Microsoft has made Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049 available for Windows Insiders. Apart from a number of fixes, the key feature of this release is the inclusion the new Project Spartan browser.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of MDM capabilities for Office 365 commercial (Business, Enterprise, EDU and Government) plans at no additional cost. MDM for Office 365 helps manage access to Office 365 data across a range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. The capabilities include conditional access, device management and selective wipe.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Azure App Service, which integrates Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services into a single service with a common app hosting, runtime and extensibility model, enabling simplified integration with consumer and commercial services and on-premises systems.
Microsoft has announced that it is making the first technical preview of the Windows 10 developer tooling available to Windows Insiders. The release includes an Adaptive UX providing the ability to use a single UI that can adapt from small to large screens; a number of Windows 10 UI controls will determine, at runtime, how the user interacts with apps and render the appropriate user experience (e.g. on a laptop with a touch-screen, an app fly-out control will provide larger touch-targets if tapped with touch, as opposed to clicked with a mouse); directly verify whether a Windows feature is available using an API rather than infer from the operating system version; as well as Visual Studio Tooling improvements.
Microsoft has announced that Office 2013 client modern authentication features have moved from private preview to public preview. Modern authentication brings Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based sign in to Office 2013 Windows clients and is available to customers running the March 2015 or later update for Office 2013. It will continue to be off by default in the client, but can be enabled on Windows machines by participants in the public preview.
Fuji Xerox and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC have announced a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. The agreement covers a broad range of products and services offered by Microsoft and Fuji Xerox, including digital imaging, document management and mobile consumer products.
Melco Holdings, parent company of Buffalo Inc and Buffalo Group (“Melco Group”), and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC, have announced a patent agreement providing Melco Holdings coverage for its Linux- and Android-based devices under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
Microsoft has added the Lumia 430 Dual SIM to its affordable range of Lumia smartphones. The device uses Windows Phone 8.1 software, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz and pre-loaded with Office, Skype and OneDrive. The phone will be Windows 10 upgradable.
Microsoft has released System Center Management Pack for Dynamics CRM 2015. The pack enables administration and monitoring of availability, health and performance metrics across a range of Dynamics CRM components and services using System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012 or higher.