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Find out how to publish Windows Phone apps for enterprise
The latest “Inside Windows Phone” video shows how to publish Windows Phone apps for enterprise through the Windows Phone Store, as a beta and through private distribution. The process for distributing apps through the store is exactly the same as apps for consumers. But with Windows Phone...
7 Mar 2014
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
Convergence celebrates Microsoft’s customers
On Tuesday at the Convergence conference in Atlanta, Microsoft unveiled new mobile applications as part of an update to Microsoft Dynamics and joined customers such as Delta Airlines, New Belgium Brewery and Lotus F1 in showcasing how they are connecting with customers. Kirill Tatarinov, executive...
4 Mar 2014
Intelligent Systems competency assures experience and skills for Microsoft Partner Network
The newly launched Intelligent Systems competency follows through on a commitment to offer Microsoft’s partners more program options and greater partner benefits. It’s the culmination of the combined efforts of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) and Windows Embedded to transition program...
27 Feb 2014
Microsoft Advertising Exchange marketplace inventory easier to navigate for customers
The Microsoft Advertising Exchange’s marketplace inventory is now easier to navigate, and takes into account real-time bidding (RTB). As the Microsoft Advertising Blog explains, “For buyers in the Microsoft Ad Exchange, finding and targeting Microsoft inventory will be easier than ever...
17 Feb 2014
Annual healthcare conference shows how Microsoft technology reduces costs, improves patient care
Microsoft Health staff from around the world will converge on Orlando, Fla., the last week of February for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS). The event will “highlight the achievements of health organizations that have used...
12 Feb 2014
Microsoft identified as a leader in enterprise data warehouse solutions
Crediting Microsoft with having “a strong competitive advantage,” Forrester Research has identified the company as a leader in its “ The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Data Warehouse ” report. As the C&E News Bytes Blog reports, leaders “offer mature, high-performance...
7 Feb 2014
Get up to speed on social networking for business with the Yammer Resource Center
Consider the Yammer Resource Center your company’s new one-stop shop to get up to speed with enterprise social networking. Newly redesigned, it brings together industry reports, videos, webinars, infographics, guides and other resources to help you better understand its potential. As The Yammer...
28 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
RCS MediaGroup uses Office 365 and other Microsoft technology to modernize its communications
RCS MediaGroup , a global Italian multimedia publishing company, has modernized and unified its communications infrastructure and enabled flexible, cloud-based collaboration through a comprehensive Microsoft technology solution that includes Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure, Microsoft Lync 2013, Windows...
16 Jan 2014
In 2014, retail can grow with big data, interactive tech in stores and quicker responses to inclement weather
In 2014, retailers can expect to see more growth in areas such as mobility, personalization, big data and digitalization of media, according to a predictions post on the Microsoft Advertising Blog. Nigel Ashton, head of Retail and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods for Microsoft Advertising UK, writes on...
13 Jan 2014
Windows devices help retailers manage the sales floor, track display changes instantly
Windows devices, including tablets, are being used more and more in retail to help manage employees on the floor, handle customer sales on the spot and even use augmented reality to check store displays for a variety of issues, from safety compliance to stack quality. Microsoft is talking with retailers...
13 Jan 2014
2014: The next chapter in the digital revolution
Owen Sagness, general manager of Microsoft Advertising & Online in the UK, wrote a guest column for The Drum (a marketing and media publication) about the digital trends we can expect to see in 2014, and predicts more tailored customer experiences and more comfort in disclosing valuable information...
9 Jan 2014
Five 2014 predictions about sustainability include advances in green energy and smart buildings
On the Microsoft Green Blog, Robert Bernard, chief environmental strategist at Microsoft, takes a look at where the company’s partners and customers are investing in sustainability in 2014 and put together five top themes “that are likely to dramatically transform the role of ICT [information...
7 Jan 2014
With more than 200 million smart meters expected in 2014, find out why they’re good for business
With more than 200 million smart meters expected to be in place by the end of 2014, the Microsoft Power and Utilities Blog wants you to know about two solutions that are bringing more business value to these deployments. Smart meters look a lot like the ones you’re used to seeing on the side...
6 Jan 2014
Getting Office 365 on practically every kind of device is easy for small businesses
The latest Garage Series video continues setting up Office 365 for your small business and explains the differences between Office 365 Small Business and Office 365 Small Business Premium and how to get Office experiences running on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. In the previous episode, you...
11 Dec 2013
Microsoft’s investment in carbon offsets helps further forest conservation
In San Francisco Wednesday night, there’s going to be a discussion within the business community about how carbon pricing can channel financial resources toward projects to help ensure ongoing preservation and sustainable economic development. But if you can’t make it, you can read about...
4 Dec 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
Chasing down a Formula 1 championship: Lotus F1 Team shifts into high gear with Dynamics AX
Lotus F1 team deploys Dynamics AX 1 | 9 The Wind tunnel at the Lotus Formula 1 Team Technical Centre November 14, 2013 The wind tunnel at the Lotus Formula 1 team’s facility in Oxfordshire runs 24x7 year round apart from the mandatory...
15 Nov 2013
Small business owners: Keep tabs on Skype costs by using these features
If you’re running a small business and using Skype, there are some easy ways to track activity and usage to make sure costs are in line with your budget. On the Skype Workspace Blog , Blake Shepard writes that you can easily access a list of all your paid-for calls and text messages by month...
13 Nov 2013
Enterprise developers: Learn how Windows Phone meets your needs
In the latest “Inside Windows Phone” video, Matthijs Hoekstra provides a complete rundown on how Windows Phone meets the needs of enterprise developers. Among the areas Hoekstra covers are security, as well as code that can be used for both Windows and Windows Phone. There’s another...
8 Nov 2013
Check out these steps to make a compact device
If have a great idea for a small-footprint (compact) device – such as RFID scanners or portable ultrasound machines – and wonder what to do next, then advice from Colin Murphy, technical product manager, may be just what you need. On the Windows Embedded blog, he’s got some solid foundational...
7 Nov 2013
Make Yammer’s Working Social Tour the first stop on your company’s interactive Social Journey
Find out how you can enhance your business using in-house social networking through the free Working Social Tour: Transform Your Business with Yammer event series. The Yammer Blog invites you to join in San Francisco on Oct. 15 or New York on Nov. 5 for an informative and inspiring afternoon full...
24 Sep 2013
5 top reasons why small businesses like Office 365
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
Who better to get the scoop on what small businesses think about Office 365 than Christophe Boudet? As managing director of IT services firm Akita Systems , he’s had a hand in providing IT support for small- and medium-sized businesses for more than 15 years. Recently Boudet asked customers who’ve...
17 Sep 2013
Four ways teamwork can make the dream work
A business’s employees can be its greatest asset, but developing a skilled, loyal, passionate workforce doesn’t happen on its own. Focusing on employees can make a world of difference to the success and reputation of the company, which is why Cindy Bates, vice president of Microsoft’s...
22 Aug 2013
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