Review Category : Enterprise

Speaking to The Guardian, UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude revealed that UK government is planning to switch its productivity suite from Microsoft Office to some Open source solutions. UK government spends tens of millions of pounds a year to Microsoft and other software companies for using their software and they are looking to cut those costs. He believes that costs would come down by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF), such as OpenOffice and Google Docs. I agree with OpenOffice in his argument, but Google Docs? Speaking at a cross-government event showcasing new online services on Wednesday, Maude will say: “The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace. “I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are joining Open Compute Project (OCP) founded by Facebook. OCP is a community focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing via open collaboration. Microsoft also announced that they are contributing Microsoft cloud server specification to the OCP. Microsoft cloud server specifications are the designs for the most advanced server hardware in Microsoft datacenters delivering global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing and others. The Microsoft cloud server specification essentially provides the blueprints for the datacenter servers we have designed to deliver the world’s most diverse portfolio of cloud services. These servers are optimized for Windows Server software and built to handle the enormous availability, scalability and efficiency requirements of Windows Azure, our global cloud platform. Microsoft hopes that these specs will improve overall cloud computing efficiency across the industry. Source: Microsoft ...

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Similar to Lync for Windows Phone app, Microsoft has updated its iPhone and iPad app on iOS platform to v5.3. This new version of Lync mobile brings the capability to view shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync Meeting and iOS7 support. What’s New in Version 5.3 for iPhone & iPad View shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync Meeting Full support of the new iOS 7 Key Features: •View shared meeting content during a conference, on your mobile device •Initiate a group conversation (IM or Video) or invite additional participants •Join, rejoin and initiate a Lync Meeting to communicate and collaborate amazing ideas •Control the meeting (mute or remove attendees) and know more about participants’ modalities •Transfer your calls to another phone-number or another contact •Pick-up your conversations from the point you ended them •Join (and enjoy) a Lync Meeting even if you don’t have a Lync account •Enhanced Security with ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are reducing the price of Windows Azure Storage following Amazon’s announcement regarding this same few days back. Last year, Microsoft made the promise to match up to Amazon for its pricing structure and they are holding on to their promises As you may recall from the April announcement, we committed to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth. Effective March 13, customers will see lower prices for Block Blobs Storage and Disks/Page Blobs Storage matching AWS’ prices.  We’re also making the new prices effective worldwide which means that Azure storage will be less expensive than AWS in many regions. Here are the details… We are matching AWS’ lowest prices (US East Region) for S3 and EBS by reducing prices by up to 20% and making the lower prices available in all regions worldwide. For Locally Redundant Disks/Page Blobs Storage we are ...

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Ever missed an email from a key individual because it was buried in your Inbox? A new feature called People View in Outlook Web App will allow you to prevent such cases. With a single click, you can quickly view unread messages from people you frequently communicate with. This saves you time and helps ensure that you respond promptly to the people who matter most. People View helps you get to important email first and stay on top of the messages from people who matter to you. People View appears in the folder pane in Outlook Web App below your favorite folders. The number of unread messages from each person in your list appears next to their photo. When you click a person’s photo, the email messages from that person in your Inbox are shown in the order received.  You can read or respond to individual messages or take other quick ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. This user guide package includes a range of guides and video tutorials that will help enterprise users take full advantage of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – raw files for printing Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business Windows 8.1 how-to video tutorials - A series of short videos (~4 minutes each) designed to educate business end-users on basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. Each video consists of real-world business scenarios, a full-screen demo with touch, mouse and keyboard guided by a voiceover providing additional information. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for your users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption. You can download the Windows 8.1 business user guide package from the Windows Enterprise site |Resources |Training. Microsoft also noted that this ...

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Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 power user guide for business. This guide is more focused on a enterprise user and you can learn about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as updated File Explorer, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast support, and SkyDrive Pro. With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new Task Manager and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and fluid access to the world. And best of all, you can do it all feeling confident that your important data is secure. With the advanced features of Windows 8.1, you can get the most out of your device. Download it for free from Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 for download. S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft made the following announcement on his blog regarding this release. This morning we made available the final version of Update 1 for Visual Studio 2013.  This is a targeted update, addressing some key areas of customer feedback since the Visual Studio 2013 release.  For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1.  Full details of the changes are available here.  Download the update now or wait to get it through Visual Studio update notification in the coming weeks. Microsoft also promised to deliver regular updates for VS 2013 with Update 2 is now on the way. Update 2 is their first major feature update which will be made available this spring. ...

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Microsoft Board of Directors launched a search for a replacement for Steve Ballmer, looking both externally and internally from August 23rd last year. Since they’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company and in December revealed that the process is still going on. They identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused their energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals. According to various reports, the 20 individuals included Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner, Stephen Elop, Alan Mullaly, Steve Mollenkopf, Hans Vestberg and others. While the search process might end in the coming weeks/months, everyone believed that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer who are the largest shareholders of Microsoft might stay in the Microsoft’s board for years to come. According to latest report from Recode, despite owning about four percent of the company, people familiar with the situation revealed ...

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Microsoft Open Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft that is dedicated to improve Microsoft’s investment in open technologies. It often acts as  bridge between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies to make them work together in heterogeneous environments. For example, MS Open Tech developed the Node.js SDK for Windows Azure, they implanted the pointer events for Blink and more. Today, Microsoft Open Tech announced its new office in China. Read the full press release below. SHANGHAI, China — Jan. 16, 2014 — Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. dedicated to bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, on Thursday announced the opening of a subsidiary in China, Microsoft Open Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (MS Open Tech Shanghai). MS Open Tech Shanghai will have a robust team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists with roots in open source and open standards. The Chinese subsidiary will focus on ...

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Microsoft is ending the extended support for Windows XP from April 2014. It was expected that Microsoft will also stop delivering security updates via Security Essentials at the same time. But, Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the extended anti-malware signature support for Windows XP users through July 2015. Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures. For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows ...

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Digital Video Enterprises (DVE) today revealed their Immersion Room product which is a Holographic Presentation Room for the enterprises. It offers the next generation of collaboration over video. You can see Microsoft bring projected in the air and people can even interact with it. They are making use of Lync, Kinect and DVE’s patented technology to offer this kind of experience. Immersion Room is just one of the many solutions that DVE is offering on Lync, there are several other impressive solutions as well. Watch the video above, you will be amazed. Read the full press release below. Press Release: IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ – Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) announced today it has launched the DVE Immersion Room™, the first-of-its kind Holographic Presentation Room, powered by Microsoft®.  Microsoft Windows® is now seen floating in the middle of the room and people are able to interact with video ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 was released to the market in October last year and it was powered by 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U CPU. The Verge today reported that the latest Microsoft Surface Pro units comes with the 4300U CPU. The main difference between both these CPUs is 4300U being clocked higher, and it includes Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology for improved security. Microsoft has confirmed this slight CPU upgrade in latest Surface Pro 2 units. They provided the following statement for the reason behind this upgrade.  “Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers,” “With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent.” If you are an early adopter of Surface Pro 2, does this new affect you? I don’t think consumers will really feel the ...

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Microsoft Yammer team has launched a new app called Yammer Now for iOS devices. Yammer Now is a mobile messaging app for enterprise users. This is a lightweight tool for simple and quick messaging experience, for accessing other functionalists such as Inbox and Home Feed, you need to download the regular Yammer app. Today, we are excited to introduce Yammer Now, a simple and easy-to-use mobile messaging app that allows you to communicate with your colleagues on Yammer even faster than before. With Yammer Now, you can easily initiate and respond to Yammer conversations anytime, anywhere.  And there’s no need to exchange phone numbers or email addresses, all you need is login with your work email. Key features of Yammer Now include: Online Presence: See which coworkers are online and get an instant response Group Messaging: Add participants to a conversation at any time Share Images: Snap a picture and ...

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Microsoft’s Cloud platform Windows Azure is evolving at the rate in which even industry leaders like Amazon are now within the reach in terms of feature parity. Speaking to The Channel, Microsoft’s Windows Azure president Scott Guthrie revealed some interesting information about Azure, how it is evolving, how it compares to Amazon, etc,.  He also said that Skype now runs on Windows Azure, all new storage of SkyDrive goes to Azure, part of Xbox Live is now powered by Azure and Office 365 used Azure’s identity management for authentication. Some excerpts from the interview, “We have more regions than Amazon, we have coverage in places like China that they’re not in,”. “If you want to reach the globe the most, we’re the cloud vendor to do it.” “Every Office 365 customer has a Windows Azure Active Directory login,” he said. “All authentication, all security, all access control for Office 365 ...

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FIDO Alliance today announced that Microsoft has joined the Alliance as a member of the Board of Directors. FIDO Alliance develops technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance on passwords to authenticate users. Microsoft is committed to working with the FIDO Alliance to produce open standards that will ensure interoperability among strong authentication methods and technologies. Open FIDO specifications will support a full range of authentication technologies for operating systems, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB Security Tokens, embedded Secure Elements (eSE), Smart Cards, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Near Field Communication (NFC). The open specifications are being designed to be extensible and to accommodate future innovation, as well as protect existing investments. FIDO specifications allow the interaction of technologies within ...

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