Apple has enjoyed a significant app ecosystem lead, but Android has now caught up. This removes a unique iOS selling point, and it also makes it easier for iPhone users to switch to Android when they next upgrade. Apple needs new control points, and mapping is a key answer for them.

As the mobile game is shifting from hardware to services, Apple needs to have more deep services of its own, rather than relying on competition. Important mobile service platforms include mapping, commerce and payments, social, and search. Across these categories, other companies are in the lead, not Apple. Of all the things that Apple might invest their vast cash in, maps is actually an important and strategic control point.

Maps and navigation are very popular on smartphones all around the world. Location is one of the few ways people organize and understand their world, which is why maps are…

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Information Protection and Control (IPC) in Office 365 Preview with Windows Azure AD Rights Management whitepaper


Due to increased regulation, the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) and the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD), the explosion of information with dispersed enterprise data, the Social Enterprise and its applications enabling new collaboration, analytics scenarios, etc. enterprises of all sizes are facing growing needs to protect sensitive information.  At the same time, enterprises have a need to securely share that same information amongst appropriate employees and other individuals within and outside the corporate network.

Windows Azure Active Directory Rights Management (Windows Azure AD Rights Management) service technology provides the capability to create and consume protected content such as e-mail and documents. As of today, such a capability is part of the Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Preview subscription, natively integrated with Exchange Online Preview, SharePoint Online Preview, and Microsoft Office to apply persistent protection to the content to meet the business requirements of your organization.

This document is intended to help you previewing and evaluating Windows Azure AD Rights Management service technology. For that purpose it contains, as an introduction, a brief information on IPC and Windows Azure AD Rights Management that helps you understand what it is, and how it differs from on-premises Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). It provides step-by-step information on how to configure and use Windows Azure AD Rights Management to perform rights protection on your corporate content, as well as other details and requirements you would need to successfully evaluate Windows Azure AD Rights Management service technology in your environment.

This document is intended for system architects and IT professionals who are interested in understanding the basics of the Windows Azure AD Rights Management technology.

This paper is part of a document series on the identity and security features of Office 365. It indeed completes an initial whitepaper on IPC entitled Information Protection and Control (IPC) in Microsoft Exchange Online with AD RMS also available on the Microsoft Download Center. This first paper describes the cross-premises support for AD RMS on-premises with the Exchange Online services of the current version of Microsoft Office 365.


180,000 Employeesm VINCI Moves to Office 365

Another major win for Microsoft this week. VINCI, the world’s leading facilities management and construction group, recently replaced Google Apps for Business and two other collaborative working solutions with Microsoft Office 365.

The company, which has 183,000 employees in 2,500 subsidiaries spread across 100 countries, wanted to create a social network that encouraged employee collaboration and nurtured the development of its corporate culture and working methods. The company chose Office 365 for three reasons:

  • Maturity – VINCI wanted a complete and unified solution founded on Microsoft’s 30 years of expertise and capable of meeting the company’s specific business requirements. Executives particularly appreciated the unified communications tools with Lync.
  • Innovation and roadmap – VINCI liked the Microsoft outlook for future innovation in the realm of business social networks, concluding that it would open up new prospects for collaboration.
  • Flexibility – The company sought the flexibility of a hybrid solution that could be deployed in the cloud or on-premises so that it could serve its numerous subsidiaries with varied technological requirements. It also wanted its employees to be able to work both online and offline.

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Mimecast Raises $62M For Microsoft Exchange And Office 365 Cloud-Based Email Management System

Mimecast, a startup that offers a email archiving, continuity, and security software for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, has raised $62.15 million in Series C funding led by private equity firm, Insight Venture Partners, with existing investor Dawn Capital also participating. This brings Mimecast’s total funding to over $80 million.

Founded in the UK in 2003 by Peter Bauer and Neil Murray, Mimecast’s cloud based platform extends the capabilities of Microsoft’s email systems by integrating additional storage, archiving, and spam/virus protection. Mimecast’s integrated security settings that the user can configure on a ‘per-email’ basis before pressing send, and real time archive search.

Mimecast currently has close to 6,000 customers (and 1.5 million users) across a range of of industries including financial services, legal, manufacturing and the public sector. The startup claims to have seen 50 percent year on year revenue growth in six of the past nine years.