Nov 29

View on Microsoft’s October activities

During October Microsoft delivered a coordinated set of releases across its cloud, developer, server, client and mobile platforms.  It highlights a determination to regain lost market share in world that has undergone dramatic changes since the “PC in every home” era.

The synchronised releases and the convergence of desktop, tablet and phone user interfaces afford an indication of what Microsoft’s organisational changes are designed to deliver.

Many of the releases are geared to encourage developers to build on the Microsoft platform and, most importantly, develop those mobile apps that are critical for its devices strategy to succeed.

The changes introduced with the release of Windows 8.1 highlight a growing trend within Microsoft to be much more responsive to feedback than ever before.  This may well be driven by market pressures, but is very good news for its customers.

Are we seeing the dawn of a new Microsoft that will be accelerated by the arrival of a new leader?

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Nov 27

HarperCollins Publishers creates global BI solution in weeks

HarperCollins have developed a system that provides increased insight into the changing ways that consumers discover and buy their books. They used SQL Server 2012 with its built-in tools in Windows Azure Virtual Machines to accelerate implementation.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2013/11/25/harpercollins-publishers-creates-global-bi-solution-in-weeks-using-windows-azure-and-sql-server.aspx.

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Nov 27

Microsoft releases Dynamics CRM apps for Windows Phone, iPhone and Android

Microsoft has released Dynamics CRM applications for Windows Phone, iPhone and Android phones. Microsoft has also introduced a browser application for Dynamics CRM for users of Blackberry devices.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2013/11/20/microsoft-dynamics-crm-for-phones.aspx.

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Nov 27

Microsoft releases BizTalk Services, Azure Active Directory and Traffic Manager

Microsoft has announced the general availability and preview of several services. These include Windows Azure Active Directory for single sign on, Biz Talk Services for integration, Traffic Manager for load balancing and a preview of Active Directory Premium for enterprise organisations.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2013/11/21/announcing-the-general-availability-of-biz-talk-services-azure-active-directory-and-traffic-manager-and-preview-of-azure-active-directory-premium.aspx.

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Nov 27

Jean Coutu Group chooses Microsoft Dynamics

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), a Canadian pharmacy, has selected Microsoft Dynamics for Retail to manage its retail operations, including point of sale (POS) devices in stores. PJC will deploy Dynamics to 400 stores, 3,000 POS systems and 11,500 devices with implementation to start in 2014.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/nov13/11-21pjcpr.aspx.

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Nov 27

Microsoft announces Application Insights limited preview

Microsoft has announced limited preview of Application Insights, a new service available through Visual Studio Online. It collects, processes and presents a variety of telemetry including performance, usage, availability, exception, crash, environment, log and developer-supplied data from all components of an application – including clients (devices and browser), servers, databases and services.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/11/15/application-insights-invitation.aspx.

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Nov 27

Lotus F1 Team rolls out Microsoft Dynamics AX in its Aerodynamics Division

The system will allow Lotus to analyse issues it may have with its cars by enabling the association of a design drawing to the constituent parts that need to be manufactured as well as its production life-cycle.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/firehose/archive/2013/11/14/chasing-down-a-formula-1-championship-lotus-f1-team-shifts-into-high-gear-with-dynamics-ax.aspx.

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