Microsoft has this week been busy with its data centre and cloud services on one hand and Windows 10 on the other, with the firm delivering the first major update to the Windows 10 operating system, one that ushers in many of the enterprise features that Microsoft has been promising.
On the cloud side, chief executive Satya Nadella announced to an audience in London that Microsoft is adding UK-based data centres for its cloud services, plus it will put some cloud services in Germany under the control of a "data trustee" operating under German law to better protect privacy.
Elsewhere, Microsoft issued the usual batch of security fixes, while the CIO for the UK Ministry of Defence discussed how he is building "Defence-as-a-Platform" with the help of Microsoft.
Microsoft gives the green light to enterprise firms with first major update to Windows 10
Microsoft has delivered its first major update to Windows 10 since the operating system launched this summer, claiming improvements in all aspects of the platform and user experience while adding business features that mean the platform is now ready for enterprise adoption.
Microsoft to offer cloud services from UK data centres from 2016
Microsoft has announced an expansion of its public cloud presence in Europe with new data centres to be based in the UK, slated to begin operations from late 2016. The move follows hard on the heels of a similar announcement by cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) last week.
Microsoft takes some cloud services to Germany because of privacy fears
Microsoft is handing over responsibility for services including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online delivered from German data centres, with Deutsche Telekom to control and oversee all access to customer data.
Ministry of Defence CIO introduces Defence-as-a-Platform with the help of Microsoft
Microsoft is working closely with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to transform the digital systems that drive the armed forces, to deliver what is being dubbed Defence-as-a-Platform, or DaaP. Its aim is to accelerate the delivery of new systems, as well as simplifying them and reducing their cost.
Microsoft fixes security issues on all Windows and IE platforms with Patch Tuesday update
Microsoft has issued a fairly hefty Patch Tuesday update for November, with 12 updates that fix a total of 53 issues across all supported versions of Windows and Internet Explorer.
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