The top internet news stories on IT, Cloud, and Microsoft business solutions.
TechEd 2013: Microsoft preps system software for cloud usage. At the annual TechEd conference last week, Microsoft focused on its plans to better integrate Azure-hosted cloud services, introducing Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, Visual Studio 2013 and SQL Server 2014 (from NetworkWorld.com).
Microsoft Finds a New Way to Deliver a Private Cloud in a Box. Microsoft has released its Windows Azure Pack, after three years of development. The long-awaited Windows Azure Services for Windows Server is now delivered in a box, including features such as a management portal, service management programming interface, virtual machines service, and more(from zd.net).
Windows 8.1 Adds New Features for Businesses. Microsoft announced its plans for making Windows 8.1 more useful for businesses and enterprise IT departments, including new BYOD tools, selective remote wipe, NFC tap-to-pair printing, and more (from TechCruch.com).
Windows Server 2012 Bulks up on Storage and Networking. The impending release of Windows Server 2012 R2 offers advanced storage and networking capabilities that no longer require the purchase of additional software or a full-fledged storage system. Other new features include a self-service cloud portal, automated tiering, and deduplication (from ComputerWorld.com).
Take a Video Tour of Windows 8.1. Microsoft’s impending Windows 8 update is now available as a video tour. Experience a preview of the new features, including improvements to the search tool, app sorting, and start screen (from cnet.com).