Optus has announced that it will acquire Microsoft partner and IT managed services company Ensyst for AU$13 million.
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Verizon's pitch is that it will offer the largest roster of cloud interconnect partners. HP and Salesforce join Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google.
Microsoft has released a new public preview of Azure Active Directory Connect, a tool for connecting Windows Server AD to Azure AD. It will replace DirSync and the standalone Azure AD Sync tools.
Microsoft has added bitcoin as a payment option for US-based Microsoft account purchases of Xbox games and mobile content, along with other products and services in its Windows Store.
Microsoft will share more about the Windows 10 'consumer experience' at an event on January 21 in Redmond.
Microsoft's Azure Government cloud is now generally available to U.S. government customers. A CRM Online government cloud offering is still on track for early next year.
Microsoft and integrator partner Accenture have jointly funded and developed a hybrid cloud services/software bundle that will be available next year.
Microsoft starting to roll out the promised video federation between its Skype and Lync unified-communications services.
Microsoft is building a new platform called Azure BizTalk Microservices that could be key to what's next for the company on the cloud platform-as-a-service front.
HP has announced an extension of its Office 365 relationship with Microsoft with new business services, as well as Exchange Online hosting capabilities in HP datacenters.
Microsoft officials are attributing a nearly 11-hour Azure outage across a large part of the world earlier this week to a performance update the company made to its Storage services.
Microsoft is bundling together four of its subscription services into a new $199 Work & Play Bundle which it is offering in the U.S. through early January 2015.
Amazon Web Services will clearly launch a bevy of new services next week in Las Vegas, but the elephants in the room will be Google, Microsoft Azure and a crowded field of cloud competition.
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.
The service, using the same engine and signatures as Microsoft's other offerings, is now available to most Azure virtual machines. The software is free, but use of it may cost money.
How do you persuade IT professionals to embrace the cloud? Microsoft thinks it has an answer in Azure's hybrid developments.
Korean mobile device maker is said to be keen to partner SAP and Microsoft to expand the deployment of healthcare services in wearable devices.
The extension to Google Cloud Platform means that Ubuntu is now certified for "every major public cloud," following deployments for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
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.
Another new Microsoft Azure service now in preview is aimed at helping developers integrate and get insights from their disparate data sources more easily.
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