Microsoft is increasing its user based CALs pricing by over 15%. As opposed to Device CAL, User based CAL allows unlimited device access to the server. Here is the statement from Microsoft on the changes in the pricing, “Microsoft recently notified partners about enterprise Client Access Licenses (CALs) changes so they can inform customers about their options before the changes take effect on December 1, 2012. These CAL changes include a user-based option that offers more value in support across unlimited devices and simplifies licensing management and compliance as devices in the workplace proliferate. Pricing for user CALs will change to reflect the increased value. Customers should work with their Microsoft partner or account team to assess their options.” The following Microsoft enterprise products will be affected by this new licensing change: Bing Maps Server CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Exchange Server Standard and Enterprise CALs Lync Server ...

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After polling nearly 10,000 “information workers” Forrester Research found 32% of employees preferred a Windows to power their next tablet. 12% wanted Windows 7 on their tablet while 20% wanted Windows 8. Forrester commented that “Windows 8 has higher interest than we expected among employees” and that it “bodes well for Windows 8’s prospects for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand.” They suggested employees will force IT to have a formal support policy for Windows 8 for employee-owned devices and that Windows 8 will accelerate BYOD demand. Read more at Forrester.com here. Via Fiercemobile.it ...

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The iPad is not the best business computer. There is a lot of optimism around Microsoft recently, and a report from Business Insider from a Chief Information Officer from a large enterprise company that plans to buy 4000 Surface Pro tablets instead of iPads will certainly continue to add fuel to the fire. He plans to use the tablets to replace 4,000 aging Windows PCs, devices which he initially planned to replace with iPads. "For a large part of the executive team, we do need mobile devices and we were leaning towards the iPad," he said. "That’s that’s changed with the Surface." He notes it takes as long to learn the iPad user interface than Windows 8, and it did not offer the same advantages. "The big killer app for us is Office," he said. "We want to do Office natively" on the device because there’s better compatibility when running ...

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff showed his excellent grasp of business reality on Friday when he said Windows 8 will be the end of the dominance of Windows in business, also going on to say LTE will replace WIFI and WLAN, and with that installed software. Windows has become “irrelevant,” he said,  being displaced by next-generation LTE wireless networks that will “disintermediate” the need for WANs and LANs, along with “all of these great services that are available right off the cloud.” “Now, we’re not completely there,” Benioff added. “Everything is not heterogeneous client, everything is not LTE, everything is not cloud … But we’re going to this great new place in our industry.” He said Windows 8 will not be an automatic and inevitable upgrade for CIOs; like Windows 7 was. He said Windows 8 will force CIOs to ask “am I going to Windows 8, or am I going ...

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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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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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Today Microsoft announced the agreement with AgreeYa mobility to license protocol to interoperate with select Microsoft enterprise applications and services from various devices like iOS, Android and RIM platforms. Press Release:  At a joint customer and partner forum today in Beijing, Microsoft Corp. and AgreeYa Mobility announced a protocol licensing agreement that allows AgreeYa Mobility solutions to interoperate with select Microsoft enterprise applications and services. This licensing agreement will enable AgreeYa Mobility to create solutions for non-Microsoft mobile platforms (including iOS, Android, RIM and WebOS) that connect with Microsoft enterprise back-end systems. The goal of the agreement is to expand the reach of Microsoft’s enterprise applications and cloud services across a broad range of heterogeneous mobile devices and tablets. “We use Microsoft applications to support critical functions of our business including email, server management and maintenance of the company website,” said Doug Eney, chief technical officer and vice president I/S Engineering at ...

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Today Microsoft announced that it now has over 22 million Live@Edu users. Live@Edu is the Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity Service For Education that competes with Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education now has over 14 million users which puts Live@Edu in the top spot. Today, I’m pleased to announce that more than 22 million people now use Live@edu, representing a 100 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than 27,000 new people signing up every day, making Live@edu the most widely used cloud productivity service for education. New schools using Live@edu include: U.S. institutions such as Southern State Community College in Ohio, New Mexico State, Florida State, University of Colorado at Boulder; Kings College London and Royal National College for the Blind, located in the United Kingdom; the Bahrain Ministry of Education and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education in the Middle East. Microsoft is replacing the Live@Edu service with ...

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Yes, you read it correct. Just today Google announced the launch of 24X7 Business support for its Google Apps Enterprise product. Even small stores and web services these days have 24X7 support through phone. But Google offered only email based support for all its enterprise customers including some governments so far. From their announcement, Since we launched Google Apps for Business in 2007, we’ve been working hard to build a global support offering that’s responsive to the needs of our business customers. In the early days, our customers reached us mainly through email, and our 24 x 7 phone support was limited to critical issues. To improve the experience of our customers, we now provide 24 x 7 phone support to small, medium, and large Google Apps for Business customers for all issues affecting the core services. They even claim that over 95% of the customers are satisfied with their ...

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Tom Rizzo from Microsoft yesterday did a blog post to show how Google treat their business customers and their product cancellation strategy. He did a graphic as seen above to illustrate how Google left their customers in cold. Kip from Liveside did a similar graphic in reply to Microsoft to show how Microsoft does the same. Its strikingly similar ! ! Everyone knows that Microsoft’s blog post is a marketing attempt, but they should be more careful in doing such things as it could backfire. ...

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Windows Intune was made commercially available from March-23rd this year. Today Microsoft announced the availability of  next version Intune, the cloud based PC Management solution. Some of them are listed below, Software Distribution, Remote Tasks, License Management for Other Licenses, Enhanced Reporting, Customizing Alerts, Read-only Access Administrators, Offline Installation, Additional Languages, General Administration and Usability, Improvements.   You can find more on Windows Intune here and here. ...

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At last week’s BUILD conference, Microsoft not only showed consumer oriented features on Windows 8 but also showed some Windows 8 features focused on IT department of your enterprise. Windows 8  Refresh, Reset And Windows To Go are some of the features that will enhance Windows 8 experience in IT. Refresh your PC: Here’s what will happen: Your files and personalization settings won’t change. Your PC settings will be restored to their defaults. Apps from Windows Store will be kept. All other apps will be removed. Reset your PC: Here’s what will happen: Your personal files and apps will be removed. Your PC settings will be restored to their defaults. Windows To Go: Windows To Go allows you to run Windows from USB thumb drives. Deployment to USB media uses the standard Windows imaging and deployment tools, such as ImageX and WIM images, and the result is a fully featured Windows ...

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At Financial Analyst Meeting held yesterday at BUILD, Microsoft showed this slide to Wall Street analysts. The slide pretty much explains how Microsoft is taking on consumerization Of IT which everyone in the industry is aware of. As you notice apart from the traditional things like Windows, Office,etc,. SharePoint-the Facebook of the enterprise, Lync-the communication platform behind the firewall, Windows Intune- PC management through Cloud and at last HTML5 makes the Microsoft’s Enterprise Portfolio stronger than ever. I think no other enterprise player have such broad and coherent working solutions. You can find more from FAM here and here.   ...

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In media events around the world, Microsoft today announced the availability of Office 365, its cloud based enterprise solution. Office 365 is the successor to Microsoft’s BPOS. Office 365 was under bet testing by over thousands of organization before getting launched today. Microsoft also revealed the pricing schemes of Office 365 targeting SMB’s and large enterprises. Take a look at the info graphic below, http://zoom.it/4sXC Find full press release after the break. ...

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Microsoft announced its plans for the next generation BPOS last year that Office Live Small Business and Live@Edu services will be replaced by Office 365. Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office 2010, Office Web Apps, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online into a single package for small businesses, enterprises, and educational institutions. After months of beta testing Office 365 is soon to be launched on June 28. The New York launch event will feature Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Office 365’s general availability on June28th was confirmed by the head of the Microsoft partner organization. So if you are an IT admin, time to plan for a meeting with your CIO. ...

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