Review Category : Enterprise

Microsoft’s latest marketing videos makes fun of Google Apps. Google which competes with Microsoft on cloud based productivity software is pitching light weight versions of Word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software with more collabration features against Microsoft Office. The real problem comes to the enterprise adoption when Google makes changes to the service without notice which was depicted in the ad above. And another important loss in using Google Apps is the compatibility with Microsoft Office suite which was told in another ad above. Well done, Microsoft. ...

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The Daily reported today that Microsoft is working on an Office app for Apple iPad. This should not surprise anyone but I highly doubt their timing of release. The Daily also added that the app will be released in coming weeks and the app suite will feature Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint with editing options as well. Windows On ARM devices will get released only in Q4 2012, Microsoft Office will be one of the key USP of those devices. So, I doubt Microsoft will release the same for rival platform before their own platform alternative is ready for public sale. Anyway, let see how Microsoft plays this out. Source: The Daily ...

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Today Cisco announced that it has appealed to European Commission on the approval of Microsoft/Skype merger without any conditions. Microsoft completed the Skype takeover last year with full permission from EC without any conditions. Now Cisco believes that such merger would block the interoperability of video communication in the future. In a blog post today from Cisco, Imagine how difficult it would be if you were limited to calling people who only use the same carrier or if your phone could only call certain brands and not others.  Cisco wants to avoid this future for video communications, and therefore today appealed the European Commission’s approval of the Microsoft/Skype merger to the General Court of the European Union.  Messagenet, a European VoIP service provider, has joined us in the appeal. We did not take this action lightly. We respect the European Commission, and value Microsoft as a customer, supplier, partner, and competitor. Cisco does ...

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Today Microsoft detailed their Windows On ARM strategy. At last, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows On ARM will not support any type of virtualization or emulation approach, and will not enable existing x86/64 applications to be ported or run. So, this leaves developers with the only choice. If they want to target both Windows On ARM & Windows 8 on x86/x64, WinRT API’s are the only way to go. Also Windows On ARM will allow you to install apps only from Windows Store signed by Microsoft. Here is the reason Microsoft tell us, Supporting various forms of emulation runs counter to the goal of delivering a product that takes a modern approach to system reliability and predictability—by definition, existing code has not been optimized for the platform the way WOA has. Virtualized or emulated software will consume system resources, including battery life and CPU, at unacceptable levels. Emulation and virtualization of ...

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Today RIM announced the general availability of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. The service which was announced some months ago is now available for usage. This service will extend Microsoft Exchange services to Blackberry smartphone customers. This will feature the following, Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure An intuitive web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere Online access to employee self-service smartphone security functions, allowing users to easily reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft Read more on it from RIM. ...

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We have already seen BlueStacks for Windows which allows you to run Android apps on Windows platform. At CES, BlueStacks announced the compatibility of Android apps running through its app player on Windows 8. BlueStack says, every app built for Android will now run on Windows 8 without any porting. The software will support both standard desktop and Metro UI modes. They are also partnering with OEM’s on pre-installing this software on Windows 8 laptops/tablets/ultrabooks. Press Release: BlueStacks Announces Windows 8 Compatibility Apps-on-PC company will bring 350,000+ Android apps to Windows 8 in 2012. OEMs to release BlueStacks-enabled Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks. CAMPBELL, CA – January 10, 2012 – BlueStacks announced today that its “App Player” software, which runs mobile apps natively on PCs and tablets, is now compatible with Windows 8. The company demonstrated the technology on a Windows 8 Ultrabook at CES today with reporters. Windows 8 is ...

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Today Microsoft made a great announcement that they are going to automatically upgrade all the Internet Explorer to the latest version in all versions of Windows. This is a huge news for developers who are waiting for older versions of Internet Explorer to get upgraded. Consumers are also going to benefit from this move since they will stay with the latest browser version which will be more faster, secure,etc, without their intervention. Microsoft has also allowed enterprise to block this update if they want. Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the SQL Azure Q4 Service Release. This new service release offers greater flexibility for scaling on demand, and simplifies database monitoring and management. Also Microsoft reduced the maximum price per SQL Azure DB is $499.95. Microsoft also released a new Metro-Style SQL  Azure Management Portal. The new portal has a Metro-style user interface with new features including new workspaces with the ability to more easily monitor databases, drill-down into schemas, query plans, spatial data, indexes/keys, and query performance statistics (see screen shot above). The new portal also supports SQL Azure Federation. You can find more about what’s new in this release here.  ...

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Microsoft recently updated their Windows Azure portal. The new redesigned website is clean, simple and easy to navigate. For example, under pricing tab you can now calculate total Windows Azure pricing including storage db, data transfer,etc, by dragging the sliders of various services. Give the new website a try at Windowsazure.com. ...

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At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today. New in Silverlight 5: Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives. While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! ! Download links: Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link Silverlight ...

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Microsoft was testing a tool called Standalone System Sweeper Beta, a recovery tool that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC. Now the product has crossed the testing phase and entered into beta phase with new branding. Its now called Windows Defender Offline. It almost does the same job with new UI and branding. You can download it here. ...

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 Today Microsoft started a new blog dedicated to Windows Store developers. In the first post of the blog, Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store detailed the Windows Store design, business model, app discovery, etc,. Summary of his information on Windows Store: Discovery and Design: Windows Store provided a series of way-finding and promotion mechanisms—search, category browse, ranking lists, editorial curation — to help people find great apps. Windows Store in Metro Styled with no chrome that lets apps shine in the marketplace. The Store app catalog will be indexed by search engines. We also support direct linking to app webpages. There will web version of the app listing, which Microsoft will publish based on the same content provided for the Store app listing.  With just a line of markup, developers can promote their apps on Websites. Reach and Internationalization: There are number of market-specific catalogs, tailored for those customers, and ...

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Today Microsoft announced the agreement with AgreeYa mobility to license protocol to interoperate with select Microsoft enterprise applications and services from various devices like iOS, Android and RIM platforms. Press Release:  At a joint customer and partner forum today in Beijing, Microsoft Corp. and AgreeYa Mobility announced a protocol licensing agreement that allows AgreeYa Mobility solutions to interoperate with select Microsoft enterprise applications and services. This licensing agreement will enable AgreeYa Mobility to create solutions for non-Microsoft mobile platforms (including iOS, Android, RIM and WebOS) that connect with Microsoft enterprise back-end systems. The goal of the agreement is to expand the reach of Microsoft’s enterprise applications and cloud services across a broad range of heterogeneous mobile devices and tablets. “We use Microsoft applications to support critical functions of our business including email, server management and maintenance of the company website,” said Doug Eney, chief technical officer and vice president I/S Engineering at ...

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Today Microsoft announced that it now has over 22 million Live@Edu users. Live@Edu is the Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity Service For Education that competes with Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education now has over 14 million users which puts Live@Edu in the top spot. Today, I’m pleased to announce that more than 22 million people now use Live@edu, representing a 100 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than 27,000 new people signing up every day, making Live@edu the most widely used cloud productivity service for education. New schools using Live@edu include: U.S. institutions such as Southern State Community College in Ohio, New Mexico State, Florida State, University of Colorado at Boulder; Kings College London and Royal National College for the Blind, located in the United Kingdom; the Bahrain Ministry of Education and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education in the Middle East. Microsoft is replacing the Live@Edu service with ...

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Yes, you read it correct. Just today Google announced the launch of 24X7 Business support for its Google Apps Enterprise product. Even small stores and web services these days have 24X7 support through phone. But Google offered only email based support for all its enterprise customers including some governments so far. From their announcement, Since we launched Google Apps for Business in 2007, we’ve been working hard to build a global support offering that’s responsive to the needs of our business customers. In the early days, our customers reached us mainly through email, and our 24 x 7 phone support was limited to critical issues. To improve the experience of our customers, we now provide 24 x 7 phone support to small, medium, and large Google Apps for Business customers for all issues affecting the core services. They even claim that over 95% of the customers are satisfied with their ...

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As part of Building Windows 8 blog series, Microsoft detailed the power consumption in Windows 8. Power consumption has become an important part of Operating systems as the hardware running is becoming more and more mobile. Its also important to reduce carbon footprint by consuming power in efficient manner. Microsoft had the following goals in mind when designing Windows 8, Let the hardware shine. We built Windows 8 such that the power efficiency of the hardware platform shines through, regardless of whether the system is a SoC-based Windows tablet or an SLI-equipped gaming PC. We designed our power management interfaces in a consistent, standardized way across all platforms. This allows our hardware partners and application developers to focus on their unique innovations and experiences instead of the differences in platform hardware and power management. Continue to deliver great battery life. Windows 7 delivered a significant reduction in power consumption and increase in ...

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