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Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, Its First Internet of Things (IoT) Platform For Enterprise

The Internet of Things promises vast opportunities, but it also poses challenges for businesses that seek to take action and realize tangible results, as it can seem overwhelming, complicated and expensive. With its latest announcements, Microsoft is trying to help enterprises drive business value while building on existing technology assets, devices and data. Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service helps enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) by securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from a variety of sensors and devices. You can watch this video to see how IoT built on Microsoft’s platform is transforming the world’s first underground railway in London. The Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service marks a critical expansion of the comprehensive Microsoft cloud-first data platform. This includes addressing challenges enterprises face securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from industry devices, sensors and other line-of-business (LoB) assets across a range of OS platforms. Enterprises using the Intelligent Systems Service to extend the Microsoft Azure cloud across connected devices and sensors can capture vital data,…

Windows Tablets Now Accounts For 15.7% Of Japan’s Total Tablet Sales

  When is comes to tablet market, Apple still remains the top vendor both in terms of unit volume and eco-system growth. Microsoft jumped into this market with Windows 8, and followed by Windows 8.1 last year. Microsoft Windows is competing with Apple iPad in the high-end and white box Android tablets in the low end. Digitimes today reported a good news for Microsoft regarding its sales in Japan. The sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising since October 2013 as a result in February 2014, 15.7% of Japan’s tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models. For a comparison, Windows just had a share of 2% in the worldwide tablet market. With Windows tablets gaining market share, Japan’s tablet market is expected to see a more balanced development, but competition between iOS, Android and Windows will remain keen in 2014, Digitimes Research believes. In 2013, Apple still dominated Japan’s tablet market, followed by Asustek Computer (Android). Microsoft, Amazon and Sony were the third to fifth largest vendors. While…

Microsoft Releases Office 365 Personal, $69.99 USD/Year Or $6.99 USD/Month

On March 13, Microsoft revealed that a new Office subscription offering, Office 365 Personal will be in the coming months. Today Microsoft announced that it’s available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP). You can buy it online at, at Microsoft Stores and through online and retail partners. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households–whether it’s an individual or a family of five. Amazon is selling 1 year subscription of Office 365 Home for just $63! Find the deal here from Amazon. If you prefer to buy from Microsoft, you can order Office 365 from Microsoft Online Store. Find the deals for Office 365 from Microsoft Store here. Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Begins Roll Out Of New Xbox One System Update

Microsoft today announced that they are beginning the roll-out of latest Xbox One system update to end users. This update was released as a preview last month and now Microsoft has released it to the general consumers. Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days: Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently. Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve…

Windows 8.1 Update Available Today For Volume License Customers

Why it is unlikely that most enterprises are updating to Windows 8.1 Update, the update is now available for volume license customers. Microsoft has released the following: Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.1 Update integrated Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update integrated Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update This is the final part of the release cycle that included  the release via MSDN on the 2nd and Windows Update on the 8th. Additional updates can be found through Windows Update and WSUS. A separate issue was found that impacted customers utilizing WSUS configured in the very specific, non-default way.  If affected, the devices will not receive future updates released by Microsoft.  Customers should read  KB2959977 for remediation guidance. Source: Springboard Series Blog

Penny Arcade Co-founder Stars in Surface Commercial (Video)

Penny Arcade is a webcomic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik.  Krahulik is popularly known on the web as ”Jonathan Gabriel” or “Gabe.” Krahulik has been using the Surface Pro since near its launch. It has been especially useful to him as an artist because of the Surface’s active stylus support. The Penny Arcade team is located in Seattle, quite near Microsoft’s own headquarters. Microsoft teamed up with Krahulik to create a Surface commercial: Source: Surface blog via Penny Arcade

Surface Pro 2 64GB & 512GB Back In Stock Online

The Microsoft Store has the Surface 2 64GB and 512GB back in stock at the Microsoft Store Online.  Microsoft has had a notoriously difficult time have the Surface in stock consistently.  New iterations of the Surface products are not expected until this fall. Recently rumors of the Surface Mini re-emerged.  The Surface 2 w/ LTE has only recently been made available to carriers. Find the listings below, Surface Pro 2 64GB – $899 Surface Pro 2 128GB – $999 Surface Pro 2 256GB – $1299 Surface Pro 2 512GB – $1799 The Docking Station designed exclusively for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Docking Station – $199 via Microsoft Store

Microsoft Makes Performance Improvements to PowerPoint Online

Microsoft continues to make improvements to its Office Online suite at a more rapid pace. Microsoft has been focused on making performance improvements to PowerPoint online. Microsoft has completely re-engineered the text editor so that when a user is editing slides the layout looks more like the final result. The re-engineered text editor helps maintain a high fidelity view. Performance and video playback optimizations have also been made by speeding up advancement of slides in the editor and by adding the ability to play back embedded YouTube videos. Updates will roll out this week. Tell Me support is also rolling out to PowerPoint Online, which is now also available on Word and Excel Online. Related: office online now available in the chrome web store vba, tell me, & commenting features come to excel online new features & bug fixes come to word online OneNote Online Get Printing Support Microsoft Makes Performance Improvements to PowerPoint Online Source: Office Blog

OneNote Online Gets Printing Support

Microsoft continues to make improvements to its Office Online suite at a more rapid pace. Today Microsoft added printing support for OneNote Online, a feature that has been traditionally found in the desktop application. Microsoft has prioritized features based on customer feedback. New features will start rolling out today.  In addition to printing support for multi-column section or page navigation has been added, so that you can maximize reading and editing space regardless of what device or browser you’re using. Related: office online now available in the chrome web store vba, tell me, & commenting features come to excel online new features & bug fixes come to word online OneNote Online Gets Printing Support Microsoft Makes Performance Improvements to PowerPoint Online Source: Office Blog