Three Microsoft CEOs take the ice bucket challenge

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.08.2014 at 14:52

Let’s watch them all in reverse chronological order of CEO-ship. Smile

1. Satya Nadella (CEO – Feb 2014 to present)

Satya Nadella doing it for ALS

 

2. Steve Ballmer (CEO – Jan 2000 to Feb 2014)

Steve Ballmer taking the bucket

 

3. Bill Gates (Founder and CEO, 1975 until 2006)

Bill Gates invents an ice bucket machine

Azure implements stronger encryption to protect customers from ‘Government Snooping’

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.08.2014 at 01:34

I received a notification on my Azure Management Portal today. It basically said:

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When I clicked on OK to get more information, here’s what I got:

As part of Microsoft’s promise to protecting customer data from government snooping (details at http://aka.ms/Pltfsk) Azure is implementing stronger cryptography to protect communications. The Transport Layer Security (TLS)/Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Cipher Suite enhancements and Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) are implemented in the August 2014 updates of the Azure Guest OS. These changes will be available in versions 4.11, 3.18, 2.30, and 1.38 (if released) of the Azure Guest OS. For more detailed information regarding these security enhancements or for information you can share with a customer, please see the MSDN article, "Differences between Azure Guest OS and Default Windows Server" at http://aka.ms/Ire274

Now, that is really cool.

It shows Microsoft’s commitment to protecting customer data privacy and confidentiality in the Snowden era.

According to CNN, Microsoft had challenged the US government’s search warrant when it requested Microsoft turn over customer emails stored in its datacenters in Ireland. Microsoft challenged the warrant on the grounds that it violated constitutional privacy protections and that US warrants only were valid in the United States.

On July 31 2014,  a US District Judge ruled that Microsoft has to comply with the government request.

Microsoft has immediately said that it would appeal the ruling.

VMware still ships Easter Eggs in vSphere!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.06.2014 at 13:29

It is not a new thing from VMware to ship Easter Eggs in their products. Numerous versions of vSphere shipped with those. While that may have been cute in 1995, we live in a very different, very connected world where this doesn’t pass muster.

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How cute.

Surely, in this post-Snowden world VMware wouldn’t have left Easter eggs in their Enterprise Class, Enterprise Cost vSphere 5.5. I mean, come on, the Pong Easter Egg has been publicly noted and the world is more sensitive about security than ever before. VMware got rid of this right?

Nope.

This still exists in vSphere 5.5 (!!!) and who know what other surprises are in there and what they haven’t disclosed in their security audits. So much for Enterprise Class. This is more like Fisher Price class.

This post was adapted from a piece originally written by: Jeff Woolsey, Principal Group Program Manager, Windows Server Virtualization.

Run SAP applications on Microsoft Azure today!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 30.05.2014 at 23:33

imageMicrosoft and SAP have teamed up to bring you the best of both worlds, enabling you to take advantage of on-demand resources in the cloud and maximize the value of your Microsoft and SAP investments. Azure offers a reliable, security-enabled cloud infrastructure platform that enables businesses to quickly deploy SAP solutions in the cloud.

Azure is now certified for SAP products including SAP Business Suite, SAP NetWeaver, and SAP HANA Developer Edition. Effective immediately, you can run these SAP products on Azure with full support available from both Microsoft and SAP. In addition, you can deploy and provision reconfigured SAP solutions, within minutes, directly to Azure using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool.

With this partnership, you can use your existing SAP licenses to deploy SAP software on Azure. Standard purchase models, pricing, and terms will be applicable for underlying Azure services, and you will consume and pay for these services as with any other deployment.

For more information, visit the SAP on Azure website.

Run SAP applications on Microsoft Azure today!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.05.2014 at 13:50

imageMicrosoft and SAP have teamed up to bring you the best of both worlds, enabling you to take advantage of on-demand resources in the cloud and maximize the value of your Microsoft and SAP investments. Azure offers a reliable, security-enabled cloud infrastructure platform that enables businesses to quickly deploy SAP solutions in the cloud.

Azure is now certified for SAP products including SAP Business Suite, SAP NetWeaver, and SAP HANA Developer Edition. Effective immediately, you can run these SAP products on Azure with full support available from both Microsoft and SAP. In addition, you can deploy and provision reconfigured SAP solutions, within minutes, directly to Azure using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool.

With this partnership, you can use your existing SAP licenses to deploy SAP software on Azure. Standard purchase models, pricing, and terms will be applicable for underlying Azure services, and you will consume and pay for these services as with any other deployment.

For more information, visit the SAP on Azure website.

Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.05.2014 at 06:30

Who remembers Windows Server 2003?

Just in case you’re still running Windows Server 2003 – here’s a reminder – Windows Server 2003 will be “end-of-life” on July 14, 2015. Here’s a countdown timer!

Your face and name will start appearing in Google Ads starting today

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.05.2014 at 19:46

I was shocked to read this article on Gizmodo, that states that Google will soon be using people’s names and photos on their ads.

This is not unexpected of Google, a company with a rich history decorated with privacy issues, but who knew this would happen all so soon?!

This isnt the end of the word, you can still opt out by unchecking the box at the bottom of this page.

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Preview of the new Windows Azure portal

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.04.2014 at 18:09

I just signed up for the preview of the new Windows Azure portal.

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The main page showing health status of all of Microsoft’s global datacenters. Check out the new datacenter in Brazil. (Preview).

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Here’s the new “New” menu.

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When I chose to create a new website, this is what happens. It’s similar to the Windows 8 interface.

 

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Keeping track of your Azure spending.

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The all-new Gallery.

 

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And the new mascot, which appears to be a shark or fish of some kind. Hmm.

A few things to ask Cortana

by Shijaz Abdulla on 15.04.2014 at 23:55

With the developer preview release  of Windows Phone 8.1, I decided to give it a spin. The first thing that caught my attention was the Notification Center, a much awaited and essential feature.

Second on my list was Cortana.

In this post, I share some interesting things I asked Cortana, with screenshots of her replies:

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I also asked “Where am I” and she told me where I was (complete with a  map), and also “is it hot outside” and she gave me the weather. She also told me what my next appointment was. Impressive!

The World’s Greatest Azure Demo

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.03.2014 at 12:30

This definitely has to be the world’s greatest Azure demo, at least in my opinion.

Check it out at www.worldsgreatestazuredemo.com

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