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August Patch Tuesday Improves Internet Explorer's Security and Features

by João Paulo Marques on  Aug 27, 2014

In their latest Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 9 bulletins covering a total of 37 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) spread across some of their products.

Microsoft Beefs Up Cloud Identity Services as Part of Mobile Push

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 31, 2014

As part of launching an Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft announced that Azure Active Directory Premium was set to hit General Availability. Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium extends the free identity management and single sign-on service with additional group-management capabilities, rebranding options, security analytics, and more.

Visual Studio 2013 Adds New Project Templates with Improvements and Social Accounts Authentication

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 23, 2013

The recently released Visual Studio 2013 includes new project templates with several improvements which enables developers to build projects and applications faster.

LeanSentry Adds Alert Enhancements, Custom Response Time and Error Ignore Mechanism

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 28, 2013

LeanSentry, web based server and application monitoring tool for .NET has been updated with improved alerts in addition to an ability to set custom response time with an option to ignore any least important errors.

Windows Azure Adds Active Directory, New Backup Service, Monitoring and Log Improvements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 15, 2013

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows Azure Active Directory, new backup service with support for incremental backups including several monitoring and log improvements.

Windows Azure Mobile Services with Android, Active Directory, Localization, East Asia Region

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Mar 15, 2013

Microsoft has recently released several updates to Windows Azure with support for Android, Active Directory, Application monitoring with HTTP response codes, new five languages including expansion of Azure Store to 22 more countries.

DotNetNuke 7 with Active Directory and SharePoint Lists

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 12, 2012

DotNetNuke 7 has been recently released with support for Active Directory and SharePoint Lists. Richard Dumas, Senior Director of DotNetNuke Corp speaks exclusively to InfoQ on the recent release.

Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 31, 2012

Dynamic Access Control is a set of features for Windows Server 2012 to manage authentication and authorization beyond Active Directory Groups. There are several components involved in this, the most notable being the ability evaluate expression-based ACLs against user and device claims.

Windows Azure Messaging Features Come To Windows Server

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Oct 26, 2012 4

Microsoft has announced public availability of Service Bus 1.0, and it will be free to use with a properly licensed Windows Server. This makes features from Windows Azure Messaging available on in-house infrastructure.

Windows Azure Mobile Services with iOS, E-mail, SMS, Facebook Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 22, 2012

Windows Azure product team has released an update to its mobile services suite with support for ios, E-mail, SMS including the ability to make use of Windows Azure Blob, Tables and ServiceBus with your application.

Introducing Windows New File System: ReFS

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 17, 2012

For the first time since 1993 Microsoft is posed to offer a new file system architecture. ReFS or Resilient File System is designed to both improve reliability and as a chance to drop obsolete features offered by NTFS.

Microsoft Announces Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP #1

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 17, 2011 2

The new Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP 1 provides Windows administrators with updated tools to more easily manage Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and the upcoming Windows 8 platforms. This framework has 3 main components: Windows PowerShell 3.0, WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), and WinRM (Windows Remote Management).

Windows Server 8 Marks Shift Towards GUI-Less Future

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 03, 2011 7

Microsoft has alerted Windows Server developers and administrators that the platform's future will be one in which the traditional GUI applications will no longer be supported. The Server Core installation option, originally debuting in Windows Server 2008, will become the preferred installation option for Windows Server 8.

Cloud-Based Server Management and Troubleshooting with System Center Advisor

by Jenni Konrad on  Jun 30, 2011

Microsoft System Center Advisor is a new cloud-based service that analyzes installations of Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 (and later versions). It tracks configuration changes and upgrades, and reports on potential issues due to missing security patches, incompatibilities, or deviations from best practices.

Visual Studio Dropping Support for Itanium

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 08, 2010

SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Visual Studio 2010 will be the last major versions to support Intel’s Itanium processor. While extended support will be offered for 8 years, new investments in the Itanium should be weighed carefully against AMD’s far more popular x64 architecture.

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