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2 May May 2016

Microsoft® Software Inventory Logging Aggregator (SILA)

2016-05-02T00:00:00+00:00 May 2016|

I often find myself engaged in discussions about proactive Software Asset Management (SAM). Many organizations fail to make it a priority until it’s time to true-up/renew their software licenses or when they receive an audit notification. While there is no [...]

21 April Apr 2016

The Dangers to Come in Cloud Privacy

2016-04-21T00:00:00+00:00 Apr 2016|

Most would agree that technology has improved our lives and societies. Consider the changes we have experienced since the advent of personal computing when Apple™ brought us affordable computers less than 40 years ago (and IBM® shortly thereafter). In a [...]

20 April Apr 2016

Microsoft® Access® 2016

2016-12-26T13:09:21+00:00 Apr 2016|

Microsoft® Access® has traditionally endured a rather unusual reputation. Power users tend to love it, while IT Administrators often feel the exact opposite. The Database Management System (DBMS) is popular with users because it combines the relational database engine with a graphical [...]

18 April Apr 2016

Windows® 10 Anniversary Update

2016-04-18T00:00:00+00:00 Apr 2016|

Microsoft® announced that the next major update to Windows® 10 will be released sometime this summer. As with all future updates to Windows 10, the Anniversary Update (previously known as Redstone) will be free for 270 million+ existing Windows 10 [...]

13 April Apr 2016

Conversations as a Platform

2016-12-26T13:09:20+00:00 Apr 2016|

It has been two years since Microsoft® CEO Satya Nadella announced his “Mobile First, Cloud First” initiative in which Microsoft would loosen their traditional Windows®-only strategy and make many of their applications available on competing operating systems and devices. Now [...]

11 April Apr 2016

Windows® 10 Current Branch for Business

2016-12-26T13:05:51+00:00 Apr 2016|

Last year I wrote a blog about Windows® 10 Servicing Branches. Servicing Branches are Microsoft’s method of allowing users of Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, Education, Mobile Enterprise and IoT Core Pro editions to temporarily postpone updates and security fixes. There [...]

23 March Mar 2016

SharePoint Server 2016

2016-03-23T00:00:00+00:00 Mar 2016|

Microsoft® has released SharePoint® Server 2016 to OEMs. This latest version of the company’s popular web application platform will be available to Volume Licensing customers in early May. For clarification, Microsoft typically releases code to OEMs prior to making it [...]

15 March Mar 2016

Microsoft® Targeting Oracle® Customers

2016-03-15T00:00:00+00:00 Mar 2016|

I recently wrote a blog about the surprising announcement that Microsoft is developing a version of SQL Server® for Linux™. The Linux version of SQL isn’t expected to be released until next year, but the timing of the announcement coincides [...]

14 March Mar 2016

SQL Server® for Linux™!

2016-03-14T00:00:00+00:00 Mar 2016|

Ever since Satya Nadella took over the helm at Microsoft® two years ago the company has been full of surprises. Nadella’s highly publicized “Mobile First, Cloud First” strategy in which the company is abandoning their traditional Windows® only philosophy and [...]

2 March Mar 2016

Microsoft® Office 2016 for Office 365™ Subscribers

2016-03-02T00:00:00+00:00 Mar 2016|

One of the benefits of being an Office 365™ subscriber is that in most cases, users receive a version of Office for use on their devices when not connected to the cloud. Until now, the local version was Office 2013, [...]