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Microsoft already fixed KRACK WPA2 vulnerability

KRACK, the Wi-Fi security vulnerability, has come as a shock to the technology companies including Microsoft, Apple, and Google. While the other companies are still looking for a security solution, Microsoft has released security updates for its Windows on Tuesday. Microsoft Security Response Center releases security bulletins monthly on a Tuesday (called Patch Tuesday), and this month they released security updates on 10th October. Microsoft had not disclosed that the new security features also address the KRACK until this vulnerability came in sight on Monday. The users who had already installed the Patch Tuesday’s security updates, already installed a fix for the KRACK vulnerability, albeit unknowingly. “In partnership with the International Consortium for Advancement of Cybersecu...

Data Center Infrastructure Market Growth Lags, Public Cloud Flourishes: Synergy Research Group

Synergy Research Group’s new Q2 data shows that the quarterly spending on overall data center hardware and software has grown by only 5% in the last 2 years, while spending on the public cloud portion of the same has grown by 35%. The spending on traditional, non-cloud data hardware and software has also decreased by 18%. But private cloud infrastructure market has grown, though less compared to public cloud. The total revenues of data center infrastructure equipment (cloud & non-cloud hardware and software), in the second quarter were over $30 billion, of which 30% accounted for public cloud infrastructure. Operating Systems, networking, servers, storage and virtualization software accounted for 96% of the overall data center infrastructure market, with the remaining being compr...

Microsoft to launch the Technical Preview of project Honolulu – browser based GUI management tool

Microsoft is planning for a makeover of server admin with a new GUI (Graphical User Interface) named as Project Honolulu. The Windows Server team of Microsoft will be releasing the technical preview of the project during Ignite, September 25-29 in Orlando, Florida. Honolulu is a flexible browser-based graphical management tool deployed locally for Windows Server, version 1709, and even other server versions as well. Samuel Li, Windows Server principal program manager lead, said in his blog that, “Project ‘Honolulu’ is the culmination of significant customer feedback, which has directly shaped product direction and investments.” He added, “With support for both hybrid and traditional disconnected server environments, Project ‘Honolulu’ provides a quick and easy solution for common IT admin ...

Microsoft Workplace Analytics tool to help organizations boost productivity

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of its big data analytical tool – Workplace Analytics, designed to give C-level executives an understanding of employee productivity across multiple departments. The tool will be available as an add-on with Office 365 enterprise plan. With this, anyone using Office 365 at work can expect regulated nudges for enhancing their job performance from the company’s top level executives. They will now be able to study and analyze employee behaviors that are favorable to work through comprehensive data dashboards. The Workplace Analytics tool collects metadata information from Office 365 email and calendar through Microsoft Graph and later reflects organization’s way of collaborating on various tasks. Thus, it simply turns the data generat...

AI based technologies offer new possibilities across business operations

In many respects, 2017 so far, has been the year of Artificial Intelligence(AI), Machine Learning (ML), big data and computing power. With algorithms, that can hear and see beyond human accuracy, the role of AI has increased. The combination of machine learning, AI and people has now made it possible to achieve more in less time. AI based systems can learn, adapt, engage and enhance things just like humans do. AI is a crucial component that can support current and future IT systems, processes and platforms. It stands as the major enabler of digital transformation across organizations as it can help companies build more agile, streamlined and scalable operations. With a positive impact across all levels of operations, AI will also play an important role to take network optimization to new h...

Microsoft Launches New Dot Future Podcast

Microsoft has always provided organizations with the latest set of technology products and services. This time, the technology giant has come up with something entirely different. Microsoft Story Labs and Gimlet Creative have launched a new podcast known as the .future (dot future). The recent times have seen a high growth potential of podcast – digital audio files and more and more companies are seeking ways to utilize it for the promotion of their products. Microsoft is the latest to adopt this medium. Microsoft’s dot future podcast will talk about various technologies across multiple sectors from Cloud, gaming to health. The basic objective behind starting this audio series is to help change people’s perception about the new technologies being difficult and that the future depends...

Microsoft move to trademark Direct Reality hints towards it E3 surprise

Just a few days before its presentation at E3 2017 – the biggest gaming show, Microsoft has applied for a trademark for something known as “Direct Reality.” Every year, the E3 community gathers up at Los Angeles to discuss and reveal the speculated gaming sensations in the coming years. This year too, the event will see a gathering of around 15,000 public members. The big industry players like Sony, Ubisoft, Microsoft and others will make new announcements related to the gaming consoles and innovations. There’s a lot of buzz around Microsoft’s announcement this year. Last year, the company announced two hardware innovations – Xbox One S and the much talked about Project Scorpio. Its recent move to apply for a trademark patent for Direct Reality might point towards company’s thi...

Office 365 plays pivotal role in Microsoft’s growth and presents opportunities for MSPs

As per 451 Research’s Hosting and Cloud Study 2017, there has been an increase in the number of hosted application services used by the organizations. Last year, nearly 55% organizations used email, collaboration and productivity apps for increasing business productivity. With digital transformation, hosted application services like file storage, database and warehousing, CRM and others are witnessing an increased usage. The need for collaborative communication and emailing solutions like Office 365 is also rising. As per the data released by the Microsoft, there are over 70M plus Office 365 commercial active users. Customers want more than just an emailing solution and thus, Office 365 is witnessing a rapid rise and is playing a pivotal role in Microsoft’s growth. As per Microsoft news on...

Microsoft records High profits due to web-based business software

Microsoft came up with its quarterly earnings report and recorded a high-profit jump, which is a result of its continued shift towards web-based business software. Per the report, the three-months revenue ending March 31st was eight percent higher from a year earlier with net income being 28 percent higher. The company has profitably boosted the sale of its on-demand services and computing power. Microsoft, from selling packaged software products installed on personal computers have moved towards its new on-demand service offerings aimed at technology buyers like software developers and corporate ITs. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its two big deals which are symbolic of its new business strategies – one in which UBS, the Swiss banking company, shifted its risk-management tools to ...

Major Outage Downs Microsoft Cloud Services

Microsoft’s web services were hit by a major outage on Tuesday afternoon. The outage caused its services – Xbox Live, Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive and more to go down. This is the second time that the services have went down this month. Users are unable to sign into Microsoft hosted accounts; gamers online are facing problem downloading games from Xbox One, Xbox 360 and other platforms that are running on company’s game system. Our engineers and developers are actively continuing to work to resolve the issue causing some members to have problems finding previously-purchased content or purchasing new content. Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience,” Xbox support forum reported. DownDetector.com flooded with over 200 reports, further confirming the outage. The service ...

Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit to commence tomorrow

The 2017 Microsoft Cloud and hosting summit is all set to begin tomorrow. The three-day event from 21st March, 2017 to 23rd March, 2017 will bring together leaders and key decision makers of the IT industry and cloud service providers, including Telco’s, hosters, MSPs, SI and ISVs to network and share ideas for new business opportunities. The summit will be held at Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington, USA. Among interactive sessions, breakout tracks and workshops, the summit will provide the attendees with a unique opportunity to interact with industry leaders including Microsoft technologists, Microsoft Hosting and Managed Service Providers team and other executives. The insightful exchanges will help them to come up with new ideas, partnerships and understanding to lead their ...

Parallels Unveils Support for Microsoft Azure Pack for Hosting; Updates Support for Other Microsoft Solutions

Parallels today unveiled support for a Microsoft Azure Pack for Hosting Providers at the Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference. The company also announced updates to a collection of cloud service delivery solutions  for Microsoft partners. Parallels has updated its support for Microsoft Lync 2013 Hosting Pack, Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Microsoft Office 365. The news comes a fortnight after Parallels  announced the launch of Parallels Plesk Panel 11.5 and Parallels Web Presence Builder 11.5. We are excited to have Microsoft as a partner in the Parallels ecosystem and we see a big opportunity to provide their wide range of innovative collaborative and hosted solutions to our customers. With these combined solutions, no one else helps cloud hosting providers significantly speed time to m...

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