Cloud giant's blunt instrument clobbers loyal resellers tooMicrosoft's Toby Richards, General Manager of programmes within the Commercial Partner organisation, has explained the company's removal of free licences from the benefits assigned to resellers.Richards presented an "Ask me anything" (AMA) session yesterday on the subject of "Partner investments and incentives" – and there was only one thing on the mind of the participants.This was the removal of "Internal use rights" (IUR) from the licences granted to resellers who sign up for Microsoft's "Action Pack" or earn a gold or silver "competency" in a specific area.To be told 25 years later that the IUR benefits we've literally built our business around are being 'retired' in July 2020 comes as quite the shock... Having grown from 1 employee to nearly 90 over the years, licensing out the full stack that we're using now is going to be incredibly cost prohibitive.1 year isn't long enough to plan for this level of change.
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No more internal use rights for channel types – you'll have to pay for them yourselvesMore than 2,500 resellers and integrators have signed a petition opposing Microsoft's intention to remove free software licences granted to members of the channel to run their business.The changes are described here:Effective July 1, 2020, we will retire the internal use rights (IUR) association with the product licenses partners receive in the Microsoft Action Pack and included with a competency.There are a huge number of partners resellers, most of them small businesses, who recommend, resell and support customers running Microsoft wares or services.In 2017, Microsoft said that "our partners employ more than 17 million people around the world".
An internal Microsoft email chain, first reported by Quartz, reportedly details a litany of egregious acts of sexual harassment and discrimination experienced by women at the company.The chain received hundreds of responses since it began on March 20th, according to Wired, prompting employees to protest the toxic work culture at a Q with CEO Satya Nadella on Thursday.The allegations in the email thread include issues now viewed as typical within the tech industry — such as a lack of promotions and unjust treatment toward individuals from employees from underrepresented groups within the company, Wired reported.Microsoft employees were still reportedly emailing within the chain on Thursday.Other allegations are exceedingly more damning.One Microsoft Partner employee reportedly wrote in the email that she “was asked to sit on someone’s lap twice in one meeting in front of HR and other executives,” stating that they didn’t do anything in response to this violation of the company’s policy.
No customer data visible but hell's bells, Redmond, what have you borked now?Exclusive Alarmed Microsoft support partners can currently view support tickets submitted from all over the world, in what appears to be a very wide-ranging blunder by the Redmond-based biz.“At the moment in the Microsoft Partner Portal you can see every ticket title for every support request worldwide!” Stuart Crane of IT biz Everon told us this morning.Another Microsoft partner, Warren Lloyd of Ilkley IT services, added: “You can't see the contents of the ticket, but you can see the case number and title...So you can’t see any customer info, just the title of what’s been submitted.”Another Microsoft small biz specialist contacted us to say "Logged on to my Microsoft Partner portal to check status of a ticket I have open with them only to see lots of tickets which are not ours".
the Pickit was founded in 2013 by Henrik Bergqvist, who today is the ceo with a base in Visby, and Mathias Björkholm, who is now the US manager, based in Seattle.Already in its first year managed company bring in 20 million sek in venture capital, and become a default choice in Microsoft's Powerpoint.in an article In Today's Industry, from 2014, described Mathias Björkholm Pickit as an "image Spotify".For 99 dollars a month, users could download an unlimited number of genre pictures for presentations, web pages and other.”People want a legal solution,” said Mathias Björkholm then.Today, distributed Pickits picture service inside Office 365.
But in order to get there, it needs the kind of infrastructure that can handle all that data moving back and forth.Volkswagen announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft in regards to VW's connected-car future.The two will put their heads together to create an entire digital ecosystem that seeks to turn VW's future cars into members of the internet of things (IoT), using Microsoft's Azure cloud platform as the foundation.This early stage of the partnership means that there aren't a whole lot of specifics available yet, but Volkswagen offered up a few.To start, VW will establish a cloud development office in the US, close to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, with the goal of employing about 300 engineers there.Microsoft will provide hiring and consulting resources to help speed this process along.
Honda recalls 232,000 Accord, Insight models over backup camerasElon Musk, Tesla and the SEC: How we got here, and what happens nextYour next oil change is on us!Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes halt some PHEV sales in GermanyVW, Microsoft partner up to power VW's connected-car futureSmart Forease concept chops its top for Paris
Mastercard has launched a new global B2B network built on Microsoft's Azure cloud service that aims to reduce inefficiencies and inaccuracies in verifying supply chain providers and create a near real-time electronic payment system.Mastercard Track is a global trade platform for the procure-to-pay-process, which today can be a highly manual effort.The B2B network enables banks, insurance companies and tech providers to streamline services to business customers, such as enhanced data analytics and trade finance.In B2B supply chain transactions, "know your customer"{ (KYC) or know your supplier is the method by which a company verifies the identity of its business partners and assesses risks for the business relationship.Early next year, Mastercard Track will go live with a Track Directory – a central, global "white pages" of more than 150 million registered businesses in 26 countries that integrates information from 4,500 compliance lists for companies to use in screening suppliers.So, we have a subscription service built into that directory that will send daily updates as the status of the company changes."
Baseline migration support contract worth £487,000The London Metropolitan Police is moving forward with its plans for “Met Digital Transformation” and has chosen Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider, with a contract for cloud migration awarded to the UK’s New Signature, a Microsoft partner.“Choosing to entrust their systems and applications in the cloud is a strong validation of the security and capabilities it offers.Being able to help them on that journey, over larger systems integrators and previous providers, is a watershed moment”, the company said in a release shared Friday.Speaking to Computer Business Review, Dan Scarfe, Founder of New Signature UK, told us that the first step in the process is to: “Launch this service line; start to broadcast internally within the Met that this capability is now online and set up workshops.”He added: “We have created this concept of a cloud clinic, which is like a drop-in clinic where different teams inside the Met can come along and talk to us about their applications and talk to us about the ideas that they have for new products and services.
Microsoft today announced its AI Platform for Windows developers, a new set of tools that will soon help developers to bring the machine learning models they trained in the cloud to their desktop apps.The AI platform in Windows 10, which will launch with the next major version of Windows, will make use of the GPU on your local machine and allows developers to run their models in real time and without the need for a round trip to the cloud.“What we are building really completes the story for Microsoft from an AI perspective,” Microsoft Partner Group program manager Kam VedBrat told me.In the past, Microsoft talked a lot about its machine learning infrastructure in the cloud and the tooling it built around this.With this, developers can now easily build their models in the cloud, using their framework of choice and then easily integrate these models with their desktop apps, using Visual Studio and some of the other tooling Microsoft is building for this.At the core of this is Onnx, a project that is backed by Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon.
Nvidia and Microsoft have jointly announced what they describe as a 'hyperscale GPU accelerator' for artificial intelligence and deep learning projects, released under a permissive licence as part of the Open Compute Project.The Nvidia HGX-1, the company explained during a presentation late last night, is an open-source design for an industry standard implementation of many-core GPU-accelerated computing and part of Microsoft's Project Olympus open-source cloud infrastructure programme.Described as being as fundamental for cloud-based artificial intelligence projects as the Advanced Technology Extended (ATX) standard was for motherboards, the HGX-1 is an undeniable beast: each unit includes eight Tesla P100 GPU-based accelerator boards linked using a new revision of Nvidia's NVLink high-performance interconnect technology which allows any CPU in the system to communicate with any combination of GPUs at a minimum latency.'AI is a new computing model that requires a new architecture,' claimed Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's founder and chief executive, at the unveiling.'The HGX-1 hyperscale GPU accelerator will do for AI cloud computing what the ATX standard did to make PCs pervasive today.It will enable cloud-service providers to easily adopt Nvidia GPUs to meet surging demand for AI computing.'
The authority's administrative and personnel committee this week made a long-awaited recommendation for the reorganization of Munich's IT setup, calling for an immediate start to the creation of a uniform, Windows-based client architecture that can be deployed across the council by the end of 2020 at the latest.Just over a decade ago, the Bavarian capital city hall famously ditched Windows for an Ubuntu derivative called LiMux, a portmanteau of Linux and München.The migration, which involved some 15,000 PCs and a reported cost of over €30m $32m , provided what is still the biggest showcase for a Linux desktop in any German public administration.However, the 2014 arrival of a new lord mayor, Dieter Reiter of the Social Democratic Party SPD , spelled trouble for the flagship scheme.Reiter quickly expressed interest in readopting Windows, although he said at the time there were no plans to have Microsoft's product become the administration's main desktop operating system.Last year, Reiter commissioned a report from consultants, including Microsoft partner Accenture, which said staff should be given the option of using Windows 10 and Microsoft Office.
A building on the Microsoft Headquarters campus in Redmond, Washington, on July 17, 2014.Microsoft is trying to help create machines that can have conversations by releasing a new set of data for free.The data, called the Microsoft Machine Reading Comprehension dataset MS MARCO is a bundle of 100,000 English queries along with corresponding answers.It's supposed to help people build artificial intelligence systems that can understand human written language.The company is opening up its dataset in the hope that Microsoft can work with other organizations on making machines better at reading comprehension, said Rangan Majumder, program manager for the Microsoft Partner Group, in a blog post on Friday.The queries in MS MARCO are based on anonymized questions that were submitted to Microsoft s Bing search engine and Cortana virtual assistant.
Microsoft today is announcing the release of R Server 9.0, an update for the commercially supported big data software aimed at large organizations.Microsoft is also releasing R Client 3.3.2, the latest version of the free software that people can run on desktop computers, as opposed to servers.R Server was previously known as Revolution R Enterprise but was renamed earlier this year, following Microsoft s 2015 acquisition of Revolution Analytics, a vendor of distributions of the R programming language.The new release — which draws on open-source R and community contributions as well as Microsoft s own proprietary tools — contains a number of enhancements.For one, the server software now includes the new MicrosoftML package with six new algorithms, including an artificial neural network for deep learning that can train on lots of data using graphics processing units GPUs and then make inferences on new data.People can use one of many open source deep learning frameworks instead, but this is in R. There are also algorithms for more traditional forms of machine learning like random forest, boosted decision tree, and logistical regression, Microsoft partner director of program management Nagesh Pabbisetty wrote in a blog post.With today s release, models that data scientists write in R are easier to deploy into production.The server software lets data scientists expose models as application programming interfaces APIs and produce corresponding documentation using Swagger.R scripts and functions can be easily turned into web services as well.R Client version 3.3.2 by definition is memory-constrained but can be connected to R Server.It contains some features that aren t available in the community version, while at the same time supporting community packages.
UK data centre means police data is kept securely in British bordersLondon s Metropolitan Police force has selected Microsoft s UK data centre as the depository for it s the video data recorded by the body worn cameras used by its officers.The system dubbed Evidence.com is part of the world s second largest rollout of Body-Worn Video BWV systems for frontline police officers, and as such has a wealth of data than needs to be securely stored for use in court cases and reviewing evidence.The system is provided through a Microsoft partner Axon and will make use of the Redmond company s Azure cloud platform linked to its UK data centre to support the data storage part of the BMV system.Due to data residency issues when handling sensitive information such as that required for police evidence purposes, Microsoft s UK data centre was selected due to its location on mainland Britain and the fact that despite the Azure cloud being used as the storage system, the video data from the BWV system will not leave the physical or virtual borders of Britain.The Met has selected Microsoft Azure as we believe their UK data residency and transparency around secure data management offers both the public and the Police Service reassurance that this technology is being used effectively to support the prosecution of offenders, the safeguarding of private information and build confidence in policing, said Superintendent Adrian Hutchinson at the Met.
Microsoft has streamlined its Certified Solutions Expert MCSE and Developer MCSD certifications and will require holders to sit exams annually to stay current.Redmond says the four new MCSE and sole new MCSD certification are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers.There's also a new continuous learning plan that means Every year, you have the opportunity to re-earn the certification by passing an exam from the list of electives, demonstrating your investment in broadening or deepening your skills in a given Center of Excellence.There's a wrinkle here, because today Microsoft's certifications last two or three years, after which re-certification with new exams becomes necessary.This new plan starts on April 1 – no joke – 2017, as on the previous day All MCSE and MCSD certifications released prior to September 2016 will be retired .MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure - focusing on skills validation for Windows Server and Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Corp. is joining with Adobe Systems Inc. to offer cloud-based products to their large mutual customer base, helping the software giant to better compete with leading cloud contender Amazon.com Inc.With the partnership, Adobe will bring its creative marketing software programs like Photoshop and Illustrator to Microsoft s Azure cloud-computing service, the companies said in a statement Monday.At the same time, Microsoft will make Adobe s marketing programs the favored choice for its internet-based software that manages customer relationships.This is a good, solid relationship, since each lacked what the other had, said Brad Reback, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Co.Bringing the two products together in a more integrated way makes the combined offering more attractive to customers.Both Microsoft and Adobe -- an early pioneer in the shift to the cloud -- are trying to boost sales of their cloud offerings, where subscription-based services can be more lucrative than traditional installed software.The partnership allows them to join forces in opposition to Salesforce.com Inc., which competes with Adobe for cloud-based marketing customers and is both a Microsoft rival in customer software and a Microsoft partner in other areas.
The way it looks now, you'll want to go with the bundle pricingMicrosoft's upcoming Dynamics 365 cloud software promises a one-stop shop for ERP and CRM, but its modular convenience could come at a considerable cost, with strong incentives to sign up for bundle pricing.So suggests a blog post published Monday but since taken down by Microsoft partner Encore Business Solutions.The blog post outlined how pricing and licensing will work for the new enterprise software.A cached version of the post is still online."Microsoft Dynamics 365 represents a re-thinking of how Microsoft approaches the licensing and pricing of its cloud and enterprise software," wrote Trevor Molag, a marketing specialist with the firm.
Microsoft has been holding its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto where the company has made several announcements around cloud, partnerships, and Power BI capabilities.In a move that is basically offering Hardware-as-a-Service and will hopefully boost the company s declining hardware business, the Surface device will be offered as a subscription service through Microsoft s cloud solution providers CSPs .This will allow CSPs to offer surface hardware as a managed service offering, this will be combined with cloud services like Office 365, and the Windows 10 managed subscription offering, this means that CSPs will be able to provide an end-to-end set of solutions.For IBM this deal is similar in some regards to the one it made with Apple in 2014 to develop apps for iPhones and iPads.The benefit for Big Blue is that it can gain more enterprise software customers without the cost of having to support hardware.IBM will focus on developing applications around analytics, reporting, employee productivity, and management and forecasting.
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