Microsoft Newsletter

Announcements from Microsoft Build

During Microsoft’s BUILD conference, Satya Nadella announced several new capabilities and features coming to the Microsoft Clouds. Some of these include Microsoft Dev Box using Windows 365, GitHub Copilot which uses AI to help write code, Azure for Operators to bring cloud capabilities to telecom companies, the ability to switch between a local Windows 11 …

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Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

Microsoft’s cloud services focused on sustainability have been released. The service, called Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, is designed to bring a combination of packaged solutions and services together to help with sustainability insights. The initial release provides tools to aggregate and unify environmental data into a single location in Azure. The service includes some pre-built …

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Microsoft Updates to M365 Suite

Microsoft is adding several new features and capabilities to the Microsoft 365 suite. First, Visio is gaining several new infographic and marketing templates to help streamline creating visualizations. Second, PowerPoint is gaining two important new features. The first of these new features is the Storytelling Mode that integrates Power BI and PowerPoint together to enable …

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Microsoft Viva Sales and Viva Goals

Microsoft’s Employee Experience platform, Viva, has two new modules available – Viva Sales and Viva Goals. Viva Sales combines CRM platforms like Salesforce, Dynamics, and others with Teams and the Microsoft 365 suite to better integrate customer calls, meetings, chats, and records. Viva Sales will be available in Q4 2022. The second new module, Viva …

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Microsoft Entra

Microsoft is growing and integrating its identity management tools into a unified product family called Microsoft Entra. Entra consists of three core pillars of identity tools – Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM), and a decentralized identity platform. Entra is designed to work across any cloud provider and on-premises environments. Two …

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Ampre Altra ARM Processors Come to Azure

High performance ARM processors are now in Azure with the Amprere Altra processors. The new Azure Virtual Machines will offer up to 64 virtual processors and up to 208 GiBs of memory, allowing the machines to handle many different types of workloads. Currently CentOS, Ubuntu, and Windows 11 Professional are supported for an operating system. …

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Azure Managed Grafana Now in Preview

The Grafana visualization platform and tool is now available in preview as a managed service in Azure. Microsoft announced a partnership with Grafana Labs to bring a managed version into Azure allowing organizations to provision Grafana in minutes while offering deeper integration into Azure native services like Azure Monitor and Azure Data Explorer. In addition, …

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Azure Purview Rebranding to Microsoft Purview and Expanding

Microsoft’s data governance solutions are expanding to be more comprehensive and, as a result, getting a new name. Previously called Azure Purview, the new solution will instead be called Microsoft Purview. Previously Azure Purview focused its data governance and controls mainly on standard databases and cloud data sources. With the new Microsoft Purview platform, Purview …

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Windows 11 and Future of Work Updates

Windows 11 and Windows 365 are coming closer together with new features coming soon. During a Future of Work update event, Microsoft announced several changes to Windows 11, Windows 365, and the management tools supporting these platforms. Some of the key announcements included a Boot to Windows 365 option, Windows 365 integration into Windows 11 …

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