Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments. Avere uses a combination of file system and caching technologies to support performance requirements for customers running large-scale compute workloads.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft has announced the availability of the Surface Book 2, which uses the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options as well as a claimed battery life of up to 17 hours of video playback.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft has announced the availability of .NET Core 2.0 as a final release. Microsoft has also released ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Entity Framework Core 2.0. .NET Core 2.0 includes performance improvements in the runtime and framework, implements the .NET Standard 2.0 as well as extending supported platforms.