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Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

French startups are taking a more privacy centric approach file sharing

French startups such as Lima, Pydio and Infinit are taking a more privacy-centric approach to file sharing with offerings for consumers as well as organizations.

The growing popularity of online storage and file sharing services such as Dropbox puts the technology on a collision course with CIOs, who want to remain in control of enterprise data, and raises increasing privacy concerns after revelations about U.S. government snooping on such services.

Microsoft to marry Office with Dropbox for cloud productivity

In the latest example of Microsoft partnering with a major competitor, the company has struck a deal with Dropbox to improve interoperability between Office and Dropbox's cloud storage and file sharing services for consumers and businesses.

The partnership, announced Tuesday, creates a "coopetition" relationship, since Microsoft's OneDrive and OneDrive for Business compete against Dropbox's namesake consumer service and against Dropbox for Business.

Desktop-as-a-Service: Your BYOD assist

People are using more kinds of devices to get work done than ever before. Yet business apps aren't always available on users' devices of choice.

Desktop as a service (DaaS) is turning out to be one way to solve this problem.

Microsoft gives Office 365 customers unlimited OneDrive storage

Microsoft will no longer try to "one up" competitors in cloud storage, opting instead to eliminate the ceiling for consumer and business subscribers of its Office 365 suites, a move that will put it on par with some vendors and ahead of others.

All Office 365 editions will include unlimited capacity in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as Microsoft now begins a gradual rollout of this enhancement that will continue into next year. OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are designed as file repositories for individual users.

Office 365 gets built-in mobile device tools

Microsoft is building a subset of the mobile-device-management (MDM) features it provides with its Intune service into Office 365 for free.
Microsoft execs unveiled the addition of the MDM service for Office 365 at the kick-off keynote during Tech Ed Europe in Barcelona, Spain on October 28.

Office 365 admins get spreadsheet search help

Microsoft has switched on special search features in Office 365 designed to help IT administrators keep tabs on employees' spreadsheets, a task becoming more difficult and more important in enterprises.

The new capabilities are aimed at Office 365 customers who are having a hard time manually maintaining a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of critical spreadsheets used for sensitive business processes.

VMware lets users run virtualized desktops locally with Flex

VMware is offering a new product, Horizon Flex, that lets IT departments run containerized and secured virtual desktops locally on PC or Mac laptops and desktops. Users get a desktop that works when they are traveling or in places without Internet connectivity, Kit Colbert, CTO for end-user computing at VMware, said in a blog post Tuesday, introducing Horizon Flex.

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

The knock against Salesforce.com has long been for its lack of robust analytics, but the company is hoping to change that perception and challenge the competition with Wave, its sixth discrete cloud service.

"The legacy analytic tools out there are not made for today's data," claimed Stephanie Buscemi, senior vice president, Salesforce.com Analytics Cloud, in an interview prior to the company's Dreamforce conference, which kicks off Monday.

Box buys medical image viewing vendor to boost vertical industry push

Box has acquired a medical image viewing startup as part of its strategy to beef up its cloud storage and document management capabilities for health-care companies.

MedXT specializes in "medical image viewing, sharing and collaboration," so its technology is aligned with Box's intention to help make health-care data more easily accessible to doctors and patients, according to Box CEO Aaron Levie.

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