For customers still using Windows Server 2003, now is the time to migrate

It’s hard to believe it has been 12 years since we released Windows Server 2003. Back in 2003, Windows Server 2003 was the first server operating system launched after the Trustworthy Computing Initiative was announced and it introduced server roles. It had a recommended minimum processor speed of 550 MHz, and up to 4GB of RAM supported in the 32-bit version, taking advantage of the new hardware that was then … Read more »

A data culture for everyone

In a mobile first, cloud first world, one of the most fascinating truths is that data is not only consumed but also generated at accelerating rates and exponentially increasing quantities. As computing becomes ubiquitous, engineers and developers are creating new form factors and cloud services that fit into all the nooks and crannies of everyday life. Car dashboards, light switches, HVAC systems, sneakers, etc. Nearly all interactions and experiences between … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Jan. 17th Edition— Microsoft devices and services open new doors at the National Retail Federation convention

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s presence at the National Retail Federation convention, the company’s partnership with GoDaddy and how Office 365 is among the services companies such as RCS MediaGroup and Coles are using to modernize communications infrastructures and keep mobile employees plugged in. More than 30,000 retailers from around the world recently packed New York City’s Javits Center for the National Retail Federation’s … Read more »

Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!

The following post is from Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. On Wednesday at Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York, I joined Cisco CEO John Chambers to announce an expanded partnership between our two companies. Microsoft and Cisco have a long history of collaborating to help customers address business and technology challenges. Together, we helped customers embrace IP-based client server computing and, most recently, … Read more »

Window Server for Embedded Systems now available to take on the most critical challenges

On Friday Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems became generally available. “We think this is going to become the product for purpose-built, next-generation, enterprise class server appliances,” said Partha Srinivasan, product manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products in a post on the Windows Embedded Blog. “With this edition, enterprises and OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] now have a lot more capabilities and a host of improvements they can leverage … Read more »

Weekend Reading: October 11th Edition–Exclusive interviews with the folks behind big Xbox titles

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on interviews that shed light on top Xbox games, the launch of a new wave of enterprise cloud products and services, and major updates to apps for social networking powerhouses. The Xbox world was abuzz with interviews of people behind top games. For fans of “FIFA 14,” there’s an Xbox Wire exclusive interview with the game’s producer, Santiago Jaramillo. NFL followers … Read more »

Mirror, mirror on the wall (at the Seattle Art Museum)

In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon takes you to a permanent video art installation at the Seattle Art Museum. Powered by Windows, it gives onlookers a constantly changing reflection of the city around them through pre-recorded video scenes of the urban landscape. Next time you’re passing by the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle at the corner of First and Union, look up. (This is one … Read more »

Developers and IT pros: Download Windows 8.1 RTM, Visual Studio 2013 RC and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM now

Starting Sept. 9, Microsoft is extending availability of the current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 release to manufacturing (RTM) builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. Additionally, Microsoft is making available the Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate, which you can download … Read more »

Save the date: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune update coming Oct. 18

The R2 wave is upon us! Microsoft will release Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows System Center 2012 R2 and the latest update to Windows Intune on Oct. 18, the same day Windows 8.1 will be released. According to Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Server and System Center Brad Anderson, it’s no coincidence that all four updates will be available on the same day. “Just a few weeks ago I … Read more »

Let’s get the Windows 8.1 party started

The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. I’ve spent the last 48 hours or so at the Moscone Center. After the past 45 days, I bet the staff there could crank out some code on their own. As I watched our keynotes and attended sessions, it struck me that within the past 45 days more than 15,000 developers from all … Read more »