Microsoft integrates LinkedIn Resume Assistant with Office 365
Microsoft integrates LinkedIn Resume Assistant with Office 365

In the latest Microsoft Office 365 news, the firm has enhanced integration between Office and LinkedIn by releasing a new Resume Assistant feature.

This assistant utilises LinkedIn insights behind the scenes to create a connection to Microsoft Word. It pulls data from millions of members’ online profiles that match the user’s preferred industry and job position. Consequently, individuals drawing up their resumes can view how others with a similar job describe their role.

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Date 9 November 2017 Categories Microsoft
Future data centres could reside in oil-filled boxes
Future data centres could reside in oil-filled boxes

If the vision of two European IT firms becomes a reality, your next data centre might be nothing more than an aluminium box in which there are a couple of servers floating in oil.

One of the firms, Horizon Computing, has built the ‘RuggedPOD’ – a 70 x 70 x 70cm cubicle that houses eight mini ITX boards or four micro ATX motherboards. All of them float in an organic dielectric oil bath which conducts heat, but can’t conduct electricity. Read more >

Date 9 November 2017 Categories GCC
Microsoft invests millions in 3-D printing start-up
Microsoft invests millions in 3-D printing start-up

The venture capital divisions of Microsoft and Siemens as well as Porsche have invested $30 million in Markforged, a 3-D printing start-up.

Despite the fact that consumer interest in the technology is not what it used to be, many manufacturers are still interested in using it for custom-built prototypes. Read more >

Date 3 November 2017 Categories Microsoft
Microsoft appointed as Chevron’s cloud provider
Microsoft appointed as Chevron’s cloud provider

Microsoft has been chosen as Chevron’s cloud provider in what can only be described as a win-win situation for both parties involved.

The two firms did not reveal the terms of the agreement, but what we do know is that Chevron will transfer applications development to Microsoft’s Azure cloud service. Operational applications and legacy data will be moved over gradually, while the two firms will share development and research and utilise each other’s technical staff. Read more >

Date 1 November 2017 Categories Microsoft
Azure cloud and Cray supercomputers could become formidable combination
Azure cloud and Cray supercomputers could become formidable combination

The latest news from Microsoft is that the company is adding Cray supercomputers to its existing Azure cloud computing service, in order to better accommodate clients who need HPC (high performance computing) workloads.

Cloud-based computer systems, such as Azure, can be very useful in building huge cluster-like computers that can handle massive, distributed workloads. In combination with GPUs and FPGAs, this often places them on a par with conventional super-computers. Read more >

Date 26 October 2017 Categories Microsoft
Cisco well on its way to buying Broadsoft
Cisco well on its way to buying Broadsoft

Cisco Systems Inc, the biggest networking equipment manufacturer on earth, is busy finalising the acquisition of U.S. telecom software company Broadsoft Inc for nearly $2bn, an insider said yesterday.

The transaction will enable Cisco to continue diversifying its operations, from the stagnant routers and switches business into the unified communications software industry.

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Date 26 October 2017 Categories GCC
Intel releases new range of Artificial Intelligence chips
Intel releases new range of Artificial Intelligence chips

It seems that Intel was caught fast asleep by the Artificial Intelligence (AI) boom – but now the firm is trying very hard to re-establish its leadership role in the silicon industry by releasing a new range of chips specifically designed for AI: the NNP or Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor range.

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Date 26 October 2017 Categories GCC
Explosive growth for Office 365 although some remain concerned
Explosive growth for Office 365 although some remain concerned

More than a thousand organisations, from firms with over 10,000 employees to one-man businesses, took part in a survey stretching from Europe to North America, Africa and the Middle East.

The Barracuda Networks poll tried to gauge trends in the use and adoption of Microsoft Office 365, including what people saw as major pros and cons.

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Date 17 October 2017 Categories Microsoft
Quantum computing industry boosted by new Intel chip
Quantum computing industry boosted by new Intel chip

As a small business owner, you might be wondering what the next major tech revolution will bring. While cloud computing is rapidly revolutionising the industry, experts say the next big thing is quantum computing.

IBM released its first quantum processor in May 2017, and researchers have been playing around with basic silicon and silicon-laced diamonds as possible substrate for future quantum computers. Microsoft is presently developing a new coding language for this technology, while Google is examining cloud-based solutions.

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Date 13 October 2017 Categories GCC
Tibco buys data virtualisation unit from Cisco
Tibco buys data virtualisation unit from Cisco

Multi-national technology giant Cisco Systems has announced that it is selling Cisco Data Virtualisation to Tibco. The unit was previously called Composite Software before Cisco bought it four years ago.

According to Tibco, it plans to integrate the heart of the Cisco Information system and “related consulting and support services” into its current range of analytics, next to the existing Connected Intelligence Platform and the Tibco Spotfire analytics.

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Date 13 October 2017 Categories Cisco
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