Microsoft Newsletter

Microsoft Viva Sales and Viva Goals

Microsoft’s Employee Experience platform, Viva, has two new modules available – Viva Sales and Viva Goals. Viva Sales combines CRM platforms like Salesforce, Dynamics, and others with Teams and the Microsoft 365 suite to better integrate customer calls, meetings, chats, and records. Viva Sales will be available in Q4 2022. The second new module, Viva …

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Microsoft Entra

Microsoft is growing and integrating its identity management tools into a unified product family called Microsoft Entra. Entra consists of three core pillars of identity tools – Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM), and a decentralized identity platform. Entra is designed to work across any cloud provider and on-premises environments. Two …

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Ampre Altra ARM Processors Come to Azure

High performance ARM processors are now in Azure with the Amprere Altra processors. The new Azure Virtual Machines will offer up to 64 virtual processors and up to 208 GiBs of memory, allowing the machines to handle many different types of workloads. Currently CentOS, Ubuntu, and Windows 11 Professional are supported for an operating system. …

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Azure Managed Grafana Now in Preview

The Grafana visualization platform and tool is now available in preview as a managed service in Azure. Microsoft announced a partnership with Grafana Labs to bring a managed version into Azure allowing organizations to provision Grafana in minutes while offering deeper integration into Azure native services like Azure Monitor and Azure Data Explorer. In addition, …

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Azure Purview Rebranding to Microsoft Purview and Expanding

Microsoft’s data governance solutions are expanding to be more comprehensive and, as a result, getting a new name. Previously called Azure Purview, the new solution will instead be called Microsoft Purview. Previously Azure Purview focused its data governance and controls mainly on standard databases and cloud data sources. With the new Microsoft Purview platform, Purview …

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Windows 11 and Future of Work Updates

Windows 11 and Windows 365 are coming closer together with new features coming soon. During a Future of Work update event, Microsoft announced several changes to Windows 11, Windows 365, and the management tools supporting these platforms. Some of the key announcements included a Boot to Windows 365 option, Windows 365 integration into Windows 11 …

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System Center 2022 Now Available

System Center 2022, Microsoft’s data center management suite, is now generally available. The 2022 release contains updated versions of System Center tools like Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), Orchestrator (SCORCH), Service Manager (SCSM) and Data Protection Manager (DPM). The latest update includes optimizations for Azure Stack HCI, the latest versions of VMware, new …

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Microsoft Acquires Minit

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Minit, a private company focused on process mining. The Minit tools are designed to monitor and analyze business processes, identify operational challenges, and help organizations improve these processes. The Minit capabilities and team will become part of the Power Automate service from the Power Platform. Details on these announcements …

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Dynamic Lineage Extraction from Azure SQL Database Now in Purview

Microsoft’s Azure Purview service can now perform dynamic lineage extraction from Azure SQL Databases. Lineage data is critical for identifying root cause analysis, data quality training, impact analysis, and protecting and managing data. Dynamic analysis captures runtime metadata, processes, individuals, and apps accessing data, and where access happened. This dynamic lineage capability is now in …

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New Azure Front Door Service

Microsoft’s completely revamped Azure Front Door service has been released. Microsoft has brought many changes into the Azure Front Door service while also merging the Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) services into Front Door. The new architecture allows legacy to cloud native apps to provide a cloud-first architecture. The updated …

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