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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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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Microsoft’s new Mixer Create app lets you live stream games from your phone

Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft’s mobile game streaming app Mixer Create is launching out of beta testing today on iOS and Android, allowing gamers to broadcast the games they’re playing right from their phone. This feature works on Android with all games, but is more limited on iOS. On iPhone, select games that have enabled Apple’s ReplayKit functionality will work, the company notes. That means games like Star Trek Timelines, Goat Simulator, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and others will be supported. The app can also be used for co-streaming, which allows up to four streamers to combine their streams into ...

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