Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 became available to MSDN subscribers Monday, and general availability is expected Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Beta 2 release was announced during the kickoff keynote this week at the Microsoft SharePoint 2009 Conference in Las Vegas by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft will hatch Windows 7 as a full-fledged commercial operating system this week, and IT professionals should be making plans for it. That's the main message from Forrester Research, which published its "Windows 7 Commercial Adoption Outlook" report last week.
Microsoft and Red Hat have validated that their respective Windows and Linux operating systems will run on each other's virtualization platforms.
Microsoft this week previewed the next generation of its popular SharePoint Server family, which will sport a new user interface, tighter integration capabilities, a cloud-based version and much-needed support for the company's Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE).
SunGard Higher Education has signed two universities as new customers. Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH has licensed PowerCampus Unified Digital Campus (UDC), an enterprise resource planning system for higher education institutions. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA has selected SunGard HE's Advance solution to replace its existing advancement application and create a self-service environment for donors.
A typical university collects more sensitive data about students than a Fortune 500 company does about customers. Yet spending on data security tends to be miniscule at most universities in comparison with private industry. That's the observation of University of Nebraska Information Security Officer Joshua Mauk. In his three years on the job, Mauk has tightened down data security considerably at the university in a gradual process that has involved not just the right software products, but lots of coordination across university groups--and ongoing user education.
In an effort to improve integration with its Oracle E-Business Suite, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has migrated its financial process performance system over to Oracle Imaging and Process Management. The application is used to manage 300 different types of student documents.
Microsoft touted new capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, particularly customization features enabled by Service Pack 1.
Microsoft announced the beta release of System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 last week.
Microsoft announced a few perks for its unified communications customers Thursday, particularly with regard to instant messaging (IM) presence technology.