Another day, another profitable exit for a well-regarded startup. Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Atlanta, Georgia-based FSLogix, the company behind the eponymous award-winning FSLogix app provisioning platform, for an undisclosed sum. In a blog post, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president at Office 365, and Julia White, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, wrote that FSLogix’s technology would enable faster load times for user profiles in Outlook and OneDrive, leading to improved overall Office 365 performance in “multi-user virtual environments.” “The way Microsoft 365 enables customers to shift to a modern desktop experience puts it at the heart of workplace transformation,” Anderson and White said. “From small businesses to very large global enterprises across numerous industries, FSLogix solutions enhance customer experience and productivity, while reducing support requirements for IT … [Read more...] about Microsoft acquires app-provisioning startup FSLogix
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In January 2017, the UK Government’s Cabinet Office issued guidelines outlining what department heads needed to consider when putting services or data into the public cloud.Along with its 14 Security Cloud Principles, the guidance confirmed that “it’s possible for public sector organisations to safely put highly personal and sensitive data into the public cloud. Many UK departments have made this decision based on risk management assessments once they have put appropriate safeguards in place”.Following on from the introduction of the Government’s 2013 Cloud First policy, the issue of these guidelines showed that the movement of UK public data to the cloud is now ‘the new norm’. Although Departments remain free to choose an alternative to the cloud if they wish, they now need to demonstrate that it offers better value for money before they do so.The end result is that highly sensitive information about all of us (including names, … [Read more...] about Public cloud API security: How safe is our data?
At Ignite, Microsoft’s enterprise technology conference happening this week in Orlando, Florida, the company had a slew of security announcements, including a declaration that it’s best positioned to help enterprises get rid of passwords. Microsoft unveiled new support for passwordless logins via the Microsoft Authenticator app, updated Microsoft Secure Score, and announced Microsoft Threat Protection. “In this era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, businesses in every industry are looking for a trusted partner to help them transform,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. “We are pushing the bounds in AI, edge computing, and IoT while providing end-to-end security to empower every organization to build its own digital capability and thrive in this new era.” Microsoft Authenticator The much more interesting statements came later: “Today, Microsoft declared an end to the era of passwords” and “No company lets … [Read more...] about Microsoft: ‘No company lets enterprises eliminate more passwords’
For the regular consumer the cloud is most often associated with that ephemeral "off device" place where pictures and other data are securely (or not securely) backed-up. Cloud computing, the direction computing has been moving for years, goes beyond mere storage, however. Cloud computing is where a user's digital experiences, back-end app processes and more occur and reside in an intelligence-driven cloud environment. Microsoft's former cloud-first, mobile-first motto reflected the company's CEO Satya Nadella's commitment to this vision as he positioned Microsoft's cloud as the medium to facilitate the mobility of a user's experiences across devices and platforms. Nadella's description of the cloud as the world's computer echoed my own description of the cloud as a super OS for cross-platform devices and ecosystems. In broad terms, this means digital activity, apps, data streaming, storage, computing, AI and more is being and will be relegated to the cloud and intelligent edge. In … [Read more...] about What Microsoft’s “cloud is the world’s computer” means
It’s clear, now more than ever, that every company has to become a technology company to survive and thrive in today’s digital world. Many organisations have invested heavily in what the industry is referring to as “digital transformation”. More than just a buzzword, digital transformation can bring unparalleled benefits to the organisations. Reduced costs from optimising and capitalising on digital technologies, rapidly improving customer experiences, increased agility and innovation, and smoother business operations are just a handful of benefits that companies can capitalise on.Cloud-based technologies and services have made digital transformation strategies more accessible and achievable for businesses. Research conducted by Cloud Industry Forum found that 38 per cent of respondents with a digital transformation strategy say the cloud has given their organisations a significant competitive advantage. This figure is significantly lower for those cloud users … [Read more...] about Collaboration drives cloud app adoption in EMEA