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Microsoft Product & Partner News
By SuperUser Account on 12/27/2011 11:11 AM
The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, which begins on January 9th, will be one of the largest trade shows ever, as start-ups and industry giants alike unveil their latest products in Las Vegas. As Venturebeat reported:
The biggest U.S. tech trade show (officially called the 2012 International CES) will draw an estimated 149,000 attendees to Las Vegas this year, about the same number as attended in January 2011 and not far from the record of 152,000 set in 2006. The big deal will be the Ultrabook, a full-fledged thin computer that turns on instantly.
By SuperUser Account on 12/27/2011 11:04 AM
When evaluating ERP software in the cloud there seem to be almost as many licensing options as there are ERP cloud providers. Be sure that you are comparing apples to apples when you evaluate your vendors. Services can be a key factor in your ERP implementation success, so define your requirements and explain your expectations clearly. Here are 3 tips to understand licensing costs for ERP software in the cloud:
1. What options do I have in licensing ERP software in the cloud? There are a number of ways that vendors are currently licensing cloud based ERP. With a subscription model, you pay a monthly fee — generally user based — for license to use the software. With a hosting model, you can own the software while the application is supported in a cloud environment.
2. Is the yearly maintenance fee included in the price? If you are paying a monthly subscription fee the maintenance, including upgrades and support, is generally included. If you own the software, as in a hosting model,...
By SuperUser Account on 12/12/2011 8:28 AM
By Vito Pilieci, Postmedia News
OTTAWA - Microsoft Corp. rolled out the new dashboard for its Xbox 360 console on Wednesday, bringing mainstream television programming to millions of Canadian Xbox owners.
The Microsoft logo is seen at the XBOX 360 booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Calif. Microsoft Corp. has just rolled out the new dashboard for its Xbox 360 console.
The company, which has partnered with cable providers in other countries, announced Monday that the Rogers On Demand service, LeafsTV and DisneyXD will all be offering TV content to viewers through the Xbox 360 gaming console.
The initiative is another push by Microsoft to make the Xbox gaming console the heart of entertainment systems. The console has allowed users to play video games and DVDs since it was initially released in 2005.
It was updated early on to allow users to play music and movies stored on a nearby computer. In more recent years, Microsoft has added Facebook connectivity, Netflix and Internet radio to be streamed over the device. The announcement marks the first time the console has streamed TV shows from major networks and providers into the living rooms of Canadian consumers.
"It's been a passion in terms of how we've been evolving the Xbox platform," said Glenn Purkis, Microsoft Canada Xbox Live manager.
By SuperUser Account on 12/12/2011 8:20 AM
B2B and B2C ecommerce platform offers enhanced product configurator for ease of use and tighter integration with ERP and back-end systems
Minneapolis, MN., Dec. 7, 2011—Insite Software
, a leading provider of B2B and B2C ecommerce platforms and shipping solutions, today unveiled its latest release of InsiteCommerce. The ecommerce platform has been extended to provide many new capabilities to improve the platform’s integration with ERP or back-end systems and streamline how organizations manage their product information online. InsiteCommerce’s new standalone product configurator eases the detailed order entry process required by many manufacturers, distributors, and retailers while providing a robust and engaging ecommerce experience for their B2B and B2C customers.
“It is common for our ecommerce clients to want to customize product configurations on their ecommerce sites,” said Brian Strojny, CEO of Insite Software. “While this capability has been supported...
By SuperUser Account on 12/7/2011 2:13 PM
Microsoft has released new details on its Windows Store for Windows 8 -- no it's not called App Storea la Apple -- which will be its online storefront selling applications to run on Windows 8 laptops, desktops and tablets.
The Windows Store will sell "Metro-style" apps. Microsoft Metro is the design language of flat, actively updating "live tile" icons for apps that debuted last year on the Windows Phone 7 operating system, and is making its way over to the Xbox 360 video game system this week in a software update.
Most Windows 8 Metro apps available in the Windows Store should adhere to touch, stylus or keyboard and mouse input, since they'll have to run on traditional PCs and tablets as well.
Microsoft will also have a tiered system of what its cut of an apps revenue will be. Apple famously takes a 30% cut of revenue for all apps sold in its iOS App Store (for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch) and Mac App Store (for Mac computers).
Microsoft will take a similar 30% share of revenue for each app sold in its Windows Store, but once an app passes $25,000 in total revenue, the tech giant will drop its share down to 20% for the remainder of time that the app is sold, the company said in a statement.
By SuperUser Account on 12/5/2011 5:08 PM
|Kinect for Xbox 360 brings voice control to living room entertainment with update that launches Dec. 6.|
REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 4, 2011 — A revolution is happening in the living room. Xbox 360 is transforming how you enjoy TV entertainment and is giving you the power to control it with your voice. The next generation of TV entertainment begins with the announcement by Microsoft Corp. of the launch of an all-new Xbox 360 experience including the first group of new, custom applications from world leading TV and entertainment content providers on Xbox LIVE.
“A new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place — your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With this update, Xbox 360 system owners will experience Kinect voice control integrated with Bing search, making your TV and entertainment experiences more social and personal than ever.”
|The Evolution of Television and Entertainment
|A look at the rapid growth of television content, from the birth of television to current day. The infographic also depicts the evolution of how we find content on TV, from the first remote control in 1960 to finding content on Xbox 360 using voice recognition powered by Kinect and Bing.
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“Microsoft has just built and delivered it: A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search. This is now the benchmark against which all other living room initiatives should be compared,” said James McQuivey of Forrester Research in “Engaged TV: Xbox 360 Leads The Way To A New Video Product Experience,”* Sunday, Dec. 4. “…with more than 57 million people worldwide already sitting on a box that’s about to be upgraded for free, Microsoft has not only built the right experience, it has ensured that it will spread quickly and with devastating effect.”
You Say It, Xbox Finds It
How long does it take you to search and find your favorite movie or TV show? Do you find yourself searching hundreds of channels and multiple services and TV inputs? What if the entertainment you craved was simple, discoverable and exactly what you wanted at that particular moment?
Now, finding your favorite entertainment is easier than ever. Last year, Kinect for Xbox 360 revolutionized controller-free entertainment by letting you use your body and voice to play your favorite games and entertainment, turning you into the controller. The power of Kinect combined with the intelligence of Bing search is turning your voice into the ultimate remote control. With Bing on Xbox, you can use your voice to effortlessly find the games, movies, TV shows and music you want and discover the best offerings on Xbox LIVE, by simply saying what you’re searching for. You say it, Xbox finds it. Beginning tomorrow and over the coming weeks, Bing on Xbox voice search will initially be available in English in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for Zune video, Xbox LIVE Marketplace and select content partners. For those who do not have a Kinect for Xbox 360, text search will be available in Xbox LIVE markets.
By SuperUser Account on 11/10/2011 12:57 PM
There has been plenty of information and hype about cloud computing…with a strong shot of technical jargon thrown in. This straightforward white paper is intended to guide you, the CFO, to ask educated questions as you compare the potential benefits and risks of ERP/accounting software on premises versus in the cloud.
- Cloud Definitions
- Potential Benefits of Cloud ERP
- Common Concerns of Cloud ERP
- Compliance Considerations for Cloud ERP
- Licensing Questions for Cloud ERP
- Sample Cost Comparison for Cloud ERP
- Business Drivers and Deployment Options for Cloud ERP
- Microsoft Dynamics® ERP Solutions in the Cloud
- ERP Panel Papers Contributors
By SuperUser Account on 10/27/2011 11:27 AM
adaQuest introduces an internal enrichment program at no cost to clients
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) October 24, 2011
The first company to offer an innovative solution to the industry-wide shortage of experienced Localization Engineers, adaQuest, Inc. introduces an internal enrichment program at no cost to the client, which provides senior-quality engineers from a pool of available talent.
“Everyone is facing this issue; we are the only ones addressing it,” explains Hiram Machado, CEO and Co-Founder of adaQuest. “Our clients are in need of this expertise. They address that need by coming to companies like us. Most companies have to pass on engineers that are not up to the bar, because that is what is available, but we offer the best possible candidate and offer ongoing training as well.”
By SuperUser Account on 10/26/2011 3:22 PM
Earlier this year in a post about Microsoft Dynamics CRM, IT Business Edge contributor Mike Vizard hit onthe key differentiator in how Microsoft approaches cloud-based CRM. Microsoft, along with other CRM providers, is chasing Salesforce.com, the company that shook up the industry a decade ago by putting CRM in the cloud. In contrast to Salesforce, Vizard said, "Microsoft is building a cloud computing ecosystem where multiple partners will be able to not only deliver Dynamics CRM 2011, but those services can be integrated with Microsoft CRM and other application software running on premise to give customers maximum flexibility."
Microsoft may also find itself chasing Oracle, whichearlier this week acquired RightNow Technologies. Both Oracle and Microsoft seem to be following Salesforce.com's lead (again) into the nascent customer experience management category, adding social elements to their CRM software and strengthening its capabilities to serve customers in new channels like social networks along with traditional ones like call centers.
A CRM Buyer article spotlights Dynamics' new Activity Feeds, configurable, real-time notification streams that allow users to post information and follow feeds of interest. I guess we can thank Mark Zuckerberg for these, which seem to be showing up in all kinds of enterprise software these days, but Salesforce was the first to latch on to the concept when it launched Chatter in late 2009. Microsoft also added a microblogg
By SuperUser Account on 10/26/2011 3:17 PM
For those tired of, say, Firefox with Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announced today the release of Firefox with Bing, a version of the web browser that includes default search settings for Bing.
Firefox with Bing, downloadable here, sets Bing.com as the default browser home page, as well as the default search engine in the search box and location bar.
There are nearly 20 customized versions of Firefox distributed globally by partners including Bing, United Internet, Twitter, Yahoo! and Yandex, according to Mozilla.
Firefox with Bing extends the partnership Mozilla and Microsoft announced last year whereby Bing was included as one of the search engine choices within Firefox.
The Firefox browser is created by Mozilla, a non-profit organization. In recent months, it's captured about 27 percent of the global browser usage, according to website analytics tracker StatCounter.
By SuperUser Account on 8/22/2011 1:32 PM
BY AUSTIN CARR
The reaction to Skype's proposed acquisition of the New York City-based group messaging service GroupMe for $85 million has been nearly universal: Good for Skype. It's the latest in a string of high-profile gambits in the world of social grouping technology. Google+ has made Circles central to its social efforts. Apple has announced plans to launch its own group service, iMessage. And Mark Zuckerberg, whose company recently acquired the group messaging service Beluga, has called grouping friends "the biggest problem in social networking."
In all that excitement it's easy to overlook the fact that Skype is also in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion. That means any decision Skype makes should be viewed as a decision Microsoft would make as well. And Microsoft was well aware of Skype's acquisition of GroupMe, Sandhya Venkatachalam, Skype's head of corporate development, tells Fast Company. There was visibility at all levels of Microsoft including CEO Steve Ballmer. "This is something that's very important for Skype and for our mobile and overall social strategy," says Venkatachalam. "Of course, if and when the acquisition with Microsoft closes, we want to bring this functionality and this strategy to Microsoft and their mobile offerings."
Which means you can expect GroupMe to play a prominent role in Microsoft's social efforts as well.
When I recently spoke to Skype product VP Neil Stevens, he spoke at length about how Skype would become central to Microsoft's mobile efforts. He described how Skype will add deep integration with Windows Phone, at a greater level than with any other mobile OS, and how it will become a unifying force between various Microsoft products such as Windows, Windows Mobile, and Xbox.
By SuperUser Account on 7/26/2011 4:27 PM
Informational event shares how to use InsiteCommerce and its SDK to develop and deliver scalable, high-performing .NET B2B ecommerce sites
Minneapolis, MN., July 26, 2011—Insite Software, a leading provider of B2B and B2C ecommerce platforms and shipping solutions, today announced it is hosting a one-hour informational webinar for the .NET developer community on its Windows Azure-certified ecommerce platform, InsiteCommerce, and the InsiteCommerce Software Development Kit (SDK). The event will take place on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 12:00PM Eastern.
“InsiteCommerce is the fastest growing enterprise B2B ecommerce platform for .NET developers and the only B2B ecommerce platform certified for Windows Azure,” said Brian Strojny, CEO of Insite Software. “Our SharePoint-friendly platform gives .NET developers the power of the easy-to-use InsiteCommerce SDK to rapidly develop and deliver scalable, high-performing B2B ecommerce projects. We are expanding our partnerships in the .NET development community to help firms confidently deliver a B2B enterprise ecommerce solution to their clients. InsiteCommerce addresses a growing business need that is not being met by today’s available solutions.”
During this webinar, attendees will:
By SuperUser Account on 7/25/2011 8:53 AM
Cloud computing has definitely moved into the mainstream. You now see commercials from Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and others every evening on prime time Cable TV. CNBC has created a Cloud Computing Special Report for investors to learn more about it. Even government agencies are now moving to cloud-based solutions.
Unfortunately, one of the most touted reasons we see for using cloud computing – that it provides universal access to data and applications from the Internet – has nothing to do with what cloud computing actually is. This is simply what web-based applications have been doing since the 1990s. True cloud computing offers a whole lot more. In October 2009, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an excellent definition of cloud computing that calls out five essential characteristics that separate clouds from simple remotely hosted, web-based computing models:
- On-demand self-service
- Broad network access
- Resource pooling
- Rapid elasticity
- Measured service
I know, some of these terms are mouthful – especially to those who do “live and breathe” technology. However, they remove so much of the work and complexity that has so frequently made management of computing so painful and costly:
By SuperUser Account on 7/25/2011 8:49 AM
Published 13:10, 25 July 11
By SuperUser Account on 7/12/2011 11:58 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greenville, SC – July 12, 2011 – AssetPoint, a leading provider of (EAM) Enterprise Asset Management and (CMMS) Computerized Maintenance Management Software solutions, announced it has successfully renewed its Gold Level Competency with Microsoft.
AssetPoint (www.AssetPoint.com) has been a leader in CMMS/EAM solutions for over 30 years, and its TabWare CMMS/EAM solution is designed by maintenance professionals for maintenance professionals. TabWare is easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to own, so companies are able to get up and running in days not months. AssetPoint offers flexible deployment options, including acloud computing solution (SaaS) or on-site for companies who want TabWare on their own servers. TabWare is the leading EAM solution for companies who want full functionality without the expense, resources and time other solutions demand. TabWare is proven to maximize asset performance, resulting in reduced operating costs and higher profit margins.
By SuperUser Account on 7/5/2011 1:14 PM
By Howard Ryan, CEO, Total Alert Systems, Inc.
Mass notification has experienced significant expansion over the last decade. Look no further then some of the most recent tragic events globally and it's not surprising that the standard one-generation-technological-improvement cycle is no longer adequate. Near real-time and instantaneous communication of crucial alerts to in-and-out-of-enterprise recipients are required. Unfortunately, few mass notification technologies can deliver these requirements in a minute or less and also offer continuous updating capability, two criteria that could radically change outcomes in an emergency situation.
Total Alert Systems is a provider of IP-Based mass notification systems publishable alerts across numerous modalities in 30 seconds or less to targeted recipient lists that could number in the thousands. In an emergency, one-to-three minutes for alert publication and 'eventual' alert receipt is unacceptable. During an emergency, events change rapidly. Situational awareness is crucial to help mitigate and diffuse an unfolding crisis. An alert that is received after several minutes (and possibly without knowledge of an updated communication) could become dangerous. A key factor for recent technological advancements in the alerting industry has been the participation through interoperability across IP-Based computer networks. Total Alert Systems is a sponsor-level member at OASIS.
By SuperUser Account on 7/1/2011 7:41 PM
By Aviv Siegel, AtHoc, Inc.
Campuses, government agencies, military and enterprises are facing increased threats from terror, accidents and weather. Legacy fire systems are inadequate and incapable of handling the wide-spectrum of threats. The advent of new communication technologies enabled by Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure presents excellent opportunity to address the challenge.
Protecting, informing and accounting for people quickly and effectively during emergencies is the problem addressed by AtHoc Emergency Mass Notification System (EMNS). AtHoc IWSAlerts™ network-centric mass notification currently represents the state-of-the-art in emergency alerting technology. It leverages the ubiquitous IP network and transforms an organization’s existing IP network and its connected devices into a rapid and pervasive emergency notification system. A net-centric unified notification system can reach people through multiple redundant channels in minutes—with detailed information for a safe course of action. Additionally, emergency managers can provide detailed instructions for action to all personnel and receive feedback to ensure a safe response--a capability absent on traditional passive alerting systems.
By SuperUser Account on 7/1/2011 7:34 PM
Microsoft-centric solution provides .NET developers with advanced cloud computing solution and SDK for more profitable and rapid ecommerce deployments
Minneapolis, MN., June 29, 2011—Insite Software, a leading provider of B2B and B2C ecommerce platforms and shipping solutions, today announced that Microsoft Corporation has certified InsiteCommerce as one of the first enterprise B2B ecommerce platform powered by Windows Azure for cloud computing. The latest version of InsiteCommerce provides the Microsoft .NET development community and design agencies with advanced cloud deployment and an easy-to-use SDK allowing firms to rapidly develop and deliver scalable, high performing, B2B ecommerce projects for their manufacturing, distribution and retail clients.
“.NET developers have been looking for a reliable, scalable, ecommerce platform that delivers the B2B capabilities in the cloud, as Microsoft Commerce Server does not currently support the Windows Azure platform,” said Brian Strojny, CEO of Insite Software. “InsiteCommerce is designed for cloud computing and leverages the benefits of Windows Azure to help developers provide faster, scalable and more profitable B2B ecommerce deployments. We are pleased to be one of the first enterprise B2B ecommerce platforms certified by Microsoft and look forward to working more closely with the .NET development community.”
By SuperUser Account on 6/7/2011 11:55 AM
Apple's iCloud promises to sync every document and every edit across multiple devices but Apple's idea of every document is every iWork document. If iCloud doesn't play nice with Microsoft Office, it doesn't stand a chance to replace other syncing and file-sharing software, like Dropbox, Box.net and Microsoft's own Windows Live SkyDrive.
Apple's decision to build its iCloud Storage APIs around iWork -- Keynote, Pages and Numbers -- makes a lot of sense. The company has been fortifying its product and lifestyle ecosystem for a long time and iCloud is another incentive to streamline your productivity by purchasing Apple products. But Microsoft Office isn't going anywhere; Forrester Research stated that as of 2009, 80 percent of the enterprise is using some form of Microsoft Office, with 64 percent using Office 2007.
By SuperUser Account on 6/7/2011 11:52 AM
Microsoft and Facebook are throwing their weight behind the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger that would consolidate the wireless industry.
"The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it," the companies wrote in a Monday letter to the Federal Communications Commission. Several other companies signed on to the letter, including phone technology company Avaya, software and server company Oracle, Blackberry maker Research in Motion, mobile chip maker Qualcomm and Brocade.
Microsoft provided a copy of the letter. Missing in action on the letter: Google and Apple. Out of all the big technology companies, Apple has the most intimate working relationship with AT&T because the iPhone was for a long time exclusive to the AT&T. Google's Android software is the fastest growing mobile platform with 100 million users.
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