From the Build conference, to hackers with confidence, to games, Microsoft Fluent Design, and the return of OneDrive placeholders, it's our handy walkthrough of the week's top tech news.
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Microsoft has detailed a couple of improvements to the way Azure SQL Database handles failovers in case of an outage. It works with individual databases, elastic pools, or a combination of both.
Microsoft has announced that the ability to encrypt data stored via Azure File Storage has now hit general availability. This feature will also be coming to Azure Tables and Queues "by June".
After announcing that PowerShell and Bash are coming to Azure, Microsoft also announced an Azure mobile app, which includes the Bash console, a dashboard for your resources, and more.
Microsoft will be hosting its annual Build developer conference in Seattle this week, outlining some of its product plans for Windows 10, Cortana, Azure, Edge, Office, mixed reality, bots, and more.
Microsoft has announced that its Azure cloud platform is getting a new "Billing Reader" role, in addition to a new Invoice API. The latter lets you download invoices programmatically.
Over the weekend Microsoft has announced a number of new features coming to cloud customers in Britain. Two of them deal with transfer and processing of big data, and the third with containers.
Microsoft has announced version 1.4 of its open-source UWP Community Toolkit. This update is comparatively smaller than the previous one, and mainly focuses on stability and improvements in controls.
Microsoft and enterprise company MapR have partnered for a free webinar on big data app development on Azure. It starts April 13 at 2 PM AEDT, which is 12 AM EDT or 9 PM PST (April 12).
Microsoft has announced the general availability of various Azure services that will help administrators monitor their Azure instances better by issuing alerts, and providing recommendations.
In a statement, former DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen said that the department wanted to decrease its physical footprint of servers by migrating to “state of the art street technology”.
The UK's NICE, which informs NHS guidelines and practices, now relies on Microsoft-powered algorithms that can sift through mountains of data and present scientist with concise results.
Qualcomm today announced a partnership with Microsoft which will bring "next generation cloud services" to its Centriq 2400 platform, which is the company's first server processor.
The Redmond company has added two new regions in South Korea, in Seoul and Busan, while securing the enviable position of being the exclusive cloud partner to Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart.
Microsoft has announced a new strategic partnership with Tata Motors, supporting the Indian auto-maker's connected car vision with machine learning, AI, IoT and Azure cloud technologies.
Microsoft has developed the Azure Intellectual Property Advantage program to help its cloud customers to deal with increasing patent lawsuits for the use of cloud-based technologies.
After having been one of the most popularly voted upon ideas for Flow, Microsoft has introduced Team flows in preview form for Office 365 users along with Gmail connectivity and custom API sharing.
Microsoft's new shell for Windows 10 is described as a "lightweight version of Windows designed for the modern computing world" - but the report raises more questions than it answers for now.
In an interview, the Microsoft CEO talked about how companies should enable employees by use of Artificial Intelligence and not 'replace them'. He also spoke of cloud concerns ahead of WEF in Davos.
BMW and Renault-Nissan have chosen Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform to power their cars. It's an Azure-powered service showcased at CES 2017, and another intriguing move from Microsoft.
Microsoft Azure receives the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry; opens door for the storage of massive healthcare information on the cloud.
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In conjunction with HERE, TomTom, and Esri, Microsoft plans to create a new 'world graph' which will provide a wide range of location-oriented capabilities to help quantify the physical world.
Microsoft has released the first Community Technical Preview of its Azure SQL Database Management Pack, which now includes support for elastic pools and Azure AD authentication.
Leading on from the launch of its Bot Framework earlier this year, Microsoft has announced the launch of Azure Bot Service, representing the world's first cloud bot solution.
Microsoft announced today that it is partnering with Adobe, which will be running some of its Creative Cloud services on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. More information is coming soon.
Microsoft's Azure customers have apparently been hit by a global DNS outage which is affecting a number of services. Microsoft's engineers are currently working on a fix for the issue.
Microsoft has announced that it's scrapping Azure RemoteApp in favor of Citrix' XenApp "express". The company will support existing customers until August 31, 2017 - which is still a year away.
Microsoft has released the August 2016 edition of evaluation Windows developer virtual machines, allowing access to the latest tools, including Bash on Ubuntu on Windows and Project Islandwood.
Microsoft announced today that it's finishing up Skype's transition from peer-to-peer to the cloud soon. According to the company, many of Skype's issues were due to the ongoing transition.
After releasing its first technical preview of Azure Stack earlier this year, Microsoft announced that its hybrid cloud product will only run on integrated solutions made by Dell, HPE and Lenovo.
Microsoft today announced Azure Information Protection, which builds on Azure Rights Management and classification technology from the firm's Secure Islands acquisition last year.
Microsoft has taken perhaps the ultimate step in showing its love for open software, as the company has published its own image of FreeBSD. However, the image is designed for Azure cloud VMs.
In a boon for both businesses, Microsoft and SAP announced collaborative efforts to certify Azure for SAP HANA as well as announcing Office 365 integration with a raft of SAP's cloud-based solutions.
Microsoft users in Canada and South Korea can now access its cloud-computing platform Azure. Data storage regions have popped up in another step in Microsoft's plight to unite the world's businesses.
Microsoft's Q3 2016 earnings were disappointing according to investors and the company's stock has taken a quick dive. However, its future outlook is considered stable and encouraging.
Microsoft has reported its latest quarterly financial results, including a 61% rise in Surface revenue, and solid growth in Office and cloud services - but a massive 46% slide in phone revenue.
In a post-Build interview, the CEO was bullish on Continuum and discussed Microsoft's way forward with Cortana, asserting AI will pervade all points of computing and mobility, including cars.
At day two of Microsoft's Build 2016 developer conference, the focus is the cloud. The firm announced that Azure is run by over 85% of Fortune 500 companies, among other stats.
Apple has reportedly ditched Amazon's Web Services and is now in the process of migrating a big part of the iCloud infrastructure onto Google's Cloud Platform. Apple is also a Microsoft Azure client.
Last week, Microsoft announced it would be bringing its SQL Server product to Linux. Now the move seems to be a big winner, with thousands of companies signing up to try the beta of the product.
Microsoft has enhanced their end to end Internet of Things platform by enabling general availability of their Azure IoT Hub, making it easier to connect IoT devices to Azure services.
According to the New York Times, Microsoft has built prototype server containers designed to sit in the ocean, cooling naturally and reducing data transfer latency by being located closer to cities.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and its President, Brad Smith, have announced the donation of $1 billion in cloud services to 70,000 nonprofits and NGOs around the world over the next three years.
Microsoft has highlighted examples of its products driving new retail experiences, including the 'Diji Touch' vending machine with a 40-inch touchscreen, powered by Windows 10, Kinect and Azure IoT.
Amazon recently reduced prices for various VM instances on its cloud platform and now Microsoft has kept its promise of price matching by announcing price cuts for certain Azure instances.
Recapping the year on Windows Weekly, Chris Capossela revealed detailed Microsoft thinking around a possible Surface Phone, and vowed to step up an already aggressive Windows 10 upgrade push on PCs.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, has confirmed that the company's cloud technologies used in Titanfall can be used in any game, even if the title is exclusive to another platform.
Teams from across Microsoft have been working together to make NORAD's Santa-tracker more fun and engaging than ever before, with a wide range of festive features for kids of all ages.
Over the last few years, Microsoft has started to embrace Linux, and has now announced that it's providing a certification for those that master Linux on its Azure service.