The chief news in an unusually quiet week for Microsoft was that the firm has pushed the button on its Azure Container Service, which enables customers to run applications in containers on its public cloud platform and offers a choice of Docker or the new DC/OS as the orchestration engine.
Meanwhile, Microsoft aims to tempt IT professionals into getting au fait with the Azure cloud by offering free access to resources including cloud services, training, support and certification.
Microsoft's earnings took a dip in the third quarter of its fiscal year, but the firm can take comfort from the fact that Azure continues to perform well.
The company also pushed out a new preview release for Windows 10 Mobile showcasing a feature that will enable PC users with a Windows Phone to send and receive text messages via a computer.
The firm also announced that the Edge browser in Windows 10 will support the open source WebM container format and VP9 video and Opus audio codecs as part of an extensions scheme.
Microsoft opens Azure Container Service offering a choice of orchestration tools
Microsoft has announced general availability of the Azure Container Service, enabling customers to run workloads inside containers on the firm's public cloud platform, including support for Docker images with Docker Swarm or the alternative DC/OS orchestration platform.
Microsoft demos Messaging Everywhere feature in Windows 10 Mobile Build 14327
Microsoft has released an updated preview build for the forthcoming Redstone update of Windows 10 Mobile, showcasing a new feature that will allow users to send and receive text messages from their phone on Windows 10 PC systems.
Microsoft offers training, support and certification to draw IT professionals to the cloud
Microsoft has started new programmes offering resources to tempt IT professionals to get started with the cloud, meaning Microsoft's own Azure platform.
Microsoft's Edge browser will have support for VP9 and Opus
Microsoft announced that the Edge browser in Windows 10 will support the open source WebM container format and VP9 video and Opus audio codecs as part of an extensions scheme.
Dropbox to end support for Windows XP from 26 June
Dropbox is ending support for Windows XP and nudging people in the direction of Windows 10. The Dropbox desktop app, at least the Windows XP version, will cease to be available for download from 26 June, according to a Dropbox post, at which point signing on or creating a new account will not be possible.
Smartphone woes hurt Microsoft earnings as profits fall, but Azure performs well
Microsoft has missed earnings estimates for the third quarter of its fiscal year as the company's mobile platform continues its freefall into oblivion.
Total revenue in Q3 fell from $21.73bn to $20.53bn, while income fell to $3.76bn from almost $5bn the previous year.
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