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TechEd: Microsoft Builds Cloud, Mobile Momentum

Microsoft releases a flood of new products to support the company's "cloud-first, mobile-first" strategy at this week's TechEd conference in Houston.

lets businesses replicate and recover virtual machines and services to Azure if one of their data centers go down.

Microsoft Antimalware for Azure, another preview, allows customers to deploy anti-malware protection for both cloud services and virtual machines. Microsoft announced partnerships with Symantec and Trend Micro as part of the Antimalware for Azure unveiling.

In July, Microsoft will begin rolling out new encryption technologies for Office 365 enterprise customers. It will encrypt every file stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business with its own key.

In another security-related announcement, Microsoft will expand its Data Loss Prevention capabilities, currently available in Exchange, to include documents stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business for E3 enterprise customers. Designed to prevent employees from sharing sensitive content outside the organization, Data Loss Prevention's new features will unroll in June.

Adding to the Enterprise Mobility Suite recently unveiled along the Office for iPad suite, Microsoft also announced that Intune, one of the suite's components, will be able to manage Office for iOS and Android devices starting later this year. On a related note, Microsoft also released Azure RemoteApp as a preview. Microsoft reps said the product combines Microsoft's existing Remote Desktop Services technology with Azure's economies of scale, which should help IT to more quickly and easily scale up their operations. Microsoft also stressed that Azure RemoteApp will support a broad range of devices, not just Windows machines.

Finally, Microsoft announced several developer-centric announcements, building on news from last month's Build conference. The newest announcements include a preview of the next version of .NET optimized for the cloud; a preview of Visual Studio tools for Apache Cordova, which lets developers use HTML and JavaScript to build hybrid applications for a range of devices and operating systems; and expanded Visual Studio Online APIs that enable organizations to use Microsoft's online tools without abandoning the third-party development resources they rely on.

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Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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5/13/2014 | 4:32:26 PM
I'm intrigued by the support for Cordova. Microsoft previously wasn't the first name that came to mind for web development. I wonder how many web devs Microsoft's new toolchain will bring in.
User Rank: Ninja
5/13/2014 | 11:50:48 AM
Re: Microsoft is being Microsoft
I agree, Microsoft is definitely starting with the right pieces, including encryption and data loss prevention since this is still one of the big issues with most cloud storage.  By placing the proper controls here, it means enterprises can now roll out an enterprise strategy with the right security built in to hopefully fix a lot of the issues that arise when employees use third party cloud storage solutions.  Additionally, having a strong disaster recovery solution means that enterprises can start to better manage their cloud BCP/DRP strategy by simplifying it thanks to Azure.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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5/12/2014 | 8:30:50 PM
Microsoft is being Microsoft
Once again, Microsoft is being Microsoft. Starting with an imperfect hand, it incrementally improves and improves it. In the end, Azure will be a cloud better than some and in contention with the best of them.
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