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Microsoft Taps GE Exec To Lead U.S. Operations

Amid a major internal reorganization to realign its sales and marketing units, Microsoft this week announced an addition to its leadership ranks.

SQL Server 2017 Hits Release Candidate Stage

SQL Server 2017, Microsoft's next-generation relational database platform, is inching closer to general availability with this week's Release Candidate 1 (RC1) rollout.

First Windows Server 2016 Test Build Released to 'Insiders'

Members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program recently received access to the first preview build of Windows Server 2016, dubbed build 16237.

Microsoft Launches Rural Broadband Plan, But Critics Call 'Nonsense'

Microsoft's recently unveiled plan to expand rural broadband access in the United States using white space has been criticized by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as being "the height of arrogance."

Microsoft Adding Photo Indexing to OneDrive Storage

Starting this month, subscribers of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service will be able to access an intelligent search capability that will make it easier to find photos of receipts, whiteboards, drawings and signs.

Microsoft Taps Intel Skylake Chips for Project Olympus

Microsoft this week said it plans to make Intel's newly released Xeon Scalable processors "a cornerstone" of Project Olympus, its open source datacenter hardware effort.

Microsoft Cites GDPR Switch as Major Partner Opportunity

With the European Union preparing to overhaul its data privacy laws next year, Microsoft is urging its partners to take advantage of the opportunity as customers grapple with the changes.

Microsoft Bringing New Apps to Office 365 Business Premium

Microsoft is readying preview releases of three new applications for Office 365 Business Premium, the company announced at its Inspire partner conference this week.

Microsoft Expands HoloLens Partner Program to SIs

Microsoft is making it possible for more partners to build solutions around its HoloLens mixed reality technology.

Tatarinov Steps Down as Citrix CEO

Kirill Tatarinov is stepping down from his position as CEO of Citrix, 18 months after taking the reins at the virtualization and networking giant.

Quest Launches 'On Demand' Office 365, Azure Management Suite

After a four-month preview, Quest on Tuesday released its new cloud-based platform for managing Office 365 applications and Azure Active Directory implementations.

Microsoft Lets ISVs Embed Its Solutions in Their Apps

Microsoft has unveiled a new program that would let ISVs developing on Azure to bolt other Microsoft solutions onto their applications.

LinkedIn-Dynamics 365 Sales Solution Launches

A new Microsoft solution that integrates the Dynamics 365 Sales app, Office 365 and Azure with LinkedIn's Sales Navigator tool is now generally available.

Secure Productive Enterprise Evolves to Microsoft 365

Microsoft on Monday unveiled a marketing and substance overhaul to its Secure Productive Enterprise package that will be called Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Partners Taking Pre-Orders on Azure Stack

Microsoft's launch hardware partners will begin taking orders Monday for Azure Stack, a parallel version of the software that powers the Microsoft Azure public cloud and that customers will run in their own datacenters for hybrid cloud scenarios.

For IoT Partners, Smart Homes Are an Underrated Opportunity

It's boom times for Internet of Things (IoT) spending and, by extension, for the partners that are able to develop strong IoT practices.

FastTrack for Azure Hitting Preview Next Month

Microsoft has expanded its FastTrack program again, this time to cover customer migrations to the Azure cloud platform.

Major Microsoft Reorg Comes into Focus

The long-rumored, cloud-oriented sales and marketing reorganization at Microsoft is taking shape this week with a companywide e-mail and all-hands meeting on Monday, along with region-specific detail meetings going on for the rest of this week.

Microsoft Mega-Partner Accenture Plans Largest Windows 10 Migration

Accenture, the world's largest independent global IT consulting and systems integration firm, is also set to become the world's largest adopter of Windows 10.

Microsoft Unveils PC Provisioning Service for Windows 10

Microsoft last week took the wraps off the Windows AutoPilot service, which is designed to help end users easily provision new Windows 10 PCs.