Review Category : Enterprise

Enterprise customers now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM.  There will probably be no deployments as of now, but at least they can start testing the OS for their environment. This is especially important as Windows XP hits end-of-life in seven months. Beginning today, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM. This also includes access for Volume License (VL) customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement, as you receive a TechNet subscription as part of SA. Preparing Your Organization to Migrate to Windows 8.1 Enterprise As we mentioned when we originally announced RTM back in late August, we talked about how we are moving forward with a rapid release cycle for Windows. If you have not started, begin your Windows 8.1 planning today. We encourage you to evaluate Windows 8.1 RTM bits to get a jump start on your deployment planning, using it ...

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Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you. Feature name Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition User experience Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x Four tile sizes (new) x x x x Microsoft account login x x x x Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x                 Open up to four ...

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Yammer today announced the release of mobile SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices. This open source SDK  enables developers to build mobile apps on the Yammer Platform. Mobile workforces can find answers more easily, make decisions more quickly, and in general, move much faster. Here at Yammer Engineering, we believe in keeping a quick pace. This is evident in the Yammer Platform, where developers can rapidly build social enterprise apps. Apps that can scale to Fortune 500-sized companies. To speed up the app development process, we are releasing Open Source SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8. The SDKs enable you to add Yammer OAuth 2-based authentication to your smartphone and tablet apps. Once authenticated, you can use the SDKs to make REST calls to read/write from the Yammer API, thus integrating the full spectrum of Yammer’s social services into your mobile app. To start building Yammer Mobile App, ...

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Microsoft today released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview for its enterprise customers. The new preview adds features around mobility, security, management and virtualization that satisfies the needs of today’s enterprise. Here are the features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition: Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security. Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company. DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely ...

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Microsoft yesterday released SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS devices. You need a Office 365 account to use this app and after signing in to your Office 365 account, you can access, view, and upload your documents from anywhere. You can use the SkyDrive Pro apps to view documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder, select specific content to take offline when you are traveling or have low bandwidth, organize your content by creating new folders, and upload new content and share with others. Download them from Windows Store and Apple Store. Source: Office 365 Blog ...

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Microsoft today revealed the enterprise features/updates that will be part of upcoming Windows 8.1 update. Windows 8.1 is turning out to be a s a significant update for enterprise than for the consumers. There are not just 4-5 major features as we saw on last week’s reveal about consumer features, there are lots more. Just look at the list below! If anyone thinks Android and iOS can replace Windows in the enterprise, just read the below features/improvements coming in Windows 8.1 and compare the same in Android or iOS. From Windows Team Blog, B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) Enhancements Workplace Join – A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing ...

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In a large organization there are many individuals who may have valuable information, however, this information may not be getting to the write people. In a new survey commissioned by Microsoft, the solution to this problem has been found: Social Technology Adam Pisoni, Microsoft’s general manager of Yammer believes “Social is moving from a nice-to-have tool to a necessity in the workplace. As all companies are faced with the increasing pace of change, they need to leverage the ypower and knowledge of employees more than their current technologies allow. Just as email accelerated business in the 90s, social tools are driving a faster flow of knowledge and information within and across organizations.” There are now enterprise equivalents of Facebook, Twitter, etc., just for the workplace. These services can allow employees to privately share files, messages, ideas and more. These tools can help employees be more productive. With Yammer Microsoft is ...

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Microsoft today revealed that during the last presidential election campaign in US, Obama for America campaign selected Microsoft Lync as their communications platform for hundreds of campaign staff in its Chicago headquarters and in some states for the 2012 elections. The campaign needed to upgrade from a private branch exchange (PBX) system to a more flexible cloud-based solution that could scale and adapt to support thousands of mission-critical calls in multiple locations at any given time. It is a usual thing that Microsoft uses its customers to showcase its software and services capabilities, but this is the first time they showcased a political party for promoting its software services. “It was really useful to see how Lync could adapt to the way our multilocation operation works,” Chopra said. “We didn’t start with Lync in every office, but we deployed it in our Chicago headquarters, and those employees were able to ...

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Microsoft is organizing (sponsoring) a Windows Azure Bootcamp on April 27, 2013 worldwide. Now, find a location close to you and register. This one day deep dive class will get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep real world experience with Windows Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned. Great, How much does it cost? The entry is free (yeah!!) to all the attendees. That’s really awesome! How do I attend the Bootcamp? Find a location as close as to where you live. Click through to see the details for that class and then register. What should I bring while coming to the Bootcamp? One needs to bring his/her own laptop and it should be preloaded with the software listed here. Also make sure to do the installation upfront. Is the Bootcamp ...

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  Microsoft today revealed its future plans for integrating Enterprise social network Yammer with SharePoint. So far, Microsoft has enabled single sign-on service for Yammer users with their SharePoint login credentials and in the future Microsoft is planning to have deeper connections between Yammer and SharePoint leading to more integrated connected experiences. Here is the plan from their blog post, Basic Integration. This summer we’ll update the Office 365 service and allow customers to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer. Many customers are worried about confusing their users with two different feeds, and this update will allow them to simply replace the “Newsfeed” link on the Office 365 global navigation bar with a link to Yammer.com. We’ll also ship a Yammer app in the SharePoint Store so that end users can easily embed a Yammer group feed into a SharePoint site, creating a connection between groups and sites that will ...

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A new job posting from Sales, Marketing & Services Group (SMSG) Incubation sales team at Microsoft has listed a list of next billion dollar businesses for Microsoft. The Incubation team’s mission is to take these new business and build, accelerate, and mainstream these businesses for Microsoft. Here is the list compiled by ZDnet, Windows Azure: Microsoft’s public cloud business. Windows Intune: Microsoft’s device management/security service, which is now key to managing Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 devices Bing Maps: Microsoft’s maps, which got a lot more pricey for developers to license as of last year StorSimple: The cloud-storage appliance vendor Microsoft bought last year Perceptive Pixel: Those “Big-ass displays” from the PPI acquisition Microsoft made in 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse: Microsoft’s parallel-processing data warehousing appliance, which integrates directly with Hadoop. Read more about it from the via link below. Source: Microsoft via: All About Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have acquired cloud monitoring startup MetricsHub. MetricsHub was a participant in the Microsoft Accelerator, powered by TechStars.  MetricsHub helps businesses in Active Cloud Monitoring, a technology that automates cloud performance management and it also helps customers more efficiently manage their cloud services at a lower cost. All Windows Azure customers can get started today – with the announcement of a pre-release, no charge, version of MetricsHub’s Active Cloud Monitoring – available now through the Windows Azure Store.  We think it’s going to save customers time, money and headaches.  You can learn more at the MetricsHub site. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today updated their Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices along with Skype app. The updated Lync app brings in enhanced ink capabilities, bug fixes, performance improvements and more. What’s new: - Added buttons to provide faster access to Back, Search, Mute, and End Call - Enhanced ink capabilities in IM conversations - Additional language support - Bug fixes and performance improvements Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today shared some impressive numbers about Yammer, its enterprise social networking product it acquired last year. Yammer sales tripled YOY with Q4 sales quadrupled YOY.   2012 Highlights: • Full-year 2012 sales nearly tripled year-over-year (ended Jan. 31, 2013) • Fourth-quarter sales quadrupled year-over-year (ended Jan. 31, 2013) • Number of paying customers increased 165 percent in 2012 • Surpassed 7 million registered users David Sacks, Yammer co-founder and corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division said the following about Yammer’s growth, “Yammer experienced banner growth in 2012 and grew particularly fast in the fourth quarter. Our momentum is definitely accelerating following the Microsoft acquisition,”. “The power of the freemium model and the validation that Microsoft brings to Enterprise Social Networking is helping drive mainstream adoption among leading organizations. Enterprise Social Networking is becoming the cornerstone of workplace collaboration for its ability to empower people and drive employee engagement, team collaboration ...

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Nasuni today released their report on performance of Cloud Storage Providers. Nasuni tested five clouds: Amazon S3, Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, HP Cloud Object Storage, and Rackspace Cloud Files. Microsoft Azure has trumped the last year leader Amazon S3 in various cases. Across the three tests, Windows Azure emerged as a top performer in all categories, and the leader in two out of three: Speed: Azure was 56 percent faster than the No. 2 Amazon S3 in write speed, and 39 percent faster at reading files than the No. 2 HP Cloud Object Storage in read speed. Availability: Azure’s average response time was 25 percent faster than Amazon S3, which had the second fastest average time. Scalability: Amazon S3 varied only 0.6 percent from its average the scaling tests, with Microsoft Windows Azure varying 1.9 percent (both very acceptable levels of variance). The two OpenStack-based clouds ...

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  At Lync Conferecne today, Microsoft announced its first integrated meeting room solution called Lync Room System. It consists of integrated hardware and software delivered by Microsoft partners and optimized to join Lync meetings. With Lync Room System is built in such a way that you can join an online meeting with one touch and be ready to collaborate with remote attendees in seconds. 1. High definition touch displays (1080p) for showing video and enabling collaboration. Lync Room Systems are available with 1 or 2 front of room touch displays depending on your room size 2. High definition video camera for capturing the room in full 1080p resolution 3. Wideband audio for clear sound from the room and to the room 4. Table-top touch meeting console to enable the meeting controller to manage the meeting without distracting the other attendees Along with the hardware, there is a new Lync Room ...

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