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New BFFs Salesforce and Google link arms, er, CRMs with G Suite

Salesforce.com and Google have agreed on a partnership deal that will see the former's CRM service integrated directly into G Suite's productivity apps. The two sides say the deal will see Google Cloud take the mantle of "preferred public cloud" for Salesforce as well as the cloud provider for an international expansion the …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2017
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking at Build 2015

Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

Microsoft is suing the US government to prevent the deportation of immigrants – including at least 45 of its own staffers – who are in America under the now-dying DACA program. The Redmond giant has signed on to a lawsuit filed by Princeton University on behalf of one of its students seeking an injunction against the …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Nov 2017
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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

A fat-fingered configuration blunder at Level 3 temporarily sent a chunk of internet connectivity in America and the wider world to level zero on Monday. The global backbone provider admitted it was at fault for rolling outages that have plagued big patches of US this morning, West Coast time, particularly for Comcast …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2017
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Microsoft rolls out red carpet to hybrid Azure SQL databases

On Wednesday, Microsoft showed off a series of new tools and services aimed at helping companies bridge gap between their on-premise SQL databases and its Azure cloud database offerings. The tools, shown off at the PASS Summit in Seattle, are designed to help companies manage Azure cloud databases, SQL Server 2017 databases, …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Nov 2017
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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

Microsoft has lobbed its Microsoft 365 Business package for small and mid-sized companies into general availability. Companies with fewer than 300 seats to manage are being pitched on the service that wraps Windows PCs, mobile device management (MDM) tools, and Office 365 into a single offering with one management pane for …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Nov 2017
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Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

Microsoft has let the world in on one of its key Azure management tools: a simulator designed to help prevent nearly 70 per cent of the bugs that cause network downtime. The simulator, called CrystalNet, is a design tool Microsoft Research created for its admins to help avoid downtime during routine maintenance and upgrades. …

LTE it snow: Microsoft to punt out LTE-tastic Surface Pro in December

Microsoft's Surface Pro with added LTE goodness is due to land in the UK on 1 December, just in time for enterprise punters to request one from the local Santas residing in their procurement and IT department. Panos Panay, corporate veep of devices, took to the stage at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in London to confirm the …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2017
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French senator demands public inquiry into Microsoft military deal

A French senator has put down a parliamentary motion demanding an investigation into Microsoft's framework deal with France's defence ministry. Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam tabled the motion, which calls for the creation of a 21-strong investigative committee, earlier in October. It is part of a long-running issue in France …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Oct 2017
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Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

Microsoft has shut down new registrations for the Outlook Premium service, directing customers instead to an Office 365 subscription. The Redmond Hotmail house says that from Monday, those who want to get an Outlook email account with Microsoft's security tools, ad-blocking, and larger storage will need to get Office 365 Home …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2017

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

Microsoft stands accused of forcing customers to migrate to cloud services by introducing new licensing terms and raising prices for hosted Windows Server 2016, which could see monthly costs more than doubling. When Microsoft launched WS16 last autumn, it shifted from licensing per CPU to licensing per core for the Standard …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2017
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Microsoft says something more hyper than Storage Spaces is coming 'very soon'

Microsoft's offered an explanation, of sorts, for the unexpected disappearance of Storage Spaces Direct from Windows Server version 1709. A new FAQ on Windows Server, version 1709 posted on Thursday offers the following verbiage: Storage Spaces Direct was introduced in Windows Server 2016 and remains the foundation for our …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017
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What just counted $24bn in receipts, and rhymes with psycho loft?

Microsoft is crediting its Azure and Office cloud operations with helping to drive a better-than-expected start to its fiscal year. The Redmond giant highlighted on Thursday the growth of its cloud services, both enterprise and consumer, as it topped $24bn in the first quarter of its fiscal 2018. For the three-month period, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2017
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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

HMRC's Permanent Secretary has defended the UK tax authority's decision to ditch a British cloud slinger in favour of tax-efficient multinational Amazon, citing bumper savings. As exclusively revealed by The Reg, the taxman moved its data out of Manchester-based Datacentred six months ago. HMRC was the firm's biggest client …
Kat Hall, 26 Oct 2017
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VR-bonkers Microsoft yanks plug out of Kinect

Microsoft has ended production of Kinect, its motion-tracking games controller. The Redmond giant confirmed today the gadget, originally pitched as an add-on for the Xbox 360 console and later bundled with the Xbox One, will no longer be manufactured, bringing an end to the sometimes wobbly player-sensing platform. The Windows …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2017
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Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

Exclusive Microsoft has something that will compound customers' New Year hangovers for 2018 – a double-digit price hike. According to documents seen by The Register, Microsoft will slap up to 10 per cent on the cost of certain flavours of Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) in the UK from next year. "On January 1, 2018, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2017
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US DoJ eases gagging rules, Microsoft drops data slurp alert lawsuit

The US Department of Justice has limited its gagging policy that bans companies from alerting customers when their personal information is accessed by the Feds. As a result, Microsoft has dropped one of its lawsuits against the American government, which argued it had the right to tell its customers when Uncle Sam demanded …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Oct 2017
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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

A below-the-radar security feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka version 1709 released last week, can stop ransomware and other file-scrambling nasties dead. The controlled folder access mechanism within Windows Defender prevents suspicious applications from changing the contents of selected protected folders. …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2017

A week in WANdisco, Toshiba 'n' pals, plus storage-iest bits of Microsoft and mates

Another week has passed by, and yet another torrent of storage news streams towards us, running the gamut from spin-transfer torque magneto-resistive RAM to data streaming and a Maltese Smart Island hub. Acronis This backup and blockchain-focused data protection company is opening a new European Technology Hub in the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2017

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