Microsoft has announced the worldwide General Availability of Dynamics NAV 2017, which is a business management solution for small and mid-sized businesses. The release includes embedded Power BI reports and dashboards; improved quote-to-cash-processes through integration with Microsoft Office; uses machine learning and Azure to enhance predictions and analytics; as well as support for customised cross-platform mobile applications for specific user tasks.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Data Migration Assistant v2.0, which replaces the previous SQL Server Upgrade Advisor tool. The Assistant is a free tool that checks database schema and static objects for breaking changes from prior versions. The tool provides the capability to move schema, data and uncontained objects, including user logins, from a source server to a SQL Server 2012, 2014 or 2016 target server, which can be on premise or in an Azure VM.
Microsoft has announced the release of BizTalk Server 2016. The release features Hybrid connectivity that supports connecting to cloud native applications, web and mobile back end systems as well as custom applications through the Azure Logic Apps adapter. It also provides integration with the latest Microsoft products such as Windows Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, SQL Server 2016 and Office 2016.
Microsoft has announced a number of new and updated hardware offerings. These include Surface Studio with a 4.5k ultra HD screen, the Surface Dial peripheral designed for the creative process as well as three new Surface Book models featuring 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and improved graphics processing power.
Microsoft has announced the availability of R Tools for Visual Studio 0.5 (RTVS), which integrates with SQL Server to simplify working with SQL data. The release includes integrated support for SQL and SQL Stored Procedures, multiple plot windows, plot history with plot thumbnails for navigation as well as general improvements and bug fixes.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of System Center 2016, which is designed to deploy, configure and manage your virtualised, software-defined datacentre and hybrid cloud infrastructure. The new release features upgraded installation, in-place upgrades and automated workflows; performance and usability improvements of all System Center components; as well as broader support for LAMP stack and VMware, including monitoring resources and services in Azure and Amazon Web Services.
Microsoft has announced the general availability (GA) of Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 includes software-defined capabilities to enable hybrid cloud as well as offer portability across datacentre, private and public cloud environments via virtual machine and new container formats. Microsoft has introduced the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit to allow Windows Server VMs to be run in Azure at a discounted rate.
Microsoft has announced that Azure AD Domain Services is Generally Available (GA). Azure AD Domain Services provides managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, and Kerberos/NTLM authentication that are fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory. The service integrates with existing Azure AD tenants so users can sign in using their corporate credentials.
Microsoft has introduced the Team Data Science Process (TDSP), which is a methodology and set of practices for collaborative data science. TDSP is an agile, iterative, data science methodology to improve collaboration and team learning. It includes a data science lifecycle definition, a standard project structure, a shared and distributed analytics infrastructure as well as productivity tools and utilities for data scientists.
Microsoft has announced that Identity Manager (MIM) 2016 Service Pack 1 is Generally Available. This release includes all previously released hotfixes as well as features like cross-browser support (including Chrome, Firefox and Safari on Mac and iOS devices), new product platforms (SQL 2016, Exchange 2016, Outlook 2016 and SharePoint 2016) and improved deployment options of the Privileged Access Management components.