Review Category : Enterprise

The Internet of Things promises vast opportunities, but it also poses challenges for businesses that seek to take action and realize tangible results, as it can seem overwhelming, complicated and expensive. With its latest announcements, Microsoft is trying to help enterprises drive business value while building on existing technology assets, devices and data. Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service helps enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) by securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from a variety of sensors and devices. You can watch this video to see how IoT built on Microsoft’s platform is transforming the world’s first underground railway in London. The Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service marks a critical expansion of the comprehensive Microsoft cloud-first data platform. This includes addressing challenges enterprises face securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from industry devices, sensors and other line-of-business (LoB) assets across a range of OS platforms. Enterprises ...

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The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. Popular internet services like Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger and many others are affected by this bug. Microsoft today confirmed that Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160) has received a significant amount of attention recently.  While the discovered issue is specific to OpenSSL, many customers are wondering whether this affects Microsoft’s offerings, specifically Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. Windows’ implementation of SSL/TLS was also not impacted. Microsoft Azure Web Sites, Microsoft Azure Pack Web Sites and Microsoft Azure Web Roles do not use OpenSSL to terminate SSL ...

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Microsoft today announced the expansion of Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem with new alliances with BT and Verizon. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute ecosystem already includes AT&T, Equinix and Level 3 in the US. With these new partnerships, Microsoft is reducing barriers for adoption of cloud computing and accelerating the growth of Microsoft Azure by providing a more secure and reliable connectivity option for enterprise customers. BT announcement: BT and Microsoft announced today a global agreement to provide customers with high performance and more secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform, with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. Customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility and agility offered by cloud resources, with the assurance of a dedicated, more secure connection to their data and applications. Azure ExpressRoute allows customers to bypass the public Internet when connecting to Azure through a private connection based on BT’s IP Connect VPN service. As a result, ...

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Microsoft launched Windows Phone App Studio Beta eight months ago and since then over 400,000 people have made use of it. Lots of novice developers have built and published their first Windows Phone app with ease. But it didn’t allow you to develop apps for Windows Store targeting PCs and tablets. Microsoft yesterday relaunched the tool as Windows App Studio Beta with which now you can build a universal Windows app project that results in an app for Windows Phone and Windows, all in a single session. Read how to create an app in minutes here. f you are planning to publish to the Store, you’ll first need to register for a Dev Center account ($19 USD annual registration fee). You will need to reserve a name for your app—just go to Dev Center to reserve the App Name, and then place the App Identity, App Display Name, Publisher ID, ...

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At BUILD developer conference, Microsoft Advertising team shared their details about their recent work to help developers better monetize their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. They released the following, New Advertising SDK for Windows 8.1 2 New Advertising SDKs for Windows Phone A New, modernized pubCenter A New Program to promote your Windows Phone app! The new Ad SDK for Windows 8.1 is designed to improve ad-funded monetization for app developers: The new SDK will unlock advertiser demand by enabling 3rd party ad serving (i.e., ads served by mobile rich media ad servers vs. ad served by Microsoft), aligning with MRAID v1.0 mobile rich media ad industry standards, and connecting to the Microsoft Ad Exchange Over the next few months, as more developers adopt the new ad SDK and we reach critical mass of inventory on the new ad SDK to offer to advertisers, we expect that fill rates ...

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At the Build 2014 conference today, Microsoft announced it is creating an independent .NET Foundation to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET. Scott Guthrie was joined onstage by Miguel de Icaza of Xamarin to announce the .NET Foundation. It will serve as a forum for commercial and community developers alike to strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem by promoting openness, community participation and rapid innovation. The preview of the .NET Compiler Platform codenamed Roslyn is one of the first projects at .NET Foundation.  The .NET Foundation will be the steward of a growing collection of open source technologies for.NET, Microsoft’s comprehensive development framework. Come back soon to watch community reactions from community members including Xamarin CTO Miguel de Icaza and others. More info from the website, Community leaders such as Miguel de Icaza (Xamarin), Laurent Bugnion (IdentityMine), Niels Hartvig (Umbraco), Nigel Sampson ...

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At Build 2014 day 2 keynote, Microsoft shared a number of new innovations for .NET developers. They announced the preview of the .NET Compiler Platform codenamed Roslyn. It provides open-source C# and Visual Basic compilers with rich code analysis APIs. You can build code analysis tools with the same APIs that Microsoft is using to implement Visual Studio. This is also available as open source, enabling new scenarios for .NET and Visual Studio developers. What is Roslyn? Traditionally, compilers are black boxes — source code goes in one end, magic happens in the middle, and object files or assemblies come out the other end. As compilers perform their magic, they build up deep understanding of the code they are processing, but that knowledge is unavailable to anyone but the compiler implementation wizards. The information is promptly forgotten after the translated output is produced. For decades, this world view has served ...

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  Microsoft today announced that they are revamping the Azure Management Portal with a whole new UX that will delight developers and IT admins. It now offersa fully integrated experience that will enable customers to develop and manage an application in one place, using the platform and tools of their choice. The new portal combines all the components of a cloud application into a single development and management experience. New components include the following: Simplified Resource Management. Rather than managing standalone resources such as Microsoft Azure Web Sites, Visual Studio Projects or databases, customers can now create, manage and analyze their entire application as a single resource group in a unified, customized experience, greatly reducing complexity while enabling scale. Today, the new Azure Manager is also being released through the latest Azure SDK for customers to automate their deployment and management from any client or device. Integrated billing. A new ...

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Microsoft is making a number of announcements at the Build conference regarding sideloaded apps.  Businesses often have internal apps that they do not want to publish to the Windows Store.  Sideloading is a way of installing an app without going through the traditional process of finding and downloading the app from the Windows Store.  Sideloading can be managed by the IT department. Enterprises can now get rights to sideload apps very cheaply, for a little as $100: Enterprise Sideloading– In May, we will grant Enterprise Sideloading rights to organizations in certain Volume License programs, regardless of what product they purchase, at no additional cost. Other customers who want to deploy custom line-of-business Windows 8.1 apps can purchase Enterprise Sideloading rights for an unlimited number of devices through Volume Licensing at approximately $100. For additional information on sideloading licensing, review the Windows Volume Licensing Guide. Windows is also providing developers with ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Windows 8.1 Update is available on MSDN and TechNet. For consumers, it will be made available via Windows Update (WU) beginning on April 8th and for Volume Licensing customers later this month. This Windows 8.1 update delivers important capabilities designed for the enterprise that includes updated Internet Explorer 11 with new Enterprise Mode, extended Mobile Device Management and more. Read about it in detail below. Better Internet Explorer Compatibility – Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer improves Internet Explorer 8 compatibility on Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Meaning that IE11, the most secure and enterprise-ready browser, can now run legacy IE8 web-based applications and modern sites seamlessly side-by-side. Companies can standardize on the latest version of Internet Explorer across all Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices, experiencing increased performance, improved security, better backward compatibility, and support for modern web standards. UI Improvements – ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the first release of .NET Native. It is a next generation compiler technology that is making popular Windows Store apps start up to 60% faster and use 15-20% less memory when compiled with .NET Native. .NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. This first release is a Developer Preview that allows you to develop and test apps with this new compiler. This preview release of .NET Native offers you the performance of C++ with the productivity of C#. .NET Native continues to provide a first-class .NET developer experience in Visual Studio. You still get a great edit/compile/debug environment with productivity enhancers like Edit and Continue and code refactoring. You continue to upload MSIL app packages to the Windows Store. Our compiler in the cloud compiles the app using .NET Native in the Store, creating a self-contained app package that’s customized to the ...

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  Microsoft is keeping up to its promise of matching the price of Amazon for its Windows Azure services. As Amazon announced price reductions last week, Microsoft followed up with theirs today. Consistent with our previously announced commitment to match Amazon on prices for commodity services, we are cutting prices on compute by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%. We recognize that economics are a primary driver for some customers adopting cloud, and stand by our commitment to match prices and be best-in-class on price performance. Microsoft has also announced new Basic instance, On April 3, we will introduce a new tier of General Purpose Instances called “Basic” (A0-A4) that offers similar machine configurations as the Standard tier of instances offered today (Extra Small [A0] to Extra Large [A4]). These instances will cost up to 27% less than the corresponding instances in use today (which will now be ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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Along with the announcement about the launch of Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium service in April 2014. Azure AD Premium is an identity and access management service designed to meet the demanding requirements of large enterprises. With Azure AD Premium customers can reset forgotten passwords, manage their groups and set up company branded portals for launching these SaaS applications with a single set of corporate credentials. Azure AD Premium provides identity and access management capabilities in the cloud with a 99.9% SLA, and no limitation on the number of resources in your directory. Application access management. Azure AD provides employees with single sign-on access to their cloud applications from many different browsers and mobile devices. With recent additions there over 1200 cloud applications in the AD Application Gallery. Azure AD Premium lets you assign application access ...

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As expected, Microsoft announced Enterprise Mobility Suite at the press event today. EMS is the comprehensive cloud solution to address consumerization of IT, BYOD, and SaaS challenges for the Enterprise IT. The EMS is the most complete platform for organizations to embrace these mobility and cloud trends. Microsoft claims that EMS is simply the only solution that has combined all of the capabilities needed to fully enable users in this new, mobile, cloud-enabled world. The suite is the most cost effective way to acquire all of the included cloud services: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium Windows Intune Microsoft Azure Rights Management The capabilities packaged in the EMS are a giant step beyond simple MDM. The EMS is a people-first approach to identity, devices, apps, and data – and it allows you to actively build upon what you already have in place while proactively empowering your workforce well into the future. The EMS ...

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At the press event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced Office for iPad apps. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint to be specific. OneNote is already available for iPad. The download link will be available in few hours from now. Office for iPad requires Office 365  subscription. If you don’t have, you can still download the app and enjoy reading and presenting documents. Microsoft is working on bringing similar apps for in Windows Store and Google Play store as well. A familiar Microsoft Office experience •It’s easy to pick up the app and get started, because it’s like the Excel, Word and PowerPoint experience you already know. •The familiar navigation and menu options are built for a touch experience. No keyboard required. Requirements: A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to edit and create Excel spreadsheets. Qualifying plans include: •Office 365 Home •Office 365 Small Business Premium •Office 365 Midsize ...

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