Microsoft Australia scores whole-of-government 365 deal

The federal government has inked another deal with Microsoft Australia, this time focused on Microsoft 365. The three-year, whole-of-government deal makes Microsoft 365 available to all 98 federal government agencies, with the company expecting less than 2% of the Commonwealth to remain on legacy on-premise desktop licenses. See also: Commonwealth…

Microsoft-Accenture joint venture Avanade to launch an Adobe practice

Credit: Adobe On July 15, Adobe announced it will partner with the Microsoft-Accenture joint venture Avanade. Avanade will launch an Adobe practice with its first order of business being connecting the Adobe Experience Cloud with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Azure. Last year, Microsoft announced it would be partnering with Accenture…

Microsoft unveils second preview build of Windows 10 19H2; tests new features being off by default

Microsoft is rolling out to Windows Insider testers in the Slow Ring its second test build of Windows 10 19H2, AKA 1909. Today’s build includes fixes plus a handful of new features. The fixes can be applied immediately, but the new features are all turned off by default at the…

Microsoft: Azure is at 99.995 percent uptime but we can do more

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is taking steps to improve Azure’s reliability beyond itsstated current 99.995 percent average uptime. Microsoft Azure Chief Technology Officer Mark Russinovich outlined some of these steps in a July 15 blog post. (I’m not sure what spurred Microsoft to post about this today. Maybe it’s timed to…

Windows 10: Has Microsoft cleaned up its update mess? (Spoiler: no)

We are days away from the fourth anniversary of Windows 10’s initial release, which also marks the beginning of the “Windows as a service” era. By this time, you’d think Microsoft would have settled on an easy-to-understand set of rules that IT pros can follow for managing updates. …

Microsoft is starting to auto-update Windows 10 Home, Pro users on 1803 or older to 1903

Microsoft officials said last month that they were putting AI algorithms in place that would automatically update those on older variants of Windows 10 to 1903, the May 2019 Update via Windows Update. Today, July 16, is the day when this auto-updating process is kicking off, according to the Windows…

Minecraft Earth’s closed beta: This augmented reality needs more augmenting

EnlargeMojang / Microsoft When Microsoft acquired Mojang, the maker of Minecraft, in 2014, we all feared the worst: a zillion cash-in video games. Turns out, Microsoft has been really smart about its Minecraft output in the past five years. Only one Minecraft-related game has launched since then (2015’s solid Minecraft…

Here’s Microsoft’s updated roadmap for Chromium-based Edge features for the enterprise

Credit: Microsoft Late last week, Microsoft officials said they were ready for IT pros to start kicking the tires of the coming Chromium-based Edge browser. But it wasn’t until today, July 16, that we got some updated details about what Microsoft is doing for businesses with its new browser. In…