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December 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Microsoft officially unveils its government-ready cloud

Microsoft’s government-branded cloud is open for business.

The company has been welcoming governments that want to use Microsoft data centers for years, of course. But in releasing what it calls Azure government cloud, Microsoft aims to create an off-the-shelf type product that will convince more corners of the U.S. government that its data centers are safe and reliable.

What’s the difference between storing data for a government and regular folks? Microsoft offers to physically segregate sensitive government data storage and computer power from its other servers, and restrict access to the data to screened U.S. citizens. The company also offers support for a paper-trail roadmap that can keep government agencies in compliance with citizens’ privacy or other legal standards. (Microsoft put together a graphic of the alphabet soup of regulations the government cloud is designed to play nicely with.)

Microsoft in 2012 committed to stitching together the various arms of its cloud offerings in a way tailored for government agencies.

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March 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Microsoft Dynamics announces new acquisition, upcoming releases

They may not be familiar household names, in the way that Windows and Office are, but Dynamics CRM and Dynamics ERP are two Microsoft products that are among the company’s faster growing products.

Microsoft Business Solutions, the division that produces the Dynamics line of business management software, has plans for further growth. It announced today at its Convergence annual conference for customers and partners an acquisition as well as several new releases. About 11,000 people are attending the conference in New Orleans this year.

Microsoft is acquiring NetBreeze, a Swiss social media monitoring and analytics company. The acquisition is intended to further the company’s goal of embedding social monitoring capabilities across Dynamics CRM offerings. Dynamics CRM is Microsoft’s set of customer relationship management tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microsoft is also releasing a new version of MarketingPilot, the software from the marketing automation software company of the same name, which Microsoft purchased in October. MarketingPilot provides software for marketing departments and ad agencies to help them better understand their customers and manage and execute their marketing campaigns. The new version, which will be able to work with Dynamics CRM, features a simplified user experience, according to Microsoft.

The overall revenue for Dynamics has grown 12 percent year over year, with revenue for CRM growing more than 30 percent, said Seth Patton, senior director of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. (Microsoft did not disclose the revenue amount for Dynamics.) It now has 3 million users, he said.

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