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Windows Server 19

Windows Server 19 embraces the hybrid cloud, hyperconverged data centers, Linux

Windows Server 19 will be available in the second half of the year, and you can preview it via the Insiders Windows Server 2019

program. Microsoft is set to make Windows Server 2019 generally available in the second half of the year, opening up access to its preview build through its Insiders program now and targeting data centers with new features to handle hybrid cloud setups and hyperconverged infrastructure.

The next version of Windows Server also adds new security features and enhances support for containers and Linux.

In a Monday announcement, Microsoft noted that general availability of Windows Server 19 will mark the next release in its Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), which essentially rolls up semi-annual Windows Server releases and related tweaks for enterprises that do not want to continuously update their server software.

A semi-annual channel server update will also go out at about the same time as the Windows Server 19/LTSC release, but Microsoft urges data centers that have workloads involving SQL Server, SharePoint, and Windows-Server-defined workloads to adopt the LTSC release.

Aiming at hybrid cloud

This is the first major release of Windows Server since 2016, and Microsoft is doubling down on features for hybrid cloud deployments. Cloud computing promises operational efficiency and cost optimization, but most big companies are operating hybrid computing environments for a variety of reasons, including compliance issues. Continue reading

Microsoft Mobile Management Tools

Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under Azure

The move should help companies more efficiently deploy and manage PCs. Microsoft has consolidated its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite of products under its Azure portal, combining its Intune mobile application management tools and its Azure Active Directory (AD) and Information Protection under a single console.-Mobile Management

The move offers a unified admin experience aimed at bolstering Mobile Managemententerprise mobility management efforts.

Microsoft introduced the EMS suite in March 2014, targeting businesses with strong mobile and cloud-first strategies.

“The move to the cloud is driving unprecedented investments in security and management. As part of this, enterprises are consolidating services to improve efficiency while increasing user productivity,” a Microsoft spokesperson said via.

The Microsoft move should allow companies to better deploy and manage PCs, according to David Johnson, Forrester Research’s principal analyst for infrastructure and operations. Continue reading

Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S

What is Windows 10 S and how is it different from regular Windows 10?

Microsoft launched Windows 10 S, a brand new version of its ubiquitous operating system that will come with many new PCs in the near future. But what is it, how much does it cost and how is it different to Windows 10 Home or Pro?

What is it?Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S is a fully fledged version of Windows 10 designed for low-cost computers as well as education-oriented PCs and even some premium computers, such as the new Microsoft Surface Laptop.

What does the ‘S’ stand for?

According to Microsoft, the “S” doesn’t stand for anything in particular, but the company says Windows 10 S is streamlined for simplicity, security, and speed. Windows 10 S will boot 15 seconds faster than a comparable machine running Windows 10 Pro with the same profile and apps installed, and it will run as fast on day 1,000 as it does on day one, Microsoft says. Continue reading