06 Nov 2013 Microsoft enters enterprise mobility management game with new platform (SearchConsumerization.com)
Microsoft may be late getting in the EMM game, but analysts believe its integration with familiar products like System Center may give them a leg up.
04 Nov 2013 Dreading a migration? New Windows XP tools may ease the pain (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Enterprise tools can provide IT admins with views of their software licenses and ease the migration pain from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
01 Nov 2013 Microsoft's internal Project XP seeks to migrate Windows XP businesses (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft is pushing customers to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 while some software vendors undermine its efforts by continuing app support.
08 Oct 2013 Facing threat from competitors, Microsoft spells out cloud plans (SearchWindowsServer.com)
With stiff competition from cloud competitors like Amazon, Microsoft is offering Azure discounts to customers who enter into enterprise agreements.
Microsoft issues eight security bulletins, patches Internet Explorer (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Happy birthday, Patch Tuesday: the tenth anniversary of Microsoft's patching program brought its own gifts, including fixes for Internet Explorer.
20 Sep 2013 Ballmer confesses Microsoft mobile device missteps in final financial call (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Departing CEO Steve Ballmer admits that Microsoft missed a huge opportunity to be competitive in the now lavishly successful mobile device market.
Microsoft Office alternatives give mobile users flexible productivity software (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Office productivity software alternatives from IBM, Huddle and others now integrate more mobile, social and collaboration features for the enterprise.
17 Sep 2013 IT shops find ways around costly Windows licensing rules for VDI, DaaS (SearchVirtualDesktop.com)
Windows licensing for virtual desktops is a tax that increases VDI costs, particularly for BYOD. Calls for Microsoft to #FixVDA haven't been met.
10 Sep 2013 Critical fixes for Office, Outlook and IE in September Patch Tuesday (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft delivered patches in 13 bulletins this week, including four critical bulletins. Recent versions of Outlook and Office are affected.
03 Sep 2013 Microsoft buys its way into the mobile device market, gains Nokia exec (SearchConsumerization.com)
Microsoft's $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition gives Microsoft smartphone device access but industry skeptics wonder about the long-term strategy.
28 Aug 2013 Microsoft rereleases Exchange security update (The Microsoft Messaging Exchange blog)
Microsoft rereleased a critical Exchange security update nearly two weeks after pulling it, assuring customers that it was tested before it was released.
27 Aug 2013 Windows Server 2012 R2 released to manufacturing (The Windows Server Notebook blog)
Microsoft hit an important milestone this week as it finalized Windows Server 2012 R2 ahead of its Oct. 18 launch.
23 Aug 2013 IT pros shed no tears over Microsoft CEO Ballmer's retirement plans (SearchWindowsServer.com)
On the heels of a reorganization, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire within a year. IT pros hope a technology visionary will replace him.
14 Aug 2013 Microsoft delivers early warning with latest Patch Tuesday (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft is updating Patch Tuesday to give customers and security software firms advanced notice of holes in Windows code
Microsoft pulls Exchange update, testing processes in question (SearchExchange.com)
After identifying an issue with Exchange 2013, Microsoft pulled a security update. The company's quarterly update schedule is now in jeopardy.
SharePoint 2013 mobility boosts the bottom line, expert says (SearchContentManagement.com)
Microsoft was late to the party on enabling SharePoint for mobile. But SharePoint 2013 sports features that could boost worker productivity.
Windows 8.1 to arrive on October 18, minus Start button (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 on October 18, almost a year since the company introduced Windows 8, its first tablet-optimised OS
13 Aug 2013 Microsoft patches Exchange, Internet Explorer vulnerabilities (SearchWindowsServer.com)
In Microsoft's August Patch Tuesday update, the company patched a range of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Exchange and more.
09 Aug 2013 Bare-metal servers in the cloud aid performance, compliance (SearchCloudComputing.com)
Bare-metal servers and cloud computing may seem like a contradiction in terms, but some organizations find their combination ideal.
Microsoft hikes Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition pricing (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft made changes to its license pricing, upping the cost of Windows Server 2012 R2 by as much as 28%. It also discussed a new licensing option.
07 Aug 2013 Five workloads enterprises can easily move to the cloud (SearchCloudComputing.com)
Not every application should be moved to a public cloud service, but these five workloads can easily move to the cloud.
01 Aug 2013 Can Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview entice business users? (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft ships Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview on the heels of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview updates.
Third platform IT job skills in demand (SearchDataCenter.com)
Companies that are on board with cloud, big data, social and mobile trends seek IT pros with third platform skills, but those IT job skills are rare.
31 Jul 2013 Office 365 now available on Android (ComputerWeekly.com)
Following the release of Office Mobile for iPhone, Microsoft has launched Office Mobile for Android
Surface blasts $900m hole in Microsoft empire (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft’s latest 10Q filing with the SEC, has shown it took a $900m hit associated with the Surface tablet and paid an EU fine of $733m
Surface sales still yet to take off (MicroscopeUK.com)
Details from Microsoft over the revenues from sales of its Surface tablet have revealed the product has yet to make much of a dent in the market
29 Jul 2013 Lines between tablets, notebooks and ultra-mobile PCs blur (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
How does a tablet differ from a notebook or an ultra-mobile PC? Here's how to determine which is which.
18 Jul 2013 Microsoft readying Windows 8.1 download for Windows To Go USB stick (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft will soon provide the ability to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview on Windows To Go USB sticks.
17 Jul 2013 OWA for iPad and iPhone available for Office 365 subscribers (SearchExchange.com)
A native Microsoft Outlook experience is now available on iOS devices for Office 365 subscribers. On-premises Exchange users will have to wait.
The new technologies that are reshaping IT data center strategies (SearchDataCenter.com)
TechTarget's data center survey gauges the influence that cloud, big data, mobile computing, virtualization and more have on data center strategies.
16 Jul 2013 Microsoft slashes the price of its Surface tablet (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft has cut the price of its flagship Surface tablet
12 Jul 2013 Ballmer outlines vision of unified Microsoft (MicroscopeUK.com)
Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has sent staff a memo where he outlines a strategy of developing a more unified company
Microsoft reorganization to impact Windows desktop, device deployments (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Experts expect the Microsoft reorganization and its efforts to be a devices, cloud services company to affect Windows desktop and device deployments.
11 Jul 2013 HP offers to help Microsoft users migrate from expiring Windows XP OS (ComputerWeekly.com)
HP has teamed up with Microsoft to provide hardware and software tools to simplify users’ transition from Windows XP which loses support from April 2014
Microsoft's reorganization may have long-term impact on IT, systems (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft's reorganization may not impact IT in the short term, but questions surround how it will affect the quality of its products and services over time.
Microsoft: Cloud computing is the new normal (SearchITChannel.com)
Microsoft continued beating the cloud computing drum on WPC Day 3, saying cloud-oriented partners outperform peers by a number of financial measures.
Steve Ballmer launches Microsoft 2.0 (ComputerWeekly.com)
Steve Ballmer plans to reinvent Microsoft with a big push to develop hardware from phones to set top boxes, as it attempts to remain relevant
Time called on PC era as declines continue (MicroscopeUK.com)
Another quarter of declines in the PC market has led some to declare that the desktop era has come to an end
Windows 8 online training courses offer low-cost, flexible options (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Online IT training centers are adding Windows 8 online courses to educate IT pros on how to deploy and administer the new OS.
Windows out of touch as PC shipments crash (ComputerWeekly.com)
All manufacturers except Lenovo showed a massive decline in PC sales, with buyers continuing to purchase tablets over laptop devices
10 Jul 2013 Microsoft realigns partner cloud training, competencies (MicroscopeUK.com)
At its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston Texas, Microsoft has shared details of how it will change training and competencies to help partners make the most of the cloud
Patched IE8 flaw used for targeted attacks, says Microsoft (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft says hackers have attacked computers by exploiting a flaw in Internet Explorer 8 disclosed in May 2013 by a Google researcher
09 Jul 2013 Exoprise launches partner program for its Office 365 monitoring product (SearchITChannel.com)
Startup Exoprise, which recently launched its CloudReady product for Office 365 monitoring, has developed a partner program.
July 2013 Patch Tuesday: Critical fixes, but in a lazy summer sort of way (SearchSecurity.com)
July's Patch Tuesday found Microsoft rolling out seven patches, six of which are rated as critical.
Microsoft WPC 2013 highlights Windows 8, devices and cloud services (SearchITChannel.com)
On Day 1 of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, the company laid out a product strategy that focuses on big data, social, cloud and mobility.
Microsoft addresses TrueType, Windows vulnerabilities (SearchWindowsServer.com)
On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft addressed a number of critical flaws in font parsing and vulnerabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Microsoft rallies partners to build hybrid Azure (MicroscopeUK.com)
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announces a major push to attract businesses to use Azure through a “cloud first” strategy
08 Jul 2013 Microsoft finds profits are higher at cloud partners (MicroscopeUK.com)
Microsoft has shared with partners some IDC research it has commissioned that indicates those selling cloud are more successful
Stronger economy pushes up IT day rates (ComputerWeekly.com)
The daily rates charged for IT services are rising, according to a benchmark from consulting firm Pierre Audoin Consultants
03 Jul 2013 Cloud costs worry customers (MicroscopeUK.com)
Compuware research has revealed that fears over hidden cloud costs and performance are worrying CIOs
Desktop management software begins to go mobile (SearchConsumerization.com)
Mobile device and desktop management software have traditionally been separate, but some vendors have started to combine them.
Microsoft attempts to make Surface RT tablet enterprise-worthy (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft's Surface RT is a consumer device, while Surface Pro is designed for enterprises, but there may be a place for the RT in the corporate world.
New Cisco distribution chief; Synnex CloudSolv gains Office 365 migration tool (SearchITChannel.com)
Cisco names a new vice president of worldwide distribution, Julie Hens; plus, Synnex CloudSolv adds the Skykick suite for Office 365 migrations.
02 Jul 2013 Collaboration key to malware success, says Microsoft (ComputerWeekly.com)
Collaborative malware is one of the latest techniques cyber attackers are using to ensure their malicious programs cannot be removed
Gartner revises IT spend forecast down (MicroscopeUK.com)
Slumping PC sales partly account for the downward revision in Gartner’s growth predictions for overall IT spending in 2013, but growth is on the horizon for 2014
IT job roles in flux thanks to consumerization (SearchConsumerization.com)
In the coming years, consumerization could bring serious changes to traditional IT job roles and IT department structures.
28 Jun 2013 Microsoft boasts of greater services for developers (MicroscopeUK.com)
On the second day of its Build developers conference Microsoft has talked of its efforts to improve services to support cloud and mobile applications
Mobile app development tools improving to meet IT demands (SearchConsumerization.com)
To meet IT demands, mobile application development tools have evolved to include testing, monitoring, deploying, debugging and other features.
27 Jun 2013 App developers rush to fill Windows 8 application void (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
As Microsoft touts Windows 8.1, tool developers rush to fill the need for Windows 8 applications.
Ballmer admits need for a remix with Windows 8.1 (MicroscopeUK.com)
The Microsoft CEO has revealed the changes made in its Windows 8.1 update and admitted that users had wanted it to make improvements
Microsoft hopes Windows 8.1 OS will drive more apps to Windows Store (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft has released a preview of Windows 8.1 which it hopes will encourage developers to build more apps for the operating system (OS)
Microsoft relents on UI changes, restores Start button to Windows 8.1 (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 preview includes a number features -- including the Start button -- that will be accessible across a plethora of new devices.
26 Jun 2013 Users advised to find budget to move off XP (MicroscopeUK.com)
Microsoft might be talking this week about Windows 8.1 but for the channel the real focus is to get more users migrating off XP
25 Jun 2013 Microsoft to invest $700m on datacentre expansion (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft is planning a $677.6m (£440m) investment to expand its existing datacentre in West Des Moines, Iowa
Oracle databases now supported on Windows Azure cloud, Hyper-V (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Oracle databases could only be virtualized with VMware until now. Windows Azure and Hyper-V shops can now run Oracle databases in their cloud or virtual environments.
Oracle offers enterprise software on Azure and Hyper-V (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft and Oracle form an alliance to enable Oracle software to run on Hyper-V and Windows Azure infrastructure
TechEd Europe 2013: Microsoft releases preview version of Windows Server 2012 R2 (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft has released the preview software for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 at TechEd Europe 2013
24 Jun 2013 Diving into the Oracle-Microsoft cloud computing deal (SearchOracle.com)
Oracle's getting back to its roots, as SQL Azure bites its fingernails (or does it?) Find out why the Oracle-Microsoft deal matters.
Migration concerns still cloud Windows 8 upgrade (MicroscopeUK.com)
Microsoft might just be days away from taking the wraps off a preview of Windows 8,1 but migration from XP is still a worry for many
Windows 8.1 plus new processors improve PC market (ComputerWeekly.com)
The introduction of new Intel processors running the Windows 8.1 update will slow the decline of PC sales according to Gartner
20 Jun 2013 Big data confusion leads corporate IT to put the brakes on BI spending (ComputerWeekly.com)
Big data hyperbole has caused corporate IT to tighten the purse strings on business intelligence (BI)
Microsoft offers cash rewards for security bug hunters (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft unveils security bounty programmes to improve its products through responsible disclosure of flaws that could be exploited by hackers
19 Jun 2013 Users want reduced cloud complexity and more interoperability, study finds (ComputerWeekly.com)
Cloud adoption has risen in 2013 but to yield its true benefits, cloud complexity must be reduced and interoperability increased, shows study
18 Jun 2013 How to choose the right enterprise mobile, cloud and social tools (SearchConsumerization.com)
IT departments need to evaluate vendors for social tools, such as mobile and cloud. Without a secure plan, IT risks an unsecure liability.
17 Jun 2013 IT departments to shrink dramatically within five years as cloud takes over (ComputerWeekly.com)
IT professionals will need to rethink their careers as corporate IT departments undergo a radical restructuring over the next five years
Q&A: Microsoft's Erwin Visser discloses Windows 8 mobile strategy (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft GM Erwin Visser discusses the company's mobile strategy for Windows 8 and the need to deliver one device supporting all types of computing.
Q&A: Microsoft's Erwin Visser on Windows 8.1 updates, security (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft's Erwin Visser discusses Windows 8.1 features, how IT can keep pace with faster update cycles and Windows security enhancements.
Windows 8.1 not a magic bullet for PC sales (MicroscopeUK.com)
Context analysts say those anticipating a boost to PC sales from Windows 8.1 may be waiting in vain
14 Jun 2013 Microsoft extends Office 365 to iPhone users (MicroscopeUK.com)
Microsoft has extended compatability for its Office 365 to the iPhone providing the Apple phone users with the chance to view and edit documents
Office Mobile for iPhone requires Office 365 (SearchConsumerization.com)
Microsoft released Office Mobile for iPhone but it requires an Office 365 subscription and isn't made for iPad.
12 Jun 2013 Microsoft ADK for Windows 8.1 arms IT with Windows deployment tools (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
With the ADK for Windows 8.1, Microsoft has armed IT administrators with the tools they need to deploy the future Windows 8.1 in the enterprise.
11 Jun 2013 In mobile device era, Hewlett-Packard recommits to PCs at HP Discover (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
IT pros are encouraged by Hewlett Packard's new support services plan for PCs, but would like to see mobile devices from the company.
Office, 32-bit Windows fixes included in Patch Tuesday update (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft offered five bulletins in June's Patch Tuesday updates, with 19-vulnerability critical Internet Explorer patch and Windows Server 2008 fixes.
Q&A: Anderson talks BYOD management in Windows Server 2012 R2 (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft's Brad Anderson talks about changes to expect in Windows Server 2012 R2 features, including some to security and enterprise mobility.
05 Jun 2013 Most businesses hit by mobile security incident, study shows (ComputerWeekly.com)
Almost 80% of businesses had a mobile security incident in the past year, in many cases incurring substantial costs, a study has shown
Windows 8.1 security, management enhancements entice enterprise IT (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft missed the boat on the enterprise message for Windows 8. Can it win over IT with security features and other enhancements in Windows 8.1?
04 Jun 2013 Windows 8 yet to have enterprise impact (MicroscopeUK.com)
Consumer usage might be the majority of the usage of Windows 8 with signs that it is yet to penetrate the enterprise market
03 Jun 2013 Microsoft updates its hybrid cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2 (ComputerWeekly.com)
To encourage developers to build hybrid cloud applications, Microsoft is offering up to $150 per month of Azure services to people running Visual Studio
Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update cycle expected to burden IT (SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com)
Microsoft made good on its Windows Blue initiative with a preview of the Windows 8.1 update, but some say faster updates will burden IT departments.
Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 support hybrid clouds (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft will deliver new versions of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 this year, with focus on hybrid clouds.
29 May 2013 Microsoft expected to extend its Windows Server Cloud OS strategy (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft is about to detail the future of its server, desktop and Cloud OS platforms. What does that mean for Windows Server 2012?
22 May 2013 Facebook most popular social media tool in the enterprise (ComputerWeekly.com)
Facebook dominates, but businesses will begin rolling out enterprise social media tools in the next 12 months
Sequestration stymies federal government cloud ambitions (SearchCloudComputing.com)
The federal government is under mandates to consolidate data centers and deliver IT as a Service, but sequestration makes this easier said than done.
21 May 2013 IT job vacancies on track to reach pre-recession levels (ComputerWeekly.com)
Report finds Q1 IT job vacancies have risen for the fourth year in a row
16 May 2013 Most IT environments immature, Microsoft reveals (ComputerWeekly.com)
Most business IT environments are immature, analysis of data from Microsoft’s Cloud Security Readiness Tool has revealed
15 May 2013 IT pros turn a blind eye to secure coding (ComputerWeekly.com)
Nearly two-thirds of IT professionals say their organisations do not build products and services with security in mind, a Microsoft survey reveals
May 2013 Patch Tuesday fixes IE8 zero day; Adobe tightens ColdFusion (SearchSecurity.com)
The software giant's May 2013 Patch Tuesday update permanently fixes the IE8 zero-day flaw found in the Dept. of Labor website attack.
Microsoft declares conformance with ISO 27034-1 (ComputerWeekly.com)
Microsoft has declared conformance with ISO 27034-1, the first part of an international standard for secure software development
Microsoft promises free Windows 8.1 update (ComputerWeekly.com)
The latest operating system from Microsoft – Windows 8 – is set to get an update this summer called Windows 8.1 at no cost to its users
Self-service portals give IT control in the cloud (SearchCloudComputing.com)
Cloud computing purists say true clouds require portals for self-service, but those who've actually deployed portals are in the minority.
14 May 2013 Microsoft delivers patch updates for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 (SearchWindowsServer.com)
Microsoft delivered two critical and eight important bulletins in May's Patch Tuesday release, fixing issues in Windows Server 2012 and Office apps.
13 May 2013 Columbia Sportswear's move from virtualization to private cloud computing (SearchServerVirtualization.com)
Columbia Sportswear parlayed server virtualization into a private cloud. Along the way, it found that its management tools needed serious rethinking.
Firms not ready for Windows XP end-of-life could face compliance risks (ComputerWeekly.com)
In less than a year, Microsoft ends support on Windows XP. Companies must have a migration plan or face compliance issues