Highlights from Microsoft’s October 2018 event

Empowering a new era of personal productivity with new Surface devices

As we work to deliver on our company mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, we have increased our focus on helping people across their work and personal lives. Offering tools for whole life experiences has never been more important as many of us are living a digital lifestyle that presents more opportunities, yet more demands on our time, than ever before.

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Empowering a new era of personal productivity with new Surface devices – Windows Experience Blog

Today we shared our vision for a new era of personal productivity; unveiled Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones, and announced availability of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and new Office 365 experiences.
As we work to deliver on our company mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, we have increased our focus on helping people across their work and personal lives. Offering tools for whole life experiences has never been more important as many of us are living a digital lifestyle that presents more opportunities, yet more demands on our time, than ever before.
Whether you are juggling a career and family; running a family as head of household; or growing your career or education, you tell us your greatest need is simply more time and the tools to do what matters most to you.
Our Digital Lifestyle
The explosion of innovation over the last decade has fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. More than ever before we move fluidly between our work and personal lives as technology is always with us. This shift in lifestyle is centered around three key dynamics:

There is a blurring of work and life leading to a feeling of being “always on.” Technology has enabled us to be constantly performing work or personal tasks anytime, anywhere, and with all of the benefits that brings, many of us are unable to find the right balance.
The constant battle for our attention is making it hard to focus and is challenging our ability to be productive. Many of us check our phones between 150-1,000 times – each day, spending 3-6 hours daily on screens. And some of the apps and services we use are designed to capture our attention and mine our personal data – ultimately taking our time, versus giving us time back.
Finally, there is an increasing desire for meaning and purpose in our work and lives. All around us we are seeing a redefinition of success. Many of us are viewing our careers less as a ladder and more as a lattice, where we can grow from new experiences, and pursue multiple passions. We see these today in the rise of the side hustle, the gig economy, and the success of companies that focus on giving back.

Empowering a New Era of Personal Productivity
We believe Microsoft can uniquely help you manage this digital lifestyle by delivering technology that empowers you rather than overwhelms. We are centering on our area of strength and passion to empower a new era of personal productivity in every aspect of your lives. Not just at work, but also in how you live, learn, and play. We will help you make the most of your time, with experiences that help you across your whole life and across all of your devices. This journey begins today with announcements across five areas.

Surface is the purest expression of our entire Microsoft experience and is designed to work across your whole life, keeping you in the flow so you can be productive. Today we announced new Surface devices that continue to push the boundaries on technology that fades into the background, enabling you to focus on what’s important. New additions to the Surface portfolio include: Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, Surface Headphones, and a new way to purchase Surface devices with Surface All Access.
In today’s multi-device world, you should be able to pick the phone you want, the laptop you want and have best of breed. With features like the Your Phone App and Windows Timeline, we will help you move seamlessly across all your devices and bridge the gap between your iOS and Android devices and your PC. No matter where you are, what device you are using, or where your content lives, you should always be ready to be productive.
Because nothing is more valuable than your time, we will help you organize your whole life using our unique strength with Outlook and calendar, and our understanding of your time spent at work. For example, today, we are integrating To-Do’s with Skype and Outlook.com to help you manage your time better than ever before.

Peace of mind can be as simple as the security of your data and identity, to being fully present at the dinner table with your family, free of distraction. We will leverage our enterprise-class Intelligent Security Graph and machine learning to help ensure the security of your identity, your data, and the people that matter most with features like Family Safety in Microsoft Launcher.

Finally, we will enable you to unlock your creativity. Life is not a solo act, and our best moments are when we create and collaborate with others. In a world dominated by consumption, we will utilize the power of everyday AI, the innovations in our devices such as the Surface Pen and Dial, and Office 365 features like Inking in PowerPoint and Word, Embedded 3D Animations, as well as our collaboration tools to unlock your creativity in completely new ways.

These experiences are enabled by new innovations in Office 365 and the Windows 10 October 2018 Update which is available today.
With the new Surface devices, Windows 10 and Office 365, we are beginning our journey to empower you in this new era of personal productivity. We recognize our incredible opportunity and responsibility as a technology company to help you make the most of your digital lifestyle. We’re just getting started, but you can expect to see more as we focus on meeting your needs across your whole life and engaging in responsible product making that has inclusivity and empowerment at the core.
For more information on the story behind how we make great products, please read this blog from the Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay.
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Surface Product Announcements:Surface Pro 6The iconic form factor that established the 2 in 1 category, is now 67 percent faster with Intel 8th Gen Quad Core processors and available in an elegant Black color option. Offering the ultimate in portable mobility for today’s digital lifestyle, Surface Pro 6 offers hassle-free connectivity, uncompromising mobility, and exceptional power and performance. Surface Pro 6 offers all-day battery for up to 13.5 hours [1] of work, fun or both. The full friction hinge enables seamless transitions between Laptop Mode, Studio Mode, and Tablet Mode for the versatility you need to create and be productive from anywhere. The 12.3” PixelSense Display and multi-screen docking present content beautifully and Surface Pro 6 now includes a 8.0 MP auto-focus camera. You can pre-order your Surface Pro 6 beginning on Oct. 2, starting at $899[2].
Surface Laptop 2Surface Laptop offers style and speed in a slim, elegant, ultra-light, fast-charging laptop that fits easily in your bag. Beautifully designed and crafted, Surface Laptop offers the blend of texture, subtle details, and clean, elegant lines—plus the luxurious touch of our Signature Alcantara material-covered keyboard. Announced today, Black joins the rich tone-on-tone color combinations of Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue. And Surface Laptop 2 gets supercharged with Intel 8th Gen Quad Core Processor, while offering up to 14.5 hours of battery life [3] and faster and quieter typing. The 13.5” PixelSense Display screen offers an immersive touchscreen for faster, more natural navigation, with an edge-to-edge display and ultra-thin bezels. Surface Laptop 2 includes OmniSonic speakers for premium sound.
Surface Laptop 2 will be available to pre-order beginning on Oct. 2, starting at $999[4].
Surface Studio 2Surface Studio was widely regarded as an innovator and category creating device. Designed for creativity, Surface Studio lets you turn your desk into the ultimate creative studio. With 50% more graphics performance, Surface Studio 2 is the fastest Surface ever made offering professional grade power and performance. The 28” Brilliant PixelSense Display is stunning and adjustable offering a brilliant screen, or huge canvas, for your ideas. Now offering USB-C support and Xbox Wireless built in gaming-class performance, Surface Studio 2 includes the latest Surface Pen with tilt sensibility and 4096 levels of pressure. Of course, Surface Studio 2 offers Surface Dial [5]  integration and rich Ink experiences with a wide variety of software, including Office[6]. Surface Studio 2 will be available to pre-order beginning on Oct. 2nd, starting at $3,499[7].
Surface HeadphonesMicrosoft’s first premium and smart headphone experience offer the attributes you have come to expect from Surface: premium design, expert craftmanship, and integration with the services and experiences you love. Surface Headphones offer a smarter way to listen, with spectacular rich audio and hands-free calling. Surface Headphones make it easy to block out the world to get more done with adjustable noise cancellation, so you can focus on your task or just relax with your favorite music. With automatic pause and play, they will even pause the movie or video you are watching when you remove them from your ears. Cortana, a hands-free digital assistant, is built in to offer you proactive guidance, read you emails, or kick off your conference call. Surface Headphones are $349[8] and will be available later this year.
Surface All AccessOne way we can support the digital lifestyle is by making it easier to purchase and use the best of Microsoft across work and life. Surface All Access offers the option of paying monthly for the Surface product of your choice, starting at just $24.99 per month for 24 months^, complete with an Office 365 subscription, access to in-store training and top-tier support. Surface All Access is available at Microsoft retail stores in the U.S.
Windows 10 & Office 365 Announcements:Your Phone App Pausing a task on your PC to respond to a text or notification on your phone can instantly break focus and take you out of your flow. The Your Phone App brings instant access to your texts and photos from your Android phone right on your PC, enabling you to stay productive and maintain your focus.Windows Timeline on Phone As we move fluidly throughout our day switching between work and personal tasks on our PCs and phones, it has become more challenging to find files and documents or web pages across our devices. Windows Timeline has been available on your Windows 10 PC since April, and we have now brought it to your iPhone or Android phone, enabling you to scroll back in time and find the files and websites you were using across your devices.
To-Do Integration with Outlook.com & SkypeIt’s simple to make a long list of To-Do’s, but much more challenging to actually make time to complete each task. With To-Do integrated with Outlook.com, you can easily drag a task into an open slot on your calendar and block time to complete it. If you receive an email that has a task associated with it, you can even drag that into To-Do to automatically create a new task, keeping you organized and in flow.
In Skype, just select the message and tap “Create a task” to open the tasks pane. From here, you can add, edit, and check off tasks. Tasks will be saved and available in Skype, or in the To-Do app.Family Safety for Microsoft Launcher With Microsoft Launcher installed on your family’s Android devices and a Microsoft family group of accounts set up, parents can stay up to date on their kids’ location and rest easier knowing they are safely where they should be. Parents can also check in on kids’ app activity on their Android device, including which apps are accessed and time spent on each app. With Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC set up in your family portal, you can also view their activities on those devices through Microsoft Launcher.Inking in PowerPoint We’ve been infusing Microsoft Office[9] with AI with two goals in mind: to make everyday tasks easier and your content more beautiful. With today’s updates we’re making it easy to create and ideate using just your digital pen and your touch enabled device:

An inked bulleted list will transform into perfectly formatted text.
If you’re inking a flow chart or diagram, you can draw both words and shapes, and PowerPoint will convert them into text and snapped shapes in one fell swoop.
Or, you can let our intelligent design engine do the work for you. Simply start with a blank canvas, design your slide using ink, and Designer will use AI to recommend slides for you to choose from.

Inking in Word
With new intelligent functionality in Ink Editor, you can add a word, split words or add new lines to your document without touching a keyboard. Now, you can edit a Word document from start to finish using your digital pen and your touch enabled device.Embedded 3D AnimationsIn PowerPoint and Word, dynamically animated movements are now built into 3D objects, making it effortless to use 3D and animation to bring your projects to life.

[1] Up to 13.5 hours of video playback. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.
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[3] Up to 14.5 hours of video playback. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.
[4] Estimated retail price; actual retail prices may vary.
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‘Digital Peace Now’ launches this weekend – Microsoft on the Issues

This Saturday, 60,000-plus people will be converging on New York’s Central Park for the seventh Global Citizen Festival, a marquee gathering for worldwide changemaking and social good.

Microsoft will be there, on stage, as a partner to Global Citizen. We’re excited to announce that this year’s festival is going to be the launchpad for Digital Peace Now, a campaign to encourage world leaders to achieve digital peace.

The world’s digital citizens, and the digital world in which we all participate, have to be protected.  You can help by joining the Digital Peace Now movement.

This is the time, this is the moment, when we must take action to protect the digital world where we live, work and learn. Last year, close to a billion people were victims of a cyberattack or digital crime. But if you haven’t fallen victim to a digital attack yet, you probably know a victim. New research, being announced today, shows people like you are concerned and want to take action.

We know that nation-states are behind the worst digital attacks against both innocent people and the infrastructure that underpins societies – energy, transportation, health care, food and water. A peaceful digital global society is something truly worth fighting to achieve. Not least because virtually every digital attack ripples beyond its intended target and harms the lives of innocent citizens.

For example, the 2017 “WannaCry” attack – a true wake-up call – tore through cyberspace, hijacking more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries, including computers used by families, hospitals, governments and businesses. WannaCry was followed closely by “NotPetya,” an attack estimated to have caused $10 billion in damage ranging far beyond the initial targets in Ukraine.

WannaCry and NotPetya were our wake-up moments; they raised an alarm: if we don’t act now, global cyberattacks will continue to inflict grave economic harm and risk human lives and well-being.

At Microsoft, we are fighting to prevent digital attacks. We are not alone; others in industry and government have joined us in this fight. Now we need to amplify the voice of the people who cherish all that the digital world has given us – the digital citizens – all of you – who can make a difference by acting now to tell those in power that we want and demand digital peace.

So, we invite you to join the Global Citizen webcast this Saturday for the annual Global Citizen Festival.

Digital Peace Now is going to be all about people – people banding together in one collective voice to tell their world leaders that the internet must be a peaceful, shared community. Not a battlefield.

Also on Saturday, we’ll be launching the Digital Peace Now Petition and urging everyone – including anybody reading this – to head to digitalpeacenow.org and sign the petition:

We, as Digital Citizens, will not stand by silently as governments weaponize our shared online community — endangering individuals, organizations, and entire countries. In our digital world we create, connect, express ourselves and improve our lives and the lives of others.  Our online community must not be a battlefield. We demand Digital Peace.

Together, we will use our voices and our votes to defend the global digital society on which we depend. Our world leaders must act now to protect us.

There is no peace without Digital Peace.

The effort to achieve Digital Peace cannot be done by any company acting alone. We’re proud to launch this initiative with the founding members of the Digital Peace Campaign Advisory Board – ICT4Peace, Civicus and Observer Research Foundation. Achieving digital peace also must involve a coalition of governments, nonprofits, industry leaders, civil-society entities and global organizations. But most importantly, we need people like you to stand against those that endanger digital peace.

We all are digital citizens. We demand digital peace. Join us.

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Microsoft Ignite 2018: Channel eyes Azure products, virtual desktops

Channel companies cited Microsoft product launches around Azure and virtual desktops as among the notable developments at Microsoft Ignite 2018.

In all, Microsoft’s annual event for enterprise customers and IT professionals drew more than 30,000 attendees this week to Orlando, Fla., and spawned more than 80 product announcements from Microsoft alone. The company’s technology partners also debuted new offerings. Microsoft, for its part, emphasized security, highlighted customer experience AI technology and previewed SQL Server 2019 at the conference.

Azure was also a key focus for Microsoft at Ignite 2018. Ned Bellavance, director of cloud solutions at Anexinet Corp., a digital business solutions provider based in Blue Bell, Pa., said Microsoft addressed data ingestion issues at the event with announcements around its Azure Data Box offering.

In one move, Microsoft said Azure Data Box, which was announced as a preview technology in September 2017, is now generally available in the U.S. and the European Union. Data Box is an offline data transfer device that a customer ships to an Azure data center. Each Data Box holds up to 100 TB of data and is used to transfer large data sets to the Azure cloud.

“If you have a massive amount of data … to transfer to Azure, it will be faster to load it onto a box and physically ship it than to send it over the internet,” Bellavance said.

Bellavance also cited Microsoft’s Data Box Heavy, a 1 PB addition to the Data Box product set, and Data Box Edge, which serves as a storage gateway to a customer’s site and Azure storage. He said customers can also process data on Data Box Edge with the computing capability provided through Azure IoT Edge. He said data processed on the edge device may be upload to Azure for additional processing.

Data Box Heavy and Data Box Edge are available in preview.

On the virtualization side, Microsoft unveiled Windows Virtual Desktop, which the company said uses Azure to deliver a “multiuser Windows 10 experience” and virtualize Office 365 ProPlus. Microsoft is working on a public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop, which is expected to be available by the end of 2018.

If MSP customers aren’t asking about [Windows Virtual Desktop] today, they will be and will be very soon.
JD Helmspresident at CloudJumper

JD Helms, president of CloudJumper, a workspace-as-a-service platform provider based in Garner, N.C., said Microsoft’s investment in cloud-delivered desktops and its marketing prowess will create opportunities for managed service providers (MSPs).

“If MSP customers aren’t asking about it today, they will be and will be very soon,” Helms said of Windows Virtual Desktop.

Max Pruger, chief revenue officer at CloudJumper, said Microsoft is going to want companies to put workloads in the cloud through its new desktop virtualization offering.

“MSPs are going to help them facilitate that for the midmarket, SMB environments,” he said, adding that partners will be able wrap backup, security and others services around the virtualized desktops.

At Ignite 2018, CloudJumper said its Cloud Workspace Management Suite software will integrate with the Windows Virtual Desktop. The company said the linkup will permit simplified and centralized deployment of Windows Virtual Desktop services.

New channel leader at Cisco

Cisco has appointed Oliver Tuszik as senior vice president of Cisco’s global partner organization.

Tuszik, who replaces Wendy Bahr, was previously Cisco’s country leader for Germany. He was also CEO and managing director of Cisco partner Computacenter Germany prior to joining Cisco in 2013. Bahr, meanwhile, “will help ensure a smooth leadership transition through Partner Summit,” the company said. Cisco’s annual partner meeting is scheduled for Nov. 13 to 15 in Las Vegas.

Tuszik reports to Gerri Elliott, chief sales and marketing officer at Cisco. He will focus on “creating alignment, simplifying tools, processes, programs and offers,” according to Cisco.

In another channel executive shift, Julie Hens, vice president of global channel distribution at Cisco, is moving to a new role in sales. Andrew Sage, vice president for Americas distribution at Cisco, will serve as interim global channel distribution leader until a successor is appointed, Cisco said.

Continuum Navigate 2018: Tips for people-focused company culture

While cybersecurity was the big theme at IT management provider Continuum’s Navigate conference this week, the event also addressed aspects of business management that continue to vex MSPs.

Conference sessions explored issues concerning MSP company culture. In a session led by Peter Melby, CEO of Greystone Technology, an MSP based in Denver, company culture was explored through the lens of Greystone’s education in the culture-building process. Greystone strives to develop a people-focused culture, Melby said.

He offered three steps for improving MSP company culture that he said have been essential for Greystone’s growth.

Create directed autonomy. Greystone’s philosophy for managing its employees boils down to directed autonomy — a term Melby said he coined to describe Greystone’s approach.

“If we look at where our employees thrive, employees thrive when they have autonomy in their work … but employees also say that they want really clear direction for success,” he said.

Providing MSP employees with clear direction “enables autonomy,” he noted.

Create psychological safety. Melby talked extensively about how Greystone looks to uphold a psychology safe environment for its employees.

To develop such a workplace, he said MSPs must celebrate success while normalizing failure. He also stressed the need to “leverage self-reflection,” especially when employees make mistakes.

Define citizenship. Greystone has made a point of stating its “no-compromise expectations” to prospective employees and new hires, Melby said.

He noted that Greystone incorporates its expectations into the hiring process, including interviews, company materials provided to job candidates and the onboarding process for new employees. Greystone’s no-compromise expectations include submitting “time cards on time, every time, zero reminders” and a dress code that asks employees to “use their attire to support your professional success.”

CompTIA: Emerging tech, verticalization among channel trends

Customer needs are driving channel partners to offer emerging technologies and develop vertical-market specialties.

That’s one of the insights from CompTIA’s 7th State of the Channel report. The industry association’s survey of 400 U.S. IT businesses found 72% of channel companies cited customer demand as their main reason for providing leading-edge tech.

IoT software and IoT hardware were the top two emerging technologies channel companies are experimenting with or currently offering, with about half of the partners polled engaging in those fields. AI, virtual reality and blockchain followed IoT on the list of key emerging technologies.

The survey also reflected the popularity of vertical specializations, according to CompTIA. All channel respondents surveyed reported at least some vertical-industry work within their businesses. Seventy-five percent of the channel companies described their vertical business as important.

Virtual Instruments rolls out tech alliance program

Virtual Instruments, a company that focuses on application-specific hybrid infrastructure management, has launched a program for technology vendors as an offshoot of its channel partner initiative.

The Virtual Instruments Technology Alliance Program aims to create an ecosystem for third-party interoperable vendors. Alliance members can test and validate their products with Virtual Instruments’ technology. Participants include Apposite Technologies, cPacket Networks, Garland Technology and Gigamon.

While Virtual Instruments bolsters its work with technology vendors, its channel business has more than doubled over the past year, said Len Rosenthal, chief marketing officer at Virtual Instruments, based in San Jose, Calif. “The partners are increasingly becoming more important to us,” he said.

Other news

  • OSIsoft, an operational intelligence vendor, launched a value-added reseller program, with the goal of sparking the development of digital transformation and industrial IoT solutions. OSIsoft said resellers participating in the program can combine their technology and services with the PI System.
  • Agari, a cloud-native email security vendor, has launched its Agari Partner Power The company already works with 70 channel partners and aims to reach the 100-partner mark by the end of 2018, a company spokesman said. About half of the company’s revenue comes from the channel, but Agari would like to see that contribution increase to 70%, he added. In addition, Agari appointed Mandeep Khera as head of worldwide channel marketing and Tracy Pallas as head of worldwide channel sales.
  • ZaiLab, an omnichannel contact center software company, has entered a supplier partner relationship with Intelisys, a technology services distributor and ScanSource company.
  • The 20, an MSP based in Plano, Texas, has expanded its use of Kaseya products to include backup and disaster recovery. Kaseya offers IT infrastructure management products, including remote monitoring and management and professional services automation.

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‘Digital Peace Now’ launches this weekend – Microsoft on the Issues

This Saturday, 60,000-plus people will be converging on New York’s Central Park for the seventh Global Citizen Festival, a marquee gathering for worldwide changemaking and social good.

Microsoft will be there, on stage, as a partner to Global Citizen. We’re excited to announce that this year’s festival is going to be the launchpad for Digital Peace Now, a campaign to encourage world leaders to achieve digital peace.

The world’s digital citizens, and the digital world in which we all participate, have to be protected.  You can help by joining the Digital Peace Now movement.

This is the time, this is the moment, when we must take action to protect the digital world where we live, work and learn. Last year, close to a billion people were victims of a cyberattack or digital crime. But if you haven’t fallen victim to a digital attack yet, you probably know a victim. New research, being announced today, shows people like you are concerned and want to take action.

We know that nation-states are behind the worst digital attacks against both innocent people and the infrastructure that underpins societies – energy, transportation, health care, food and water. A peaceful digital global society is something truly worth fighting to achieve. Not least because virtually every digital attack ripples beyond its intended target and harms the lives of innocent citizens.

For example, the 2017 “WannaCry” attack – a true wake-up call – tore through cyberspace, hijacking more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries, including computers used by families, hospitals, governments and businesses. WannaCry was followed closely by “NotPetya,” an attack estimated to have caused $10 billion in damage ranging far beyond the initial targets in Ukraine.

WannaCry and NotPetya were our wake-up moments; they raised an alarm: if we don’t act now, global cyberattacks will continue to inflict grave economic harm and risk human lives and well-being.

At Microsoft, we are fighting to prevent digital attacks. We are not alone; others in industry and government have joined us in this fight. Now we need to amplify the voice of the people who cherish all that the digital world has given us – the digital citizens – all of you – who can make a difference by acting now to tell those in power that we want and demand digital peace.

So, we invite you to join the Global Citizen webcast this Saturday for the annual Global Citizen Festival.

Digital Peace Now is going to be all about people – people banding together in one collective voice to tell their world leaders that the internet must be a peaceful, shared community. Not a battlefield.

Also on Saturday, we’ll be launching the Digital Peace Now Petition and urging everyone – including anybody reading this – to head to digitalpeacenow.org and sign the petition:

We, as Digital Citizens, will not stand by silently as governments weaponize our shared online community — endangering individuals, organizations, and entire countries. In our digital world we create, connect, express ourselves and improve our lives and the lives of others.  Our online community must not be a battlefield. We demand Digital Peace.

Together, we will use our voices and our votes to defend the global digital society on which we depend. Our world leaders must act now to protect us.

There is no peace without Digital Peace.

The effort to achieve Digital Peace cannot be done by any company acting alone. We’re proud to launch this initiative with the founding members of the Digital Peace Campaign Advisory Board – ICT4Peace, Civicus and Observer Research Foundation. Achieving digital peace also must involve a coalition of governments, nonprofits, industry leaders, civil-society entities and global organizations. But most importantly, we need people like you to stand against those that endanger digital peace.

We all are digital citizens. We demand digital peace. Join us.

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How to compare Windows and Linux for enterprise workloads

Windows is on the way out, and Linux will take its place.

As long as I’ve been in IT, I’ve heard this prediction repeated more times than I can count. This talk has been going on for quite some time, but Windows Server remains solidly in place in the data center.

Were all the predictions wrong? Does Microsoft simply have a better product? From my perspective, Windows Server remains the top choice when you compare Windows and Linux in the following key areas: cost, licensing and management.

Linux might appear to be a good, less-expensive alternative to Windows. However, once you dig into the details, you’ll see that, sometimes, you get what you pay for.

A closer look at the real cost to run Windows and Linux

When admins compare Windows and Linux, the licensing cost is often the biggest point.

At the surface level, Microsoft costs more than Linux, which is a free, open source OS. With Microsoft’s recent changes with Windows Server licensing and its new cost jump, the price difference is even more apparent.

Purchasing a copy of Windows Server does not provide unlimited support. You have to pay for support cases with Microsoft, just like with a Linux vendor. So what do you get for all that money?

With Windows Server, it’s more than just features and functions — it’s consistency. Organizations pay for that uniformity between versions. This means administrators know when they upgrade that Windows, the API and the .NET interfaces will remain familiar from one version to the next. They have confidence that the applications the company depends on will work after an upgrade. So Windows Server licenses are expensive, but they pay for themselves in other ways.

With Windows Server, it’s more than just features and functions — it’s consistency.

Many times, when we look at Linux applications, they are deployed as appliances that remain fixed. When a new version of the application arrives, it comes with a new virtualized appliance; the admin imports the settings and data from one application appliance to another. While this process often goes smoothly, it still takes some work.

Windows Server administrators go through the same process, but they can also upgrade the base OS. Linux deployments do not typically include that option. In an ideal world, you should always replace the OS rather than upgrade, but it helps to have this choice.

Compare Windows and Linux support

Both Linux and Microsoft have vendor-related support, but at a cost. Your IT staff handles a majority of the issues with the server OS, but they will reach out to a vendor when things get over their heads.

Due to the prevalence of Windows as a desktop OS and through college training, there are more Windows admins than Linux admins. To find a good Linux admin, organizations will have to pay more due to supply and demand.

Admins must also know all the permutations of the Linux distribution they use. All Linux distributions are built on the same kernel, but each vendor can add its own wrapper. Your administrators will need to know what particular flavor of Linux they use and whether there are areas that require specific knowledge to troubleshoot.

Your particular Linux distribution might not work with API or third-party tools that work with other Linux distributions. Linux integration has gotten better over the years, but most admins will side with Microsoft and its install wizards when you compare Windows and Linux in this area.

Microsoft releases patches once a month. Admins might not like it, but they can count on these security and feature updates arriving like clockwork. A Linux distribution might come with what amounts to a forklift upgrade for the appliance.

This might work for companies that focus on technology, but in other industries with a lean IT staff, Linux might prove difficult to support. If your administrators are not used to Linux commands, they can look like first-year IT students as they Google for patching instructions. Is that really what you want for your production environments?

Windows remains the top choice for enterprise workloads

All of this doesn’t mean that Linux is not a good operating system. It’s very solid and has a number of uses in the modern data center. While there’s not much upfront cost, Linux is not free when you consider the support fees, and it can be difficult to use and manage when you compare Windows and Linux server operating systems. In many discussions, those points can get buried during the initial discussion about costs.

While many have said Linux will spur the end of the GUI version of Windows Server in the enterprise, I feel a more viable replacement is Server Core. This Windows Server deployment has taken a lot of its cues from Linux with a smaller footprint that requires fewer patches and offers more stability. The other features in its favor are the consistency and usability of the Windows Server lines.

Microsoft and Cisco diverge on UC interop amid customer complaints

ORLANDO, Fla. — Many large businesses have complained that Cisco’s collaboration products and Microsoft’s productivity tools don’t work well together.

Cisco wants to help them. Microsoft does not.

Microsoft’s posture may frustrate some of its customers in the short run. But, over time, the vendor appears to be hoping the clumsiness of the integration between Microsoft Office 365 and Cisco Webex will convince more businesses to abandon its competitor’s products altogether.

And there were signs at Microsoft’s Ignite conference this week that the strategy was paying off.

Bridgestone, an auto parts manufacturer with 20,000 users in the United States, uses Cisco Webex for video conferencing and Cisco Jabber for instant messaging and presence. The company is looking into a switch to Microsoft Teams because of its better interoperability with Microsoft Office 365.

“The Cisco stack, as good as it is for meetings and messaging, doesn’t seem to have that robustness when it comes to integration to the [Microsoft] Office back end,” said Jose Arbelaez, enterprise architect at Bridgestone, based in Nashville, Tenn. “And, right now, being split into two worlds, it’s just not working out well.”

Despite Bridgestone’s pain, Microsoft does not intend to let Cisco compete with Microsoft Teams from within the popular Office 365 suite.

“We are not, at this point, looking to have an interop relationship with Cisco directly,” said Lori Wright, the general manager of Office 365 collaboration apps.

Microsoft is apparently suspicious of what motivated Cisco to add the word Teams to the name of its competing product. The vendor rebranded Cisco Spark as Cisco Webex Teams in April.

“I think Cisco sees a lot of reasons why it makes sense for them, with the change with Spark, to build into the Teams ecosystem,” Wright said. “And they’ve made some curious choices in naming their product Teams.”

Businesses want Microsoft and Cisco to integrate UC and productivity suites

A decade ago, when their portfolios had less overlap, Microsoft and Cisco worked together to build links between Cisco’s networking gear and Microsoft’s email and Active Directory systems.

We’re not, at this point, looking to have an interop relationship with Cisco directly.
Lori Wrightgeneral manager of Microsoft Office 365 collaboration apps

Since that time, Cisco has entered the collaboration market, and Microsoft has developed products for voice and video communications. Over the past couple of years, in particular, Microsoft and Cisco have both been investing heavily in new cloud-based team collaboration apps similar to Slack.

Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams offer businesses most of the same core capabilities: messaging, calling, video conferencing and file sharing. But only Microsoft has platforms for email, calendaring, word processing and document storage.

Cisco is doing the best it can to integrate the Webex suite with platforms like Outlook, Exchange, OneDrive and SharePoint using Microsoft’s publicly available APIs, said Angie Mistretta, senior director of Cisco’s collaboration marketing group.

Cisco’s desire to integrate with Microsoft is “a reaction to customer demand,” she said.

“The reality is most of our customers are saying, ‘We’re a Microsoft shop for all of our productivity tools, and we’re not changing that,'” Mistretta said. “And [Cisco is] not in that business.”

Cisco announced this month that users can now join a Webex meeting with one click from Microsoft Teams. It also recently gave customers the ability to message using Cisco Webex Teams from within a Microsoft Word document. But the integrations are not as seamless as they would be if the two companies worked together, as Cisco does with Google for connections to G Suite.

For example, a user can send a colleague a link to a document stored in Microsoft OneDrive through a Cisco unified communications (UC) client, but cannot also use the Cisco product to alter the permissions of that document to ensure the colleague can access it. The clunkiness is one of the issues that Bridgestone’s Arbelaez cited to explain his company’s desire to adopt Microsoft Teams.

Another common complaint from businesses is the inability to federate messaging channels between Microsoft and Cisco UC clients. Conjoining the two would be particularly helpful for external collaboration, because users could remain under their company’s governance settings when communicating with people on the other platform.

“I don’t think you’re ever going to see Teams-to-Teams federation, as much as the end users would love to see that,” said Irwin Lazar, analyst at Nemertes Research, based in Mokena, Ill.

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