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Datacenter M&As Surged to $20 Billion in 2017

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:18:00 GMT

Significant datacenter mergers and acquisitions (M&As) closed at a rate of nearly one every week in 2017, according to a recent report by Synergy Research Group.

Intel Warns of Server Lags from Meltdown and Spectre Fixes

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 GMT

Intel's efforts to patch its CPUs in the wake of the Meltdown and Spectre security attacks could bog down servers, the company warned recently.

Latest Windows Server Test Build Gets SSD Support

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:33:00 GMT

Microsoft this week rolled out the latest test-build preview release of Windows Server, known as "build 17074," adding new enhancements to Storage Spaces Direct (SSD).

Semiannual Channel vs. Full Availability: Microsoft Clarifies Windows 10 Update Lingo

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:28:00 GMT

Michael Niehaus, director of product marketing for Microsoft's Windows Commercial group, this week explained Microsoft's communication approach with regard to Windows 10 updates.

Microsoft Rolls Out SharePoint Migration Tool, Other Features

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 GMT

Microsoft recently took the wraps off several enhancements to its SharePoint product, among them the release of the SharePoint Migration Tool.

Microsoft Extends Patent Protections to Azure Stack Users

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:27:00 GMT

Microsoft this week announced an extension of its intellectual property (IP) indemnification program in a bid to cover users of its Azure Stack appliances, in addition to Azure cloud customers.

What's the State of the PC Market? Depends on Who You Ask

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The prognosis is mixed when it comes to the health of the worldwide PC market, which has been mired in a years-long slump.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Reaches 'Full Availability'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:20:00 GMT

The "semiannual channel" version of Windows 10 update 1709, otherwise known as the "Fall Creators Update," is now in the "full availability" stage.

'Phablets' Overtake Midsized Smartphones in Mobile Market Shift

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:30:00 GMT

The so-called "phablet" form factor is being adopted at a faster rate than medium-sized smartphones, according to mobile analytics company Flurry.

Microsoft: Meltdown and Spectre Patches Could Cause Slowdowns

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:04:00 GMT

Microsoft this week warned users that its fixes for the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws could slow down their systems.

Intel CEO Details Patch Plans for Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:44:00 GMT

All Intel chips released in the past five years will receive security patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities by the end of January.

Microsoft Launches Accelerated Networking for Azure VMs

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft's Accelerated Networking technology for Azure virtual machines (VMs) is now production-ready.

ConnectWise Acquires an Industry Jewel with HTG

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:13:00 GMT

Almost every technology provider provides some professional and business development guidance for its channel partners in conferences and webinars, but ConnectWise always stood out.

Cloud Growth Not Enough To Unseat Traditional IT Market

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Newly released data from Synergy Research Group indicates that cloud computing still trails the traditional enterprise hardware market, despite growing faster any other IT category in 2017.

Details of CPU Security Flaw Emerge from Microsoft, Others

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:59:00 GMT

This week's disclosure of a far-reaching CPU security vulnerability has prompted a raft of responses from OS vendors, researchers, chip makers and security software providers.

VMware Thaws on Microsoft's Azure Virtualization Solution

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:30:00 GMT

VMware appears to have reached a détente with Microsoft regarding the latter's emerging VMware virtualization on Azure solution.

Microsoft Acquires Hybrid Cloud Storage Firm Avere

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:33:00 GMT

Microsoft on Wednesday announced its acquisition of Avere Systems, a 10-year-old provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, for an undisclosed amount.

High-Profile Breaches To Influence Security Spending in 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Organizations worldwide are poised to increase their security spending in 2018 by 8 percent, driven by the raft of high-profile security blunders that made news headlines throughout the past year.

2017 Wrap-Up: Top 10 Features of the Year

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Here are the most-read features of 2017, from the ins and outs of the Microsoft OCP reorg to why we think IoT isn't all that great.

2017 Wrap-Up: Top 10 Blogs and Commentary of the Year

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

From Microsoft reorg questions to what, exactly, is a CAU, here are the most popular blog posts and columns of 2017.

2017 Wrap-Up: Top 10 News Headlines of the Year

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

From product updates, to the Skype-to-Teams transition, to the latest Windows 10 release, here are the headlines that got the most attention from our readers this year.

Oracle To Buy Cloud Platform Aconex for $1.2 Billion

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:58:00 GMT

Oracle is expected to acquire Aconex, a provider of cloud-based collaboration solutions for the construction industry, for $1.2 billion U.S. or $7.80 per share.

Study: Organizations Save Less with 'Direct Match' Cloud Migrations

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Businesses that migrate their on-premises workloads to the cloud using a "direct match" method are missing out on significant cost savings, according to a recent study by Microsoft Azure migration partner TSO Logic.

Microsoft Axes Live Meeting, Brings Skype Features to Mac Users

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:29:00 GMT

Microsoft issued some good news recently to Mac users of its Skype for Business Server 2015 product. However, there's bad news for organizations still using the aging Office Live Meeting unified communications service.

Microsoft Readies Azure VM Migration Tool for First Half of 2018

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft is slated to release a new "Azure Migrate" solution within the next six months, a company executive said in a recent presentation.

Microsoft Brings Skype's Calling Capabilities to Teams

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:30:00 GMT

Microsoft's new Office 365 Teams collaboration service is inheriting some of the calling capabilities of Skype for Business, Microsoft announced this week.

Report: Price Hikes Coming with Microsoft Unified Support

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Microsoft's new Unified Support plan will result in potentially substantial price increases for organizations when it takes effect in about six months, according to a recent report by Gartner Inc.

Global Server Sales Up 16 Percent on Strength of Cloud Demand

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:27:00 GMT

Recent data from Gartner indicates that worldwide server revenue went up by 16 percent in the third quarter of this year.

Microsoft Expands Azure Compute Offerings with Two New VM Types

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft added two new virtual machine (VM) families to its lineup of Azure compute options this month: the lower-cost B-Series and the memory-intensive M-Series.

Microsoft Lights Up 'Hybrid Modern Authentication' for Skype, Exchange

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

A new "hybrid modern authentication" capability is now generally available for Skype for Business and Exchange, Microsoft announced recently.

Microsoft Spotlights Tools and Partner Solutions for Kubernetes on Azure

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:29:00 GMT

Microsoft highlighted its progress on the Kubernetes-on-Azure front this week at the KubeCon event in Austin, Texas.

Microsoft Whiteboard Collaboration App Released to Preview

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:38:00 GMT

Microsoft this week released a preview of a new Whiteboard app that lets office teams collaborate on a "digital canvas" that displays hand-written notes, images and drawings.

Microsoft Helps OneDrive End Users Work with Sync Client

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Microsoft is offering some help to users of its OneDrive Sync Client in the form of new tutorials.

Microsoft Details SharePoint Coding Nuances in 'Classic' vs. 'Modern'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:19:00 GMT

Microsoft this week showed how SharePoint site customizations differ between the "modern" SharePoint Framework Extensions (SPFx) approach and the "classic" model.

Microsoft Releases NAV 2018, Readies New Dynamics 365 Partner Offering

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:01:00 GMT

The next major version of Microsoft's ERP solution for small and midsized businesses is now generally available.

Microsoft Updates Office 365, Brings Office to Chromebooks

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:30:00 GMT

Microsoft recently detailed new Office 365 improvements, as well as confirmed that Office Mobile apps will be coming to Google Chromebooks.

The 2017 Security Recap: Equifax Breach Tops Them All

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:35:00 GMT

The biggest security incident of the year serves as a reminder for organizations to refocus on and prioritize strong network defenses.

Microsoft Updates Teams with PowerShell Support, Activity Dashboard

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:59:00 GMT

A recent Microsoft Teams update brings new management perks and improvements for end users to the Office 365 collaboration solution.

Microsoft Brings Edge Browser to iOS and Android Devices

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week announced the general availability of Edge browser apps for Android and iOS devices.

AWS Tweaks Its Partner Program, Adds Marketplace Perks

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:18:00 GMT

Cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled some programmatic changes to its partner structure during its AWS re:Invent Global Partner Summit this week in Las Vegas.

Box Brings Its Content Management Platform to Azure

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:44:00 GMT

Microsoft and Box hit another milestone in their partnership recently with the availability of the Box collaboration and enterprise content management (ECM) service on Microsoft's Azure public cloud.

Microsoft Inks Deal To Support SAP ERP on Azure

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:08:00 GMT

In a deal announced this week, Microsoft and SAP said they will work together to optimize SAP's cloud and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for Microsoft's Azure platform.

Microsoft, VMware Spar over 'Bare Metal' Azure Virtualization Solution

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft's announcement this month of a "bare metal" VMware stack that runs on Microsoft Azure hardware appears to have raised VMware's hackles.

McAfee Joins CASB Fray with Skyhigh Acquisition

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:31:00 GMT

In a bid to fill a void in its security portfolio, McAfee on Monday announced its plan to acquire leading cloud access security broker (CASB) Skyhigh Networks for an undisclosed amount.

Analyst: Skype-to-Teams Transition Could Take Microsoft 3 Years

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:23:00 GMT

A recent talk by independent consultancy Directions on Microsoft gave organizations a look at what to expect from Microsoft's plan to transition its Skype for Business product to the newer Teams client.

Microsoft Previews Tool To Manage Compliance with GDPR

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Microsoft's Compliance Manager dashboard tool is now in preview, helping organizations track the regulatory compliance status of the Microsoft solutions running in their environments, as well as in their customers' environments.

Microsoft Integrates Intune with Google for Android Security

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Intune, Microsoft's mobile management service, can now tap Google Play Protect to deliver security protections to Android devices.

Microsoft Launches Preview of Azure Databricks

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:38:00 GMT

Microsoft this week unveiled a new service that integrates its Azure platform with a globally distributed streaming analytics solution.

Microsoft Adds 6 Months to Windows 10 Version 1511 Support

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:32:00 GMT

Users of the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 version 1511 just got a six-month support reprieve, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

'Skype Professional Account' Service Hits Preview

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

A new Skype service aimed at small businesses that adds scheduling and billing functionality is now in preview, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Launches Preview of Azure ExpressRoute Monitoring

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Microsoft's new monitoring capability for Azure ExpressRoute, a high-bandwidth, low-latency service for establishing private Internet connections to Azure services, is now in preview.

Microsoft Shares Stats on How Orgs Use Azure AD

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week shared some insight into how businesses are using its Azure Active Directory (AD) service.

Microsoft's 'Project Olympus' Hyperscale Spec Now Production-Ready

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Hardware vendors are now implementing Microsoft's "Project Olympus" datacenter specification, the company announced this week.

Microsoft Kicks Off Semiannual Updates for System Center with Preview Release

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:23:00 GMT

Microsoft this week released a preview version of System Center version 1711, which will be the first release under the management suite's new semiannual update model.

Microsoft Taps Security Partners for Windows Defender ATP

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Security software providers Bitdefender, Lookout and Ziften are partnering with Microsoft to integrate the company's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service into their respective threat protection services.

Microsoft Integrates Word and LinkedIn with 'Resume Assistant'

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:05:00 GMT

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the next step in its ongoing effort to integrate its various productivity applications with LinkedIn, which it acquired last year for over $26 billion.

For Orgs Planning Windows 10 Moves, Microsoft Talks Up Analytics Tools

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:01:00 GMT

Organizations preparing to deploy Windows 10 can turn to Microsoft's "free" Windows Analytics tools for help, the company said this week in a Web presentation.

Report: Aging Microsoft Office Editions Rampant Among Orgs

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:47:00 GMT

More than eight out of 10 organizations have not moved away from premises-based Microsoft Office products, according to a study published this week by Spiceworks.

Microsoft Touts New Features in Windows 10 for IoT

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Microsoft this week turned the spotlight on the "Fall Creators Update" edition of Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT), previously known as Windows Embedded.

Microsoft Details 2019 Editions of Office, Server Products

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:46:00 GMT

Microsoft shared some broad plans for its forthcoming Office 2019 productivity suite, as well as Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019 and SharePoint Server 2019, in a Web presentation this week.