Jun 30

Microsoft announces Visual Studio 2015 release date

Microsoft has revealed that the final releases of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 will be available for download on 20 July. This release opens up Visual Studio to developers targeting cross-platform mobile development for iOS, Android and Windows and game development targeting Unity, Unreal and Cocos. The release includes enhancements to developer productivity with proactive diagnostics tooling and Roslyn language services for C# and VB.

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Jun 29

Microsoft releases another preview build of Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has announced the availability of another Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build. Build 10149 includes Microsoft Edge branding for the new browser (Project Spartan), general UX improvements and refinements, Cortana improvements as well as updates for a number of apps.

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Jun 26

Department of Health in England benefits from Azure platform

The National Health Service’s NHS Choices-has been running on Microsoft Azure. Implementation time was reduced by a month and the platform handled an all-time-high figure of 52 million visits. Compared to their previous hosting provider, annual costs have been reduced and they have had a positive experience with Linux and Ruby on Azure.

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Jun 26

Microsoft releases Sway for iPad

Microsoft has announced the availability of Sway for iPad as well as an updated version of Sway for iPhone. Sway for iPad has been optimised for the larger screen and allows you to create, view and share Sways in landscape and portrait mode and includes a few additional capabilities, such as the Remix! button for trying out different layouts and styles.

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Jun 18

Microsoft announces changes to its senior leadership team

Microsoft has announced changes to its senior leadership team under the auspices of aligning the engineering teams to the company’s strategy.

Executive Vice President Terry Myerson will lead a newly formed team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), focused on enabling more personal computing experiences using the Windows ecosystem. This new team combines the engineering efforts of the current Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group.

Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie continues to lead the Cloud and Enterprise (C+E) team focused on building the intelligent cloud platform. The C+E team will also focus on building high-value infrastructure and business services to manage business processes, especially in the areas of data and analytics, security and management as well as development tools. In addition, the Dynamics development teams will move to the C+E team.

Executive Vice President Qi Lu continues to lead the Applications and Services Group (ASG) focused on productivity services for digital work that spans all devices.

Stephen Elop, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder will leave Microsoft after a designated transition period. Chief Insights Officer Mark Penn has decided to pursue another venture outside Microsoft and will be leaving the company in September.

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Jun 15

Microsoft announces Cloud Platform Release for June

Microsoft has announced a consolidated list of its latest Cloud Platform releases. These include the general availability of Azure RMS Departmental Templates, a public preview of Visual Studio Application Insights, the availability of Azure Premium Storage in East Australia and the availability of new Power BI Content Packs.

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Jun 11

Microsoft acquires BlueStripe Software

Microsoft has announced that it has completed the acquisition of BlueStripe Software, a provider of application management technology. BlueStripe’s solution helps map, monitor and troubleshoot distributed applications across heterogeneous operating systems and multiple datacentre and cloud environments. Microsoft plans to integrate the solution into its management products and services, such as System Center and Operations Management Suite (OMS).

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