Review Category : Enterprise

Engineers from Microsoft’s IE platform team took part in a Reddit AmA session. Engineers present during this session were number of subject matter experts covering JavaScript, DOM, CSS, HTML, Graphics/WebGL, Touch, Performance, Developer Relations, F12 Developer Tools, Web Standards, Testing, and more. When answering about whether Microsoft considered rebranding and changing the name of Internet Explorer due to its negative perception, IE team revealed that they briefly considered Ultron, but the lawyers said no. They even answered a question about negative perception, Q: I’ve always had this question in mind too. The IE name has been so widely denigrated that even if they make it the best browser in the market, I think its reputation will affect the distribution and adoption of the browser very adversely. Ans: It’s been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we ...

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Microsoft Visual Studio team today released the Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio that supports programming with the Python language with features such as CPython/IronPython, editing, IntelliSense, interactive debugging, profiling, IPython REPL with inline graphics cross-platform/language debugging and running Python websites on Microsoft Azure with tooling integration for both publishing and debugging. New in this release: Numerous bug fixes throughout the entire product, especially for IntelliSense and code completions, debugging, general stability and performance Search paths within a project are now used for IntelliSense Django​ template debugging now works on Python 3.4 Anaconda environments can now use ‘conda install’ from PTVS The standard string visualizers (HTML, XML, JSON) can now be used when debugging Brace highlight color can now be changed Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC  can be downloaded for Visual Studio Express 2013 for Desktop ...

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Microsoft today detailed the August update for Internet Explorer that includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. This update is a great news for developers as it provides substantial improvements to the F12 developer tools – The user interface, console, DOM explorer, debugger, emulation tool, UI responsiveness and memory profiling tools all have new features and bug fixes. Microsoft will be providing more details on the F12 improvements in the future. In addition to this, Microsoft has updated the WebGL renderer has also been updated with support for ANGLE_instanced_arrays, OES_element_index_uint and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extensions, the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat context creation attribute, 16-bit textures, more GLSL conformance, and line loop and triangle fan primitives. As we already know, with the new out-of-date ActiveX control blocking, Internet Explorer helps keep ActiveX controls up-to-date and safer to use. Microsoft has also added support for WebDriver, The August update also provides ...

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Gartner recently released their report on Unified Communications market. In the magic quadrant they released, Microsoft was positioned as a leader in the marker along with Cisco. Cisco used to be the only major player in this marker, Microsoft came up with Lync years later and now it continues to make significant gains in the market. In many cases, Lync is initially deployed for its IM, presence and Web conferencing functionalities, with gradual incremental deployments of telephony and video added as follow-on phased deployments for specifically targeted groups or regions. Microsoft Lync offers a full suite of UC functionality that Microsoft continues to improve with each release. It integrates with Office applications, Active Directory and Skype. Microsoft has a broad set of additional business applications that will increasingly be leveraged, including Office Graph (which uses machine learning to define the context and connect users with relevant documents, conversations and people) ...

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If you are following the cloud computing industry for the past few years, the title should not have surprised you. Microsoft Azure continues its momentum of gaining customers more than Amazon and Google. A survey of CIOs by the research firm Pacific Crest Securities has found enterprise customers are going to spend more money on Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 than Google and Amazon Web Services. Also, Microsoft was the second most preferred supplier for public and private cloud services behind VMware. For the survey, Pacific Crest checked in with CIOs at 152 companies with 1,000 or more employees — most of them with over 5,000 employees. That at least partially explains the overall strength for Microsoft: Big as it is, Amazon’s AWS tends to be more popular with earlier-stage (and therefore smaller) companies. One thing that large enterprises tend to like, writes Pacific Crest’s Brendan Barnicle, is that Microsoft’s cloud tends ...

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As Microsoft announced last year, Microsoft started expanding encryption across their services in an effort to reinforce legal protections for their customers’ data last month. All Outlook.com emails are now encrypted like how Office 365 e-mail works already. Even they made encryption improvements for Microsoft Azure guest OS. Today, they are announcing further improvements for encryption on Azure. The encryption improvements, which apply to Microsoft Azure cipher solution for hosted guest virtual machines, provide customers with enhanced protection when connecting and transmitting data. For example, the enhancements to the default Transport Layer Security (TLS)/Secure Socket Layer (SSL) cipher suites helps ensure that connections are better encrypted during transmission.  In addition, enabling Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) helps ensure a different encryption key is used for every connection, making it more difficult for attackers to decrypt connections. As technology advances and attackers continue to adjust their tactics, it’s essential that cloud providers evolve their ...

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.NET is an integral part of many applications running on Windows and provides common functionality for those applications to run. This download is for people who need .NET to run an application on their computer. For developers, the .NET Framework provides a comprehensive and consistent programming model for building applications that have visually stunning user experiences and seamless and secure communication. Microsoft today recommended their customers to update to .NET 4.5.2 for greater stability, reliability, security and performance and revealed that they will stop supporting all older .Net frameworks. We will continue to fully support .NET 4, .NET 4.5, .NET 4.5.1, and .NET 4.5.2 until January 12, 2016, this includes security updates as well as non-security technical support and hotfixes. Beginning January 12, 2016 only .NET Framework 4.5.2 will continue receiving technical support and security updates. There is no change to the support timelines for any other .NET Framework version, ...

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Microsoft today shared some important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft wants customers to run latest browsers because they offer fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime, anywhere, on any device. Also, developers can develop websites with modern standards instead of supporting old browsers. Microsoft today announced that beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported: Windows Platform Internet Explorer Version Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows 7 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2012 Internet Explorer 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Internet Explorer 11 After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for ...

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Microsoft today announced that they releasing an update to the Office 365 API Tool for Visual Studio 2013, which includes Office 365 API client libraries for .NET applications and JavaScript for multi-device hybrid applications. This update brings in some changes based on feedback and bug fixes since the previous release. When you open the tool for the first time to add Office 365 APIs to your project, the Register your app link makes it explicit that you are registering a new application in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD). With today’s update, you can now associate your Windows Phone 8.1 project with an Azure Active Directory application using the Office 365 API tool. The tool now logs messages in the Visual Studio output window so you can see what changes are made once you add Office 365 services to your project. With the latest tooling update, you can specify Redirect URIs directly in ...

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Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group today highlighted the number of great enhancements they have added to Microsoft Azure this past month. These include: Virtual Machines: Preview Portal Support as well as SharePoint Farm Creation Machine Learning: Public preview of the new Azure Machine Learning service Event Hub: Public preview of new Azure Event Ingestion Service Mobile Services: General Availability of .NET support, SignalR support Notification Hubs: Price Reductions and New Features SQL Database: New Geo-Restore, Geo-Replication and Auditing support Redis Cache: Larger Cache Sizes Storage: Support for Zone Redundant Storage SDK: Tons of great VS and SDK improvements All of these improvements are now available to use immediately. If you don’t already have a Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using all of the above features today. You can read more details about them at Scott Guthrie’s blog. ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced commitment plans for Azure which offered up to 32% discounts. Now, Microsoft has pulled this offer for new subscribers. However, existing subscribers can continue to use this offer. Make a monthly commitment to Azure for 6 months or 12 months and receive a significant discount of 20-32%. The discount you earn is determined by the monthly monetary amount you commit. We offer two options: Pay Monthly: Minimum commitment $500/month billed monthly Pre-Pay: Pre-Pay for the entire term and get an additional discount If you have an unused commitment balance at the end of a billing month, it will be rolled over as a credit to future billing months until the end of your offer term. Microsoft is yet to comment on this new change in policy. Update: Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this policy change, “We have nothing to share at this time, but Microsoft ...

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Microsoft developer and tools division today announced several new releases for developers around the world. The most notable ones are the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 and  Azure SDK 2.4. Find the list of releases below, Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 a feature-filled update for all Visual Studio 2013 users. Azure SDK 2.4 an updated SDK of Azure tools for Visual Studio developers to take advantage of the cloud for infrastructure, platform, and dev/test services. Windows Phone 8.1 Update including new emulators to help developers test their apps on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 release. Multi-Device Hybrid Apps CTP 2.0 and update preview release of tools for Visual Studio for building iOS, Android and Windows apps with HTML and JavaScript using the Apache Cordova™ framework. The updated CTP2 of the Multi-Device Hybrid Apps tools includes includes support for developers on Windows 7 desktops, debugging support for Android <4.4 and across-the-board quality, reliability and performance ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 17 new countries. With this expansion, Dynamics CRM Online is now available in four global regions serving over 50 global markets. Find the list of new markets below, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates Back in June, Microsoft announced their Dynamics CRM spring wave updates along with new markets expansion. With today’s announcement, they are expanding further. With the global expansion, CRM Online is now available and running within Microsoft’s Latin America datacenter located in Brazil.  This means that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will join Microsoft Azure and Office365 to serve our Latin American customers from our South America datacenter.  This regionally located datacenter means less latency than traversing to North America resulting in better service for our customers in ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced the availability of the Yammer network for survivors of disasters at the White House Disaster Response Innovation and Recovery Day. Yammer is a private enterprise social network from Microsoft that can be used for online collaboration and communication with multiple parties and stakeholders. It is like Facebook for the enterprise. With this program, Microsoft is trying to provide the capability to provision a secure and private Social Enterprise network for Survivors such that they are able to find information quickly and talk to people who share the same experience and trauma. Microsoft provided the following reasons on why they should use Yammer and what are the benefits of it, Many governments work with devolved organisations and under a multi-agency framework (emergency services, local government departments, survivors, family members and other organisations) in order to prepare, respond and recover from an emergency. During a large scale event that ...

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Synergy Research Group today released their recent data on cloud computing market. It revealed that Microsoft is the fastest growing among the top 4 companies leading in cloud infrastructure services. While Amazon still remains the largest vendor by far, it is now starting to face tougher competition, from Microsoft and others. AWS did not grow its cloud revenues on a sequential basis, and consequently saw its at year-on-year growth rate drop to 49%. While the total market was growing at 45%, Microsoft gained market share over others. Amazon, Microsoft and IBM have reported over $1 billion quarterly revenue from cloud services. “It has become clear that AWS finally has some tough competition to face,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “Until this quarter it could claim that it was bigger than its four nearest competitors, but now at least one jewel has fallen from its crown. While it ...

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Thank you to my current and former YamFamily for 6 great years and to Microsoft for the last two. I look forward to new adventures. — David Sacks (@DavidSacks) July 24, 2014 Microsoft and Yammer two years ago 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 joined the Microsoft Office Division, led by then division President Kurt DelBene, and the team continued to report to CEO David Sacks. Microsoft developed Yammer both as a standalone service, and enhancing the social capabilities in Microsoft’s communication and collaboration offerings under Office division. While the momentum around Yammer is still growing, Yammer co-founder David Sacks announced via Twitter that he is leaving Microsoft. Also, Microsoft is now moving Yammer under Office 365 organization in which Yammer organization will work together with Outlook and Office 365 ...

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