The week’s top internet news stories covering IT, enterprise, and Microsoft business solutions.
Bing-powered Windows 8.1 heralds a better, smarter Microsoft. Windows 8 relied on Bing-based apps that ran on Windows 8 OS, while Windows 8.1 integrates app-like features as part of the actual operating system (from ArsTechinca.com).
Microsoft Build: From Windows 8.1 To Xbox. In addition to launching a public preview of Windows 8.1 at its Build conference in San Francisco, Microsoft also discussed plans to open Bing as a development platform in order to create a more unified experience across the Windows ecosystem, from desktops to smartphones (from Information Week).
Microsoft’s Bing gets a ‘Search by License’ option that lets you filter images by usage rights. Bing updates now allow searchers to filter images based on whether or not they can be used on other websites under the Creative Commons License (from The Next Web).
Microsoft CRM apps for iPad, Windows 8 on track for fall 2013. This fall, Microsoft will release a mobile version of Dynamics CRM for iPad and Windows 8, as part of the Dynamics CRM update called “Orion” (from ZDNet.com).
Microsoft reorg would expand roles of key execs. Although the details of Microsoft’s impending company overhaul are unclear, it will expand the roles of top-level executives heading up key areas such as Skype and Windows OS (from cnet.com).
Microsoft Bulks Up Azure to Make it Easier to Build, Expand Cloud Services. Microsoft is making it easier for applications to integrate Office 365 features, including the ability for business apps to automate the availability of services based on demand (from CIO.com).
Facebook for Windows Phone Gets a Facelift. The new Facebook app for Windows Phone has received a complete overhaul to include Timeline, post sharing, high-resolution images, and more (from The Next Web).
Microsoft: Hadoop 'Cornerstone' Of Big Data's Future. Microsoft’s big-data open-source platform, Hadoop, will play a crucial role in improved business intelligence and security and management, as Microsoft looks to the future of its enterprise products and services (from Information Week).