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Last week, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 users were able to download a new update for the popular productivity software suite. The upgrade had a number of new features included, but some people who downloaded the update experienced issues related to corrupted identity databases. Late on Friday, Microsoft announced that it was pulling the SP2 patch from its Microsoft AutoUpdate system while it worked on a solution to the problem.

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced on its Office for Mac blog that it has issued a new update, 14.2.1, for the SP2 patch. The patch is now available to download via the Microsoft AutoUpdate system. It is also available as a manual download.

Microsoft's support page has a list of the patch notes for the 14.2.1 update. Users who have already downloaded the previous SP2 patch must also download this new update. On the other hand, this new patch will not fix any previously corrupted identity databases. Microsoft has already offered a workaround if users are dealing with those kinds of problems. However, if Office for Mac owners are still having issues, they may have to bite the bullet and delete their current identity in order to start from scratch with a new one.

Source : neowin.net

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Apple vient d'officialiser les dates du prochain WWDC 2012 qui se tiendra donc du 11 au 15 juin 2012
Comme prévu, le keynote aura lieu le lundi 11 juin à 10 h (19 h de Paris) à San Francisco au Moscone West.
Le prix des places pour participer à cet évènement, réservé au développeurs Apple, est fixé à $1599 (+/-1200 €).
L'année dernière avait été l’occasion de la présentation d'iOS 5, mais sans annonce d'un iPhone next.
Cette année, c’est iOS 6 qui est attendu, avec enfin (peut-être) la présentation du nouvel iPhone (iPhone 5 ?).

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D’après Microsoft, la nouvelle version de SkyDrive arrive devant tous ses concurrents :

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Le Service Pack 2 d’Office 2011 pour OSX vient de sortir. Cette mise à jour corrige un grand nombre de problèmes critiques.

Ce Service Pack s’applique au produits suivants : Office 2011, Office 2011 Home et Business Edition, Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, Outlook 2011, Office 2011 pour Mac Edition Standard, Microsoft Office 2011 pour Mac Edition Home & Student 2011, et Microsoft Office 2011 pour Mac Edition Academic

Description de la mise à jour pour Office 2011 pour Mac 14.2 (en anglais)

Téléchargement du Service Pack 2 pour Microsoft Office 2011 pour Mac (14.2.0) - Microsoft Download Center -

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Today Microsoft released details of its new certification program which is designed to address the growing need for IT Pros and Developers to have skill sets that run both broad and deep.

At first glance it appears that Microsoft has simply reintroduced acronyms used in previous certification streams (such as MCSD , MCSA and MCSE) however this isn’t so and it’s important to understand that these acronyms now represent new certification structures and requirements, not just a renaming of terminology.

So What Has Changed?

As you can see from the diagram below, the new certification program consists of three core levels:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) / Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

You will also notice that Microsoft has introduced recertification as a requirement of MCSD/MCSE level certifications.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level certifications validate the core skills required to work with a technology at a beginners level.  They also represent the prerequisite certifications required to obtain Expert level certification.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) & Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship set of certifications validating that skills obtained are relevant in the constantly changing tech environment. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions.  The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools.

As previously stated, Microsoft has also introduced recertification as a requirement of this certification level.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation.

Example: SQL Server 2012 Certification Path

 

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Prerequisite: No certification prerequisites exist however Microsoft recommends that candidates have at least 2 years experience with the technology being tested.

There are three exams required to obtain the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification:

SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Path

Please Note: SQL Server 2008 certification exams will be retired in July 2013 and exams 70-457 and 70-458 are expected to be available by August 2012.

Candidates who have achieved an MCTS on SQL Server 2008 will be able to earn the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification by passing two exams:

  • Exam 70-457: Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 (Part 1)
  • Exam 70-458. Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 (Part 2)
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Prerequisite: MCSA: SQL Server 2012

The MCSE level consist of two platforms (Data and Business Intelligence) and there are two exams (per platform) required to achieve MCSE certification:

MCSE: Data Platform:

MCSE: Business Intelligence Platform:

SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Path

Please Note: SQL Server 2008 certification exams will be retired in July 2013 and exams 70-457, 70-458, 70-459, and 70-460 are expected to be available by August 2012.

Candidates who have achieved an MCITP on SQL Server 2008 will be able to earn an MCSE: Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence Platform certification by passing three exams.  This upgrade path will also earn the candidate the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification.

MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 / MCITP: Database Developer 2008

  • Exam 70-457: Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 (Part 1)
  • Exam 70-458. Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 (Part 2)

§ Exam 70-459: Transition your MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 or MCITP: Database Developer 2008 to Data Platform on SQL Server 2012

MCITP: Business Intelligence 2008

  • Exam 70-457: Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 (Part 1)
  • Exam 70-458. Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 (Part 2)
  • Exam 70-460: Transition your MCITP: Business Intelligence 2008 to Business Intelligence on SQL Server 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master

The MCSM level consist of two platforms (SQL Server and Intelligence):

MCSM: SQL Server

Prerequisite: MCSE: Data Platform

  • Full requirements are still being finalised however this level of certification will require the completion of Lab-based and Technical exams

MCSM: Intelligence

Prerequisite: MCSE: Business Intelligence Platform

  • Full requirements are still being finalised however this level of certification will require the completion of Lab-based and Technical exams
Microsoft Certified Architect

Prerequisite: MCSM: SQL Server and MCSM: Intelligence

MCA: SQL Server

  • Full requirements are still being finalised

Offers and Promotions

Microsoft, in conjunction with Prometric, has released the following offer and promotion to assist candidates with achieving MCSA and/or MCSE certification.

Certification SKU Offer

If you purchase a set of exams to achieve MCSA or MCSE certification, you will receive a 15-20% discount (depending on the number of exams in the set) off the purchase price.

Two-for-One Promotion

Purchase and take a full-priced exam before 30 June 2012 and you will receive, at no cost, a voucher valid for a MCSA or MCSE exam in the same technology.  More information about this offer can be found here.

Additional Information

Source : http://blog.wharton.com.au/2012/04/11/a-new-era-in-microsoft-certification/

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The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8 Beta provides Windows 8 Consumer Preview compatibility, support for new hardware platforms, updated image creation wizard, and native USB deployment support. Learn what's new with the DaRT8 Beta Q&A

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"The recent TOSCA initiative has made interoperability for cloud computing closer than ever," observed Andrew Hillier, co-founder and CTO of CiRBA, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "However, until players like Amazon and Google join in," Hillier continued, "it will be difficult for organizations to move from one cloud to the other without risks to their data and infrastructure."

Cloud Computing Journal: Agree or disagree? - "While the IT savings aspect is compelling, the strongest benefit of cloud computing is how it enhances business agility."

Andrew Hillier: Although savings and agility are both compelling benefits, it's usually agility that's realized first. This isn't because it is a higher priority, but because it occurs earlier in the cloud adoption process. The push toward standardization and self-service can rapidly increase flexibility and decrease provisioning time, but can actually work against efficiency (much to the surprise of many cloud adopters). The resulting environments are difficult to manage, and many organizations end up with higher spend (for external clouds) or much lower density (internal clouds) than they originally envisioned. Fortunately, by adopting more sophisticated methods of planning and controlling these environments, workload placements and resource allocations can be safely optimized, eliminating over-provisioning once and for all and turning the cloud adoption process into the "win-win" that was originally targeted.

Cloud Computing Journal: Which of the recent big acquisitions within the Cloud and/or Big Data space have most grabbed your attention as a sign of things to come?

Hillier: Cisco's recent acquisitions, including Newscale and Tidal, are very interesting. Converged infrastructure with a decent "built-for-cloud" management stack could change the face of the hardware market. Add some analytics to manage the complexity by simplifying on-boarding and performing more advanced capacity management and organizations will be able to leverage these technologies extremely effectively. This type of approach is far superior to strategies that repurpose "old school" tools and frameworks, many of which were designed for physical environments, to attempt to cobble together a cloud ecosystem.

Cloud Computing Journal: In its recent "Sizing the Cloud" report Forrester Research said it expects the global cloud computing market to reach $241BN in 2020 compared to $40.7BN in 2010 - is that kind of rapid growth trajectory being reflected in your own company or in your view is the Forrester number a tad over-optimistic?

Hillier: I think what is interesting about the Forrester projections is the markets they see it happening in. Pure IaaS is projected to almost double and then contract slightly, which makes sense. The largest projected growth is in Virtual Private Clouds, which Forrester defines as a "hybrid business model of the highly standardized public cloud offerings provided over the public Internet and the more customized privately hosted solutions." Because this heavily overlaps with outsourcing and other remote hosting models in use today, this cloud growth will likely come at the expense of other segments, and may more resemble a "lateral shift" in hosting strategies than the explosive growth the numbers would suggest. In fact, one can argue that this growth should be attributed to the outsourcing market, and that the "cloud" prefix may even become meaningless in the next decade as it becomes the de-facto standard for computing.

Cloud Computing Journal: Which do you think is the most important cloud computing standard still to tackle?

Hillier: The recent TOSCA initiative has made interoperability for cloud computing closer than ever; however, until players like Amazon and Google join in, it will be difficult for organizations to move from one cloud to the other without risks to their data and infrastructure. The development of application and infrastructure templates will make the idea of public cloud computing more palpable to larger organizations, and the possibility of experiencing the true cost savings the cloud has promised more of a reality.

Source : cloudcomputing.sys-con.com

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Microsoft is planning to release a new version of its business-themed Microsoft Exchange email server program sometime in 2012. The new version, code-named Exchange 15, has already had a private tech preview released around the same time Microsoft released a tech build of Office 15 to a limited number of testers.

So far, little information about Exchange 15 has been revealed. However, that should change later this year when Microsoft holds the 2012 edition of the Microsoft Exchange Conference. In a post today on the Exchange Team blog (via ZDNet) Microsoft announced that registration has started for MEC 2012. The "lost" conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on September 24-26. It will be the first time in 10 years that Microsoft has held a MEC event.

According to Microsoft, MEC 2012 will give its attendees "exclusive Exchange 15 content directly from the engineering team" along with "hands-on experience with Exchange 15" and "unparalleled access to Exchange team members, Masters and MVPs." The blog post also confirms Microsoft plans to release a beta version of Exchange 15 later this summer.

The final version of Exchange 15, along with the rest of the Office 15 software line up, is expected to be released before the end of 2012.

Source : neowin.net

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Un projet de Cloud souverain sinon rien : c’est la solution défendue par Dassault Systèmes pour qui les 135 millions d’euros de financement de l’Etat doivent aller à un seul dossier de Cloud Computing. En cas de partage de l’enveloppe avec le projet porté par Orange et Thales, Dassault Systèmes menace d’abandonner selon La Tribune.

Avec 135 millions d’euros à la clé, le projet de Cloud souverain Andromède attisé les rivalités. Et selon La Tribune, à quelques jours de la décision finale du gouvernement, les tensions sont encore plus vives.

Sur la table, deux grands projets sont s’affrontent : d’une part celui défendu par Thales et Orange et d’autre part un dossier promu lui par Dassault Systèmes et SFR. Or, jusqu’en décembre Dassault était partenaire de Thales et Orange.

Dassault Systèmes ne veut pas partager ni être concurrencé par Orange et Thales

Selon La Tribune, le comité d’investissement du FSN (Fonds pour la société numérique) s’est déjà réuni le 30 mars. Ses conclusions seront présentées le 2 avril au commissaire général à l'investissement, René Ricol. Au final c’est François Fillon qui tranchera à la fin de la semaine.

Si, à ce stade, les deux projets pourraient bénéficier du financement de l’Etat (ce serait la principale recommandation du FSN), une telle perspective ne fait pas l’unanimité. Dassault Systèmes combattrait, notamment auprès de l’Elysée, un tel scénario en menaçant de jeter l’éponge si le projet d’Orange et Thales était aussi retenu.

Ce jusqu’auboutisme ne serait d’ailleurs pas du gout de son partenaire SFR, qui en mars a d'ailleurs annoncé un partenariat technique et commercial dans le Cloud Computing avec HP.

Saupoudrer mènerait à l'échec selon l'Afdel

L’idée d’un Cloud souverain unique est soutenue par un groupe d’industriels du secteur, l’Afdel (Association Française des Editeurs de Logiciels).

Dans une tribune parue en mars, son secrétaire général, Loïc Rivière, appelait le gouvernement à ne pas « disperser ses efforts » en apportant son soutien à un unique projet. « Un projet, et non plusieurs, car le saupoudrage, conduirait en la matière à l'échec » ajoutait-il.

Mais le soutien de l’Afdel n’est sans doute pas étranger à la présence dans son organigramme, en tant que vice-président, de Philippe Forestier, par ailleurs vice-président exécutif de Dassault Systèmes. Thales et Orange ne sont en revanche pas membres de l’Afdel.

Bref, on va dans le mur et on klaxonne…

Source : http://www.zdnet.fr/

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Small and medium sized business are quickly moving to the cloud to reduce IT costs, a new study shows. The number of cloud services is expected to double over the next five years, and the number of small business using at least one cloud service will triple during that same period.

Cloud computing offers small business the opportunity to access the computing power of much larger corporations at a fraction of the cost. In fact, the survey shows that half of all SMBs see the cloud as becoming more important to their business.

"The cloud levels the playing field for SMBs, helping them compete in today’s quickly changing business environment, by spending less time and money on IT and more time focused on their most important priority —- growing their businesses", argues Microsoft operator channel vice president Marco Limena.

Microsoft commissioned the study of 3,000 small and medium sized businesses in 13 countries. The survey was conducted by Wayland, Mass.-based research firm Edge Strategies.

The most commonly used cloud services are email, instant messaging, voice communications, and backup. Edge also looked at SMB cloud plans over the next three years and the same cloud services also are in the IT plans of those embracing the cloud.

From this data, it certainly could be argued that SMBs seem to be quick to embrace the cloud in order to enhance communication. It makes sense: in small business, communication is key to ensure rapid growth.

The biggest motivators for migration to the cloud among SMBs is to save money (54 percent), followed by increases in productivity. Decision makers also mentioned flexibility as a fairly common response. Of those already using the cloud, 59 percent reported productivity increases as a result.

Such an increase in productivity is vital in an economy where revenues are hard to come by. Even in this environment, cloud-enabled SMBs are or expect to do well. 63 percent report that they expect to increase sales within the next 12 to 18 months, with 58 percent believing the cloud makes them more competitive in the marketplace.

"Gone are the days of large enterprises holding the keys to enterprise-class IT and services", Limena says.

Source : Betanews : SMB cloud adoption begins to acclerate, study finds