Microsoft Azure gets a new VM family for bursty workloads

Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft today announced the preview launch of a new family of virtual machines for its Azure cloud computing platform that’s specifically geared toward bursty workloads. Microsoft argues that these so-called B-series machines, which are currently the lowest-cost Azure machines with flexible CPU usage, should work well for workloads like web servers, small databases and dev/test environments. The principle behind these B-series machines is similar to AWS’s T2 instances in that they offer burstable performance and that you build up credits for the periods when you don’t need the full power of the virtual CPU. Google offers ...

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Microsoft and Adobe announce an expanded partnership around Adobe Sign and Microsoft Teams

Begin: WordPress Article Content Almost exactly a year ago, Microsoft and Adobe announced a strategic partnership around Microsoft’s Azure cloud and Adobe’s Marketing Cloud. That, however, was only a first step for the two companies. Today, they are announcing a major expansion of this partnership that sees them collaborating around e-signatures and team communications. Specifically, this expanded deal means that Adobe Sign will become Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution, with integrations into Office 365 and Dynamics 365, while Microsoft Teams — the company’s Slack competitor — will become the preferred collaboration service for the Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud. ...

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For Better Learning in College Lectures, Lay Down the Laptop and Pick Up a Pen – by Susan Dynarski

Do computers help or hinder classroom learning in college? Step into any college lecture and you’ll find a sea of students with laptops and tablets open, typing as the professor speaks. With their enhanced ability to transcribe content and look up concepts on the fly, are students learning more from lecture than they were in the days of paper and pen? A growing body of evidence says “No.” When college students use computers or tablets during lecture, they learn less and earn worse grades. The evidence consists of a series of randomized trials, in both college classrooms and controlled laboratory ...

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will launch on October 17

Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft today announced that the Fall Creators Update, the next major release of Windows 10, will start rolling out to all users on October 17. That’s a little bit later than some pundits expected but still well within Microsoft’s promised release window. When Microsoft announced this update at its Build developer conference earlier this year, some of the more hyped features included an updated Microsoft Graph, with numerous features that would make moving between different machines easier, and Windows Story Remix, an application with lots of advanced 2D and 3D features for building video and photo ...

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