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 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.
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.
The UK’s first new clearing bank in more than 250 years has been launched using Microsoft technology. Clearbank, a challenger to the Big Four incumbents, was launched on Tuesday with the aim of increasing competition in the sector and speeding up transactions. The company will use Microsoft’s cloud service, Azure, as well as its secure UK data centres.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure AD business-to-business (B2B) collaboration. Organisations using Azure AD can provide their B2B partners access to documents, resources and applications while maintaining control over corporate data. Developers can use the Azure AD B2B APIs to write applications that bring two organisations together securely.
Microsoft has announced the General Availability of Visual Studio 2017. Key features include streamlined cloud development, built-in tools providing integration with .NET Core, Azure applications, microservices and Docker containers. The inclusion of Xamarin facilitates the creation of mobile apps for Android, iOS and Windows using improved debugging and profiling tools
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Network Performance Monitor (NPM), a cloud-aware network monitoring solution in Operations Management Suite Insight & Analytics, that monitors networks for performance degradation and outages. The solution continuously tests for accessibility between various points on the network across public clouds, datacentres and user locations. It enables application administrators to identify specific network segments or devices that may be causing the problem.
Microsoft has announced the General Availability of Azure Active Directory certificate-based authentication, which enables these scenarios…
Federated Azure AD customers can sign in using certificate-based authentication (performed against the federation server) with Office applications on iOS and Android.
Azure AD customers can sign in using certificate-based authentication with Exchange ActiveSync mobile apps in iOS and Android when signing in to Exchange Online.