This week’s collection of IT, enterprise, and Microsoft industry news includes stories covering Windows Azure and updates to Lync, Office 365, and Visual Studio.
Microsoft Brings Together 25 Partners For The Cloud OS Network To Drive More Windows Azure Use. The newly-formed Cloud OS Network brings together service providers and system integrators, to offer more widespread services on Windows Azure (from Tech Crunch).
Microsoft Azure: Any way and anywhere you want it. Learn more about Microsoft’s unique approach to the hybrid cloud (from ZDNet).
Microsoft Delivers On Its Hybrid Cloud Promise. The move to the Cloud OS Network gives service providers and their customers more options for cloud solutions (from Forbes).
Windows XP end-of-life migration guide. Organizations still running on Windows XP will need to migrate to a newer version of Windows in the near future, before support for the Windows XP operating system runs out in Spring 2014. This guide will help make the transition easier (from ZDNet).
Microsoft Lync for Windows 8.1 app gets resizable snap mode, in-app contact search and more. Lync was updated last week with new features that improve the overall user experience. Get an overview of the new features (from The Next Web).
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2013 R2 now available. MDOP enhances Windows with it’s virtualization, management, and security technologies. Find the full list of new features available in MDOP 2013 Release 2, for Windows 8.1 (from ZDNet).
Microsoft Produces a Winner in Tablets. Bob Tedeschi’s review of the Surface 2 offers a fresh perspective (from The New York Times).
New Microsoft security tool helps users detect attempted account hacking. New security features improve current systems and bring additional protections to Microsoft accounts (from GeekWire).
Microsoft Build 2014 looks to be April 2-4 in San Francisco. Microsoft has now confirmed this date and location for Build 2014, with registration opening next month (from ZDNet).
Microsoft Delivers Visual Studio 2013.1 RC, Visual Studio Online Update. A number of updates to both platforms were released earlier this month (from eWeek).
Microsoft launches Office 365 Admin for Android and iOS. The Windows Phone app is now available on multiple devices, allowing Office 365 administrators to connect remotely with their organization’s service status (from The Next Web).
Steve Ballmer: The Exit Interview. This look at the Ballmer legacy includes a video interview and 10 print stories on the CEO’s lasting impact (from ZDNet).
Microsoft and NORAD go head-to-head with Google to track Santa this Christmas. Track Santa with Microsoft and NORAD this year. Learn more and link to NORAD Tracks Santa (from The Next Web).