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New Microsoft datacenters in Germany officially announced

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Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, just announced in Berlin the new cloud strategy for Germany which includes two new Microsoft datacenters, one located in Frankfurt and the second located in Magdeburg. All major Microsoft Cloud services will be offered from the new facilities, including Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online. The new Microsoft datacenters in Germany will most probably go live in the second half of 2016.

The new Microsoft datacenters in Germany underline once more Microsoft’s commitment to data security and data privacy, making sure that all Microsoft cloud customers are able to meet their specific compliance and regulatory needs. The two datacenters are connected through a private network, so that the data flow is completely isolated from the internet.

Further, German and European customers will be able to choose between a global Microsoft cloud service and a local cloud service. If customers opt for the local cloud service, none of the data or metadata will be stored outside Europe. To make everything as transparent as possible, the German company T-Systems will act as a data trustee under German law. What this means is that T-Systems is the only one to decide who gets access to the data stored in the new datacenters and who doesn’t. This means that Microsoft itself won’t have any access to the data. Continue reading

Microsoft cuts back on unlimited OneDrive storage for consumers

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Around one year ago, Microsoft made a very bold announcement: unlimited OneDrive storage for all Office 365 subscribers, consumer plans included. And at that point, OneDrive suddenly became relevant within the cloud storage market. Unfortunately, Microsoft has announced on Monday that OneDrive storage for Office 365 consumer subscriber will go back to the 1 TB threshold.

So Office 365 Home, Personal or University subscribers won’t have unlimited OneDrive storage anymore and the new limit will be 1 TB, just as it was before last year’s announcement. This change takes effect immediately for all subscribers. Users that have a larger amount of data stored on their OneDrive will have one year time to move the exceeding data elsewhere. If users fail to move their exceeding data elsewhere, they will have read-only access to their OneDrive storage for another 6 months. What happens with that data afterwards is still unclear.  Continue reading

Windows 10 on 14 million devices in 24 hours

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Windows 10 was globally launched on July 29th in 190 countries and the free upgrade process started successfully. Press reviews were overwhelmingly positive and it seems like Microsoft did it right this time, even if, for sure, there are still things that can be improved. Windows 10 is delivered as a service and improvements will be shipped on a regular basis, so end users won’t have to always wait till the next patch.  Continue reading

Everything you need to know about the upgrade to Windows 10

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So tomorrow is the big day when Windows 10 will become generally available and when the first users will get the chance to upgrade for free to the best Windows ever made. In case you don’t know all the aspects about the upgrade to Windows 10, here is everything you need to know about it.

You can upgrade to Windows 10 in basically only two very simple steps. I’m sure you already noticed the “Upgrade to Windows 10” icon that appeared around one month ago next to the Windows clock in the bottom right corner.  Continue reading

Few things you could miss after upgrading to Windows 10

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When talking about some of the great Windows 10 features, I promised to come back with an article regarding some things that you could miss after upgrading to Windows 10 on July 29th. I have to admit that in my opinion only Windows 7 users will really feel a huge difference after the upgrade.

So first of all, Windows Home editions users are probably familiar with the Media Center. Well, the Media Center is not available in Windows 10 anymore so you would most probably need some third party software to do the job the Media Center did. However.  Continue reading

Windows 10 – some cool features that you may underestimate

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As promised I will continue to write about Windows 10 these days, since on July 29th Window 10 will become generally available, but I’m sure you know this already. So right now I would like to concentrate on some cool Windows 10 features that may be a little bit underestimated.

1. The Start button. Yes, in Windows 10 we will have the Start button back, and I mean the real one, not a surrogate like in Windows 8.1. Sure, the Windows 10 Start button has a total different design than the one we know from Windows 7, but it really takes advantage of the live tiles. Furthermore, it is fully customizable so that every user should find his perfect button.  Continue reading

Is the Windows 10 free upgrade really free?

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Seven more days till July 29th when Windows 10 will be globally launched. Therefore I will concentrate on Windows 10 for the next couple of weeks. And I would like to start the Windows 10 article series by answering a question that I heard very often, especially when going out with friends or family. As we know, every eligible device with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license could benefit from a Windows 10 free upgrade. But is this free upgrade really free?

The answer is clearly YES. There are no strings attached and everyone would get a full Windows 10 license. You won’t have to pay for it after the first 12 months, as I often hear, your Windows 10 license will not become a subscription so you won’t be charged monthly for using it.  Continue reading

Microsoft and Docker announce new innovations for Azure IaaS

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Around one year ago Microsoft and Docker started a great partnership meant to continuously innovate and bring new cool features to Azure IaaS that enable organizations around the world to build their next generation cross platform apps. Trying to enumerate all the new features brought to Microsoft Azure in partnership with Docker is not easy at all, but some of them include Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers, Docker VM Extensions for Linux on Azure, Docker CLI support on Windows, Compose and Swarm support on Azure, Visual Studio Tooling for Docker.

These days at the the DockerCon North America Microsoft and Docker announced and demonstrated some new features and updates that take the partnership to a next step.  Continue reading

Bing just redefined the online video search

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Well, yes, you read it right and I am fully aware of all implication when I am saying that Bing just redefined the online video search. At first I didn’t notice it at all, but this morning, when going through all the tech news I stumbled upon this report and I went straight ahead to test it myself.

So, today Bing released some major updates to its video search engine which redefines the online video search. One of the cool new features is that you are able to preview the video, with or without audio, right from the search result page, so you may be able to check first if a certain video is what you were looking for or not.  Continue reading

Fixes in Azure AD Sync Build 1.0.494.0501

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Azure AD Sync Build 1.0.494.0501 was released some time ago and in my opinion it brought a fix for a major problem I was seeing in a lot of cases and that is failing of password writeback with servicebus connectivity error.

I still see a lot of partners struggling with this type of error messages at their end customers and I advised all of them to install the new build. This solved this error in all of the cases.

However, be aware that Azure AD Sync build  1.0.494.0501 now requires the .Net Framework version 4.5.1 to be installed. So if you don’t have this .NET version currently installed on your server, you may want to install it before installing the new Azure AD Sync Build.  Continue reading