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What's next for Microsoft's platform as a service?

Microsoft's Azure team is moving toward remaking the platform as a service part of Azure so that it is more 'microservice oriented,' says Mark Russinovich, the Azure Chief Technology Officer.

Microsoft releases surprise Outlook for Mac update, new Office due in 2015

Microsoft released a new version of Outlook for the Mac today, aimed exclusively at Office 365 subscribers. The company also detailed ambitious plans for Office for the Mac upgrades next year.

Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band: Getting in shape has never been so productive — Weekend Reading: Oct. 31st Edition

This week, we’ve got stories about the new Microsoft Health platform and Microsoft Band device, a new partnership with the Special Olympics and new cloud services and mobility solutions announced at TechEd Europe. Microsoft Health, an...Show More Summary

What's next for Microsoft's private cloud?

Microsoft's Azure team is moving toward remaking the private cloud part of Azure so that it is more 'microservice oriented,' says Mark Russinovich, the Azure Chief Technology Officer.

Introducing Microsoft Health

Today we’re announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health. Within health and fitness, there is rapid innovation occurring around wearable devices with smart sensors that are telling us more about our lives. A vibrant marketplace of devices and services is giving us access to a wealth of data about our nutrition, health and fitness. Show More Summary

Microsoft cuts another 3,000 employees as part of its layoff of 18,000

Microsoft is laying off its third wave of 18,000 employees it announced it would cut over the course of a year.

Microsoft takes wraps off preview of its Azure Data Factory service

Another new Microsoft Azure service now in preview is aimed at helping developers integrate and get insights from their disparate data sources more easily.

Microsoft's latest target release date for Office 16: Second half 2015

Microsoft is targeting the second half of calendar 2015 as its latest release target for both its next-generation Office client and server applications.

Microsoft opens up about more Windows 10 preview features in the works

Microsoft officials are revealing a few more of the Windows 10 features testers should expect in the coming months.

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

For the first time in 20 years, I don't own a conventional clamshell laptop PC. The Surface Pro 3 has taken over all the functions that I used to need a laptop for, and it makes an excellent tablet, too. Here's how I use this device in PC and tablet modes.

Surface Pro 3: A long-term review

Can the Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop? In my case, the answer is yes. For the first time in 20 years, I no longer own a conventional clamshell laptop. Here's my long-term review, based on more than four months of daily us...

Microsoft readies built-in, free mobile device management for Office 365 users

Microsoft is taking steps toward delivering on its cross-platform device, application and data management with new Office 365 capabilities.

Microsoft makes available public preview of new Azure Batch service

Microsoft is commercializing technology it acquired earlier this year when it bought GreenButton in the form of a new Azure cloud batch service.

Helping IT professionals and developers do more in the mobile-first, cloud-first world

Today I was thrilled to keynote at TechEd Europe in Barcelona and talk to thousands of IT professionals and developers. In our mobile-first, cloud-first world we are always connected, always “on.” The pace of business is faster than ever before – and accelerating. Show More Summary

Microsoft to elevate Special Olympics’ games system to the cloud as part of new partnership

Microsoft announced Monday a three-year, multi-million dollar partnership with the Special Olympics to modernize the non-profit’s technology and elevate it to the cloud. The Azure-based games management system will enable instant access to real-time updates and athlete information. Show More Summary

Microsoft offers unlimited OneDrive storage with Office 365 subscriptions

In the latest salvo in the cloud storage price wars, Microsoft has uncapped OneDrive storage space for Office 365 subscribers. The unlimited storage option tosses the ball back into Google's court and puts even more pressure on independent cloud storage services like Dropbox and Box.

Microsoft Azure Australia Geo generally available

Last week in San Francisco, I announced that Microsoft Azure would soon be available in 19 regions around the globe, offering customers the most local regions of any public cloud provider. Today at TechEd Sydney, we opened our 18th and 19th regions for business, in New South Wales and Victoria. Show More Summary

How big does a tech product have to be before we take it seriously?

Analysts and reporters have been spoiled in recent years by companies and categories that produce staggering sales figures. When some products can sell hundreds of millions of units a year, it's easy to dismiss small but influential players that sell mere millions.

Microsoft’s innovations help speed up customer adoption of cloud computing — Weekend Reading: October 24th Edition

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, where you’ll get stories on getting the cloud up and running faster, the release of Kinect SDK 2.0 and a new adapter kit, and the expansion of the Microsoft Garage to making cross-platform consumer apps. Show More Summary

Adapter kit allows Kinect for Xbox One sensors to work with Windows 8

Microsoft has a $49 adapter kit that will allow Xbox One sensors to work with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets.

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