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Savage on IT: Windows 8 Phone and other top IT news stories

Author by James Savage

The week’s top internet news stories covering IT, enterprise, and Microsoft business solutions.

Microsoft to add VPN support to Windows Phone 8 in 2014. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this month, the company announced plans to add a Windows Phone enterprise feature pack for Windows 8 Phone, during the first half of next year (from ZDNet).

Microsoft completes acquisition of InRelease, unveils preview of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013. Microsoft announced that it’s acquisition of InRelease is complete, and it plans to release a preview of InRelease in Visual Studio 2013, with new release management capabilities (from

Microsoft announces sweeping reorganization. Microsoft will cut it’s product divisions, marketing, and finance and business development numbers in half, in order to reorganize the company around engineering, including operating systems, applications and services, cloud and enterprise, and devices and studios (from The Seattle Times).

Meet Terry Myerson, the most important man at Microsoft. He’s the man behind Windows Phone, in addition to heading up Windows and Xbox. With Microsoft’s new restructuring and focus, he just became even more important (from The Verge).

Microsoft delivers an overdue progress report on its Office 365 upgrade push. Some Office 365 customers are still waiting for an upgrade to start using the new suite of hosted apps. Microsoft announced on July 5 that it will move the remaining  Office 365 users to the new system over the next few months, with plans to give administrators one month’s advance notice (from ZDNet).

Microsoft offers new hints on Surface, Skype, Windows Phone. Microsoft has a lot planned for fiscal year 2014, including the release of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Visual Studio 2013, SQL Server 2014, and System Center 2012 R2. It also announced new plans for Skype, Windows Phone, Surface, Dynamics, and Office (from

20 People Who Changed Tech: Max Hopper And The CIOs. Learn who created the CIO and discover the people that transformed technology into concrete business solutions (from Information Week).

Microsoft's profit jab vs. Does it hold up? Microsoft is entering its biggest innovation year ever. COO Kevin Turner explains why software-as-a-service companies don’t always fair as well as cloud companies (from ZDNet).


James Savage

James Savage is the President of Concurrency, Inc., an information technology solution company he founded 1989. Its customers are among the most successful communication, construction, financial, insurance, logistics, and manufacturing companies in the Midwest.