Microsoft has signed a lease to open a flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue in New York City. The opening date has not yet been disclosed.
Sutherland Global Services, who provide business process and technology management services, have selected Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for its 30,000 employees across 40 operational facilities around the globe.
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) uses Microsoft Azure and the PI System from OSIsoft to reduce building maintenance and energy costs. CMU has added Azure Machine Learning for better fault detection, diagnosis and more efficient operations. With these capabilities, CMU gain advanced analytics for improved operational insights and decisions. Based on experimental results, CMU researchers estimate the solution could cut energy costs by 20 percent.
Microsoft has announced the Wireless Display Adapter, which connects to an HDTV, monitor or projector and enables content to be shared from any Miracast-enabled device – including many PCs and Tablets running Windows 8.1. The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada and will be generally available in October 2014.
Microsoft has made Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 2 available. The release includes a few features (e.g. performance improvements for the Visual C++ browsing experience) and some bug fixes.
In addition, the company also released a CTP for Team Foundation Server, Team Explorer Everywhere 2013 Update 2 as well as Visual Studio Tools for Unity (VSTU) 1.9.1.
Microsoft has announced that Azure HDInsight (Hadoop-as-a-service) is now available for all customers in China as a public preview. Hadoop is an open-source platform for storing and processing massive amounts of data.
Microsoft has announced that the Windows Dev Center now requires only a one-time registration payment, which grants developers the ability to submit apps to both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, with no annual renewal fee.
This change is effective immediately and currently registered developers will no longer need to pay any additional fees to maintain their account.
Microsoft has announced that Azure AD Basic is available for purchase through the volume-licensing channel. The new offering provides company branding, group-based application access and self-service password reset.
Microsoft has announced that Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group, and Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer of Visa, have been appointed to the company’s board of directors and will join the board effective 1 Oct. 2014.
The company also announced that Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon have decided not to seek re-election to the board of directors and will retire from the board at the expiration of their current term following the annual shareholders meeting in December.