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Win10 Will Offer Continuous Updates #MSIgnite

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Microsoft executives have promised continuous deployment for Windows as far back as 2011, back in the era of Windows 8. But when they were asked back then how they planned to change Windows Update, they fumbled and admitted they weren't changing it at all.

Today at Ignite in Chicago, Microsoft EVP Terry Myerson introduced an audience of admins and developers to the long-awaited Windows Update for Business, which he described as an entirely new mechanism for the distribution of continuous patches for Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10.

What's Up With SharePoint? #MSIgnite

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What's Microsoft have in mind for SharePoint — and what's the future hold as momentum grows behind the SharePoint 2016 release?

Seth Patton, senior director of product management for the SharePoint team, and Bill Baer, a senior technical product manager in the SharePoint product group, answered some of those questions. But many others remain unanswered as the Ignite conference in Chicago continues.

Nadella Shares Microsoft's Mobile Productivity Vision #MSIgnite

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella opened the Ignite conference in Chicago this morning with a promise of what's to come — both in the announcements that will be made over the course of the five day event and in the direction that Microsoft will be taking for the enterprise. 

A hint of this direction can be seen in the announcement of the release of Windows Update for Business.

Nadella Claims 'Breakthrough' in Database Tech #MSIgnite

The storage tier for the next edition of Microsoft SQL Server will pool together on-premise database storage and Azure public storage. The upshot: the ability to stretch the storage location for individual tables to a bypass pool in Azure, while the database manager maintains the underlying index.

During this morning's keynote at Ignite in Chicago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called this little feature “the biggest breakthrough in database technology that you have ever seen.” Those of us who remember SQL being standardized for the first time might respectfully disagree, though the concept of “granular big storage,” to coin a phrase, may indeed be big.

EMC's Vision May Not Be Documentum #EMCWorld

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When EMC's Enterprise Content Division President Rohit Ghai takes the stage at EMC World later today, don’t expect to hear much about Documentum.

Instead Ghai is likely to spend most of his time on stage talking about Project Horizon — it’s a code name for EMC’s next Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform. And though no one yet knows exactly how Project Horizon will eventually be branded, we do know this: very little, if any, of it resembles Documentum— the ECM solution that has lived in Gartner’s ECM Leader’s Quadrant for as long as we can remember.

Current Documentum users need not worry. Documentum isn’t going away any time soon. It’s just not where the future is. After all, Documentum was founded 25 years ago, before the world was cloudy, mobile and social. Before big data and analytics became consumerized. And before companies began to recognize the advantages of leveraging open source.

Encrypt the Whole Web, Mozilla Pleads (Again)

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If the whole web were encrypted by default, communications engineers argued, then malicious actors wouldn’t be able to guess which web sessions were relatively important by whether or not they were encrypted. The technology existed, the standards were in place and most of these engineers were supportive.

It was 1999. And the encrypted web never happened.

In a renewed plea to web developers in April, Mozilla — the makers of the Firefox web browser, which is struggling to regain market share against Google Chrome — put forth to its contributing developers a draft of a four-stage deprecation plan for the use of unencrypted Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) protocol on the web.

Metalogix Wants to Take a Bite Out of Data Loss

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Metalogix announced today that it's putting its new personal information watchdog into technical preview. It's called Sensitive Content Manager (SCM) — and Metalogix promises it will help users raise hell with anyone who abuses your personal information.

It's offered as a standalone product that can be used with competitors products, but it also comes with ControlPoint 6.0, which manages SharePoint governance, permissions, auditing and reporting for SharePoint administration.

Todd Klindt: Ripples of Sadness Over SharePoint

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I can’t always be trusted to take things as seriously as I probably should. It just depends on what’s going through my head at the time, and how much coffee I have had or have not had before I'm asked a question.

But all I can tell you is that when I was asked to share my thoughts about Microsoft's decision to delay the release of SharePoint Server 2016, jackass mode was enabled.

We were all expecting SharePoint 2016 to come out this year, and then Seth Patton, senior director of product management for the SharePoint team, writes this blog post that says SharePoint 2016 will become generally available in the second quarter of 2016, with a public beta plan for the fourth quarter of this year.

I said the news triggered a "ripple of sadness" across the Internet. Looking back, I wish I’d have taken the question more seriously. “Ripple of sadness across the internet” might be a little bit of hyperbole. But there were a lot of disappointed people.

Documentum's Digital Journey Has Begun

You don’t have to tell Rohit Ghai that we’re living in an increasingly mobile-first, cloud-first world. Mention the notion to the chief of EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) and you get the idea that he might be building his new headquarters there.

But we won’t know for sure until Ghai gives keynote at EMC World on Monday (or you read CMSWire hours before his presentation even begins.)

Terms like digital workplace, digital value chain and digital mindset pepper Ghai’s speech when he talks. But what he seems most excited about is the role that content takes in each of the aforementioned. “Content is a force factor in the digital world, it has a critical role to play,” he said.

Here's Your First Glimpse of Office 16 on Windows 10

It was one of the more dramatic U-turns that Microsoft had ever made: undoing the error that was Office Web Apps and providing well-provisioned, fully functional and free versions of the major Office suite applications, first on iPad and later on Android

In fact, Microsoft rolled out the new Office look and feel first on those foreign platforms before dealing with the domestic issue of making Office at home on Windows once again.

Microsoft took the hit for it, waiting until just last February to produce the touchscreen version of Office for tablets that the company had promised back in 2011 for Windows 8. Now that these preview apps are freely downloadable from the Windows Store, desktop PC users everywhere have been wondering how long they have to be stuck driving, if you will, an outdated vehicle.

There is still no final release date, but during the Build 2015 keynote in San Francisco yesterday, developers got their first glimpses of Office 16 (version No. 16 and also, quite likely, 2016) for the classic Win32 desktop platform.

Uncovering Your Content's Value in a Mobile World

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We've got more content at our fingertips than ever before. And the content that we access on our mobile devices is increasingly important for our job responsibilities.

While it's a step in the right direction that enterprises are trying to ensure employees can properly engage with the content they need to be productive, many are losing the fight in the “content is everywhere” paradigm.

Think about it: IDC estimates that the digital universe is doubling every two years and that by 2020 the data we create and replicate annually will reach 44 zettabytes (that's 44 trillion gigabytes). It's no wonder organizations are struggling to reap the full value — or currency — of the content that exists across the enterprise.

'Spartan' Win10 Browser Morphs to 'Edge' #Build2015

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Microsoft confirmed what developers who had peeked into some of Windows 10’s “Project Spartan” files had speculated: The new Windows 10 browser has a new name.

At its Build developers conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced it will rename the new browser engine “Microsoft Edge.”

The new name has the virtue of beginning with “E,” so long-time Windows desktop PC users will recognize the logo: a lower-case “e” with a little wavelet-shape cut in it. It’s different enough to be new, but similar enough to be associated as Microsoft’s native web browser.

Is Microsoft Office Fundamentally Changing? #Build2015

This morning at Microsoft’s annual Build developers conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella announced what he calls a “fundamental change” to the forthcoming Microsoft Office 16. That includes add-ins for Excel and Outlook that developers can craft to run on any platform — including online, in Windows and on the iPad.

An early demonstration of the company’s forthcoming Office add-ins enable an Uber customer to book a ride through what used to be known as an appointment screen.

Demystifying Bimodal IT: 3 Questions Answered

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Managers today understand that keeping up with their agile workforces is the key to staying competitive, no matter what industry they're in. But these employees aren't necessarily making that an easy task.

Employees are turning to an array of collaboration and communication solutions that suit their needs, often regardless of company policies and security standards.

That's why, for large enterprises, to balance the stability of core IT systems and the need for agile IT innovation that meets employees' demands, Gartner recommends a "bimodal IT" approach. Bimodal IT involves having a "traditional" Mode 1 and a "sprinter" Mode 2 which maintains standardized IT elements to keep businesses going, while deploying parallel experimental communication and collaboration solutions.

There's a lot of confusion about how bimodal IT really works, what sets it apart from what organizations are doing today and how it can benefit the enterprise in the long run. Here are some insights into three of the most frequent questions I receive.

Is Microsoft Still Relevant?

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If Microsoft has the tenacity to hold the technology press in suspense for more than a week, with back-to-back conferences (Build this week in San Francisco, Ignite next week in Chicago) — and overflow sessions extending well into Sunday — then you’d think the company should have something very important to say for itself.

“We’re sorry for Windows 8” would be nice enough, but that would take no more than three seconds.

At the time Microsoft adopted its new “four-square” logo in 2012, executives said each color represented one of the company’s “pillars.” Exactly which color stood for what pillar depended upon who you asked, and maybe whether they were forced to hold conference sessions on a Sunday.

Dropbox Wants You to Be More Productive

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When it comes to sharing content in the cloud, Dropbox is the default for many of us.

With 300 million individuals using Dropbox in their personal lives and more than 100,000 businesses having Dropbox for Business accounts, Dropbox is to “file sync and share” what Microsoft Word is to “document”.

Consider that when you enter the term “like Dropbox” into Google you get 405,000 results. Not just that, but last November we learned that there were more than 35 billion Microsoft Office documents stored in the cloud service.

But owning the lion’s share of the marketplace now doesn’t give CEO Drew Houston reason for rest. There are nearly 100 Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) vendors chomping at Dropbox’s heels, after all, each claiming to offer better compliance, security, governance … you name it.

You're Crazy to Move to Office 365 - Without Thinking

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Joe Shepley has called Office 365 a disaster waiting to happen. His logic is that Microsoft and its partners are encouraging firms to migrate their networks to Office 365 without organizing, classifying, purging or adding any information governance.

Shepley contends this puts organizations at greater risk from a compliance standpoint.

Any experienced practitioner in the enterprise content management (ECM) space will tell you that a straight move into any system is a huge mistake. But contrary to what Shepley maintains, it's not a disaster.

Is File Sync & Share ECM's Farm Team?

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The growth of cloud file sync and share (FSS) solutions is one of the success stories of the cloud industry. As consumer adoption of these tools races ahead, many businesses are wondering whether enterprise versions of these tools can deliver a cheap and easy alternative to enterprise content management (ECM) solutions.

Windows 10's New Mail: Is It Outlook or Isn't It?

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It claims to be an app called “Mail for Windows 10.” Microsoft promises it to be the touch-sensitive, yet feature-packed, mail functionality that it failed to provide in Windows 8.

Yet when the new Mail app pops on-screen for the first time, it shows a familiar looking portfolio logo with an “O” on it. Its default email account, even if it’s hosted on a non-Microsoft server, is called “Outlook.” And its background picture, when the preview pane is empty, is an Outlook icon over a clear, blue sky.

Just what is it that we’re looking at: a part of the free upgrade that Microsoft promises Windows 10 will be? Or a peek into a more full-featured package that users may yet be prompted to purchase?

Is Box Planning a New Trick?

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There’s something Aaron Levie can do even better than pulling a rabbit out of a hat — charm VC’s into investing in his ideas.

As the co-founder and CEO of money-losing Enterprise File Sync and Share service Box, Levie, an amateur magician, had to make a big move to assure doubting Wall Street investors that he was on to something big.

Yesterday he began to do exactly that at his company’s developers’ conference in San Francisco. He tried to convince the 1500 plus coders gathered there that Box could provide the platform and the tools they need to become the big enterprise application builders of the future. Sort of like the next Aaron Levies.

His pitch went way beyond bringing tech luminaries like Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Google’s Eric Schmidt onto the stage. He also pulled out a bag of cash. Not his own money, mind you, but that of Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Bessemer Venture Partners and Emergence Capital. They have each committed to invest as much as $20 million into startups that build applications on Box’s platform.

But it will take more than the lure of cash and a pep rally to get developers going. They’ll also need great tools so they can build on Box’s platform.

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