Another relatively quiet week for Microsoft saw the firm officially put its eagerly awaited Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop on sale in the UK, while unveiling a new Lumia smartphone running the mobile version of Windows 10.
Elsewhere, Microsoft scored a coup of sorts with the news that the US Department of Defence plans to move its entire fleet of Microsoft-based systems to Windows 10, and complete this in a single year.
Microsoft also opened up its Azure Container Service as a public preview, and added SQL Server Express images and monitoring for Azure Data Factory to its cloud platform.
Microsoft's Surface Book now on sale in the UK with prices from £1,299
Microsoft's Surface Book is now available for order in the UK with prices starting at £1,299 and climbing as high as £2,249.
Most potential buyers are unlikely to be too miffed at finding that the most expensive model is showing as unavailable at present, but all other models are still on sale.
US Department of Defence plans Windows 10 migration in one year
The US Department of Defence plans to move all of its Microsoft-based systems to Windows 10 within a year, and Microsoft has been swift to highlight the announcement as a huge endorsement of the latest version of the platform.
Microsoft pitches Windows 10 Mobile Lumia 650 at business market
Microsoft has unveiled a new Lumia smartphone that will run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.
The mobile operating system equips the device with support for Universal Apps, Microsoft's Edge browser and Continuum, allowing it to transform into a fully-fledged(ish) PC.
Microsoft offers public preview of Azure Container Service and brings Red Hat Linux to Azure users
Microsoft has opened its Azure Container Service as a public preview, enabling users of the cloud platform to evaluate deployment and operation of containerised applications on Azure. Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances are also now available on Azure, as Microsoft promised last year.
Microsoft updates Azure with SQL Server Express images and monitoring for Azure Data Factory
Microsoft continues to refine its Azure cloud platform for enterprise development, and the latest updates add a free version of SQL Server that customers can use for testing and development, along with a monitoring and management app for the Azure Data Factory data integration service.
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