This week proved to be relatively quiet for Microsoft, the big news being the availability of Release Candidate 1 of the firm's upcoming SQL Server 2016 database management system for customers to evaluate ahead of official availability later this year.
Elsewhere, the controversy over Microsoft's upgrade strategy for Windows 10 rumbled on. Some newswires reported that the firm had pulled back from its earlier stance that new devices based on Intel's Skylake generation of processors would not be supported with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 beyond the middle of 2017.
Microsoft also continues to update its Azure cloud computing platform, adding a new tool to help customers move data to the Azure Data Factory big data analytics service, for example. In fact, Microsoft's cloud services are proving so popular that some industry commentators believe that the firm is increasingly emphasising these rather than Windows.
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate 1 now available for evaluation
Microsoft is continuing its countdown to the release of SQL Server 2016 with the availability of Release Candidate 1 for customers to download and evaluate.
Microsoft U-turns on Intel Skylake and leaves Lumia owners in the lurch
Microsoft has done a U-turn over plans to kill off support for Intel Skylake processors running Windows 7 and 8.1 in 2017. This was previously announced as part of efforts to get as many users as possible onto Windows 10 as quickly as possible.
Microsoft previews Copy Wizard to ease uploading of big data to Azure Data Factory
Microsoft is readying a tool designed to make it easier for organisations to upload a diverse range of data types to Azure Data Factory as part of a big data analytics project. The goal is to enable organisations to move data to and from Azure in a friction-free and reliable way using a simple code-free wizard, the firm said.
Microsoft's new message to developers is more cloud first, Windows second
Microsoft's rallying call was "cloud first, mobile first", but some industry commentators see Microsoft's message shifting to focus on cloud first and Windows second.
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