Review Category : Microsoft

We reported on this earlier but Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Windows Server & System Center at Microsoft, wrote a blog post early today highlighting a couple releases: · Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers software-defined networking and high-performance storage on low-cost hardware. Hyper-V hosts apps across customer, service provider and Windows Azure clouds, and System Center manages across them. · SQL Server 2014 features in-memory processing for applications (“Hekaton”), as well as data warehousing and business intelligence. SQL Server 2014 also enables new hybrid scenarios like AlwaysOn availability, cloud backup and disaster recovery. It lives in Windows Azure and can be easily migrated to the cloud from on-premises. · Windows Azure is the only fully supported infrastructure and platform as a service offering, and fully integrates with on-premise infrastructure. · The market-leading System Center Configuration Manager and cloud-based Windows Intune provide a unified environment to manage all devices. Windows Intune ...

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You may recall there was a version Zune Pass on the web and now Microsoft is finally bring Xbox Music to the web too. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox Music plans have revealed to The Verge that the web-based version will launch next week at music.xbox.com. Microsoft has already started updating its Xbox Music pages in preparation, noting on some, that it’s “now available on the web.” Xbox Music on the web will work in a similar way to Spotify’s own web version, letting you stream music through the browser and manage playlists. While it won’t launch until next week, it’s possible that Microsoft may highlight the upcoming release during its Build developer conference that starts on June 26th. Microsoft has re-wrote the Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 will be released June 26th at the BUILD conference in San Francisco. Source: The Verge ...

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To raise money for a well known children’s charity, Comic Relief, Daniel Hughes set out to climb Mount Everest and make a Skype call from the highest point on Earth.  Daniel set the goal of being the first person to wear Comic Relief’s trademark red clown nose atop of Mount Everest and show it to the world via the highest-ever Skype Video Call. Satellite company Inmarsat and smartphone-maker HTC were the first to come aboard (HTC became Daniel’s lead sponsor).  Daniel explains, “It wasn’t just about making a Skype Video Call from the top of Everest. It was really about bringing people with me and letting them be part of the journey.”  Daniel titled his undertaking Everest Million and aimed to get a million individuals to each donate a single British Pound.  Daniel started the ascent of Everest – blogging and doing Skype calls the whole way. He says, “While all the other climbers were resting up for the ...

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Rahul Sood is an interesting guy, creator of VoodooPC (which was later sold to HP) and he also sits on the board of Razer.  He currently works at Microsoft as the general manager of Microsoft Startups.  He announced today on the Microsoft blog that BizSpark, Bing Fund, and Accelerators would be unifying, through the creation of Microsoft Ventures.   Microsoft Ventures Community: Anyone with a great idea can benefit from the Community program. Microsoft is providing easy access to technology and resources to help entrepreneurs explore how to turn a great idea into a business in several different ways: · The BizSpark program will continue to offer access to Microsoft tools and technologies, including Windows and Office, Visual Studio, Windows Azure and more. · Locally-supported partnerships with approximately 200 startup-focused organizations around the world like Startup BootCamp, Enterprise Ireland and Telefonica’s Wayra. Microsoft Ventures Accelerators: Once entrepreneurs realize the business potential of their ideas, they ...

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One year ago today, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Yammer. Microsoft has begun to integrate Yammer into Office 365 and in just 12 months: Users have grown by 55 percent to approximately 8 million registered seats. User activity (as measured by messages, groups and files) has roughly doubled year over year. Paid networks have grown over 200 percent year over year. Microsoft saw two trends that led them to purchase Yammer.  First was that social networking would become important in the enterprise and the second was the Consumerization of IT. Microsoft sees many benefits from its Yammer acquisition: Product integration – For social to be maximally successful in the workplace, it has to be a part of the applications people use every day to get work done. As part of Microsoft, we now have the opportunity to integrate social features into the most widely used business software products and platforms ...

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) preview to MSDN subscribers late yesterday, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco. The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview. The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214. Shutdown from “power menu” by right clicking on Start Button or hitting win key + X   Start Button in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, should look virtually the same in the Windows 8.1 Preview Start Button options including disabling ‘hot corners,’ and booting to desktop Source: Microsoft-News Image Credits: Robert McLaws ...

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) to MSDN subscribers late yesterday, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco. The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview. The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214. Back in Windows Vista Microsoft renamed “My Computer” to “Computer.”  Now Microsoft is renaming “Computer” to “This PC.”  Libraries are now hidden by default and more integrated into the UI. If you want them displayed as before, right-click in the blank space Source: Microsoft-News Image Credit: Robert McLaws ...

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) to MSDN subscribers yesterday, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco. The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview. The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214. Right clicking on the start button in Windows 8.1 will now give you the option to shutdown the machine: Source: Robert McLaws Image Credits: Robert McLaws ...

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) to MSDN subscribers today, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco. The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview. The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214. IE11 scores 351/500 + 2 bonus point, and 25/25 for WebGL. Since this is a server build, the score may be a little higher than IE11 on Win 8.1, but this confirms WebGL for IE11.  IE11 WebGL Conformance Test Results: 14,748 of 20,509 tests pass (71.9%). Many things seen in the Server 2012 R2 preview will also show up in the Windows 8.1 preview. Most of this information comes via Robert McLaws, a MSDN subscriber and .NET developer: IE11 About Dialog Start Menu/Taskbar Options; Includes options to shut down from Start button and disable hot ...

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) to MSDN subscribers today, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco.  The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview.  The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214.  IE11 scores 351/500 + 2 bonus point, and 25/25 for WebGL.  Since this is a server build, the score may be a little higher than IE11 on Win 8.1, but this confirms WebGL for IE11. Many things seen in the Server 2012 R2 preview will also show up in the Windows 8.1 preview. Most of this information comes via Robert McLaws, a MSDN subscriber and .NET developer: Desktop w/ new start button Libraries are now hidden by default and more integrated into the UI.  If you want them displayed as before, right-click in the blank space Start Menu/Taskbar Options; ...

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In a rare appearance, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will join pop-star Kelly Clarkson in a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the 42nd Microsoft Store in Troy, Michigan this Friday.  The 3,300-square-foot Microsoft store will employ about 45 people.  Ballmer is also expected to present $1 million in software grants as part of the ribbon cutting.  The store is scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. local time. To fans who arrive at the store, in the Somerset Collection shopping center, will receive free tickets to a Kelly Clarkson concert later that day.  Clarkson has helped open other Microsoft Stores. Ballmer has strong roots in Michigan.  He grew up Farmington Hills, Michigan where his father was an executive at the Ford Motor company.  Farmington Hills & Troy are both affluent suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  Ballmer currently sits on the board of the Detroit County Day school, where he went to high school.  While ...

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Seeing massive success in the mobile space with its Galaxy smartphones Samsung will exit the traditional tower Desktop PC business.  The desktop business has been unprofitable for Samsung for many years now.  “Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down,” said a Samsung Electronics official. “We will allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices.” He said that research teams and technology development units are being boosted for tablets and all-in-one laptops. The government recently designated the desktop PC business as an “industry suitable for smaller firms” from 2015. “Tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung’s current focus. Samsung is speeding up its restructuring of its PC business via product realignment toward profitable variants,” said another Samsung official. Samsung will still continue to manufacture “all-in-one’ desktop pcs as well as tablets and laptops PCs.  Desktop PCs are now more of a niche market, traditionally for those who need serious performance ...

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Microsoft looks at tax law very carefully in everything it does and datacenter locations are no exception.  Microsoft originally planned on building a datacenter close to headquarters in Washington State, but scrapped plans after changes in tax law were made. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board  approved today $20 million in tax credits for Microsoft, which plans to invest nearly $700 million in a data center in West Des Moines.  The board said Microsoft was behind “Project Mountain” at a meeting this morning.  Microsoft’s latest expansion pushes its investment to nearly a billion dollars. It would become the third big tech company to push its data center investment to $1 billion or more. Leaders say the Microsoft project will support products like XBox Live and Office 365. Microsoft’s Christian Belady said in a statement: “The expansion supports the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services.” The project represents “our latest in efficient data ...

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If you are an MSDN or TechNet subscriber you can now download: Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machine Core Preview (x64) – (English) http://dlvr.it/3Yvv7y Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machine Preview (x64) – (English) http://dlvr.it/3YvvB0 SQL Server 2014 CTP1 (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3YvvBc System Center 2012 R2 Preview Operations Manager (x86 and x64) – (English) http://dlvr.it/3YvvCj System Center 2012 R2 Preview Orchestrator (x86 and x64) – (Multilanguage) http://dlvr.it/3YvvDL System Center 2012 R2 Preview Configuration Manager (x86 and x64) – (Multilanguage) http://dlvr.it/3YvvDw System Center 2012 R2 Preview App Controller (x86 and x64) – (Multilanguage) http://dlvr.it/3YvvFh System Center 2012 R2 Preview Data Protection Manager (x86 and x64) – (Multilanguage) http://dlvr.it/3YvvGg System Center 2012 R2 Preview Service Manager (x86 and x64) – (Multilanguage) http://dlvr.it/3YvvHF System Center 2012 R2 Preview Virtual Machine Manager (x86 and x64) – (Multilanguage) http://dlvr.it/3YvvHp Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview (x64) – DVD (English) http://dlvr.it/3YvvVg Windows Server ...

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Through a licensing deal with Japanese smartphone game maker Klab, Microsoft will offer its Xbox and PC games from Apple’s iPhone and Android phones this fiscal year.  Microsoft’s “Age of the Empires” will be available as a free-to-play game worldwide on smartphones by the end of the fiscal year 2013 and other titles will follow.  No word as to games coming to Windows Phone.  Story is still developing. Source: Reuters ...

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Larry Ellison hates Microsoft, but former HP CEO Mark Hurd has helped patch things up a little bit and today Oracle & Microsoft announced a partnership.  As part of this partnership, Oracle will certify and support Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers. Java developers, IT professionals and businesses will benefit from the flexibility to deploy fully supported Oracle software to Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. “Microsoft is deeply committed to giving businesses what they need, and clearly that is the ability to run enterprise workloads in private clouds, public clouds and, increasingly, across both,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Now our customers will be able to ...

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