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Build 2013: Microsoft Launches Azure Mobile Services

Microsoft made several announcements concerning the Azure cloud platform during today's keynote at the company's annual Build developer conference.

Build, Day 1: 800 Updates Coming to Windows 8.1

Ballmer, kicked off the Build Conference in San Francisco this morning, setting the stage for a first look at Windows 8.1, Visual Studio 2013 and the new Bring development API.

R2 Previews of Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 and SQL Server 2014 Released

Microsoft today released public previews of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014.

Microsoft Cites Yammer Progress, SharePoint Integration

Microsoft on Tuesday described progress and future plans for its Yammer social networking application, which has reached a one-year milestone.

Microsoft and Oracle Ink Broad Cloud Partnership with Full Support for Java

Longtime rivals Microsoft and Oracle today outlined a potentially far-reaching partnership to support all of Oracle's key software offerings.

Microsoft Enhancing Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials for SMBs

Microsoft provided details this month about its Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials product to come.

Rumored Reorg of Microsoft In the Works

CEO Steve Ballmer may be working on an executive restructuring that might have some of the division heads in Microsoft changing job titles.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Adding Storage, Virtualization and Networking Improvements

Microsoft recently described a number of improvements to expect with its R2 version of Windows Server 2012, which may arrive as a public preview release next week.

Office Web Apps Improvements Coming to Android, iOS and Windows Tablets

Microsoft recently showed a preview of future Office Web Apps improvements for browsers running on Android, iOS and Windows tablets.

Gartner Report Offers Early Advice on Windows 8.1 Deployments

A new report provides considerations for moving to Microsoft's newest desktop operating system.

Potential Microsoft Acquisition of Nokia Falls Through

A deal that could have resulted in Microsoft buying Nokia to acquire the mobile phone manufacturer's device-manufacturing business is no more reported The Wall Street Journal today.

Microsoft's Dynamics ERP Now Available as Azure Service

Microsoft announced that Dynamics GP 2013 and Dynamics NAV 2013 can now be purchased as Windows Azure-hosted services through partners.

System Center 2012 SP1 Updated for Linux, Unix and Mac Management

Microsoft last week released an update to System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, adding support for the management of Linux and Unix operating systems, along with Mac.

Microsoft Building Up Hyper-V Management Support for Linux and Unix Servers

Microsoft this month talked about how its latest Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 improvements can help with the management of Linux and Unix servers.

Windows Azure Active Authentication Preview Released

Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out a preview of its cloud-based multifactor authentication service that it had showcased at TechEd.

Best Buy Locations To Include 'Windows Stores'

Microsoft announced a plan to open "Windows Stores" inside Best Buy locations across North America.

Study: 93% of Java Users Not Running Latest Version

According to Websense, a San Diego-based information security solutions provider, most browser Java installations continue to be unpatched or outdated, leaving the majority of users vulnerable to exploit code already in use in the wild.

Microsoft Highlights Windows 8 Task Manager

Microsoft recently showed off some of the improvements to Task Manager in Windows 8, which notably adds a color-coded "heat map."

Windows Azure BizTalk Services Preview Now Available

Microsoft's BizTalk middleware solution got rolled out as a cloud-enabled service "preview" this month.

Microsoft Expanding Mobile Device Management Capabilities in R2 Products

Microsoft explained how its next wave of products will address "consumerization of IT" issues in talks given last week.

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