Cloud Computing


System Center 2012 SP1 and New Windows Intune Released

Microsoft today announced the general availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, plus a new Windows Intune service update release and Windows Azure improvements.

Open Source Software Gets Windows Azure Lift with VM Depot

It's now a little easier to deploy open source software to Microsoft's cloud-based Windows Azure operating system.

Microsoft Readies Windows Azure AD

Latest beta aims to ease management tasks tapping Microsoft services.

Review: Acronis Shortens Windows Backup and Recovery

The new Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5 is optimized for hybrid cloud environments and provides flexible application support.

Reader Letters January 2013

In her December 2012 column ("The Next Big Thing for Microsoft"), Mary Jo Foley wrote about "the new Office" -- new versions of the Microsoft productivity suite that are subscription- and cloud-based. A reader reacts to this vision of Microsoft's future.

Google Dropping Some Support for Exchange ActiveSync

Google announced late last week that is getting rid of some features in its software-as-a-service applications that are associated with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

Google Starts Charging for Its Business Apps Service

Businesses signing up for Google Apps can no longer use it for free, Google announced last week.

IT Pros: Why 2013 Must Be the Year of End User Satisfaction

We can't make users happy when we insist that every IT service comes straight from our own datacenter. Now's the time to start thinking of new ways to manage IT.

Windows Azure AD Now Federates with Windows Server

Microsoft announced today that Windows Azure's federation capabilities now support single sign-on capabilities in conjunction with the use of Active Directory on Windows Server.

Microsoft Dynamics Cloud for Government Now Live

Microsoft hosting partner Layered Tech launched a cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics offering for U.S. government agencies earlier this month.

Microsoft Unveils Roadmap and Vision for Windows Embedded 8

Microsoft this week provided a six-month advance peek at its upcoming Windows Embedded 8 product release schedule, adding some market vision, too.

Microsoft Completes StorSimple Buy

Microsoft today completed its acquisition of StorSimple, which was first announced last month.

AT&T Joins Other Telcos in Offering Microsoft Office 365 Services

AT&T began offering Microsoft Office 365 services to small and midsize businesses on Monday.

Window Azure Getting High-Performance Computing Improvements

Microsoft today announced some coming Windows Azure improvements for organizations engaged in high-performance computing analyses.

Microsoft Releases Windows HDInsight 'Previews' for Hadoop

Microsoft and its partner have enhanced Hadoop "big data" capabilities for Windows.

Cloud Conversions: Software Vendors Transforming into Service Providers

The cloud is putting pressure on traditional software companies to redefine their focus to a service-oriented business model.

VM Self-Service: Right Feature, Wrong User

VM Self-Service could be confusing for even the most seasoned IT pro. Thankfully, Greg is here to shed some light on what it means for your private cloud.

Windows Azure Discounts Now Based on Spending Tiers

Microsoft on Thursday announced discounts for Windows Azure subscribers, based on their monthly financial commitments.

Microsoft Responds to Pollution Claims at its Quincy Datacenter

Microsoft today responded to a New York Times story about pollution, power wasting and political arm twisting associated with the Microsoft datacenter in Quincy, Wash.

Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud Now Supports RDS for SQL Server

Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service is now supporting Amazon RDS for SQL Server, along with other enhancements, the company announced on Thursday.

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