Microsoft announced new products and services that assist IT professionals to focus more in the enterprise computing.
Windows management, Microsoft Office, hybrid cloud infrastructure and SQL Server are some of the latest tools from Microsoft.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said: “Empowering IT professionals is a key part of Microsoft’s technology agenda spanning Windows 10, Office 365, Azure and other cloud technologies.”
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Windows Update for Business is a new management option for Windows 10 to always keep devices up to date with the latest security updates and Windows features.
The new solution will reduce management costs, provide control over update deployment, offer faster access to security updates and critical fixes, and deliver the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis. The Windows Store for Business offers additional manageability, enabling company decision-makers to acquire software or content for entire teams and companies.
System Center Configuration Manager for managing Windows 10, available in technical preview, gives IT professionals expanded tools to deploy, update, manage and secure Windows 10, and will integrate with Windows Update for Business.
In addition, Microsoft will release service packs for existing Configuration Manager 2012 and 2012 R2 customers, as well as an update to Microsoft Intune for Windows 10 support.
Office 2016, available in public preview today, brings in-app, real-time co-authoring to the rich Office desktop applications used by over 1 billion people worldwide. Real-time presence and the ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen will help co-workers and teams stay on the same page as they create content.
Skype for Business broadcasting, introduced today, enables customers to broadcast meetings to up to 10,000 people. The service uses Azure Media Services for streaming audio, video and PowerPoint presentations, and offers built-in interoperability with Bing Pulse for sentiment tracking and Yammer for audience conversations. Extensibility enables third parties to add audience polling, formal Q&A and other functionality.
SharePoint Server 2016 gives on-premises SharePoint customers access to new capabilities in the cloud through hybrid deployments with Office 365.
Exchange Server 2016 delivers new features first delivered in Office 365, such as a new approach to document collaboration, faster and more intelligent search, improved eDiscovery, and developer extensibility for mail, calendar and contacts.
Available today, Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a cloud-based solution that extends System Center capabilities for management across almost any hybrid cloud, including Azure, third-party clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Windows Server, Linux, VMware or OpenStack. OMS extends System Center 2016, which is also available in preview this week.
Key capabilities of SQL Server 2016 include in-memory technologies with real-time operational analytics, new security and encryption technologies, built-in advanced analytics with the R language, and mobile BI for on-premises data. The new Stretch Database capability is an industry first that allows for cost-effective access to historical data by dynamically stretching data to Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA), technology based on the recent acquisition of Aorato, helps IT security professionals identify security breaches and threats, using behavioral analysis and machine learning to provide clear, actionable information.