Microsoft has announced the general availability (GA) of Azure HDInsight in China, Australia datacentres (East and Southeast) and Japan East. This marks the end of the preview period that started in September.
Microsoft has released Skype 7.2 for Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. Updates include colour contrast adjustments and a number of stability fixes.
Microsoft has released the November 2014 update for Power Query (an Excel Business Intelligence add-in). The update includes connectors for SQL Server Analysis Services as well as Salesforce Reports and Objects; more control for the Expand Columns prefix; and improved menu options in the Query Editor.
Microsoft Advertising has announced support for PayPal pay out for developers of Windows and Windows Phone apps. The Advertising SDK now provides an option to have payments for ad revenue sent directly to PayPal accounts.
Microsoft has updated Office Mobile app for Android phones to include the ability to generate and share links to documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as well as Dropbox integration.
Microsoft has announced that Austrian Airlines and Deutsche Lufthansa AG have selected Surface Pro 3 for their pilots. Austrian Airlines has started using Surface Pro 3s as electronic flight bags (EFBs) and Lufthansa uses the devices to help improve pilot productivity.
Microsoft has announced the release of Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), previously known as Forefront Identity Manager. MIM is an on premise Identity and Access Management (IAM) system designed to reduce the complexity of managing the identity lifecycle in organisations. Key areas of focus are Privileged Access Management, Hybrid (cloud and on premise) IAM and usability.
Microsoft has announced that the rollout of Office 365 Video will start with First Release customers (service updates deployed soon after the official announcement). Rollout to all customers is expected to be completed in early 2015. Office 365 Video uses Azure Media Services and provides adaptive streaming as well as optimising video playback for the recipient device.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Azure StorSimple feature updates. These include bandwidth templates, controller management and configuration of email addresses for notification alerts. In addition, Microsoft Azure StorSimple is now available in Australia.
Microsoft has announced the preview release of Azure Operational Insights as part of the Azure portal. Operational Insights is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) for IT operations teams that uses Azure HDInsight to obtain machine data across environments and provide real-time operational intelligence.