Microsoft has announced the introduction of the Nokia 230 and Nokia 230 Dual SIM phones. These are internet-enabled feature phones with front and rear facing 2-megapixel cameras. The phones will be available from early December in India, Asia, and the Middle East with other markets following in 2016.
Microsoft has released Skype 6.6 for iPhone and iPad. The release includes improvements to phone number, date and address detection, which makes performing associated actions simpler. In addition, there have been ease-of-use improvements to multi-tasking.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Microsoft Graph (formerly “Office 365 Unified API”), which is a unified API endpoint for accessing data, intelligence and insights across the Microsoft cloud. The initial release includes Users, Files, Messages, Groups, Events, Contacts (personal), Mail, Calendar, Devices and other directory objects and docs.
Microsoft has announced that its first release of Windows Store for Business is available to organisations in 21 markets. Windows Store for Business is a web-based portal that IT decision makers, purchasers and administrators can use to find, acquire, manage and distribute Windows Store apps across their organisation’s Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft has announced the release of its first major update for Windows 10. The update includes performance improvements; enhancements to Cortana; performance and security changes to Edge; as well as a range of new and improved capabilities aimed at enterprise organisations.
Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Secure Islands, a provider of advanced information protection solutions. Microsoft plans to integrate Secure Islands’ technology into the Azure Rights Management Service.
Microsoft has released the Operations Management Suite (OMS) agent for Linux. OMS is Microsoft’s simplified IT management solution that combines log analytics, automation, backup, and site recovery solutions across heterogeneous datacentres and public cloud environments.
The OMS agent for Linux enables real-time analytics for operational data (such as syslog, performance, alerts and inventory) from Linux servers, Docker containers, and monitoring tools like Nagios, Zabbix, and System Center Operations Manager.
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Mobile Data Labs, creator of the MileIQ app and a provider of productivity solutions for mobile users. The Mobile Data Labs team will continue to build and offer mobile productivity solutions and look to take advantage of insights from Office 365 and the Office Graph.
Microsoft and Red Hat have announced a partnership to provide unified support for customers running Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. The partnership includes the availability of Red Hat solutions natively to Microsoft Azure customers; the co-location of support personnel for Red Hat offerings on Microsoft Azure; access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings; as well as integration between Red Hat CloudForms, Microsoft Azure and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Dynamic Data Masking for Azure SQL Database version V12. Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) is used to limit access to sensitive data in the database by obfuscating it in on-the-fly in query results. The logic of which fields to mask and how to mask is stored in the database. DDM can also limit data access by personnel that connect to production databases for maintenance or troubleshooting purposes.