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Posted by Luís Fernando PatriciAccount Executive, Microsoft Brazil
Established in 1861, Caixa Econômica Federal is not just a bank, it’s an institution that impacts the lives of millions in Brazil. The 100% public company has a key role in promoting urban development and social initiatives across country, giving priority to sectors such as housing and public services and contributing significantly to improve the lives of citizens, especially those of low income.
Recently, Caixa was looking to significantly revitalize its IT solutions to support growth, accelerate decision making, and take advantage of the transformative benefits of cloud solutions and mobile integration. At the same time, they needed to ensure new technologies would work well with existing IT investments, including open source software.
Caixa decided to implement a robust suite of Microsoft solutions, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Office, to better support its 118,000 employees and 3,000 branches. Now Caixa is realizing a broad range of efficiency improvements – from streamlined communications to enhanced mobile productivity to significant cost savings.
Posted by Amy GreenDirector, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Yesterday Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android phones, which is available at no extra charge from the Google Play Store for Office 365 subscribers. This means that Office 365 subscribers now have the flexibility to work on their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere – using their Windows Phone, iPhone or Android phones.
Office Mobile is the official companion to Microsoft Office, delivering a “true Office experience.” Documents will look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. And, even after edits or adding comments, Office Mobile will keep all your content and formatting intact so documents still look professional when you're back on your PC or Mac.
Office Mobile for Android phones is available in the United States now, with more countries coming on board over the next several weeks.
Posted by Prisda GomutputraPlatform Strategy Lead, Microsoft Thailand
Bangkok-based Semantic Touch creates online marketing solutions for small- and medium- sized businesses. The company has developed BentoWeb, a ready-to-deploy e-commerce solution that enables businesses to quickly launch web storefronts online and on Facebook.
Within five months of their Facebook launch, the beta version of BentoWeb, built using PHP and MySQL, had attracted 8,000 online businesses and enabled over 60,000 transactions. However, to take the solution further, Semantic Touch was faced with some critical infrastructure choices.
“My biggest challenge was coping with growth,” said Natthaseth Sirinanthanon, General Manager of Semantic Touch. “As a startup, attempting to build the server capacity to meet unpredictable spikes in demand would be foolhardy: not just expensive, but also a risky investment. Managing that infrastructure would also be a huge drag on my small and already stretched team.”
Semantic Touch decided to deploy their PHP application on Windows Azure due to the reliability, low upfront cost, and openness of Microsoft’s public cloud platform, as well as its ability to support rapid expansion.
“In just a few days, we were up and running in Windows Azure. Because the platform supports PHP, our developers didn’t have to learn any new development languages.” said Natthaseth. “I believe that Microsoft is doing their best to make PHP a first-class citizen on their cloud platform.”
Posted by Jose Miguel ParrellaInteroperability Strategy
As Skype continues to grow in popularity, so does the number of ways that users can connect with friends and colleagues, regardless of what devices or services they prefer. This week Microsoft announced that Skype for Outlook.com is now fully available in several countries around the globe, allowing users to seamlessly launch Skype conversations from their Outlook.com accounts.
Outlook.com is the first email service that is connected to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google to help bring together relevant content and streamline communications, all from an inbox.
This week, the Yammer team released open source SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8, supporting enterprises who want to add mobile support for their social enterprise apps.
Yammer is a private social network used by more than 200,000 companies worldwide to collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications. This week’s announcement is another step in supporting enterprises with social apps that can help employees find answers more easily and make decisions more quickly to move further, faster.
For more on this announcement, please see the Yammer Blog or visit the Yammer Developer Site to get started.