Microsoft has recently updated the Windows 10 device count to about 300 mil., bought Solair, released Share point Server 2016 and plans on releasing SQL Server 2016 on the first of June so it has been pretty busy.
In the case of the SQL Server 2016 release, Microsoft set the date of June 1st and stated that it will be available in four editions: Developer, Standard, Enterprise and Express. It also stated that this server will be the first ‘born in the cloud database’.
SQL Server 2016 is a combination of in-memory tech and built-in analytics so that users don’t have to move data. Some of the features Microsoft has listed for the SQL Server 2016 are: Stretch Database which offers improved access to historical data and Always Encrypted as a security measure.
Apart from this, Microsoft also released the Share Point Server 2016 this week which is like a better edition that focuses on cloud and mobile and the improvements include direct acces to on-premise tools and a better SharePoint homepage. Plus a hybrid feature that allows IT professionals to browse on-premise content.
As for the mobile market, Microsoft will also be launching a mobile app for SharePoint 2016 in order to enable users to access alerts and notifications outside the browser. This particular app will work on iOS, Windows Mobile and Android.
Furthermore, the latest count for devices that use Microsoft 10 as an OS is of 300 million.
If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet keep in mind that it will only be available for free until 29th of January so hurry up!
Another thing that happened was that Solair was bought by Microsoft this week. Solair is an Italian company that builds IoT. Solair and supposedly this merger will help enable Microsoft to help business use IoT more.
Lastly, there were some Windows Store updates this week like, for example, admins will no longer be able to block employee access to the Store via the Group Policy Settings – however, access can be blocked to Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10, and customers will have to pay to upgrade to Enterprise.
Also, the store offers more paid apps along with the free ones and Microsoft expects this to be a great source of revenue, especially since businesses tend to spend approximately 70 billion dollars every year on software, apps and other utilities.
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