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Microsoft Azure AD Synchronization Features Hit Preview Stage

Two Microsoft Azure Active Directory synchronization features were released as "previews" this week.

Microsoft Beats Estimates in Q3 Earnings Report

Microsoft reported diluted earnings per share of $0.68 in its earnings report Thursday for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, beating the $0.63 expectation of financial analysts.

Analyst: Faster Windows Cycle Brings Challenges to Orgs

A faster Windows release cycle means organizations may struggle to keep pace with updates for other products, such as Windows Server and Visual Studio, according to analyst Wes Miller.

Microsoft Identity Manager Coming in First Half of 2015

The next release of Microsoft's Forefront Identity Manager product will be renamed "Microsoft Identity Manager," and will be released by mid-2015, Microsoft announced Wednesday.

Report: Second Windows 8.1 Update Coming This Fall

A second update to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is reportedly in the pipeline this year.

Microsoft Reissues SharePoint 2013 SP1

Microsoft has re-released Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013, after deactivating the download link earlier this month.

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Launches as Preview via Equinix

Redwood City, Calif.-based Equinix Inc., a provider of space, power and interconnection products and services for companies, is adding Microsoft's Azure ExpressRoute technology to its datacenters worldwide.

Microsoft Signs Android Licensing Deal with Motorola Solutions

Microsoft has inked an intellectual property licensing deal with Motorola Solutions Inc. that covers the use of the Android and Google Chrome OS operating systems.

Microsoft-Nokia Deal Will Close on April 25 with Some Adjusments

Microsoft's $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business will be finalized this Friday, the two companies announced.

Report: Microsoft Slashing Windows XP 'Custom Support' Costs

Microsoft has lowered the cost for its custom support services for Windows XP, according to a report from Computerworld.

Microsoft Ramps Up Big Data Efforts with Two New Products

Microsoft on Tuesday announced two new data platform products: the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS) and the Analytics Platform System (APS).

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal Subscriptions

The new "Personal" edition of Office 365, which Microsoft first announced in March, became available for purchase on Tuesday.

Researchers Put Software-Defined Networking Growth into Context

Industry watchers are predicting that software-defined networking (SDN) will be one of the most disruptive new technologies for the next several years.

Microsoft Azure Automation Feature Launches as Preview

A new automation feature for managing Microsoft Azure workloads became available as a preview on Tuesday.

Microsoft Partners Get Open Licensing for Windows Intune

Microsoft solution providers will now be able to bill their customers directly for using Windows Intune.

Microsoft Azure, Office 365 Get EU Privacy Approval

Some of Microsoft's cloud-based services have been endorsed by the European Union's Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) as meeting EU privacy law standards.

Windows 8.1 Update Released to Volume Licensing

Volume licensing customers can now access Microsoft's updates to Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry on the company's Volume License Service Center (VLSC).

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview

The developer preview version of Windows Phone 8.1 was released to developers on Monday morning.

Microsoft Offering Office Online via Google Store

Users can now download Microsoft's free Office Online suite of Web applications from Google's Chrome Web Store, the company said on Monday.

Adaptiva Updates OneSite To Ease SCCM 2012 Migrations

Adaptiva, a Microsoft partner that gets enlisted to support large System Center deployments, has updated its flagship infrastructure product to facilitate Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 client migrations to SCCM 2012.