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Microsoft Courts VMware Users with Hyper-V Switch Offer

Microsoft is readying a new offer aimed at swaying organizations running VMware to switch to Hyper-V.

Microsoft-Citrix Pact To Focus on Office 365, Mobile and Cloud

Microsoft and Citrix this week laid out the terms of their partnership, including their plan to combine Microsoft's Azure datacenter solutions with Citrix's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings.

Microsoft Replacing Azure RemoteApp with New Citrix XenApp 'Express'

Microsoft is in the process of replacing its 2-year-old Azure RemoteApp service for a new solution that it is currently developing with strategic partner Citrix called XenApp "express."

Microsoft Unveils F-Series Azure Virtual Machines

Microsoft recently took the wraps off its new Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) F-Series, aimed at organizations running "gaming servers, Web servers and batch processing."

Microsoft Talks Up Windows Server 'Shielded VMs'

Microsoft recently put the spotlight on Shielded Virtual Machines (VMs), its datacenter security technology aimed at protecting workloads in public and private datacenters from "malicious administrators."

Microsoft Goes Live with Azure Container Service

Microsoft's Azure Container Service became commercially available on Tuesday, alongside the launch of a new open source project from partner Mesosphere.

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.

Citrix Touts Microsoft Support at Partner Event

Citrix, a company in the midst of a significant restructuring effort, signaled a return to its roots during this week's Citrix Summit partner conference in Las Vegas.

Microsoft Azure Container Service Hits Preview Stage

Microsoft on Wednesday released its Azure Container Service to public preview.

Microsoft Brings Hyper-V Containers to New Windows Server 2016 Preview

Microsoft on Thursday released technical preview 4 (TP4) of Windows Server 2016.

Citrix Lays Off 1,000, Divests 'GoTo' Product Line

As part of a companywide restructuring plan, Citrix Systems Inc. this week announced that it is spinning off its "GoTo" product line and laying off about 1,000 employees.

Microsoft Adds 'Nested Virtualization' to New Windows 10 Build

Microsoft this week released the latest Windows 10 test build, which includes a preview of a new "nested virtualization" feature.

Dell Acquires EMC in Largest IT Deal in History

In a deal that will reshape the IT landscape, Dell Inc. has agreed to acquire EMC Corp. for $67 billion.

Dell Reportedly in Negotions To Buy EMC

According to the New York Times, Dell is in "advanced talks" to buy EMC, the parent company of VMware.

Microsoft Boosts Azure VMs with GS-Series

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a new offering aimed at organizations with Azure virtual machines (VMs) that want to scale up their operations.

Microsoft, Mesosphere Partner To Bring Mesos to Windows Server

A joint effort by Microsoft and Mesosphere will aim to bring the open source Apache Mesos datacenter orchestration solution into Windows Server, the two companies announced on Thursday.

Microsoft Containers See Daylight in New Windows Server 2016 Preview

Microsoft on Wednesday released technical preview 3 (TP3) of its upcoming Windows Server 2016 product, giving users a first glimpse of its new Windows Server Containers.

Templeton To Step Down as Citrix President and CEO

On Tuesday, Citrix announced that Mark Templeton, Citrix's president since 1998 and CEO since 2001, will retire after a successor has been chosen.

Gartner: Microsoft Closing Gap with VMware in Virtualization

VMware and Microsoft are the two undisputed leaders in x86 server virtualization infrastructure, according to Gartner's 2015 "Magic Quadrant" report.

Microsoft DaaS: What's the Holdup?

Michael Fraser laid out the case in these pages a year ago for how Microsoft could shift its licensing to enable Desktop as a Service in the next year or two. We caught up with Fraser for a largely discouraging update on progress in the last year.