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AvePoint’s Take on Tech: Microsoft Ignite News Roundup

Finding it difficult to keep up with the vast amount of news going into Microsoft Ignite 2016? Read below for the most impactful and interesting articles centered on the Microsoft community.

Microsoft Opens Its First Cloud Data Centers in Germany (Fortune)

Known as Microsoft German Cloud, the company has opened two new cloud data centers – located in Magdeburg and Frankfurt. Microsoft Azure computing, networking, and storage services are now available, and Microsoft Office 365 applications are planned to go online in 2017. This is a huge advancement for European data security, especially following government mandates such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Microsoft Announces New Usage Reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online (KMWorld)

Microsoft recently announced the addition of new usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Exchange Online. These reports provide insight into how end users are using Office 365. As more organizations transition to the cloud, these reports will allow IT optimize their usage to manage their cloud subscriptions effectively.

Office 365 groups can now include guests from outside your business (TechRadar)

The latest news in Office 365 revolves around guest features, which allow external users access to Group content through Outlook.com. Since its introduction, Groups has become more engrained into productive usage of Office 365. With this latest feature, organizations who heavily rely on outside agencies or contractors can extend their collaboration abilities to include all individuals working on a project.

Seven ways Microsoft redefined Azure for the enterprise – and emerged a leader (CloudTech)

451 Research’s latest study of cloud computing adoption in the enterprise, The Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation – Workloads and Key Projects, provides insight into how enterprises are changing their adoption of public, private, and hybrid cloud for specific workloads and applications. The study proved Microsoft to be at the forefront of enterprise cloud computing. The article cites flexibility through hybrid environments, simple cloud usage monitoring, and recent developments in security as main drivers for this decision.

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