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First Microsoft Azure Stack Preview Sees Daylight

As promised, Microsoft released the first technical preview of its new Azure Stack offering on Friday.

Microsoft Posts Windows Azure Pack Support Timeline

A whitepaper released by Microsoft on Wednesday outlines its roadmap plans for the Windows Azure Pack.

Microsoft's Q2 Financials: Cloud Up, Windows Down

Microsoft posted growth in its cloud business, mixed results on the productivity and business processes business, and declines in the unit that includes Windows OEM revenues and devices in its second-quarter results reported Thursday.

Microsoft Boosts Office Online Integration with Outside Cloud Services

Users of Microsoft's Office Online service can now co-author files in real time even if those files are stored in third-party cloud storage services like Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox and Egnyte.

Microsoft Readies First Preview of Azure Stack

The first technical preview of Microsoft's new Azure Stack solutions will be released on Friday, according to a Microsoft announcement.

VMware Layoffs Begin, vCloud Air Unit Takes Brunt

VMware, whose parent company is set to be acquired by Dell as part of the largest deal in IT history, reportedly began laying off employees this week, just ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings announcement.

Microsoft Pledges $1 Billion Cloud Investment for Nonprofits

Microsoft plans to contribute $1 billion in cloud resources over the next three years to nonprofit organizations, the company said this week.

Microsoft, AWS and Google Scrap over Cloud Costs

Barely two weeks into the new year, the top three players in the public cloud arena have already started another tussle over their ever-declining cloud costs.

Citrix Bows Out of Cloud Management Market

Just two months after divesting its "GoTo" product lineup, Citrix Systems on Tuesday announced it was moving its restructuring efforts forward with the sale of its cloud management portfolio.

Microsoft Azure AD Connect Making Gains

Microsoft's Active Directory synchronization tool known as "Azure AD Connect" has been seeing good adoption since its release in June, Microsoft said this week.

Microsoft Shares Roadmap for Next-Gen BizTalk Server

Microsoft recently detailed some upcoming milestones for its integration solutions, including BizTalk Server 2016 and Azure.

Microsoft Buys Telephony Service Company Talko

Microsoft has acquired Talko, a company that provides conferencing and telephony services, for an undisclosed amount.

OneDrive for Business 'Unlimited Storage' Comes with Caveats

Microsoft this week unveiled a new policy that will grant its OneDrive for Business customers "unlimited storage," but only if they meet certain conditions.

Carbonite Snags EVault from Seagate To Boost Enterprise Portfolio

Backup services provider Carbonite on Wednesday announced its plan to acquire Seagate-owned EVault, which offers Backup as a Service using the Microsoft Azure cloud, for $14 million.

How Cloud and IP Are Changing the IT Services Market

The old three-legged-stool model of partner-delivered IT services -- consulting, advisory services and support -- needs to adapt to the changing technology environment.

Microsoft Backtracks a Little on OneDrive Storage Cuts

Microsoft recently made some concessions to users of its OneDrive cloud service who were angered by Microsoft's planned reduction in storage capacity.

6 Things the Cloud Doesn't Change for Microsoft Partners

Cloud computing may be the poster child of disruptive technology, but there are a few business tenets that are simply impervious to change.

Microsoft Shuttering Two Azure Cache Services in 2016

Microsoft is planning to sunset a couple of its Azure cache services next year in favor of its Azure Redis Cache service.

With CPS, Microsoft Tests Demand for Cloud-in-a-Box

Microsoft's new CPS Standard systems will likely test the mood among partners and organizations for turnkey on-premises Azure appliances.

Azure Portal Management Solution Hits General Availability

Microsoft's Azure Portal solution, which is used to manage various Azure resources, reached the general availability (GA) stage this week.