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Amazon Launches Corporate Directory Service in the Cloud

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 23, 2014

Amazon has added corporate directory services called AWS Directory Service to its growing portfolio of cloud services. Applications that need Active Directory or a LDAP compatible directory can use this service.

Windows Embraces Docker

by João Miranda on  Oct 15, 2014

Docker Inc. and Microsoft announced today a partnership to provide Docker support on the next Windows Server release. This means enabling Windows based containers with a new Docker Engine for Windows Server, extending Docker's open orchestration APIs to the Microsoft ecosystem and providing multi-platform applications support, running both on Linux and Windows Docker containers.

Written in PowerShell, a HTTP API for Executing PowerShell Scripts

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 03, 2014

REST and REST-like interfaces over HTTP are all the rage these days. Not too long ago we told you about Oracle releasing a prototype of their HTTP-based API for MySQL. Not to be out done, Steve Lee of Microsoft has released sample code for exposing PowerShell over HTTP. And to make it interesting, this web server is written entirely in PowerShell.

Version Numbers, Backwards Compatibility, and Windows 10

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 02, 2014

There is a lot of speculation as to why the next version of Windows will be called “Windows 10”. And while we’ll probably never know what happened behind the closed doors of the marketing department, there are solid technical reasons why it can’t be called “Windows 9”.

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.

CocosSharp: Xamarin Forks Cocos2D-XNA

by Abel Avram on  Aug 13, 2014

Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects.

Ansible Is Learning Windows

by João Miranda on  Jul 22, 2014

Ansible is adding support for Windows, using PowerShell and Windows Remote Management as the underlying technologies. Ansible 1.7, which should be released in a few weeks time, will feature Windows integration in "beta" status. InfoQ talked with Michael DeHaan, Ansible's creator, to know more about this development.

Google Chrome PDF Engine is now Open Source

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 20, 2014

Google has open sourced Chrome PDF engine, which allows to view and print PDF files, and fill PDF forms. The announcement came earlier this month from Foxit Software, the original maker of Foxit PDF SDK, which Google chose as the base for its Chrome PDF engine. Formerly closed-source, Chrome PDF code is now hosted on Google Source as the PDFium open source project.

PowerShell Desired State Configuration Takes on Linux

by João Miranda on  May 30, 2014

Microsoft continues to invest in PowerShell, its command-line shell and associated scripting language. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) can now manage Linux boxes in the same vein as it does for Windows. Microsoft open source DSC for Linux and is hosting the project at GitHub.

Windows Management Framework 5 Preview Introduces Package Manager And Network Switches Cmdlets

by João Miranda on  Apr 15, 2014

Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview, which includes Windows PowerShell OneGet, a package manager in the spirit of yum and apt-get; a set of cmdlets to manage network switches; and some polishing on Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

Future-Proofing Desktop Applications for Hardware Enhancements

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2014

Though CPUs aren’t getting any faster, other hardware capabilities are rapidly increasing. This is most evident in high DPI displays and the way they shrink legacy applications to the point of illegibility. So for perhaps the first time since the 90’s, future proofing for better monitors is becoming vital.

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.

Google Cuts Cloud Prices, Integrates CI Tools, Supports Windows and Manages VMs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 26, 2014

Google had a Cloud Platform Live event on Tuesday (recorded here) unveiling a number of new features, improvements and a new pricing model.

PowerShell Team Publishes New Set of Desired State Configuration Resources

by João Miranda on  Jan 06, 2014

The PowerShell team released a new set of Desired Configuration State (DSC) resources, packaged in five modules: xWebAdministration; xComputerManagement; xPSDesiredStateConfiguration; xNetworking and xHyperV. This release aims to encourage the PowerShell community to author more DSC resources. It also becomes possible with this release to create a web server from scratch using only DSC resources.

Powershell's Desired State Configuration Supports Push And Pull Modes

by João Miranda on  Dec 16, 2013 2

The Windows PowerShell Blog has been writing about PowerShell's Desired State Configuration (DSC). DSC is the Microsoft's proposal for computer's configuration management on the Windows world. One of the last articles explains how DSC allows both push and pull configuration modes, two approaches with different pros and cons.

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