Review Category : Enterprise

Microsoft today announced Microsoft Azure StorSimple solution for the enterprise. This will be available starting next month which will automate and eliminate one of the biggest problems facing IT organizations – double digit data growth and the storage capacity and data protection complexities that come with it. Azure StorSimple simplifies disaster recovery, consolidates management and brings on-premises data to the cloud for development and testing of new apps. The new StorSimple 8000 series hybrid storage arrays are the most powerful StorSimple systems ever and have even tighter integration with Azure, including two new Azure-based capabilities to enable new use cases and centralize data management. These new solutions demonstrate how Microsoft is bringing the best of on-premises storage together with the cloud in order to deliver bottom line savings to customers by cutting storage costs from 40 to 60% and helping IT teams focus more on business strategies than infrastructure management. ...

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Eric Ligman, senior sales manager at Microsoft has posted a blog post containing the list of free e-books from Microsoft. There are over 150 free e-books on various Microsoft products like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more. Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced that they will be offering Yammer Enterprise to all Office 365 Enterprise plans customers. Today they announced that Yammer Enterprise has been added to all Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plans. This addition should further increase the value which Office 365 brings to its customers. As part of this update, all existing Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plan customers will receive licenses for Yammer Enterprise. See Yammer Plans & Pricing for additional information. In addition, Midsize Business and Education customers are no longer required to purchase Yammer Enterprise licenses for external users within their external networks. This also applies to Enterprise customers, as we announced last November. This simple licensing change significantly reduces the friction in cross-organization collaboration and will enable your users to work with customers, partners, and parents and students without having to worry about additional costs. Source: Office blogs ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Visual Studio Update 3 RC, which you can now download. Update 3 brings in new features as well as reliability fixes and bug fixes. It has added support for multi-device development with Apache Cordova, improvements to our diagnostics experience, and general improvements to the user experience including a new setting that enables you to turn off the ALL CAPS menus. You can read the full detailed release notes here. CodeLens support for Git – In Update 3, we’ve added CodeLens support for projects using Git, in addition to those using Team Foundation Version Control.  CodeLens for Git works against the local Git repo and, as such, works whether you are using an onprem TFS server, VS Online, another Git service (like GitHub) or are offline completely.  Next up on the CodeLens slate (not in Update 3 though), is support for CodeLens with TFVC on VS Online.  Read more ...

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Today morning, we reported that Microsoft is joining AllSeen Alliance to participate in the industry discussions around Internet of Things platform. Actually, Microsoft is also joining  Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Microsoft believes that Internet of Things (IoT) represents an undeniable opportunity across a range of industries, and they want to make sure they deliver the right set of platforms and services to realize the IoT opportunity. · Microsoft has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and its founding members AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel in a collaboration that extends across industry, academia and government. The IIC’s goal is to reduce customers’ required time and complexity for building intelligent systems through open interoperability standards and common architectures to connect smart devices, machines, people, processes and data. · Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, which was established in December 2013 to address a major challenge facing IoT, enabling smart, connected devices and objects to work ...

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Microsoft has recently named two foreign nationals, Mohamed Benabdellah and Naser Al Mutairi, and a U.S. company, Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, or their involvement in in creating, controlling, and assisting in infecting millions of computers with malicious software running old Windows versions. We’re taking No-IP to task as the owner of infrastructure frequently exploited by cybercriminals to infect innocent victims with the Bladabindi (NJrat) and Jenxcus (NJw0rm) family of malware. In the past, we’ve predominately seen botnets originating in Eastern Europe; however, the authors, owners and distributors of this malware are Kuwaiti and Algerian nationals. The social media-savvy cybercriminals have promoted their wares across the Internet, offering step-by-step instructions to completely control millions of unsuspecting victims’ computers to conduct illicit crimes—demonstrating that cybercrime is indeed a global epidemic. Read full post on The Official Microsoft Blog. ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that they are open sourcing F# associated tools there by enabling community contributions to the F# language, compiler, library more generally, including F# on Linux, Mac, Android, iOS and other platforms. Today, Microsoft enabled open source contributions to the Visual F# IDE Tools that ship as part of Visual Studio. Microsoft expects to ship these as part of the upcoming Visual Studio “14″ release. S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft said that Microsoft will work across the F# language, core library, core tooling and Visual F# IDE tools to evolve the developer experience and provide strong integration with other tools and functionality in the .NET developer ecosystem. F# is a mature, open source, cross-platform, functional-first programming language which empowers users and organizations to tackle complex computing problems with simple, maintainable and robust code. F# is used in a wide range of application areas and is ...

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Microsoft today highlighted one of the recent customer success stories. The city of New Orleans has now chosen a technology solution from Microsoft and Motorola Solutions to fully make use of the Internet of Things associated with 9-1-1 dispatchers. The solution connects police, fire and medical services applications, a 9-1-1 call system, mobile terminals, tablets, and a data warehouse into one intelligent system. Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) uses this combination of server and database technology, modern applications and multimedia capabilities, to make quicker and smarter decisions and there by transform emergency services, shorten response times, improve safety and eliminate error-prone manual processes. The Motorola Solutions PremierOne CAD solution, which went live in September 2013, integrates 9-1-1 telecommunications and applications from the EMS, police and fire departments in a central console. The system includes a data warehouse with the Motorola Solutions PremierOne CAD application running on Windows Server for Embedded Systems and Microsoft SQL Server for Embedded ...

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Along with the announcement about native Office files editing on Google Drive, Google today announced Google Drive for Work — a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month. This is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. Apart from the regular file storing, syncing and sharing capabilities, the following were the advantages for OneDrive for Businesses. Unmatched service compliance. OneDrive for Business in Office 365 is compliant with world-class industry standards, including ISO 27001, EU Model clauses, HIPAA BAA, and FISMA, and is verified by third-party auditors. Available for eDiscovery. Documents in OneDrive for Business are available for discovery and preservation, protecting content while allowing users to continue working on their documents. Auditing, Reporting, and Security. Administrators can generate audit reports for common events in OneDrive for Business or build custom ones to suit their needs. Security features are also central ...

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Microsoft today announced a great news for Office developers. They are open sourcing the Open XML SDK on GitHub. Microsoft is looking forward to work with community to make improvements to the SDK’s functionality and scalability. Microsoft also highlighted that they will explore new platforms and technologies to support developer platforms such as Mono, an open source implementation of .NET Framework.  It’s been over seven years since we released the initial preview of the Open XML SDK, and over that time it’s been one of the key tools developers have used for building solutions that consume, create, and modify Office documents. The Open XML SDK is a key piece of our overall developer platform. The trends around mobile apps connected to the cloud have expanded the role that Office documents can play in solutions. Many of our Fortune 100 customers have built solutions leveraging the SDK, especially in the banking and ...

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Quentin Clark who was a Corporate Vice President in Data Platform Group at Microsoft has moved over to a new position within Microsoft. He has joined Microsoft Business Solutions, the group which has Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM, as the new Corporate Vice President of Strategy. As a CVP, Clark joins the upper level of Microsoft Dynamics managers reporting to MBS executive vice president Kirill Tatarinov. Other CVPs in Tatarinov’s organization include Hal Howard (Dynamics ERP), Bob Stutz (Dynamics CRM), Neil Holloway (MBS Sales and Operations), and Wayne Morris (MBS Solutions Marketing). Another notable senior member of the team is Mike Ehrenberg, a Microsoft technical fellow and CTO for MBS. About Quentin Clark previous work at Microsoft, As corporate vice president of program management for Microsoft SQL Server, Quentin Clark oversees the design and delivery of the entire family of SQL Server products. Leading a team of technical engineers, his responsibilities ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Office 365 for business public roadmap. This new site brings a new wave of transparency and communication to Office 365 customers. The Office 365 for business public roadmap will allow businesses to learn about upcoming updatesview of new features, enhancements, and major updates. In some cases we may communicate farther in advance than a few months, like when we announced our long-term investments in the new service Codenamed “Oslo” and the Office Graph. We will provide visibility to planned updates that are in development and in the process of being rolled out to the service, as well as to items that have been launched and are now generally available for all eligible customers. The public roadmap will be your best source of truth for product enhancements coming to the service. The Office 365 for business roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates ...

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Microsoft today announced one of the largest Office 365 adoption customer story. Microsoft announced that Los Angeles County is moving more than 100,000 employees working in more than 30 departments to Microsoft Office 365 for Government. The county views Office 365 as a means to increase collaboration, provide a unified platform and help realize cost savings. With guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime, geo-redundancy, and built-in disaster recovery, Microsoft Office 365 for Government provides the robust security and reliability that all government bodies requires to help ensure the safe storage and availability of sensitive agency data, in compliance with ISO27001, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and other regulations. “The county is constantly looking at opportunities to manage cost and improve service,” said Richard Sanchez, chief information officer for Los Angeles County. “Office 365 enables us to best manage our licenses, provide greater services to all 30-plus departments and control cost. Each ...

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Microsoft today announced that Azure ML will be available as public preview in July. Azure ML will allow organizations to create new solutions that bring together big data insights, the Internet of things and predictive analytics. In current scenario, machine learning is usually self-managed and on premises, requiring the training and expertise of data scientists. Since, data scientists are in short supply, commercial software licenses can be expensive and popular programming languages for statistical computing have a steep learning curve, Microsoft has come up with  Azure ML. Azure ML is a fully-managed cloud service for building predictive analytics solution. Azure ML, which previews next month, will bring together the capabilities of new analytics tools, powerful algorithms developed for Microsoft products like Xbox and Bing, and years of machine learning experience into one simple and easy-to-use cloud service. For customers, this means virtually none of the startup costs associated with authoring, developing ...

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Microsoft has a global network of data centers included more than one million computers in more than 100 data centers spread over 40 countries. Microsoft as an enterprise vendor stores data of lots of different organizations and companies around the world in its various data center. As per US law, Microsoft is forced the disclose the content it stores in its data centers on request from agencies like FBI. Microsoft is now challenging the authority of federal prosecutors to force the Microsoft to hand over a customer’s email stored in a data center in Ireland. Microsoft’s argument is that, just like search warrant for physical goods, US authorities can get data stored only in the US. Recently, AT&T and Verizon has filed their support for Microsoft’s case in the court. In the court filing, Microsoft has mentioned that continuing current government policy would “ultimately erode the leadership of U.S. technology companies in the ...

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Microsoft Yammer today announced key localization updates across the web client, mobile apps and the Yammer Success Center. This will break the language barrier that will improve communication at organizations. Yammer web client and Yammer Success center now supports 28 languages.You can easily select your preferred primary language from the language picker in the bottom of the right pane. The 28 supported languages are: Arabic; Chinese Simplified; Chinese Traditional; Czech; Danish; Dutch; English (US); Finnish; French; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hungarian; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese (Portugal); Portuguese (Brazil); Russian; Turkish; Romanian; Ukrainian; Spanish; Swedish; Thai. Microsoft has also released localized mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. The 12 supported languages are: Chinese Traditional; Chinese Simplified; Dutch; English (US); French; German; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish. Another important update is the message translation in both the iOS and Android Yammer apps, thanks to Microsoft Translator®. Whenever a Yammer conversation in these ...

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