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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

Microsoft's biggest individual shareholder – its erstwhile CEO Steve Ballmer – has complained in classic ballsy fashion about the software giant's lack of disclosure about its cloud biz. According to Bloomberg, Ballmer said that profit margins and sales were a "key metric" that should be reported by MS. He added that the firm …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2015
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Microsoft training sites borked, leaving users unable to confirm exams

Folk attempting to confirm and reschedule exam appointments on the Microsoft Training and Certification site have been left with an error message when attempting to log on. The problem appears to have started earlier this week, with one reader getting in touch to tell us he has been greeted with the message: “We are sorry, the …
Kat Hall, 07 Jan 2016
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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

Microsoft engineers are struggling to fix a seven-day-old, self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage. IMAP access to Office 365 tanked on January 18, meaning customers could not access emails using Exchange Online via IMAP or connect third-party mail clients via IMAP. Microsoft told disgruntled Office 365 customers that the …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jan 2016
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Microsoft showers Office 365 sellers with gold in Google snub

Microsoft is again rattling Google’s cage by throwing money at channel folk that convert small businesses into Office 365 believers. The Fast Track programme was launched in 2014 for customers with more than 150 seats to drive adoption of Microsoft’s online service, but the glare of Redmond is switching to those with 149 and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2016
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Microsoft calls out Amazon's humble hybrid cloud

Microsoft's cut Azure prices again, while also making it plain that it thinks Amazon Web Services (AWS) is weak in the hybrid cloud. After explaining the price cuts, Nicole Herskowitz, Microsoft's director for cloud platform product marketing writes that “Prices aside, customers are using Azure … for its hybrid capabilities …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2016
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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

Microsoft is scouting locations across big cities in the UK with a view to rolling out a "store within a store" concept, according to our sources. Senior UK heads at the software giant have briefed property investment companies, and one told us the vendor was “working with retailers for experiential stores.” Microsoft has …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015
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Beleaguered Microsoft customers: Streamline your licensing

Microsoft must simplify its licensing by putting sales targets second. That’s according to the Campaign for Clear Licensing, which reckons the way Microsoft charges for its software is “unnecessarily complex”. “The bundling of products benefits sales objectives over customer requirements,” CCL said in a white paper on its …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2015
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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

The government has signed a deal for open source Libre Office to be made available across the public sector, in what looks like an attempt to "nudge" mandarins off Microsoft Office. The open source software deal, which is being provided by one of the open sourcer's partners, Collabora GovOffice, is apparently intended to " …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2015

Microsoft unbuttons shirt, teases glimpse of Azure-in-a-box Stack

It's a bit late, but Microsoft will be releasing the first technical preview of Azure Stack – its cloud-in-a-box for those who prefer their data on-premises. Azure Stack was announced at the Ignite conference in May. Now, Mike Neil, Microsoft's veep of enterprise cloud, has promised the first preview will be available for …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2016

Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

The world’s wealthiest activist shareholder, Steve Ballmer, has offered another critique of Microsoft, the company he helped build. A Business Insider interview finds Ballmer – now an “outsider” – generous and complimentary on most aspects of Nadella’s leadership. Ballmer thinks SatNad’s “cloudobile” pivot was something he …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2016
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Microsoft on Cloud 9 after online biz boosts profits to $6.3bn in second quarter

It has proven a happy New Year for Microsoft, with profits of $6.3bn (up 8 per cent on the year) in its second financial quarter – driven largely by increasing revenues from its cloud business. "Businesses everywhere are using the Microsoft Cloud as their digital platform to drive their ambitious transformation agendas," said …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2016
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Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

Video People who bought the first batch of Microsoft's Surface Book slab-tops are furious that a glitch causes the screens to flicker. Microsoft's support forums and the Surface subreddit are filled with folks claiming their displays erratically wink completely on and off. This happens, we're told, whether the tablet is running on …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2015

Microsoft hammers first nails into Enterprise Agreements' coffins

Microsoft is to prevent SMEs from buying software via an Enterprise Agreement, a move some industry figures interpreted as the first of a death-by-a-thousand-cuts fate for the volume licensing programme. From the start of July, Microsoft will raise the minimum commitment on EAs from 250 users/ devices to 500, channel partners …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2016
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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

Microsoft has apologised for the “less-than-perfect experience” reported by many buyers of its new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book computers, but has nonetheless beaten Apple in the tablet sales stakes. The Surface Book has suffered from flickering screens. Both machines have generated complaints of poor battery life, …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2015
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Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

Microsoft is initiating a global voluntary recall of Surface Pro power cords amid concerns of over-heating. According to sources in Microsoft's Authorized Device Reseller (ADR) channel, Pro machines built before 15 July last year will qualify to be swapped out as part of an exchange program. A spokesman at Microsoft sent us a …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2016

Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

Microsoft has killed Dell's user-pwning root certificate and its self-reinstalling .dll with its antivirus Defender tool. The certificate is a big blunder because it opens a universal means for attackers on public networks to hose new Dell laptops. That's because bright minds planted a self-signed root CA certificate and …
Darren Pauli, 26 Nov 2015
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Microsoft eats its Dynamics CRM young with Adxstudio buy

Microsoft has picked over the “key product and technology assets” of Adxstudio, a long-time Dynamics CRM and application development partner. The deal will see Microsoft get Adxstudio’s technology, but not its consulting business. That will now be spun off into a new organisation. No-one in either company is talking about the …
Bill Bennett, 29 Sep 2015
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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

Enterprise adoption of Windows-powered computing slabs will make Microsoft the fastest growing tablet computer maker by 2019. That’s according to Strategy Analytics, which reckons Microsoft will hold 18 per cent of the global tablet operating system market in four years – up from 10 per cent now. Android will remain top dog, …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015
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Microsoft slaps 13 per cent increase on mobile enterprise levy

Microsoft has bumped up the levy it charges mobile users to connect to Windows servers. The price of Microsoft’s user client access license (CALs) needed for its enterprise suite has gone up by 13 per cent. The new price for the Enterprise CAL suite is $135 per on Software Assurance for a year for those qualifying for …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Oct 2015
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Mm, what's that smell, Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Yes, it's death

Microsoft is once again warning administrators that the end-of-life date for SQL Server 2005 is now just six months away. Redmond on Tuesday sent out a reminder to companies that its 2005 database server edition will officially be considered out of support on April 12, 2016. This means SQL Server 2005 systems will no longer be …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2015
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Microsoft offers Linux certification. Do not adjust your set. This is not an error

Microsoft's decided it needs to offer a Linux certification. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure teaches you how to do Linux on Azure by making you do an Azure course and a Linux course. Redmond's bit is the five-day Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions course and …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015
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Microsoft starts backup of on-prem workloads and desktops to Azure

Microsoft has announced it will now offer backups of on-premises SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and windows clients to Azure. To use Azure as your backup target you'll need the Azure Backup agent or Microsoft Recovery Services Agent on your servers or PCs. That code will take care …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2015

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Microsoft's relentless campaign to push Windows 10 onto every PC on the planet knows no bounds: now business desktops will be nagged to upgrade. When Redmond started quietly installing Windows 10 on computers via Windows Update, it was aimed at getting home users off Windows 7 and 8. If you were using Windows Pro or Enterprise …
Chris Williams, 14 Jan 2016
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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

Microsoft wants to become your phone company, at least for for voice. Redmond's new ambitions emerged on Monday with the announcement of just how its bringing together the telephony bits it used to call Lync and Skype. Microsoft will soon offer a cloudy PBX, allowing connection of calls between the public switched telephone …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2015
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ANN-IE-LATION: Microsoft to axe support for older Internet Explorer next week

In less than one week, Microsoft will end support for several versions of its Internet Explorer web browser. The Redmond giant is nearing the January 12 rollout date for a new policy on browser support. The new rules, unveiled last year, mean that many older versions of IE will no longer be supported on Windows machines. …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jan 2016

Google swallows your Docs bill from Microsoft, pitches for user familiarity

Google will swallow the cost of its online collaboration apps to harvest business users on Microsoft Office, a global sales bigwig has announced. The search giant will cover the fees of Google Apps until its contract with Microsoft runs out. Google didn’t name Microsoft specifically, but head of global sales for Google Apps …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2015

Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

Microsoft has bought the British software company SwiftKey, the company we once described as "the UK's stealthiest startup". It's best known for its predictive software keyboard, and the deal is worth $250m, the Financial Times reports. SwiftKey was founded in August 2008 by two Cambridge graduates and was perfectly placed to …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2016
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Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness

Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2015
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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

Microsoft has, for a limited period only, offered to pay up to £100 to convince UK consumers to part with their old computers in exchange for a Windows 10 device. If a customer is willing to shell out at least £499 on a PC running Redmond's latest operating system, then the company said it would stump up £100 to encourage …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2015
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Is Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde heading off to Commvault?

Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde is to leave the organisation after 20 years spent in the big slammer at the company, The Channel can reveal. Hyde joined as distribution account manager in 1995 and subsequently held senior sales positions covering the public sector and enterprise licensing partners customers. Most recently – …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2015
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Microsoft grabs ex-Google and Facebook brains for unstructured SQL engine

Microsoft has bought VC-funded big-data SQL start up Metanautix, building what it’s called a data compute engine. Metanautix was founded by Google former engineering director Theo Vassilakis and ex Facebook senior software engineer Toli Lerios in 2012 and landed $7m from Sequoia Capital. Their creation was Quest, released in …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Dec 2015

Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

Microsoft has kicked off the New Year – and the run-up to the annual CES hypemare in Las Vegas – with the latest figures on Windows 10 adoption, claiming that over 200 million devices now run the operating system. "As of today, there are more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running Windows 10," …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jan 2016

Microsoft: Yes, we are going to kill off Enterprise Agreements

Microsoft has confirmed it is to gradually kill off Enterprise Agreements - volume licensing contracts so complex that a whole profit-making asset management eco-system sprang up off the back of them. As we exclusively revealed, first evidence of this comes on 1 July when new commercial customers with sub-500 seats will no …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2016
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Microsoft hires Aussie cloudy Transformer Man to run Brit channels

Microsoft has hired Aussie and self proclaimed “chief transformer” Martin Gregory as the next person to lead the UK channel – and the man has a very cloudy background. Former channel director Linda Rendleman – who was in the role for nearly two years – quit Blighty in August and moved to Florida to run a partner team unit …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2015
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Microsoft: Enterprise channel programme will 'not' disappear

The new exec currently lowering himself into the UK channel chief’s chair at Microsoft said the company has no plans to kill off its enterprise licensing channel, contrary to popular opinion. This week, various Licensing Solutions Partners (LSPs) told us that, based on the reduction in fees Microsoft pays out on volume …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2015
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Microsoft's patent tumble: A kinder, gentler IP politics? No

The fact that IBM filed more patents in 2015 than anybody is about as usual as Alexander Lukashenko sweeping to a fresh presidential term in Belarus. For a 23rd year, our glorious leader IBM has been ranked number one in the top 50 US patent assignees, with 7,355 grants. Samsung Electronics came second with 5,072 with Canon KK …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2016

Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

Microsoft has released an update it says is the first major release for Windows 10. Redmond said the new version of Windows 10, version 1511, will offer better performance and compatibility with third-party hardware. "With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience, including thousands …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2015

Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

Europeans should sit up and take more notice of Microsoft’s lawsuit against the US government over secret access to their data. Why? Because it affects much more of their data than the Safe Harbour case, according to Microsoft president and lead counsel Brad Smith. “The Department of Justice does not need to wait for data to …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jan 2016
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Microsoft in SaaS-y cloud data security slurp

Microsoft has acquired cloud security outfit Adallom. Adallom was founded in 2012 and follows the “R&D in Israel, sales in Silicon Valley” template for a range of data security products for clouds. The company's wares bring data loss prevention and reporting to cloud storage services, offering users the chance to see just who' …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2015
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Microsoft: Surface hub will ship from January 1, 2016

Microsoft has quietly announced when its Surface Hub will ship, and if you're impatient, you won't be pleased: it won't be until January 1, 2016. In July, it emerged that manufacturing problems were going to delay the planned September 1 ship date of the product. Redmond has now updated its “we're running late” blog post with …

Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

Updated Microsoft's Office 365 service has gone offline for many users in the UK and Europe, though the cause and extent of the outage is not yet known. Neither the Office 365 portal, nor the Azure management portal is available at the time of writing, though Microsoft's status page says everything is fine. Everthing is fine says …
Tim Anderson, 03 Dec 2015
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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

Microsoft claims it really does care about privacy and securing the cloud and Windows 10, promising to build cybersecurity teams and investing in the area. A new Cyber Defense Operations Center will bring together security response experts from across the technology giant in a new “state-of-the-art” facility. The unit will be …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2015
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Microsoft's CRM chief defects to Salesforce

Microsoft’s head of its CRM business apps division will front up Salesforce's analytics cloud, just as Microsoft prepares to release its Dynamics CRM 2016 suite. Corporate vice president for Microsoft Dynamics Robert Stutz has been poached by Salesforce, becoming the as-a-service CRM provider's chief analytics officer. He'd …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015

Windows 10 keeps Microsoft's odd desktop-as-a-service rules

Microsoft won't change its licensing options to permit services providers to offer Windows 10 desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) on shared infrastructure. Redmond's rules divide the DaaS word into two categories. In the first, a service provider runs “dedicated” infrastructure that delivers DaaS for only one client customer and is …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2015
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Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

Microsoft has revealed that it's trialled an underwater data centre. Project Natick saw Redmond sink a capsule about a mile offshore from Seattle, an approach felt to have potential because about half of humanity lives on or near coastlines. Microsoft's thinking is that it's a good idea to put data centres near their users, …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2016
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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

Microsoft will stop all sales of Windows 7 Pro to PC makers on Halloween 2016. Satya Nadella’s firm has quietly let slip that October 31, 2016, will be the final day for PC makers to buy copies of the operating system for pre-install. Microsoft updated its product support lifecycle page, here, in October with the change …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2015
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Citrix names former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov prez and CEO

Citrix has appointed former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov President and chief executive officer. Tatarinov spent over eight years as President, Executive Vice President, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions Division, overseeing Microsoft's Dynamics CRM and ERP businesses. His LinkedIn profile also records …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2016
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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

Microsoft’s second fiscal quarter showed a company at a dangerous stage in its transition. It also revealed a firm that is unable to rely on the certainties of old. Not so long ago, Microsoft could call on three engines of growth to drive its business – Office/personal productivity, server and tools, and Windows client …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2016
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Infosec lady flings sueball at Microsoft over 'gender discrimination'

A class action lawsuit has been brought against Microsoft in the US, alleging the firm practises in "intentional, company-wide discrimination against female technical employees". Overall, Microsoft promotes an overwhelmingly disproportionate number of men, and passes over equally or more qualified women, claims the filing to …
Kat Hall, 17 Sep 2015

Microsoft boosts Azure's VM creds with price cuts and GS

Microsoft has increased the size of its compute-and storage-centric cloud VM instances while cutting prices by up to 27 per cent. The software giant has announced the GS family of VMs, running on Xeon E5 v3 chips with up to 64TB of storage. It surpasses the G-series instances released in January, with a maximum limit of 6. …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2015

Opinion

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A VC with startup agenda slams established suppliers. Surprised? Neither were we
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