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Contact, Company Data for Dynamics CRM Online

A new Dynamics CRM Online feature called Social Insights will help users locate and import company and contact data and track related news. Social Insights could help users pursue sales leads…

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Many Mail Clients Offered, Enterprise Features Vary

Several client applications and Web interfaces from Microsoft provide access to Exchange and other types of e-mail accounts. Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App (OWA) are typically the most appropriate for enterprise use, although the Modern Mail app and Outlook 2013 RT…

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New Nokia Tablet and Accessories Announced

The Nokia 2520 is Nokia's first tablet and will be one of the first devices to run Windows RT 8.1. In this illustration, the new Nokia 2520 tablet is shown with its included keyboard, which also serves as a folio-style cover and provides…

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Application Versions Supported on Recent Platforms

Most Microsoft server applications do not yet qualify for product support with Windows Server 2012 R2. Shown here are several application versions and their eligibility for Microsoft product support on recent versions of Windows Server…

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Second SQL Server 2014 Preview Available

The second preview release (CTP2) of SQL Server 2014, the next major release after SQL Server 2012, became available on Oct. 16, 2013. Expected in final form during the first half of next year, SQL Server 2014 delivers major…

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Lync Server 2013 Packaging, Licensing, and Pricing

Lync Server 2013 maintains the product's existing license model but makes noteworthy changes to pricing and rights for on-premises deployment. Lync Server is the central component in Microsoft's unified communications technology, which enables presence, instant messaging (IM)…

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Upcoming Conferences for Server Applications

The major server applications all have conferences coming in 2014. The conferences listed here are likely forums…

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Remote Desktop Clients for iOS, Android, and Mac Arrive

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) clients released by Microsoft in Oct. 2013 enable connectivity to Windows desktop and server OSs from Apple's iOS and OS X platforms, as well as Google Android, which could enable mobile workers to get work done on Windows PCs…

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Windows 8.1 Enterprise Licensing Implications

Licensing rules remain similar for the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. Customers with Windows 8 Pro licenses—whether acquired via OEM or volume licensing channels—receive Windows 8.1 Pro at no additional cost…

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Managing Windows 8.1 Through Device Management Tools

Windows 8.1 now includes a built-in Open Mobile Association Device Management (OMA-DM) agent. OMA-DM provides a set of APIs that are used by many third-party mobile device management tools, such as Mobile Iron or Air Watch…

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