Microsoft has announced that Project Server 2016 has reached the Released to Manufacture (RTM) milestone. The new version includes new Resource Engagements capabilities, which is an evolution of the Resource Plan feature as well as a single installation process for Project Server and SharePoint Server. Project Server 2016 now runs as a service application in SharePoint Server 2016.
Microsoft has announced that SharePoint 2016 has reached the Released to Manufacture (RTM) milestone. The new version includes a role-based installation architecture, support for In-place/online installation of patches, Office 365 app launcher available in on-premises installations, document libraries support single files of up to 10GB and a cloud hybrid search that supports on-premises content in the Office 365 index.
Microsoft has announced the availability of SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 0. The release includes real-time operational analytics, visualisations on mobile devices, built-in analytics, advanced security technologies and new hybrid scenarios providing a secure Stretch Database service.
Microsoft has announced that it has joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member. The foundation delivers open-source tools to Eclipse and Java developers. Microsoft also announced new Azure and Visual Studio Team Services interoperability with Codenvy’s workspace automation tools, built on Eclipse Che.
Microsoft has announced the availability of the StorSimple Virtual Array. This is a version of the solution available in a virtual machine form installed on your existing hypervisors. Each virtual array can manage up to 64 TB of data in the cloud. Virtual arrays, in different branch and remote offices across geographies, can be managed from a central StorSimple management portal in Azure.
Microsoft has announced that it is developing Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new service for enterprises to detect, investigate and respond to advanced attacks on their networks. The offering will provide a new post-breach layer of protection to Windows 10 and is a combination of client technology built into the operating system and a cloud service. It will help detect threats that have made it past other defences, provide enterprises with information to investigate the breach across endpoints and offer response recommendations.
Gartner has positioned Microsoft as the Completeness of Vision leader in BI and Analytics Platforms, although behind Tableau and Qlik in Ability to Execute.
The Power BI mobile apps have been updated to support viewing reports on iPhones and Windows 10 phones. The Power BI Android app is due to be updated in the near future.
Microsoft has released a range of changes across Office clients on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. These include a number of new capabilities in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition, the team released the first cumulative feature update since the initial September release of the Office 2016 apps. See February Office 365 updates for more information.
The Office training team has released tutorials to support Office 365 scenarios that include Get it done from anywhere, Content collaboration, and Run more effective meetings. The tutorials cover Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads, Macs and PCs.
Microsoft’s February Cloud Platform Release announcements with additional announcements made on 17 February include a range of services that have been released, some that have moved to public preview as well as price increases (Azure IoT Hub) and reductions (Dv2-Series).
The drive towards non-Microsoft platforms and devices continues unabated and includes rolling out group video calling on iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets (interesting that Windows Phone was not mentioned in Microsoft’s announcement).
New Windows 10 devices showcased at the Mobile World Congress included HP’s Elite x3, VAIO’s new Windows 10 phone, ALCATEL’s Fierce XL and Plus 10, Trinity’s NuAns NEO, Microsoft’s Lumia 650, Huawei’s MateBook, Lenovo’s YOGA 510 and 710, Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S, Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-F1 and Toughbook CF-20 as well as Getac’s RX10, which is designed for the healthcare industry.
Microsoft has joined other industry participants to create the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), which has been established to define industry standards for the Internet of Things. Founding members include Cisco, Electrolux, General Electric, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and a number of other organisations.
Microsoft has announced that developers will be able to purchase the HoloLens Development Edition, which will begin shipping on 30 March.
Microsoft conducted an interesting experiment by deploying a datacentre below the ocean’s surface. The company believes that this approach could solve several problems by using new power sources, reducing cooling costs and the distance to connected populations as well as making it easier and faster to set up datacentres.