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Microsoft says its future in the cloud is bright

Thor Olavsrud | Oct. 10, 2013
Pointing to a $2 trillion opportunity as the enterprise shifts to the cloud, Microsoft says it is perfectly positioned to lead in the enterprise cloud era.

On the big data analytics front, Microsfot will release Windows Azure HDInsight Service later in October. Azure HDInsight Service is an Apache Hadoop-based service that works with both SQL Server and Microsoft's business intelligence tools—Microsoft Excel and Power BI for Office 365.

The company will also release Windows Intune on Oct. 18. It combines with System Center Configuration Manager to help IT departments provide security-enhanced access to applications and data via mobile devices, whether those devices run Windows, iOS or Android.

Additionally, Windows Server 2012 R2 will add the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, which provides access to PCs and virtual desktops on a number of different devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.

Microsoft has already made available Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 to provide small and mid-sized businesses with interoperability with Office 365, full multi-tenant support and a slew of tools to support large-scale hosting on Windows Azure. Later this month, the company will make Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall '13 available, with an on-premises version expected later in the fall.


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