March 16, 2015
Microsoft announced the availability of new products and services designed to enable individuals and businesses to put data to work, improving outcomes for businesses of all sizes. The announcements were made at Convergence 2015, Microsoft’s annual conference for its business customers.
“Companies are looking to take advantage of new opportunities through technologies such as machine learning and predictive analytics,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
“Only when they have formed a culture that enables everyone to access the data and knowledge that drives action will companies be in the right position to achieve true transformation.” Nadella demonstrated the products and services developed by Microsoft that enable companies Industries, companies and individuals gain insights and drive action from their data.
“Microsoft Azure IoT services combined with Windows 10 IoT for devices and Power BI are generating a level of collaboration, visibility and data insight that is unprecedented in the oil and gas industry – from the oilfield and operations center to the boardroom, ”said Gary Pearsons, vice president and general manager of Customer Support and Maintenance at Rockwell Automation.
The announcements for this day covered several areas:
Tools for industries– Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. Microsoft Azure IoT Suite is an integrated offering that leverages all relevant Azure capabilities, simplified billing, and easy provisioning to help businesses connect, manage, and analyze all of their “stuff”. Available in preview later this year, the new offering will provide businesses with applications for common Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, such as remote monitoring, asset management, and predictive maintenance, to simplify implementation and offering the ability to scale your solution to millions of “things” over time. Azure Stream Analytics will be generally available next month as part of Azure IoT or as a standalone service. Currently in preview, Azure Stream Analytics helps customers process massive amounts of incoming data in real time from “things” and services so they can predict trends and automate service and responses. – Windows 10 for the Internet of things. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will offer versions of Windows for a diverse set of IoT devices under the name Windows 10 IoT. Windows 10 IoT will provide a Windows platform with universal applications and controller models that will span a wide variety of devices: from low-footprint controllers like IoT gateways, to powerful devices like ATMs and industrial robots. Windows 10 IoT will also provide enterprise-grade security from device to cloud and native connectivity for machine-to-machine and machine-to-cloud scenarios with Azure IoT services.
Tools for organizations– Power BI is a service available in the US and in more than 140 markets around the world that helps clients get a complete picture of their companies through live market operational dashboards, explore data through visual reports Interactive and easily share new insights with colleagues and clients. New Power BI connectors, dashboards, and reports for some of the industry’s most popular data sources — including Google Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Zuora, Acumatica, and Twilio — are coming soon. – Microsoft Dynamics CRM Spring 2015 , scheduled for the end of the second quarter of 2015, will offer significant performance improvements, greater interoperability with Office 365 and new optimizations in knowledge management, efficiency and collaboration between employees and companies. The release also features Microsoft Social Engagement, the latest update to Microsoft’s social monitoring tool designed to allow people to monitor and interact in the context of their Dynamics CRM and / or Office application. The intelligence obtained through this new solution will allow companies to be better informed about what customers are saying on all social channels.
Tools for people– Office Delve, now available globally, uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to help people find relevant documents, conversations, and connections in Office 365. Also, Exchange Online and Yammer content is now available through the Delve experience. – The company announced the preview version of Office 2016 for IT professionals and developers, a major milestone for the next version of Office on the Windows desktop. Office 2016 is expected to be generally available in the second half of the year. Microsoft invites IT professionals and developers to join the preview to prepare, begin evaluating, and help define the future of the product. – The technical preview of Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) starts Monday, and The new Skype for Business client, server and service within Office 365 will be available from April. Skype for Business provides an enterprise-grade voice, video and collaboration experience based on the familiar Skype user interface, including the ability for Skype for Business customers to connect with others on the Skype network. They also highlighted the benefits of these products and solutions and showed how they are preparing to use intelligence systems to transform their businesses.
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