May 17

Indegene and Microsoft announce strategic alliance

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.

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Sep 27

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft sign partnership agreement

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide.

The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure. These new services will provide advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.

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Jul 12

GE and Microsoft announce partnership

GE and Microsoft have announced a partnership that will make GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet available on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses. The move marks the first step in a broad strategic collaboration between the two companies, which will allow customers to capture intelligence from their industrial assets and take utilise Microsoft’s enterprise cloud applications.

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May 27

Microsoft and Facebook to build subsea cable across Atlantic

Microsoft and Facebook have announced plans to build “MAREA” – a new, high-capacity subsea cable that connects the United States to southern Europe (from Virginia Beach to Spain and then beyond to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia).

The construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.

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Apr 20

Microsoft joins the new DC/OS open source project

Microsoft joined Mesosphere and a broad group of industry partners including Accenture, Cisco, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to announce the open source DC/OS project, a new effort powered by Apache Mesos for running modern distributed applications reliably and at scale. Microsoft is one of the founding members of this project.

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Dec 01

View on Microsoft’s November activities

A relatively quiet month for Microsoft with much of its marketing energies focused on promoting Office 365, Windows 10 and associated devices as well as more in-depth information about its latest cloud service offerings.

Microsoft has announced plans to deliver commercial cloud services from datacentre regions in multiple cities within the UK and announced the expansion of regional hubs in Ireland and the Netherlands. General availability of Azure and Office 365 from local UK datacentres is expected in late 2016, with Dynamics CRM Online following shortly thereafter.

Red Hat has recognised Azure as a Certified Cloud and Service Provider, which enables customers to migrate Red Hat subscriptions to Azure and maintain their direct relationship with Red Hat.

FieldOne from Microsoft is available for purchase and can be installed directly within Office 365. FieldOne was acquired by Microsoft and provides field service management capabilities for delivering services to customers in the field.

Microsoft has announced plans to enhance its protection of customer data with a Cyber Defence Operations Centre and the new Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group. The company also revealed that its annual investment in security research and development is more than a billion dollars.

Microsoft has published its Security Intelligence Report Volume 19, which includes threat data from the first half of 2015 as well as longer term trend data on industry vulnerabilities, exploits, malware and malicious websites.

Microsoft HoloLens has partnered with Volvo Cars to explore automotive and technology scenarios in the context of people’s car buying experience. In addition Microsoft HoloLens has announced a partnership with Autodesk Fusion 360 on a solution focused on how industrial designers, mechanical engineers and other product development fields work together.

Microsoft has released 30 feature updates to “Get & Transform” in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in for Excel 2013 and 2010. The company has also released a new Bing app for iPhone.

Finally, in the spirit of the forthcoming holiday season, Microsoft’s Halo World Championship starts on 6 December with a $1.7 million prize pool.

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Nov 05

Microsoft and Red Hat announce partnership

Microsoft and Red Hat have announced a partnership to provide unified support for customers running Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. The partnership includes the availability of Red Hat solutions natively to Microsoft Azure customers; the co-location of support personnel for Red Hat offerings on Microsoft Azure; access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings; as well as integration between Red Hat CloudForms, Microsoft Azure and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure.

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Jun 01

View on Microsoft’s May activities

Microsoft held its first Ignite conference in May and announced a range of new products and services for enterprise computing, including the next generation of Windows management, Microsoft Office, hybrid cloud infrastructure and SQL Server. Microsoft also announced that Windows Update for Business will be a free service for Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices and has been designed to keep Windows devices in organisations up to date with security defences and Windows features.

NetSuite, a provider of cloud-based financials, ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced a strategic cloud alliance with Microsoft to create solutions connecting NetSuite’s cloud ERP to Microsoft Office 365, Windows and Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft has started the global transition of Nokia-branded stores and Care centres around the world. Nokia retail stores will be called Microsoft Authorised Resellers and will showcase a range of Microsoft experiences and products including Lumia, Surface, Xbox and various accessories and services such as Office 365. In addition, general trade or multi-branded stores will be known as Microsoft Mobile Resellers.

Microsoft has continued its initiative to support non-Windows platforms. Support includes the release of OneNote for the Apple Watch, OneNote for Mac’s audio recording, support for Windows phone, Android phone and iPhone in the new Windows 10 Phone Companion app, the availability of Office Lens Android on Google Play Store as well as the expansion of cross-platform services through agreements with additional non-Microsoft device partners.

The company has produced a nine minute video that provides an early look at Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows desktop and phone.

For gamers Microsoft has released the Xbox One May System Update and includes voice messages and improvements to party chat.

Windows 10 will be released on 29 July. Microsoft has started rolling out an icon to “reserve” your free upgrade, which is the start of a campaign to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 within 3 years of its initial release. Microsoft has said that Azure AD support will be included in Windows 10 and that Microsoft Edge (the new browser) will support Dolby Audio.

Of interest, is the progress Microsoft Research has made in automatically creating captions for photographs using neural network technology.

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May 12

Microsoft invests in subsea cables to provide global datacentre connectivity

Microsoft has announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacentre infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom.

Microsoft has also joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of its participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia.

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