December 23rd, 2010 News Thursday Holiday Edition: Client Technology Preview of Server Application Virtualization on Windows Azure, AVIcode 5.7, Silverlight Enhanced Movies and more Server & Tools news.

Microsoft Releases Client Technology Preview (CTP) of Server Application Virtualization on Windows Azure As previously announced at PDC 2010, Microsoft is now delivering the final Community Technology Preview (CTP) promised by the end of CY2010.  This week, Microsoft is making available an invitation only CTP of Server Application Virtualization and the Server Application Virtualization Packaging… Read more

Microsoft STB Products Recognized as Industry Winners in 2010

Looking back at 2010, the Server and Tools Business yielded numerous product announcements throughout the year. As a result, several publications have identified Server and Tools products as industry winners in annual product awards. Check out the great accomplishments STB products earned in a handful of industry awards this year: Identity Lifecycle Manager took home… Read more

Windows Azure Customer and Partner News

There are many exciting new customers adopting the Windows Azure Platform, earlier this week we announced that Transport for London would move their ‘Trackernet’ application to the Windows Azure Platform and today brings more news from three of Microsoft’s customers and partners, including Novell, ADP and MAQ Software. Today, Novell announced it has joined the… Read more

Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Released: Converging Desktop Security and Management

Today, many organizations have separate endpoint security and management infrastructures, which requires two sets of maintenance efforts, policies, and incident response procedures.  Microsoft today announced the release of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP), the next generation of Forefront Client Security, to help customers align the disciplines of client security and management.  By taking advantage of… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 Used for New Direct Edge Stock Exchange

Direct Edge, a New Jersey-based stock exchange, announced today its use of Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Informatica Ultra Messaging for its new trading platforms. By building its new exchange on technology from Microsoft and Informatica, Direct Edge has reduced its latency by 83 percent, realized substantial cost savings in both… Read more

Transport for London moves to Windows Azure cloud computing platform

Today, Microsoft and Transport for London (TfL) announced the move of TfL’s Developers Area and their new Trackernet data feed to the Windows Azure Platform.   One of the clear benefits for TfL with the Windows Azure Platform is it’s scalability, which is resilient enough to handle several million requests per day and will enable TfL… Read more

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Releases to Manufacturing

Today, Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard edition and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on.  Starting in early January, you will find SBS 2011 Standard and Premium Add-On in volume licensing, and from mid-January you will be able to download a trial copy from our website. Designed… Read more

VMblog 2011 Predictions series: Microsoft walks the cloud talk

VMblog’s 2011 Predictions series asks virtualization and cloud executives to take a look back at trends of the past year, and provide recommendations about what 2011 might bring. Microsoft’s David Greshler shares some thoughtful guidance for IT pros and managers in his blog post installment: “As I see it, virtualization experts are poised to help… Read more

Microsoft Shares Cloud Technology with Top Australian Research Organizations

Microsoft has announced new partnerships with three of Australia’s top research organizations as part of the company’s Global Cloud Research Engagement Initiative launched earlier this year. Partnerships with National ICT Australia (NICTA), The Australian National University (ANU), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will enable scientific researchers across the continent access to… Read more

December 9, 2010 News Thursday: Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1, Windows Azure platform Client Technology Previews … and more Server and Tools news.

Windows Azure Platform Client Technology Previews Now Available As previously announced at PDC 2010, this week, Microsoft is making available limited Community Technology Previews (CTP’s) of SQL Azure Reporting and SQL Azure Data Sync. These capabilities make it easier to move to platform as a service and enhance applications and workloads to take advantage of… Read more