Helping IT professionals and developers do more in the mobile-first, cloud-first world

Today I was thrilled to keynote at TechEd Europe in Barcelona and talk to thousands of IT professionals and developers. In our mobile-first, cloud-first world we are always connected, always “on.” The pace of business is faster than ever before – and accelerating. We want to empower IT professionals, developers and end users to do more with technology – wherever they go with whatever device, and with the clouds, platforms and tools they want to use to get work done or build apps.

When it comes to cloud, we are delivering the industry’s most complete cloud for every business, industry and geography – a cloud that is hybrid, hyper-scale and enterprise-grade. Our cloud lets you do things your way so it delivers added value to your IT and business strategy, on your terms. Innovations like the Microsoft Cloud Platform System and the next version of Windows Server and System Center bring Microsoft Azure innovations to your datacenter. They are the next step in hybrid cloud and provide the ability to seamlessly manage and run your workloads in private clouds, service provider clouds or public clouds.

Today we are taking our cloud services – for IT and Developers – even further. We delivered new services to help our customers’ simplify operations, such as Azure Operational Insights and Azure Batch to give IT pros access to massive compute power, insights and automation, in just a click.

We’re also building the tools for a future defined by hyper-collaborative content creation and workforce that is always on and on the go. Through our Microsoft Intune platform security, compliance and manageability are not trade-offs for productivity. New Intune capabilities – most notably integration with Office mobile apps – delivers industry leading policy management and content protection across mobile devices. New mobile device management capabilities powered by Microsoft Intune, will give organizations the ability to manage Office 365 data on iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets.

Developers create the platforms and productivity tools that drive value to today’s modern enterprise. We’re delivering new tools for Office 365 and Visual Studio, including: new Office 365 open APIs and software-developer kits for iOS, Android and Visual Studio Online that make it simpler and easier for developers to build cutting-edge apps using the platforms, tools and devices of their choice.

Thank you to everyone who joined us live at TechEd Europe. We look forward to sharing more detail about these advancements throughout the week. For those of you who couldn’t make it to Barcelona, follow all the week’s news here.

 

Fitbit update for Windows Phone 8.1 brings Cortana integration and more

Fitbit has updated their app for Windows Phone 8.1 today bringing Cortana integration, challenges, and MobileTrack support.

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With Cortana, you can now quickly log any of the 350,000 foods in the Fitbit database simply by saying something like “Fitbit, I ate sushi for dinner” (which I did and it was delicious). Fitbit has also created a custom experience for Cortana directly within the Fitbit app (in beta) as well – you’ll notice a new microphone icon at the bottom of the app that brings it up. Try things like “Fitbit, I ate lasagna for dinner” or “Fitbit, I had a coffee with breakfast”. You can also use Cortana to create silent alarms for Fitbit trackers.

You can also challenge your friends and family to meet and beat goals for some motivational and fun competitions such as Daily Showdown, Workweek Hustle and Weekend Warrior.

And the Fitbit app now has MobileTrack that lets you track steps directly from your Microsoft Lumia device.

Finally, this update brings new language support French, German, Italian and Spanish.

If you don’t have the Fitbit app installed, you can download it here from the Windows Phone Store.