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Windows 7 is going to virtualize XP so 7's pretty much completely compatible with XP. Microsoft says there's a secret XP Mode (XPM) for its new rep-redeeming operating system that hasn't been part of any beta code or even disclosed before that's "specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7. It says it will run "many older productivity applications," probably the programs that Vista had trouble with as well as legacy 32-bit programs. Windows 7 is after all Vista fixed up. Microsoft code honcho and director of Windows enterprise and virtualization strategy Scott Woodgate explained on a Windows Team Blog late last Friday that these apps can be installed directly in the Windows XP Mode, which he described as a "virtual PC environment running under Windows Virtual PC." "The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run th... (more)

Microsoft to Collect More Android Royalties

Microsoft hurried out Monday to say that General Dynamics Itronix, whose defense contractor parent has a market cap of $27 billion, will be paying Microsoft royalties for broad patent protection for its Android devices. The deal must have gone down relatively easily because Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez called it "an example of how industry leaders address intellectual property" in the announcement. Itronix, which makes rugged laptops and tablets, said, the deal would let it "meet the evolving demands of our customers with more diverse applications and increased functionality in products that incorporate the Android platform." The ink was barely dry on the Itronix license when Microsoft popped back up Wednesday to say that it's also got a royalty-bearing patent deal in its favor covering privately held Velocity Micro's Android-based Cruz tablets... (more)

What's New in Group Policy for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 include support for over 350 new group policy settings ...This brings the total number of manageable system policies via Active Directory group policy to over 3,600 policy settings!  Below, I've summarized the new categories of group policy settings that I'm most excited about and I've also provided a link to a downloadable reference workbook ... What's New in Active Directory Group Policies? These new Group Policy settings provide improved management for new areas of these operating systems, such as: Managing enterprise installation of Windows 8-style application packages (AppX) Desktop personalization for Lock screen and Start screen background Start Screen customization settings, such as Show "Run as Different User" on Start screen and clearing History on tile notifications User Setting Sync configuration (ie., "Sync your Settin... (more)

Wildcard Subdomains in Windows Azure

I was meeting with a small company today that has developed a SaaS solution around task and project management. It's a very cool application, and as is the fashion these days, uses subdomains to determine the end user's company as requests come to the browser. So, if I were to sign up for the application, my home url would be http://adamhoffman.getdonedone.com, whereas if you signed up (and had the unlikely name of Bill Ion), your home page would be http://billion.getdonedone.com. This is handled in ASP.NET application code on their Win2K8 servers hosted at Rackspace. The question quickly became "hey, we can do something similar in Azure, right?" The answer is yes, and no, and yes. Let me explain. My instant assumption was "yes", and ultimately, it is true that you can accomplish this behavior. It does, however, require that wherever you host your DNS that points to... (more)

Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuous Availability

If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management.  Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable, manageable datacenter environment.  Ignore these truths, and … well … let’s not even think about those possibilities! The Three Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management All software requires patch updates from time-to-time. All hardware requires firmware updates from time-to-time. If you attempt to dismiss #1 or #2 as being irrelevant to you, you may soon know well one of my favorite quotes: /p> Once we’ve accepted these 3 truths … the questions we have at-hand in enterprise IT management are not “Why apply patches?” nor “How many patches?” And, certainly, we don’t want to be in a situation where we are asking ourselves “How long can I go without applyi... (more)

Building Your Hybrid Cloud

Back for Part 3 of the “Building a Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and myself chat about and demo the latest networking enhancements made in Windows Server 2012 R2. Keith really shows you how Windows Server 2012 R2 offers networks for your virtualization hosts but also your virtual guests.  One of the things that amazed me, is that the configuration steps for the host and guests are nearly identical. __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these FREE downloads! Build Your Lab! Download  Windows Server 2012 R2,  System Center 2012 R2 and  Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and get the best virtualization platform and private cloud management solution on the market. Try it FREE now! Don't Have a Lab? Build Your Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Try Windows Azure for free with no cost or obligations, and use any OS, language,... (more)

Cynergy Continues Global Expansion with Opening of New Offices in Taipei

WASHINGTON and TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Cynergy Systems, Inc., a leader in rich Internet application (RIA) design and development, today announced the opening of its newest office in Taipei, Taiwan. In the past four months, the company has expanded nationally and internationally, with new offices in Rochester, N.Y., and Sydney, Australia. Cynergy has appointed Jeremy Lu as country manager, in charge of the new Taipei facility. Taipei is Cynergy's eighth office; the company has two offices in Washington, D.C.; and, in addition to Rochester and Sydney, maintains offices in San Diego, Calif.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Dave Wolf, vice president, Cynergy stated, "With the opening of our new Taipei office, we are building on the continued demand for Cynergy designed and developed rich Internet applications, as well as expanding our global... (more)

Intertech Introduces New Courses to Support Microsoft's Launch of Visual Studio 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading software developer training company, Intertech, whose expansive national client list includes NASA, Eastman Kodak, Cargill, and Boeing, has launched a series of instructor- led courses to support Microsoft's latest release of Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008. Full course descriptions are found at http://www.intertech.com/. Leading the .NET instruction team is Andrew Troelsen, an Intertech Partner and Instructor with Intertech. A recognized teaching authority, Troelsen is a published author whose book Pro C# 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform is in its 4th Edition. Among the courses offered from Intertech with complete detail on http://www.intertech.com/ -- C#.NET -- Visual Basic.NET -- ASP.NET -- Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) -- Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) -- Windows Workflo... (more)

Microsoft présente ses partenariats et collaborations sectoriels au Management World 2009

NICE, France, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Cette semaine, à l' occasion du Management World 2009, Microsoft Corp. exhibera la valeur du modèle de partenariat du secteur des télécommunications. Microsoft présentera les résultats de sa collaboration avec Logica, MetraTech Corp., Microsoft Surface, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. et Tribold, en mettant en lumière un nouveau scénario de gestion des recettes, des services, des clients et des produits. (Logo : http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO) << Microsoft possède l'un des programmes de partenariat les plus étendus du secteur, et nous nous consacrons à impulser l'innovation par le biais d'investissements dans notre écosystème de partenaires >>, a déclaré Terry McGuigan, directeur des télécommunications du Secteur Communications de Microsoft. << Dans une économie difficile et un secteur compétitif, il ne s'a... (more)

Bion to Present at Noble Financial Capital Markets' Equity Conference

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB/BB: BNET), an environmental services company that provides cleantech and waste treatment solutions to the livestock industry, announced today that Craig Scott, Bion's Vice President – Capital Markets, will present at "NINE" – Noble Financial Capital Markets' Ninth Annual Equity Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, on Tuesday, January 22nd at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. At the time of the presentation, a live audio and high-definition video webcast of Bion's presentation and a copy of the presentation materials will be available on the Company's web site, www.biontech.com, or through the Noble Financial websites: www.noblefcm.com, or www.nobleresearch.com/NINE/home.htm. Bion recommends registering at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation to ensure ti... (more)

VIZIO Prevails in Patent Troll Case, Again

IRVINE, Calif., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO announced the United States District Court of the Central District of California, Hon. Mariana Pfaelzer presiding, granted summary judgment of invalidity on a patent held by Lochner Technologies LLC, ruling all the asserted claims are invalid. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090204/LA66605LOGO) "We are gratified that the ill-advised tactics of the patent troll community continue to falter and are being rejected by the U.S. authorities.  The Court's most recent ruling is yet another vindication of VIZIO's position, in a long list of VIZIO victories in battling patent trolls and the apparent extortion attempts," said Jerry Huang, VIZIO General Counsel, Vice President of Legal Affairs.  "As an intellectual property rights owner, VIZIO respects such rights and their proper exercise.  VIZIO has demonstrated it... (more)

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The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Druva is the global leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, delivering the industry's first data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence-dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's...
BMC has unmatched experience in IT management, supporting 92 of the Forbes Global 100, and earning recognition as an ITSM Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for five years running. Our solutions offer speed, agility, and efficiency to tackle business challenges in the areas of service management, automation, operations, and the mainframe.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
DSR is a supplier of project management, consultancy services and IT solutions that increase effectiveness of a company's operations in the production sector. The company combines in-depth knowledge of international companies with expert knowledge utilising IT tools that support manufacturing and distribution processes. DSR ensures optimization and integration of internal processes which is necessary for companies to grow rapidly. The rapid growth is possible thanks, to specialized services an...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...