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.
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 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cloudyn, a provider of cloud services cost management tools. These tools enable enterprise customers to identify, measure and analyse consumption as well as forecast future cloud spending. The offerings will be incorporated into Microsoft’s product portfolio to provide a set of multi-cloud management, security and governance solutions.
Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Hexadite, a company delivering agentless, automatic incident investigation and remediation solutions. Hexadite will be fully absorbed into Microsoft as part of the Windows and Devices Group and its endpoint security automated remediation used to extend Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for commercial Windows 10 customers.
Indegene, a global healthcare solutions provider, and Microsoft are collaborating to deliver commercial cloud applications for life sciences. Dynamics 365 for Sales will combine with the Indegene Omnipresence platform to create a mobile, multichannel CRM solution specifically for sales and medical representatives to engage healthcare practitioners. The solution will help with digital content development and management as well as provide in-line analytics and optimisation to support the representatives.
Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Intentional Software, a company focused on creating productivity applications. The founder of the company, Charles Simonyi, is an ex-Microsoft employee responsible for the development of Word and Excel. Simonyi and his team will become part of the Office group.
Microsoft Technology Licensing and Casio Computer have announced a new patent licensing agreement that includes broad coverage for smartwatch technologies.
Microsoft has named Kevin Scott to a newly created role of chief technology officer (CTO) for the company. This is an expansion of Scott’s role at LinkedIn as senior vice president of Infrastructure. As Microsoft’s CTO, Scott will drive strategic, cross-company initiatives and joins Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to Satya Nadella (CEO).
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Simplygon, a developer of automatic 3D data-optimisation solutions. Simplygon was developed by Donya Labs AB, a privately held company based in Sweden and specialises in 3D game optimisation as well as helping creators and users of 3D data optimise content pipelines and streamline workflows.