Microsoft has announced the appointment of Jim DuBois as corporate vice president and chief information officer (CIO), responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives in support of the company’s customers and employees worldwide.
Microsoft has posted an overview of the Windows Azure Pack and its related components. The overview provides a categorised cohesive set of links that enables you to navigate to topics of interest as wells as providing a structured way to become familiar with the technology.
Microsoft has released the Lync Software-Defined Networking (SDN) API, which is available at no charge to customers with a Lync Server deployment. The API provides a REST-ful data stream of information about media flows as they get started. This data can then be fed into an SDN controller to enlighten the network about what needs to happen and where.
Primary use cases for the API are diagnostics, automatically provisioning Quality of Service (QoS) and orchestration.
Microsoft has released virtual machines for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 to the suite of virtual machines available on modern.IE for testing Internet Explorer across platforms and versions.
The University of Colorado Hospital and Memorial Health System has fully migrated 17,000 mailboxes from three disparate healthcare organisations on multiple legacy email platforms into one single consolidated Microsoft Office 365 environment.
Microsoft’s board of directors have published a short update on the search for a new CEO. The shortlist has been reduced from over 100 to 20 candidates and an appointment is expected to be made in the early part of 2014.
Microsoft has released Windows Azure updates that include the Windows Azure Scheduler Service Preview, the Read-Access Geo Redundant Storage Option Preview and improvements to Monitoring and Diagnostics for Azure services.
Microsoft has released the Office 365 Admin app, which enables administrators to view the service health of their Office 365 environment, for Android and iOS 7. The new app shows server features and health and includes support for iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Microsoft’s senior cybersecurity leaders have published their predictions for the kinds of threats users could face in 2014.
Microsoft has released a “Carbon Fee Playbook” that provides an overview of their approach to creating and implementing an internal carbon price and fee. It is a financial model that puts an incremental fee on the carbon emissions associated with Microsoft’s operations.