The forthcoming release of System Center Operations Manager 2016 will provide administrators with scheduled maintenance, improved support for management packs, alert tuning and support for the new Windows Server Nano configuration option.
The release of Windows Server 2016 will bring a new option of building apps based on micro-services that run in Docker and other standard containers. Does that portend the end of the VM?
Skype for Business Server and the new Cloud PBX option in Office 365 are gradually becoming viable alternatives to traditional telephone systems, but many key features are still under development.
Microsoft's decision to deliver the first iteration of Azure Stack only to engineered systems from Dell, HPE and Lenovo surprised some customers and partners, but the company believes it will ensure a more consistent and reliable experience.
The on-premises and cloud editions of Skype for Business Server and the Cloud PBX are promising and less-expensive alternatives to traditional phone systems, but come in a complex array of options and require integration.
The HPE HC 250 puts the Microsoft cloud platform system in a box with Windows Server, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack portal.
Microsoft has bungled most of its largest acquisitions, but Redmond is determined not to see its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype become one of them.
While the update isn't a groundbreaking next step for Microsoft's latest OS, it did a handful of smaller changes that improve usability.
Even though Microsoft's large acquisition track record has been spotty, at best, the latest big buy could end in a huge win for the company.