Nov 02

Microsoft 365 Business solution released

Microsoft has announced the general worldwide availability of Microsoft 365 Business, which is targeted at small and medium-sized businesses with up to 300 employees. The solution includes the Office 365 suite of productivity and collaboration tools as well as device management and security tools for Windows 10 PCs, mobile devices and apps. The offering incorporates Microsoft Connections, Listings and Invoicing for Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium customers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

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Oct 23

Microsoft and Huawei announce Device Neural Translations

Microsoft has partnered with Huawei to provide on-device neural translations in the Translator app for Android that has been customised for the Huawei Mate 10 series. The technology uses the capabilities in Huawei’s new NPU (Neural Processing Unit) hardware, which results in improved and faster offline translations compared to existing offline packs.

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Oct 19

Microsoft releases Windows Server version 1709

Microsoft has announced that its first Semi-Annual Channel release cadence for Windows Server is available for Software Assurance customers to download. Version 1709 features an updated Server Core container image that has been optimised for lift-and-shift scenarios and a Nano Server container image that is nearly 80% smaller. The release also enables Windows and Linux containers to run side-by-side on the same Windows host using Linux kernels provided by major Linux vendors.

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Oct 18

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has started delivering the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The rollout is using Windows Update and will be phased over a period of time starting with newer machines. The release includes enhancements to Cortana, Edge, accessibility features, security and inking. Other features are OneDrive offline file access, ransomware protection, pin people to the taskbar as well as Windows Mixed Reality and a unified Store for Windows 10 and Xbox.

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Sep 29

Microsoft releases Azure Managed Applications Service Catalogue

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Managed Applications Service Catalogue. The Service Catalogue allows corporate IT teams to create and manage a catalogue of solutions and applications for use by employees. This enables organisations to centrally manage approved solutions and ensure compliance. Employees can discover and consume approved solutions from the list.

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Sep 08

Adobe and Microsoft expand strategic partnership

Adobe and Microsoft have expanded their strategic alliance. Adobe Sign, the e-signature service in Adobe Document Cloud, becomes Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution across the company’s portfolio. Teams, the chat-based workspace in Office 365, will be the preferred collaboration service for Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud. In addition to product integrations, Adobe will make Azure its preferred cloud platform for Adobe Sign.

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Aug 16

Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

Microsoft has acquired Cycle Computing, a vendor of cloud computing orchestration. The acquisition is intended to help simplify the use of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud. Cycle Computing’s technology will also be used to enhance Microsoft’s support of Linux HPC workloads and help extend on-premise workloads to the cloud.

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Jul 24

Microsoft releases File Recovery from Azure VM backups

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Instant recovery of files and folders from Azure VM backups by Azure Backup. This file recovery feature enables the recovery of files from cloud backups of Azure VMs without any additional infrastructure as well as opening application files without having to restore the entire VM.

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