Windows 10 could be a blockbuster for Microsoft: 73 percent of businesses plan upgrades

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Microsoft Office 365 Features and Benefits

Microsoft Office 365 Features and Benefits

Moving to the Office 365 cloud comes with some key features and benefits. Namely, your organization gets to continue to use the software you have been using for years, but you now get to shift the burden onto Microsoft. In addition to shifting the burden to Microsoft, there are some other key benefits.

Generate greater productivity with Office 365

Productivity is a great word that management-consultant types love to use. In the real world though, productivity can be summed up in a simple question: Can you do my job easier or not? Microsoft has invested heavily and spent a tremendous amount of time trying to make the user and administrator experiences of Office 365 as easy and simple as possible.

The idea is that increasing simplicity yields greater productivity. Whether it is an administrator setting up a new employee or a business analyst writing policy and procedure documents in Word. When the technology gets out of the way and you can focus on your job, you become more productive. Try using a typewriter instead of a Word processor. Whoever thought copy and paste would be such a game changer?

Access from anywhere with Office 365

Accessing your enterprise software over the Internet has some big advantages. For one, all you need is your computer — desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone — and an Internet connection or phone coverage. Because the software is running in a Microsoft data center, you simply connect to the Internet to access the software.

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Another benefit of accessing centrally located data is that you always have a single source of the truth. If you make a change to a document from your tablet at home and then your colleague views the file from their phone, she will see the most up-to-date document. Gone are the days of e-mailing Excel documents between machines with long file names.

With SharePoint Online (part of the Office 365 package) a single file, say Forecast_Q1_2011.xlsx, lives out in the cloud (meaning in Microsoft’s globally distributed billion dollar data centers). Because the document lives in the cloud, the security permissions can be set up to allow anyone in the organization, regardless of geographic location, to view the document.

Security can be as strict or as lenient as desired. For example, you may want everyone in the organization to be able to see a company policy document but only want a select group of individuals to edit the document. In addition, SharePoint takes care of all the versioning and even lets you check out a document to edit so that nobody else can edit it at the same time.

Need to collaborate on the document in real time? No problem. You can do that by using nothing more than your web browser.

Continue reading at: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/microsoft-office-365-features-and-benefits.html

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Must read if you’re still running Windows Server 2003!

Message from Microsoft – Windows Server 2003 support is ending July 14, 2015!

What does end of support mean for you? After July 14, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve concrete benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business.

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Top reasons why enterprises should choose Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Guest post by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform

At Microsoft’s Ignite conference, the first sneak peek of Azure SQL Data Warehouse was demoed.  As you build more applications in the cloud and with the increase in cloud-born data, there is strong customer demand for a data warehouse solution in the cloud to manage large volumes of structured data and to process this data with relational

Azure SQL Data Warehouse 2processing for fast analytics.  Customers also want to take advantage of the cost-efficiencies, elasticity and hyper-scale of cloud for their large data warehouses.  They need for that data warehouse to work with their existing data tools, utilize their existing skills and integrate with their many sources of data.

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Announcing Azure Media Player

Reach the most popular devices with a single development experience

Azure Media Player is a free player solution built to playback media content from Microsoft Azure Media Services. Azure Media Player has the ability to reach a wide variety of browsers and devices with a simple HTML and JavaScript code. Azure Media Player is easy to set up and use. It only takes a few minutes to get playback of media content working from your Azure Media Services account.

Try it now!

Visit http://aka.ms/azuremediaplayer to see a working, interactive, demo of the player.  See the power of Azure Media Player by accessing the site from your PC, Mac, and popular mobile devices!

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Microsoft Announces New Container Technologies for the Next Generation Cloud

Guest post by Mike Neil, General Manager for Windows Server, Microsoft

In today’s cloud-first world, businesses increasingly rely on applications to fuel innovation and productivity. As the cloud evolves, containers are emerging as an attractive way for developers to quickly and efficiently build and deploy these applications at the speed of business. Offering developers and IT professionals the ability to deploy applications from a workstation to a server in mere seconds, containers are taking application development to a whole new level.server-cloud-apr8-1.png-720x0 2

Last October, Microsoft and Docker, Inc. jointly announced plans to bring containers to developers across the Docker and Windows ecosystems via Windows Server Containers, available in the next version of Windows Server. We will be unveiling the first live demonstration in a few weeks, starting at the BUILD conference. Today, we are taking containerization one step further by expanding the scenarios and workloads developers can address with containers:

• Hyper-V Containers, a new container deployment option with enhanced isolation powered by Hyper-V virtualization
• Nano Server, a minimal footprint installation of Windows Server that is highly optimized for the cloud, and ideal for containers.

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Announcing the Launch of Azure App Service

Azure App Service is an enterprise-grade cloud app service that can help you more quickly and easily create more powerful enterprise web and mobile apps for multiple platforms and devices. App Service integrates the best of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, API Management, and Azure BizTalk Services, along with new capabilities in Logic and API apps, to provide you with a unified set of capabilities for everything from the billing model to the development and management experience. Also, be sure to watch Scott Guthrie announce Azure App Service in this on-demand recording from March 24, 2015.

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