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Analyst: Mobile Support in Office and Office 365 Is a Mixed Bag

Some of Microsoft's productivity services are better at supporting mobile device users than others, according to analyst and consulting firm Gartner this week.

Windows Phone Remained a Distant Third in 2014

The worldwide smartphone market continued to be dominated by Google Android in 2014, leaving other platforms -- including Microsoft's Windows Phone -- to fight for scraps.

Microsoft Describes Its Device Management Plans with SCCM and Intune

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) will be Microsoft's primary solution for on-premises PC management for the "foreseeable future," according to a keynote talk this month by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of program management for Microsoft's Windows Server and System Center Group.

SharePoint 2016 To Get First Showing in May at Microsoft Ignite

An "early version" of Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2016 product will be unveiled at the company's Ignite conference in May, according to Bill Baer, senior product manager for SharePoint at Microsoft.

Microsoft Loosens Reins on Deleted Office 365 E-Mails

In a policy change announced Friday, Microsoft is doing away with the 30-day e-mail retention limit within Office 365 and instead allowing organizations to retain deleted e-mails indefinitely.

Outlook Apps for Android and iOS Get Management Boost

Just weeks after their release, Microsoft's Outlook apps for Android and iOS devices are getting new management capabilities.

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Hits General Availability

Microsoft's browser-based predictive analytics service, Azure Machine Learning (ML), is now generally available, the company announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft Adds Storage Options to Office Apps, Launches Cloud Storage Partner Program

Microsoft this week added more cloud-based storage options to its mobile Office apps, as well as kicked off a new partner program that's aimed at improving the Office Online experience.

Analysis: Microsoft's 2015 Roadmap Through an Enterprise Lens

Rob Helm, an analyst with independent consultancy Directions on Microsoft, recently led an hour-long presentation focused on upcoming enterprise product releases from Microsoft.

Microsoft Switches Gears on SharePoint Server Update Delivery

Future updates to SharePoint Server, including non-security updates, will be delivered to organizations automatically through the Windows Update service, Microsoft said this week.

Windows 10 for Phones Now Available as Technical Preview

Microsoft released the first public technical preview of Windows 10 for smartphones on Thursday, but it is limited to only six lower-end Lumia devices.

Microsoft Bolsters Office Online Apps with More Features

Microsoft rolled out a raft of new features for its Web-based Office Online apps this week.

Microsoft Makes Sunrise Atelier Acquisition Official

Confirming earlier reports, Microsoft on Wednesday said that it has acquired New York City-based startup Sunrise Atelier, which makes calendar apps for mobile Android, iOS and Mac devices.

Microsoft, Samsung Reach Agreement in Android IP Lawsuit

The two companies announced on Monday that have reached a settlement in a U.S. court, though the terms of the settlement are being kept "confidential."

Microsoft Will Not Release a New Version of Forms for SharePoint 2016

Microsoft is apparently shelving its next-generation forms technologies for SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Online.

Former Microsoft, VMware CIO Hired by White House

Tony Scott, a former chief information officer of Microsoft and VMware, is now CIO of the U.S. federal government, according to a statement by the White House last week.

Windows Server vNext To Be Optimized for Cloud

Microsoft will be adding "deep refactoring" architectural changes to the next version of Windows Server, code-named "vNext," that are aimed at cloud scenarios.

New Intune Update Adds Office Management Features for Android, iOS

Microsoft's Intune mobile management service is getting support for Office apps running on Android and iOS as part of a February service update.

Microsoft Hires Adobe Design Chief for Applications and Services Team

Microsoft has hired former Adobe executive Michael Gough to be the corporate vice president of design within its Applications and Services Group (ASG), the company announced this week.

Office Apps for Windows 10 Released to Preview

Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out the preview versions of touch-enabled Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Windows 10.