Microsoft confirms biometric authentication for Windows 10: Is the end of the password nigh?

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Microsoft has announced that FIDO (Fast Identity Online) support will be coming to Windows 10, offering stronger password-less authentication for users.

The tech giant, which joined the FIDO Alliance in late 2013, noted in a blog post how FIDO will integrate with Windows 10 sign-in, Azure Active Directory, as well as various enterprise services, such as Office 365 Exchange Online, Salesforce, Citrix, and Box.

“FIDO standards enable a universal framework that a global ecosystem delivers for a...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Microsoft, Security.

Windows 10: Microsoft reveals universal app details, Surface Hub and other enterprise features

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At today’s Windows 10 briefing, company executives demonstrated many of the new operating system’s features and offered a timeline for the release.

“In the next week, we’ll be releasing a new build of Windows 10 to our insiders,” said VP of operating systems Terry Myerson. A beta version of Windows 10 will be available this week for users who are enrolled in the 

By VMware AirWatch, 22 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft nudges further Office for Android tablets update, wants user feedback

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Microsoft has announced a further expansion of its Office for Android tablet preview, asking for feedback from users of ARM-based tablets running Android KitKat or Lollipop.

The tech giant, in one of the first announcements under current CEO Satya Nadella, launched Office 365 for iPad, with the Microsoft chief praising the “magical” mix of cloud and mobile. The Android equivalent was initially...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft, Office 365 mobility, and the subscription experience

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Opinion Microsoft’s recent decision to make its consumer Office applications free on iOS and Android wasn’t just a reaction to Google and Apple’s market share in mobile productivity tools. That may be true in tactical terms, but it’s not the real story.

Here’s the bigger picture: this was Microsoft’s final acknowledgement of a broad,...

By Tien Tzuo, 17 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft.

The next step of Microsoft’s aggressive mobile strategy: Free Office for iOS, Android tablets

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Analysis Late last week Microsoft announced it was making more of its Office 365 software free for users on iPads, iPhones and Android tablets, enabling users to edit documents on their mobile devices without the need of an Office subscription. It’s the biggest indicator yet of how serious CEO Satya Nadella is on the company’s mobile first, cloud first future.

For anyone who still has sharp memories of the Ballmer and Jobs years, this is a surprising move – but...

By James Bourne, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft.

The enterprise mobility ecosystem battle

I’ve often written about how to get the most from enterprise mobility, with smart mobile platforms, process-based integration, and the game-changing underlying technologies like Cloud and In Memory Data Grids or grid computing. Following the recent Apple WWDC and Google I/O developer conferences, it’s worth looking at a very different battle: what are the mobile ecosystems doing...

By David Akka, 07 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft.

Opinion: Windows 8(.1) is the Enterprise OS

Research from IDC in February revealed that 35% of devices in-use by UK businesses runs Android, whilst 32% use Apple’s competing iOS platform. The results make it clear that businesses and their employees are indecisive about which platform they should use for their day-to-day operations.

Mobile, in particular, is a big opportunity which Microsoft has prepared for through utilising the company’s vast experience in the enterprise to know what businesses required. The company tweaked and bolstered...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Development, Microsoft, Opinion.

Microsoft connects its cloud and mobile with SAP’s data, extends partnership

Microsoft and SAP have announced an extension of their partnership, focusing on giving enterprise customers more value from their cloud and mobile devices.

The latest announcement takes SAP business applications on Windows Server to the cloud, with SAP signing off a number of enterprise apps to run on Azure by the end of June. These will include SAP Business Suite, SAP Business All-In-One, and the developer edition of in-memory database SAP HANA.

The two companies have also made generally available...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

XP: The end of an era but an opportunity for change

On April 8, the deadline passed for Microsoft support of Windows XP. We have all known about this for some time, but for those businesses that have been putting off migrating away from the venerable operating system, this does provide an opportunity to consider their overall plans for the future of desktops and desktop management.  

Especially as many also have to deal with the shift towards flexible, mobile working. Microsoft’s recent launch of Office for iPad highlights how even operating system...

By Steve Hughes, 17 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Mobile.

Opinion: Bury XP - or bury your data

Upgrading Windows XP to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 is critical both from a cost perspective and security point of view.

It's easy to measure the amount of money you’ll spend trying to get an aged Windows XP system to work when things go wrong. But it’s hard to put a price on your data. A data compromise due to a new virus can have immeasurable costs to the business that may last for years. 

Here are my top tips in migrating whilst you still can:

1. If you’re...

By Paul Martini, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Opinion.

Countdown to Windows XP shutdown: Dutch government joins UK in extension

At the time of writing, there is 13 hours, 52 minutes and 48 seconds left to go before Microsoft officially stops support for Windows XP – and still, many people are leaving it to the last minute.

The Dutch news site Webwerald reports that the country’s government has joined the UK premiership by shelling out between €6.8m and €8m on Windows XP support from Microsoft for another year. This works out at...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Cortado aims to offer a solution for Office iPad printing nightmare

With Microsoft releasing Office365 for iPad devices last week – not before time, some might say – amid the praise there was one key criticism: no printing functionality.

Enterprise mobility provider Cortado, however, claims to have a hack which changes that. Utilising the company’s ThinClient Cloud Printer technology and via a free app, iPad Office users can save a document to their OneDrive, then...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft.

Windows Phone 8.1: The next frontier for enterprise mobility

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Today, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1. It has been an interesting journey to this point and I speak for MobileIron when I say this is an exciting day for enterprise mobility.

Before I discuss the implications of Windows Phone 8.1 on the enterprise, I wanted to share a bit of my personal history with mobile at Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Mobility Journey

I have worked with Microsoft mobile devices since their inception. In 1998, I was invited to join the “Rapier” beta, running on HP Jornada. In 2002, I worked closely with Toshiba on their upgrades from Pocket PC 2002 to Pocket PC 2003. I joined the beta from Pocket PC Phone Edition that same year; it was the first device that combined PDA and a cell phone. About 6 months later, Microsoft established a separate group that worked on smartphones using the same core operating system but without a touch screen…

We have come a long...

By MobileIron, 03 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Mobile.

Office for iPad: It’s the intersection of cloud and mobile

Richard Edwards, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Mobility and Productivity Software

After dipping its toe in the water with OneNote and Office Mobile for iPhone, Microsoft has finally jumped into the waters of the Apple App Store with both feet, releasing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. There is a catch of course; the user has to have a Microsoft Office 365 account to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

There are those who think the new Microsoft offering is “too little, too...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft unveils Office for iPad, CEO Nadella notes “magical” cloud-mobile mix

Microsoft has launched Office365 for iPad, as well as the Enterprise Mobility Suite at a press event in San Francisco.

Promising a discussion on ‘the intersection of cloud and mobile’, the products launched certainly fit that bill with CEO Satya Nadella stressing the importance of three key constituents; end users, developers and IT professionals.

“Microsoft has always been about bringing those three constituents with platforms,” Nadella told the press audience, “and now we do...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft, Mobile.

Microsoft CEO needs to “concentrate on mobile”, says Gartner

Gartner has looked into its crystal ball once more, and this time come up with a fairly rudimentary conclusion: Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella needs to focus on mobility and being an established “innovative, disruptive force in IT.”

This vision has been prophesised by, well, pretty much every analyst going. Yet Merv Adrian, research vice president at Gartner, puts a bit more meat on this bone by advising customers Microsoft won’t move away from its ‘devices and services’...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Mobile.

Microsoft keeps it in the family with Nadella as new CEO

Richard Edwards, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Mobility and Productivity

Microsoft has appointed Satya Nadella as its new CEO. Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992, so the company has clearly decided to promote from within – a decision that is likely to please some stakeholders but not others. The announcement follows a better-than-expected earnings report in which Microsoft’s revenues increased by 14% on the previous quarter to $24.5bn, indicating improved performance in its consumer, enterprise, and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Satya Nadella named Microsoft CEO, steps up from cloud and enterprise

Satya Nadella has been appointed the new Microsoft CEO by the company’s board of directors, becoming the company’s third chief executive and stepping up from Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise division.

Nadella replaces the outgoing Steve Ballmer, who announced his resignation from the top job in August. Ballmer now retires following the naming of a successor, with Bill Gates leaving his post as chairman to become Founder and Technology Advisor, assisting Nadella in product strategy.

“Satya’s got...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft’s act of kindness with XP support extension bails out enterprises

Microsoft has announced an extension to its support for Windows XP, providing updates to its antimalware software until July 14 2015.

This is more than a year ahead of the original end date of April 8 2014 – although Redmond was clear to point out that all other aspects of the end date is status quo.

Yet this is an interesting about turn – and all the evidence points to one conclusion: organisations have simply failed to heed the doomsday advice.

Proof of this came in

By James Bourne, 16 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Opinion.

Microsoft survey reveals how willing employees are to embrace mobility

A recent survey by Microsoft has revealed that more than a quarter of workers work in bed, whilst nearly half have worked whilst on holiday.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, sheds light on employee habits in the ‘always-connected’ generation and finds that staff are willing to work almost anywhere.

Some eye-opening highlights in the research included:

  • Nearly one in five (19%) respondents admitted they had worked while they were going to the bathroom
  • 20% of parents surveyed said they had been working whilst attending their child’s...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Mobile, Research.