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Recent updates to Office 365 Education include rebranded Office Online, improved security and Power BI
Power BI now available to Office 365 Education customers or standalone. If you use Office 365 Education, new updates launched since February bring you a rebranded Office Online, OneDrive, Power BI (Business Intelligence), Office 365 Message Encryption and much more. The Microsoft Education...
4 Mar 2014
Microsoft highlights mobile and cloud technologies for government at Federal Forum
On Tuesday in Washington D.C., federal technology leaders will attend Microsoft’s Federal Executive Forum , an annual one-day event that brings together people from around the federal government to discuss how technology is helping agencies successfully innovate, leverage the most of existing investments...
4 Mar 2014
New releases for devs include Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RC
Team Foundation Server 2013 introduced lightweight charting, and in Update 2 you can now pin charts to the home page and customize colors. On Thursday, Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2 became available, along with a go-live Team Foundation Server 2013 RC and TypeScript 1.0 RC . This update...
27 Feb 2014
Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Enterprise Services earn a place on the podium at the Winter Games
About 100,000 people visited Microsoft Technology Hall during the XXII Winter Olympic Games in the Olympic Park, featuring the latest Windows 8.1 devices for anyone to try. Many records were broken at the Winter Games, but Microsoft can claim credit for helping to break at least one more...
25 Feb 2014
Brad Anderson describes the virtuous cycle of cloud computing
“At Microsoft, we think the public cloud’s virtuous cycle can actually get a lot bigger, a lot more functional, and a lot more powerful by integrating service providers and hosted clouds,” writes Brad Anderson. Customers who use the public cloud see benefits from lower prices...
30 Jan 2014
As of March 13, Windows Azure storage will cost less than Amazon Web Services in many regions worldwide
Following up on a commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth, Windows Azure customers will see lower prices starting March 13 for Block Blobs Storage and Disks/Page Blobs Storage that match AWS’ prices. As the Windows Azure blog...
24 Jan 2014
Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a leader in the Enterprise Application Platform as a Service market
The Windows Azure blog reports on a “breakthrough moment” in 2014 that builds upon the momentum generated by Windows Azure in 2013: Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a leader in the Enterprise Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) market in its 2014 Enterprise aPaaS Magic Quadrant report...
22 Jan 2014
Microsoft partners’ weekly newsletter includes information about WPC and Windows Azure training
Worldwide Partner Conference In the latest edition of the U.S. Partner News Online, top stories include Microsoft Partner Network competency requirement updates, how to prepare submissions for Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 Awards and the free training that comes with Windows Azure Week...
20 Jan 2014
New capabilities, enhancements to Windows Azure include always-on support for websites
On Friday, Microsoft released another great set of capabilities and enhancements to Windows Azure including staged publishing support and always-on support for websites, as well as monitoring improvements for websites and SQL database alerts, and a general availability release for Hyper-V Recovery manager...
17 Jan 2014
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
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
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
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
Windows Azure’s Mobile Services and Web Sites cloud platforms are now widely available
Today at Build 2013 , Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Mobile Services , a platform that enables app developers to store data in the cloud, authenticate users and send push notifications for their Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps. Mobile Services is free until...
27 Jun 2013
Introducing a one-stop shop for Windows Store app services and partners
Anything and everything you might need from partners and services to make a great Windows 8 app can now be found at the new Windows Store Partner Directory . This resource helps connect partners and services for Windows Store apps. First- and third-party partners offer services such as advertising and...
24 Jun 2013
The weather report is in: the future of the cloud is sunny
The cloud forecast is sunny indeed, according to the 2013 North Bridge and GigaOM Research Future of Cloud Computing Survey. The survey shows that cloud adoption is taking off because businesses are seeing the full power of what the cloud can do – from achieving superior TCO to enabling agility...
20 Jun 2013
Fortune 500 or Indy 500? Businesses racing to the cloud
Fortune 500 businesses are moving to the cloud at an Indy 500 clip – more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies are already using Windows Azure. In the last year, Windows Azure has more than doubled its customer base and is seeing an average of 1,000 new customers a day. "To say we’re...
17 Jun 2013
TechEd North America 2013 sessions now online
TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans wrapped up on Thursday, ending four days of sessions attended by thousands and featuring key developments in Windows Azure, significant updates to servers and new tools built for the cloud. (You can read more about that in Satya Nadella’s post .) If...
7 Jun 2013
Xbox One, Azure and the creative power of the cloud
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft . It was originally published on the Official Microsoft Blog . It’s been another one of those weeks here in Redmond – equal parts exhausting and exhilarating, and one where...
24 May 2013
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