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7 Signs that a Partner Is M&A-Ready

The best candidates for mergers or acquisitions have well-documented and purposeful M&A strategies that result in at least one of these characteristics.

Analyst: Skype-to-Teams Transition Could Take Microsoft 3 Years

A recent talk by independent consultancy Directions on Microsoft gave organizations a look at what to expect from Microsoft's plan to transition its Skype for Business product to the newer Teams client.

Microsoft Integrates Intune with Google for Android Security

Intune, Microsoft's mobile management service, can now tap Google Play Protect to deliver security protections to Android devices.

Microsoft Previews Tool To Manage Compliance with GDPR

Microsoft's Compliance Manager dashboard tool is now in preview, helping organizations track the regulatory compliance status of the Microsoft solutions running in their environments, as well as in their customers' environments.

Microsoft Adds 6 Months to Windows 10 Version 1511 Support

Users of the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 version 1511 just got a six-month support reprieve, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

Microsoft Launches Preview of Azure Databricks

Microsoft this week unveiled a new service that integrates its Azure platform with a globally distributed streaming analytics solution.

'Skype Professional Account' Service Hits Preview

A new Skype service aimed at small businesses that adds scheduling and billing functionality is now in preview, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Shares Stats on How Orgs Use Azure AD

Microsoft this week shared some insight into how businesses are using its Azure Active Directory (AD) service.

Microsoft Launches Preview of Azure ExpressRoute Monitoring

Microsoft's new monitoring capability for Azure ExpressRoute, a high-bandwidth, low-latency service for establishing private Internet connections to Azure services, is now in preview.

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.