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Office 365 to get encrypted storage PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:27

Office 365 to get encrypted storage

During TechEd North America 2014, Microsoft announced new service-level capabilities and consumer controls for Office 365. These new features enable businesses to customize the Office 365 environment based on the specific needs of their organization "With Office 365, we think about security, compliance, and privacy as having two equally important dimensions: service-level capabilities that include technical features, operational procedures, and policies that are enabled by default for customers using the service; and customer controls that include features that enable businesses to customize the Office 365 environment based on the specific needs of their organization," Microsoft stated in an official blog post. There is no denying that security is of utmost concern. Microsoft has already enabled user-level encryption features like S/MIME, Office 365 Messaging encryption, and data loss prevention (DLP) fingerprinting to Office 365 over the past few months...Learn if there is more to this at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Microsoft second largest cloud service provider PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:23

second largest cloud service provider

Microsoft is now the second-largest cloud services provider after Amazon, pulling away from the chasing pack that included Google, IBM, and salesforce.com. In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, Microsoft had a blistering 154% year-over-year growth. The company's cloud services consist of IaaS, PaaS, and its hybrid cloud. According to Synergy Research Group, Microsoft's cloud infrastructure grew almost 2.3 times faster than Amazon Web Services, or AWS, which recorded 67% growth. IBM's cloud service recorded the second-fastest growth with 80%, Google was fourth with 60%, while Salesforce's cloud grew 37%.  AWS, however, is still the overwhelming leader with 27% share of the market, which is more than the combined market share of Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, and Google, which have 8%, 6.5%, 6%, and 4.5% share of the market, respectively. AWS' quarterly revenue now exceeds $1 billion, with most of it coming from cloud infrastructure services...Check out the complete story on our forum.

 

 
OnePass Concept PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 May 2014 05:19

onepass

Let me introduce you to an idea called OnePass. It's the next big thing, if you look at it from a feature filled perspective. It's also an unofficial concept, so don't go running off telling your friends about it as if it were real. Now that's out the way, let's talk about it shall we? OnePass would allow consumers to pay for Windows, Office, Xbox LIVE, Xbox Music and 100GB of OneDrive storage all for $99 a year. You'll also be able to choose between monthly and semi-yearly subscriptions too, but the yearly subscription will be for the best as it's the cheapest and most convenient. Now, you're probably thinking "How the hell would Microsoft make any money from this?", it's pretty simple if you think about it. Windows is too expensive. $99 for the base-line version of Windows is outrageous, and the industry standard is moving away from paid operating systems. Mac OS X is becoming free, Chrome OS is already free and Microsoft even had to give away Windows 8.1 to Windows 8 users for free...Get caught up on this conceptual idea on our forum.

 

 
May Patch Tuesday Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 May 2014 05:59

May Patch Tuesday

Just like the Patch Tuesday update cycle for last month, when Microsoft pulled the plug off of Windows XP on April 8, this month’s batch of fixes promises to be equally notable. This is the first Patch Tuesday release without any fixes for Windows XP. And although Redmond did well in fixing a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability on Windows XP earlier this month (or otherwise), the retired operating platform is officially out in this new rollout. Microsoft have put up a new advisory for the monthly Patch Tuesday cycle that takes place on May 13 this time around, and users are set to be provided with eight different security updates next week. Elaborate details are missing, obviously, for security reasons, but six of these updates are considered Important, while two come with the Critical tag.Windows, Internet Explorer, Office Web Apps, SharePoint Server are all in line to receive updates. Speaking of the date, May 13 is also important as this is the day when the software titan will stop providing updates to Windows 8.1 users, unless they have installed Windows 8.1 Update...Read more on our forum.

 

 
Microsoft and others take stand against FCC PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 17:26

Microsoft and others take stand against FCC

A sizable coalition of technology companies has today taken a stand in favor of net neutrality in the form of a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The group, led by giants including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo, challenges a proposal the FCC is considering that threatens net neutrality. While the letter does not explicitly mention a course of action — like calling on the FCC to regulate internet service providers as utilities — the coalition strongly espouses the benefits of an open internet. "The Commission's long-standing commitment and actions undertaken to protect the open internet are a central reason why the internet remains an engine of entrepreneurship and economic growth," the group writes. The letter marks a first time some influential tech companies, like Amazon, have formally expressed a stance on net neutrality regulations since news of the FCC proposal broke on April 23rd...Get fully informed on this hot issue at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
3,700 Blu-Rays on cassette tape PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 May 2014 16:45

cassette tape

There was a time, in computing’s not-so-distant past, where magnetic tape was the best way to back up large amounts of data. In the mid-90s, tape could store tens or hundreds of gigabytes, while hard drive capacities were still mostly measured in megabytes. That would soon change, of course, with the advent of writable optical media and cheap, large hard drives, but even today tape drives still hang around as one of the best options for mass data backup. Now, Sony has developed a new technology that pushes tape drives far beyond where they once were, leading to individual tapes with 185 terabytes of storage capacity. Back in 2010, the standing record for how much data magnetic tape could store was 29.5GB per square inch. To compare, a standard dual-layer Blu-ray disc can hold 25GB per layer — this is why big budget, current-gen video games can clock in at around 40 or 50GB.That, however, is an entire disc, whereas magnetic tape could store more than half of that capacity in one little square inch...More detailed reading can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
“Kill Switch” Bill Approved PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 May 2014 06:08

“Kill Switch” Bill Approved

A California bill that mandates smartphones sold in the state come preloaded with antitheft software cleared its first legislative hurdle on Thursday. SB962, introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, asks that device makers including Apple and Samsung put so-called "kill-switch" technology on every smartphone and have the switch automatically turned on when people buy a phone. A kill switch lets users lock the phone if it is stolen, making it inoperable. The bill, which was initially shot down by senators on April 24 -- now has to make it through the California Assembly. Eventually it will need to be approved by California Gov. Jerry Brown, as well. The bill is in response to a rising tide in smartphone theft. According to a study released by the mobile security firm Lookout on Wednesday, one in 10 smartphone owners in the US has had a phone stolen. In 2013, 3.1 million Americans were the victims of smartphone theft...For more and a link to the full bill is posted at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
4K Ultra HD Gaming PC PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 May 2014 04:53

4K Ultra HD Gaming PC

The next-generation of monitor technology is upon us, quadrupling the number pixels our monitors can manifest and placing a heavy burden on our beleaguered video cards. What does it take to put together a 4K-ready gaming PC? Let's find out, with a little help from AMD. I first reached out to AMD about the possibilities of exploring 4K monitor technology in the fall of last year. It had been nearly a decade since I'd laid hands on a system that didn't have an Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics card of some sort in it — I'd been sticking to my comfort zone. But with more and more boutique PC makers turning to AMD's Radeon R9 series of graphics cards and the company's exciting Mantle technology hitting the scene, I felt it was time to see how the other half lived. The initial idea was for me to try out a pre-built loaner system and monitor...Thinking about going 4KUHD check your bank account and read this post at windows8newsinfonews forum.

 

 

 
Microsoft Holding “Small” Surface Gathering PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 03:28

surface mini

Microsoft will hold a Surface-focused event on May 20 in New York City. Via Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass, the Redmond-based company is ready to pull back the curtain on its next-generation tablet; it’s unclear, however, if we’ll see a successor to the Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 combo, or simply a smaller device, which has been rumored for longer than the Earth is old. The small tablet market has slowly become the preferred form factor among consumers over the past several months, so it would make sense for Microsoft to throw its hat into a ring that’s currently occupied with devices from Apple, Samsung and Google. The invite says the event is for a “small” gathering. That’s a pretty heavy hint, Microsoft. Given that the event is being held in just a few weeks, we’re actually impressed nothing of significance has leaked out before these official invites started circulating. Maybe some announcements can be a surprise in the Internet-age...More on this gathering is posted on our forum.

 

 
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