Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Cisco announced that they have signed a multi-year sales and go-to-market deal with Microsoft. This deal is focused on modernizing data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Microsoft and Cisco will collaborate through sales, marketing and engineering departments on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System” (UCS), Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure. Go-to-Market: Cisco and Microsoft agree to a three-year go-to-market plan focused on transforming data centers through the delivery of integrated solutions for enterprise customers and service providers. In year one, the companies will focus on six countries — the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Australia — with expansion to additional countries in the following years. Cisco and Microsoft will align partner incentive programs to accelerate solutions selling via mutual channel partners. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they partnering with Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. to develop a very efficient, low-cost fuel cell system. Microsoft and its partners were recently awarded $5 million by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop transformational fuel cells. This research is being funded through the Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, which seeks to encourage innovation around distributed stationary power generation by introducing technology concepts that have the potential for significantly lower costs and higher performance than existing distributed generation technologies. Though fuel cell technologies have long been recognized for high conversion efficiencies and the potential for near-zero greenhouse gas emissions, their high cost has been a major barrier to widespread adoption. Microsoft will contribute this project by using its server racks to integrate and perform independent live testing on the enhanced fuel cells being created by the other companies and ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft and Salesforce are in a discussion to announce a cloud partnership. This partnership will allow Microsoft Azure customers to run Salesforce in Microsoft Cloud and also will allow users to integrate data from Salesforce products into Microsoft’s Office programs. Microsoft and Salesforce are considered to be longtime rivals and it will be interesting to see how this partnership will work out. Microsoft announced similar partnership with SAP last week. The partnership was in three critical areas: Enterprise cloud computing with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; Improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Power BI offering; Mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Five years back, HP and Beats Electronics, LLC, announced an alliance to achieve higher-quality sound from digital music through technology innovation. Starting from that announcement, HP has released no.of PCs, Laptops, Desktops with Beats Audio technology built-in. Over the years, Beats audio has become one of the unique features in HP devices. As Apple today announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics, HP’s partnership has come to an end. However, HP confirmed today that it will continue to integrate Beats Audio technology in its high-end PCs through 2015. HP is allowed to continue developing products with new Beats Audio technologies through 2014. But it’s allowed to continue selling devices with the Beats Audio logo and technology through 2015. HP says it’s planning an aggressive lineup of new products that includes the Beats branding through 2014. These products will have the full Beats Audio experience, the company says. Currently, Beats technology is ...

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Orange SA Chief Executive Stephane Richard said in an interview with French television channel BFM TV that Dailymotion is in talks with Microsoft for a partnership. Dailymotion is one of the largest video portals in the world but trails Google’s YouTube significantly. “Talks continue…with Microsoft,” Mr. Richard said, according to a transcript of the BFM interview provided by Orange, who confirmed the comments. “This doesn’t mean that we will reach an agreement.” He also confirmed that this is not an acquisition, the partnership with Microsoft would be foremost “industrial” and Orange would likely maintain a majority stake in Dailymotion. Last year, Yahoo tried to acquire Dailymotion and the deal got rejected by French government which has some stake in it. The potential partnership with Microsoft for Dailymotion may be involved with making it as the default video upload option in Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox platform. Microsoft already tried online ...

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