The University of Colorado Hospital and Memorial Health System has fully migrated 17,000 mailboxes from three disparate healthcare organisations on multiple legacy email platforms into one single consolidated Microsoft Office 365 environment.
Microsoft has released the Office 365 Admin app, which enables administrators to view the service health of their Office 365 environment, for Android and iOS 7. The new app shows server features and health and includes support for iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Microsoft has announced the broad availability of the Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2013 R2. MDOP is a suite of virtualisation, management and security technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers.
In addition to support for Windows 8.1 and virtualisation of Office 2013, the release includes the launch of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 R2 and User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.0, which is intended to help customers personalise, deploy and manage virtual applications across devices.
Microsoft’s push to enhance its cloud offerings continued during November with a range of releases and previews targeted at encouraging developers to use its platform. Of particular note is the release of Visual Studio Online, which takes the old Express offering and extends the environment to capitalise on cloud services – very much designed to win over developers. However, the integration of Visual Studio 2013 with Microsoft’s cloud services is excellent.
Announcements for interoperability with popular third party products and platforms highlight Microsoft responding to the reality of today’s world of incredible consumer and enterprise choice. Examples include Microsoft Store on eBay, better SkyDrive, Office and OneNote support for iPhone and iPad users as well as Facebook integration on SkyDrive.com.
Huge fanfare around the launch of Xbox One – is this a gaming console or Microsoft’s charge into the living room with Skype integration encouraging the non-gaming family members to “play” as well? If successful, it certainly represents an exciting platform for marketing and advertising.
Now is an excellent time to negotiate price-competitive deals with Microsoft – one month before their financial mid-year and fierce competition in their marketplace!
BNSF Railway, one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, has selected Office 365 to enable over 40,000 workers to share ideas and information via computers, kiosks and personal devices.
Microsoft has announced that it will be supporting Office Store for Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Brazilian (Portuguese) and Italian language apps alongside the opening of 8 additional store fronts (Russia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Brazil). The company also announced that it will be adding subscription pricing for apps in the Office Store allowing developers to charge a monthly recurring fee for their solutions.
MetLife, a provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs serving more than 90 million customers, has selected Office 365 to support an expanding global workforce and the company’s global presence. MetLife has begun deployment to its 64,000 employees and expects to have Office 365 fully implemented by November.
Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and industrial company in more than 150 countries, has secured Microsoft Office 365 for its employees, partners and suppliers around the world. Their goal is to foster innovation through greater employee interaction on a global scale.