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Microsoft is making available new versions of its Office apps for iPads and iPhones, and is making more of the core Office functionality available for free to consumers.
Microsoft is opening up its preview program for Office for Android and plans to deliver the final version of the suite in early 2015.
Microsoft is preparing to release a preview of a new version of its Azure SQL database before year-end which is aimed at simplifying the move of database applications to the cloud.
Microsoft and Dropbox are partnering to improve integration between Dropbox and Microsoft Office.
Microsoft is making a new per-user Windows licensing option available to its enterprise customers which may help simplify bring-your-own-device scenarios involving Windows, iOS and Android.
Microsoft's latest CRM release, Dynamics CRM 2015, will be available in December 2014 and will feature built-in support for Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant.
Microsoft is seeking testers for its Skype Translator real-time video translation service, which will be available in limited preview form before year-end.
Microsoft is slowly continuing to expand availability of its Surface Pro 3 tablets by expanding its reseller ranks, as well as getting the devices on the U.S. GSA government schedule.
Microsoft's fitness band may be the first device to leverage the coming Windows 10 Internet of Things operating system, as well as a number of brand-new Azure cloud services.
Microsoft's Azure team is moving toward remaking the platform as a service part of Azure so that it is more 'microservice oriented,' says Mark Russinovich, the Azure Chief Technology Officer.
Microsoft is laying off its third wave of 18,000 employees it announced it would cut over the course of a year.
Another new Microsoft Azure service now in preview is aimed at helping developers integrate and get insights from their disparate data sources more easily.
Microsoft is targeting the second half of calendar 2015 as its latest release target for both its next-generation Office client and server applications.
Microsoft officials are revealing a few more of the Windows 10 features testers should expect in the coming months.
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