Harrybbb tipped me off this afternoon on a news item he saw on his daily Wall Street Journal news feed concerning a company that at times is highly controversial within our industry—Microsoft. Many in our industry always have their own opinions on the tech giant, so I am sure these same groups will have much to say regarding the reports that Microsoft is currently being investigated by federal regulators on its relationships with business partners who allegedly offered bribes to foreign government officials for software contracts.
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Today, Microsoft published a blog post from CEO and Pilot at Air Zermatt, Gerold Biner. In this post, which is part of a new series from Microsoft highlighting new clients, Mr. Biner explained how his organization has been using Office365, particularly, a dedicated SharePoint site.
Today marks Microsoft’s Play Fair Day 2013, a part of the company’s “Play It Safe” campaign that is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of using counterfeit software. The company released a research study as part of this year’s event, which sheds light on the current amount of counterfeit software in the world.
We have exclusively learned that within the next few hours, Microsoft intends to launch a site that is designed to attract professionals to become teachers. This information was revealed to SMB Nation today by internal Microsoft sources at a private summit, which Harrybbb is attending in the Executive Briefing Center at Microsoft Redmond.
A trending topic yesterday in the SMB ether was the update/release of the new Office 365. The abbreviated online launch party and initial message was covered by us (http://smbnation.com/content/news/entry/microsoft-releases-next-gen-version-of-office-365-for-biz) and nearly every major site covered off on this release (see my summary below), and click the image above for a quick intro video.
If you are a D&H VAR that’s wondering what products are hot topics within the distributor’s line card, you’ll then be pleased to know that the distributor introduced today a new “What’s Trending” feature, an online tool which lists the most frequently viewed items on dandh.com, updated several times daily.
This morning, I turned on my laptop to log on to my Outlook email via Office 365, and I noticed that the Office 365 home page had a completely different look. I wasn’t surprised, since I was informed by Microsoft’s PR firm, that the tech giant was set to announce this, and other valuable updates to the platform today.
LifeSize, which is a division of Logitech, said that it has formed a deeper collaboration with Microsoft through its product development of a Microsoft Lync Room System. The joint effort with Microsoft enables LifeSize to deliver a video and collaboration solution that brings the familiar Lync unified communication experience to the meeting room.
I’ve just learned that over 1,500 Microsoft MVPs will be massing on the “Eastside” of Seattle in Bellevue and Redmond early next week for the annual MVP Summit. This private event, not open to the public, allows MVP technical award-winners to work with their product teams from February 18-21 in general and break-out sessions.
Microsoft recently released an e-guide on how partners can take the mystery and confusion regarding contracts with governments and large enterprises. With so many of us having such busy schedules, we literally have zero time to focus on how to muddle through all of this “red tape,” which often includes mounds of paperwork and excess forms and tasks to complete.
Yesterday, we received a tip from one of our community members, Tony, regarding an updated e-mail phishing scam from Microsoft. This community member, who is a longtime Microsoft product user, found a strange e-mail in his inbox this morning claiming that he had won the company’s award draw.
Tablets are taking over the IT world it seems, both on the consumer and B2B sides, and IDC has the data to prove it. According to the research firm, worldwide tablet shipments outpaced predictions reaching a record total of 52.5 million units worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), according to preliminary data from the firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.
Yesterday morning, nCircle announced their Microsoft Patch Analysis report to help IT professionals plan for 2013. This report is composed of data from 36 months of Microsoft CVE and bulletin patches.
It’s a known fact that the U.S. is producing too few qualified workers in science and technology, and with that being said, a new coalition has issued an urgent call for Congress to address the immediate high-skilled jobs crisis and strengthen the U.S. STEM education pipeline. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Microsoft recently announced the availability of a new cross-platform application, HelpBridge. This application quickly allows users to either get or give help from their smartphones in the event of a natural disaster.
Acumatica, a provider of cloud enterprise resource Planning (ERP) and financial software, said today that it has appointed former Microsoft CEO Yury Larichev as CEO, effective immediately.
Yesterday, Jay Paulus, Microsoft’s Director of Windows Small Business Marketing, posted a blog covering the new Windows 8 Pro PCs featured at this year’s CES 2013 event. These devices include both tablet and laptop options.
With 2012 coming to a close just last week, I can say, “Oh, what a year it has been” when it comes to the developments that occurred and the new products that were released in our industry. In case you missed out on any of these developments, or need a little refresher course, note my “playlist” below, which outlines SMB Nation’s Top 10 “Greatest Hits” of 2012, as per our blog posts.