Microsoft launches new wide-area networking options for Azure

Source: Microsoft launches new wide-area networking options for Azure Microsoft is launching a few new networking features today that will make it easier for businesses to use the company’s Azure cloud to securely connect their own offices and infrastructure using Azure and its global network. The first of these is the Azure Virtual WAN service, which allows businesses to connect their various branches to and through Azure. This basically works like an airline hub and spoke model, where Azure becomes the central hub through which all data between branches flows. The advantage of this, Microsoft argues, is that it allows ...

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After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud

Source: After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud Grant Miller Contributor Grant Miller is the co-founder of Replicated As we enter the 20th year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of Salesforce.com. This model has been validated by the annual revenue stream of SaaS companies, which is fast approaching $100 billion by most estimates, and it will likely continue to transform many slower-moving industries for years to come. However, for the ...

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Microsoft is developing its own cashierless store technology, says report

Source: Microsoft is developing its own cashierless store technology, says report Amazon may be facing new competition from Microsoft on its cashierless, automated store technology, according to a new report from Reuters out this morning. The report claims Microsoft is in the process of developing its own systems for tracking what people place in their shopping carts, but doesn’t offer the details of how Microsoft’s technology operates, or how it may differ from others on the market. Presumably, it would be similar to existing systems, like Amazon’s. The Amazon Go convenience stores utilize a complex network of sensors on shelves, ...

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Microsoft gives Office a refreshed look and feel

Source: Microsoft gives Office a refreshed look and feel Microsoft today announced that it’s bringing a new user interface design to its Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. This new look will be in line with the Fluent Design System the company launched last year and will roll out to both the Office.com online apps and the Office desktop tools over the course of the next few months. Besides the overall switch to the Fluent Design System, which is essentially Microsoft’s take on what Google is doing with Material Design, there are three major changes to the design ...

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Why Microsoft wants to put data centers at the bottom of the ocean

Source: Why Microsoft wants to put data centers at the bottom of the ocean Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the second phase of Project Natick, a research experiment that aims to understand the benefits and challenges of deploying large-scale data centers under water. In this second phase, the team sank a tank the size of a shipping container with numerous server racks off the coast of the Orkney islands and plans to keep it there for a few years to see if this is a viable way of deploying data centers in the future. Computers and water famously don’t mix, ...

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