Wednesday, 4 November 2015

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Microsoft has just signed a new deal with longtime rival of Red Hat to support the company's version of Linux service in Microsoft Azure cloud.

Customers can run Linux on Azure, but the new partnership to support the implementation of the "hybrid cloud" where applications can exist in both private data centers and public cloud services will expand. More significantly, Microsoft and computer support Red Hat will work together for the same services to support Red Hat customers using Azure. Vice president of cloud and enterprise Microsoft Scott Guthrie said in a webcast today that this is the first time he knows that the Microsoft support team "co-located" with another company.

The agreement is the latest example of Microsoft playing nice with an old rival. "When we started [Red Hat Enterprise Linux] I never would have thought we would do this," Red Hat's president of products and technologies Paul Cormier said during transmission.

Recently, in 2007, Microsoft was threatening to sue Linux users for patent violation, but then reverse. But the world of computing has changed since then, and Microsoft had to change with it. Linux and open source software has grown from a fringe movement in the 1980s and '90s to be merely controversial in the 2000s to be so common today.

The business reasons for the association are very simple, Cormier said. Red Hat customers, particularly large companies, tend to be a combination of different technologies, including Linux and Microsoft, and they want these technologies to communicate with each other seamlessly. Red Hat and Microsoft first linked arms in 2009 to ensure compatibility between their technologies of virtual machines, an agreement that followed a controversial collaboration between Microsoft and Novell in 2006 that SUSE Linux users protected from lawsuits by Microsoft.

Microsoft reports with the open source community have gradually thawed since. The company began supporting Linux on Azure in 2012, and now 25 percent of all cases Azure runs Linux. Last September, the company said it has also been using a customized version of Linux among racks to help manage Azure. But the biggest breakthrough Microsoft was probably launch its .NET programming framework for the community, the world closed the opening of open source Microsoft.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

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Communicate this message to the masses was easily the most successful Microsoft MSFT -0.21% 's in the last year and the result has seen more than 110 million installations in just 11 weeks. Of course, the fine print tells a different story, but Microsoft has made a big change for the better.

Speaking to the official blog of Windows, vice president of Windows and devices Gabe Aul Group revealed a future accumulation of Windows 10 will allow users to register with their existing platform of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 key:

"If you install this version of Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and is not automatically activated, you can enter the product key for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the earlier version of Windows on the same device activation Windows 10, go to Settings> Update and Security> Enable and select Change Product Key ", he said.

In addition, Paul said those who want to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 to boot from the media (for example, USB drives or optical disc) would be able to use these Windows 7 and Windows 8 buttons during installation.

In short: it's huge.

Why? Because Windows 10 can now act as the last 20 versions of Windows. Previously, those seeking new installation of Windows 10 could only get the free passage literally update Windows 7 or Windows 8 and Windows 10 (which recorded the hardware with Microsoft) and then reformat everything and perform a clean installation of Windows 10. Yes, it was a ridiculous one, which saw Microsoft forum flooded with abuse from angry users situation. Something that also alludes Aul at this time: "We have received many comments Insiders in what is easier to turn on Windows 10 on devices that use the offer of a free upgrade to Windows 7 through Windows Genuine product key existing Windows 8 or Windows 8.1."

But despite this very positive development, a number of pertinent questions remain:
• You want Windows 10 is activated by a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1key that has already been used on a different machine?
• Would the previous course of action that Windows 8.7 / 8.1 invalid on that machine?
• Can a Windows Key 8.7 / 8.1 being dismantled Windows 10 computers in the future to update a different PC - Windows keys as they worked before?
• do the changes have no effect on the period after July 29, 2016, when 10 will offer free update for Windows is expected to end?
• Needless to say, I came to Microsoft for the answers to these questions and will update when / if I get no response. The company has been notoriously secretive about the inner workings of Windows 10 up to this point, so I hope that will change to reflect the update more open policy.
• On the other looking at recent examples of Microsoft's behavior still leaves much to be desired
• Windows 10 Qualify units Hits Full Throttle
• Of course, I welcome a wider acceptance of the keys is, it is also a symptom of accelerated approach Microsoft to push so many people to Windows 10 as quickly as possible.
• In fact, in achieving this goal of Microsoft is, in my opinion, than the regular line. For example, last month admitted to downloading Windows 10 on all Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer even if the user has explicitly said that they did not want to update. Microsoft's answer to this:
• "For people who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, upgradeable devices help you prepare for Windows 10 by downloading the files you will need if you decide to upgrade."
• Pull the other one!

On top of this last week reprinted Microsoft quietly patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8, the analysis of hardware are sent to determine the potential of a computer to upgrade to Windows 10.

It combines this with the re-release of a patch yet once you start pop-up ads on the desktop Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer urging users to upgrade to Windows 10. These tactics are still a step too far, but if Microsoft can keep the solution of the most satisfactory of Windows 10 then it can be win the trust of all in a more honorable.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

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Today we're getting our first look at the first smartphone Lumia Windows 10 Microsoft Microsoft's first real attempt to build on the proud tradition although a little 'under Windows Phone Nokia reached.
As with most companies these days, Microsoft is serving two different versions of its new flagship phone. Big and small. The XL 950 and 950. The 950 starts at $ 550, XL 950 begins at $ 650.

Here’s the rundown on the regular 950:-

Display: 5.2-inch WQHD OLED (564 PPI)
Processor: Snapdragon 808, hexacore, 64-bit
Storage: 32GB internal, microSD card slot
Memory: 3GB of RAM
Cameras: 20MP PureView on the rear, with optical image stabilization; 5MP wide angle (front)
Battery: 3000mAh (removable)
Extras: USB Type-C

And, of course, the 950XL has specific XXL:-

Display: 5.7-inch WQHD OLED (518 PPI)
Processor: Snapdragon 810, octacore, 64-bit
Storage: 32GB internal, microSD card slot
Memory: 3GB of RAM
Cameras: 20MP PureView on the rear, with optical image stabilization; 5MP wide angle (front)
Battery: 3340mAh (removable)
Extras: USB Type-C 

What's the takeaway here? Okay so like her, are the flagship phones are at par with the most powerful phones are going to see on the main Samsung Mobile, and the Google Nexus line. The screens are the same and so are the chipset. Like other leaders, Microsoft has adopted the USB Type-C.

In Nokia phones, cameras PureView were a real differentiation. The technology was so good that he made mobile platform Windows Phone much less competitive. Microsoft is holding its approach here with a dedicated camera button.

So, if it was not obvious, the important question is whether Windows 10 works smartphone platform. Microsoft was the first technology giant to truly embrace mobile operating systems and the convergence desktop.

During demonstrations today, Microsoft took pains to emphasize the strengths of its ecosystem, and the ability to work on all platforms. The coolest part was the demo of Universal Office applications running on mobile Lumia. You want to use the phone to power a bunch of PowerPoint files or Word on a big screen? No?!?! Have you ever wanted something more in life? Well, you can!

In addition, the company said on several occasions to the deep integration of services such as Windows 10 with the mail client Outlook and onedrive. When you take a picture with excellent gazillion doubt PureView camera, you can download on-line automatically.

This is all very impressive, but it is important to note that after Whizzbang keynote, the truth is that, except for universal applications, much of this has been possible for some time. Phones have been powerful for a long period of time! You can use them to power screens. This is not new. But Microsoft implementation of all cable-clumsy certainly looks exciting.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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Microsoft is set to interact with the smartphone market, again through two new Lumia devices with Windows operating system. The next phone should be totemic devices and Redmond have been priced accordingly. Time to pursue low-end market is over. With cloud services trying to be the new lifeblood of the company, the Lumia devices have a greater role to play in the brand and the trust that simply moving boxes.

A recent report on TechRadar suggests that Microsoft is deducted from your new Lumia phone at the same level as the iPhone and the iPhone 6S 6S more. The 5.2-inch Lumia 950 seems to be screened 659 euro, while the larger Lumia 950 XL with a screen 5.7-inch will be priced at 749 Euros.

Previous Microsoft Lumia phone family has seen the Lumia 830 take the star point of fact with a pitch that involved the specific price of mid-range hardware and high level of competition, but not necessarily. While the phone is more than competent (and if I had to choose a Windows Phone to use as my daily driver would be the Lumia 830), who spoke of ambition, state or technical skill.

There are also a contraction of the average portfolio of smartphones that is proving almost impossible for manufacturers to crack. The only real options are to go down and they hope to build revenue through the volume, or to go higher sales and sacrifice for a greater margin and revenue growth. While Nokia may have been masters of the volume of low-priced sales, knowledge and skills you never made the jump when the business section of devices and services are sold in Redmond.

So Microsoft applauds the decision to focus on high-end market and show what a smartphone peaked with Windows 10 can do. I also congratulate Microsoft to go head to head with Apple's iPhone in terms of price, even if a part of me wonders if the coincidence phones price implies that Microsoft believes that the iPhone price as the maximum price of a smartphone consumer.

In a sense, the pressure is off because Windows smart team is not all about sales. The main goal of Microsoft in the mobile space is to get people to use their cloud-based services, as onedrive, Office Groove music and 365. These are no longer limited to Microsoft products, but are readily available in iOS and Android as well as Windows desktop with Office 2016 is now available for OSX, as part of Microsoft Office 365 subscription is everywhere to be.

The new Lumia devices fall into the same category as the device surface. They are not necessarily to win market shares or the capture of a large number of users. They deal with the state, there are about trust, and are about the vision.

The Lumia Microsoft to continue to give the state to be involved in the smartphone market, as producers, and not just a software vendor. This approach allows the company to retain knowledge and for Microsoft to continue to be part of the conversation. Trust to present a unique vision of a world of smart phones give the workforce a totem physically to the ambitions of Microsoft. It provides a view of a Microsoft operating within the cloud and in combination with other platforms. And the new open nature we notice that the CEO of Satya Nadella hopes to promote in society.

The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL can not get to number one on the charts, but the devices are important for Microsoft to launch and support. They are not designed to stack 'em high and sell' em low-cost devices. These are times of luxury, which should demonstrate the capabilities of Microsoft as the hardware capabilities much. These devices are of the highest quality that are the best of breed.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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Microsoft says Office 2016 represents a shift from 'me productivity' to 'team productivity'".

Microsoft Office 2016 has come to the sale on Wednesday (New Zealand time), so the real-time collaboration, better integration of Skype and quick access to many options to suite which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Updates are big jumps. But Microsoft, which saw long-time customers are turning to Google, Apple and others for word processing, spreadsheets and other applications of the competition, says Office 2016 will improve on the previous versions.

There are new icons or menus to fashion, said Shawn Villaron, group manager for PowerPoint. The best way to evaluate the latest version is "looking at new scenarios that are enabling," he said in an interview. "We believe that the version of Office 2016 is a big change of" productivity "for" team productivity.'"
New Features Include:

Outlook tries to determine how to handle incoming mail and automatically organized for you.
A new search engine called Tell me PowerPoint, Word and Excel allows you to find a function to say "columns" and pull up the appropriate menu immediately.
  • When not connected to the Internet, some functions will automatically turn off while the document remains accessible.
  • Groups in Outlook for a corporate team or just a group of friends planning a trip to manage messages and documents.
  • Word allows two people work on a document and see their changes in real time.
  • Skype video calls can sit comfortably at the top of a document while editing.
Since the initial features will not work in all programs at launch, the release can be seen as planting a flag, Villaron, showing the direction Microsoft is heading said. "Clearly we have reached to Google" on the collaboration front, said Office .that is not necessarily as simple as competing offers. With more software and more features than most of them, the new Office could still take some effort.

A user must learn to save files onedrive or Sharepoint, and switch between applications and browser traditional desktop programs. New tools such as Sway, a way to make PowerPoint presentations and instant Planner, an application for managing projects, could be hits, but only if they are tainted.

Microsoft is reaching that goes on Satya Nadella took over as chief executive early last year. He Office programs support multiple devices from Apple and Android, and developers has prompted the company to take gambles.Most greater importance for the future of Microsoft, it is urging people to pay more for the office, and pay more regularly.

With Office 365, a service that starts at $ 16 per month and includes online versions of applications, users get monthly updates: new types of Excel charts, new instruments of co-working, more tie-in with the application server Virtual Cortana and other enhancements based on user feedback.Microsoft convinced 15 million consumers and four out of five Fortune 500 companies for the subscription. It is a source "exciting" sales growth in the long term, Nadella told analysts in July.

Amy Hood, chief financial officer of Microsoft, Office 365 described as "critical", because a deeper relationship with customers consistency is easier to sell add-ons or additional services.Office 2016 requires Windows 7 or later, and is free to new and existing Office 365 subscribers. Office also includes OneNote note-taking program.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

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The company is testing a program where enterprises send encrypted drives for direct upload to OneDrive accounts. Consumers wouldn't mind this service, either.

One of the challenges of change to a new provider of cloud storage is a very practical: Load the value from data always involves a life. Microsoft Office 365 Import Service allows companies to take a shortcut: units encrypted mail directly to Microsoft to charge directly onedrive.

At this point, the program is a person limited: Companies can send a unit of a data center to be loaded into Microsoft SharePoint, or send a specific set of files to Microsoft Outlook PST to plant an Office 365 account. During this preview of the program, the service is free.

As expected, however, companies are not the only ones who need to move large amounts of data.
Consumers can be stuck in a cloud service, for the simple reason that once the data is loaded, go to another service provides for the discharge of material locally, and then upload the new service. Even if someone was willing to take the time, major Internet service providers like Comcast often implement the so-called red lines' that the protections of data "on the number of data users can upload and download each month that could frustrate any plans to transfer Large data.

Many ISPs have temporarily suspended tapas, as competition from streaming services like Netflix, online marketplaces such as upgrades of steam in perpetual Windows 10 become the new reality. But Comcast wants to restore data caps, and is putting to the test fees to get around them are a bit 'the same thing.

Sending a unit called "seeding" a Microsoft or Google would certainly lower the barrier to switching from one provider to another, especially if the supplier itself costs ate. Note that Microsoft requires that encrypt the drive, so if you lose during the transport of data is theoretically safe.

Why this is important:

The concept of backup "sowing" is not new. CrashPlan from Code42 service used to offer the ability to send an encrypted for them to upload data into the cloud. (We could not confirm whether this option is available, however.) Quick Backup, a service of Australia, also offers the opportunity to plant. Microsoft said it will follow suit with an option to plant consumers onedrive. Has neither Google, for Google Drive. But for cloud services that want to grow their business, Planting Unit can be a worthwhile option offer.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Microsoft is the latest tech firm to be accused of gender discrimination.

The company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in federal court in the state of Washington on Wednesday. A former employee, Katie Moussouris, accuses the company unfairly discriminated against her and other female employees because of their sex. Moussouris was hired as director of Microsoft security program in 2007. The lawsuit alleges that he was passed over for more than a promotion, while their male colleagues who were less qualified, have been promoted.

The company based on sexist policies violate Title VII and the Washington Law Against Discrimination, according to demand. The suit cites especially unfair to women "stack ranking". Microsoft uses this numerical classification system until 2014 to evaluate, compensate and promote employees. According to the lawsuit, the techniques normally workers received lower scores than their male peers.

"It is an artificial system that requires winners and losers," said Kelly Dermody, lawyer Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, one of the two companies representing Moussouris. "There is no need to do so on the basis of the results." Moreover, internal complaints made by a superior Moussouris sexually harass colleagues. Although Microsoft has found the charges have merit, he simply moved. Moussouris argues that retaliated against her by giving her a low bonus and reduce their responsibilities.
Moussouris is a visiting professor at the MIT Sloan School of Business and New America Foundation Fellow. He left Microsoft (MSFT, tech30) in May 2014, after working for the company for seven years. Now is director of policy for HackerOne, a security startup. Microsoft workforce is 76% male. The lack of diversity is even more pronounced at the executive level, which is 88% male.

In a statement, Microsoft said it was "committed to a diverse workforce." "We have already reviewed the applicant's arguments on their expertise and not find anything to substantiate these claims, and we will review carefully this new complaint."

Microsoft is not the first technology company to its internal policies in question. A Twitter (tWTR, tech30) lawsuit filed earlier this year, also claims that the company has promotional practices that prevent women from moving up the corporate ladder.