Microsoft has announced its October update for Office, which includes Skype voice and video integration with Office Online, an Office Online extension for Chrome, reduction of the foot print for Office on Android and a Visual Basic Editor in Office 2016 for Mac.
Microsoft has started rolling out an updated version of Outlook to iOS users. The update is focused on improving the experience and includes changes to UI elements and improved navigation. Microsoft has said that it will release these updates for Android users in early November.
Microsoft has announced the Community Technology Preview (CTP) 3.0 of SQL Server 2016, which includes In-Memory OLTP and real-time Operational Analytics; Always Encrypted; built-in SQL Server R Services; JSON support; and federated query from relational to Hadoop with PolyBase as well as active archive of cold data to Azure with Stretch Database.
Part of the Cortana Analytics Suite, Azure Data Lake includes new previews for the Store and the Analytics service as well as Azure HDInsight.
Microsoft has announced Amrote Abdella as the new regional director for Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative. Previously the director of Start-up Engagement and Partnerships at 4Afrika, she takes over from Fernando de Sousa. Abdella will oversee Microsoft’s investments in Africa, deepen Microsoft’s engagements on the continent and scale 4Afrika’s work across different markets.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Dynamics NAV 2016 as well as the Dynamics NAV managed service for partners. The release includes new capabilities in mobility, business insight and cloud services, as well as deeper interoperability with Azure, Dynamics CRM and Office 365.
Microsoft has announced the release of updates for Visual Studio tools. These include Tools for Universal Windows Apps 1.1.1 (bug fixes), Visual Studio Emulator for Android (network simulation and improved screenshot functionality) and Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova Update 3 (some improvements and bug fixes).
Microsoft has announced its line-up of new devices, which includes Lumia phones designed for Windows 10 and upgrades and extends its Surface range. The new flagship phones are the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, with the Lumia 550 providing a more affordable option. The Surface family now comprises the Surface Book, Microsoft’ first laptop and Surface Pro 4, which is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
The company also revealed Microsoft Band 2, which includes a barometer, and announced the availability of Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition.
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Havok, a provider of 3D physics, from Intel. Havok will be added to Microsoft’s existing tools and platform components for developers, including DirectX 12, Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure. The Havok technology is focused on the games industry and real-time physics creation.
Microsoft has announced the release of Exchange Server 2016 for on-premises customers. It integrates with Outlook, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business to enable new collaboration capabilities related to sharing, editing and receiving documents within Outlook. The release includes automated repair, improved recovery performance as well as an expanded Data Loss Prevention (DLP).
Microsoft has announced the first official release of Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO CLI). TACO provides number of utilities for Mac and Windows users to develop with a set of platforms and plugins validated by the Visual Studio product team. Developers can also install the native Android and iOS (Mac-only) SDKs and build tools. In addition, Microsoft have open-sourced the TACO CLI.