Microsoft has announced the launch of their Microsoft Video Network, an offering that enables advertisers to buy user-initiated, non-skippable pre-roll video ads on brand-safe sites across 350 publishers.
Microsoft has released Office for the iPad, which comprises Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The free versions of the apps provide read-only access to office documents. An Office 365 subscription is required for document editing and creation.
Microsoft has disclosed some details on its Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). The suite comprises these elements: Identity and access management delivered by Azure Active Directory Premium, mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) delivered by Windows Intune, and data protection delivered by Azure AD Rights Management Services.
Microsoft has announced that the Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium service will reach general availability (GA) in April 2014. Azure AD Premium is an identity and access management service designed to meet the requirements of large enterprises.
Microsoft has released Skype for Mac Version 6.15, which is focused on stability and resolving problems.
Microsoft and Dell have announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the companies to share technology and build on each other’s innovations.
Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet, is now generally available for customers in China.
Microsoft has announced that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure in April 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for its own services.
Microsoft has released POS for .NET v1.14. The release adds POS objects for retail peripherals such as smartcards, motion sensors and fiscal printers. Version 1.14 supports .NET 4.0 and the installer provides improved interoperability with IT tools including scripting in deployment scenarios.
Microsoft has published an update on the status of the regulatory process for approval of its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The company has received approvals from regulatory authorities in 15 markets on five continents and is awaiting approval confirmation in the final markets. Microsoft expects to finalise the acquisition in April 2014.