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Yammer Roadmap Updated, SharePoint Integrations Loom

Yammer Roadmap Updated, SharePoint Integrations LoomSocial network Yammer is nearing the 8 million user level, and Microsoft has updated the product road map to include further SharePoint integration, and greater email compatibility.

Microsoft, Oracle Partnerships Offers Oracle Software On Azure, Hyper-V

Even if expected, the announcement last night of Oracle and Microsoft’s new partnership is still surprising in how far it actually goes. Announced at the ongoing Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, it means that from here on in Oracle’s software will be able to run on the Azure cloud, as well as the Hyper-V virtualization platform.

Microsoft Ready to Reconstruct at Build 2013 #bldwin

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Microsoft has a lot on its plate for BUILD 2013, needing to get back on track with Windows 8.1 while pushing the next generation of SharePoint and developer tools. Can the company generate new momentum, or are developers now entrenched in their own particular ecosystems? 

 

Oracle To Unveil Microsoft, Salesforce, NetSuite Partnerships As Revenues Stagnate

Oracle, earning, microsoft, salesforce Quarterly figures and earnings calls are never dull with Oracle. While Q4 figures announced last night were unexceptional and showed Oracle’s revenues flat and stagnant, it was Larry Ellison’s reaction that set pulses racing. The response to current stagnation is new cloud partnerships with Microsoft, Salesforce and NetSuite.

Microsoft Walks Away From Nokia's Mobile Business, Huawei Still Willing

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Nokia Lumia 925

While Nokia’s troubles have been in the public domain for quite a while now, solutions to those problems have been slow in coming. However, shares in the struggling mobile giant were up over night after reports emerged that Microsoft held talks with Nokia with a view to buying the mobile business.

Microsoft Not Buying Nokia, Huawei May Step In (If It Drops Windows Phone)?

nokia microsoft huawei buyoutNokia's future has looked brighter in recent months with strong sales of Asha phones around the world and more interest in the growing Lumia family here. But its long-term partnership with Microsoft could be under threat now that talks about an acquisition have broken down. 

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure, cloud compting If Microsoft has been pumping up the Azure offering by slashing prices, it has also been adding to its appeal by adding new products. This week it has announced the addition of two of its ERP solutions to the cloud, including Dynamics GP 2013 and Nav 2013. 

Microsoft Slams Door on Outlook.com Linked Accounts Due to Security Weakness

Microsoft Shuts Down Outlook Linked AccountsMicrosoft kills linked accounts functionality in Outlook.com

When Microsoft introduced Outlook.com as a Hotmail replacement that was equally good as both a personal and business email service, it also introduced linked accounts. Microsoft, however, has changed its mind about linked accounts and will scrap this functionality at the end of July.

Skype Video Messaging Service Becomes Generally Available

Mobile Enterprise: Skype Video Messaging

After a four month beta test run, Skype today announced that its video messaging feature will now be available for all users.

Microsoft Releases Office for iPhone, 365 Account Required

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After years of will they/won't they, Microsoft has finally released an Office app for the iPhone (usable, but not optimized for the iPad), finally bringing its platform agnostic play to Apple devices. 

Microsoft To Open 600 Mini-Stores in Best Buy, Continues to Poke the iPad in Adverts

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Microsoft is running with the "if you build it they will come" theme, by opening up 600 mini-stores within Best Buy shops to get people interested in new Windows products and the Xbox One console. On the way, it can't help but have a dig at Apple's iPad in its latest advert. 

Data Warehouse = Relic? What Cloudera, Microsoft, Pivotal, SAP, Teradata, WANdisco Have to Say

When there’s disruption in an industry, bold statements are made. And in an era of Big Data, we seem to be hearing them all the time.

Document Management Roll-up: Adobe EchoSign iOS Upgrades, Axceler Aids SP2013 Migration

There was a number of interesting releases this week. Axceler is preparing enterprises for SharePoint 2013, while Adobe has upgraded its EchoSign iOS app and Kofax added analytics to its data capture program. Meanwhile, KonwledgeLake has also upgraded Connect.

Business Intelligence Software Sales Hit Black Ice As New Players Threaten To Shatter Market

At the end of last week Gartner published two different statements that contain all kinds of interesting facts and figures that together show that sales figures for  business intelligence (BI) applications have taken a dramatic nose-dive. The market, it says, is being hit by the triple whammy of poor economic conditions, enterprise confusion over analytics and big data, and signs of market fragmentation caused by new entrants with funky new offerings.

How Worried Should You Be About the NSA's PRISM System Watching You?

How Worried Should You Be About the NSA's PRISM System Watching You?

To paraphrase The Police song (which is apparently the NSA's hold and dial-in teleconference music), "Every Key You Press, The Government is Watching You", as leaked documents show the NSA has full access to most social media and search sites. 

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