The week’s top internet news stories related to IT, enterprise, and Microsoft business solutions.
Microsoft releases government security requests information. Following approval from the federal government, Microsoft has released information about the volume of local, state, and federal government security requests (from SeattleTimes.com).
Half of Fortune 500 Firms Now Use Windows Azure. Microsoft reports that 250,000 companies are now using Windows Azure for cloud computing, including 50% of the fortune 500 companies (from GeekWire.com).
Microsoft Bug Bounty Program Puts Big Bucks On The Line. Microsoft is launching a bug bounty program, in order to reduce security vulnerabilities in various software products, such as Windows 8.1 (from Forbes.com).
Vyclone and Vevo Apps Launch on Windows 8 Ahead of Build. The social video editor Vyclone and music streaming service VEVO are just two of the 10,000 apps that have become available for Windows 8 over the last three weeks (from PCmag.com).
How Office 365 Pays Off For Two SMBs. Office 365 is showing its value for small businesses, especially expanding businesses that rely on mobile workers. Excel Anesthesia and Flo Wines are two businesses that are benefiting from the new online productivity suite (from InformationWeek.com).
How Microsoft is Better Than Google And Amazon In The Cloud. Microsoft's top cloud executive, Satya Nadella, says Bing and Xbox LIVE give the company an edge over cloud competitors like Google and Amazon (from BusinessInsider.com).
Bing Experiment Adds Link Lists, Images, and Videos From Experts to Search Results. Microsoft has announced Bing Boards, an experimental feature that lets people create visual collections of images, videos, and links that allow them to tell a story from a unique point of view (from TechCruch.com).
Gartner to businesses: Get ready for broad deployment of Windows 8.1. Gartner analysts say that Windows 8.1 has overcome the limitations of Windows 8 and that businesses of all sizes should prepare to implement the platform on all desktops and laptops (from NetworkWorld.com).
Microsoft Adds Support For Google Cloud Messaging, Git And Custom APIs To Azure Mobile Services.
Microsoft’s latest Azure updates include support for Android’s push notifications in Azure Mobile Service’s Notification Hubs, among other highlights (from TechCruch.com