To facilitate first-line workers, Microsoft has been eager in introducing new Microsoft 365 plans. With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, Firstline workers have been facilitated from various ends in order to pave their way through any hurdles while at work.
The New Microsoft 365 plan for Frontline workers, called Microsoft 365 F1, was rolled out on the First of April 2020. The following products are included in this plan:
- Microsoft Teams
- Enterprise Security + Management
The plan costs $4 per user for a month. This plan brings forward secure and integrated experience for Firstline Workers making them collaborate better. With a Single Sign-On and Multi-Factor Authentication, the Firstline Workers are kept secure with the collaborative solutions effectively.
The Microsoft 365 F3 updated plan for first-line workers
Microsoft 365 F3 is also an updated version of the previously mentioned F1 plan. With this plan, the workers can get additional capabilities of Forms, Power Automate/Power Apps, and take advantage of Windows 10 E3 with only $10 per month per user.
Microsoft has reveled in a news recently that a total of $33.1 billion (£25.7bn) of revenue by focusing on Ai technology. With distributed computing on the rise, Microsoft has assisted organizations with its Azure services and has invested more on Azure platform.
Most fortune companies are on a journey towards cloud migration and Microsoft is assisting them to utilize its Azure platform to ease their cloud transformation journey. Microsoft’s, once termed as, productivity suite is now the productivity cloud comprising of powerful Office 365 features and assisting companies with Ai based approach to a better digital transformation journey. Microsoft is taking further steps to make revenue growth form Windows commercial products as reported by ZDnet. To cater for real world and changing business needs, Microsoft is focusing on service provision along with revenue expansion both for the company and its clients.
Microsoft has expanded its cloud centers towards Germany and Switzerland and taking further steps to enhance cloud-first move for organizations.
Microsoft Mixed reality is a very progressive technology involving holographic technology. Airbus has put this technology into practice and adopted mixed reality to achieve its goal of building 20,000 new aircrafts in the next 20 years (previously, it took 40 years to build 10,000 aircrafts)
With increasing air traffic, the aerospace giant has set its high goals which they are planning to achieve by utilizing multiple use cases already defined by Airbus. The plan to work with Microsoft on mixed reality had been initiated four years ago and during the trials with mixed reality, impressive results have been achieved so far. The HoloLens headset has the potential to break barriers and hurdles in the way of development. Users of HoloLens 2 can manipulate objects in a much similar manner as they manipulate physical hardware. Airbus has built off-the-shelf solutions for customers.
The future is getting exciting.
Providers like AT&T collaborating with Tech Giants like Microsoft. That’s interesting news for Cloud business owners.
The need for improved communication technology is increasing each day. Microsoft has now partnered with AT&T, in an announcement last month, to apply AI technology for better business improvement. The alliance is further done to improve other technologies such as the cloud and 5G communication technology. The aim of AT&T is to migrate most non-network workloads to the public cloud by the year 2024 for more innovative acceleration for companies and workforce empowerment with optimal costs. The agreement will give rise to robust cloud-based collaboration tools with Azure and Microsoft 365. AT&T has the credit of being the first Provider to bring 5G to United States and promises to provide 5G nationwide by next year.
This collaboration will jointly facilitate the mutual customers of AT&T and Microsoft Azure with market integrated industry solutions.
The field of cyber security has gained most popularity over the years pertaining to the high amount of cyber-attacks to origination in recent past. Microsoft has been eager in providing cyber defenders opportunities to defend in a better environment to benefit cloud based technologies. Earlier this year, Microsoft has introduced Microsoft Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Threat Experts for this purpose.
The idea is to support and power security teams while reducing false alarms, noise, time consuming tasks and complexity. Microsoft security experts are frequently called to rescue enterprise data and cloud environment that has become a victim of cyber-attacks. Enterprises still rely on Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools. Azure Sentinel is a native SIEM tool with AI embedded that helps to drastically reduce noise. Microsoft Threat Experts is a latest service within Windows Defender ATP. Using this service, Microsoft searches for any potential threats that can harm your systems and also prides on-demand expert service called “Ask a Threat Expert”.
Both these services are introduced to facilitate cyber defense services aiming to keep cloud systems more secure and smooth to run.
In order to facilitate AI-driven collaboration and hybrid-cloud innovations, Microsoft has showcased a set of new tools to create innovative and intelligent solutions earlier this month at Microsoft Build 2019, Microsoft Corp.’s annual developer conference. Many of Microsoft Partners showcased their new solutions that revolve around the latest approach for development: Intelligent and customer-centric. The advancements are seen for collaboration amongst Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure to make customers and developers come up with innovation and productive solutions.
Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft mentioned in the event: “As computing becomes embedded in every aspect of our lives, the choices developers make will define the world we live in, Microsoft is committed to providing developers with trusted tools and platforms spanning every layer of the modern technology stack to build magical experiences that create new opportunity for everyone.”
Some of the tools showcased included the general availability of Microsoft Graph data connect, Microsoft Edge, and Fluid Framework.
We covered the Azure Backup feature a while ago. Today, let’s dive into exciting news about 2 latest features of Azure native Firewall that Microsoft has recently announced:
- Azure Firewall Threat intelligence based filtering: this feature of Azure Firewall supports Microsoft Threat Intelligence and provides threat intelligence based filtering. It logs all matching indicators. With the Microsoft Intelligent security graph, it facilitates Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel. It makes firewall management easier.
- Azure native Firewall Service tags filtering: Service tags confines a group of IP address prefixes to specific services like Azure Key Vault, SQL Azure, and Azure Service Bus. These service tags can be used in destination filed in network rules. A few more tags include AzureConnectors, AzureCosmosDB, MicrosoftContainerRegistry, and AppService. A whole list of tags along with their details is available on Microsoft Docs.
With such features, Azure native Firewall continues to stay a strong entity in providing native firewall-as-a-service which provides rules for application level filtering and network level filtering.
Cloud infrastructure is an important step in providing
Private cloud. Here are a few steps in building the cloud infrastructure:
Step 1: The definition
no purpose is necessary first. It is important to highlight what are the
business requirements for which the cloud is being developed.
Step 2: Workload definition
is important. The enterprises that will be using the cloud must be having some applications
that are run on cloud. Define these workload in advanced.
Step 3: Definition
of Governance and other important aspects like Software, Networks, and Security
Implementation. In this step, the private
cloud along with other resources is stage into the data center.
Step 5: Testing: Test
processes are defined for a better verification of the requirements.
These basic steps shall lead you to build a private cloud. There
are multiple patterns to be followed; the end result has to be better service provision.
Microsoft has now introduced more flexibility with Azure: open source systems are now supported. Partners have broader choices in the cloud which enable them for better investment opportunities. IaaS is now available on Linux, PHP web application platform and not to forget Java!
Not only this commitment with open source platforms extent options for providers, it also opens doors for a diverse team of developers to engage with Microsoft products and platform. They can complement their development works with Azure and get more value out of Microsoft products. Azure Active Directory can be used to augment open source apps with identity management and access management. Moreover SharePoint sites can be connected to PHP portals. Hence the apps ecosystem will continue to evolve with this step of Microsoft making “open source” a part of Microsoft everyday cloud innovation approach.
The wait is over and Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2019 is out. Creating hype all over Microsoft partner, the new Skype4B has shown a few features that Microsoft initially promised at Ignite. Let’s have a look at important features of Skype for Business Server 2019:
- Build for cloud customers: the new Skype4B Server makes on-premise users consume services offered to cloud users. Hence this version has shown a hybrid approach to things.
- Migrations to teams: Teams migration is made easy, making on-premise users shift smoothly to the cloud.
- Extended security: Security is maintained through TLS 1.2
- Cloud Call Data Connector: An interesting CQD (Call Quality Dashboard) is available for on-premises users for better call quality management.
- Cloud Voicemail Support: once the users pair up with MS Exchange Server 2019, users can take full advantage of Cloud Voicemail. If you are not planning an Exchange 2019 deployment so soon, you can continue to use Unified Messaging.