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Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Nears Launch

Microsoft has not revealed the exact launch date of the Surface Pro, but indications are the arrival of the new tablet will be in line with previous timetables.
Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet in June during an invite-only event in Los Angeles. Microsoft announced that the RT version, which is powered by an ARM-based microprocessor and runs Windows RT, would launch alongside its new Windows 8 operating system on 26 October, 2012.
Surface Pro, a beefier version of the tablet that packs an Intel Core i5 processor and ships with Windows 8 Pro pre-installed, would hit shelves 90 roughly days later, according to the company.
True to its word, the Microsoft made Surface RT tablets available at retail the same day as its new flagship operating system. Now it appears that the company is also making good on its pledge to deliver Surface Pro three months later, give or take a few days.
Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft Surface, took to social media to reveal that he was about to get some hands-on time with the first Surface Pro tablets to roll off the assembly line. He tweeted, "On my way to the factory to check out #Surface Pro coming off the line…arriving in the coming weeks."
The disclosure signals that the company has not only kicked off mass production, but that Surface Pro tablets are wending its way into retail channels. Given Surface RT’s lackluster sales, Microsoft will want to stock those shelves with Surface Pro sooner rather than later or risk further damage to the brand.

Source : http://uk.news-republic.com/Web/

Steven Sinofsky quitte Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, le patron des activités Windows et Windows Live, quitte Microsoft, a annoncé lundi le groupe informatique américain.

En remplacement, Julie Larson-Green, qui travaille au sein de Microsoft depuis 1993, a été nommée à la tête de toutes les activités logicielles Windows et de l’ingénierie du matériel, a annoncé Microsoft.

Microsoft n’a pas expliqué les raisons du départ de Steven Sinofsky qui survient à peine quelques semaines après le lancement de Windows 8, symbole de la restructuration majeure du système d’exploitation Windows de Microsoft.

Dans un communiqué, le PDG de Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, a salué les formidables contributions de Steven Sinofsky à l’entreprise tout en encourageant son équipe qui fait face à cette "nouvelle ère de Microsoft".

Microsoft: the cloud is your future, and ours

Microsoft is doing what it can to promote cloud computing, focusing on the platform at the TechEd annual developer conference in Orlando, Fla. this week. In the event’s opening keynote, Server and Tools chief Satya Nadella told a sold-out crowd of 10,000 that the future of Microsoft is in the cloud.

In the month or so leading up to TechEd, Microsoft has made a fair number of cloud-related announcements. Some of this is out of necessity, because of customer demand, but a lot of it has to do with competitive pressures.

Microsoft finds itself squeezed by Google and Amazon, as both make their plays for the cloud. It could be argued that Google is one of the premier PaaS providers out there, while Amazon pretty much has the IaaS sector locked up. This leaves little space for Microsoft, who long ruled the traditional computing market with an iron fist.

That doesn’t phase Nadella though, and he believes Microsoft is uniquely positioned to make a play for the cloud.

“The operating system does two things: it looks after the hardware, and it provides a platform for applications. The modern datacenter and modern apps put more pressure than ever on infrastructure to become truly cloud-optimized, and that’s where Microsoft builds on our legacy with the OS to help our customers,” Nadella said.

Nadella pointed to Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate as a sign of the company’s seriousness in helping its customers adopt the cloud. The RC is being marketed alongside System Center 2012 as a way to embrace both virtualization and the cloud, both public and private.

The latest update to Windows Azure and its move from a PaaS play to an Iaas and PaaS offering is another facet of Microsoft’s increasing support for the cloud. Azure now permits users to run persistent virtual machines of both Windows and Linux, as well as develop virtual private networks that extend from on-premise into the cloud. Obviously, Microsoft is attempting to take on Amazon Web Services here, which has a very strong presence in the IaaS market.

Finally, Nadella announced a new version of Windows Intune, which includes expanded mobile device management features and upgrade rights to the latest version of Windows as the company moves towards a fall release of Windows 8.

In an accompanying blog post, Nadella explains more about Microsoft’s cloud strategy. "With Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned from running datacenters and services at global scale and are delivering the next generation of operating systems — the ‘cloud OS’ — to help our customers seize the opportunities of the cloud", he wrote.

Source : betanews

Microsoft Office 2011 pour Mac Service Pack 2 (14.2.0)

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 –

Major Changes in Microsoft Certification

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/

Microsoft Cloud Services Get Major Service Updates, New Customers

Microsoft Corp. today announced the first major service update for Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. The service will also be available to try in 22 additional markets today, including Argentina, Iceland, Indonesia, South Africa and Taiwan.

Look who is using the cloud.

“We are seeing really positive momentum for Office 365. Customers are adopting Office 365 eight times faster than our previous service, and the solution is on track to become one of our fastest-growing offers in Microsoft history,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Office Division at Microsoft. “We are also seeing great traction with small businesses, with more than 90 percent of our early Office 365 customers coming from small businesses.”

Small Businesses and Big Brands Bet on Office 365

More and more large global companies are choosing Office 365 to enable their employees and customers to work together in the cloud. In fact, more than 40 percent of the global Interbrand list of the 100 top brands use Office 365 or related cloud productivity services from Microsoft. Among the new customers are Campbell Soup Company and Groupe Marie-Claire, which have recently chosen Office 365 to reap the benefits of cloud productivity.

“Office 365 is key to our plans to propel our employees to next-generation innovation in productivity technologies, at a very rapid pace,” said Joe Spagnoletti, senior vice president and chief information officer at Campbell Soup Company. “We’re betting on the cloud — and Office 365 — as we prepare to build a highly collaborative workplace where employees across our global offices can all work together and communicate in a seamless fashion.”

Groupe Marie-Claire, a leading fashion magazine published in more than 30 countries, will use Office 365 to modernize the company’s email and collaboration capabilities, while moving away from a costly and inefficient legacy technology. Employees at Groupe Marie-Claire will be able to access email and share documents on a PC, Mac or various mobile devices with Office 365.

“We thoroughly evaluated other cloud productivity offerings in the market before choosing Microsoft. Office 365 is the right choice to help our company support the way people work today and encourage a more mobile work environment,” said Philippe Chapier, IT manager for Groupe Marie-Claire. “With the service, we have the added benefit of working together with familiar tools on almost any device and can make quicker decisions when needed.”

Rapid Cloud Evolution

Microsoft is also making more than 30 new updates to Office 365 to enhance collaboration and communication, and for SkyDrive, adding simple app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5 based largely on customer feedback. Key new features and enhancements include the following:

Support for Lync for Mac. Mac users can now use instant messaging, presence and videoconferencing through Office 365.

New SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, which allow people to connect to information in their company’s critical line-of-business applications, such as customer relationship management or SAP software.

Support for Windows Phone 7.5. Starting today, people can access and update documents in SharePoint Online from anywhere using their Windows Phone.

SkyDrive gets simpler app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5. Share any Office document in one click. Work together more easily with any contact — across email services and connected networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Powerful tools to manage and organize files quickly. Drag and drop multiple files to upload across browsers on PC and Mac.

“Today’s news illustrates how we’re executing like never before in the cloud with more customers, capabilities and commitment than anyone in the industry. All this while others search for their focus,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division.

Source : bink.nu

Réunion CUMULOS le 6 avril 2011

A l’occasion du lancement de la beta publique d’Office 365 début avril, CUMULOS, la Communauté des Utilisateurs Microsoft Online Services vous invite à participer à une après-midi spécialement consacrée à cet évènement le 6 avril 2011 de 14h00 à 18h00 sur le Campus de Microsoft France, 41 quai du Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux.

Au programme : présentation des services Exchange Online, SharePoint Online et Lync Online, nouveautés de la beta, Q&A avec les équipes Microsoft, présentation de produits tiers et d’offres autour de la solution Microsoft Office 365.

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Xbox 360 USB Flash Support Update Now Live

Xbox 360As previously promised, a title update for the Xbox 360 went live this morning that adds support for nearly all USB flash drives (and even USB hard drives) up to 16GB in size.

Microsoft’s Larry Hryb confirmed release of the title update today, which will allow gamers to use external flash drives to store just about anything that previously had to go on a 360 hard drive — including game saves, Xbox Live profiles, and any downloaded game demos.

To use a USB flash drive, you must first configure it in the memory area of the 360’s system settings menu. You can choose how much of your device to commit to 360 use (up to 16GB), but note that for however long that portion remains committed to the 360, it won’t be usable when you connect your drive to a PC or Mac — only whatever space you didn’t commit to the 360 will remain accessible.

To support the new functionality, Microsoft has partnered with SanDisk to create 360-branded 8 and 16GB flash drives for release in May. Do note that these devices are rumored to cost between $40 and $70 (via Kotaku), although Microsoft hasn’t revealed any official pricing details. Still, any standard USB flash drives will work, so it shouldn’t be an issue if Microsoft decides to stick with their unreasonably expensive pricing tendencies when it comes to official 360 storage devices.

Source : 1up.com