region found that there are plenty of activities available, but there is a general...
15 Oct 2013
Join live #AzureChat Q&A on Windows Azure Mobile Services, Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. PT
Tired of trolling blogs in order to build and follow conversations around cloud computing? Good news: The @WindowsAzure team just created #AzureChat Twitter chat – an always-on place to learn about cloud computing, get best practices on developing for the cloud, and share your own tips and tricks...
10 Oct 2013
Cloud computing gets even better with discounts, private access and dedicated government environments
On Monday, Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft, made some big announcements supporting our Cloud OS vision — including a number of updates specific to Windows Azure : Enterprise Savings & Generous Terms. Starting Nov. 1, we bring to enterprises our...
8 Oct 2013
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 now available
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 has shipped and is now available for download . As this blog post on Your Dynamic Business reports , we just made the announcement to more than 500 Microsoft Partners at the sold-out Directions event in Nashville, Tenn. This is a significant milestone for Microsoft Dynamics...
7 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Windows Azure achieves critical Federal security milestone
Starting Monday, it’s going to be easier for government organizations to benefit from secure cloud computing. As Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, explains on The Official Microsoft Blog, “Microsoft received notice that Windows Azure was granted the FedRAMP Joint...
30 Sep 2013
Tighten up network security with Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – available now
Cloud technologies and devices have revolutionized the way we work, empowering employees to access networks from anywhere, any time and on any device. But what if you’re the person who’s responsible for keeping these networks secure? With password theft, phishing and key-logging, it’s...
26 Sep 2013
How to automate deployment of Oracle Database 12c workloads on Windows Server
In June, Microsoft and Oracle announced a strategic partnership in which Oracle will certify and support Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Not surprisingly, many IT professionals have asked how they can deploy and manage Oracle workloads on Hyper-V. The 15-minute video above...
24 Sep 2013
Great news for Ubuntu fans: Windows Azure is now fully supported by Juju
On Tuesday, the Windows Azure blog announced that Ubuntu users can now use Juju to design and instantly deploy sophisticated application infrastructures into Windows Azure. “As part of our commitment to openness and interoperability, we’re excited to announce that Windows Azure is now...
17 Sep 2013
Website connects the dots on Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision
On Monday, Microsoft launched the updated Cloud OS vision website – a resource for developers, IT professionals, architects, managers and folks like us who want to gain a better understanding of Microsoft’s cloud offerings. Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager Amber Kinney is on the team...
17 Sep 2013
New York to move 120,000 state employees to Office 365
New York State is the latest state government that has chosen Office 365 to consolidate their email systems, provide access to familiar Office applications, and place shared calendars in a cloud-based system for more than 120,000 employees who work for state executive agencies. “I’m continually...
13 Aug 2013
Microsoft IaaS ‘2012 R2’ updates aim to enhance the experience on both sides of the infrastructure
On Wednesday, the In the Cloud blog went over game-changing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) innovations coming in “2012 R2.” In a post on Friday, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson focuses on the user experience for the teams who create the services offered (service providers...
2 Aug 2013
‘2012 R2 wave’ enables open source on the Microsoft cloud
Running Microsoft workloads in the Microsoft cloud makes for a best-solution scenario – our products are built to work together. But what about open source options, such as Linux? Microsoft understands that users will build applications on open source operating systems. With the “ 2012 R2...
24 Jul 2013
CityNext empowers urban communities and businesses to find new ways to overcome challenges and reach goals
Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced CityNext , a global initiative to empower city governments, companies and residents to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities. “Cities play a vital role in our lives — both now and in the future. Microsoft’s...
10 Jul 2013
Microsoft and partners debut pilot project that brings smart buildings to Seattle
Today marks the official launch of the High Performance Buildings Pilot Project, a cooperative effort tying Microsoft, the City of Seattle and the Seattle 2030 District together in a new smart buildings initiative aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing power consumption through real-time...
9 Jul 2013
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview now available
Small and medium-sized businesses who are using Windows Server 2012 Essentials can now download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role for the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions. Windows Server 2012 Essentials came...
2 Jul 2013
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