17 oktober 2016

Cloud computing will help people transform the world

Microsoft’s chief executive has used a speech in the UK to hail cloud computing as a powerful tool that will help people transform the world.

Speaking at Microsoft’s Transform conference in London, Satya Nadella said that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will soon become vital parts of society but maintained that they will still be controlled and shaped by humans for our benefit.

“We are not building an AI-first world, we are building a people-first world with AI everywhere,” he told the digital-focused event in Canary Wharf on Thursday. “Ultimately, technology is in the hands of humanity. It is up to us to imagine the future and shape it using technology.”

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 now available

Customers can now broadly acquire the server operating system that accelerates innovation and security of both traditional and cloud-native applications with the general availability of Windows Server 2016, along with System Center 2016.

“As a cloud-ready OS, Windows Server 2016 inherently enables hybrid cloud. It was forged in our own Azure datacenters, learning from the rigorous requirements of a global, public cloud, and includes software-defined capabilities that are fundamental to fast-paced cloud innovation,” writes Mark Jewett, senior director of product marketing for Microsoft’s Cloud Platform.

Head over to the Hybrid Cloud blog to find out more about this general release and tune into the Oct. 13 webcast to hear the team behind Windows Server discuss and demo the new security, application and datacenter innovations found in Windows Server 2016.

by Microsoft News

Understanding the geography of malware

Threat patterns are constantly shifting, and our latest security intelligence report zeroes in on some of the world’s malware hot spots. For more than 10 years, Microsoft has carefully studied the evolving cyber threat landscape and shared findings with the wider security community. We base our analysis on one of the most complete security data sets in the world, which includes data gathered from more than 600 million computers worldwide.

Microsoft collects, analyzes and reports detailed data related to exploits, vulnerabilities and malware twice a year in our Security Intelligence Report (SIR). We determine malware infection rates using the computers cleaned per mille (thousand) formula. This method represents the number of computers cleaned for every 1,000 executions of the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), a free tool distributed by Microsoft that removes more than 200 highly prevalent or serious threats from computers.

Office 365: New features for administration

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking the new Office 365 admin center out of preview. Since the first preview in September 2015, the new admin center has provided admins with an improved management experience that makes it easier and faster for you to manage Office 365 while providing new capabilities and insights.

The new Office 365 admin center reaches general availability

Over the last years, Office 365 has been evolving at a rapid pace, making more features and functionality available to users and admins on an almost daily basis. Over 350 new services and features were introduced last year alone. As we continue to add new capabilities to Office 365, we are focused on providing a first-class admin experience with tools to efficiently manage all aspects of the service. The new admin center has been designed to support this rapid growth and will continue to improve as the service further evolves.

We’d like to again thank each one of you who has provided feedback on the new admin center. Over the last year, we have received more than 49,000 pieces of feedback that have helped us identify gaps, fix bugs and evolve the new admin center to a management experience that meets the needs of all company sizes. And it’s great to hear how it’s already making your work easier:

Top 12 Questions About the New Streamlined Microsoft Certification Paths

1. Q: How does the retirement of MCSE/MCSD certifications released prior to September 2016 impact my MPN Partner status?

A: As long as your current MCSE/MCSD certifications are active on the date of MPN renewal, you will still fulfill your competency's current technical requirements. Remember that you can use the corresponding recertification exam for all previous MCSE/MCSD specialties or the Recert through MVA option for a select number of specialties (MCSE: SharePoint, Messaging, Communication, Data Platform, and Business Intelligence)

30 september 2016

Azure pricing and services updates

Azure DNS generally available
  Available for use in all public Azure regions, Azure DNS lets customers host their Domain Name System (DNS) domains in Azure and manage DNS records using the same credentials, APIs, tools, billing, and support as their other Azure services. Azure DNS also incorporates enterprise-grade security features in Azure Resource Manager for two-factor authentication, role-based access control, and detailed audit logs. Azure DNS uses a global network of name servers for extremely high performance and availability, now backed by a 99.99 percent availability service-level agreement (SLA). Azure DNS pricing is based on the number of hosted DNS zones and the number of DNS queries received (in millions); general availability pricing will go into effect November 1, 2016.

Azure Virtual Network Peering generally available
Virtual network peering for Azure Virtual Network lets customers directly link virtual machines in two virtual networks in the same region through private IP addresses, as if they were part of the same network. Virtual network peering routes packets through the internal Azure backbone network—without any gateway in the path. This allows for low-latency, high-bandwidth connections between virtual machines in different virtual networks. Virtual network peering also allows transit through the peered virtual networks, so a network virtual appliance or a VPN gateway in one virtual network can be used by a virtual machine in another peered virtual network. Peering works across virtual networks in different subscriptions and between an Azure Resource Manager (V2) and Azure Classic (V1) virtual network. It does not work between two Azure Classic virtual networks. For more information, please visit the VNet peering documentation webpage.

25 september 2016

Europese datacenters Microsoft met verhoogde privacy van start

Microsoft biedt sinds deze week clouddiensten aan vanuit twee nieuwe Duitse datacenters, waarbij Amerikaanse autoriteiten minder vlug een kijkje zullen kunnen nemen naar de bewaarde gegevens.

22 september 2016

Bedrijven halen veel nieuwe malware binnen

Uit een onderzoek van Check Point Software Technologies blijkt dat iedere dag bijna een miljoen nieuwe malware op de wereld wordt losgelaten. Dit heeft een rechtstreeks verband met het aantal succesvolle malware-aanvallen op bedrijven. 

15 september 2016

New usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online

Since the first rollout of the usage activity dashboard in March, we’ve continued our work to provide you with a better reporting experience. Many of the old usage reports have now been migrated to the new admin center. Today, we are happy to announce three new usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online, which provide you with additional insights about how end users in your organization are using and adopting Office 365.

4 must-haves in setting up a business email like an IT pro

Email haters, beware! A recent survey has proven that email is the top tool used for communication at work and will increase in importance during the next five years. The survey also showed that employees spend 3.2 hours each day checking work-related emails. A separate study by The Radicati Group declared that an average of 122 business emails were sent and received per user per day last year.

What does all this data mean? It’s a good reminder that email is, and will continue to be, a mission-critical application for any business—whether small or large. When setting up a business email solution, there are many factors to consider, especially if yours is a small or midsized company targeted to grow in the next few years.

To find the best email service for your business, only consider those that meet the following must-have criteria:
  1. Hosted email solution—There are two main options for business email setup: in-house and hosted email. For many businesses, the total cost of ownership related to in-house email does not make good financial sense. It might mean imposed storage limits, which are inconvenient to your employees, and it translates into your company being responsible for upgrades and backups. However, when you use a hosted email solution, email hosting services take the burden of operation from your IT team’s shoulders. Hosted email service for business users also can provide dynamic storage options and scale to meet your company where it is in its growth cycle.
  2. Adequate server space—Depending on how large your company is and how much email storage it needs, you will need to choose between shared and dedicated hosting. Many small companies start with shared hosting—which means your physical server is used by multiple tenants—because it is extremely affordable and still provides all the benefits of email hosting services, including security, reliability and privacy. When that shared server space is no longer enough, companies can scale up to dedicated email servers for business. There is often more customization available with a dedicated solution too.
  3. Mobile access—In today’s fast-paced business world, compatibility between your email solution and your workers’ mobile devices is crucial. Not only is it necessary for your employees to be able to access their business emails when away from their desks, it’s also important that you consider an email solution with mobile calendar and document sharing capabilities. In addition, make a selection that is consistently upgraded for mobile technology and allows for syncing with other devices.
  4. A solid provider—When selecting an email service for business purposes, the “who” is just as important as the “what.” Choose a company you can trust, with years of proven experience providing superb email hosting services. Specifically, look for a provider with a strong uptime guarantee, high reliability and fantastic security. The provider’s email solution should make your employees’ jobs easier, including features such as integration between the calendar, contacts and files; a shared calendar feature; and 24/7 support from experts.
It’s fairly evident that email isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Organizations should take great care when setting up a business email solution in order to increase efficiency and have a positive effect on the bottom line.

If your looking for a IT team to provide your business with an email solution, you've found one. Contact us for a free quote.