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.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

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Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, appeared on "Bloomberg West" on Tuesday, and he shared his thoughts on Microsoft and its renewed openness to alliances.

One comment in particular stood out was the answer to why he joined Microsoft last year, after spending 24 years at Qualcomm, when it became the first major hire NADELLA since being appointed CEO.

"I had seen his progression and was curious as to his view. It looks so different," Johnson, Nadella said. "And out of nowhere, when I received a call to look at the role of business development manager, and got to know in person Satya. It 'an agent of this change and whatever you bought in, I took it and I moved to Seattle."

In fact, recruitment is in the news because NADELLA created his first position in Microsoft. And she's been nothing but impressive for its first 12 months of collaborative efforts Microsoft: her and struck agreements with Uber, Yahoo, Dropbox, and AOL.

"Satya recognizes the importance of working with partners, so I think we will continue to see reports perhaps surprising in the coming year," he said.It is no secret that Microsoft Satya Nadella has become a more beautiful and kinder after He was appointed CEO at the beginning of last year.

That image will be modified on full display Wednesday when an address is given in Dreamforce, the annual conference organized by Salesforce massive - the company that used to have one of the most controversial relationship with Microsoft in the pre-Nadella.

"Basically, we are here because we are good partners," added Johnson. "Of course it's areas of expertise, but we have many more areas of synergy, and that's what we are choosing to focus on our partnership with Salesforce."

Since early last year, Microsoft and Salesforce have actively sought partnership agreements, ranging from Salesforce for Outlook, much stronger integrations with SharePoint and onedrive, and a partnership with Power BI solution for analysis Data from Microsoft.

Nadella opening speech will begin at 17:00 am PST. Johnson said Nadella will focus on three areas: "the processes and reinvent business productivity, creating more personal computing experience, and the construction of intelligent cloud".

Monday, 14 September 2015

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Hello to all. Today I would like to give the story behind the Microsoft Exam 70-417, upgrade their skills to Windows Server 2012 MCSA.

This mega test (actually three events in one, more in a moment) serves as an update for Windows administrators who currently have one of the following titles from Microsoft:

• Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Windows Server 2008
• Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Virtualization Manager to Windows Server 2008 R2
• MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
• MCITP: Server Administrator Lync 2010
• MCITP: SharePoint 2010 Administrator
• MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator in Windows 7

If you pass the exam 70-417, it has become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) on Windows Server 2012. Do not be confused by the name -the Server 2012 MCSA MCSA is completely separate entities from Windows Server 2008 MCSA.
As I mentioned in this blog, the 70-417 is a composite exam consisting of three testlets free standing, but related. Testlets These, in turn, contain the following certification exams material of Windows Server 2012:

Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
• Exam 70-411: Managing Windows Server 2012
• Exam 70-412: Configuring Windows 2012 Advanced Server Services

The testlets are time individually, but are forced to take one after the other without a prolonged interruption in the middle. Getting a general pass / fail marking the end of the third testlet.As can be seen from the titles of the examination, the content varies from 70 to 417 install server installation and troubleshooting of Windows 2012. You will notice a strong emphasis towards PowerShell v3 in these tests. Therefore, you want to make sure you are fluent in PowerShell before sitting for the exam 417.

Microsoft seems to have a problem (in my humble opinion, anyway) by adding unnecessary complexity to their portfolio of IT certification. At this point, you pass exam 70-417 qualifies as MCSA on Windows Server 2012; However, there are two other credentials that the highest rate in the "scale prestigious Microsoft" than the MCSA:

• Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Desktop Infrastructure
• server infrastructure MCSE

To update your Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 MCSE MCITP Desktop Infrastructure, you must pass the following tests, and 70 to 417:

• 70-415: Implementing a desktop infrastructure
• 70-416: implementations of desktop applications running

To get your MCITP Server 2008 in the Windows Server 2012 MCSE on server infrastructure, it must pass these exams, plus 70-417:

• 70-413: design and implementation of server infrastructure
• 70-414: implementation of an Advanced Server

CBT Nuggets my colleagues Don Jones, Greg Shields, James and Conrad and I have all the exams of Windows Server 2012 are covered for you certification. In particular, I am currently completing a training course in the examination of 70 to 417. You're in good hands with us.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

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Microsoft 4Afrika program is to develop business endeavor, vocational training, the leadership, the relations conditioned. It is billed as a program to strengthen the capacity of business and government of Africa A technology use. In the best case, but also it increases Microsoft.

Mariappan Anand spends his days in the data analysis tools Microsoft built largely designed for people like him. That is, employees accustomed to high-resolution monitors, internet lightning and amenities of a modern office park.In January, the 31-year-old software developer spent three weeks doing everything possible to help a different constituency: startups trying to get off the ground in Kampala, Uganda.

There, things like optimizing the distribution of an application for the iPhone is not exactly the same importance to ensure that the software can run smoothly if the Internet service cut. "Here, you have many resources. Talent Engineering, easy Internet" Mariappan said. "In developed countries, it does not take into account some of these factors."

The Mariappan trip was part of two years, the initiative Microsoft 4Afrika $ 75 million. The program MySkills4Afrika transported about 400 employees at Microsoft in two or three weeks time to customers in the countries of Africa to share their special skills, the development of software for marketing.

Business development effort, the training of the workforce leadership, public relations push, 4Afrika is classified as a program to strengthen the ability of companies and governments of the continent to use the technology. At best, it also improves the image of Microsoft and client list of the company expands.

"It is not philanthropy, it is not a charity," Fernando de Sousa, Microsoft's director of human resources for the Middle East and Africa and founder of the program director said. "We are investing in the continent, in order to allow economic development." Microsoft's investment in Africa began, as many US companies in South Africa, the largest and more of the continent's most industrialized economy. The company was one of the first companies in the United States to return to South Africa after Congress repealed the trade sanctions amid signs of a thaw in the racist abuse of forced apartheid.
De Sousa joined Microsoft in South Africa in 1992 and was in the team that in 2005, played a non-commercial strategy for the Americas, focusing on how technology can help achieve the development goals of the United Nations continent. In 2013, Microsoft announced an initiative 4Afrika three years, the commission of what De Sousa said it is the largest investment in development around the world outside China.

"In the background was the idea that we need to think of Africa in a different way," said de Sousa, born in Mozambique.The program has not been without its failure. The centerpiece of his early days, a force for the adoption of a low-cost, Windows-powered smartphones, "he did well," Winnie Karanu, a program manager with Microsoft in Kenya. This effort coincided with the global struggles for Microsoft to grow its small market share in smartphones amid stiff competition from Google and Apple.

More success, Karanu says, are training programs, internships for young people, a pilot to use the TV white space to expand the reach of the Internet, and MySkills4Afrika program.

Mariappan work in Uganda focuses on sharing his vision of BI applications, Microsoft relatively new tool for data analysis. Time passed with companies trying to make sense of sales data regarding agricultural products and helped build a startup mobile payment tools.
"My goal was to teach," he said. "But I learned a lot."

Eileen Chou, team leader IT support detailed Microsoft in Redmond, spent three weeks in Kenya in October, together with some other employees of Microsoft to train the IT department of the methods of the Kenya Red Cross and workflow how to make use of a grant of Microsoft software.

"We all kind of come to a realization that the fundamental issues are very similar," he said. "You always feel like you never have enough people to do everything, always wear multiple hats" He added: "all do it again in a heartbeat"