Savage on IT: top news stories from the week and Office 365

Author by James Savage

The week’s top internet news stories related to IT, enterprise, and Microsoft business solutions. 

Microsoft Unveils Its BYOD Strategy at TechEd 2013. Microsoft discussed methods that its shops should adopt in order to manage non-Windows devices, in addition to the growing trend of employees’ use of non-Windows devices for work-related tasks, at it’s annual IT conference earlier this month (from IDG News Service via ComputerWorld.com).

Microsoft Wants to Explain Role in US Data Requests. Along with several other high-tech companies, Microsoft has asked the US government to allow them to provide more public information about the ways it provides data about internet users (from SeattleTimes.com).

Office 365 customers can now replace SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer. Office 365 customers can now replace SharePoint’s online activity feed with Yammer’s, as the first step in its integration point between the two programs, with plans to add Yammer to the main Office 365 interface later this year (from IDG News Service via ComputerWorld.com).

SMBs are Becoming More Comfortable with Cloud. A Microsoft study found that despite small to mid-sized businesses’ general fear of data privacy and security loss from moving operations to the cloud, SMBs are finding the opposite with increased security and better data storage (from InformationWeek.com).

SQL Server 2014: More Than Just In-Memory OLTP. Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 promises in-memory online transaction processing (OLTP) capabilities—along with a handful of other new and enhanced database features—early next year, with a preview slated for later this month (from zd.net).

Is Microsoft's Office 365 Bet Starting to Pay Off in Enterprise Adoption? Microsoft’s new Office 365 ProPlus is meant to boost enterprise Office 365 adoption, with a desktop-subscription plan that’s updated from the cloud. Numbers from the past year suggest that use of Office 365 in Microsoft enterprise companies is growing (from CIO.com).

Microsoft Rolls Out Office Mobile for iPhone. iPhone users can now access a mobile version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint products through the Office 365 subscription plan (from cnet.com).

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James Savage

James Savage is the President of Concurrency, Inc., an information technology solution company he founded 1989. Its customers are among the most successful communication, construction, financial, insurance, logistics, and manufacturing companies in the Midwest.