Video:  Everything You Want to, Need to, and/or Should Know About EMS in 2017

The demands of mobility and security change fast. Really fast. Faster than anyone could have imagined just a few years ago.
This is a reality that inspires the work we do with EMS architecting it as a cloud service so that its features and solutions are tuned to the needs of your organization. The speed at which we update and improve EMS is, in my estimation, unmatched anywhere else and this rapid and regular cadence is our way of underscoring the value we place on your organizations productivity, security, and success.
That commitment is a lot more than corporate platitudes and to show just how serious we are about this, this new video is a great way to learn about everything weve added since we published the 2016 overview.
Spoiler alert: There are an unbelievable amount of upgrades, improvements, and enhancements. I think youre going to be blown away by what you see. There are things in this video that only EMS can provide, as well as things EMS can do far better than anyone else.

If you want to see whats in store, heres the table of contents from the videos intro:

It's time for Microsoft to push Windows 10 Mobile to 8.1 devices

Windows 10 Mobile is still an opt-in upgrade for eligible Windows Phone 8.1 devices. But it’s time for Microsoft to change that.

In March of 2016, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Mobile would finally be coming to select Windows Phone 8.1 devices. That was great news, because it meant developers could finally start building their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for phones and there would be less need to cater to the older Windows Phone 8.1 app module. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to make the Windows 10 Mobile update “opt-in” via an app that you have to download in the Store, meaning the vast majority of people still using Windows Phone 8.1 didn’t actually get the update.

Most Windows Phone 8.1 users didn’t go out and get that update because most people using Windows Phone don’t really care, and they likely didn’t even know Windows 10 Mobile was available in the first place. Microsoft did no advertising to inform users that they could opt-in to download Windows 10 Mobile, and the Windows Phone 8.1 Store itself didn’t even promote the app to the front page. The only way you would have even known about the availability of the update was is if you were a fan who was paying attention.

Flashback to 2002: Microsoft reveals Xbox Live … on VHS

The year is 2002. The 90s haven’t quite been forgotten. VHS is still a thing. And smartphones (gasp!) don’t exist.

Nu-metal was all the rage, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 50-year anniversary on the throne, and the original Xbox had recently burst onto the scene, in late 2001.

The console itself wasn’t a revolution, but the service it gave rise to changed the face of gaming forever. How did Microsoft explain this unique concept to the industry? Using a VHS cassette, of course. Prepare yourself for some early 2000s marketing cringe.

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Get free gear from Razer when you play these Windows PC games

Razer’s zVault currency just got a whole lot more interesting.

Razer’s zVault was announced a few weeks ago as a virtual currency for both games and products. You can purchase zGold using real money, and then spend it on micro-payments in games such as Smite and Paladins to earn zSilver. The second currency is earned over time simply by using Razer software, such as Razer Cortex, spending zGold with Razer’s various partners, or by participating in Razer’s competitive Arena system.

Today, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced that the games Overwatch, League of Legends, Dota 2 and CounterStrike: Global Offensive will all support zSilver through the Razer Cortex software suite, allowing players to earn credit simply by playing.

Protecting Azure resources with Recovery Services vault (Technical Case Study)

The data protection team in Microsoft IT manages the backup and recovery of nearly 9 PB of on premises data for Microsoft. Having migrated most of our IT infrastructure to Azure, we knew we needed to adapt our backup and recovery processes for our growing Azure virtual machine infrastructure. With Azure Recovery Services vault, we provide data protection for Azure resources. It’s a flexible, adaptable solution for our employees to access—and it gives them control over their own backup and disaster recovery needs.

Meeting the challenges of agile development at enterprise scale (Business Case Study)

At Microsoft IT, agile methodology has been successful for small projects—we’ve shortened release cycles and respond quickly to customer requirements. However, when we adopted the agile model for enterprise-scale projects, our teams faced bottlenecks that slowed progress and impacted quality. To address the inefficiencies, we evaluated third-party models and developed an approach that helps us reduce dependencies, balance autonomy and alignment, and deliver incremental business value.

Right-size and tight-size SAP for Azure (Technical Case Study)

Microsoft uses SAP enterprise resource management software to run mission-critical business functions like finance and human resources. In an on-premises model, physical computing resources are costly and may go unused. But by moving our SAP systems to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft IT avoids maintaining unused resources—we scale our systems up and down for current and short-term needs. We’ve fine-tuned our capacity management processes for lower costs, and more agility, scalability, and flexibility.