Microsoft Touts Internal Use of Red Hat Automation Tool

It's always interesting when Microsoft acknowledges the use of a major third-party product for internal purposes. Microsoft has always tried to offer it all when it comes to software and services -- or at least as much of it as possible.

But later this month, the company will be pulling back the curtain on how it uses Red Hat Ansible Automation in its Fortune 100-class operations. Microsoft will be one of several Red Hat customers speaking at AnsibleFest Atlanta from Sept. 24 to 26. Other customers talking about their Ansible adoption at the show include Datacom, Energy Market Company and Surescripts. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 16, 2019 at 8:11 AM0 comments


Wunderlist App Creator Wants To Buy It Back from Microsoft

In 2015, 6Wunderkinder CEO Christian Reber sold his company to Microsoft for an estimated $100 million to $200 million.

Now, the founder of the company that created the Wunderlist app has a new item on his public to-do list: convince Microsoft to sell the app back to him. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 09, 2019 at 9:38 PM0 comments


VMware Updates Progress of Microsoft Azure Partnership

The VMware partnership with Microsoft to run VMware workloads natively on Microsoft Azure is coming to more datacenters over the next few months.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger provided a roadmap update for the partnership on Monday during his keynote at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 26, 2019 at 12:40 PM0 comments


Summer of Ransomware: Security Attacks Hit Cities in Texas, Florida

There's a Texas-sized ransomware problem brewing on the heels of similar incidents in Florida.

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) on Friday revealed that more than 20 entities, mostly smaller local governments in the state, were impacted by a ransomware attack. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 20, 2019 at 12:49 PM0 comments


The Big Carrot in Windows Server 2008-to-Azure Migrations

Microsoft is offering a big carrot to get organizations to Azure in combination with the stick of Windows Server 2008 end-of-support.

That stick that's feared across the IT landscape is that support is ending for Windows Server 2008 on Jan. 14, 2020. Specifically, Extended Support, which includes security updates, ends that day for Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Hyper-V Server 2008 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 08, 2019 at 10:30 AM0 comments


Microsoft, Informatica Unveil Data Warehouse Migration Initiative

Microsoft is investing resources in select customers in a new effort to get more on-premises data warehouses onto the Azure cloud.

Microsoft and Informatica unveiled a migration offer on Tuesday designed to lower the expense and risk of a proof-of-value project to determine the feasibility and advantages of moving a data warehouse to Azure. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 06, 2019 at 12:15 PM0 comments


AI Opportunity Is 'Nascent' for Microsoft Partners

If it seems like there's more talk about artificial intelligence (AI) than there is market momentum, that's a feature -- not a bug -- for partners, according to a senior Microsoft executive.

Julia White, the corporate vice president who leads product management for Microsoft's cloud platform, made a big splash at the Microsoft Inspire 2019 partner conference last week with a HoloLens demo involving a hologram translating her keynote into Japanese. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 25, 2019 at 2:57 PM0 comments


Microsoft Inspire 2019 Recap: 11 Key Quotes

Microsoft wrapped up its annual Microsoft Inspire partner conference last week in Las Vegas with a lot of product news, business initiatives and demos.

Here are 11 quotes from the major Corenote addresses at the show that capture key moments showing what Microsoft is up to and where the company and its partners are heading. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 22, 2019 at 1:33 PM0 comments


Microsoft Reports Q4 Earnings Growth on Cloud Strength

Microsoft on Thursday reported earnings per share of $1.37 and a 12% gain in revenues to $33.72 billion for the fourth quarter.

The company's stock rose by more than 1% in after-hours trading on the results, which beat financial analysts' expectations. The earnings number was non-GAAP; the GAAP figure was higher due to a net income tax benefit of $2.6 billion for the quarter. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 18, 2019 at 3:05 PM0 comments


With Azure Lighthouse, Microsoft Provides a Scalable MSP Tool for the Cloud

Microsoft is taking a big step in the direction of making Azure a friendlier platform for managed service providers (MSPs).

The theoretical appeal of Azure for MSPs has always been clear. Customers could move or create infrastructure on Microsoft's public cloud, and Microsoft partners, with far more cloud expertise than the average customer, could provision and manage that infrastructure on their behalf. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 16, 2019 at 12:28 PM0 comments


Microsoft Is Back to Talking About Channel Scale Numbers Again

It's been a few years since Microsoft wanted to talk about how many partners it had.

In the old days, the company would regularly boast of 600,000 or even as high as 800,000 partners in broad terms. When it came to registered members of the old Microsoft Partner Program or the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), the figures regularly landed north of 400,000 organizations. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM0 comments


Partner Backlash Leads Microsoft To Reverse Course on IUR Retirement

Microsoft is reversing course on a plan to revoke partners' ability to use internal use rights (IURs) to run their businesses after a substantial partner backlash.

"Given your feedback, we have made the decision to roll back all planned changes related to internal use rights and competency timelines that were announced earlier this month. This means you will experience no material changes this coming fiscal year, and you will not be subject to reduced IUR licenses or increased costs related to those licenses next July as previously announced," said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president of Microsoft One Commercial Partner, in a statement posted on Microsoft's partner portal on Friday. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 12, 2019 at 9:18 AM0 comments


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