Review Category : Enterprise

HP today introduced their first enterprise focused Windows 8 tablet called ElitePad 900. It runs on Intel Atom processor with full Windows 8 Pro features. Read more about it below. HP Unveils a True Tablet for Business HP today introduced the HP ElitePad 900, a tablet that balances a beautiful design with enterprise-grade features, functionality and support. Designed for business and government, it features HP ElitePad Smart Jackets,(1) which add connectivity options and an additional ultra-slim battery for longer runtime, along with specific add-ons that customize the tablet for specialized uses. The HP ElitePad is an ultrathin, lightweight tablet designed for Windows 8(2) that delivers features to keep IT managers happy and touts a design that employees will crave. It offers the full serviceability, enhanced security and manageability found in HP Elite PCs, and military-grade durability for drops, vibration, dust, temperature extremes and high altitude.(3) “Businesses used to face a tough purchase ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO — June 25, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. and Yammer Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, and the team will continue to report to current CEO David Sacks. “The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. “Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services.” Launched in 2008, Yammer now has more than 5 million corporate users, including employees at 85 percent of the Fortune 500. The service allows employees to join a secure, private social network for free and then makes it easy for companies to convert ...

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As the rumors started flying around the internet from yesterday, everybody started digging information about Microsoft buying Yammer, the enterprise social network provider. Now WSJ reports that according to their sources, Yammer Inc. has agreed to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. for more than $1 billion. Still there are no clear details on when the deal will be announced, etc,. Also Microsoft is hosting a major announcement on Monday at LA. It could be the announcement for Yammer acquisition too. Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft today announced its spring update for its Cloud Computing Platform Windows Azure. This is a significant update that raises Windows Azure to the level of Amazon Web Services in terms of Infrastructure As A Service. Here are the highlights from the update announced, Windows Azure Virtual Machines— Virtual Machines give you application mobility, allowing you to move your virtual hard disks (VHDs) back and forth between on-premises and the cloud.   Migrate existing workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft SharePoint to the cloud, bring your own customized Windows Server or Linux images, or select from a gallery.    As a common virtualization file format, VHD has been adopted by hundreds of vendors and is a freely available specification covered under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise. Windows Azure Virtual Network— Virtual Network lets you provision and manage virtual private networks (VPNs) in Windows Azure as well as securely extend on-premises networks ...

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We all know that Dell is working on multiple Windows 8 tablets to release later this year. Today Neowin posted information about the upcoming Windows 8 tablet from Dell called Latitude 10. Its a x86 based tablet with Intel Clover Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 10.1 inch screen with HD ready screen, 8MP rear and a 1.3MP secondary camera as well. The device will also come with user replaceable battery with support for 2 cell and 4 cell. Now, what about the price?  if it turns out to be a $500 tablet, I’m sure there will be lot of consumers picking this one. What do you think? Source: Neowin ...

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When Windows 8  gets released later this year, we can expect different types of PC form factors from various PC OEMs. The tablet form factor will become more common design and PC OEM’s like HP, Dell, etc, are already working to release a Windows 8 based tablet later this year. Recently HP’s Windows 8 tablet Elitebook details got leaked in Internet. As you can see in the above image, the device will provide 8-10 hours battery life, 9 mm thickness and .68kg weight. Also the device will have full enterprise security features as well. Hopefully, the OEMs will deliver impressive hardware for the impressive OS Windows 8. via: ZDnet Source: Neowin ...

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Today Microsoft confirmed that the next major version of Windows OS will be called ‘Windows 8′. Also Microsoft announced a new version of Windows called Windows RT. Windows RT is nothing but the Windows on ARM which will come pre-installed in ARM based PCs and you won’t be able to buy it individually. Also Windows RT will come with touch optimized version of Microsoft Office. Microsoft has also simplified the Windows 8 SKUs. It will come in 3 flavors other than Windows RT. Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Windows 8 will be the most common edition for most us which will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly, etc,. Windows 8 Pro is for professionals with features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will ...

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AICTE(All India Council For Technical Education) announced the deployment of Microsoft Live@Edu to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India. This is the biggest ever cloud deployment for Microsoft in its history. The Live@Edu service is mostly free of cost which may lead to Microsoft not directly earning much from this deal. But Eduction sector is a good place to experiment things and learn from the experience to deploy in enterprise services. This deal will allow 7.5 million students, faculty and staff to communicate from anywhere at any time. The cloud solves the problem of their previous IT system, enabling a seamless collaboration experience. Microsoft on this deal, AICTE reviewed solutions from a range of vendors, including Microsoft, IBM and Google. One of the major factors in the decision to choose Microsoft’s cloud services for education was Microsoft’s comprehensive commitment to education across all the company’s products and ...

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IDC released a report about PC business shipment growth where it predicts that the second quarter will be a strong one. Also IDC predicts that Windows 8 release which will happen later this year will accelerate PC shipment growth as more consumers are preferring for consumption  devices like iPad. Looking ahead, the PC market will still enjoy pockets of growth, particularly in emerging markets. IDC expects 2012 PC growth to be modest at just 5.0% for the year, with most of that growth occurring in the latter half of the year.”Many consumers are holding off making PC purchases at the moment because tablet devices like Apple’s iPad are proving to be a powerful distraction,” according to Bob O’Donnell, vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC. “However, end user surveys tell us that few people consider media tablets as replacements for their PCs, so later this year when there is ...

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Microsoft today showed its Metro-Style business apps concepts at Convergence conference for Dynamics ERP and CRM customers and partners. Apart from Microsoft other Microsoft partners will also be showing their Windows 8 business apps which should further create interest on Windows 8 tablets among enterprise users. You can see the Microsoft Dynamics app concept in the image above and some more from the via link. It would be more fun for IT/Business people if business apps turn this sexy! via: ZDNet  ...

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Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft during his speech today at CeBIT highlighted how Windows 8 will act as both a content consumption and creation device. He said, “Windows 8 will deliver no compromise experiences on a range of devices from tablets and PCs to desktops. It will give people functionality they love and the enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments demand,”. Microsoft cited the following improvements in Windows 8 for Businesses, •Great user experience. •Tablets without compromise. •New possibilities for mobile productivity. •End-to-end security. •Advancements in virtualization. •Improved management. Read more on this here. via: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft today posted the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business. This 16 page long document provides a detailed guide to the new and improved features in Windows 8 including AppLocker, BitLocker, Windows To Go, measured boot, and Client Hyper-V. Here is the description given from Microsoft, The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure. You can download the document here. ...

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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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