Put a “Save the Date” on your calendar for July 20th! Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio
2015 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) on that date. That release includes Visual Studio, Team
Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6.
MSDN customers will be able to download the new releases the same
Somasegar’s blog post for more details and links to the release event site
where you can watch the event on line.
We’re pleased to announce the ability to integrate Cortana in Windows 10 with Office 365 for businesses, available in the latest Windows Insiders preview build. Cortana in Windows 10 will be now able to connect to Office 365 to help you accomplish more at work. You can preview this initial integration between Cortana and Office 365 starting today if your company is opted into First Release for Office 365, and you are enrolled in the Windows Insider Program and running Windows 10 preview bits.
Office 365 Team Blog post for more details, some screen shots and an FAQ.
Richard Zak, the Microsoft SLG Director for Justice &
Public Safety Solutions, has written a
nice blog post about what makes Microsoft’s approach to CJIS compliance
different from every other major cloud vendor out there. First, we will actually sign a compliance
amendment with you to verify that we are contractually committed to meeting
your CJIS requirements. As part of that,
our employees go through extensive federal and state background checks. Next, we’re the only major cloud vendor to
set up completely separate cloud platforms for our US government customers. Finally, Microsoft is very transparent about
how we meet your security requirements.
There’s a second blog post, titled Leading
Law Enforcement Agencies Adopting Microsoft Azure Government Services, Citing
Microsoft’s CJIS Compliance Approach, that is also worth reading. The International Association of Chiefs of Police
(IACP) just issued updated guidelines about storing criminal justice
information, including video, in the cloud.
They recommend that all data be stored in CJIS compliant clouds. There are also five good questions that
every law enforcement organization should be asking when considering leveraging
cloud services or cloud storage.
Between these two posts, you should be able to clearly see
why Microsoft’s commitment to law enforcement solutions is second to none.
Learn how Camden Country’s Board of Social Services (BSS)
deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365 to improve the services of its
supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to more than 100,000 citizens
across 37 municipalities.
Read the blog post: Camden
County Board of Social Services Pioneers a Private-Sector Solution to Serve
Those Most in Need
Alabama’s CARES Program is embarking on a statewide
initiative to improve access to a wide variety of services for the needy by
integrating eligibility enrollment into a solution powered by the Microsoft
Cloud for Government. In under two weeks, they went from no infrastructure to
using Microsoft Azure for Development and Test capabilities. They are also
developing their integrated eligibility solution using Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Online for Government, supported by Microsoft Azure for Government.
the CARES story video.
27. June 2015 11:06
The latest volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence
Report is now available. This volume of the report focuses on the threat
landscape in the second half of 2014 when there were some dramatic changes.
The vulnerability disclosure data published in the report suggests that there
was a 56.3% increase in vulnerability disclosures between the third and fourth
quarters of 2014. After many periods of relatively small changes in disclosure
totals, the 4,512 vulnerabilities disclosed during the second half of 2014 is
the largest number of vulnerabilities disclosed in any half-year period since
the CVE system was launched in 1999. Disclosures of vulnerabilities in
applications other than web browsers and operating system applications
increased 98.3% in the second half of 2014 and accounted for 76.5% of total
disclosures for the period.
Overall, encounters with Java exploits continued to decrease
significantly in the second half of 2014, while Flash Player exploit attempts
Regional threat assessments are available for over 100 countries as well
as an online tool that enables you to quickly compare two locations.
There is plenty of other threat intelligence and guidance in the new
report that can help you protect your infrastructure from modern attacks.
Please download the latest report at http://microsoft.com/sir.
27. June 2015 10:06
Azure . Training
Do you run an open-source infrastructure? Want a public
cloud solution that fits your environment? Join Senior Technical Evangelist
Rick Claus and four engineers from the Azure Compute team for this live event,
and see how easy and efficient it is to build Linux-based solutions on
Microsoft Azure. (In fact, 20% of virtual machines that run on Azure run
Explore options you can use to build, deploy, and manage
your Linux infrastructure on Azure. Learn how they work and how to support,
build, and scale them, along with how to make them available to Devs. See
technical demos, and examine open-source tools, such as Docker containers, to
manage DevOps pipelines on Azure and to dramatically increase productivity.
Plus, walk through application platform as a service (aPaaS) options, and learn
what lift and shift is all about. Don't miss this look at the Ops in DevOps, as
you explore Azure as a cloud provider for open source software (OSS)
July 14, 2015 - 9am‒1pm PDT
(which means it starts at noon for use East Coasters…)
This is a live event where you will interact directly with
the instructor team.
27. June 2015 10:06
Azure . Security
Vault offers cloud developers an easy, cost-effective way to help safeguard
keys and other secrets using hardware security modules (HSMs). With Key Vault,
you centrally manage your keys and secrets by taking them out of vulnerable
locations like source code and plain text files. You can then grant
applications access to those keys and secrets on your terms. Key Vault lets you
manage the full lifecycle of your keys and secrets, helping you achieve and
maintain regulatory compliance.
27. June 2015 10:06
Application Gateway helps you build highly scalable and highly available
applications by providing application-level (HTTP/HTTPS) load balancing and
delivery control. It also offers SSL offload capabilities and allows the design
of custom experiences based on cookie affinity.
25. June 2015 09:06
Organizations moving to the cloud can achieve significant
cost savings. But to achieve the maximum benefit you need to be able to
accurately track your cloud spend in order to monitor and predict your costs.
Enterprises need to be able to get detailed, granular consumption data and
derive insights to effectively manage their cloud consumption.
Microsoft is excited to announce the public preview release
of two new Azure Billing APIs today: the Azure Usage API and Azure RateCard API which provide customers and partners
programmatic access to their Azure consumption and pricing details.
For more information, as well as some links to documentation
and partner solutions, visit Scott
Guthrie’s Blog post.