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Microsoft's 'Project Olympus' Hyperscale Spec Now Production-Ready

Hardware vendors are now implementing Microsoft's "Project Olympus" datacenter specification, the company announced this week.

Microsoft Taps Security Partners for Windows Defender ATP

Security software providers Bitdefender, Lookout and Ziften are partnering with Microsoft to integrate the company's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service into their respective threat protection services.

Microsoft Kicks Off Semiannual Updates for System Center with Preview Release

Microsoft this week released a preview version of System Center version 1711, which will be the first release under the management suite's new semiannual update model.

For Orgs Planning Windows 10 Moves, Microsoft Talks Up Analytics Tools

Organizations preparing to deploy Windows 10 can turn to Microsoft's "free" Windows Analytics tools for help, the company said this week in a Web presentation.

Microsoft Integrates Word and LinkedIn with 'Resume Assistant'

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the next step in its ongoing effort to integrate its various productivity applications with LinkedIn, which it acquired last year for over $26 billion.

Report: Aging Microsoft Office Editions Rampant Among Orgs

More than eight out of 10 organizations have not moved away from premises-based Microsoft Office products, according to a study published this week by Spiceworks.

Microsoft Touts New Features in Windows 10 for IoT

Microsoft this week turned the spotlight on the "Fall Creators Update" edition of Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT), previously known as Windows Embedded.

Microsoft Details 2019 Editions of Office, Server Products

Microsoft shared some broad plans for its forthcoming Office 2019 productivity suite, as well as Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019 and SharePoint Server 2019, in a Web presentation this week.

Microsoft 365 Business Hits General Availability

After a three-month beta period, the Business edition of Microsoft 365 is now ready for production use.

LTE-Optimized Surface Pro Devices To Ship Next Month

Microsoft this week said it will begin shipping its Surface Pro laptop with Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced connectivity in December.

AWS Withstands Cloud Surge by Rivals Microsoft, Google

Despite recording significant increases in their latest earnings reports, neither Microsoft nor Google managed to put a significant dent in Amazon's lead in the cloud infrastructure services market.

Microsoft Spotlights New Skype Systems from Hardware Partners

Microsoft recently touted its hardware partners' efforts around Skype Room Systems (SRS), even as the Skype for Business platform itself is in flux.

Microsoft Brings Troubleshooting Features to Intune

Microsoft recently added a new troubleshooting capability to Intune, its mobile device and application management service.

Microsoft Promises Skype Phones Will Work After Teams Transition

Organizations worried about how the planned transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams will affect their communications received reassurances from Microsoft this week.

Microsoft Earnings Top Expectations as Cloud Exceeds Goals

Microsoft's new fiscal year got off to a much better start than expected, with the company reporting $24.5 billion in revenues for its first FY18 quarter, more than $1 billion higher than analysts had forecast.

Microsoft Reportedly Ends Production of Kinect Cameras

A report on Wednesday citing Microsoft officials indicates that Microsoft is no longer manufacturing Kinect cameras.

Microsoft Shares Skype-to-Teams Transition Plans

Microsoft this week outlined its roadmap for bringing Skype for Business capabilities into Microsoft Teams, a decision it first announced at its Ignite event last month.

Google and Cisco Target Microsoft Azure Stack with Hybrid Cloud Play

Google is partnering with Cisco on a hybrid cloud effort that will enable workloads to run on Cisco's UCS hyperconverged infrastructure hardware and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Microsoft Rolls Out New Azure Container Products

Microsoft this week unveiled new container management services for its Azure cloud, including those aimed at the Kubernetes open source container orchestration solution.

Microsoft Brings Supercomputing to Azure with Cray Deal

A strategic partnership announced Monday between Microsoft and Cray will bring the latter's supercomputing capabilities to the Azure public cloud.