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.
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 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 has announced that Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace in Office 365, is generally available in 181 markets and in 19 languages. Microsoft Teams provides a conversations experience, with threaded, persistent chat. Communication features include audio calling from mobile devices and video on Android.
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.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016. The Pack includes logging of administrative actions performed in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell; MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms; a new OneDrive for Business user experience; custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher; unified auditing across site collections on-premises and in Office 365; unified taxonomy across on-premises and Office 365; as well as OneDrive API 2.0.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of PowerApps and Flow. PowerApps supports building web and mobile business applications without coding, while Microsoft Flow helps automate business processes through simple configuration. Both offerings are included in Office 365 (Enterprise, Business Premium and Essentials) and Dynamics 365.
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 that Azure and Office 365 are available from new datacentre regions in the United Kingdom (London and Cardiff). These new regions are intended to help businesses in industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare meet regulatory requirements and the need for local data residency and replication for business continuity.